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The Carden Alvar, just east of Lake Simcoe, is Ontario's birding hotspot in late May and June for seeing multitudes of grassland and scrubland birds. Wylie Road, near the Kirkfield Lift Lock, is the best early summer birding road in Ontario. It is a reliable spot to find the endangered Loggerhead Shrike and elusive Sedge Wren. Other sought after birds include Upland Sandpiper, Golden-winged Warbler, Clay-colored and Grasshopper Sparrow. The Carden Alvar is one of the last lost corners of the old rural Ontario landscape with Eastern Bluebirds, Brown Thrashers, Bobolinks and Eastern Meadowlarks as abundant as they were 75 years ago before modern farming. Early evening is enchanting with Common Nighthawks booming overhead and Whip-poor-wills singing. See the Carden Alvar Birding Guide in the Articles and Reports section here.
There are recent trips reports for Bruce Peninsula (two days), Happy Valley, King Township, Larose Forest east of Ottawa (until noon), Rainy River (two days), Carden Alvar, Skunk's Misery, Tiny Marsh, Leslie Street Spit, Toronto, Munster-Richmond Area (Ottawa), Toronto Islands and Pelee Island (three days) on the current trip reports page.
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 John Black, Dan Salisbury
September 3 (Saturday) Lake Huron Flyway North with Cindy Cartwright, Maris Apse
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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