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    • 13 Apr 2022
    • 31 Dec 2022
    • Ontario
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    About OFO Rare Bird Ambassadors


    OFO’s Rare Bird Ambassador plan is about empowering Ontario birders with the tools and resources needed so that they can coordinate with property owners to ensure the best outcomes for all parties.


    The goal is to promote positive relations between landowners, birders, and photographers, ultimately resulting in happy people and happy birds. Birders can still decide if they want to share sightings or not; we just hope that this makes the decision easier and spreads out the workload related to managing rare bird observations.


    You don’t have to belong to OFO to participate.


    Being a Rare Bird Ambassador

    As a Rare Bird Ambassador, you are making yourself available to be called into action should a rare bird turn up in your area. The goal is to have enough Ambassadors to cover all areas of the province assuming that not everyone will be available when needed.


    Rare Bird Ambassadors will make contact with hosts of rare birds, help present possible viewing scenarios to them, and/or coordinate the viewing – sometimes by themselves and sometimes by recruiting other local birders and bird photographers to act as Ambassadors to help with crowd control or other site-specific duties where needed.


    Another aspect of being a Rare Bird Ambassador is to communicate information about rare birds, when appropriate, to other Rare Bird Ambassadors or to the Ambassador panel if you are not able to attempt arranging access.


    With the role comes responsibility. Finding out about a rare bird that isn’t public knowledge is a privilege, and Rare Bird Ambassadors are expected not to use the information they gain for personal viewing by themselves or their friends, unless it is in order to assess site logistics.


    Please keep a bird’s presence confidential unless/until the landowner approves of a viewing plan.


    As well, as a representative of the birding community you are expected to adhere at all times to OFO’s Code of Conduct and the Rare Bird Ambassadors Code of Conduct below.


    Rare Bird Ambassador Code of Conduct


    As a representative of the birding community you are expected to adhere at all times to OFO’s Code of Conduct.


    All information is to be kept strictly confidential.


    Do not use this as an opportunity to allow special access for your friends to see the bird.


    Respect the process and the work of other ambassadors.

    If you agree to help, you will have to drop everything and move quickly as birds don’t always stay for long.


    The Ambassador panel can help you find alternates so that you don’t have to be on the hook for too long.

    • 20 Aug 2022
    • 8:00 AM - 3:30 PM
    • Location : Palgrave
    • 3
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    Trip :  

    August 20 (Saturday) Palgrave, Tottenham Sod Farms, Schomberg Lagoons

    Leader: John Schmelefske. Meet 8:00 a.m. at Patterson Sideroad and Hwy. 50 in the village of Palgrave. Fall migrants - warblers, flycatchers, shorebirds. Possible plovers, Buff-breasted Sandpipers, Baird’s Sandpipers.

    Who should come? Field trips are for OFO members One guest is allowed if required.  New birders and photographers are welcome.

    Type of trip: Breeding birds, migrants,  photography. 

    Location and Directions: see above.

    Public Transportation: n/a.

    Duration: Rest stops and coffee/lunch breaks will occur throughout the day.

    Approximate Distance: Distances driven depend on local birding info at time of the trip.

    Terrain:  mostly flat but good footwear required.

    Gradient: Flat.

    Trail Surfaces: paved/grass. Some walking involved.

    Accessibility: wet conditions possible. 

    Washrooms: at Tims and other locations.


    What you need to know


    OFO welcomes all people who are interested in birds and birding and strives to create an inclusive, comfortable, and enjoyable experience. OFO trip leaders are volunteers who generously offer their time to share their knowledge and passion for birds with others. 


    Beginner Birders: Most OFO trips are suitable for beginner birders. Please let the trip leader know if you are new to birding when you arrive.


    Code of Conduct and Code of Birding Ethics: Participants are expected to review OFO’s Code of Conduct and Code of Birding Ethics before the trip.


    Transportation: All participants are responsible for their own transportation to and from the field trip. Public transit information, if available, is included in the trip description. Car pooling is not encouraged at this time due to COVID-19.


    Meeting Time: Please arrive a few minutes before the start time. Please contact the trip leader if a cell number is provided, If you are running late or cannot attend.


    What to wear: Wear sturdy footwear and dress appropriately for the weather, season, and terrain. Long pants and closed shoes or boots are recommended as protection from the elements, ticks, and other biting insects. In bright light, a hat with a large brim will make it easier to see birds. 


    What to bring: Please bring your ID and health card, a mask, enough water for the duration of the trip, snacks, a packed lunch for a longer trip, and money for park entrance and ferry fees. Depending on the season, sunscreen, insect repellant, and a topical insect bite treatment such as Afterbite or Benadryl are  recommended.


    Optics and Cameras: Please bring your choice of binoculars, optional scope, and camera. Please contact the Field Trips Coordinator in advance by email at fieldtrips@ofo.ca if you require loaner binoculars. We will do our best to provide a pair. 


    Leaving early: Trip leaders understand that not everyone will be able to stay for the duration of the trip. If you must leave early, please inform the trip leader. 


    Rest stops and lunch breaks: Trip leaders will include rest stops and lunch breaks but if you require additional rest stops, please inform the trip leader, so they can accommodate your request.


    Safety and First Aid: Trip leaders are volunteers. They are not trained in first aid and cannot provide medical help in the case of an accident or administer medication.  When driving, please follow the rules of the road. Exercise caution when parking on the side of the road and getting out of your car. 


    Accessibility: OFO aims to provide accessible birding trips which are welcoming and enjoyable for all. If you have any questions about the trip, or require accommodations, please contact the trip leader in advance, by emailing fieldtrips@ofo.ca. Please allow a few days for a response.


    Contact: Please email fieldtrips@ofo.ca if you have any questions or concerns.

    • 21 Aug 2022
    • 8:00 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Presqu’ile Provincial Park
    • 0
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    Trip: Southbound Shorebird Workshop : Sunday, August 21.

    Description: Meet at Presqu’ile Provincial Park at Owen Point Trail parking lot at 8:00 a.m. Workshop will focus on identification, plumages and aging southbound shorebirds. Expect to walk between viewing points along beaches to Owen Point. Scope recommended. Vehicle daily entry fee or provincial park pass required. Morning only. Water levels on Lake Ontario may change itinerary. 

    Who can come: Trip is for OFO members. Maximum 15 participants. 

    Leader: Jean Iron

    Location: Presqu'ile Provincial Park :  Registrants MUST have a reservation ahead of time with Ontario Parks to be presented on arrival at the gate and posted in the car. This applies to day pass and season pass holders. You must book your reservation 5 days ahead to be sure to obtain a spot in the park. To reserve, go to: https://www.ontarioparks.com/reservations or Reservations by Phone. Call Toll Free: 1-888-ONT-PARK  (1-888-668-7275).

    Ontario Parks requires advanced bookings for day use at Presqu’ile Provincial Park either online or by phone. Please obtain your daily vehicle permit reservation 5 DAYS IN ADVANCE for Saturday, 21 August 2021. Go online to Ontario Parks Reservation System and select Day Use. You will need to create an account to purchase a daily vehicle permit or to register if you already have an Ontario Parks seasonal pass. Follow instructions either to purchase a daily vehicle permit or to enter your seasonal pass number. You also need your vehicle licence plate number. Ontario Parks Reservation phone number 1-888-668-7275.

     

    Ontario Parks Reservation System

    What to bring: Binoculars, scope (optional), water, sunscreen, insect repellant, snacks. Please contact trip leader in advance if you require loaner binoculars or accommodations by sending email to: admin@ofo.ca.

    Facilities: Public restrooms available.

    Terrain: Flat terrain. Slow pace. 

    • 27 Aug 2022
    • 7:30 AM - 3:30 PM
    • King Township
    • 0
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    Trip : York Region : Saturday, August 27.

    Trip Description : 

    August 27 (Saturday) York Region Fall Migrants

    Meet 7:30 a.m. at the north end of 7th Concession, north of 16th Sideroad, in the Happy Valley Forest, King Township. Visits to Happy Valley area ( Nature Conservancy and Love Mountain tracts), Schomberg Sewage Lagoons and other areas nearby.

    Who can come: Trip is for OFO members.  One birding guest is allowed where required. Maximum: 30 participants. 

    Leader :Frank Pinilla.

    Location: King Township.

    What to bring: Water, sunscreen, insect repellent, snacks. Please contact trip leader in advance if you require loaner binoculars or accommodations by sending email to: admin@ofo.ca. 

