Convention Programs 2017

Join us for an exciting long weekend of birding at Long Point and local hotspots,

Join us on Friday, Saturday and Sunday 22-24 September, 2017 at the Long Point Birding Area in Norfolk County for an exciting long weekend of birding at OFO’s Annual Convention. Long Point is known for the remarkable number of migrating and rare birds observed there every spring and fall. The area checklist is currently at 400 species. Meet old birding friends and make new acquaintances. We hope to see you there.

Evening events this year will be held in Port Dover.

Guidelines for Field Trip Participants

Note that the field trip schedule may be adjusted. Please confirm the field trip agenda prior to the convention. Participants should arrive 15 minutes before departure. Participants are urged to pack a lunch for the full day trips. Trip leaders are knowledgeable, local birders.

Displays and Door Prizes

Tables are available for displays of bird related products or services. Those who would like a table are asked to make a $15 donation or provide a door prize to be given at the convention. Contact .

Volunteer for OFO & Nominations for the Board

Volunteering for OFO is fun and rewarding! If you want to volunteer, e-mail . Know someone who would be a good director? Nominations should be submitted by August 31, to Lynne Freeman, OFO President, phone (416) 463-9540 or .

More Info or Questions?

Questions? Please e-mail .

Friday, 22 SeptemberTop

Trips

6:00 - 11:30

Old Cut Research Station

(walking) Meet at Old Cut Research Station for a semi self-guided walking tour. Enjoy banding demonstrations in the laboratory, join volunteers on net rounds, or sit at the 'Dyke', one of Long Point's best birding sites. Join the Long Point walking tours at your leisure.

7:30 - 15:30

Tip of Long Point

(boat and walking) Weather dependent (departure time may vary) Cost: $60/ person. Lunch is included. Meet at Old Cut Research Station. Two boats (6 persons each) will depart Old Cut Research Station between 7:30 and 8:00. Boats will tour Long Point Bay and arrive at the Tip around 9:00. Enjoy a guided tour until lunch and then explore on your own. If trip is cancelled due to weather, there is no rain date.

7:30 - 11:30

Long Point 1

(walking) Meet at the Old Cut Research Station. Group will tour the research station then walk to the New and Old Long Point Provincial Parks and Hastings Dr.

7:30 - 11:30

Long Point 2

(walking) Meet at the parking lot at the SE corner of Front Rd. and Hwy 59 across from the Port Rowan Esso station. Walking tour includes Hastings Drive, the Old and New Long Point Provincial Parks and Old Cut Research Station.

7:30 - 11:30

Long Point 3

(walking) Meet at Old Cut Research Station. Walking tour includes the research station, New and Old Long Point Provincial Parks and Hastings Drive.

8:00 - 15:00

Port Burwell and environs

(driving) Meet at the Port Burwell Provincial Park parking lot at the end of Chatham St., on the west side of the channel near the base of the pier in Port Burwell. We may drive on to Hawk Cliff, Port Stanley and the Port Stanley Sewage Lagoons.

12:30 - 15:30

Port Rowan and environs

(walking) Meet at the Bird Studies Canada Headquarters. Walking tour of the BSC's headquarters property, Port Rowan Cemetery, Port Rowan Wetlands and Port Rowan Overlooks.

12:30 - 15:30

The Coves

Meet at Coves Rd. and Lakeshore Rd. Stand, sit or explore a hedgerow. Tour may continue to the Lake Erie shoreline elsewhere, weather permitting.

12:30 - 15:30

Turkey Point

Meet at the Turkey Point Hotel. Walk the two sections of the Turkey Point Provincial Park. Our focus is on the beach and golf course.

13:00 - 15:30

Port Dover and environs

Meet at Port Dover Community Centre. Drive to Silver Lake, the Port Dover Pier, and the nearby Townsend Sewage Lagoons.

Lunch

Bring your own, or enjoy one of the area’s fine restaurants.

Evening Program at the Port Dover Lions Community Centre

801 St. George Street, Port Dover

5:00 - 9:30

"Birds and Beers"

Saturday, 23 SeptemberTop

Trips

6:00 - 11:30

Old Cut Research Station

(walking) Meet at Old Cut Research Station for a semi self-guided walking tour. Enjoy banding demonstrations in the laboratory, join volunteers on net rounds, or sit at the 'Dyke', one of Long Point's best birding sites. Join the Long Point walking tours at your leisure.

8:00 - 15:00

Young Birders Big Day at Long Point

Meet at Old Cut Research Station. Pizza lunch provided.

7:30 - 15:30

Tip of Long Point

(boat and walking) Weather dependent (departure time may vary) Cost: $60/ person. Lunch is included. Meet at Old Cut Research Station. Two boats (6 persons each) will depart Old Cut Research Station between 7:30 and 8:00. Boats will tour Long Point Bay and arrive at the Tip around 9:00. Enjoy a guided tour until lunch and then explore on your own. If trip is cancelled due to weather, there is no rain date.

