Upcoming Field Trips

Trips will operate rain or shine. Remember to bring lunch, drinks, proper clothing, footwear, sunscreen and insect repellent. OFO encourages car pooling on all field trips. Participants are reminded that it is the responsibility of every participant on an OFO field trip to comply with the OFO Birding Code of Ethics, and to minimize the risk of injury or damages that may result from unsafe or inappropriate behaviour (especially when driving, or while roadside birding where passing traffic presents a hazard).

OFO Field Trips in IBAs

Of all the amazing OFO field trips, almost 40 of them will visit IBAs! IBAs are Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas, and are designated for congregations of birds (more than 1% of their population) or species at risk (on the IUCN or COSEWIC lists). OFO will travel to around 20 IBAs including Point Pelee, Long Point, Rondeau, Skunk’s Misery, Cabot Head and others in SW Ontario, a few Kingston area IBAs like Wolfe Island, Amherst Island and Napanee, the Leslie Street Spit IBA in Toronto, and as far north as the Moose River Estuary IBA near Moosonee. These trips will let you explore marshes, lakes, rivers, forests, islands, and grasslands (Ontario IBAs are very diverse).

Like many Bird Studies Canada programs, the IBA Program is volunteer-driven, and contributions from on-the-ground observers are essential to help strengthen our database. You can help keep our records as current as possible by simply submitting a checklist to eBird when you are birding in an IBA. If stopping at multiple locations consider using the IBA Protocol (but speak to the Ontario IBA Coordinator for more details first). By doing this, you are not only having an excellent time birding, but are playing a part in the conservation of birds and their habitat. If you are interested in further helping IBAs, there are numerous opportunities. Just contact the Ontario IBA Coordinator at ontarioiba@birdscanada.org for more information. Happy birding!

Young Birders

OFO Young Birders field trips and workshops are for birders age 9 -19. The only prerequisites are enthusiasm and curiosity about birds. Parents or guardians are encouraged to attend except where otherwise indicated.

Trips will operate rain or shine. Remember to bring lunch, drinks, proper clothing, footwear, sunscreen & insect repellent as appropriate. Carpooling is encouraged for driving trips.

If you have questions, contact Lynne Freeman at lynnef.to@gmail.com or 416-671-0325 (email is better).

Trips may be added or changed so please check the field trips on the OFO web site prior to the trip.

Next Scheduled Trips and Workshops

February 23 2020 (Sunday) Amherst Island with optional extension to Kingston and Wolfe Island

Leader: Jon Ruddy

Meet 8:00 am at the Amherst Island ferry dock on Highway 33/Bath Road in Milhaven (44.193057, -76.741106). Take 8.30 am ferry. Fee required. Carpooling from the dock encouraged. Bring packed lunch and hot drinks. There will be an emphasis on looking for wintering owls and raptors. Depending on weather and birds, we expect to leave Amherst in the early afternoon with an optional extension to explore the Kingston area and Wolfe Island. Registration required at ofo.ca. Maximum 20 participants. Click here to register

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March 14 2020 (Saturday) Fisherville Area, Haldimand and Norfolk Counties

Leader: Dave Milsom (705-874-8531), Barry Coombs

Meet 9:00 am in parking lot of the high school at the north end of Cayuga on County Road 54. Hawks, owls, Snow Buntings, Lapland Longspurs, sparrows.

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March 15 2020 (Sunday) Long Point Area

Leader: Diane Salter, Doug Tozer, Adam Timpf, Stu Mackenzie

Meet 9:00 am in main parking lot of St. Williams Forestry Station on County Road 24 west of intersection with County Road 16. Waterfowl, swans, Sandhill Cranes, early spring migrants.

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April 3 2020 (Friday) Young Birders - Canada Jay and Winter Birding Weekend at Algonquin Park

Leader: Matthew Fuirst

Young birders. The famous Canada Jay weekend is back! Spend a weekend at Algonquin Park exploring winter birds and learning about Canada Jay breeding behaviour on territory with Canada Jay researcher Matthew Fuirst. Basic accommodation at the Wildlife Research Station at KM 33 off Highway 69 across from the Mew Lake campground. Food will be self-catered and menu and cost will be determined before the weekend. Meet Friday evening after 7:30 pm or Saturday morning before 10:00 am at the Wildlife Research Station, Director?s Cabin. Canada Jay birding begins at 10:00 am Saturday morning with departure after lunch on Sunday. Registration required at ofo.ca. Maximum 15 participants. Cost is $80 pp / night. Click here to register

April 4 2020 (Saturday) Point Pelee Area Photography

Leader: Jeremy Bensette

Meet 8.00 am in parking lot of Mersea Park on Point Pelee Drive where it intersects with Mersea Road C (look for Freddy's Restaurant on the corner). Open to all OFO members who photograph birds and nature. Possible visit to Point Pelee National Park. Park entry fee required.