    Terrain: Flat terrain. Grassy/paved trails.

    Facilities: Restrooms available nearby. 


    • 28 Aug 2022
    • 6:30 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Location : Toronto
    • 1
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    August 28 (Sunday) Toronto Islands

    Leader: Gavin Platt.  From Harbourfront in Toronto, catch the 6:30 a.m. Ferry to Ward's Island. Ferry tickets ($8.50 adult, $5.50 senior/youth), can be purchased in advance online or at the ferry terminal on the day of. Fall migrants. The trip involves a lot of walking all day long. The trip involves a lot of walking all day long. Please bring a lunch if you plan to stay all day (some food is also available to purchase on the island).

    Fieldtrips are for OFO members One guest is allowed if required.  New birders and photographers are welcome.

    Type of Trip : Fall migrants,  photography. 

    Location and Directions: see above.

    Public Transportation: available in Toronto to ferry terminal.

    Duration: Rest stops and lunch breaks will occur throughout the day.

    Approximate Distance: Possibly 7 kms of walking.

    Terrain:  flat but good footwear required. 

    Gradient: Flat.

    Trail Surfaces: paved/sand.

    Accessibility: wet conditions possible. 

    Washrooms: at ferry/terminal  and on islands .

    Land Acknowledgement for Toronto :

    The land in Toronto  in what we now know as Canada, includes the traditional territories of many nations including the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Anishnabeg, the Chippewa, the Haudenosaunee and the Wendat peoples and is now home to many diverse First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples. 

    We also acknowledge that Toronto and this area of Toronto have been included under the Williams Treaty, the Toronto Purchase - Treaty 13 with the Mississaugas of the Credit and the “Dish With One Spoon” wampum inter-nation peace agreement. 

     We are doing a land acknowledgement today to recognize the communities of peoples that were present and inhabited the lands before us and the traditional territories of the peoples whose lands we are fortunate to share, live on and enjoy nature today.  Together, may we care for this land and each other. 

    What you need to know


    OFO welcomes all people who are interested in birds and birding and strives to create an inclusive, comfortable, and enjoyable experience. OFO trip leaders are volunteers who generously offer their time to share their knowledge and passion for birds with others. 


    Beginner Birders: Most OFO trips are suitable for beginner birders. Please let the trip leader know if you are new to birding when you arrive.


    Code of Conduct and Code of Birding Ethics: Participants are expected to review OFO’s Code of Conduct and Code of Birding Ethics before the trip.


    Transportation: All participants are responsible for their own transportation to and from the field trip. Public transit information, if available, is included in the trip description. Car pooling is not encouraged at this time due to COVID-19.


    Meeting Time: Please arrive a few minutes before the start time. Please contact the trip leader if a cell number is provided, If you are running late or cannot attend.


    What to wear: Wear sturdy footwear and dress appropriately for the weather, season, and terrain. Long pants and closed shoes or boots are recommended as protection from the elements, ticks, and other biting insects. In bright light, a hat with a large brim will make it easier to see birds. 


    What to bring: Please bring your ID and health card, a mask, enough water for the duration of the trip, snacks, a packed lunch for a longer trip, and money for park entrance and ferry fees. Depending on the season, sunscreen, insect repellant, and a topical insect bite treatment such as Afterbite or Benadryl are  recommended.


    Optics and Cameras: Please bring your choice of binoculars, optional scope, and camera. Please contact the Field Trips Coordinator in advance by email at fieldtrips@ofo.ca if you require loaner binoculars. We will do our best to provide a pair. 


    Leaving early: Trip leaders understand that not everyone will be able to stay for the duration of the trip. If you must leave early, please inform the trip leader. 


    Rest stops and lunch breaks: Trip leaders will include rest stops and lunch breaks but if you require additional rest stops, please inform the trip leader, so they can accommodate your request.


    Safety and First Aid: Trip leaders are volunteers. They are not trained in first aid and cannot provide medical help in the case of an accident or administer medication.  When driving, please follow the rules of the road. Exercise caution when parking on the side of the road and getting out of your car. 


    Accessibility: OFO aims to provide accessible birding trips which are welcoming and enjoyable for all. If you have any questions about the trip, or require accommodations, please contact the trip leader in advance, by emailing fieldtrips@ofo.ca. Please allow a few days for a response.


    Contact: Please email fieldtrips@ofo.ca if you have any questions or concerns.

    Trip :   

    August 28 (Sunday) Toronto Islands

    Leader: Gavin Platt. From Harbourfront in Toronto, catch 7:15 a.m. Ferry to Ward’s Island. You will need $7.50 in coins ($5.00 seniors and students). Early Fall migrants. The trip involves a lot of walking all day long. Please bring a lunch if you plan to stay all day (some food is also available to purchase on the island).

    Fieldtrips are for OFO members One guest is allowed if required.  New birders and photographers are welcome.

    Type of Trip : Fall migrants,  photography. 

    Location and Directions: see above.

    Public Transportation: available in Toronto to ferry terminal.

    Duration: Rest stops and lunch breaks will occur throughout the day.

    Approximate Distance: Possibly 7 kms of walking.

    Terrain:  flat but good footwear required. 

    Gradient: Flat.

    Trail Surfaces: paved/sand.

    Accessibility: wet conditions possible. 

    Washrooms: at ferry/terminal  and on islands .

    Land Acknowledgement for Toronto :

    The land in Toronto  in what we now know as Canada, includes the traditional territories of many nations including the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Anishnabeg, the Chippewa, the Haudenosaunee and the Wendat peoples and is now home to many diverse First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples. 

     We also acknowledge that Toronto and this area of Toronto have been included under the Williams Treaty, the Toronto Purchase - Treaty 13 with the Mississaugas of the Credit and the “Dish With One Spoon” wampum inter-nation peace agreement. 

     We are doing a land acknowledgement today to recognize the communities of peoples that were present and inhabited the lands before us and the traditional territories of the peoples whose lands we are fortunate to share, live on and enjoy nature today.  Together, may we care for this land and each other. 

    • 28 Aug 2022
    • 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Algonquin Park
    • 23
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    Trip : 

    August 28 (Sunday) Algonquin Park

    Meet 8:00 a.m. at trailhead at north end of Arrowhon Road for Wolf Howl Pond hike. Hiking distance is about 7 kms. Search for boreal species, Fall migrants, residents, and mammals. Bring packed lunch, snacks, water, sunscreen, insect repellent. No washrooms on the trail but at beginning of Arrowhon Road and other park sites. Wear good hiking shoes.

    Who can come: Trip is for OFO members.  One birding guest is allowed where required. Maximum: 30 participants. 

    Leader : Sarah Lamond

    Location: Algonquin Park.

    What to bring: Water, sunscreen, insect repellent, snacks. Please contact trip leader in advance if you require loaner binoculars or accommodations by sending email to: admin@ofo.ca. 

    Terrain: Flat terrain. 

    Facilities: Restrooms available in the park. 

    Land Acknowledgement for Algonquin Park :

    We respectfully acknowledge that we are on the traditional territory of the Mississauga Anishinaabe. We offer our gratitude to our First Nations for their care for, and teachings about, our earth and our relations. May we continue to honour those teachings.

    • 28 Aug 2022
    • 8:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Peterborough
    • 12
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    Trip : Rotary Greenway Trail, Peterborough: Sunday, August 28.

    Description: Rotary Greenway Trail, Peterborough.  Meet in car parking area  alongside Otonabee River on north side of Parkhill Road bridge at Auburn Street opposite Nicholls Oval Park.

    Who can come: Trip is for OFO members.  One birding guest is allowed where required. Maximum: 30 participants. 

    Leaders: Dave Milsom, Cathy Douglas, Brian Wales.

    Location: Meet at Auburn Street parking area.

    What to bring: Water, sunscreen, insect repellent, snacks. Please contact trip leader in advance if you require loaner binoculars or accommodations by sending email to: admin@ofo.ca. 


    Terrain: Flat terrain. Wheelchair accessible. Slow pace. 


    Facilities: Restrooms available nearby. 

    Land Acknowledgement for Peterborough :

    We respectfully acknowledge that we are on the traditional territory of the Mississauga Anishinaabe. We offer our gratitude to our First Nations for their care for, and teachings about, our earth and our relations. May we continue to honour those teachings.

