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Birding Ontario

Ontario, one of the 13 provinces and territories of Canada, is in east-central Canada. It is Canada's most populous province accounting for nearly 40 percent of the country's population, and is the second-largest province in total area. Ontario is fourth-largest in total area when the territories of the Northwest Territories and Nunavut are included. It is home to the nation's capital city, Ottawa, and the nation's most populous city, Toronto.

It is bordered by the province of Manitoba to the west, Hudson Bay and James Bay to the north, and Quebec to the east and northeast, and to the south by the US states of (from west to east) Minnesota, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania and New York. Almost all of Ontario's 1,678 mile border with the United States follows inland waterways: from the west at Lake of the Woods, eastward along the major rivers and lakes of the Great Lakes/Saint Lawrence River drainage system. These are the Rainy River, the Pigeon River, Lake Superior, the St. Marys River, Lake Huron, the St. Clair River, Lake St. Clair, the Detroit River, Lake Erie, the Niagara River, Lake Ontario and along the St. Lawrence River from Kingston, Ontario, to the Quebec boundary just east of Cornwall, Ontario.

Ontario is sometimes conceptually divided into two regions, Northern Ontario and Southern Ontario. The great majority of Ontario's population and arable land is in the south. In contrast, the larger, northern part of Ontario is sparsely populated with cold winters and heavy forestation. The thinly populated Canadian Shield in the northwestern and central portions, comprises over half the land area of Ontario. Although this area mostly does not support agriculture, it is rich in minerals and in part covered by the Central and Midwestern Canadian Shield forests and is studded with lakes and rivers. The virtually unpopulated Hudson Bay Lowlands in the extreme north and northeast are mainly swampy and sparsely forested.

The Carolinian forest zone covers most of the southwestern region of the province. The temperate and fertile Great Lakes-Saint Lawrence Valley in the south is part of the Eastern Great Lakes lowland forests ecoregion where the forest has now been largely replaced by agriculture, industrial and urban development. A well-known geographic feature is Niagara Falls, part of the Niagara Escarpment. The Saint Lawrence Seaway allows navigation to and from the Atlantic Ocean as far inland as Thunder Bay in Northwestern Ontario. Northern Ontario occupies roughly 87 percent of the surface area of the province; conversely Southern Ontario contains 94 percent of the population. Point Pelee is a peninsula of Lake Erie in southwestern Ontario (near Windsor and Detroit, Michigan) that is the southernmost extent of Canada's mainland. Pelee Island and Middle Island in Lake Erie extend slightly farther. All are south of 42°N – slightly farther south than the northern border of California.

The province of Ontario is a vast resource for nature. A very large percentage of the population of Canada resides in Ontario, and so do the majority of the birders. Nearly 500 species of birds have been recorded in Ontario; with 288 species known to have bred, according to the Ontario Bird records Committee.

One of the more popular birding hot spots within southern Ontario is Point Pelee, which is considered by many to be North America's birding Mecca during migration. Many migrants, rarities, and resident birds can be found in May during migration, and that is evident by the mass numbers of birders that flock there every spring. Besides Point Pelee National Park, there are many other hot spots that are traps for migrant birds, and others that are just ideal breeding locations throughout all of Ontario.

Northern Ontario is famous for its boreal species, and for its migrants and vagrants that don't show up often elsewhere in Ontario.

Contributor

Gord Gallant

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Number of Species

Number of bird species: 495

Provincial Bird - Common Loon Gavia immer

Checklist

iGoTerra Checklist

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Useful Reading

A Bird-finding Guide to Ontario

by Clive E Goodwin | University of Toronto Press | 1995 | Paperback | 384 pages, 41 maps

ISBN: 0802069045

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A Birder's Guide to Point Pelee: (and surrounding region)

by Tom Hince | Tom Hince | 1999 | Spiralbound | 189 pages, B/w photos, figs, maps

ISBN: 0968531008

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Annotated Checklist of the Birds of Ontario

by R D James | Royal Ontario Museum | 1991 | Paperback | 128 pages, maps |

ISBN: 0888543948

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Atlas of the Breeding Birds of Ontario, 2001-2005

by MD Cadman, D Sutherland, GG Beck, D Lepage & A R Couturier | Ontario Breeding Bird Atlas | 2007 | Hardback | 706 pages, Illus, figs, tabs, maps, col photos

