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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All Photos: Frank and Sandra Horvath

OFO Land Acknowledgement

OFO recognizes and respects the Indigenous peoples that inhabited the province of Ontario and cared for it for so many thousands of years: all bands comprising the First Nations of Ontario, the Inuit and the Metis peoples, as well as all other diverse Indigenous groups living in this vast region of Ontario.

Ontario is a part of Turtle Island, the traditional North American home to these peoples, and we recognize the contributions they have made as caretakers of this land. We also acknowledge and appreciate the traditional territories and treaties existing in the province of Ontario. We are committed to building respectful, reciprocal relationships with local Indigenous communities and to continue on a path of reconciliation. We invite people from these communities to join us in our enjoyment of Ontario’s birds.

We wish to honour the Dish With One Spoon Wampum Covenant, an Indigenous agreement that demonstrates we all have a responsibility to protect and care for the land we live on.

We encourage our volunteers and members to acknowledge the lands they are hiking upon.

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

April 13, 2022: OFO Rare Bird Ambassador Sign Up

  • Location: Ontario
  • Start time: 12:00 AM
  • End time: 12:00 AM

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May 21, 2022: Tiny Marsh

  • Location: Location : Elmvale
  • Start time: 6:45 AM
  • End time: 4:00 PM
  • 6 spaces available

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May 21, 2022: Smooth Rock Falls in the Timmins Area

  • Location: Location : Smooth Rock Falls
  • Start time: 7:30 AM
  • End time: 2:00 PM
  • 22 spaces available

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May 21, 2022: Bracebridge

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

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May 22, 2022: Porcupine Lake, Timmins

  • Location: Porcupine Lake, Timmins
  • Start time: 7:00 AM
  • End time: 2:00 PM
  • 24 spaces available

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May 22, 2022: Opinicon Road

  • Location: Location : Napanee area
  • Start time: 7:00 AM
  • End time: 4:00 PM
  • 5 spaces available

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May 23, 2022: Ottawa Spring Migrants

  • Location: Location : Ottawa
  • Start time: 6:30 AM
  • End time: 12:00 PM
  • 9 spaces available

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May 28, 2022: Lanark County

  • Location: Location : Pakenham
  • Start time: 7:30 AM
  • End time: 12:00 PM
  • 2 spaces available

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May 28, 2022: Leslie Street Spit

  • Location: Location : Toronto
  • Start time: 8:00 AM
  • End time: 2:00 PM
  • Fully booked: register for the waiting list

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May 28, 2022: Keith McLean Wetland.

  • Location: Location : Morpeth
  • Start time: 8:00 AM
  • End time: 3:30 PM
  • 23 spaces available

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May 29, 2022: Presqu'ile

  • Location: Location : Brighton
  • Start time: 8:00 AM
  • End time: 3:30 PM
  • 5 spaces available

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May 29, 2022: Carden Alvar

  • Location: Kirkfield, Ontario
  • Start time: 9:00 AM
  • End time: 3:30 PM
  • Fully booked: register for the waiting list

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June 3, 2022: Rainy River

  • Location: Location : Rainy River
  • Start time: 7:00 AM
  • End time: 3:00 PM
  • 5 spaces available

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June 4, 2022: Bruce Peninsula

  • Location: Location : Hepworth
  • Start time: 7:00 AM
  • End time: 3:30 PM
  • 15 spaces available

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June 5, 2022: Breeding Songbirds of Hamilton

  • Location: Location : Ancaster
  • Start time: 7:00 AM
  • End time: 3:00 PM
  • Fully booked: register for the waiting list

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June 11, 2022: Happy Valley

  • Location: Location : King City
  • Start time: 7:30 AM
  • End time: 3:30 PM
  • 5 spaces available

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June 11, 2022: Nature Outing: A TOC/OFO Pride Birding Walk - June 11 (Saturday)

  • Location: Tommy Thompson Park, Toronto
  • Start time: 9:00 AM
  • End time: 12:00 PM
  • 15 spaces available

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June 12, 2022: "Naked Birding" at Evergreen Brick Works

  • Location: Evergreen Brick Works, Toronto
  • Start time: 9:00 AM
  • End time: 11:30 AM
  • Fully booked: register for the waiting list

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June 12, 2022: Bird Sketching Workshop

  • Location: Location : Point Pelee
  • Start time: 10:00 AM
  • End time: 4:00 PM
  • 23 spaces available

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June 18, 2022: Pride Month Birding Walk at Ojibway Park

  • Location: Windsor
  • Start time: 8:30 AM
  • End time: 2:30 PM
  • 22 spaces available