    • 10 Sep 2022
    • 8:00 AM - 3:30 PM
    • Hamilton
    • 0
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    Trip Description: 

    September 10 (Saturday) Hamilton, Burlington & Vicinity

     Meet 8:00 a.m. in Hutch’s Restaurant parking lot at Van Wagners Beach on Lake Ontario in Hamilton. From Niagara on QEW, exit at Centennial Parkway, go left onto North Service Road and follow to Van Wagners Beach Road to the restaurant. From Toronto on QEW, exit at Woodward Avenue, turn right at lights, then right at next lights, go under bridge, turn right onto Van Wagners Beach Road to the restaurant. Jaegers, gulls, shorebirds, fall migrants. Scope recommended.

    Who can come: Trip is for OFO members. One birding buddy may accompany registrant if required.  Maximum: 35 participants. 

    Leaders : Rob Porter, Barry Coombs.

    Location: Hamilton.

    Facilities: Washrooms onsite. 

    Land Acknowledgement for Hamilton :

    We respectfully acknowledge that we are on the traditional territory of the Haudensaunee Iroquois and Anishnaabe. This territory is covered by the Upper Canada Treaties and directly adjacent to Haldiman Treaty territory.  We thank our indigenous communities for their teachings and care for our mother earth.  May we continue to honour those teachings.

    What to bring: Water, sunscreen, insect repellant, snacks, (lunch). Please contact trip leader in advance if you require loaner binoculars or accommodations by emailing admin@ofo.ca.

    Terrain: Flat terrain. Slow pace. Some walking involved.

    Land Acknowledgement for Hamilton :

    We respectfully acknowledge that we are on the traditional territory of the Haudensaunee Iroquois and Anishinaabe. This territory is covered by the Upper Canada Treaties and directly adjacent to Haldiman Treaty territory.  We thank our indigenous communities for their teachings and care for our mother earth.  May we continue to honour those teachings.

    • 11 Sep 2022
    • 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Point Pelee National Park, Leamington
    • 34
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    Trip : Big Sit at Point Pelee National Park.

    Trip Description: Meet 8:00a.m. at the North-west Beach parking lot at Point Pelee National Park (entry fee). A Big Sit will be conducted here close to the picnic shelter. View lake for waterbirds, woods for passerine migrants, and overhead for migrating raptors, swallows, passerines and marsh birds.

    Who can come: Trip is for OFO members. (One birding buddy may accompany registrant if required).  Maximum: 30 participants. 

    Leader: Jeremy Hatt

    Location: Point Pelee National Park (entry fee).

    What to bring: Lunch if birding all day, rain gear, water, sunscreen, insect repellant, snacks. Please contact trip leader in advance if you require loaner binoculars or accommodations by emailing admin@ofo.ca. 

    Terrain: Flat terrain. No walking necessary.

    Land Acknowledgement for Point Pelee National Park :
    We are on the traditional territory of the Three Fires Confederacy of First Nations, composed of the Ojibwa, the Odawa, and the Potawatomi. Specifically, this is the home of Caldwell First Nation, and part of the house of Walpole Island First Nation. We acknowledge the caregivers of this land and all the moccasins that have travelled it over time.

    • 11 Sep 2022
    • 8:00 AM - 3:30 PM
    • Presqu'ile Provincial Park
    • 0
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    Trip Description: 

    September 11 (Sunday) Presqu’ile Provincial Park

    Meet 8 a.m. at the Lighthouse parking lot. Park entry fee. Fall migrants, shorebirds, hawks.

    Who can come: Trip is for OFO members.  One birding buddy is allowed where required. Maximum: 30 participants. 

    Leaders: Andrew Brown, Olivia Maillet.

    Location: Presqu'ile Provincial Park

    What to bring: Water, sunscreen, insect repellent , snacks, lunch.  There will be a short lunch break. Please contact trip leader in advance if you require loaner binoculars or accommodations by sending email to: admin@ofo.ca. 

    Terrain: Flat  terrain. Slow pace. Telescope useful.

    Facilities: Restrooms available. 

    Presqu'ile Provincial Park :  Registrants MUST have a reservation ahead of time with Ontario Parks to be presented on arrival at the gate and posted in the car. This applies to day pass and season pass holders. You must book your reservation 5 days ahead to be sure to obtain a spot in the park. To reserve, go to: https://www.ontarioparks.com/reservations or Reservations by Phone. Call Toll Free: 1-888-ONT-PARK  (1-888-668-7275).

    Ontario Parks requires advanced bookings for day use at Presqu’ile Provincial Park either online or by phone. Please obtain your daily vehicle permit reservation 5 DAYS IN ADVANCE for Saturday, 21 August 2021. Go online to Ontario Parks Reservation System and select Day Use. You will need to create an account to purchase a daily vehicle permit or to register if you already have an Ontario Parks seasonal pass. Follow instructions either to purchase a daily vehicle permit or to enter your seasonal pass number. You also need your vehicle licence plate number. Ontario Parks Reservation phone number 1-888-668-7275.



    • 17 Sep 2022
    • 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Whitby
    • 9
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    Trip Description: September 17 (Saturday) Durham Waterfront

    Meet 8 am at Lynde Shores Conservation Area parking lot on Victoria Street, Whitby. Exit Highway 401 at Brock Street (Exit 410).Turn left (south) onto Brock Street. Turn right (west) onto Victoria. Go about 2.5 km to Lynde Shores on south side. Visits to Cranberry Marsh Hawk watch, Oshawa Second Marsh, Corner Marsh and Frenchman’s Bay, depending on conditions and water levels. Late fall migrants, raptors, shorebirds and ducks.

    Who can come: Trip is for OFO members.  One birding buddy is allowed where required. Maximum: 30 participants. 

    Leader: Geoff Carpentier.

    Location: Meet at Lynde Shores Conservation Area parking lot on Victoria Street, Whitby. 

    What to bring: Water, sunscreen, insect repellent , snacks, (lunch). Please contact trip leader in advance if you require loaner binoculars or accommodations by sending email to: admin@ofo.ca. 

    Terrain: Flat terrain. Easy pace.  Lunch break and washroom stops available.

    Facilities: Restrooms available enroute. 

    Land Acknowledgement for Durham :

    We respectfully acknowledge that we are on the traditional territory of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation. This territory is covered by the Upper Canada Treaties.  We offer our gratitude to our First Nations for their care for, and teachings about, our earth and our relations. May we continue to honour those teachings.

    • 17 Sep 2022
    • 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Cochrane
    • 6
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    Trip: Cochrane.

    Trip Description: Meet 8:30 a.m.

    Meeting point: "Subway" parking lot on Highway 11 in Cochrane.


    What to bring: water, lunch, snacks, insect repellent, rain gear, sturdy boots/shoes, extra shoes and socks, whistle, full tank of gas (no gas stations once we leave town).


    We'll spend 1-2 hours in the agricultural area north of town looking for staging sandhill cranes and a Bald Eagle nest. Then we'll drive an hour into the boreal forest east of town to the site of a recent forest fire to look for Spruce Grouse, Black-backed Woodpecker, American Three-toed Woodpecker, Boreal Chickadee and other northern specialties. 

    Facilities: None once the trip begins.

    Terrain: moderate. Rough dirt roads, some off road walking in recently logged or burned areas with lots of fallen logs. Slow pace.

    Trip leaders: Rhonda Donley, Ken and Angie Williams

    Contact info: 226-378-1245, rrhondarat@yahoo.ca

    Who can come: Trip is for OFO members. One birding buddy may accompany registrant if required.  Maximum: 20 participants. 

    Leaders: Rhonda Donnelly, Angie and Ken Williams.

    Location: Cochrane

    Facilities: No washrooms once the group leaves Cochrane. 

    What to bring: Water, sunscreen, insect repellant, snacks. Please contact trip leader in advance if you require loaner binoculars or accommodations by emailing admin@ofo.ca.

    Terrain: moderate.

    Land Acknowledgement for Cochrane
    Our group honours and acknowledges that we are situated on Treaty 7 territory, traditional lands of the Stoney Nakoda peoples of the Chiniki, Bearspaw and Wesley Bands, the Tsuut’ina, the Niitsitapi (Blackfoot) peoples of Siksika, Piikani and Kainai Band. We also respectfully acknowledge that we are on the homelands of the Métis Nation within Region III.

