General Information: We will bird, rain or shine. During migration especially, rain equals potentially excellent birding opportunities! As much as we will bird during periods of relatively unfavorable weather conditions, we will not bird-watch during bouts of extreme weather (thunderstorms, wash-out rain, very strong wind). For longer trips (7-8 hours) it would be a good idea to bring a lunch, some snacks, and make sure to pack a sufficient amount of liquids! I will carry powdered Gatorade and a case of water at all times, so, as a group, we’ll be sure to keep hydrated. Consider wearing a hat, sunscreen and definitely bring bug spray. Sturdy footwear for comfort and security along hiking trails is recommended. Binoculars and/or spotting scopes are essentials field tools, so bring them if you have them. I have an extra pair of binoculars that I will always pack in case someone should happen to forget to bring theirs.
Regarding transportation: We can discuss meet-up locations and carpool options prior to each scheduled outing.
Note about safety: Given that recreational activities such as bird-watching involves some risk of injury, a waiver will be provided. I will ask that you read and sign a statement in which you assume the risk of the activity and release me, Jon Ruddy, from liability for any loss, damage or injury, however caused. All this said, I am by no means leading walks along treacherous paths! We will be bird-watching along well-padded trails and, in general, areas with good footing and pedestrian traffic.
Area: I will be leading field-birding trips throughout Eastern Ontario. We will bird-watch throughout the following counties: Prescott & Russell, Stormont, Dundas & Glengarry, Ottawa, Lanark, Leeds & Grenville, Renfrew, Frontenac, Lennox & Addington, Hastings, Prince Edward, and the southeastern portion of Northumberland. Some Special Interest tours will be provided as well, including trips to Algonquin Park, Point Pelee National Park and southern Ontario for gulls and birds of prey. More information about these special trips can be found by visiting the Outing Schedule page