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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 Murphy's Point Provincial Park, Lanark, Munster-Richmond Area, Ottawa, Toronto Islands, Rondeau Provincial Park, Peterborough Area, Minesing Swamp, Algonquin Provincial Park, Prince Edward County, Spring Waterfowl Migration East of Ottawa and Point Pelee Photography on the current trip reports page.
Next Field Trips
May 25 (Saturday) Leslie Street Spit, Toronto with John Carley
May 25 (Saturday) Tiny Marsh with Kevin Shackleton
May 25 (Saturday) Opinicon Road, Napanee Plain and Amherst Island with Chris Heffernan
May 26 (Sunday) Carden Alvar with Jean Iron
Carden Alvar Roads
With special regard to the Carden Alvar Field trip May 26 2019: ROAD NOTICE Wylie Road north of the Sedge Wren Marsh and Alvar Road are not being maintained. Birders are cautioned to use these roads at their own risk.
Field Trip Date and Location Change
The Birds of Moonbeam, Cochrane Area field trip is changed to Saturday 17 August. Please note the meeting location change.
Please support Bruce Di Labio, Paul Pratt and Tom Hince in their Point Pelee Bird Sit this Saturday. Pledge Form
OFO Shorebird Cell
Join OFO shorebird experts at the Shorebird Cell to watch shorebirds migrating to Arctic breeding grounds. May 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, and 19 Daily except Mondays from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. Brochure
Register Now for the Alan Wormington Young Birders Camp
For teens aged 13 - 18
The Alan Wormington Young Birders Camp for teen birders and naturalists will take place the second last week of August, Saturday August 17th to Saturday, August 24th. This year will be the camp's third year.
Campers will stay at the Algonquin Wildlife Research Station in the heart of the park. Situated beside a small private lake in an untouched forest, the station is a hub for wildlife researchers and a perfect base for exploring the Algonquin Park natural environment.
Led by professional scientists and guides, the camp is designed to give campers an in-depth experience of the birds, moths, dragonflies, snakes, mushrooms and ecology of the park. Campers will also have an opportunity to learn from the active researchers at the station and practice their wildlife photography skills.
Previous camps have been a lot of fun! Highlights have included canoe trips, wolf howls, mothing and tracking frogs and salamanders during their night time movements.
The cost is $700 for the week which includes accommodations and meals. Please contact Lynne Freeman at email@example.com for further information.
Register Now! Scroll down to the camp to register.
Register for Field Trips and Workshops
Registration for the 2019 field trips and workshops is now available. Please note that registration is not required unless otherwise indicated on the field trip list. Convention and Gull Workshop registration will begin at a later date.
Please note that you must be an OFO member to register.
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