Winter - Local Excursions & Programs

WINTER BIRDING FIELD TRIPS

Relaxed, Fun, Exciting and Educational Excursions in the Ottawa Area


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  • Half-Day Excursions in The Ottawa Area

    All Half-Day trips start at 8:00am, and end around 12:00pm.

    Regular Price: $35.00 (HST included) per person, per excursion

    1. Saturday Dec 17 - Raptors & Open Country Birds - Ottawa East
    2. Monday Dec 19 - Twitcher's Delight - Ottawa Centre/West
    3. Thursday Dec 22 - Britannia & Deschenes Rapids
    4. Thursday Dec 29 - Raptors & Open Country Birds - Ottawa West
    5. Tuesday Jan 3 - Kerwin Road & Spruce Forest Birds - Ottawa West
    6. Thursday Jan 5 - Winter Water Birds - Ottawa West
    7. Saturday Jan 7 - Hawks, Snowy Owls & Open Country Birds - Ottawa East
    8. Tuesday Jan 10 - Sarsaparilla Trail & Other Trails - Ottawa West
    9. Saturday Feb 11 - Raptor Search - Ottawa East
    10. Sunday Feb 12 - Raptor Search - Ottawa West
    11. Tuesday Feb 14 - Chickadees, Nuthatches & Finches - Ottawa West
    12. Thursday Feb 16 - The Gatineau Escarpment & The Steele Line
    13. Saturday Feb 18 - PHOTO DAY - Fletchers Wildlife Garden
    14. Sunday Feb 19 - The Jack Pine Trail - Ottawa West
    15. Tuesday Feb 21 - Dewberry Trail, Mer Bleue & Wall Road - Ottawa West
    16. Thursday Feb 23 - PHOTO DAY - The Jack Pine Trail - Ottawa West
    17. Saturday Feb 25 - Raptors & Open Country Birds - Ottawa West
    18. Sunday Feb 26 - Raptors & Open Country Birds - Ottawa East
    19. Thursday Mar 1 - Britannia & The Ottawa River - Ottawa West
    20. Saturday Mar 3 - Woodland & Wetland Edges - Ottawa West
    21. Sunday Mar 4 - Larose Forest & Open Fields - Ottawa East
    22. Tuesday Mar 27 - The First Spring Arrivals - Ottawa West
    23. Thursday Mar 29 - The First Spring Arrivals - Ottawa East

    Full-Day Excursions (dawn to dusk)

    Regular Price: $60.00 (HST included) per person, per excursion

    1. Sunday Jan 8 - FULL PHOTO DAY - Parc Omega
    2. Tuesday Feb 28 - FULL DAY - Amherst Island, Kingston
    3. Sunday Mar 25 - FULL DAY - Amherst Island, Kingston

    Overnight Excursions Outside The Ottawa Area

    Two Days/One Night - Regular Price: $160.00 (HST included) per person, per excursion - food, transportation and accommodations not included

    1. Sat/Sun Mar 31-Apr 1 - OVERNIGHT EXCURSION - Algonquin Provincial Park

    Half-Day Excursions in The Ottawa Area.
    All Half-Day trips start at 8:00am, and end around noon.
    Regular Price: $35 (HST included), per person, per excursion.


    1 - Saturday Dec 17, 8:00am - Raptors & Open Country Birds - Ottawa East

    Meeting Place: The Park & Ride Lot, northeast corner, on Trim Road (Orleans), south of intersection with Hwy. 17.


    The agricultural fields around Ottawa are always good for a variety of hawks and owls, especially in winter. Northern raptors adapted to hunting over the open tundra find local farm fields ideal for wintering grounds. Perched from a tree or fence post, they scan the fields for Meadow Voles and other small prey. Hopefully, we'll watch Rough-legged Hawks, Red-tailed Hawks, Cooper's Hawk or American Kestrels hover over the open terrain as they hunt. We may even observe a successful catch. This winter, we have a good chance to find Snowy Owl, another regularly occurring winter raptor in Ottawa. Other possibilities include Gray Partridge, Snow Bunting, Northern Shrike, Northern Goshawk, Bald Eagle, Short-eared Owl, Northern Hawk Owl or Gyrfalcon.

    2 - Monday Dec 19, 8:00am - Twitcher's Delight - Ottawa Centre & West

    Meeting Place: Coliseum Theater Parking Lot, east side, 3090 Carling Ave., east of Bayshore.


