Saturday, March 16: A full day birdwatching throughout beautiful Algonquin Park. Our boreal targets include Spruce Grouse, Boreal Chickadee, Black-backed Woodpecker, Red Crossbill, White-winged Crossbill, Pine Siskin, Common Redpoll, Hoary Redpoll, Evening Grosbeak and Pine Grosbeak. If the weather is suitable (mild, low wind) we will likely hear birds in song today, given the growing daylength. Boreal mammals are also possible today, including roadside, salt-loving Moose and Pine Martens climbing from tree to tree 🙂
Outing notes: Please be sure to pack snacks, a warm beverage of your choice, some liquids, sunscreen, windbreaker, comfortable clothing, comfortable and insulated hiking boots, and so on. Please also pack ice grippers for your footwear, if you have them. Consider dressing in layers, with your base layer being thermal clothing (keeps the chill out). Please pack your Ontario Parks pass if you have one. For those purchasing a day pass, the cost is approximately $15.00.
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner: We will enjoy a sit-down lunch at the Visitor’s Centre. Please note that you must purchase your lunch if you’re using the cafeteria’s facilities. Dinner after the tour is up to the group; we’ll decide the day of the tour!
Activity Scale: 2/5
Accommodations: Birders may find it more convenient to stay at the East Gate Motel in Whitney the night before the tour. You must book your own accommodations.
Meet on Saturday morning at the East Gate entrance to Algonquin Provincial Park at 9:00 AM.
Carpooling: Carpooling in the lead vehicle is available upon request. Additionally, I am happy to make carpooling arrangements for you.
Method of payment: Cash, e-Transfer or cheque the morning of the tour. If paying by e-Transfer, please use email@example.com as the recipient address; if paying by cheque, you can make it out to either ‘Jon Ruddy’ or ‘Eastern Ontario Birding.’
Cost: $75.00 (HST-included).
Duration: 8-8.5 hours of birding.
Register for this outing using the provided Sign-up form