ISBN: 9781896059150

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Birds of Ontario

by Andy Bezener | Lone Pine Publishing | 2017 | Paperback | 376 pages, colour illustrations, colour distribution maps |

ISBN: 9781772130348

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Birds of Ottawa: And Vicinity

by Gerald McKeating & Ewa Pluciennik (Illustrator) | Lone Pine Publishing | 1990 | Paperback | 144 pages, Col & b/w illus |

ISBN: 0919433642

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Birds of Voyageurs National Park

A Guide to the Minnesota-Ontario Border Country | by Voyageurs Regional National Park Association | University of Minnesota Press | 2001 | 126 pages, col photos.

ISBN: 0816638993

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Ontario Birds

by Chris Fisher | Lone Pine Publishing | 1996 | Paperback | 160 pages, 125 col illus |

ISBN: 1551050692

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Quick Reference to Ontario Birds

Lone Pine Publishing | 2013 | Unbound | 12 pages, colour illustrations

ISBN: 9781551058931

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Organisations

Brereton Field Naturalists Club

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The Brereton Field Naturalists Club is a nonprofit organization located in Barrie, Ontario, dedicated to acquiring and disseminating knowledge of the natural history of the Simcoe County area. Our primary goal is the protection of the area's wildlife through stimulating public interest in nature and it's preservation…

Canadian Breeding Bird Survey

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There are more than 75 routes in Central and Northern Ontario needing surveyors to maintain coverage across this huge province. These routes became inactive when long-term volunteers retired to take up other pursuits. Some of these routes are close to major cities, while others are more out-of-the-way. We need your help with both, but if you have the opportunity, why not volunteer for a remote route? Data from such areas are indispensable!

Hamilton Naturalists' Club

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The Hamilton Naturalists’ Club is a non-profit organization with over 600 members dedicated to the study, appreciation and conservation of our wild plants and animals.

Kingston Field Naturalists

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The objective of the Kingston Field Naturalists, a non-profit charitable organization, is to stimulate public interest in nature, the protection and preservation of wildlife, and to acquire and provide knowledge of natural history…

Ontario Field Ornithologists

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Welcome! Are you interested in Birds in Ontario? Then OFO is for you. We are the premier organization in Ontario for Birders and Birdwatchers. Feel free to browse around our pages to learn more. You`re sure to find something to interest you…

Ontario Bird Banding

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As Canada's oldest banding organization, the Ontario Bird Banding Association is a non-profit, membership-driven and inclusive organization representing the interests of all amateur and 'professional' banders across Ontario, from organized bird observatories and academic institutions to educational and rehab banders. The objectives of the Association are: the study of ornithology, especially by means of banding and other marking techniques; the promotion of ornithological investigations and the publication of scientific and educational papers pertaining to those subjects, particularly within the Province of Ontario; and cooperation with organizations with similar objectives.

Ontario Birds Records Committee

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OFO is responsible for overseeing the activities of the Ontario Birds Records Committee. The OBRC maintains the official Ontario bird checklist and publishes a review list of species for which documentation is requested. The committee, composed of a panel of experts, has a rotating membership. Decisions about rare bird reports are published in Ontario Birds in the form of an annual report…

Ontario Nature

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Ontario Nature protects wild species and wild spaces through conservation, education and public engagement. It is a charitable organization representing more than 30,000 members and supporters, and more than 150 member groups from across Ontario.

Ottawa Field Naturalists

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The Ottawa Field-Naturalists’ Club, founded in 1863 and incorporated in 1879, is the oldest natural history club in Canada. Over 800 members participate in many aspects of the natural world, from birding to botanizing, investigation to publication, conservation to cooperation. We hope you will find something here to suit your interests. Where to go birding, bird sightings, bird identification, bird-related activities, and birding code of conduct.

Pembroke Area Field Naturalists

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Situated in the Ottawa Valley in Eastern Ontario, Canada, our organization is 17 years old. Formerly, the Pembroke & Area Bird Club, we have documented 293 species of birds within our birding circle (central Renfrew County, ON and western Pontiac County, QU).

