Field trips provide an excellent opportunity for club members and the public to meet new people and to explore our natural environment. However, we ask you to remember that the places we visit are special, so please do not pick plants or collect specimens on field trips. Leave dogs and other pets at home except for service dogs. Use your own judgement as to whether you bring a lunch and/or refreshments. Also, dress appropriately for the weather. Insect repellent is recommended for trips in May and June.

If you have any questions regarding field trips, please contact either the marianchilds(at)shaw(dot)catrips coordinator or the field trip leader directly. The club is always interested in new ideas, so don't hesitate if you would like to lead a field trip or workshop or have an idea for one. Watch for the "FAMILY FRIENDLY EVENT!" notice on specific outings and bring your children along!

If You Plan to Attend

Please, call or email the field trip leader to confirm the date, time and place and to hear of any updates or last minute changes a few days before the trip is scheduled to take place. The leader will also appreciate knowing the approximate number of participants ahead of time.

When our walk is taking place on a Lakehead Region Conservation Authority property, please note that parking fees apply. To help offset LRCA's costs of maintenance we encourage you to buy a season pass here: Explore Card or at the LRCA office or pay for a one time parking fee. Thank you.

For other hikes in our area please check the Thunder Bay Hiking Association website by clicking here or check the Lakehead Region Conservation Authority website by clicking here.



Saturday, November 3, 2018

NW Ontario’s annual Fall Roundup

This started as a Thunder Bay Field Naturalists field trip the first weekend of November, in 1989. The purpose was to count any late fall migrants and hopefully a rarity or two.

Over the years the number of participants grew to an unwieldy size and eventually it was opened up to all birders in NW Ontario, anywhere in NW Ontario, in as many groups or individuals as wanted to participate.

There are no rules, other than count the birds you see on Nov 3 wherever you are, feeder-watchers included, and submit your count to NWObirds with: where you went, who, if anyone, you went with, and locations of any unusual species that you saw. You can count for an hour, or all day, doesn’t matter, and there are no distinct “territories” like the Christmas bird count, go wherever you want. The compiler will try to eliminate any duplicates between groups, knowing where you all birded. The main thing is to have fun and enjoy the day, and who knows, some really great birds will hopefully be found!

John Woodcock will be compiling it again, he did a great job last year. So send in your reports to John via NWObirds and he will put it all together. Good luck!

Note: You will need to join NWObirds in order to enter your tally. For more info see:



Keep checking back here as other outdoor events are arranged!

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