Solar Eclipse Spectacle along the St. Lawrence River

Monday, April 8: Join me as we all experience a once-in-a-lifetime experience! Birding along the St. Lawrence River between Brockville and Morrisburg provides exciting opportunities year-round, and especially so in spring and fall. Coinciding with early spring migration is a once-in-a-lifetime event: a total solar eclipse! The St. Lawrence River between Brockville and Morrisburg is along the path of totality, meaning that the moon will completely block the sun for a short period, causing nighttime conditions to occur during midday! The birdwatching leading up to, during and after this event is likely to be interesting and memorable. Just how will birds respond to these conditions? How will the landscapes and birdscapes appear? Will birdsong begin to fade as darkness suddenly invades the day? We are in for a memorable time. Fingers and toes crossed for cloudless skies!

Eclipse Viewing Safety: Certified eclipse glasses can be purchased online and in various stores. For those who forget to purchase/bring their glasses: I will have spare certified glasses for use.

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. Wearing a thermal base layer is a helpful way to stay warm during spring, especially when birding near the water. Please pack your photographical and optical equipment of your choice; if you have a spotting scope, pack it, as well. Please pack a full lunch, which you can leave in your vehicle. I recommend packing liquids and snacks, as well.

Accommodations: Clients have options as to where they stay the night before and/or the night after the eclipse day. Brockville and Gananoque are two towns with plenty of hotels and motels to choose from; book quickly to avoid disappointment! Please note: you must take care of your own bookings.

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 after the tour. You’ll be able to browse through the sightings list without having to be an eBird user.

Washrooms: I will schedule a washroom break every 90-120 minutes.

Activity rating: 1-2/5. The tour will feature some walking, some standing-in-place and some driving. I suspect that the total walk distance over the course of the tour will be 3-4 km.

Meet-up time and location: 10:30 a.m. at Mac Johnson Conservation Area, just north of Brockville. Modifications to where we station for eclipse viewing (from ~ 2:00 – 4:30 p.m.) might be made, if cloud cover occurs over the region where we will first be exploring, and clear skies are found 1) nearby (within 45-60 minutes) and 2) along the path of totality.

Duration: 6-6.5 hours. The tour will be wrapped up in the Brockville/Thousand Islands region (along the St. Lawrence River) between 4:30 and 5:00 p.m. Sunset will be around 7:45 p.m. on April 8th, which means that clients will have over two hours of daylight as they back to their residences.

Cost: $150 per person (HST-included). I accept payment via e-transfer to eontbird@gmail.com. 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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