    Today we'll follow-up on recent reports of unusual birds. So often, at this time of year, interesting birds, far from their normal wintering range, arrive in the Ottawa area. Perhaps a Black-backed Woodpecker is consistently visiting a stand of conifers, or a Townsend's Solitaire has discovered a bounty of Juniper berries, or a Harris's Sparrow is frequenting a local feeding station. Whatever excitement is being reported, we'll engage in a quest. The timing of this trip follows the Ottawa/Hull Christmas Bird Count. So, we'll know that the area has been thoroughly searched for our target species. If nothing special has been reported to the local "rare-bird network", we'll do everything we can to find our own rarities.

    3 - Thursday Dec 22, 8:00am - Britannia & Deschenes Rapids

    Meeting Place: Along Cassles Road, outside the gate to the Britannia Filtration Plant.


    With its swift currents, the Deschenes Rapids stay open all year, even during our coldest winter days. These waters attract a great variety of birds that have adapted to the extreme conditions of this very special area. We'll likely find several species of ducks, including Common Merganser and Common Goldeneye. We'll look for other unusual waterfowl like Barrow's Goldeneye and Long-tailed Duck. The riparian growth at the water's edge will likely host a few songbirds and woodpeckers, including tame chickadees, nuthatches, finches, Northern Cardinal and Pileated Woodpecker. With luck, we may see a Bald Eagle or some rare birds. There's always activity at the Britannia Conservation area. If time and conditions permit, we'll check Andrew Haydon Park for uncommon waterfowl and northern gulls.

    4 - Thursday Dec 29, 8:00am - Raptors & Open Country Birds - Ottawa West

    Meeting Place: Coliseum Theater Parking Lot, east side, 3090 Carling Ave., east of Bayshore.


    During this field trip we search for avian predators that find our area such a great place to spend the winter. We'll check mainly along the Ottawa River and the open agricultural fields west of town. We should find Rough-legged Hawks, Red-tailed Hawks, Cooper's Hawk, Sharp-shinned Hawk or Snowy Owl. Other possibilities include Gray Partridge, Snow Bunting, Northern Shrike, Northern Goshawk, Bald Eagle, Short-eared Owl, Northern Hawk Owl or Gyrfalcon.

    5 - Tuesday Jan 3, 8:00am - Kerwin Road & Spruce Forest Birds - Ottawa West

    Meeting Place: Coliseum Theater Parking Lot, east side, 3090 Carling Ave., east of Bayshore.


    Anticipating a movement of northern birds, we'll check areas west of Ottawa that consistently produces overwintering finches and others. The Kerwin Trail, with its mixed forest dominated by spruce, offers wandering northern birds familiar surroundings and food sources. Often, the trees reveal White-winged Crossbill, Evening Grosbeak, Pine Siskins and Common Redpolls. We'll also listen for the soft tapping of Black-backed and Three-toed Woodpecker. Other possibilities include Pine Grosbeak, Bohemian Waxwing or Northern Goshawk. If we're really lucky, we may encounter Gray Jay, Boreal Chickadee or Boreal Owl. Feeding stations and open fields around this area also produce birds worthy of our attention.

    6 - Thursday Jan 5, 8:00am - Winter Water Birds - Ottawa Centre & West

    Meeting Place: Coliseum Theater Parking Lot, east side, 3090 Carling Ave., east of Bayshore.


    Every winter, regardless of temperature, our local rivers remain open where waters run fast. Tolerant of extreme cold, many hardy ducks enjoy our rivers simply because they've adapted to finding food in these extremes. Common Goldeneye, Common Merganser, Mallard and Black Ducks should be highly visible. Mixed among them will be some uncommon waterfowl like Barrow's Goldeneye, Hooded Merganser, or maybe something more unusual. There may be some overwintering žwhite-wingedÓ gulls on the ice edge, like Glaucous, Iceland or Thayer's. The open waters are also patrolled by hunters like Peregrine Falcon, Bald Eagle or Cooper's Hawk. With luck, we might see a Gyrfalcon, one of the most sought-after birds of prey by many birdwatchers.

    7 - Saturday Jan 7, 8:00am - Hawks, Snowy Owls & Open Country Birds - Ottawa East

    Meeting Place: The Park & Ride Lot, northeast corner, on Trim Road (Orleans), south of intersection with Hwy. 17.


