Upcoming Field Trips and Webinars

Trips will operate rain or shine. Remember to bring lunch, drinks, proper clothing, footwear, sunscreen and insect repellent. OFO encourages car pooling on all field trips. Participants are reminded that it is the responsibility of every participant on an OFO field trip to comply with the OFO Birding Code of Ethics, and to minimize the risk of injury or damages that may result from unsafe or inappropriate behaviour (especially when driving, or while roadside birding where passing traffic presents a hazard).

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OFO Field Trips in IBAs

Of all the amazing OFO field trips, almost 40 of them will visit IBAs! IBAs are Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas, and are designated for congregations of birds (more than 1% of their population) or species at risk (on the IUCN or COSEWIC lists). OFO will travel to around 20 IBAs including Point Pelee, Long Point, Rondeau, Skunk’s Misery, Cabot Head and others in SW Ontario, a few Kingston area IBAs like Wolfe Island, Amherst Island and Napanee, the Leslie Street Spit IBA in Toronto, and as far north as the Moose River Estuary IBA near Moosonee. These trips will let you explore marshes, lakes, rivers, forests, islands, and grasslands (Ontario IBAs are very diverse).

Like many Bird Studies Canada programs, the IBA Program is volunteer-driven, and contributions from on-the-ground observers are essential to help strengthen our database. You can help keep our records as current as possible by simply submitting a checklist to eBird when you are birding in an IBA. If stopping at multiple locations consider using the IBA Protocol (but speak to the Ontario IBA Coordinator for more details first). By doing this, you are not only having an excellent time birding, but are playing a part in the conservation of birds and their habitat. If you are interested in further helping IBAs, there are numerous opportunities. Just contact the Ontario IBA Coordinator at ontarioiba@birdscanada.org for more information. Happy birding!

Next Scheduled Trips and Webinars

August 14, 2021: Durham Region : Lake Ontario Marshes

  • Location: Lynde Shores Conservation Area
  • Start time: 7:30 AM
  • End time: 4:00 PM
  • Fully booked: register for the waiting list

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August 21, 2021: Southbound Shorebird ID Workshop

  • Location: Presqu’ile Provincial Park
  • Start time: 8:00 AM
  • End time: 12:00 PM
  • Fully booked: register for the waiting list

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August 28, 2021: Rotary Greenway Trail, Peterborough

  • Location: Peterborough
  • Start time: 8:00 AM
  • End time: 11:00 AM
  • 13 spaces available

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August 28, 2021: Palgrave, and some combination of the Beeton Sod Farms or Everett Gravel Pits (depending on conditions).

  • Location: Palgrave
  • Start time: 8:00 AM
  • End time: 3:30 PM
  • Fully booked: register for the waiting list

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August 29, 2021: Toronto Islands

  • Location: Toronto Islands
  • Start time: 6:30 AM
  • End time: 4:00 PM
  • Fully booked: register for the waiting list

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September 5, 2021: Presqu'ile Provincial Park

  • Location: Presqu'ile Provincial Park
  • Start time: 8:00 AM
  • End time: 3:30 PM
  • Fully booked: register for the waiting list

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September 11, 2021: Point Pelee National Park

  • Location: Point Pelee National Park
  • Start time: 8:00 AM
  • End time: 3:00 PM
  • 2 spaces available

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September 11, 2021: Hamilton, Burlington and vicinity

  • Location: Hamilton
  • Start time: 8:00 AM
  • End time: 3:30 PM
  • 12 spaces available

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September 11, 2021: Cochrane

  • Location: Cochrane
  • Start time: 8:30 AM
  • End time: 5:00 PM
  • 17 spaces available

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September 18, 2021: Big Sit at Point Pelee National Park

  • Location: Point Pelee National Park, Leamington
  • Start time: 8:00 AM
  • End time: 3:00 PM
  • 20 spaces available

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September 18, 2021: Colonel Sam Smith Park and western Lake Ontario

  • Location: Colonel Sam Smith Park
  • Start time: 8:00 AM
  • End time: 3:00 PM
  • Fully booked: register for the waiting list

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September 19, 2021: Algonquin Provincial Park

  • Location: Algonquin Provincial Park
  • Start time: 8:30 AM
  • End time: 3:00 PM
  • Fully booked: register for the waiting list

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September 26, 2021: Fall on Pelee Island

  • Location: Pelee Island
  • Start time: 7:30 AM
  • End time: 4:00 PM
  • 19 spaces available

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October 3, 2021: Amherst Island

  • Location: Amherst Island
  • Start time: 7:50 AM
  • End time: 3:00 PM
  • 5 spaces available

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October 3, 2021: Westmeath Provincial Park & Lac Dore

  • Location: Cobden
  • Start time: 8:00 AM
  • End time: 3:00 PM
  • 13 spaces available

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October 3, 2021: Niagara Hotspots

  • Location: Grimsby Biggar Lagoons
  • Start time: 8:00 AM
  • End time: 5:00 PM
  • Fully booked: register for the waiting list

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October 9, 2021: Barrie

  • Location: Barrie
  • Start time: 9:00 AM
  • End time: 12:30 PM
  • 2 spaces available

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October 16, 2021: Durham Waterfront

  • Location: Whitby
  • Start time: 8:00 AM
  • End time: 4:00 PM
  • Fully booked: register for the waiting list

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October 23, 2021: Fall Birding on the Bruce Peninsula

  • Location: Wiarton
  • Start time: 8:30 AM
  • End time: 3:30 PM
  • Fully booked: register for the waiting list

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November 7, 2021: Migrating Waterfowl and Open Country Species east of Ottawa.

  • Location: Ottawa
  • Start time: 7:30 AM
  • End time: 3:00 PM
  • 13 spaces available

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November 20, 2021: Northumberland Car Birding Fieldtrip

  • Location: Port Hope
  • Start time: 8:00 AM
  • End time: 3:00 PM
  • 2 spaces available

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November 27, 2021: William Loane Memorial Waterfowl Outing

  • Location: Sunnyside on Toronto waterfront
  • Start time: 8:00 AM
  • End time: 4:00 PM
  • 18 spaces available

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December 4, 2021: Peterborough Car Birding Fieldtrip

  • Location: Peterborough
  • Start time: 8:00 AM
  • End time: 3:00 PM
  • 6 spaces available

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December 4, 2021: Barrie

  • Location: Barrie
  • Start time: 9:00 AM
  • End time: 12:30 PM
  • 9 spaces available

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