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Birding Ontario

The province of Ontario is a vast resource for nature. Ontario is made up of Carolinian habitat in the southwest, and boreal forest and bogs in the north, and a vast variety of habitat and ecosystems between the two areas. A very large percentage of the population of Canada resides in Ontario, and so do the majority of the birders. Four hundred and seventy species of birds have been recorded in Ontario; with 288 species known to have bred in Ontario, 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

Websites - Naturally

Number of Species

Number of bird species: 485

Provincial Bird - Common Loon Gavia immer

Checklist

iGoTerra Checklist

iGoTerra Checklist

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Useful Reading

A Bird-finding Guide to Ontario

Clive E. Goodwin Paperback (30 August, 1995) University of Toronto Press Inc.

ISBN: 0802069045

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A Birders Guide to Point Pelee and surrounding region

by Tom Hince May, 1999

ISBN: 0968531008

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Annotated Checklist of the Birds of Ontario

RD James Series: ROYAL ONTARIO MUSEUM LIFE SCIENCES MISCELLANEOUS PUBLICATIONS 128 pages, maps. Royal Ontario Museum 1991

ISBN: 0888543948

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Atlas of the Breeding Birds of Ontario, 2001-2005

by MD Cadman, PFJ Eagles and FM Helleiner - Ontario Breeding Bird Atlas 2007

ISBN: 168446

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Birds of Ottawa

Gerald McKeating, Ewa Pluciennik (Illustrator) Paperback - 144 pages (December 1990) Lone Pine Publishing

ISBN: 0919433642

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Birds of Voyageurs National Park

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

ISBN: 0816638993

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Ontario Birds

Chris Fisher, E. Pluciennik (Illustrator); G. Ross Paperback - 160 pages (December 1997) Lone Pine Publishing

ISBN: 1551050692

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The Atlas of Breeding Birds of Ontario

MD Cadman, PFJ Eagles and FM Helleiner 617 pages, illus, figs, tabs, maps. Federation of Ontario Naturalists 2nd Edition

ISBN: 9781896059150

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Forums & Mailing Lists

MOO-Listers

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OntarioBirding

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Forum to discuss anything related to birding in Ontario; intended to complement - not compete with - the rare or important bird sightings provided by the Ontario Field Ornithologists ONTBIRDS listserv. We can go beyond what species are being seen today to discuss, speculate, argue and explore the many other aspects of birding in Ontario…

Guides & Tour Operators

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Birding Pal

Information

Local birders willing to show visiting birders around their area…

Local Guiding and B&B

Guide

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

Report

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…

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.

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…

Organisations

Brereton Field Naturalists Club

Website

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

Information

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!

Federation of Ontario Naturalists

Website

There are a lot of exciting, important conservation projects happening at the FON. conservation plans for 20 Important Bird Areas across the province; boundaries for 378 new parks and conservation areas in northern and central Ontario; protecting and restoring southern Ontario`s original woodlands; stronger protection for the Oak Ridges Moraine and Quarry Bay, part of the Alvar Coast on Manitoulin Island.

Hamilton Naturalists Club

Website

Read the cover story in the latest wood duck by scrolling down this page to the wood duck section Your nature and environment organization in hamilton, burlington, stoney creek, dundas, ancaster, grimsby and surrounding areas.

Kingston Field Naturalists

Website

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

Website

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

Website

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…

Ottawa Field Naturalists

Website

The Birds Committee also organizes talks and workshops on topics of interest to birders. Sometimes we cover bird identification matters, other times bird biology or bird-related projects. The sessions do not follow a set schedule, but take place whenever we get one organized. To date, they have all taken the form of indoor, evening talks led by local people with a particular expertise. They are normally held at the Fletcher Wildlife Garden on a week night.

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 was started in 1940 by a group of dedicated naturalists, to promote the study of all aspects of nature and to encourage the conservation of our wildlife areas. The Club joined the Federation of Ontario Naturalists in 1946 and has been affiliated with them since that time.

South Peel Naturalists Club

Website

Welcome! This is the web site for the South Peel Naturalists Club. This is our 46th anniversary for the SPNC, since the first meeting in July of 1952. This club is for anyone interested in the natural world, from birding to botanics…

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…

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.