    The open agricultural fields east of Ottawa are often our most productive areas for raptors, especially in winter. Red-tailed Hawks regularly occur here all year round. Some winters, this is the most reliable area for Snowy Owl. The vast open expanses offer ideal hunting grounds for these arctic breeders. With luck, we may see other interesting animals like Coyote, Red Fox, Gray Partridge, Rough-legged Hawk, Northern Goshawk, Short-eared Owl or Lapland Longspur. If time permits, we'll check woodland edges and suburban areas for interesting songbirds.

    8 - Tuesday Jan 10, 8:00am - Sarsaparilla Trail & Other Trails - Ottawa West

    Meeting Place: Coliseum Theater Parking Lot, east side, 3090 Carling Ave., east of Bayshore.


    Ottawa's Greenbelt is blessed with a rich network of woodland trails, many providing shelter and food for a variety of wildlife. The Sarsaparilla Trail, dominated by conifers, opens a window to northern habitats, hopefully revealing several northern birds. Nearby, the Rideau Trail should entertain us with its natural beauty. This trail is one of the study areas for young naturalists, members of Ottawa's Macoun Field Club. If time permits, we'll check nearby fields for Snowy Owl and other raptors.

    9 - Saturday Feb 11, 8:00am - Raptor Search - Ottawa East

    Meeting Place: The Park & Ride Lot, northeast corner, on Trim Road (Orleans), south of intersection with Hwy. 17.


    This trip highlights birds of prey found east of the city. As winter progresses, some raptors become fairly predictable as they engage in their hunting routines. Meanwhile, others might still be arriving from the north. We'll mainly check open country, the most consistent place where we can make observations. However, based on reports from local birding networks, we'll concentrate efforts in locations where they're known to occur. Some of our targets include Snowy Owl, Northern Goshawk, Northern Shrike, Rough-legged Hawk or any of the northern specialties.

    10 - Sunday Feb 12, 8:00am - Raptor Search - Ottawa West

    Meeting Place: Coliseum Theater Parking Lot, east end, 3090 Carling Ave., east of Bayshore.


    This trip focuses on raptors found west of the city, where we have different habitat conditions compared to the east. We'll check open country, river courses, and even urban landscapes, for our target species. Of course, we'll concentrate efforts where the raptors are being seen by other birders. However, we'll also check areas where they're traditionally found. Some of our targets include Peregrine Falcon, Snowy Owl, Northern Shrike, Bald Eagle, or maybe even a Gyrfalcon

    11 - Tuesday Feb 14, 8:00am - Chickadees, Nuthatches & Finches - Ottawa West

    Meeting Place: The parking lot of the Jack Pine Trail, on Moodie Drive, south of Hunt Club Road.


    What would we do without chickadees? Although the Black-capped Chickadee is abundant, they never fail to entertain. And, the Jack Pine Trail is the best place to experience these tame bundles of energy. Many of the other forest birds (like nuthatches) have learned from the chickadees, and enthusiastically feed from your hand. All you need is a few sunflowers, or peanuts and voila - you've made a friend. Occasionally, even the winter finches do the same. I've had Pine Siskin and Common Redpoll sit in my hand until they've finished every seed. But, the Jack Pine Trail is more than just chickadees. We'll hike the trails looking for all signs of wildlife. Animal tracks, Owl pellets, Porcupine droppings, Woodpecker holes, Snow Fleas - its all there. With persistence, we may even see the animals themselves. If time permits, we'll drive nearby country roads looking for raptors.

    12 - Thursday Feb 16, 8:00am - The Gatineau Escarpment & The Steele Line

    Meeting Place: The parking lot of the Information Kiosk, corner of Rue Gamelin and Promenade de la Gatineau.


    The rugged beauty of the Gatineau Escarpment offers the naturalist opportunity to see many interesting birds. At the edge of the Canadian Shield, northern finches, woodpeckers and raptors recognize habitats similar to their northern breeding grounds. Typically, they're found here more easily than in Ottawa's lowlands. We'll look for raptors using the updrafts created by the escarpment. Throughout winter Bald Eagles are found regularly, and occasionally, we see Golden Eagles. We'll spend the morning exploring the many backroads networked through the hills and lowlands, including the Steele Line - a quiet, yet productive road following the base of the Gatineau Escarpment. Other possibilities include: Pine Grosbeak, Evening Grosbeak, White-winged Crossbill, Northern Hawk Owl, Northern Shrike, Northern Goshawk... the possibilities are endless.

    13 - Saturday Feb 18, 8:00am - PHOTO DAY - Fletcher Wildlife Garden

    Meeting Place: Fletcher Wildlife Garden Parking Lot, east side, between Baseline and the Arboretum Traffic Circle (look for the sign).