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April 5 2020 (Sunday) Spring Waterfowl Migration East of Ottawa - Date TBA

Leader: Bob Cermak

Date will depend on the timing of peak migration. Meet 8:00 am along Petrie Island Causeway on Trim Road at the bottom of the hill north of Jeanne D'Arc Boulevard. Take Highway 417 east then Highway 174 east and turn north on Trim Road in Orleans. After a stop at Tim Hortons, we will search for migrating geese, ducks, Sandhill Cranes, raptors, early spring migrants on Milton Road, Frank Kenny Road, Russell Road and the flood plains east of Bourget. Bring a scope if possible. Trip ends at 2:00 pm. For updates, registration required at ofo.ca. You will be emailed the date when it is determined. Click here to register

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April 11 2020 (Saturday) Point Pelee National Park

Leader: Ellen Smout

Meet 7:30 am at the marsh boardwalk parking lot in Point Pelee National Park. Park entry fee required. We will bird the marsh boardwalk, north-west beach, Visitor Centre area, and tip.

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April 19 2020 (Sunday) Nesting Ravens and Raptors in Ottawa

Leader: Langis Sirois

Meet 8:00 am. Meeting place, which depends on location of birds, will be posted in advance on Ontbirds and OFO website. Visit areas in Ottawa's East end and possibly seasonally flooded fields in the Milton Road area. Raven's nest is guaranteed; raptor nests are possible. Trip ends at noon; extension to 2:00 optional. For updates, registration required at ofo.ca. Click here to register

April 19 2020 (Sunday) Minesing Swamp

Leader: Mark Cranford

Meet 8:30 am at Tim Hortons in Angus on Simcoe County Road 90 west of Barrie. Marsh birds, early spring migrants, shorebirds, waterfowl.

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April 19 2020 (Sunday) Algonquin Provincial Park

Leader: Ron Tozer

Meet 9:00 am at the Visitor Centre at km 43 on Highway 60, where required park permit can be purchased. Search for Spruce Grouse, Black-backed Woodpecker, Canada Jay, Boreal Chickadee. Bring packed lunch or buy food at the Visitor Centre restaurant. Trip ends in late afternoon.

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April 25 2020 (Saturday) Spring Birding on the Bruce Peninsula

Leader: Martin Parker, Kathy Parker, Kiah Jasper

Two day trip. Meet both days at 8:30 am at the parking area for the Spirit Rock Outpost and Lodge on Highway 6 at the north end of Wiarton. The Bruce Peninsula between Georgian Bay and Lake Huron is a corridor for migrating birds. Saturday?s birding will focus on the Cabot Head area with concentrations of Red-necked Grebes and other waterbirds on Georgian Bay and hawks moving along the cliffs of the Niagara Escarpment. Sunday?s birding will focus on the Lake Huron shoreline from Stokes Bay south with emphasis on waterfowl and late April migrants. Accommodation available at Spirit Rock Outpost and Lodge. Phone (519) 534-5168.

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April 25 2020 (Saturday) Peterborough Area

Leader: Dave Milsom (705-874-8531), Matthew Tobey

Meet 8:00 am the Peterborough Zoo parking lot at 1300 Water Street just south of Trent University. Early spring migrants and late winter birds.

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April 25 2020 (Saturday) – Young Birders - Sparrow and Warbler ID Workshop

Leader: Dan Chronowic

Young birders. Spend a day at the Camp Kawartha Environment Centre learning advanced ID and song recognition for the sparrows and warblers migrating to Ontario. The workshop will include birding in the field. Meet at 8:00 am at the Camp Kawartha Environment Centre at 2505 Pioneer Rd, Peterborough. Workshop ends at 12:00 with optional birding in the afternoon. Bring your lunch and birding gear. Registration required at ofo.ca. Maximum 20 participants. Click here to register

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April 25 2020 (Saturday) Photography Workshop

Leader: Tim Thorington

Meet 8:00 am at Whitby Harbour parking lot to photograph birds at the harbour and the Lynde Shores/Cranberry Marsh areas. No experience required. You just need a keen interest in birds, a willingness to learn and a DSLR or mirrorless camera and lens combination. A basic understanding of your camera menu is helpful. Popular lenses for nature photography are zooms in the 100-400 mm range; 300 mm or longer lenses are ideal for birds. At Whitby Harbour we hope to photograph waterfowl in flight. At Lynde Shores Conservation Area, we focus on passerines. Registration required at ofo.ca. Maximum 15 participants. Click here to register

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April 26 2020 (Sunday) Durham Lakeshore

Leader: Charmaine Anderson

Meet 8:00 am at the Lynde Shores Conservation Area parking lot on Victoria Street, Whitby. Coming from the east, exit Highway 401 at Brock Street (Exit 410). Turn right (south) onto Brock Street. Turn right (west) onto Victoria. Go about 2.5 km to Lynde Shores parking lot on south side. Coming from the west, exit 401 at Salem Road (Exit 404) and turn south and go through two traffic lights until you reach Bayly Street and then turn left (east) until you come to Lynde Shores parking lot. Pay minimum charge as we?ll only be here for a short while before moving on to explore other sites. Visits to Cranberry Marsh, Oshawa Second Marsh and other local hotspots depending on conditions, bird activity and water levels. Bring packed lunch. Early spring migrants, dragonflies, butterflies.