Peterborough Field Naturalists

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The Peterborough Field Naturalists (PFN) is a registered charity and active club in Peterborough, Ontario, Canada. We meet at 7:30pm the second Wednesday of the month Sept-Dec and Feb-June at the Camp Kawartha Environment Center at Trent University. We welcome all to join us at these events.

South Peel Naturalists Club

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Indoor meetings are held on the third Monday of each month (from September to April except December). Meetings start at 7:30 p.m., with the exception of the pot luck dinner. Details of our 2017-18 schedule will be posted as they become available. Monday, September 18, 2017 Annual Pot Luck Supper Early start time: 7:00 p.m

Toronto Field Naturalists

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Founded in 1923, the Toronto Field Naturalists is a charitable, non-profit organization dedicated to encouraging the study of natural history and the preservation of our natural heritage…

Toronto Ornithological Club

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The Toronto Ornithological Club was formed in 1934, and registered as a non-profit Ontario organization in 1987. It is a club for serious birders.

Waterloo Region Nature

Website

Welcome to Waterloo Region Nature! We are a naturalist club for all parts of the Region of Waterloo and we are a charity engaged in conservation activities.

Reserves

Abbreviations Key: See the appropriate Continent Page (or Country Page of those used on country sub-divisions)

Bluffer's Park

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over 110 acres of parkland that make up Bluffers Park and don't be surprised if you see some wildlife along your route too. Swans, beavers, minks, snowy owls, falcons, coyotes and deer all call Bluffers Park home. Open from 7 am - 12 am (Toronto Parks General Enquiries: 416-392-111) - For parking info : 416 393 PARK (7275) - customerservice@greenparking.com

CA Hillman Marsh

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This Conservation Area is located in the heart of one of the region's most significant wetlands. Take a walk along the 4.5 km trail through the marsh, or explore the area by canoe. The area also offers one full kilometre of the best and lesser known beaches in Essex County…

CA McLaughlin Bay Wildlife Reserve

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We promote the natural heritage values of wetlands, develop and support initiatives that enhance Second Marsh and the Watershed and provide the public with educational and recreational opportunities…

Conservation Areas in Ontario

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Welcome to your guide to Ontario’s more than 270 Conservation Areas! Ontario’s Conservation Areas are just steps away from your front door and offer unique outdoor experiences to millions of visitors each year!

Eastern Lake St. Clair

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Lake St.Clair, which forms part of the Great Lake system, is located in extreme southwestern Ontario to the north of the cities of Windsor and Detroit. The St. Clair River provides an inflow from Lake Huron to the north, and the Detroit River provides an outflow to Lake Erie to the south…

Essex Region Conservation

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Conservation Authorities are recognized world wide for their management of natural resources on an ecosystem or watershed basis. Through the Conservation Areas Program, the Essex Region Conservation Authority, (ERCA) owns or manages 12 publicly accessible properties throughout the Essex region. These Conservation Areas, totalling more than 1000 hectares, protect some of the most important woodlands, marshes and shoreline areas in the region.

NP Bruce Peninsula National Park

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Bruce Peninsula National Park of Canada protects the on- and off-shore landscapes produced by the spectacular Niagara Escarpment as it meets and dives below the waters of Georgian Bay. Fathom Five is composed of green islands, lake bottoms and clear cold water; Bruce Peninsula is its mainland counterpart of limestone cliffs, mixed forests, wetlands and tranquil beaches.

NP Point Pelee

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Just over 50 km (30 miles) south-east of Windsor, Ontario, lies the most southern point on the Canadian mainland – Point Pelee National Park. This tiny green oasis is internationally known for its spring and fall migration of birds and its stunning autumn monarch butterfly migration. Famous vistas such as the Tip and Marsh Boardwalk provide people of all ages with unlimited opportunities to discover nature.

NWA St.Clair Lake

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The St. Clair Lake and marsh complex received international recognition today as a globally significant Important Bird Area (IBA); joining BirdLife International's global network of IBA sites. The site dedication is part of the first annual St. Clair Waterbird Festival celebrations at the St. Clair National Wildlife Area…

NWA Wye Marsh Wildlife Centre

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Our Mission Statement: To spark a commitment to conserving wetlands, woodlands and wildlife by creating exciting learning opportunities in a natural setting. Welcome to the Wye Marsh Wildlife Centre website and to our home at Midland, Ontario, in the province's Huronia tourism area. We are located right next door to Sainte Marie Among the Hurons, another major attraction, on Highway 12 and just across the road from the Martyrs' Shrine.

