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 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.

Recent Photos

There are new photos of and Dickcissel in the current gallery.

There are new photos of and Mourning Warbler in the checklist gallery.

Algonquin Adventures Weekend

For Young Birders aged 14-18

Registration is now full for the Algonquin Adventures Weekend from July 13 to 16.

Cost is $300 for the weekend.

You can register for the waiting list. We may open more spots if needed.

Click to register or find out more

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 lynnef.to@gmail.com to get on the Young Birders email list.

Check out the 2017 trips!

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