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April 26 2020 (Sunday) Prince Edward County

Leader: Mike Burrell

Meet 8:00 am at the Sobeys parking lot on Main Street in Picton. Prince Edward County is southern Ontario's hidden birding gem with good birding at all times of the year. We'll explore the Prince Edward County South Shore Important Bird Area for early migrants, waterfowl and maybe some interesting birds on the lake. Rubber boots recommended. Trip ends early afternoon. Registration required at ofo.ca. Click here to register

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May 1 2020 (Friday) Full Weekend Introduction to Pelee Island Birding

Leader: Martin Parker, Kathy Parker

Four day trip. This three-night outing to Pelee Island is timed for the beginning of the spring arrival of warblers into Ontario. The species mix will vary from day to day depending on the movement during the previous night. Each morning we will be visiting Fish Point Provincial Nature Reserve. Other areas of the island will be explored during the balance of the day. Trip cost is $285 / person based on double occupancy. Price includes three night's accommodation at Wandering Dog Inn, continental breakfasts, lunches and entrance to the Pelee Island Heritage Centre. Suppers and ferry not included. Pre-registration required with the Parkers at mparker19@cogeco.ca. The Parkers provide attendees with all relevant information, including how to book your own ferry boat passage to and from Pelee Island, after registration. Space is limited.

May 2 2020 (Saturday) Toronto Islands

Leader: Gavin Platt

Meet before 7:15 at Jack Layton Ferry Terminal on Queen's Quay to catch 7:15 ferry to Ward's Island. Ferry fee required ($7.50 in coins; $5.00 for seniors, students). Walking trip. Bring packed lunch. Spring migrants.

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May 2 2020 (Saturday) Minesing Wetlands by Canoe or Kayak

Leader: Friends of Minesing Wetlands

Meet 8:30 am and paddle for about 5 hours or 18 km. The route will be chosen at the discretion of the leaders based on water levels, as well as wind direction and speed. Final route, put-in location and other details will be emailed to participants on the Wednesday before the trip. Bring your own vessel or rental. See trip description on OFO website for more information. Registration required at ofo.ca. Maximum 12 vessels. Click here to register

May 3 2020 (Sunday) Rondeau Provincial Park

Leader: Donald Pye

Meet 8:00 am at the Rondeau Provincial Park Visitor Centre. Park entry fee required. Spring migrants.

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May 8 2020 (Friday) Migrants on Pelee Island

Leader: Martin Parker, Kathy Parker

Four day trip. This three-night outing to Pelee Island will focus on the spring arrival of warblers into Ontario. The species mix will vary from day to day depending on the movement during the previous night. Each morning we will be visiting Fish Point Provincial Nature Reserve. Other areas of the island will be explored during the balance of the day. This weekend coincides the island's Birdsong Festival. Trip cost is $285 / person based on double occupancy. Price includes three night's accommodation at Wandering Dog Inn, continental breakfasts, lunches and entrance to the Pelee Island Heritage Centre. Suppers and ferry not included. Pre-registration required with the Parkers at mparker19@cogeco.ca. The Parkers provide attendees with all relevant information, including how to book your own ferry boat passage to and from Pelee Island, after registration. Space is limited.

May 9 2020 (Saturday) Young Birders Big Weekend at Point Pelee

Leader: Lynne Freeman

Young birders. The second weekend in May is typically the birdiest time at Point Pelee National Park in Leamington. This year, young birders who are in the area can share their tallies, ebird lists, stories and best birds at the Young Birders Roundup at the park on Sunday, May 10, from 12 ? 1:30. OFO will provide lunch and lead the roundup get together. Registration at ofo.ca in advance to join. Click here to register

May 17 2020 (Sunday) Murphy's Point Provincial Park, Lanark

Leader: Mark Read

Meet 7:00 am at the Lally Homestead parking lot on County Road 21, approximately 2.5 km southwest of main park entrance. We will spend half a day scouting various locations within the park for a variety of breeding and migrant species such as Golden-winged and Chestnut-sided Warblers, Yellow-throated Vireo, Indigo Bunting, Black-billed and Yellow-billed Cuckoos and more. Park entry fee required. Trip ends at noon.

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May 18 2020 (Monday) Ottawa Area

Leader: Bernie Ladouceur

Meet 6:30 am near the northeast corner of the Lincoln Field's Shopping Centre parking lot, off of Richmond Road. We will explore the Lac Deschenes IBA during what is potentially the peak for neotropical migrants moving through Ottawa. Trip ends at noon.

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May 23 2020 (Saturday) Opinicon Road, Napanee Plain & Amherst Island

Leader: Chris Heffernan

Meet 7:00 am on Opinicon Road just east of Perth Road intersection in South Frontenac Township. Golden-winged and Cerulean Warblers, Yellow-throated Vireo, Black-billed and Yellow-billed Cuckoos. Stop at Napanee Plain near Newburgh for grassland species such as Loggerhead Shrike. In afternoon, take the ferry to Amherst Island for shorebirds and ducks. Ferry fee required.

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May 23 2020 (Saturday) Tommy Thompson Park / Leslie Street Spit, Toronto

Leader: John Carley

Meet 8:00 am at the base of the spit in the parking lot near the intersection of Leslie Street and Unwin Avenue. Late migrants, breeding birds, butterflies.

