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Lynne Freeman, President, OFO

July and August are the time to see southbound shorebirds migrating from the Arctic. The shorelines of the Great Lakes and sewage lagoons are the best places to watch them. Adult shorebirds migrate south before the juveniles, which follow three or four weeks later. Overall numbers often peak about the third week of August when it is possible to see over 20 species in a day at key locations such as Rock Point Provincial Park on Lake Erie and Presqu'ile Provincial Park on Lake Ontario. See Southbound Shorebirds in the Articles and Reports section here.

Recent Photos

There are new photos of and Baird's Sandpiper in the current gallery.

There are new photos of Pied-billed Grebe, Snowy Owl, Long-tailed Jaeger, Ring-necked Pheasant, Willet, Bicknell's Thrush and Song Sparrow in the checklist gallery.

Recent Trips

There are recent trips reports for and Durham Region & Lake Ontario Marshes on the current trip reports page.

A Shooting Range in the Carden Alvar?

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OFO is supporting the efforts of the Couchiching Conservancy to fight a proposal for a large, outdoor shooting range right in the middle of prime birding habitat in the Carden Alvar. A shooting range would create a great deal of disturbance and is not compatible with the preservation of bird habitat.

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Moosonee Trip full

The Moosonee (5-day trip) on 2018-09-06 is full.

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