Welcome to the OFO website. If it's Ontario birds that you are interested in, then you've come to the right place. While you're here you can see Photo Galleries of recent sightings, find out about Upcoming Field Trips, view the official Ontario Checklist, read our Code of Ethics, Become a Member, and much more. Enjoy the experience.

Lynne Freeman, President, OFO

The top places to see spring warblers are the shoreline migrant traps along the Great Lakes such as Point Pelee, Rondeau, Long Point, Leslie Street Spit, Thickson's Woods, Presqu'ile and Prince Edward Point. Shorelines also offer easier viewing because the cold water of the Great Lakes chills the air, slowing leaf-out. Expect 20 or more warbler species on many days in May. The late Jim Baillie, ornithologist at the Royal Ontario Museum, said the best time of day for May warblers is between 7:00 and 9:00 a.m. because one must wait until the sun warms emerging leaves and insects. See the Spring Warbler Migration Guide in the Articles and Reports section here.

Recent Photos

There are new photos of and Eastern Bluebird in the current gallery.

There are new photos of Snowy Owl and Lesser Black-backed Gull in the checklist gallery.

OFO's Response to COVID-19

Trips cancelled to at least April 19th

The OFO Board has taken a decision to cancel all field trips up to and including April 19th. If you do go out, please bird safely and enjoy the well-being we all get from being outside. Don't forget that the virus can live on surfaces such as binoculars and scopes, so please avoid sharing. If you must share, we recommend sanitizing and gloves. These are the times we live in!

The full text of OFO's COVID-19 response can be read here.

We wish you all good health.

The OFO Board

Attention Young Birders!

2020 events for young birders

OFO has many exciting events for birders up to 18 years old. Our events are geared towards people will a keen interest in birds and some experience is preferred. Please join OFO to receive advance notice of events and any updates. Membership is free for young birders and a subscription to our publications is $10.00 / year.

2020 Events

Jan 19 - A day at the ROM

Feb 1 - Winter Bird Behaviour Workshop at the Guelph Arboretum

Apr 3 - Canada Jay and Winter Birding Weekend at Algonquin Park

Apr 25 - Sparrow and Warbler ID Workshop

May 9 - Young Birders Big Weekend at Point Pelee

Jun 13 - Summer Birding at Tommy Thompson Park, Toronto

Aug 15 - Alan Wormington Memorial Camp for Young Birders

Sep 25 - Young birder hikes at the OFO Convention in Peterborough

Nov 7 - Young Birders Choice

Please go to the Field Trip list for the full description. and follow the link to register. Search for Young Birder on the trip list to find the event quickly.

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OFO members have access to over 60 field trips and workshops across Ontario, the annual convention, OFO News, Ontario Birds and more. Your membership supports Ontbirds, the Ontario Rare Bird Committee, the young birders program and conservation efforts. Membership costs only $45 / year and includes up to four people at the same address. Join / renew today!

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Donations are vital to OFO's work. Donations support special programs and enhanced services to our members. This year we are fundraising for the Alan Wormington Memorial Camp in Algonquin Park which provides teens, led by expert volunteers, with an extraordinary opportunity for immersive birding and a week-long nature experience available few other places in Canada. We need your support to continue the program.

Donations over the amount of $10 are tax-dedutible. Donate now!

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