Exploring the Rideau Lakes

Thursday, August 23: Today, we will spend the day exploring the Rideau Lakes region. This region hosts some special breeding birds, such as Cerulean Warbler, Yellow-throated Vireo, Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Red-shouldered Hawk (the stronghold in all of eastern ON is here), Barred Owl and so on. Breeding birds will have fledged young to feed, and family groups of birds will be busy foraging; this is a beautiful area for those interested in trees, plants, herptiles (reptiles and amphibians), dragonflies, moths, butterflies and more. Though the focus is on birds, we will be enjoying all sorts of wildlife today, so go ahead and pack your additional field guides for aid in identification and study. We will begin our day by hiking Silver Queen Mine Trail at Murphys Point Provincial Park. We will then hike another trail at Murphys Point, before moving along to other sites.

Outing notes: Please be sure to pack snacks, plenty of liquids, electrolyte mix, sunscreen, insect repellent, comfortable and breathable clothing, comfortable hiking shoes, and so on. Note that I will be packing electrolyte mix for the group should you wish to sprinkle some into your water bottle. Please pack your Ontario Parks pass if you have one. For those without a pass, the cost to visit the park is approximately $15.00.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner: Please pack a lunch for today’s tour.

Activity Scale: 2/5

Accommodations: N/A

Meet at 8:00 AM at the Carpool Lot located along Richmond Road, where it intersects with Highway 15. This lot is located just outside of Franktown.

Carpooling: I can drive clients to-and-from Ottawa for this tour. I am also happy to arrange carpooling for you. Please be in touch by email: eontbird@gmail.com

Method of payment: Cash, e-Transfer or cheque the morning of the tour. If paying by e-Transfer, please use eontbird@gmail.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.

Register for this outing using the provided Sign-up form

Registration deadline: Midnight on Tuesday, August 21st.