Ojibway Prairie Complex

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The Ojibway Prairie Complex is a 350-hectare complex of parks and nature reserves on the west side of Windsor, Ontario, Canada. It comprises Ojibway Park, Tallgrass Prairie Heritage Park, Black Oak Heritage Park, Ojibway Prairie Provincial Nature Reserve, and the Spring Garden Natural Area.

PP Algonquin Park

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Algonquin Provincial Park is located in the Southern Ontario, Canada, a three-and-half hour drive directly north of the City of Toronto. The closest International Airports are in Toronto and Ottawa. The closest major towns to the park are Huntsville (to the southwest); North Bay (to the northwest) and Pembroke (to the east).

PP Long Point Provincial Park

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This park is part of a 40-kilometre-long sandspit in Lake Erie which is recognized as a biosphere reserve by the United Nations. It is a world-renowned refuge and stopover for migrating birds in fall and spring. Waterfowl viewing is excellent in March. Its delicate dunes and marshes also teem with songbirds, spawning fish, turtles and frogs.

PP MacGregor Point Park

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The Friends of MacGregor Point Park is a non-profit, charitable organization that was incorporated in 1993. Members are a group of dedicated people who volunteer their time to promote the park and all it has to offer.

PP Mashkinonje

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Mashkinonje Provincial Park consists of a diverse system of wetlands supporting all the major wetland types; marshes, bogs, swamps, fens and ponds; interspersed with undulating granite ridges that cover over 2000 hectares along the West Arm of Lake Nipissing

PP Ojibway Provincial Park

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Ojibway Provincial Park is about 25 kilometres (16 mi) southwest of Sioux Lookout on Highway 72 in Northwestern Ontario, Canada. On Little Vermilion Lake, the park offers swimming, a sandy beach, and muskellunge fishing. It has trails through pine forests and along the lake's shore.

PP Presqu'ile Provincial Park

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The Friends of Presqu'ile Park is a non-profit association of volunteers dedicated to enhancing the educational, interpretive, and scientific research programs at Presqu'ile Provincial Park. A unique park in the Ontario Parks system, Presqu'ile is a major staging area for migrating waterfowl and offers an unusual combination of diverse ecosystems.

PP Quetico Park

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The Quetico Park / Atikokan Ontario area offers some excellent opportunities for birdwatching trips during the summer months…

PP Rock Point Provincial Park

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The Park is visited each September by throngs of monarch butterflies, readying themselves for their awesome migratory trek to Mexico where they hibernate on mountaintops during the winter. Migrating birds travel through the park throughout the spring, summer and Fall. Over 260 species have been recorded…

PP Rondeau Provincial Park

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Nestled deep within the heart of Carolinian Canada lies Ontario's second oldest Provincial Park. Formed in 1894, Rondeau Provincial Park remains one of the crown jewels of the Ontario Parks system. Rondeau's Carolinian forests are home to such southern species as Tulip-tree, Sasafras, Virginia Oppossum, Yellow-breasted Chat and the endangered Prothonotary Warbler. Rondeau is unique in the amount of this rare habitat that it protects - no other provincial park in Ontario holds as much…

WBR Long Point

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Welcome to the Long Point World Biosphere Reserve website. The Long Point World Biosphere Reserve Foundation promotes research, monitoring, education and projects that support the goals of conservation and sustainable use in our Biosphere Reserve…

Forums & Mailing Lists

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Sightings & News

Ontario bird news by date

Presqu'ile Provincial Park Birding Report

Sightings & News

Weekly news reports

Prince Edward County Bird News

Sightings & News

This is the place to be for birding news in Prince Edward County and the general Bay of Quinte area. Here you will find a summary of what birds to expect in the area each month, and under the Quinte Area Birding Report, what has occurred every day in the past week.