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May 23 2020 (Saturday) Tiny Marsh

Leader: Kevin Shackleton

Meet 6.45 am at the Tim Hortons, 68 Yonge Street South in Elmvale. Plan for a full day with a hike around the Tiny Marsh Trails, a visit to Wasaga Beach for Piping Plover, the Collingwood Harbour for late migrating waterfowl and the Collingwood Airport area for grassland species.

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May 23 2020 (Saturday) South Porcupine, Timmins

Leader: Roxane Filion, Pierre Noel

Meet 7:00 am at the White Waterfront parking lot at the end of Bloor Avenue in South Porcupine. Explore Porcupine Lake's trails looking for spring warblers, waterfowl and other migrants. Then go to Hollinger Tailings Ponds in Timmins. Trip ends at 2:00 pm. Date may change depending on weather and changes will be announced on Ontbirds. For updates, registration required at ofo.ca. Contact roxanefilion7@hotmail.com for more information. Click here to register

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May 24 2020 (Sunday) Carden Alvar

Leader: Jean Iron

Meet 9:00 am in Kirkfield at Lady Mackenzie School parking lot on east side of Kirkfield Road 6, 0.5 km north of Kawartha Road 48. Easy walking for Loggerhead Shrike, Upland Sandpiper, Golden-winged Warbler, Grasshopper, Clay-colored and Vesper Sparrows, other grassland species.

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May 30 2020 (Saturday) Lanark County

Leader: Ken Allison

Meet 7:30 am at the park beside the Five Span Bridge in Pakenham, on the edge of the Canadian Shield 30 minutes from Ottawa. Explore trails in mostly wooded areas. Eastern Bluebirds, Scarlet Tanagers, Indigo Buntings, Broad-winged Hawks, warblers.

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May 31 2020 (Sunday) Presqu'ile Provincial Park

Leader: Dave Milsom (705-874-8531), Matthew Tobey

Meet 8:00 am at the Beach 1 parking lot. Late migrating shorebirds, warblers and others. Park entry fee required.

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June 5 2020 (Friday) Two Days of Birding in Rainy River

Leader: Frank Pinilla

Two day trip. Meet Friday 7:00 am at the junction of Worthington Road & Highway 11, about 10 km east of Rainy River, three sideroads east of town. Carpooling required from meeting place. American White Pelican, Sharp-tailed Grouse, Marbled Godwit, Sandhill Crane, Black-billed Magpie, Connecticut Warbler, Le Conte's Sparrow. Trip ends Saturday noon. Registration required at ofo.ca. Registration closes May 1. Click here to register

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June 6 2020 (Saturday) Bruce Peninsula

Leader: Alfred Raab, Kiah Jasper

Saturday and/or Sunday trip. Meet 7:00 am on Saturday at Tim Hortons in Hepworth, about 12.5 km south of Wiarton on Highway 6, Meet 7:00 am on Sunday at Tobermory Airport parking lot, west of Highway 6 on Warner Bay Road. Bruce birds include Brewer's Blackbird, Common Raven, Virginia Rail, Clay-colored Sparrow, Grasshopper Sparrow, Sandhill Crane, Upland Sandpiper, possibly Dickcissel. Also, wildflowers and ferns. Important: Arrange accommodations early!

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June 7 2020 (Sunday) Breeding Songbirds of Hamilton

Leader: Rob Porter

Meet 7:00 am at 1105 Lower Lions Club Road, Ancaster. This is the roadside parking area for McMaster Forest: no fee, near local bus route. Get ready for the atlas! We will tour a few different Hamilton breeding songbird hotspots in search of a wide variety of songbirds. Trip ends at 3:00 pm. Some locations may have parking fees, and we encourage carpooling to reduce costs.

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June 7 2020 (Sunday) Nature Journalling and Bird Sketching, Point Pelee National Park

Leader: Sarah Rupert

Meet 9:00 am at the Visitor's Centre. Spend the morning in the Visitor Centre classroom practicing the basics of sketching, then head out into the park to put your new skills to work. Bring a sketchbook/journal, pencil, packed lunch and a folding chair. Park entry fee required. Registration required at ofo.ca. Maximum 12 participants. Click here to register

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June 13 2020 (Saturday) Happy Valley Conservation Area and Palgrave Conservation Area, King Township

Leader: Kevin Shackleton

Meet 7:30 am at entrance to Happy Valley Conservation Area. From Highway 400, take King Road exit, go west until reaching 7th Concession. Turn right (north) to Sideroad 16. The 7th Concession veers right (east) at this point. Continue north on the 7th concession until the road dead ends. Turn around at the barricade and park facing south. Park at barricade facing south. Warblers, tanagers, thrushes, Red-shouldered Hawks, other raptors. Hooded warblers are possible. In afternoon, tour Palgrave Conservation Area and Hike along Duffy's Lane. In these less mature coniferous forests and swamps we will search for different species including Pine Warbler, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Blue-headed Vireo, Purple Finch, Willow Flycatcher and Golden crowned Kinglet.

