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July and August are the time to see southbound shorebirds migrating from the Arctic. The shorelines of the Great Lakes and sewage lagoons are the best places to watch them. Adult shorebirds migrate south before the juveniles, which follow three or four weeks later. Overall numbers often peak about the third week of August when it is possible to see over 20 species in a day at key locations such as Rock Point Provincial Park on Lake Erie and Presqu'ile Provincial Park on Lake Ontario. See Southbound Shorebirds in the Articles and Reports section here.
There are new photos of Great Blue Heron, Common Gallinule, Piping Plover, Orchard Oriole, Eastern Phoebe, Common Raven, Common Loon, Acadian Flycatcher, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Thick-billed Kingbird, Short-billed Dowitcher, Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Wilson's Snipe, Tree Swallow, Evening Grosbeak, Cedar Waxwing and Least Flycatcher in the checklist gallery.
Next Field Trips
August 14 (Sunday) Durham Region and Lake Ontario Marshes with Rayfield Pye, John Stirrat
August 21 (Sunday) Palgrave, Tottenham Sod Farms, Schomberg Lagoons with John Schmefelske
August 28 (Sunday) Rock Point Provincial Park and Eastern Lake Erie Shore with Marcie Jacklin
September 3 (Saturday) Lake Huron Flyway North with Cindy Cartwright
2016 Convention - September 23-25 Kingston
Please click here to go to the member site to register for this year's convention.
Please note that the 1-800-267-7780 number given in the brochure for the Ambassador hotel does not work - it should read 1-800-267-7880 instead. You can also call the 613-548-3605 number.
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