    • 17 Sep 2022
    • 9:30 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Hawk Cliff near St. Thomas
    • 16
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    Trip Description: 

    September 17 (Saturday) Hawk Cliff, south-west of London

    Leader Ellen Smout. . Meet 9:30 a.m. at Hawk Cliff. From Hwy. 401 Exit 177, take Hwy. 4 south through western St. Thomas until it becomes Sunset Drive. Continue about 8 km to Union. Go east on County Road 27, Sparta Line Road. Go east one road (about 3 km ) to County Road 22 (Fairview Road). Head south. The 2nd road south is County Road 24 (Dexter Line) and you will meet a stop sign. Looking south, you will see the sign for Hawk Cliff. Go south on the dirt road to the lake. Park along road allowance. Raptors primarily but waterfowl, seabirds and southbound passerines can be seen too . Trip ends 3 pm.


    Who can come: Trip is for OFO members.  One birding buddy is allowed where required. Maximum: 20 participants. 

    Leader: Ellen Smout .

    Location: see above.

    What to bring: Water, sunscreen, insect repellent , snacks, (lunch). Please contact trip leader in advance if you require loaner binoculars or accommodations by sending email to: admin@ofo.ca. 

    Terrain: Flat terrain. Easy pace.  Lunch break and washroom stops available.

    Facilities: Restrooms available locally. 



    • 18 Sep 2022
    • 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Point Pelee National Park
    • 10
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    Trip Description: 

    Point Pelee National Park : Sunday, September 18th

    Leader: Jeremy Hatt. Meet 8:00 a.m. at the Visitor Centre in the Park. Entry fee. Birding around the Visitor Centre, at the Tip, and in the surrounding area including the onion fields. Fall migrants, raptors, seabirds, shorebirds, Monarch butterflies. Park entry fee required.

    Who can come: Trip is for OFO members.  One birding buddy is allowed where required. Maximum: 20 participants. 

    Leader : Jeremy Hatt

    Location: Visitor Centre: Point Pelee National Park.

    What to bring: Water, sunscreen, insect repellent , snacks, picnic lunch. Please contact trip leader in advance if you require loaner binoculars or accommodations by sending email to: admin@ofo.ca. 

    A telescope is useful on this fieldtrip. 

    Terrain: Flat terrain. Slow pace. 

    Facilities: Restrooms available. Picnic lunch will be taken in the park prior to birding outside the park during the afternoon.

    Land Acknowledgement for Point Pelee National Park :
    We are on the traditional territory of the Three Fires Confederacy of First Nations, composed of the Ojibwa, the Odawa, and the Potawatomi. Specifically, this is the home of Caldwell First Nation, and part of the house of Walpole Island First Nation. We acknowledge the caregivers of this land and all the moccasins that have travelled it over time.

    • 18 Sep 2022
    • 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • Colonel Sam Smith Park, Toronto
    • 9
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    September 18 (Sunday) Toronto Lakeshore at Colonel Sam Smith Park, Toronto

    Leaders: Nancy Barrett and Adam Solomon

    Meet 8:00 a.m. at Colonel Sam Smith  parking lot (coordinates: 43.5921499-79.5135325 ). Off the QEW,  take the exit at Kipling. Go south. Cross Lakeshore Road, then turn left into the parking area.  Fall species: ducks, gulls, waterbirds, finches, sparrows, shorebirds, raptors.

    Public Transportation: The Kipling 44 bus is available from Kipling Station. Other options may be available. Please use the TTC trip planner to find options from your location.

    Who can come: This trip is for OFO members. One birding buddy may accompany registrant if required. Maximum 30 participants. 

    What to bring: Water, sunscreen, snacks, warm/rain gear, cameras. Please contact trip leader in advance if you require loaner binoculars or accommodations by sending email to fieldtrips@ofo.ca.

    Terrain: Flat terrain. Slow pace. Wear suitable footwear for the weather.

    Facilities: Restrooms nearby. Washroom/lunch break location to be chosen by leader.



    • 23 Sep 2022
    • 7:00 AM
    • 25 Sep 2022
    • 4:00 PM
    • Point Pelee and Surrounding Area
    • 167
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    2022 OFO Convention


    The in-person convention is back after a 2-year hiatus!


    Join OFO members and guests for three days of birding, celebration and enjoyment in Point Pelee National Park and surrounding birding destinations.

    At this time of year you can expect to see migrating songbirds, waterfowl, shorebirds, and abundant raptors. Many people consider September to be the best birding month of all!


    Evening activities include Friday night's Birds and Beers -- a casual dinner followed by a short presentation of local interest, and the famous Bird Quiz hosted by Sarah Rupert.


    The Saturday Banquet and AGM is the heart of the convention. A sit down meal is followed by the roundup, the OFO Annual General Meeting, presentation of the Distinguished Ornithologist Award and Certificates of Appreciation, and the Keynote Speech. This year's Keynote Speaker is Merilyn  Simonds, authour of Woman, Watching, a biography of  Louise de Kiriline Lawrence, an early citizen scientists who retreated in midlife to a log cabin in the bush to study songbirds. 


    Both evening events take place at the Portuguese Club, located at 217 Talbot St., West in Leamington, Ontario. The club has ample parking and is wheelchair accessible. Evening events are preceded by vendor exhibits, and a chance to vie for one of the fabulous door prizes. A cash bar will be available at each event.


    Where to Stay


    For a limited time, group rates are available at several hotels and other venues in the area. Please go ofo.ca/Events/Convention/Where to Stay for the details. 


    Please note:

    • COVID Precautions: Safety is our first concern. We will follow provincial and regional guidance regarding Covid safety and adjust the convention as required.
    • Field Trip Registration: Registration for field trips will be opened prior to the convention. Registrants will be notified and will have priority for registration.

    Questions? Email convention@ofo.ca

    • 23 Sep 2022
    • 7:00 AM
    • 25 Sep 2022
    • 4:00 PM
    • Point Pelee and Surrounding Area
    • 300

    2022 OFO Convention


    The in-person convention is back after a 2-year hiatus!


    Join OFO members and guests for three days of birding, celebration and enjoyment in Point Pelee National Park and surrounding birding destinations.

    At this time of year you can expect to see migrating songbirds, waterfowl, shorebirds, and abundant raptors. Many people consider September to be the best birding month of all!


    Evening activities include Friday night's Birds and Beers -- a casual dinner followed by a short presentation of local interest, and the famous Bird Quiz hosted by Sarah Rupert.


    The Saturday Banquet and AGM is the heart of the convention. A sit down meal is followed by the roundup, the OFO Annual General Meeting, presentation of the Distinguished Ornithologist Award and Certificates of Appreciation, and the Keynote Speech. This year's Keynote Speaker is Merilyn  Simonds, authour of Woman, Watching, a biography of  Louise de Kiriline Lawrence, an early citizen scientists who retreated in midlife to a log cabin in the bush to study songbirds. 


    Both evening events take place at the Portuguese Club, located at 217 Talbot St., West in Leamington, Ontario. The club has ample parking and is wheelchair accessible. 

    • Field Trip Registration: Registration for field trips is open. Registrants only are invited to choose either 2 half-day outings or one full day fieldtrip for each of Friday, Saturday and Sunday. List is below.

    OFO Convention Fieldtrips 2022 

     

    Friday September 23rd 

     

    All Day 

    St Clair NWR and Vicinity.  Leader : Pete Read. Meet 9 am at St Clair NWR headquarters at # 5633 Balmoral Line off Town Line Road. Stay right at Balmoral Line to reach parking area. 

     

    Ojibway Nature Centre; Harrow Sewage Lagoons. Leader: Paul Pratt. Meet 9 am in main parking lot at Ojibway Centre in Windsor. 

     

    Big Creek, Holiday Beach Conservation Area. Leader: Alessandra Wilcox, Kiah Jasper. Meet 9 am at Holiday Beach C.A. main gate. 

     

    Pelee Marsh by Kayak or Canoe. Leader: Jeremy Bensette: Meet 9 am at  Marsh Boardwalk car park. Photographic opportunities out on Pelee Marsh. Bring own canoe or kayak or rent at the Marsh. 

     

    Wheatley area; Hillman Marsh, Onion Fields,  Kopegaron Woods. Leader: Dave Milsom. Meet 9 am at parking area for Kopegaron Woods, off #34 west of Wheatley.

    Morning Only 

    Birding at the Tip of Point Pelee National Park. Leader: Jeff Skevington. Meet 7.00 am at Tram start next to V.C.

    West Beach Trail. Leader: Tim Arthur. Meet 8 am at Point Pelee National Park Visitor Centre. 

