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2nd Annual Event Helps Ottawa Residents Peek Inside City’s Most Important Chimneys
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2nd Annual Event Helps Ottawa Residents Peek Inside City’s Most Important Chimneys

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Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Who: Hosted by Nature Canada Speakers include: Alex MacDonald, CBC Radio 1’s In Town and Out weekly bird tweeter and Senior Conservation Manager at Nature Canada

What: A Swift Evening Out is an outdoor event featuring presentations, activities and easy birdwatching to raise public awareness of the Chimney Swift, a provincially and nationally threatened bird found in Ottawa. Event participants will observe the sunset behaviour of the Chimney Swift; each evening the Swifts fly into suitable chimneys and human structures throughout the region – often hundreds of birds at a time – where they roost for the night in large groups. The birds dive headfirst into the chimneys, reaching speeds of 60 km/hr before entering, making this behaviour very impressive to behold.

Where: 755 Somerset Street West, Ottawa. The event will begin at the Dalhousie Community Centre and at 7:50pm will transition to the grounds of the Dominican University College, home to one of the region’s most important chimney roosts.

When: Thursday, August 11th, 2016 – 7:00 pm to 8:45 pm.

Why: Ottawa is home to nationally significant numbers of Chimney Swifts, whose numbers have declined by over 95% in the last 40 years. Despite this, many people are unaware of the Swifts’ presence or their plight. We want to change this. Additionally, many property owners misunderstand what they can do to help Chimney Swifts, such as delaying routine chimney maintenance until after the migration in early September. This event will help to raise public awareness of the plight of this amazing species.

Interviews: Interviews may be scheduled before, during or after the event. Opportunities to photograph the activities and the birds can be accommodated during the event. Photographs will be available upon request following the event.

Contact: Alex MacDonald, Senior Conservation Manager, Nature Canada 613-324-7003 (mobile); amacdonald@naturecanada.ca

### Nature Canada is the oldest national nature conservation charity in Canada. Our mission is to protect and conserve nature in Canada by engaging Canadians and by advocating on behalf of nature. Over the past 75 years, Nature Canada has helped protect over 63 million acres of parks and wildlife areas in Canada and countless species that depend on this habitat. Today, Nature Canada represents a network of more than 45,000 members and supporters and more than 350 nature organizations across the country, with affiliates in every province.

The Third Annual Bird Day Fair Soars
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The Third Annual Bird Day Fair Soars