Toronto and Southern Ontario Birding

Sightings & News

Toronto and Southern Ontario Birding Reports, sghtings etc

Guides & Tour Operators

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Eastern Ontario Birding

Tour Operator

My name is Jon Ruddy and I am an Ottawa-based field birder/freelance birding guide. I became interested in birds while studying under the tutelage of Carleton University professor and naturalist, Michael Runtz. From 2012-2014 I was employed as a summer student field biologist, conducting bird surveys in the Okanagan Valley, southern Ontario, James Bay, and throughout Manitoba

Jeffrey Street Accommodations B&B & Guidiung

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Jeffrey Street Accommodations & Country Nites B&B are two local establishments [Leamington, Ontario, Canada] working together to offer accommodation & guided birding and nature photography tours in Point Pelee Park, Pelee Island & Rondeau Park. Located in Canada`s most southerly tip and surrounded by Great Lakes the area is a natural funnel for migratory birds and monarch butterflies. Our guides are all locals [Alan Wormington, Steve Pike, Roger Elliot, Pete Read & Dave Martin].

Trip Reports

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CloudBirders

Trip Report Repository

CloudBirders was created by a group of Belgian world birding enthusiasts and went live on 21st of March 2013. They provide a large and growing database of birding trip reports, complemented with extensive search, voting and statistical features.

2002 [05 May] - Fatbirder - Disabled Birders Trip

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dba trip…The body of this report is not set out as a daily diary but rather by the sites visited; refer to the itinerary above for exact dates of visits. We birded from the vehicle, on the side of the road, by walking some trails and sitting around in some reserves.

2006 [05 May] - George Watola

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Having heard a great deal about Point Pelee from friends who had been there, I was very keen to visit. My opportunity came up when I was allowed to have a birding trip abroad as a very special birthday present…

2006 [07 July] - Chris Hall

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…Even within the middle of the city it is possible to see some interesting birds with RING BILLED GULL, AMERICAN HERRING GULL and CHIMNEY SWIFT not too difficult to find in downtown Toronto. STARLINGS and HOUSE SPARROWS were also common within the city, but neither species is native to North America…

2008 [05 May] - Ray Thorneycroft - Rondeau to Whitefish Point

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The plane landed at Toronto at about 17.00 hours and it took us about an hour to clear the airport and about two hours driving to get to Ridgetown, getting there as dusk fell. We also stopped at a rest area to stretch our legs and get the binoculars out. Along the way we had picked up Turkey Vulture, Wild Turkey, Red-winged Blackbirds, Common Grackles and a Common Nighthawk which was flying directly in front of the car. At the rest area we had Mourning Doves, American Robins, Red-winged Blackbirds, Eurasian Starlings, Chipping and Lincoln Sparrows. The latter being a new bird…

2011 [08 August] - Alvan Buckley - James Bay

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This report is about a trip Mira Furgoch and I did to James Bay in August 2010. The entire trip took 10 days involving 5 days of camping on the remote island called Ship Sands Island. This report is meant for anyone who is interested in what we saw and did, as well for people who are considering going there. Hopefully you'll find some more useful information here concerning the trip that will help you plan a trip to the same area and hopefully you enjoy reading our story…

2013 [01 January] - Peter Burke & Jay VanderGaast

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…What followed was a trip that was definitely about quality over quantity! For our long hours of driving and searching we were rewarded with a trip to a true Canadian winter destination, complete with donuts, coffee, snow squalls, and few pretty nifty birds! We hope you look back at the trip with some fond memories of beautiful pure winter colors, a warm coffee making it all feel better, the soft calls of an overhead Pine Grosbeak looking down upon you from its perch, and the feeling of relief when at last a Great Gray made an appearance….

2013 [05 May] - Peter Burke

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…All those warblers for which Pelee is so famous -- Chestnut-sided, Bay-breasted, Magnolia, Blackburnian, Black-and-white, Canada, Cape May, Hooded, and more -- put on a great show. And we took advantage of all the great things Pelee has to offer, with exciting mornings at the tip, casual strolls along winding nature trails, and quiet evenings when you feel like you have the park to yourselves….

2014 [06 June] - Tom Wheatley

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Encounters with Golden-winged & Blue-winged Warblers in Hastings County, Ontario...

2015 [05 May] - Garry Armstrong - Algonquin, Carden Alvar, Long Point, Rondeau & Point Pelee

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...We checked in and dumped our bags and although it was getting late and the light was fading we had time for a quick check of the immediate area. Our first Myrtle Warbler was in trees beside our cottage, a few American Crows, American Robins and Redwinged Blackbirds were feeding on the lawns of surrounding houses and three birds, originally identified as House Finches but then corrected to Purple Finches, were on a feeder in one garden. On Oxtongue Lake we picked up a few Common Mergansers, and then Wilton spotted a distant flock of Hooded Mergansers in the fading light.