    Afternoon Only 

    Birding Point Pelee National Park Tilden’s Woods. Leader : Tim Arthur. Meet at VC at 1 .30 pm. 

     

    Birding Onion Fields and Hillman Marsh. Leader: Jeff Skevington. Meet in Roma Club parking area in Leamington at 1.30 pm. 

     

    Saturday September 24th 

     

    All Day 

    Harrow Sewage Lagoons to Amherst Pointe on the Detroit River. Leader : Paul Pratt. Meet 8. 30 am at entrance to Harrow Lagoons on Concession Road 3 just north of Harrow. 

     

    St Clair NWR and vicinity. Leader: Quinten Wiegersma. Meet 8.30 am at NWR headquarters at # 5633 Balmoral Line off Town Line Road. 

     

    Ojibway Nature Centre, Essex Lagoons. Leader : Jennifer Nantais. Meet 8.30 am in main parking lot at Ojibway Centre in Windsor. 

     

    Kayak/canoe trip on Pelee Marsh. Leaders: Kory Renaud, Jeremy Bensette. Meet 8.30 am at Marsh Boardwalk parking area in Point Pelee National Park. Bring own canoe/kayak or rent at Marsh. 

     

    Point Pelee National Park : Tip and trails. Leader: Pete Read. Meet  at  V.C. 7am for first tram. 

     

    Kopegaron Woods, Wheatley area, Two Creeks. Leader:  Jeremy Hatt. Meet at Kopegaron Woods parking area at 8.30 am: off #34 west of Wheatley. 

     

    Point Pelee National Park trails. Leaders:  Sarah Lamond, Liam Thorne. Meet 8 am at Visitor Centre. 

     

    Sunday, September 25th 

    All Day 

    Rondeau Provincial Park and Blenheim Lagoons. Leader : Tim Arthur. Meet at Rondeau Park gates at 8.30 am. 

     

    Erieau Area. Leader: Dave Milsom. Meet at Erieau Harbour at 8.30 am.  

     

    Point Pelee National Park Tip & Trails. Leader: Alessandra Wilcox. Meet at V.C. Tram start at 7 am. 

     

    Point Pelee National Park Trails. Leader: Kate Derbyshire. Meet at Park V.C. at 8 am. 

     

    Onion Fields, Hillman Marsh, Wheatley. Leader: Pete Read. Meet 7.30 am at Roma Club parking lot. Trip ends approximately 1.30 pm.

     

    Young Birders 

    Saturday Sept. 24th: Point Pelee and area. Leader: Mike Burrell. Meet 7.00 am at Park V.C. Day ends at 3 pm. 

     

    Sunday Sept. 25th : Birding Point Pelee Tip and Trails. Leader: Mike Burrell. Meet 7.00 am at Tip. Day ends at 2 pm. 


    • 23 Sep 2022
    • 5:00 PM
    • 25 Sep 2022
    • 4:00 PM
    • Smooth Rock Falls and area
    • 299
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    2022 OFO Convention Northeast: Sept. 23-25, Smooth Rock Falls and Surrounding Region

    Start: 23 Sept. 2022, 5:00 pm

    End: 25 Sept. 2022, 4:00 pm

    Location: Smooth Rock Falls and surrounding area

    Spaces left: 30

    REGISTRATION

    · Convention Registration (Adults) - $85.00

    Your registration includes access to field trips, the Friday Night “Birds & (Root)Beers” meal and program, and the Saturday Evening AGM and banquet.

    Young birders (up to age 20) must register separately to qualify for the special Young Birders Rate.

    · Convention Trip Leader

    As a token of appreciation to convention trip leaders, we offer free registration for the convention. Your registration includes access to field trips, the Friday Night “Birds & (Root)Beers” meal and program, and the Saturday Evening AGM and banquet.

    · Young Birder Registration - $35

    Young birders (up to age 20) qualify for the special Young Birders rate. Your registration includes access to field trips, the Friday Night “Birds & (Root)Beers” meal and program, and the Saturday Evening AGM and banquet.

    The First Ever OFO Simulcast Convention in Northern Ontario!

    Join OFO members and guests for three days of birding, celebration and enjoyment in Northeastern Ontario. At this time of year you can expect to see migrating songbirds, waterfowl, shorebirds, and of course boreal specialities such as Spruce Grouse and Black-backed Woodpecker.

    Evening activities include Friday night’s Birds & Beers --- a casual dinner followed by livestreamed presentations from the main convention in Leamington, including the famous Bird Quiz hosted by Sarah Rupert.

    The Saturday Banquet and AGM is the heart of the convention. A sit down meal is followed by the roundup and livestreamed presentations from the main convention in Leamington, including: the OFO Annual General Meeting, presentation of the Distinguished Ornithologist Award, Certificates of Appreciation, and the Keynote Speech. This year’s Keynote Speaker is Merilyn Simonds, author of Woman, Watching, a biography of Louise de Kiriline Lawrence, an early citizen scientist who retreated in midlife to a log cabin in the bush to study songbirds.

    Both evening events take place at the Smooth Rock Falls Museum, located at 43 3rd Avenue in Smooth Rock Falls, Ontario. The museum has free parking and is wheelchair accessible. Complimentary refreshments will be available starting at 5:00 pm on Friday and Saturday, for participants who wish to gather before the meal is served.

    Where to Stay

    The nearest motel is the Moose Motel, in Smooth Rock Falls, conveniently located next to two restaurants and the local grocery store. There are several Air B&B’s in Smooth Rock Falls. Alternatively, Cochrane (57 km to the east) and Kapuskasing (63 km to the west) both have a variety of hotels/motels.

    Field Trips

    Field trips are still being planned, and will include areas both within the town of Smooth Rock Falls and in areas no more than an hour’s drive away. Registrants will be notified of the field trip schedule prior to the convention.

    Warm clothing and sturdy waterproof footwear are recommended, as September weather can be quite variable and sometimes chilly.

    Please note:

    · COVID Precautions: Safety is our first concern. We will follow provincial and regional guidance regarding Covid safety and adjust the convention as required.

    Questions? Email convention@ofo.ca


    • 24 Sep 2022
    • 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Cobden
    • 20
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    Trip Description: September 24th (Saturday) : Westmeath Park and Lac Dore

    Leader : Mark Gawn.

    Situated on the Ottawa River near Pembroke, Westmeath Park is a noted migration stopover for Nelson’s Sparrow and occasionally Le Conte’s Sparrow. Lac Dore, a fish-filled lake, regularly attracts many small gulls, grebes, and loons along with the occasional rarity. Meet 8:00 a.m. in Cobden at the Cobden Boat Launch.

    Who should come? Field trips are for OFO members One guest is allowed if required.  New birders and photographers are welcome.

    Type of trip: Fall migrants.

    Location and Directions: Cobden boat launch..

    Public Transportation: n/a

    Duration: Rest stops and coffee/lunch breaks will occur throughout the day.

    Approximate Distance: Distances driven depend on local birding info at time of the trip.

    Terrain:  mostly flat but good footwear required.

    Gradient: Flat, some difficult walking in search of rare sparrows.

    Trail Surfaces: can be wet, muddy. Bring rubber boots and await leader's instructions re-footwear.

    Accessibility: wet conditions possible. 

    Washrooms : Cobden, Westmeath Park.
    • 25 Sep 2022
    • 9:00 AM
    • 27 Sep 2022
    • 4:30 PM
    • Location : Pelee Island
    • 2

     Trip :

    Fall on Pelee Island

    Special Three Day Post Conference Trip

    Sunday September 25 to Tuesday September 27

    Leaders: Martin and Kathy Parker.

    This special three day outing to Pelee Island will permit participants to explore the fall migration on Canada’s southern island.  It is scheduled to commence on the final day of the planned OFO Conference at Leamington.  The trip will commence on Sunday morning at Kingsville with the ferry crossing (advanced booking necessary) to the island.  Once on the island we will then sample many different aspects of the natural heritage of the island.  Each day will see a variety of migrants -- both birds and insects.  Each morning we will be visiting Fish Point Provincial Nature Reserve and then proceed to other areas on the island during the balance of the day.

    The trip cost is $345 per person based on double occupancy (single supplement is available).  The price includes two nights accommodation at the Wandering Dog Inn, continental breakfasts, and entrance fee to the Pelee Island Heritage Centre.  Lunches and suppers and ferry fees are not included. Registration is required with the Parkers at mparker19@cogeco.ca  Space is limited due to room availability. A complete information on this trip will be sent to all participants who register with the Parkers. Participants are only definitely registered after contacting the Parkers.