7:30 - 11:30

Long Point 1

(walking) Meet at the Old Cut Research Station. Group will tour the research station then walk to the New and Old Long Point Provincial Parks and Hastings Dr.

7:30 - 11:30

Long Point 2

(walking) Meet at the parking lot at the SE corner of Front Rd. and Hwy 59 across from the Port Rowan Esso station. Walking tour includes Hastings Drive, the Old and New Long Point Provincial Parks and Old Cut Research Station.

7:30 - 11:30

The Coves

Meet at Coves Rd. and Lakeshore Rd. Stand, sit or explore a hedgerow. Tour may continue to the Lake Erie shoreline elsewhere, weather permitting.

8:00 - 15:00

Port Burwell and environs

(driving) Meet at the Port Burwell Provincial Park parking lot at the end of Chatham St., on the west side of the channel near the base of the pier in Port Burwell. We may drive on to Hawk Cliff, Port Stanley and the Port Stanley Sewage Lagoons.

8:00 - 15:00

Rock Point to Long Point

(driving) Meet at the entrance to Rock Point Provincial Park. Birding at Rock Point and Selkirk Provincial Parks, Port Maitland, Nanticoke and Townsend Sewage Lagoons.

12:30 - 15:30

Port Rowan and environs

(walking) Meet at the Bird Studies Canada Headquarters. Walking tour of the BSC's headquarters property, Port Rowan Cemetery, Port Rowan Wetlands and Port Rowan Overlooks.

12:30 - 15:30

Turkey Point

Meet at the Turkey Point Hotel. Walk the two sections of the Turkey Point Provincial Park. Our focus is on the beach and golf course.

13:00 - 15:30

Port Dover and environs

Meet at Port Dover Community Centre. Drive to Silver Lake, the Port Dover Pier, and the nearby Townsend Sewage Lagoons.

Lunch

Bring your own, or enjoy one of the area’s fine restaurants.

Evening Program at the Port Dover Lions Community Centre

801 St. George Street, Port Dover

4:00 - 9:30

Convention Dinner and Annual General Mereting

Sunday, 24 SeptemberTop

Trips

6:00 - 11:30

Old Cut Research Station

(walking) Meet at Old Cut Research Station for a semi self-guided walking tour. Enjoy banding demonstrations in the laboratory, join volunteers on net rounds, or sit at the 'Dyke', one of Long Point's best birding sites. Join the Long Point walking tours at your leisure.

7:30 - 11:30

Young Birders Search for Migrants

Sites will include The Coves, Hastings Drive and Old Cut. Meet at Old Cut Research Station.

7:30 - 11:30

Long Point 1

(walking) Meet at Old Cut Research Station. Tour the research station, then walk to the New and Old Long Point Provincial Parks, Hastings Drive, Crown Marsh Trail and Big Creek National Wildlife Area.

7:30 - 11:30

Long Point 2

(walking) Meet at the parking lot at the SE corner of Front Rd., and Hwy 59 across from the Port Rowan Esso station. Walking tour of Big Creek National Wildlife Area, Crown Marsh Trail, Hastings Drive, the Old and New Long Point Provincial Parks and Old Cut Research Station.

7:30 - 11:30

The Coves

Meet at Coves Rd. and Lakeshore Rd. Stand, sit or explore a hedgerow. Tour may continue to the Lake Erie shoreline elsewhere, weather permitting.

7:30 - 11:30

Learn to eBird Workshop - Port Rowan and environs

(walking) Port Rowan and environs. Meet at the Bird Studies Canada Headquarters. Explore BSC?s headquarters property, Port Rowan Cemetery and Port Rowan Wetlands. We will then convene at the BSC headquarters for an in-class session where you?ll learn how to use and explore eBird. Bring a laptop if possible.

7:30 - 15:30

Tip of Long Point

(boat and walking) Weather dependent (departure time may vary) Cost: $60/ person. Lunch is included. Meet at Old Cut Research Station. Two boats (6 persons each) will depart Old Cut Research Station between 7:30 and 8:00. Boats will tour Long Point Bay and arrive at the Tip around 9:00. Enjoy a guided tour until lunch and then explore on your own. If trip is cancelled due to weather, there is no rain date.

Long Point Convention 2017Top

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Old Cut Research StationPort Rowan EssoCoves Rd. and Lakeshore Rd
Port Burwell Provincial ParkBird Studies Canada HQTurkey Point Hotel
Port Dover Lions Community CentreRock Point Provincial Park

In detail: Port Rowan Esso and Bird Studies Canada HQTop

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Port Rowan EssoBird Studies Canada HQ