2015 [05 May] - Jay VanderGaast - Point Pelee

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...Also memorable that day were multiple smashing views of male Bay-breasted and Blackburnian warblers in brilliant breeding plumage, our only Northern Waterthrush at a small wetland near the start of the Tilden's Woods trail, alongside a confiding female Prothonotary Warbler, and an early male Blackpoll Warbler (again our only one) a little further along the trail. Elsewhere, we enjoyed a couple of striking male Cape May Warblers and a glowing male Prothonotary Warbler at Rondeau, scope views of a singing male Cerulean Warbler and a close Louisiana Waterthrush after a lot of searching in Baccus Woods, and a bold Canada Warbler at Paletta Park. And finally, we capped our warbler extravaganza with a dapper male Black-throated Blue Warbler (our only one!) along Black River Road, and a gorgeous Golden-winged Warbler on the Carden Plain.

2015 [05 May] - Point Pelee & Ontario

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Map, Diary etc.

2016 [05 May] - Jay VanderGaast - Point Pelee Migration Spectacle

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Point Pelee in spring has to be one of the most exciting places to bird. The feeling of anticipation one gets when entering the park each morning is incomparable; there is nothing like the buzz you get, wondering what might have turned up overnight.

2016 [05 May] - Zoothera Birding

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This very relaxed tour began at the wonderful Niagara Falls, before we headed for an overnight stay near the superb watchpoint of Long Point, the first of a series of headlands we visited that protrude into Lake Erie and that act as a magnet to migrant birds.

2017 [05 May] - Jay VanderGaast - Point Pelee Migration Spectacle

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Though it wasn't a classic spring migration, by all accounts it was equally slow all over northeastern North America, so I felt we did quite well under the circumstances. We may have had to work a little harder than usual on several days, but the rewards were still there to be found, and we did enjoy one of the better migration pushes of the spring on our third and final day at Pelee. And most of the birds we did find were wonderfully cooperative and showed well for all.

2017 [05 May] - Jay VanderGaast - Point Pelee Migration Spectacle II

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...Keeping with the warblers, other nice sightings included the most confiding and cooperative Prothonotary Warblers imaginable, a fine male Cerulean Warbler singing in Tilden's Woods, and scope views of beauties like Cape May, Bay-breasted, and Black-throated Green. Other nice finds during our time at Pelee included a sleepy rufous morph Eastern Screech-Owl, multiple striking Red-headed Woodpeckers, our only Gray-cheeked Thrush in a cedar clump in Tilden's Woods, and multiple brilliant Indigo Buntings, Rose-breasted Grosbeaks, and Scarlet Tanagers...

Places to Stay

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Jeffrey Street Accommodations - Leamington

Accommodation

Jeffrey St. Accommodations is located in a quiet neighbourhood and offers 3 bedrooms with central air. Enjoy the entertainment room, dining room, backyard patio. Laundry privileges and weekly rates are available. Go birding in Point Pelee or Rondeau Park…

Niagara Falls Hotel

Accommodation

Niagara Falls Hotel overlooking Horseshoe Falls and the American Falls, situated near restaurants and Niagara Falls' best amenities…

Radisson Hotel & Suites - Niagara Falls

Website

The Radisson Hotel & Suites Fallsview features breathtaking views of Horseshoe Falls and economical packages for families and groups…

Seacliffe Inn - Leamington

Accommodation

Seacliffe Inn, located on Leamington's waterfront, Pelee's Island natural paradise in Ontario Canada, offers you excellent accomodations, fine food, room service and welcomes your wedding, group or corporate event during all seasons…

The Banwell Cottage

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Nestled in a welcoming cottage setting with large Cedar trees, heaps of grassy areas for the family to toss a ball around, play some croquet or soccer and steps away from the sandy beaches of Lake Erie, Kingsville, Ontario…

Festivals

Huron Fringe Birding Festival

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Our festival takes its name from the migration corridor along the Bruce Peninsula. This "Huron Fringe" along the Lake Huron coastline offers birders, naturalists and photographers unique opportunities to discover nature in the early spring. At the end of the migration period, birds are on nest, migrants are everywhere, insects abound and wildflowers are beginning to bloom. From our base at MacGregor Point Provincial Park we are uniquely placed to explore Lake Huron's shoreline and the Bruce Peninsula to discover all that spring has to offer.