    Who should come? Field trips are for OFO members One guest is allowed if the participant requires assistance during the trip.  New birders and photographers are welcome.

    Type of trip: Fall migrants, photography. Scope useful.

    Location and Directions: see above.

    Public Transportation: no.

    Duration: Rest stops and coffee/lunch breaks will occur throughout the day.

    Approximate Distance: Distances depend on local birding info at time of the trip.

    Terrain:  varies from open ground, boardwalks to sandy beaches.

    Gradient: Flat.

    Trail Surfaces: unpaved.

    Accessibility: Wet conditions possible. Walking on open sandy beach may be a challenge for some.

    Washrooms: at the West Dock, Scudders, at the meal stops and at the inn.


    What you need to know


    OFO welcomes all people who are interested in birds and birding and strives to create an inclusive, comfortable, and enjoyable experience. OFO trip leaders are volunteers who generously offer their time to share their knowledge and passion for birds with others. 


    Beginner Birders: Most OFO trips are suitable for beginner birders. Please let the trip leader know if you are new to birding when you arrive.


    Code of Conduct and Code of Birding Ethics: Participants are expected to review OFO’s Code of Conduct and Code of Birding Ethics before the trip.


    Transportation: All participants are responsible for their own transportation to and from the field trip. Public transit information, if available, is included in the trip description.


    Meeting Time: Please arrive a few minutes before the start time. Please contact the trip leader if a cell number is provided, If you are running late or cannot attend.


    What to wear: Wear sturdy footwear and dress appropriately for the weather, season, and terrain. Long pants and closed shoes or boots are recommended as protection from the elements, ticks, and other biting insects. In bright light, a hat with a large brim will make it easier to see birds. 


    What to bring: Please bring your ID and health card, a mask, enough water for the duration of the trip, snacks, a packed lunch for a longer trip, and money for park entrance and ferry fees. Depending on the season, sunscreen, insect repellant, and a topical insect bite treatment such as Afterbite or Benadryl are  recommended.


    Optics and Cameras: Please bring your choice of binoculars, optional scope, and camera. Please contact the Field Trips Coordinator in advance by email at fieldtrips@ofo.ca if you require loaner binoculars. We will do our best to provide a pair. 


    Leaving early: Trip leaders understand that not everyone will be able to stay for the duration of the trip. If you must leave early, please inform the trip leader. 


    Rest stops and lunch breaks: Trip leaders will include rest stops and lunch breaks but if you require additional rest stops, please inform the trip leader, so they can accommodate your request.


    Safety and First Aid: Trip leaders are volunteers. They are not trained in first aid and cannot provide medical help in the case of an accident or administer medication.  When driving, please follow the rules of the road. Exercise caution when parking on the side of the road and getting out of your car. 


    Accessibility: OFO aims to provide accessible birding trips which are welcoming and enjoyable for all. If you have any questions about the trip, or require accommodations, please contact the trip leader in advance, OR by emailing fieldtrips@ofo.ca. Please allow a few days for a response.


    Contact: Please email fieldtrips@ofo.ca if you have any questions or concerns.

    • 02 Oct 2022
    • 7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Ottawa
    • 9
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    Trip Description

    October 2 (Sunday) Ottawa (all day to 5 pm )
    Leaders: Jeff Skevington, Michelle Martin.
    Meet 7:30 a.m. along Cassels Road, outside the gate to the Britannia Filtration Plant. Experience the diversity of Ottawa’s avifauna during the peak of Fall migration. Expect to see warblers, sparrows, waterfowl, shorebirds, gulls and others. Study the subtle differences between similar species as we explore the Ottawa River from different vantage points. We start at Britannia, and move slowly west, visiting some of Eastern Ontario’s best migratory staging areas. Bring a lunch.

    Land Acknowledgement for OttawaWe acknowledge that we  are  settlers living on the unceded territory of the Anishinaabe Algonquin Nation whose presence here reaches back to time immemorial. We recognize the Algonquins as the customary keepers and defenders of the Ottawa River Watershed and its tributaries. We honour their long history of welcoming many Nations to this beautiful territory and uphold and uplift the voice and values of our Host Nation.

    Further, we respect and affirm the inherent and Treaty Rights of all Indigenous Peoples across this land, and will continue to honour the commitments to self-determination and sovereignty we have made to Indigenous Nations and Peoples.

    Who should come: OFO members . One guest per member allowed if required.

    Directions: see above

    Public Transportation: Ottawa bus transportation available.

    Duration: all day

    Approximate Distance: 30 kms.

    Terrain: generally flat

    Trail Surfaces: even

    Accessibility: generally accessible to all with vehicles.

    Washrooms:  enroute. Leaders will provide washroom breaks at suitable locations.

    About OFO Field Trips

    OFO welcomes all people who are interested in birds and birding and strives to create an inclusive, comfortable, and enjoyable experience. OFO trip leaders are volunteers who generously offer their time to share their knowledge and passion for birds with others. 

    COVID-19 Rules: All trip leaders are vaccinated. We require that all trip attendees are fully vaccinated. The trip will comply with current government COVID-19 rules. Before the trip, please use the Government of Ontario COVID-19 Self Assessment to determine if you should attend. Please cancel your registration if Government of Ontario COVID-19 Self Assessment recommends that you stay home, if you have symptoms, have been exposed to a person with COVID, or are waiting for test results.

    Who should come? Field trips are for OFO members One guest is allowed if required.  New birders and photographers are welcome.

    Beginner Birders: Most OFO trips are suitable for beginner birders. Please let the trip leader know if you are new to birding when you arrive so they can answer your questions.

    Code of Conduct and Code of Birding Ethics: Participants are expected to review OFO’s Code of Conduct and Code of Birding Ethics before the trip.

    Transportation: All participants are responsible for their own transportation to and from the field trip. Public transit information, if available, is included in the trip description. Car pooling is not encouraged at this time due to COVID-19.

    Meeting Time: Please arrive a few minutes before the start time. If a cell number is provided, please contact the trip leader if you are running late or cannot attend.

    What to wear: Wear sturdy footwear and dress appropriately for the weather, season, and terrain. Long pants and closed shoes or boots are recommended as protection from the elements, ticks, and other biting insects. In bright light, a hat with a large brim will make it easier to see birds. 

    What to bring: Please bring your ID and health card, a mask, enough water for the duration of the trip, snacks, a packed lunch for a longer trip, and money for park entrance and ferry fees. Depending on the season, sunscreen, insect repellant, and a topical insect bite treatment such as Afterbite or Benadryl are  recommended.

    Optics and Cameras: Please bring your choice of binoculars, optional scope, and camera. If you required loaner binoculars, please contact the Field Trips Coordinator in advance by email at fieldtrips@ofo.ca. We will do our best to provide a pair. 

    Leaving early: Trip leaders understand that not everyone will be able to stay for the duration of the trip. If you must leave early, please inform the trip leader. 

    Rest stops and lunch breaks: Trip leaders will include rest stops and lunch breaks but if you require additional rest stops, please inform the trip leader, so they can accommodate your request.

    Safety and First Aid: Trip leaders are volunteers. They are not trained in first aid and cannot provide medical help in the case of an accident or administer medication.  When driving, please follow the rules of the road. Exercise caution when parking on the side of the road and getting out of your car. 

    Accessibility: OFO aims to provide accessible birding trips which are welcoming and enjoyable for all. If you have any questions about the trip, or require accommodations, please contact the trip leader in advance, by emailing fieldtrips@ofo.ca. Please allow a few days for a response.

    Questions: Please email fieldtrips@ofo.ca if you have any questions or concerns.


    • 02 Oct 2022
    • 7:50 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Amherst Island
    • 0
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    Trip Description: 

    October 2 (Sunday) Amherst Island

    Leader: Mike Burrell. Meet at 7:50 am at carpool lot south of 401 at exit 593 (Camden East Road). We'll check Amherst Island (ferry fee) and, time-permitting some other Kingston area hotspots for late migrants including sparrows, waterfowl, gulls and other waterbirds. Trip ends mid-afternoon. Bring a lunch and cash for the ferry, and be prepared for some moderate walking. Pre-registration for this outing is required at ofo.ca

    Who can come: Trip is for OFO members.  One birding buddy is allowed where required. Maximum: 20 participants. 

