Ontario Provincial and Regional Rare Bird Alerts and Birding News

Below is a list of provincial and regional sources of information about birds in Ontario. It includes email groups, instant messaging services, and social media groups. Please note that many of these have no affiliation with OFO. To report an error or omission, email ofo@ofo.ca.

Provincial Rare Bird Alerts (RBAs)

  • Ontbirds
    • Provincial email-based Listserv run by OFO.
  • Ontario Rare Bird Alert (Facebook group)
    • Facebook group for reports of provincially-rare birds.
  • Ontario Rare Bird Alert (eBird)
    • Automatic eBird-based alerts for the province. Note this includes all records in Ontario "flagged" as rare at the local level from the previous seven days. Can be viewed online or subscribed to for email alerts (hourly or daily).
  • Ontario Birds Discord Server
    • Discord server (best used with the Discord app but can be used online with a web browser) with separate "channels" for regional alerts/discussion but also features an Ontario-wide rare bird alert channel.
  • Ontario Rare Bird Alert (Google group)
    • Email-based group (can be viewed online only) with custom hourly and daily feed from eBird of provincial-level rarities.

Provincial Birding News and Discussion

  • OFO on Facebook
  • Birdnews
    • Provincial email-based Listserv run by OFO for announcements, CBC results, FOY sightings, hawk watch reports, bird festival sightings, etc.
  • Ontario Birds (Facebook group)
    • Group for anything related to birds/birding in Ontario.
  • Advanced Birding in Ontario (Facebook group)
    • Group for discussing advanced bird/birding ideas (e.g. difficult ID, hybrids, etc.).

Regional Birding News and Discussion (including local Rare Bird Alerts)

Ontario Birds Discord Server regional channels

The Ontario Birds Discord Server (https://discord.gg/EXJ5S9e) is a message-based service with regional RBA and discussion channels for all parts of Ontario. To use Discord, you can go to the website or, preferably install Discord on your mobile device or PC.

WhatsApp Regional Groups

There are several regional WhatsApp groups for sharing local sightings of interest. To join these you will need to have WhatsApp installed on your mobile device and contact one of the admins with your request to join. Some groups are limited to people who actually live in the area. Note that there is a limit of 256 people in a WhatsApp group and administrators have the discretion to limit the number of members.

WhatsApp Group Admin Admin Contact
Algonquin Rare Bird Alert Jeff Skevington, Rick Stronks jhskevington@gmail.com
Durham Birds Charmaine Anderson, Dave Worthington worth158@rogers.com
Lambton Rare Bird Alert Sean Jenniskens and Anne Goulden seanjenniskens@hotmail.com or Anniegou@gmail.com
Long Point Birds Stu Mackenze and Adam Timpf stu.a.mackenzie@gmail.com
Ottawa RBA Mike Tate, Michelle Martin michaeltate@rogers.com or raquettail@gmail.com
P.E.C. Bird Alert Sam Shepherd samshepherd@gmail.com
Presqu'ile Birds Bill Gilmour tbki2012@gmail.com