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June 19, 2022: Indian River Canoe Trip

  • Location: Location : Keene near Peterborough
  • Start time: 7:30 AM
  • End time: 2:00 PM
  • 17 spaces available

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June 19, 2022: Birding Basics at Evergreen Brick Works

  • Location: Location : Toronto
  • Start time: 7:30 AM
  • End time: 10:30 AM
  • 19 spaces available

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July 3, 2022: 2022 Alan Wormington Memorial Camp

  • Location: Algonquin Provincial Park
  • Start time: 2:00 PM
  • End time: 2:00 PM
  • 4 spaces available

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July 10, 2022: Colonel Sam Smith Park

  • Location: Location : Toronto
  • Start time: 8:00 AM
  • End time: 1:00 PM
  • 17 spaces available

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July 17, 2022: Thickson's Point

  • Location: Location : Whitby
  • Start time: 8:00 AM
  • End time: 3:00 PM
  • 5 spaces available

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August 14, 2022: Durham / Lake Ontario Marshes

  • Location: Location : Lynde Shores Conservation Area
  • Start time: 7:30 AM
  • End time: 3:30 PM
  • 12 spaces available

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August 20, 2022: Palgrave

  • Location: Location : Palgrave
  • Start time: 8:00 AM
  • End time: 3:30 PM
  • 17 spaces available

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August 21, 2022: Southbound Shorebird ID Workshop

  • Location: Presqu’ile Provincial Park
  • Start time: 8:00 AM
  • End time: 12:30 PM
  • 3 spaces available

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August 27, 2022: York Region Fall Migrants

  • Location: King Township
  • Start time: 7:30 AM
  • End time: 3:30 PM
  • 1 spaces available

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August 28, 2022: Toronto Islands

  • Location: Location : Toronto
  • Start time: 7:15 AM
  • End time: 4:00 PM
  • 14 spaces available

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August 28, 2022: Rotary Greenway Trail, Peterborough

  • Location: Peterborough
  • Start time: 8:00 AM
  • End time: 11:30 AM
  • 18 spaces available

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August 28, 2022: Algonquin Park Wolf Howl Pond Hike

  • Location: Algonquin Park
  • Start time: 8:00 AM
  • End time: 3:00 PM
  • 29 spaces available

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September 10, 2022: Hamilton, Burlington and vicinity

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

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September 11, 2022: Big Sit at Point Pelee National Park

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

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September 11, 2022: Presqu'ile Provincial Park

  • Location: Presqu'ile Provincial Park
  • Start time: 8:00 AM
  • End time: 3:30 PM
  • 17 spaces available

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September 12, 2022: Moosonee

  • Location: Cochrane train station
  • Start time: 8:00 AM
  • End time: 10:00 PM
  • Fully booked: register for the waiting list

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September 17, 2022: Durham Waterfront

  • Location: Whitby
  • Start time: 8:00 AM
  • End time: 4:00 PM
  • 17 spaces available

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September 17, 2022: Cochrane

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

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September 17, 2022: Hawk Cliff

  • Location: Hawk Cliff near St. Thomas
  • Start time: 9:30 AM
  • End time: 3:00 PM
  • 28 spaces available

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September 18, 2022: Toronto Lakeshore at Colonel Sam Smith Park, Toronto

  • Location: Colonel Sam Smith Park, Toronto
  • Start time: 8:00 AM
  • End time: 2:00 PM
  • 20 spaces available

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September 18, 2022: Point Pelee National Park

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

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September 23, 2022: Save the Date! OFO Convention at Point Pelee Sept. 23-25, 2022

  • Location: Point Pelee
  • Start time: 12:00 AM
  • End time: 12:00 AM

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September 24, 2022: Westmeath Park & Lac Dore

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

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September 25, 2022: Pelee Island

  • Location: Location : Pelee Island
  • Start time: 8:00 AM
  • End time: 3:30 PM
  • 23 spaces available

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October 2, 2022: Ottawa

  • Location: Ottawa
  • Start time: 7:30 AM
  • End time: 5:00 PM
  • 25 spaces available

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October 2, 2022: Amherst Island

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

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October 2, 2022: Niagara Hotspots

  • Location: Grimsby Biggar Lagoons
  • Start time: 8:00 AM
  • End time: 4:00 PM
  • 12 spaces available

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October 23, 2022: Hawk Cliff and Area

  • Location: Hawk Cliff
  • Start time: 9:30 AM
  • End time: 3:30 PM
  • 14 spaces available

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