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The Carden Alvar, just east of Lake Simcoe, is Ontario's birding hotspot in late May and June for seeing multitudes of grassland and scrubland birds. Wylie Road, near the Kirkfield Lift Lock, is the best early summer birding road in Ontario. It is a reliable spot to find the endangered Loggerhead Shrike and elusive Sedge Wren. Other sought after birds include Upland Sandpiper, Golden-winged Warbler, Clay-colored and Grasshopper Sparrow. The Carden Alvar is one of the last lost corners of the old rural Ontario landscape with Eastern Bluebirds, Brown Thrashers, Bobolinks and Eastern Meadowlarks as abundant as they were 75 years ago before modern farming. Early evening is enchanting with Common Nighthawks booming overhead and Whip-poor-wills singing. See the Carden Alvar Birding Guide in the Articles and Reports section here.
There are recent trips reports for Carden Alvar, Skunk's Misery, Blenheim and Ridgetown Lagoons, Tiny Marsh, Leslie Street Spit, Toronto, Hawk Cliff Woods and Port Stanley area. A joint Thames Talbot Land Trust (TTLT) and OFO event., Ottawa [until Noon], Murphys Point Provincial Park, Lanark, Munster-Richmond Area (Ottawa), Toronto Islands, Rondeau Provincial Park, Durham Lakeshore, Prince Edward County South Shore Important Bird Area, Minesing Swamp, Peterborough Area, Nesting Ravens and Raptors in Ottawa, Cabot Head and the Bruce Peninsula (2-day trip), Point Pelee National Park and Algonquin Provincial Park on the current trip reports page.
Next Field Trips
June 3 (Saturday) Presqu'ile Provincial Park with Dave Milsom
June 3 (Saturday) Lanark County with Ken Allison
June 4 (Sunday) Larose Forest east of Ottawa (until noon) with Jacques Bouvier, Christine Trudeau-Brunet
June 4 (Sunday) Young Birders. Breeding Birds at Tommy Thompson Park; A joint event with the TOC with Lynne Freeman, Isabel Apkarian
Registration limit reached
The following field trips are now full:
Moosonee 5-day trip.
Register for Nest Searching Workshops
Registration is now open for the Nest Searching Workshops!
June 10: Nest Searching in Pelham with Brad Clements.
Space is limited so please reserve your spot. Register here
Calling Young Birders!
OFO Young Birders for ages 9 - 19
OFO runs field trips and workshops across the province for young birders aged 9 -19. The only prerequisites are enthusiasm and curiosity about birds. These trips are a great way to meet other young birders who share your interests as well as to learn more about birds and where to find them.
Please email Lynne Freeman at firstname.lastname@example.org to get on the Young Birders email list.
Check out the 2017 trips!
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