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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 recent trips reports for Bruce Peninsula (2-day trip), Happy Valley, King Township, Presqu'ile Provincial Park, Lanark County, Skunk's Misery, Blenheim & Ridgetown Lagoons, Carden Alvar, Tiny Marsh, Leslie Street Spit, Toronto, Opinicon Road, Napanee Plain & Amherst Island and Ottawa (until Noon) on the current trip reports page.
Next Field Trips
August 5 (Sunday) Durham Region & Lake Ontario Marshes with Rayfield Pye, John Stirrat
August 25 (Saturday) Palgrave, Tottenham Sod Farms, Schomberg Lagoons with Kevin Schacklton
August 26 (Sunday) Rock Point Provincial Park & Eastern Lake Erie Shore with Marcie Jacklin
September 1 (Saturday) Toronto Islands with Gavin Platt
Urgent Appeal: Brighton Wetlands
A chance to preserve habitat
A parcel of land which includes the Brighton Wetlands has recently come on the market. NCC is spearheading the purchase of this land which will complete an important habitat corridor required by thousands of birds.
OFO is supporting this appeal and we urge you to donate what you can.
A Shooting Range in the Carden Alvar?
Add your voice
OFO is supporting the efforts of the Couchiching Conservancy to fight a proposal for a large, outdoor shooting range right in the middle of prime birding habitat in the Carden Alvar. A shooting range would create a great deal of disturbance and is not compatible with the preservation of bird habitat.
Please join the mailing list so you can get updates and add your voice. Click here to sign up.
Register Now for the OFO Young Birders Camp 2018 - 2 spaces left!
August 25 – September 1, 2018
The OFO Young Birders Camp is an immersive birding and naturalist experience for teenagers aged 13-18. The overnight camp will take place the last week of August when biting insects have died down and fall migration is peaking.
Campers will stay at the Wildlife Research Station, a private research facility situated in a forest beside a lake off Hwy 60. Campers will learn about the biodiversity of Algonquin Park, wildlife research, nature interpretation and increase their observation skills.
The cost of the camp is $700 for the full week.
Space is limited to 14 campers. Click to register.
For more information, please contact Lynne Freeman at email@example.com
Moosonee Trip full
The Moosonee (5-day trip) on 2018-09-06 is full.
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