    Leader: Mike Burrell

    Location: Carpool lot on Camden East Road off Highway #401.

    What to bring: Water, sunscreen, insect repellent, rain gear, snacks. Bring lunch. Please contact trip leader in advance if you require loaner binoculars or accommodations by sending email to: admin@ofo.ca. 


    Terrain: Flat terrain. Some walking. 


    Facilities: Restrooms available . 



    • 02 Oct 2022
    • 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Grimsby Biggar Lagoons
    • 3
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    Trip Description: 

    Niagara hotspots including the Eastern Lake Erie Shoreline: Sunday, October 2nd.

    Shorebirds, waterfowl and other Fall migrants.

    Who can come: Trip is for OFO members.  One birding buddy is allowed where required. Maximum: 30 participants. 

    Leader: Marcie Jacklin

    Location: Meet at Grimsby Wetlands: Biggar lagoons : 624 Winston Road, Grimsby.

    What to bring: .Water, sunscreen, insect repellent , snacks, (lunch). Please contact trip leader in advance if you require loaner binoculars or accommodations by sending email to: admin@ofo.ca. 

    Terrain: Flat terrain. Easy pace. Driving to several different spots.

    Facilities: Restrooms and lunch stop will be included in the itinerary. 

    A telescope is useful for this outing.


    • 08 Oct 2022
    • 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Location : St Joseph Island, Sault Ste Marie
    • 28
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    October 8 (Saturday) St. Joseph Island Migratory Bird Sanctuary

    Leader: Carter Dorscht

    Meet at 8:00am at the site gate, which is at the corner of A Line Road and Fort Road. We will be walking on foot for the whole trip, ~8km in total, but mostly smooth, paved surfaces. Scope recommended. Waterbirds, raptors, and late migrating songbirds.

    Land Acknowledgement : we acknowledge, with respect, that we are in Robinson-Huron Treaty territory, that the land on which we are gathered is the traditional territory of the Anishinaabe and known as Bawating. Bawating is the home of Garden River First Nation, Batchewana First Nation, the Historic Sault Ste. Marie Metis Council. 3.

    Who should come? Field trips are for OFO members One guest is allowed if required.  New birders and photographers are welcome.

    Type of trip: Resident birds,  migrants,  photography. 

    Location and Directions: see above.

    Public Transportation: n/a

    Duration: Rest stops and lunch break will occur through the day.

    Approximate Distance: Walking: 8 kms. 

    Terrain:  mostly flat but good footwear required.

    Gradient: Flat.

    Trail Surfaces: paved/grass. Walking involved.

    Accessibility: wet conditions possible. 

    Washrooms: at locations enroute.

    What you need to know


    OFO welcomes all people who are interested in birds and birding and strives to create an inclusive, comfortable, and enjoyable experience. OFO trip leaders are volunteers who generously offer their time to share their knowledge and passion for birds with others. 


    Beginner Birders: Most OFO trips are suitable for beginner birders. Please let the trip leader know if you are new to birding when you arrive.


    Code of Conduct and Code of Birding Ethics: Participants are expected to review OFO’s Code of Conduct and Code of Birding Ethics before the trip.


    Transportation: All participants are responsible for their own transportation to and from the field trip. Public transit information, if available, is included in the trip description. Car pooling is not encouraged at this time due to COVID-19.


    Meeting Time: Please arrive a few minutes before the start time. Please contact the trip leader if a cell number is provided, If you are running late or cannot attend.


    What to wear: Wear sturdy footwear and dress appropriately for the weather, season, and terrain. Long pants and closed shoes or boots are recommended as protection from the elements, ticks, and other biting insects. In bright light, a hat with a large brim will make it easier to see birds. 


    What to bring: Please bring your ID and health card, a mask, enough water for the duration of the trip, snacks, a packed lunch for a longer trip, and money for park entrance and ferry fees. Depending on the season, sunscreen, insect repellant, and a topical insect bite treatment such as Afterbite or Benadryl are  recommended.


    Optics and Cameras: Please bring your choice of binoculars, optional scope, and camera. Please contact the Field Trips Coordinator in advance by email at fieldtrips@ofo.ca if you require loaner binoculars. We will do our best to provide a pair. 


    Leaving early: Trip leaders understand that not everyone will be able to stay for the duration of the trip. If you must leave early, please inform the trip leader. 


    Rest stops and lunch breaks: Trip leaders will include rest stops and lunch breaks but if you require additional rest stops, please inform the trip leader, so they can accommodate your request.


    Safety and First Aid: Trip leaders are volunteers. They are not trained in first aid and cannot provide medical help in the case of an accident or administer medication.  When driving, please follow the rules of the road. Exercise caution when parking on the side of the road and getting out of your car. 


    Accessibility: OFO aims to provide accessible birding trips which are welcoming and enjoyable for all. If you have any questions about the trip, or require accommodations, please contact the trip leader in advance, by emailing fieldtrips@ofo.ca. Please allow a few days for a response.


    Contact: Please email fieldtrips@ofo.ca if you have any questions or concerns.

    • 08 Oct 2022
    • 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Location : Barrie
    • 15
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    Trip : 

    Saturday, October. 8 / 2022 BIRDING KEMPENFELT BAY

    Meet at Marina at  Bayfield and Simcoe Streets  9:00 a.m. Jim Coey 705 543 1866

    Meet at the City of Barrie Transient Marina at Bayfield and Simcoe Streets. Park in either parking lot to the east and west of Bayfield Street.  Currently free on weekends.

    We’ll look for migrants in the parks and waterfowl on the lake. Lake Simcoe has had some surprising birds over the years. Who knows what will turn up?  Trip will end about 12.30 / 1.00 p.m.

    Easy walking, bring snacks and water. Dress for the weather. Accessible washrooms available.

    ​Land Acknowledgement

    The City of Barrie acknowledges the traditional territory of the Anishinaabeg people, which include the Odawa, Ojibwe, and Pottawatomi Nations collectively known as the Three Fires Confederacy. We also acknowledge the Wendat Nation (Huron) who occupied these lands prior to the middle of the 17th century.

    We are dedicated to honouring Indigenous history and culture and recognize the enduring presence of Indigenous peoples on this land. We are committed to moving forward in the spirit of reconciliation and respect with all First Nations, Métis, and Inuit People.

    Who should come? Field trips are for OFO members One guest is allowed if required.  New birders and photographers are welcome.

    Type of trip : Fall birds,  photography. 

    Location and Directions: see above.

    Public Transportation: n/a except in Barrie itself.

    Duration: Rest stops and coffee breaks will occur throughout the morning.

    Approximate Distance: Distances driven depend on local birding info at time of the trip.

    Terrain:  mostly flat but good footwear required.

    Gradient: Flat.

    Trail Surfaces: paved/grass. Walking involved.

    Accessibility: wet conditions possible. 

    Washrooms: see above.


    What you need to know


    OFO welcomes all people who are interested in birds and birding and strives to create an inclusive, comfortable, and enjoyable experience. OFO trip leaders are volunteers who generously offer their time to share their knowledge and passion for birds with others. 


    Beginner Birders: Most OFO trips are suitable for beginner birders. Please let the trip leader know if you are new to birding when you arrive.


    Code of Conduct and Code of Birding Ethics: Participants are expected to review OFO’s Code of Conduct and Code of Birding Ethics before the trip.


    Transportation: All participants are responsible for their own transportation to and from the field trip. Public transit information, if available, is included in the trip description. Car pooling is not encouraged at this time due to COVID-19.


    Meeting Time: Please arrive a few minutes before the start time. Please contact the trip leader if a cell number is provided, If you are running late or cannot attend.


    What to wear: Wear sturdy footwear and dress appropriately for the weather, season, and terrain. Long pants and closed shoes or boots are recommended as protection from the elements, ticks, and other biting insects. In bright light, a hat with a large brim will make it easier to see birds. 


    What to bring: Please bring your ID and health card, a mask, enough water for the duration of the trip, snacks, a packed lunch for a longer trip, and money for park entrance and ferry fees. Depending on the season, sunscreen, insect repellant, and a topical insect bite treatment such as Afterbite or Benadryl are  recommended.


    Optics and Cameras: Please bring your choice of binoculars, optional scope, and camera. Please contact the Field Trips Coordinator in advance by email at fieldtrips@ofo.ca if you require loaner binoculars. We will do our best to provide a pair. 