On Saturday May 30, 2015 Nature Canada hosted the third annual Bird Day Fair at Andrew Haydon Park. It was a day where Canadian's welcomed back our migratory birds in a celebration of International Migratory Bird Day in the national capital region's own Important Bird Area. 80% of the bird species that we consider Canadian birds leave our borders every fall and return every spring. Bird Day connects communities across the Northern Hemisphere in a celebration of this incredible journey. [caption id="attachment_21236" align="aligncenter" width="940"]photo of bird banding Banding an American Robin. Photography by Susanne Ure[/caption] Excited early risers joined Nature Canada’s very own licensed bird bander, Ted Cheskey in the early bird activity: a bird banding demonstration. Ted and his assistants caught an American Robin (pictured above) and a Song Sparrow. Bird banding is a popular research method used by scientists to study birds and learn about their migration and survival. The information collected when the bird is captured along with the band number is shared on a central database that registered bird banders can access. Some birds are caught two or more times at the same or different locations. Participants at the event also had the opportunity to visit the Innis Point Bird Observatory’s booth and learn about bird banding first hand by being banded themselves. Each band shared a number with a bird banded at Innis Point Bid Observatory. You can see which birds were chosen and learn about their story here. [caption id="attachment_21237" align="aligncenter" width="940"]photo of the Bird Day Fair 2015 the 2015 Bird Day Fair at Andrew Haydon Park. Photography by Susanne Ure[/caption] 24 local groups hosted a booth at the Bird Day Fair to talk about the excellent work they do to protect wildlife and connect Canadian’s to nature and adventure in the city and beyond. [caption id="attachment_21238" align="aligncenter" width="940"]photo of a child completing the activity passport at the Bird Day Fair 2015 Photography by Susanne Ure[/caption] An activity passport encouraged children to visit the booths and ask questions. A correct answer was rewarded with a stamp or sticker, and children who answered all the questions visited the Nature Canada booth for a prize. [caption id="attachment_21239" align="aligncenter" width="940"]nest building activity at the Bird Day Fair 2015 Photography by Susanne Ure[/caption] Local artist Sally Lee Sheeks was back this year with her popular nest building activity. Children used sticks and branches to build a bird’s nest large enough for a person to sit in. Building a nest is more difficult than it looks, and the birds have to do it all with their beaks! [caption id="attachment_21241" align="aligncenter" width="940"]Eagle mascot at the Bird Day Fair 2015 Photography by Susanne Ure[/caption] A giant Eagle also joined the celebrations. Although his day was busy posing for photos, here he is helping a volunteer take a survey. Surveys are an important way for us to learn about what we are doing right, and what we can improve on for next year. The feedback we have received on these surveys has been extremely useful, so a big thank you to everyone who took the time to share their thoughts. [caption id="attachment_21242" align="aligncenter" width="940"]Falcon Ed at the Bird Day Fair 2015 Photography by Susanne Ure[/caption] Falcon Ed was back with their live birds of prey. These birds are always a crowd favourite and wowed the crowd all day long at the Falcon Ed booth. Participants got to meet Phoennix the Harris Hawk (pictured above), Darwin the Great Horned Owl and Dexter the Peregrine Falcon. [caption id="attachment_21243" align="aligncenter" width="940"]Little Rays Reptiles at the Bird Day Fair 2015 Photography by Julia Gamble[/caption] Little Ray’s Reptiles presented their "Endangered Ontario" show at the Bird Day Fair and captivated the audience. Their show featured 2 birds of prey, 2 ferrets, 2 snakes, 2 turtles an amphibian and a fox - all from Ontario of course! [caption id="attachment_21244" align="aligncenter" width="940"]Print making activity at the Bird Day Fair 2015 Photography by Susanne Ure[/caption] Young and young at heart alike got to try out their artistic skills with help from local artist Lyle Docherty in a print making activity. Lyle had prepared templates of an American Robin, a Blue Jay (pictured above), a Bald Eagle, a Common Loon and a Canadian Goose for people to create their own work of art. [caption id="attachment_21245" align="aligncenter" width="940"]Mayor Waston and Giacomo Panico announce the Ottawa's Bird Contest winner And the winner is.... Photography by Julia Gamble[/caption] And the winner of the unofficial Bird of Ottawa Contest is ......... the Black-capped Chickadee! On April 25 CBC radio’s In Town and Out asked listeners and followers of the weekly Tweet of the Week segment to nominate their favourite. After a month of voting and over 3,300 submissions the winner was announced at the Bird Day Fair by Mayor Jim Watson and Giacomo Panico. The Black-capped Chickadee was the clear favourite with 42% of the votes. The Common Raven gained a great deal of support near the end of the competition, but was not able to overtake the lead, ending with 32% of the vote. [caption id="attachment_21269" align="aligncenter" width="940"]Photography by Susanne Ure A Flamingo Flash Mob. Photography by Susanne Ure[/caption] A flock of migrating Flamingos go blown very off course, astonishing and amazing attendees of the Bird Day Fair with their coordinated moves. Young dancers from Lakeview Public School dressed as Flamingos made a surprise appearance at the Bird Day Fair to perform their Flamingo Dance choreographed by dance teacher Lindsay Mattesz. This performance was clearly a crowd favourite. [caption id="attachment_21246" align="aligncenter" width="940"]Purple Martin colony The Purple Martin Colony at the Nepean Sailing Club. Photography by Julia Gamble[/caption] Nature Canada is working on the Purple Martin project, an international collaboration with Purple Matin landloards, university researchers, naturalists groups, and the Canadian Wildlife Service to help protect and recover declining Purple Martin populations. We are using GPS tracking devices to follow them on their migration journey to their wintering grounds in order to understand the risks they face. One colony that Nature Canada is studying is just a short walk from Andrew Haydon Park at the Nepean Sailing Club. A guided walk led by the Purple Martin project coordinator gave people the opportunity to see these birds up close and in action. If you look closely you just might be able to see a tracking device or a coloured leg band on one of these birds. [caption id="attachment_21265" align="aligncenter" width="940"]Photography by Susanne Ure Tony Beck of Always an Adventure captivates the crowd as he shares his nature photography tips. Photography by Susanne Ure[/caption] Participants at the Bird Day Fair were invited to join a guided walk to learn the basics of birding, get some tips to improve their nature photos and more. [caption id="attachment_21267" align="aligncenter" width="940"]Photography by Susanne Ure Photography by Susanne Ure [/caption] And what’s a Bird Day Fair without bird watching? This family of ducks posed for the cameras. Some other species that we expected to see at the park are; Purple Martin, Tree Swallow, Yellow-rumped Warbler, American Redstart, Ring-billed Gull, Killdeer, Canada Goose, American Goldfinch, Yellow Warbler and Hooded Merganser. Thank you to our Event Partners and Sponsors who made this day possible!