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June 13 2020 (Saturday) – Young Birders - Summer Birding at Tommy Thompson Park, Toronto

Leader: Lynne Freeman

Young birders. Meet 7:30 am at entrance of Tommy Thompson Park at the foot of Leslie St in Toronto. Birding during summer is challenging but worth the effort. Join Lynne Freeman on a hike through the park and learn the protocols you will need to participate in the 3rd Breeding Bird Atlas starting in 2021. Trip ends at 12:00. Registration at ofo.ca. Click here to register

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June 14 2020 (Sunday) Breeding Birds of Evergreen Brick Works, Toronto

Leader: Lynne Freeman

Meet 7:00 am in the Bricks Works, 550 Bayview Avenue, at the pond behind Farmer's Market Building. Get ready for the atlas and learn about breeding habits and ecology of urban birds. Joint OFO and TOC trip. Ends 10:30 am.

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June 20 2020 (Saturday) Birds Songs and Calls, Presqu'ile Provincial Park

Leader: Ian Shanahan

Two day trip. Meet 1:00 pm on Saturday in Presqu'ile Provincial Park at the Lighthouse parking lot. Park entry fee required. "Look for birds with your ears" is a useful guiding principle; during the breeding season, it is sometimes the only option. Join this workshop to apply time-tested listening techniques in a broad range of habitats. Sunday?s meeting time and location will be confirmed during the Saturday workshop. Trip ends Sunday at 1:00 pm. Registration required at ofo.ca. Maximum 15 participants Click here to register

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June 21 2020 (Sunday) Birding for Beginners at Evergreen Brick Works, Toronto

Leader: Lynne Freeman

Meet 7:00 am at pond behind the Farmer's Market Building. Learn to identify common urban birds and find out more about them. Binoculars and / or camera will be helpful but not required. Registration required at ofo.ca. Open to non-OFO members. Maximum 30 participants. Click here to register

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June 27 2020 (Saturday) Smooth Rock Falls, Cochrane District

Leader: Angie Williams, Ken Williams

Meet 7:00 am at Smoothy's Restaurant / Esso on Highway 11. Bring lunch, water, insect repellent, sturdy footwear. Expect breeding warblers and boreal specialties such as Boreal Chickadee, Canada Jay. Contact leaders at aw8675334@gmail.com for further information or help finding accommodations.

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June 28 2020 (Sunday) Algonquin Provincial Park, Hailstorm Creek Paddle

Leader: Jeff Skevington, Angela Skevington

Optional birding on Saturday. Meet 6:30 am sharp at the Algonquin Outfitters Opeongo Road launch site and paddle along Hailstorm Creek until 4:00 pm. Breeding Sandhill Cranes, warblers, marsh birds. Cost includes water taxi to and from launch site, canoes, paddles and life preservers. Bring packed lunch, drinks, insect repellant and / or bug hats and shirts. Jeff and Angela will be birding on Saturday, June 27, and welcome trip participants to join them. Email them at jhskevington@gmail.com to coordinate. Cost: $75.00 pp. Registration required at ofo.ca. Maximum 20 participants. Rain date is July 5. Click here to register

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August 15 2020 (Saturday) Alan Wormington Memorial Camp for Young Birders

Leader: Jeff Skevington, Angela Skevington, Ian Shanahan, Lynne Freeman

Young birders. This week-long overnight camp provides teen campers with an immersive nature experience. Campers will go birding every day, will do mothing, wolf howls, canoeing and herping. For teens aged 13 - 18. Registration required at ofo.ca. Cost $950. Maximum 14 participants. Camp ends Saturday, August 22nd. Click here to register

August 16 2020 (Sunday) Durham Region and Lake Ontario Marshes

Leader: Rayfield Pye, John Stirrat

Meet 7:30 am at the Lynde Shores Conservation Area parking lot on Victoria Street, Whitby. Exit Highway 401 at Brock Street (Exit 410). Turn left (south) onto Brock Street. Turn right (west) onto Victoria Street West. Go 2.5 km to Lynde Shores on the south side. We will visit to Cranberry Marsh, Oshawa Second Marsh, Corner Marsh & Frenchman's Bay. Early fall migrant warblers, vireos, flycatchers, shorebirds, butterflies.

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August 22 2020 (Saturday) Southbound Shorebird ID Workshop

Leader: Jean Iron

Meet 8:00 am at the Owen Point Trail parking lot at Presqu'ile Provincial Park. Workshop will focus on the identification, plumages and aging of southbound shorebirds. Expect to walk between viewing points along beaches to Owen Point. Scope recommended. Park entry fee required. Morning only. Water levels on Lake Ontario may change itinerary. Registration required at ofo.ca. Click here to register

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August 22 2020 (Saturday) Palgrave and Tottenham Sod Farms, Schomberg Lagoons

Leader: John Schmelefske

Meet 8:00 am at Patterson Sideroad and Highway 50 in the village of Palgrave. Fall migrants: warblers, flycatchers, shorebirds, possible plovers, Buff-breasted Sandpipers, Baird's Sandpipers.

