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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.
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Next Field Trips
August 10 (Sunday) Durham Region and Lake Ontario Marshes
Leader: Rayfield Pye, John Stirrat
August 17 (Sunday) Rock Point Provincial Park and Eastern Lake Erie Shore
Leader: John Black, Dan Salisbury
August 24 (Sunday) Palgrave, Tottenham Sod Farms, Schomberg Lagoons
Leader: Dave Milsom
September 6 (Saturday) Lake Huron Shoreline
Leader: Cindy Cartwright, Maris Apse
Gull ID Workshop Niagara Falls Saturday, 29 November, 2014
Gulls are fascinating and challenging and the Niagara River is one of the top places in the world to see them. This presentation will help you appreciate the 21 species of gulls in Ontario and at Niagara, with tips on identification, plumages, and where and when to see rarities. Please register to help us keep track of numbers. There is no charge for the Workshop.
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