Frontenac Arch Series: Pakenham Highlands

Thursday, May 30: Today, we will be exploring High Lonesome Nature Reserve and nearby Carbine road and trail. A large number of breeding birds occur in the Pakenham Mountains. Visiting in late summer will provide us with opportunities to view family groups of birds traveling together, as well as witness the phenomenon of post-breeding dispersal. We will keep our eyes open for a wide variety of plants, animals and fungi while we walk the trails, and we’ll stop and appreciate whatever happens to catch our eye 🙂

Guarantees: With birds, there are never guarantees, but the good news is you’ll have a professional guide at the helm with many years of experience searching for and identifying birds. As always, I will endeavour to make the most of each tour, and the philosophy I encourage is to “take whatever the day brings.” 🙂

What to pack/What to know: Please dress for the season and be sure to check on the weather conditions ahead of the tour. As this will be an exploratory tour, you can pack your field guides to plants, trees, insects, birds, reptiles & amphibians, fungi, lichen, etc, and we will consult the guidebooks after the tour. I will also pack my guidebooks! I recommend packing water and snacks in a backpack, and bringing it with you for the the hike. We will enjoy a tailgate field lunch during the tour, so please pack a cooler, which you can leave in your vehicle. If it’s sunny for the hike, I recommend wearing a hat in order to protect from the heat of the radiating sunlight. I also recommend using insect repellent, sunscreen, and wearing long pants.

eBird Checklists: I will take care of all of the checklists for the day, and share them with you when the tour is complete. Your eBird statistics will automatically update when you accept the checklist. If you are not an eBird user, that is perfectly fine; I will email the checklists when I arrive home. You’ll be able to browse through the sightings list without having to be an eBird user.

Washrooms: I will schedule a washroom break (outhouse or main washroom facility) every 90-120 min.

Activity rating: 2-3/5. We will be hiking approximately 5-6 km today. Most of the terrain will be level, with some inclines and declines here and there.

Meet-up time and location: 7:30 a.m. at Five Span Bridge park in Pakenham, located at 4916 Kinburn Side Road.

Duration: 4-5 hours.

Cost: $100 per person (HST-included). I accept payment via e-transfer to I also accept mailed cheques sent to Eastern Ontario Birding, 751 Namur Street, Embrun Ontario, K0A 1W0.

Payment due date: Upon registration. Your registration is only secure once payment is received. Please be sure to review my Cancellation Policy ahead of signing up for this tour.

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