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August 29 2020 (Saturday) York Region Fall Migrants

Leader: Frank Pinilla

Meet 7:30 am at the north end of 7th Concession, north of 16th Sideroad, in the Happy Valley Forest, King Township. Visits to Happy Valley area include Nature Conservancy and Love Mountain tracts; plus Schomberg Sewage Lagoons and other areas nearby.

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August 30 2020 (Sunday) Trees for Birders

Leader: Reuven Martin

Meet 7:30 on the north side of main parking lot at the Riverwood Conservancy, 4300 Riverwood Park Lane, Mississauga, on north side of main parking lot. Riverwood contains a wonderful selection of Ontario's native trees, and we will learn how to recognize many of them in the field. We also look at the close connections between trees and the birds that use them, and how you can use those connections to find birds and understand their behaviour. Registration required at ofo.ca. Maximum 30 participants. Click here to register

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September 6 2020 (Sunday) Toronto Islands

Leader: Gavin Platt

Meet before 7:15 am at Jack Layton Ferry Terminal on Queens Quay to catch 7:15 ferry to Ward's Island. Ferry fee required ($7.50 in coins; $5.00 for seniors, students). Early Fall migrants. The trip involves walking all day. Bring packed lunch.

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September 6 2020 (Sunday) Presqu'ile Provincial Park

Leader: Ian Shanahan

Meet 8:00 am in Presqu'ile Provincial Park at the Lighthouse parking lot. Park entry fee required. Fall migrants, shorebirds, hawks.

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September 12 2020 (Saturday) Hamilton, Burlington & Vicinity

Leader: Rob Porter

Meet 8:00 am in parking lot of Hutch's on the Beach Restaurant, 280 Van Wagners Beach Road on Western Lake Ontario in Hamilton. Jaegers, gulls, shorebirds, fall migrants.

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September 12 2020 (Saturday) Kettle Point and Inland Lagoons

Leader: Sean Jenniskens

Meet 8.00 am at parking lot at junction of Highway 21 and Lakeshore Road (County Road 7) on the way into Kettle Point on Lake Huron. Gulls, terns, shorebirds, jaegers at Kettle Point. Waterfowl, shorebirds at inland lagoons. Bring packed lunch. Rubber boots recommended.

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September 13 2020 (Sunday) Point Pelee National Park

Leader: Jeremy Hatt

Meet 8:00 am at Visitor Centre. inside Point Pelee National Park. Park entry fee required. Bird around the Visitor Centre, and the tip before moving to surrounding area, including the onion fields. Fall migrants, raptors, seabirds, shorebirds, Monarch butterflies.

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September 14 2020 (Monday) Fall Birding at Moosonee

Leader: Martin Parker, Kathy Parker

Five day trip. This annual trip explores the bird life of Ontario's saltwater coast. Highlights will include Canada Jays, Snow Geese, shorebirds, and one or two surprises. The trip costs include a full day boat trip to the coast of James Bay. Other birding locations in Moosonee and Moose Factory Island will be visited. Trip includes an introduction to Cree culture. Trip starts Monday morning in Cochrane as the group boards the train for Moosonee. Depart Moosonee on Friday, then bird Cochrane on Saturday. Cost is $885 / per person based on double occupancy (single supplement $250). Price includes Moosonee accommodation, breakfasts, lunches and round-trip train travel from Cochrane to Moosonee. Registration required with the Parkers at mparker19@cogeco.ca. Maximum 14 participants.

September 19 2020 (Saturday) Colonel Samuel Smith Park and Western Lake Ontario

Leader: Garth Riley

Meet 8:00 am at southernmost parking lot at foot of Kipling Avenue, just below Lakeshore Boulevard. After birding Samuel Smith, we may also visit the Lakefront Promenade, Jack Darling Park, Rattray Marsh and Shell Park. Fall migrants: warblers, sparrows, shorebirds, waterfowl.

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September 19 2020 (Saturday) Introduction to Cochrane Birding

Leader: Rhonda Donley, Roxanne Filion

Meet 9:00 am at the Station Inn Restaurant, 200 Railway Street, in Cochrane. This trip is being organized primarily as the Cochrane extension for participants on the Moosonee trip. Hundreds of staging Sandhill Cranes; Sharp-tailed Grouse, Le Conte's Sparrows.

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September 20 2020 (Sunday) Hamilton Area Hotspots

Leader: Sarah Lamond

Meet 8 am at Lakeland Centre. Scan lake for rare gulls, jaegers, ducks and phalaropes. Then bird around Van Wagners Ponds for migrants. Also visit Windermere Basin and Tollgate Ponds for shore and water birds. Other spots may be birded depending on local hotline information. Bring lunch. Trip ends 4 pm.

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September 20 2020 (Sunday) Ottawa

Leader: Jeff Skevington

Meet 7:30 am along Cassels Street, outside the gate to the Britannia Water Purification Plant. Experience the diversity of Ottawa's avifauna during the peak of fall migration. Warblers, sparrows, waterfowl, shorebirds, gulls and others. Study subtle differences between similar species as we explore the Ottawa River from different vantage points. We start at Britannia and move slowly west, visiting some of eastern Ontario's best migratory staging areas. Bring packed lunch. Trip ends at 5:00 pm.

