Marsh Sandpiper

OFO's 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.

When a rare bird appears on private property or public property where access and/or crowd control may become an issue, careful planning is required to ensure that the owner/host/property manager, birders, photographers and the bird all have a positive experience.

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.

Find out more about this exciting program at: Finding Birds / Rare Bird Ambassadors

What to do if you have found a rare bird? Instructions for landowners and birders

Want to be a Rare Bird Ambassador? You don’t have to belong to OFO.

Find out more about being a Rare Bird Ambassador

Register to be a Rare Bird Ambassador

Photo Credit: Marsh Sandpiper by Matt Parsons

Recent Trips

There are recent trips reports for Peterborough, Prince Edward County, Cabot Head and Bruce Peninsula, Minesing, Algonquin Park, Ottawa and Nephton on the current trip reports page.

Free First-Year Membership Offer

For those who have faced barriers to birding

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

Attention Young Birders

Events are on!

Events for Young Birders (up to 20 years old)

Registration is now open for the following events.

OFO Young Birders "Big Day" in Toronto's Tommy Thompson Park - May 7th!!

Spend the day with fellow young birders trying to see how many birds you can find at Tommy Thompson Park in Toronto. This event will be led my Max Segler, and active young birder in Toronto.

More information and registration

OFO Alan Wormington Memorial Camp, July 3 – 10

This year's OFO's Alan Wormington Memorial Camp for teen birders and naturalists will take place from Sunday, July 3 to Sunday, July 10. Campers must be between 13 and 18 years old at the time of the camp. The camp will cost $700 for the week.

More information and registration

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