    Leaving early: Trip leaders understand that not everyone will be able to stay for the duration of the trip. If you must leave early, please inform the trip leader. 


    Rest stops and lunch breaks: Trip leaders will include rest stops and lunch breaks but if you require additional rest stops, please inform the trip leader, so they can accommodate your request.


    Safety and First Aid: Trip leaders are volunteers. They are not trained in first aid and cannot provide medical help in the case of an accident or administer medication.  When driving, please follow the rules of the road. Exercise caution when parking on the side of the road and getting out of your car. 


    Accessibility: OFO aims to provide accessible birding trips which are welcoming and enjoyable for all. If you have any questions about the trip, or require accommodations, please contact the trip leader in advance, by emailing fieldtrips@ofo.ca. Please allow a few days for a response.


    Contact: Please email fieldtrips@ofo.ca if you have any questions or concerns.

    • 15 Oct 2022
    • 8:00 AM
    • 16 Oct 2022
    • 3:00 PM
    • Location : Hilliardton Marsh
    • 4
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    Trip : 

    October 15 (Saturday)October 16 (Sunday) - Hilliardton Marsh: Saw-whets and Sandhills

    Leader: Bruce Murphy. Meet 8:00 am both days at the Hilliardton Marsh Banding Station. As it will be a half moon, you will have the chance to see Northern Saw-whet Owls, Boreal Owls, and perhaps Long-eared Owls being banded. During the day bird local hotspots to see thousands of Sandhill Cranes and boreal specialties like Canada Jays and Boreal Chickadees. Accommodations available at one of several moderately priced motels in New Liskeard, Englehart and Earlton. Registration required at ofo.ca.


    Who should come? Field trips are for OFO members One guest is allowed if required.  New birders and photographers are welcome.

    Type of trip : Fall birds,  photography. 

    Location and Directions: see above.

    Public Transportation: n/a 

    Duration: Rest stops and coffee/lunch breaks will occur throughout the days.

    Approximate Distance: Distances driven depend on local birding info at time of the trip.

    Terrain:  mostly flat but good footwear required.

    Gradient: Flat.

    Trail Surfaces: paved/grass. Walking involved.

    Accessibility: wet conditions possible. 

    Washrooms: local rest stops..


    What you need to know


    OFO welcomes all people who are interested in birds and birding and strives to create an inclusive, comfortable, and enjoyable experience. OFO trip leaders are volunteers who generously offer their time to share their knowledge and passion for birds with others. 


    Beginner Birders: Most OFO trips are suitable for beginner birders. Please let the trip leader know if you are new to birding when you arrive.


    Code of Conduct and Code of Birding Ethics: Participants are expected to review OFO’s Code of Conduct and Code of Birding Ethics before the trip.


    Transportation: All participants are responsible for their own transportation to and from the field trip. Public transit information, if available, is included in the trip description. Car pooling is not encouraged at this time due to COVID-19.


    Meeting Time: Please arrive a few minutes before the start time. Please contact the trip leader if a cell number is provided, If you are running late or cannot attend.


    What to wear: Wear sturdy footwear and dress appropriately for the weather, season, and terrain. Long pants and closed shoes or boots are recommended as protection from the elements, ticks, and other biting insects. In bright light, a hat with a large brim will make it easier to see birds. 


    What to bring: Please bring your ID and health card, a mask, enough water for the duration of the trip, snacks, a packed lunch for a longer trip, and money for park entrance and ferry fees. Depending on the season, sunscreen, insect repellant, and a topical insect bite treatment such as Afterbite or Benadryl are  recommended.


    Optics and Cameras: Please bring your choice of binoculars, optional scope, and camera. Please contact the Field Trips Coordinator in advance by email at fieldtrips@ofo.ca if you require loaner binoculars. We will do our best to provide a pair. 


    Leaving early: Trip leaders understand that not everyone will be able to stay for the duration of the trip. If you must leave early, please inform the trip leader. 


    Rest stops and lunch breaks: Trip leaders will include rest stops and lunch breaks but if you require additional rest stops, please inform the trip leader, so they can accommodate your request.


    Safety and First Aid: Trip leaders are volunteers. They are not trained in first aid and cannot provide medical help in the case of an accident or administer medication.  When driving, please follow the rules of the road. Exercise caution when parking on the side of the road and getting out of your car. 


    Accessibility: OFO aims to provide accessible birding trips which are welcoming and enjoyable for all. If you have any questions about the trip, or require accommodations, please contact the trip leader in advance, by emailing fieldtrips@ofo.ca. Please allow a few days for a response.


    Contact: Please email fieldtrips@ofo.ca if you have any questions or concerns.

    • 15 Oct 2022
    • 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Location : Trenear Valley near Brighton
    • 16
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    October 15(Saturday) (Saturday): Trent Valley Hawkwatch

    Leaders: Dave Milsom, Cathy Douglas,  Brian Wales

    Trip Duration: 9:00 - 3:30 pm  

    Trip Description: 

    October 15 (Saturday) Trent Valley Quarry, west of Brighton

    Leaders : Dave Milsom, Cathy Douglas, Brian Wales. Meet at 9: 00 a.m. on Trenear Road at entrance to the quarry, accessed north of County Road #2. Scan skies for migrant raptors and others. Washrooms nearby but not onsite. Trip ends at 3 pm.

    Bring food, water. Scope is very useful. Participants will be contacted if weather conditions are unfavourable.

    Who Should Come? Field trips are for OFO members. One guest is allowed if participant requires assistance during trip.  New birders and photographers are welcome.

    Type of Trip: Migrant and resident birds, photography. Scope very useful.

    Location and Directions: Meet 9:00 am at Trent Quarry entrance on Trenear Road.

    Public Transportation: N/A

    Duration: Rest stops and lunch break will occur throughout the day.

    Approximate Distance: About 1.5 kms drive to overlook from Co. Rd. #2.

    Terrain: Flat.

    Gradient: Flat at overlook.

    Accessibility: wet conditions possible.

    What You Need to Know:


    OFO welcomes all people who are interested in birds and birding and strives to create an inclusive, comfortable, and enjoyable experience. OFO trip leaders are volunteers who generously offer their time to share their knowledge and passion for birds with others. 


    Beginner Birders: Most OFO trips are suitable for beginner birders. Please let the trip leader know if you are new to birding when you arrive.


    Code of Conduct and Code of Birding Ethics: Participants are expected to review OFO’s Code of Conduct and Code of Birding Ethics before the trip.


    Transportation: All participants are responsible for their own transportation to and from the field trip. Public transit information, if available, is included in the trip description. Car pooling is not encouraged at this time due to COVID-19.


    Meeting Time: Please arrive a few minutes before the start time. Please contact the trip leader if a cell number is provided, If you are running late or cannot attend.


    What to Wear: Wear sturdy footwear and dress appropriately for the weather, season, and terrain. Long pants and closed shoes or boots are recommended as protection from the elements, ticks, and other biting insects. In bright light, a hat with a large brim will make it easier to see birds. 


    What to Bring: Please bring your ID and health card, a mask, enough water for the duration of the trip, snacks, a packed lunch for a longer trip, and money for park entrance and ferry fees. Depending on the season, sunscreen, insect repellant, and a topical insect bite treatment such as Afterbite or Benadryl are  recommended.


    Optics and Cameras: Please bring your choice of binoculars, optional scope, and camera. Please contact the Field Trips Coordinator in advance by email at fieldtrips@ofo.ca if you require loaner binoculars. We will do our best to provide a pair. 


    Leaving Early: Trip leaders understand that not everyone will be able to stay for the duration of the trip. If you must leave early, please inform the trip leader. 


    Rest Stops and Lunch Breaks: Trip leaders will include rest stops and lunch breaks but if you require additional rest stops, please inform the trip leader, so they can accommodate your request.


    Safety and First Aid: Trip leaders are volunteers. They are not trained in first aid and cannot provide medical help in the case of an accident or administer medication.  When driving, please follow the rules of the road. Exercise caution when parking on the side of the road and getting out of your car. 


    Accessibility: OFO aims to provide accessible birding trips which are welcoming and enjoyable for all. If you have any questions about the trip, or require accommodations, please contact the trip leader in advance, by emailing fieldtrips@ofo.ca. Please allow a few days for a response.


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    • 22 Oct 2022
    • 8:30 AM
    • 23 Oct 2022
    • 3:00 PM
    • Location : Wiarton
    • 23
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