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October 4 2020 (Sunday) Niagara Hotspots and Eastern Lake Erie Shoreline

Leader: Marcie Jacklin

Meet 8:00 am at entrance to Rock Point Provincial Park near entry kiosk. Park entry fee required. Shorebirds, waterbirds, other fall migrants.

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October 4 2020 (Sunday) Westmeath Provincial Park and Lac Dore

Leader: Mark Gawn

Meet 8:00 am in Cobden at the Cobden Boat Launch. Park entrance fee required, Visit noted stopover locations for Nelson's and Le Conte's Sparrows. At Lac Dore look for small gulls, grebes, loons.

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October 4 2020 (Sunday) Amherst Island and Kingston Area Hotspots

Leader: Mike Burrell

Meet 7:50 am at the carpool lot south of 401 at exit 593 (Camden East Road). Ferry fee required. We'll check Amherst Island and, time-permitting some other Kingston area hotspots for late migrants including sparrows, waterfowl, gulls and other waterbirds. Bring a packed lunch. Trip ends mid-afternoon. Registration required at ofo.ca. Click here to register

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October 10 2020 (Saturday) Barrie

Leader: Jim Coey

Meet 9:00 am at the City of Barrie Dock Road Municipal Parking lot at 204 Dock Road, south-east corner of Dock Road and Plunkett Ct. We will look for lingering migrants in the parks and waterfowl on the lake. Lake Simcoe has had some surprising birds over the years. Who knows what will turn up? Car pool and easy walking and usually cool. Gulls, waterfowl and winter finches. Possible Pacific Loon, Little Gulls.

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October 10 2020 (Saturday) St. Joseph Island Migratory Bird Sanctuary

Leader: Carter Dorscht

Meet at 8:00 am at the site gate at the corner of A Line Road and Fort Road. Coordinates for the pin on the map: 46.079028, -83.911605. The sanctuary is 87 km southeast of Sault Ste. Marie. This outing includes about eight km of walking on smooth surfaces. Scope recommended. Waterbirds, raptors, late migrating songbirds.

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October 17 2020 (Saturday) Hilliardton Marsh: Saw-whets and Sandhills

Leader: Bruce Murphy

Two day trip. Meet 8:00 am both days at the Hilliardton Marsh Banding Station on Highway 569 north of Hilliardton. As the moon will be full, you will have the chance to see Northern Saw-whet Owls, Boreal Owls and, perhaps, Long-eared Owls being banded. During the day, bird local hotspots to see thousands of Sandhill Cranes and boreal specialties including Canada Jays and Boreal Chickadees. Accommodations available at one of several moderately priced motels in New Liskeard, Englehart and Earlton. Registration required at ofo.ca. Click here to register

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October 17 2020 (Saturday) Ottawa River

Leader: Tony Beck

Meet 1:00 pm at the east parking lot (Ottawa Beach) of Andrew Haydon Park on Carling Avenue. Ducks, geese, shorebirds, gulls. Near sunset, thousands of birds fly into Lac Deschenes to roost. Trip ends at dusk.

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October 17 2020 (Saturday) Durham Waterfront

Leader: Geoff Carpentier

Meet 8:00 am at Lynde Shores Conservation Area parking lot on Victoria Street West, Whitby. Parking fee required. Late fall migrants, raptors, shorebirds and ducks.

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October 24 2020 (Saturday) Colonel Samuel Smith Park, Toronto

Leader: TBA

Meet 8:00 am at southernmost parking lot at foot of Kipling Avenue, just below Lakeshore Boulevard. Fall migrants, ducks, grebes, gulls.

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October 24 2020 (Saturday) Fall Birding on the Bruce Peninsula

Leader: Martin Parker, Kathy Parker

Two day trip. Meet 8:30 am Saturday and Sunday at the parking lot for the Spirit Rock Outpost and Lodge on Highway 6 at the north end of Wiarton. The Bruce Peninsula between Georgian Bay and Lake Huron is a corridor for migrating birds. Saturday's birding will concentrate on the Cabot Head area with concentrations of Red-necked Grebes scoters and other waterbirds on Georgian Bay and other birds migrating through the upper Bruce Peninsula. Flocks of Sandhill Cranes will be a highlight. Sunday?s birding will focus on the Lake Huron shoreline with special emphasis on Black Creek Provincial Park Reserve, Stokes Bay, Issac & Sky Lakes and the Oliphant shoreline. Bring a packed lunch. Accommodation available at Spirit Rock Outpost and Lodge. Phone: 519-534-5168.

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October 25 2020 (Sunday) Grand Bend, Pinery Provincial Park, Kettle Point

Leader: Donald Pye

Meet 8:30 am at Grand Bend Sobeys parking lot on north side of Huron County Road 81, east of traffic lights at Highway 21. For anyone running late, first stop will be at the beach west of Sobeys. Late fall / early winter migrants, waterfowl, gulls, jaegers, eagles, resident Tufted Titmouse. Park entry fee required.