Point Pelee NP Festival Of Birds

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Annual festival dates etc

Spring birding festivals

Information

Annotated list

Observatories

Bruce Peninsula Bird Observatory

Observatory Website

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The Bruce Peninsula Bird Observatory is a not-for-profit organization created to promote and foster the study, appreciation and conservation of birds and their habitats on the Bruce Peninsula…

Haldimand Bird Observatory

Observatory Website

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This web page provides you with information on the Haldimand Bird Observatory and its three banding stations in the County of Haldimand-Norfolk, Ontario, Canada.

Holiday Beach Migration Observatory

Observatory Website

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Holiday Beach Migration Observatory (HBMO) is a Registered Charitable volunteer organization dedicated to the study and monitoring of migratory birds. Activities focus on migration of raptors (diurnal birds of prey), passerines (songbirds) and other species passing through southwestern Ontario in the vicinity of Holiday Beach Conservation Area

Innis Point Bird Observatory

Observatory Facebook Page

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Founded in 1982 as the Ottawa Banding Group, the Innis Point Bird Observatory (IPBO) is located along the Ottawa River, near Shirley's Bay, in Ontario, Canada (just 16 km west of Parliament). IPBO is a non-profit organization dedicated to the study of birds and natural history.

Long Point Bird Observatory

Observatory Facebook Page

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Long Point Bird Observatory was the first organization of its type in North America. As a non-profit, research and monitoring station, LPBO is committed to involving Canadians in research directed at the conservation of wild birds and their habitats. Our programs at Long Point are focused on local breeding and migratory birds. We have a special interest in promoting the participation of amateurs and volunteers in our research…

Prince Edward Point Bird Observatory

Observatory Website

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The Prince Edward Point Bird Observatory (PEPtBO) is located along the eastern tip of Prince Edward County about 20 minutes southeast of Picton, Ontario in a National Wildlife Area. The observatory was established as a migration monitoring station in 1995 to continue the research started by the Kingston Field Naturalists in the 1970s and 80s…

Ruthven Bird Banding Station

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Ruthven Park is a National Historic site owned and operated by the Lower Grand River Land Trust.. The banding facility is one of the out buildings of the estate. Banding is carried out in the dogwood brush along the edge of the woods that surround the open field east of the mansion. Some net locations over look the Grand River. Banding at Ruthven Park started in 1995 and coverage has increased each year since. Banding equipment consists of up to 14 mist nets and 3 ground traps…

Thunder Cape Bird Observatory

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Thunder Cape Bird Observatory is located at the southern tip of the Sibley Peninsula, at the foot of the Sleeping Giant. The location is visible from the city of Thunder Bay, Ontario, on the Western edge of Lake Superior. The bay separating the Giant from the City of Thunder Bay is also called Thunder Bay. Originally the site at Thunder Cape was occupied by a lighthouse and some outbuildings, but by the time the Bird Observatory came along, only a clearing and some foundations remained of the original structures.

Museums

Royal Ontario Museum Ornithology

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Staff in the Centre for Biodiversity & Conservation Biology (CBCB) are actively contributing to international efforts in documenting biodiversity and designing strategies to prevent the biodiversity crisis that threatens our planet. CBCB research programs focus on collecting and recording the genetic make-up of certain species, tracking and projecting patterns of evolution, determining the interrelationship of species, and estimating risks of extinction. From this essential base of information, ROM scientists are able to advise on appropriate strategies for resource management and conservation programs.