    The Fletcher Wildlife Garden (FWG) is a natural gem in our city. Situated between the Experimental Farm and Dow's Lake, it provides a slice of nature deep inside an urban setting. With a network of trails and bird feeders, there is always something of interest here. The FWG has started an on-line group for photographers to display their works. It also works as a forum where visitors, friends, and fans can view the wonders of the Fletcher Wildlife Garden. Our goal today is to capture a few wonderful images from the garden to submit to the online group here: http://the-fwg.deviantart.com/ As usual, Tony & Nina will assist and guide you photographically. Bring bird seeds.

    14 - Sunday Feb 19, 8:00am - The Jack Pine Trail - Ottawa West

    Meeting Place: The parking lot of the Jack Pine Trail, on Moodie Drive, south of Hunt Club Road.


    We revisit my favourite local trail - The Jack Pine Trail. Over the years, I've had great success discovering a variety of winter birds in this delightful natural area of mixed habitats. Besides a network of active bird feeders, the area provides refuge to many woodland species not easily found elsewhere. We'll see a few species of woodpeckers with hopes of Pileated, Black-backed or Three-toed. We might see Golden-crowned Kinglet, Brown Creeper, Evening Grosbeak, Purple Finch, Common Redpoll and Pine Siskin. We'll check the fruiting shrubs for Bohemian Waxwing and Pine Grosbeak. And, we're always up for some surprises. If time permits, we'll check local fields for Snowy Owl and Gray Partridge.

    15 - Tuesday Feb 21, 8:00am - Dewberry Trail, Mer Bleue & Wall Road - Ottawa East

    Meeting Place: The parking lot of the Dewberry Trail, along the Dolman Ridge Road.


    Ottawa's east end is blessed with much natural habitat, including the unique Mer Bleue. Some years, interesting northern birds overwinter here. Perhaps a Northern Hawk Owl, Northern Goshawk, Barred Owl or a flock of Pine Grosbeaks will give us a show. Hopefully, the fields surrounding the city will produce birds like Snowy Owl, Northern Shrike, Gray Partridge and Snow Bunting. We'll check feeding stations and trails for winter finches, woodpeckers and sparrows. If time permits, we'll head further east in search of winter raptors.

    16 - Thursday Feb 23, 8:00am - PHOTO DAY - The Jack Pine Trail - Ottawa West

    Meeting Place: Jack Pine Trail parking lot off Moodie Drive, south of Hunt Club Road


    Today's focus will be on capturing photos of birds and other wildlife. Celebrating the beauty of winter, we'll search for all forms of wildlife. Much of it will be tame, like the chickadees looking for sunflower. We'll also look for colors, lines and patterns along the scenic trails. From footprints in the snow, to ice-covered plants, we'll search for the magic of the season. If conditions are favourable, the Jack Pine Trail will provide many excellent photographic opportunities. Throughout the morning, Tony and Nina will point out potential compositions, discuss their various techniques, and make themselves available to answer all questions.

    17 - Saturday Feb 25, 8:00am - Raptors & Open Country Birds - Ottawa West

    Meeting Place: Coliseum Theater Parking Lot, northwest corner, 3090 Carling Ave., east of Bayshore.


    The Ottawa area consistently attracts overwintering raptors. Every winter, birders from around the world visit Eastern Ontario in search of highly sought-after raptors like Great Gray Owl, Northern Hawk Owl, Boreal Owl and Gyrfalcon. Although these birds are typically rare, most winters will have at least one or two hiding somewhere in proximity to the city. Every winter, there are at least a few Snowy Owls in the agricultural fields outside town. If we're lucky, northern birds will be common. Regardless of what's around, we're sure to find the even-more common raptors like Rough-legged and Red-tailed Hawks. And, where there are raptors, there are sure to be other birds like Snow Bunting and Horned Lark. We'll drive the backroads through open fields stopping periodically to scan the horizon.

    18 - Sunday Feb 26, 8:00am - Raptors & Open Country Birds - Ottawa East

    Meeting Place: The Park & Ride Lot, northeast corner, on Trim Road (Orleans), south of intersection with Hwy. 17.


    This excursion follows the theme of the previous trip. However, today we'll explore the backroads and fields east of Ottawa. In the past, this is our best area for Snowy Owl. And, we'll focus on finding this beautiful, immaculate creature. Our search will have us driving the country roads where they traditionally hunt for voles and other small mammals. By late February, the fields will also reveal the return of the first spring migrants - Horned Larks.