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 Facebook Page

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The Holiday Beach Migration Observatory (HBMO) is a non-profit, volunteer organisation formed to promote the study and protection of migrating birds. Activities focus on fall migration of raptors and other species passing through southern Ontario in the vicinity of Holiday Beach Conservation Area (HBCA). This site is in Essex County, Ontario, on the north shore of Lake Erie near the Detroit River. Observers here attempt to count all migrant bird species which fly over the site in daylight hours from late August to December. Migrant birds are readily observed here as they skirt the north shore of Lake Erie before crossing the Detroit River and dispersing to the south and west.

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

Observatory Facebook Page

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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

Observatory Facebook Page

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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

http://www.rom.on.ca/

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

Reserves

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).

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.

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.

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…

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.

Long Point World Biosphere Reserve

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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…

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.

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…

Nippissing

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The lagoons north of Callander (Twp. of North Himsworth) and Powassan are other popular locations to fill out your life list. Any time of the year, these winter bodies are apt to draw interesting specimens but the spring is the best time. If the spring weather is such that the lagoons lowered early in May, the rich mud flats of the empty lagoon are a powerful lure to the migrating shore birds on their way to the far north.

Ojibway Nature Center

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The Nature Centre itself is open seven days a week from 10 am to 5 pm. There is no charge for admission and the building is completely accessible to those with disabilities. Inside, one finds informative and interesting displays on the ecology of Ojibway Prairie Complex. A live Eastern Massasauga Rattlesnake is always a crowd favourite. Groups needing a place to meet can rent the fireplace room. A new alcove overlooks the many bird feeders and the stone fireplace make for a warm, cosy atmosphere. Knowledgeable and friendly naturalists are available to answer questions or, for a small fee, organize lessons and provide conducted tours. Brochures on the birds, mammals, herps, butterflies, trees and wildflowers of Ojibway as well as trail guides, maps and other informative handouts are available.

Point Pelee National Park

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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.

Point Pelee National Park

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Point Pelee is at the most southerly point in Canada. It is approximately 50 km from Windsor. From hwy 401 you head south on hwy 77. The park is about 10 km from the town of Leamington.

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.

Quetico Park

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

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…

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…

St.Clair Lake National Wildlife Area

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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…

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.

Blogs

Jacques Bouvier

Blog

Les Oiseaux de Prescott-Russell et d'ailleurs…

Nature Notes

Blog

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…

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…

Petals, Wings and Things

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Nature infused imagery… We are Nathan and Kelly - photographers, lovers of nature and avid bird watchers. Residents of Barrie, Ontario and recently married, our foray into nature photography began in 2008. Then, while on a trip to Hamilton's Royal Botanical Gardens, we caught the birding bug and the rest they say is history…

Tales of the Nishiki

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Birding, hiking & nature, with a dash of cycling, in southern Ontario…

Other Links

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.

Birding Opportunities in Prince Edward County

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Prince Edward County has over 21,000 acres (8,500 hectares) of wetlands. These wetlands have been identified as either provincially or regionally significant wetlands, and range in size from small wetland corners comprising a few dozen acres to the 4,900-acre (1,900 hectares) Big Swamp and Little Swamp complex and the 5,000-acre (2,000 hectares) Sawguin Creek system…

Birds Ontario

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The Birds Ontario website is being developed to make powerful database and mapping software available through the Internet so that volunteer Citizen Scientists can communicate, collaborate, and share their knowledge of birds and bird distributions in a coordinated and effective manner. Project components will include the Ontario Breeding Bird Atlas, the Ontario Nest Records Scheme the Important Bird Areas program, Project FeederWatch, Christmas Bird Counts, and the Loon Survey. Bird Studies Canada is the project leader, with additional partners including the Federation of Ontario Naturalists, Canadian Nature Federation, Royal Ontario Museum, BirdSource, and CompuSearch.

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.

Etobicoke Nest Webcam

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Peregrine nest pix

Field Guides at the Royal Ontario Museum

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Build your own itinerary with this very useful function.

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

Website

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.

Presqu'ile Birding

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Birding in one of Ontario's premier birdy places…

Toronto Area Birding

Website

Lots of information about Ontario and its birds from this university site… which is visually pleasing as well as highly informative.

Photographers & Artists

Photographer - David Bell

Facebook Page

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 - Kenneth A Hopkins

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Excellent bird photos…

Photographer - Michael Nelson – Birding Life Photography

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