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The top places to see spring warblers are the shoreline migrant traps along the Great Lakes such as Point Pelee, Rondeau, Long Point, Leslie Street Spit, Thickson's Woods, Presqu'ile and Prince Edward Point. Shorelines also offer easier viewing because the cold water of the Great Lakes chills the air, slowing leaf-out. Expect 20 or more warbler species on many days in May. The late Jim Baillie, ornithologist at the Royal Ontario Museum, said the best time of day for May warblers is between 7:00 and 9:00 a.m. because one must wait until the sun warms emerging leaves and insects. See the Spring Warbler Migration Guide in the Articles and Reports section here.
There are new photos of Wild Turkey, Eastern Meadowlark, Common Grackle, Eastern Phoebe, Brown Thrasher, Osprey, Killdeer, Spotted Sandpiper, Canada Goose, Bell's Vireo, Northern Flicker, Common Loon and American Kestrel in the checklist gallery.
Next Field Trips
April 23 (Sunday) Minesing Swamp with Mark Cranford
April 23 (Sunday) Peterborough Area with Dave Milsom
April 23 (Sunday) Nesting Ravens and Raptors in Ottawa with Langis Sirois
April 23 (Sunday) Prince Edward County South Shore Important Bird Area with Mike Burrell
Alan Wormington Memorial Camp
An Immersive Birding and Science Experience in Algonquin Park
Registration is now open for the first annual Alan Wormington Memorial Camp for young birders and naturalists aged 13-18. Birding, research, wilderness canoeing....find out more at http://ofo.ca/ofo-docs/OFOCamp2017.pdf or email Lynne Freeman at firstname.lastname@example.org
OFO Shorebird Viewing at Hillman Marsh
Click here for information about joining OFO experts at the Shorebird Cell to watch shorebirds migrating to Arctic breeding grounds.
Dates: May 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 17, 19, 20, 21, 22
Time: 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.
Memberships and merchandise will be available (cash or cheque) at Grimsby Beamer Conservation Area Hawk Watch Open House Friday April 14, 10-1 pm. May 5-12 OFO will also be at Point Pelee's visitor centre tent area. Please pre-order for selection of sizes at this event. Email Nancy Smith at email@example.com or talk or text (905) 563-8322.
Registration limit reached
Project NestWatch Workshop: Toronto Islands is now full.
Register for Nest Searching Workshops
Registration is now open for the Nest Searching Workshops!
May 28: Project Nest Watch workshop at the Toronto Islands with Mark Peck. NOW FULL.
June 10: Nest Searching in Pelham with Brad Clements.
Space is limited so please reserve your spot. Register here
Calling Young Birders!
OFO Young Birders for ages 9 - 19
OFO runs field trips and workshops across the province for young birders aged 9 -19. The only prerequisites are enthusiasm and curiosity about birds. These trips are a great way to meet other young birders who share your interests as well as to learn more about birds and where to find them.
Please email Lynne Freeman at firstname.lastname@example.org to get on the Young Birders email list.
Check out the 2017 trips!
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