University of Waterloo - Fundamentals of Ornithology

Course Details

Fundamentals of Ornithology (Downloadable Online Course!) - Enviroquest Ltd., 352 River Road, Cambridge, Ontario N3C 2B7, Canada - Phone/Fax: 519-658-0573

Blogs

Bill McDonald - Grenfell's Nature Blog

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Pretty much all my life I have had an interest in birds & nature, albeit in, off and on, phases of interest. Seven or eight years ago I found myself, again, getting the nature bug, and I am now, especially since I retired just over two years ago, very passionate about wildlife & wildlife photography. ​Enough about me ... I hope that you enjoy my ramblings and the occasional good image. Keep in mind (image wise) I tend to put up some of the bad with the good, or more correctly, better :)

Bob Jean - Tales of the Nishiki

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Last updated 2016 - Birding, hiking & nature, with a dash of cycling, in southern Ontario…

Harold Stiver - Nature Notes

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I live in Southern Ontario, Canada with my wife Elaine, where I am an executive with a financial services company. I have had a fascination with the natural world for decades, particularly birds, and have traveled much of the world to see them…

Jacques Bouvier

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Les oiseaux des comtés unis de Prescott / Russell, Stormont / Dundas / Glengarry, et d'Argenteuil....

Josh Vandermeulen - Ontario Birds & Herps

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I have been interested in nature for as long as I remember - some of my fondest memories as a child include catching salamanders in my parent's backyard or swamp-walking in search of turtles and frogs. Currently I am a student at the University of Guelph finishing up an Ecology degree. While herps (reptiles and amphibians) are still my favorite organisms, I have been interested in birds the last 5 years or so as well. My main interests include the pursuit of vagrant species and the effects that geography and weather have on this. I'll be posting wildlife photos and recent bird sightings on this blog regularly. As well, I am doing a big year in 2012 in Ontario. Follow along on the blog as I go for 338 and beyond…

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Atlas of the Breeding Birds of Ontario

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Without doubt, the second Ontario Breeding Bird Atlas ranks among the most successful, important, and exciting bird research and conservation projects ever undertaken in the Western Hemisphere. All told, project participants:

Birding in Bruce County, Ontario

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Bruce County is one of the best places in Ontario for birdwatchers. Because of the concentration of land surrounded by two huge bodies of water, an almost continuous river of migrating birds land on our shores.

Carden Plain Important Bird Area

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Welcome to the Carden Plain an Important Bird Area. The Carden Plain is a popular destination for bird watchers and plant watchers alike. Less than two hours from Toronto it offers globally rare alvar habitat supporting an abundance of grassland birds, including the endangered Loggerhead Shrike and the rare Golden-wing Warbler plus Osprey, Black Terns, Sedge Wrens, Yellow Rails, Upland Sandpipers, Blues Birds, Eastern Towhees, and Brown Thrashers.

Friends of Presqu'ile Park

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The Nature Centre (Yellow House) is located along Lighthouse Lane, just after the day use picnic area along the Lake Ontario shoreline. This building introduces visitors to the rich Biodiversity of the Park under the theme 'We're all connected'.

Niagara Peninsula Hawkwatch

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Welcome to our home on the Hamilton Wentwoth Freenet. It`s nothing fancy, simply basic information on who we are and what we do, plus this year`s raptor migration statistics, statistics for the last 25 years, and a link to the home page of our affiliate organization, The Hamilton Naturalists Club…

Pelee Wings Nature Store

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Our aim is provide the best Birding and Nature Study binoculars & scopes to our customers at deep discount pricing, and to ensure your service requirements are met by us and our supplier partners. We are pleased to let customers field-test these optics outdoors here at our Point Pelee location and to offer expert advice to help you make an informed choice. We stock over 150 models of the finest optics to select from, in all price ranges. Because we are active birders, naturalists, and conservationists ourselves, we are happy to share our experience and knowledge of many nature enjoyment products to help you best enjoy our natural world.

Species at risk

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How we work to protect and recover species at risk of disappearing from Ontario.

Photographers & Artists

Photographer - Bill McDonald

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A collection of images from Ontario based Wildlife Photographer, Bill McDonald.

Photographer - David Bell

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This site is for bird photos and trip reports. Some of the photos were not taken by me, but I have permission to use them. I have mentioned the person who did take them below the date and location. The camera used for each photo is also mentioned below date and location…

Photographer - Glenn Bartley

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I have been enchanted by nature and wildlife for as long as I can remember. Growing up in Toronto, Ontario I can recall countless hours spent glued to national geographic magazines, natural history books or watching David Suzuki's "The Nature of Things" on TV. Those days I took any opportunity I had to study and learn about animals of all kinds…

Photographer - Jody Melanson

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Some very fine images from the Canadian…

Photographer - Michael Nelson – Birding Life Photography

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Michael Nelson's personal photographic journal of his birding adventures…