What We Do

Ontario Field Ornithologists (OFO) is dedicated to the study of bird life in Ontario. It was formed in 1982 to unify the growing numbers of field ornithologists across the province and to provide a forum for ideas and information among its members, who now number over 1,000. OFO was incorporated in 1987. All donations to OFO (not including annual membership fees) are tax deductible and help to further field ornithology in Ontario.

The objects of OFO are:

  • To promote the appreciation of Ontario's birds
  • To disseminate information relating to the status, identification, distribution, ecology and behaviour of Ontario's birds
  • To encourage field studies of Ontario's birds
  • To adjudicate records of rare birds and to maintain an official list of Ontario birds
  • For the objects aforesaid, to carry on printing and publishing and selling and distributing literature

Ontario Birds and OFO News are OFO’s publications, each published three times a year and included with your OFO membership. Ontario Birds documents new information on the birds of the province and includes notes and articles about their status, distribution, identification and behaviour, as well as the Annual Report of the OBRC. OFO News features short articles, announcements, site guides, bird artists, field trip reports and OBRC updates.

OFO Field Trips visit some of the best birding spots in Ontario: Long Point, Kingston, Carden Alvar, Algonquin Provincial Park, Presqu’ile Provincial Park, the Niagara River, Fisherville, Manitoulin Island, Rondeau Provincial Park, Kingston, Leslie Street Spit, Prince Edward Point National Wildlife Area, Bruce Peninsula. The list grows and changes all the time. Trips with expert leaders emphasize field identification for both novice and experienced birders.

Ontario Bird Records Committee (OBRC) is a committee of OFO that maintains the official Ontario Bird Checklist and publishes a Review List of species for which documentation is requested.

ONTBIRDS, is OFO's electronic mailing listserv that notifies birders of interesting Ontario bird sightings.

OFO arranges special publications such as Ornithology in Ontario (1994) and An Index to Ontario Birds (1998). Information on how to purchase these and other products such as cards and apparel featuring the OFO logo can be found in the Sales section.

Each fall, OFO holds an Annual Convention at a centre within easy access of most members. Activities include guest speakers, field trips, birding displays and a social gathering.

Pileated Woodpecker
Photo: Sandra and Frank Horvath

Pileated Woodpecker
Photo: Karl Egressy