For 2018, the OFO Celebrity Birders are Bruce Di Labio, Paul Pratt and Tom Hince. To say this trio has a rich and storied reputation in Big Day birding would be an understatement. Some of their accomplishments include setting the all time Big Day records for North America, the US, Canada, Texas, New Jersey, 7 Canadian provinces (including Ontario) and 2 territories! The team has also won the esteemed World Series of Birding in New Jersey, the Great Texas Classic Birding competition, and the Spacecoast Flyway birding competition in Florida. They have definitely put Canadian birding talent on the map and are the first to admit they might be a tad obsessed!
On May 12th, they won't be racing around the province, county, or even the Pelee birding area. Instead, they will be doing a Big Sit near the Tip of Point Pelee! They invite you to drop by and say hi, help spot some birds for the list, or just for a chat, or better still to make a pledge! They hope to make this an annual tradition. Keep an eye out for three old dudes in comfy chairs!.
The Great Canadian Birdathon (formerly the Baillie Birdathon) is the oldest sponsored bird count in North America. Your tax deductible donation supports Bird Studies Canada, various bird observatories and monitoring programs such as the Canadian Lakes Loon Survey. It also supports the James L. Baillie Memorial Fund which provides grants primarily to amateur field ornithology researchers. As well, a portion of all donations pledged for the OFO Team will be returned to OFO and will be specifically earmarked to the OFO Young Birders Program. Please be generous and make your pledge today!