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October 25 2020 (Sunday) Hawk Cliff and Area, South-west of London

Leader: Dave Brown

Meet 9:30 am at Hawk Cliff. From Hwy. 401 Exit 177, take Highway 4 south through western St. Thomas until it becomes Sunset Drive. Continue about eight km to Union. Go east on County Road 27, Sparta Line Road. Go east one road (about three km) to County Road 22 (Fairview Road). Head south. The 2nd road south is County Road 24 (Dexter Line) and you will meet a stop sign. Looking south, you will see the sign for Hawk Cliff. Go south on the dirt road to the lake. Park along road allowance. Raptors, waterfowl, gulls, late migrants, especially Golden Eagle.

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October 25 2020 (Sunday) Sandbanks Provincial Park, Point Petre

Leader: Jon Ruddy

Meet 8:00 am at park entrance. Enjoy fall birding along southeastern coastline of Prince Edward County. Expect range of fall migrants, plus possible late warblers, uncommon sparrows, wayward flycatchers, jaegers and more. This trip will involve a mixture of short hikes and roadside birding. Bring packed lunch. For inquiries, email eontbird@gmail.com. Park entry fee required.

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November 1 2020 (Sunday) Snow Geese in Eastern Ontario

Leader: Brian Morin

Meet at 9:00 a.m on Lafleche Road east of Casselman (south of Hwy 417 off Hwy 138). The sod farm has historically attracted large flocks of Snow Geese (mainly greater) in the fall. The numbers vary year to year but usually are in the tens of thousands. The flocks may also have a Ross's and occasionally a Greater White-fronted Goose. Ontario's first Pink-footed Goose was sighted here a few years ago. We will check area cornfields as well and may come up with hawks, eagles, Horned Larks and Lapland Longspurs as well as early Snow Buntings. There may be a good number of gulls on the sod field, which is adjacent to a landfill. There should be a number of Lesser Black-backed Gulls. The outing will last from 9:00 -1:00 PM.

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November 1 2020 (Sunday) Cobourg Harbour and Presqu'ile Provincial Park

Leader: Ian Shanahan

Meet 8:30 am at Cobourg Harbour parking area. Rare gulls, loons, grebes, shorebirds possible. Then drive to Presqu?ile Provincial Park for late migrants, including Purple Sandpipers. Park entry fee required.

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November 7 2020 (Saturday) – Young Birders Choice

Leader: TBA

Young birders. Location will be chosen by the young birder's via a poll. Click here to register

November 15 2020 (Sunday) Colonel Samuel Smith Park, Toronto

Leader: TBA

Meet 8:00 am at the southernmost parking lot at foot of Kipling Avenue, just below Lakeshore Boulevard. Late Fall migrants, winter arrivals, ducks, grebes, gulls.

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November 28 2020 (Saturday) William Loane Memorial Waterfowl Workshop

Leader: Glenn Coady

Meet 8:00 at Sunnyside, on western Toronto lakeshore at the Sir Casimir Stanislaus Gzowski monument. Join Glenn to learn to identify ducks and other waterfowl at a distance and in flight at various stops along Lake Ontario. The workshop will cover count protocols, moult stages and call recognition. Bring packed lunch, dress warmly. Scope recommended but not required. Registration required at ofo.ca. Maximum 30 participants. Click here to register

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December 5 2020 (Saturday) Port Weller East

Leader: Peninsula Field Naturalists

Meet 9:30 am at the yellow gate at the end of Seaway Haulage Road, St. Catharines, Ontario. Call Bob Highcock at 905-688-1260 or 905-327-5457. Open to all. To determine number of attendees, registration required at ofo.ca. Click here to register

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December 5 2020 (Saturday) Barrie Lakeshore

Leader: Jim Coey

Meet 9:00 am at the City of Barrie Dock Road Municipal Parking lot at 204 Dock Road, south-east corner of Dock Road and Plunkett Ct. We will look for lingering migrants in the parks and waterfowl on the lake. Lake Simcoe has had some surprising birds over the years. Who knows what will turn up? Car pool and easy walking and usually cold. Gulls, waterfowl and winter finches.

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December 6 2020 (Sunday) Niagara River Gull Watch

Leader: Jeremy Bensette, Marcie Jacklin

Meet 9:00 am at the Sir Adam Beck Generating Station overlook on Niagara River Parkway south of the Queenston-Lewiston Bridge to USA. From QEW take Highway 405 towards USA and exit at Stanley Avenue. YOU MUST EXIT HIGHWAY 405 AT STANLEY AVENUE. Turn left, crossing over Highway 405, then immediately right onto Portage Road which parallels Highway 405 for three km. At Brock Monument traffic circle take first right exit, Niagara Parkway, signed "The Falls". Follow for 1.8 km to Sir Adam Beck overlook on left. Ten or more species of gulls possible.

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December 13 2020 (Sunday) Toronto Lakeshore

Leader: John Schmelefske

Meet 9:00 am at Humber Bay Park East parking lot. Off the QEW, coming from the west, take the exit to Park Lawn Road. Go south. Cross Lakeshore Boulevard, then turn right to the parking area. Off the QEW, coming from the east, exit at Lakeshore Road. Turn right onto Lakeshore Boulevard, then left at the lights into Humber Bay Park East. Winter ducks, gulls, waterbirds, finches, raptors.

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