    19 - Thursday Mar 1, 8:00am - Britannia & The Ottawa River - Ottawa West

    Meeting Place: Along Cassles Road, outside the gate to the Britannia Filtration Plant.


    Early March is when the Ottawa River shows the first signs of beginning to break up. The ice on Lac Deschenes moves further away from the rapids, and more gulls and waterfowl stage along its edges. We'll look for the first migrating ducks like Hooded Merganser, Bufflehead, Greater Scaup or Long-tailed Duck. While there are still Glaucous and Iceland Gulls mixed with the common Great Black-backed and Herring Gulls, we will see the first pairs of Ring-billed Gulls arriving on territory. If weather conditions are favorable, we'll see a few American Robins and blackbirds mixed in with the overwintering finches feeding in the honeysuckle and buckthorn.

    20 - Saturday Mar 3, 8:00am - Woodland & Wetland Edges - Ottawa West

    Meeting Place: Coliseum Theater Parking Lot, east side, 3090 Carling Ave., east of Bayshore.


    This is a transition time when northern birds still flourish in our conifers, and the first spring migrants arrive on territory. We'll check various woodlots, marshes and fields in the Dunrobin area for the signs of restlessness. We'll drive the backroads, making frequent stops. We may even hike a short trail or two. Many finches should still be around, while blackbirds, Golden-crowned Kinglets and American Robins will likely be moving through. Above us, hawks will likely be catching updrafts or thermals as they venture northward. There'll be excitement in the air as we detect the subtle signs of the changing season.

    21 - Sunday Mar 4, 8:00am - Larose Forest & Open Fields - Ottawa East

    Meeting Place: The Park & Ride Lot, northeast corner, on Trim Road (Orleans), south of intersection with Hwy. 17.


    The Larose Forest is a mixed tract of natural habitats and coniferous plantation. Much of it has matured, and the vast forest often harbours many interesting species. We'll start by checking a few local fields for Snowy Owl before we drive through the forest. In the woods we hope to see good numbers of northern finches, woodpeckers, and early spring migrants. With luck we may find Northern Goshawk, Red Crossbill or Ruffed Grouse. If time permits, we'll check the fields around the village of Casselman, where we should find more Snowy Owls and Rough-legged Hawks.

    22 - Tuesday Mar 27, 8:00am - The First Spring Arrivals - Ottawa West

    Meeting Place: Coliseum Theater Parking Lot, east side, 3090 Carling Ave., east of Bayshore.


    The first signs of spring are in the air. And, there is no better place than along Ottawa's river courses to witness the rejuvenating transition. Male Red-winged Blackbirds will be belting out the familiar "Konka-ree" as they establish their territories in local marshes. American Robins might be inspired to sing a few phrases of their sweet spring melodies. For certain, we'll see adult Ring-billed Gulls in their immaculate breeding plumage, paired off with their mates. Although birds will be on the move, there will still be plenty of winter birds around. We'll attempt to get close views of finches, waxwings, woodpeckers, raptors, white-winged gulls and waterfowl.

    23 - Thursday Mar 29, 8:00am - The First Spring Arrivals - Ottawa East

    Meeting Place: The parking lot of the Dewberry Trail, along the Dolman Ridge Road.


    By late March we can expect longer days and the beginnings of a spring thaw. These conditions typically cause flooding in low-lying fields east of Ottawa. It also triggers many waterfowl, gulls and other species to push northward. If conditions are ideal, we usually get a flurry of ducks, geese, blackbirds, and others arriving, sometimes in big numbers. Robins and Red-winged Blackbirds will already be establishing territories. And, the backroads through the open fields will have a sprinkling of Horned Larks picking at gravel to aid their digestion. We'll explore agricultural areas for raptors, Snow Buntings, Lapland Longspur, or anything unusual. If conditions are warm, we might see a few early arrivals like Tree Swallow, Eastern Bluebird, Eastern Meadowlark, Eastern Phoebe or Sandhill Crane.

    Full-Day Excursions (Dawn to Dusk)
    Regular Price: $60 (HST included), per person, per excursion
    Food, transportation and park fees not included


    1 - Sunday Jan 8, 8:00am - FULL PHOTO DAY - Parc Omega

    Meeting Place: Information Kiosk, corner of Rue Gamelin and Promenade de la Gatineau.


