First Year Free Memberships

Free First Year Membership Offer

As always, Ontario Field Ornithologists invites and welcomes birders of all backgrounds and experience levels to join us! New this this year, OFO is offering a Free First Year Membership to people who have faced barriers that have prevented them from joining OFO or participating in birding.

These barriers may relate to factors including but not limited to: Financial; Gender; Language; Religion; Race; Being a Newcomer to Canada; Sexual Orientation; Disability, etc.

OFO Members enjoy:

  • Being part of an inclusive community of birders of all backgrounds and levels of experience
  • Ontario Birds, our journal, published three times a year in April, August and December
  • OFO NEWS, our newsletter, published three times a year in February, June and October
  • Over 70 field trips each year to birding spots throughout Ontario
  • The Annual Convention - three days of birding and fun
  • Specialized workshops to build your birding skills

Please join us!

**Questions? **Email us at diversity@ofo,ca

OFO Member's Holiday Bash!

Celebrate birding in 2021

OFO members are invited to join an OFO celebration of birding in 2021! Pour yourself some hot cocoa and join us on Zoom, 7 to 8 pm, Thursday, December 16th.

The program will include presentations on Christmas Bird Counts, the Ontario Winter Bird List and Winter Birding Challenge, and a fun quiz based on some of the exciting rarities of 2021.

Registration is required.

Hope to see you there!

Winter Birding Challenge Returns!

December 1, 2021 - February 28, 2022

OFO Winter Birding Challenge

After the popularity of last year’s Winter Birding Challenge, the OFO is excited to announce it is back for another year starting December 1st and running to February 28th! Get outside to enjoy the winter; find some great birds; contribute to community science through eBird; and have a chance to win some great prizes!

This challenge will focus on birding your 5MR (5 mile radius) of your house. How many different species can you find this winter within your radius?

Anyone interested in birds is welcome to enter the Winter Birding Challenge - you do not need to be an experienced birder or a member of OFO to join in the fun.

To find out more and to register go to Events/Winter Birding Challenge.

Join the Ontario Birds' Editing Team!

The Ontario Field Ornithologists’s Ontario Birds journal needs another editor to join its three-member team for early 2022. Ideally, we are looking for a professional ornithologist and birder with natural history interests and extensive writing experience. Receive satisfaction helping Ontario birders turn their observations into notes and articles to become part of the scientific record. Learn many interesting things about the birds of Ontario. This is a volunteer position, usually serving a 3-year term. Ontario Birds is published three times a year. Enquiries from individuals with lesser qualifications are welcome.

If you are interested, please contact Chip Weseloh by email ( or by phone/text (647-631-4329).

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