    This day is fully dedicated to photography. But it's also suitable for others who wish to do something a little bit different. From our meeting place at the edge of Gatineau Park, we drive to Parc Omega stopping along the way to capture beautiful winter scenery. Immediately upon getting inside the park, we will hike one or two walking trails. We'll then drive the various loops through the park. Bring lunch and $18 in park fee (per vehicle). It's also a good idea to bring carrots for the deer and other mammals. Returning back to Ottawa, we'll take our time to enjoy the beautiful Gatineau Escarpment. We should arrive back in Ottawa by dusk.

    2 - Tuesday Feb 28, 6:00am - FULL DAY - Amherst Island, Kingston

    Meeting Place: The Coliseum Theatre Parking Lot, northwest corner, 3090 Carling Ave., east of Bayshore.


    Most years Amherst Island is a haven for overwintering raptors. Northern Harriers, American Kestrels, Red-tailed and Rough-legged Hawks can be common, while Bald Eagle, Northern Shrike, Snowy Owl, Long-eared Owl, Short-eared Owl and Saw-whet Owl are usually present. These birds of prey are attracted to the abundant Meadow Voles and the vast open spaces, ideal for hunting. The surrounding waters also attract good numbers of waterfowl like Tundra Swan and Long-tailed Duck. There are usually other birds of interest including Ring-necked Pheasant, Lapland Longspur or Red-bellied Woodpecker. We'll also stop in places near Kingston for interesting birds. Past trips have included Eurasian Wigeon and Tufted Duck. We are heading for the 8:30am Ferry from Millhaven to Amherst, and plan to be back in Ottawa around 7pm. Bring warm clothing and lunch. Ferry fees are not included in the price = $9 per vehicle.

    3 - Sunday Mar 25, 6:00am - FULL DAY - Amherst Island, Kingston

    Meeting Place: The Coliseum Theatre Parking Lot, northwest corner, 3090 Carling Ave., east of Bayshore.


    This is an almost identical excursion to the previous Amherst Island Full Day Excursion from Feb 28. Most years Amherst Island is a haven for overwintering raptors. Northern Harriers, American Kestrels, Red-tailed and Rough-legged Hawks can be common, while Bald Eagle, Northern Shrike, Snowy Owl, Long-eared Owl, Short-eared Owl and Saw-whet Owl are usually present. These birds of prey are attracted to the abundant Meadow Voles and the vast open spaces, ideal for hunting. The surrounding waters also attract good numbers of waterfowl like Tundra Swan and Long-tailed Duck. There are usually other birds of interest including Ring-necked Pheasant, Lapland Longspur or Red-bellied Woodpecker. We'll also stop in places near Kingston for interesting birds. Past trips have included Eurasian Wigeon and Tufted Duck. We are heading for the 8:30am Ferry from Millhaven to Amherst, and plan to be back in Ottawa around 7pm. Bring warm clothing and lunch. Ferry fees are not included in the price = $9 per vehicle.

    Overnight Excursions outside The Ottawa Area (Two Days/One Night)
    Regular Price: $160 (HST included), per person, per excursion
    Food, transportation and accommodations not included


    1 - Sat/Sun Mar 31/Apr 1 - OVERNIGHT EXCURSION - Algonquin Provincial Park - Start at 6:00am Saturday March 31

    Meeting Place: Coliseum Theater Parking Lot, east side, 3090 Carling Ave., east of Bayshore.


    Algonquin Park is famous for its extensive northern forest habitats. Its large stands of spruce and pine often attract a variety of finches and raptors. It also harbours several northern residents that are considered rare in the Ottawa area. Here we look for Gray Jays, Boreal Chickadees, Spruce Grouse, Evening Grosbeak, Pine Grosbeak, Three-toed and Black-backed Woodpeckers. There should be some northern finches around like Red or White-winged Crossbills. Perhaps we will also see some interesting mammals like Pine Marten or Fisher. A mixture of large lakes, boggy wetlands, boreal and hardwood forests, this is Ontario's most accessible northern wilderness. From our starting point, we head straight for the park (3 hours drive), spending a few hours exploring the east side before we have lunch somewhere in the park. We check into our hotel before dusk. If conditions are good after dinner, we will return to the park and listen for owls and wolves. The following morning, we go back into the park immediately after breakfast. We will spend the entire day there, hiking some of the leisurely trails, leaving around 5:30pm. We can expect to be back home around 8:30 - 9:00pm.

    NOTE: Registration deadline for this event is 29th Feb, 2012 with email to: TonysAlwaysAnAdventure@Gmail.com