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Come out to the Bird Day Fair May 2015
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Come out to the Bird Day Fair May 2015

Bird Day Fair 2015 event poster Join Nature Canada at the third annual Bird Day Fair which will be held at Andrew Haydon Park in Ottawa on Saturday May 30, 2015 from 10am-3pm. Just as our migratory birds are returning to Canada from their wintering grounds south of the border, a huge celebration is unfolding across the continent to celebrate birds – and you can be part of it! Bird Day is a celebration of migratory birds and the wild spaces they inhabit. Join Nature Canada in a celebration of the incredible migration journey of birds through a day of fun activities for the whole family. There will be nature walks, crafts and activities, live animals, and an opportunity to meet local groups working to protect wildlife.     [caption id="attachment_20261" align="aligncenter" width="960"]photos from the Bird Day Fair 2014 Photography by Susanne Ure of the Bird Day Fair 2014[/caption] [separator headline="h2" title="Participating groups"] The following groups will host a booth at the Bird Day Fair to talk about the excellent work they do to protect wildlife and connect Canadian's to nature and adventure in the city and beyond.

Always and Adventure logo BioRegional logo Canadian Geographic logo City Wide Sports logo
Falcon Ed logo FLAP Canada Ottawa Wing logo Girl Guides of Canada logo Greenspace Alliance of Canada's Capital Logo
Greening Sacred Spaces Ottawa Chapter logo Henry's logo Innis Point Bird Observatory logo Kitchen Cone logo
Lindian Enterprise logo Maser Gardeners of Ottawa Carleton logo Mississippi valley conservation authority logo Nature Conservancy of Canada logo
Ottawa Duck Club logo Ottawa Field Naturalists logo St John Ambulance logo Tucker House logo
Tree Ottawa logo Wax and Wings logo Wild Bird Care Centre logo Wild Birds Unlimited logo
Little Rays Reptile Zoo logo circus delights Sally Sheeks logo
Archy and Mehitabel logo Maria-Helena Pacelli logo Angry Drangonz logo Urban Cowboy logo
[separator headline="h2" title="Schedule for the day"] Early Bird Activity: Nature Canada's very own licensed bird bander, Ted Cheskey, will lead a bird banding demonstration at Andrew Haydon Park from 8:30 am-10:00 am Check out what happened at the Bird Day Fair 2014. Stay up to date on the latest Bird Day Fair plans on the facebook event page. Schedule Guided Walks poster ENG [separator headline="h2" title="Plan your trip to the Bird Day Fair"] Map to Andrew Haydon ParkThe Bird Day Fair will be held at Andrew Haydon Park (3169 Carling Avenue, Nepean) which is at the intersection of Carling Ave and Holly Acres Rd. [separator headline="h3" title="Cycle or Walk"] Andrew Haydon Park is along the Ottawa River bike path. Check the cycling map to plan your route. [separator headline="h3" title="Take Public Transit"] OC Transpo is the easy way to get to the event! Take the Bird Day Fair shuttle bus provided by OC Transpo from Bayshore station, a transit hub. The shuttle will depart from transit station 4A (see the highlight space on the map below) and drop you off steps from the Fair. The shuttle is free of charge and will run every 15 min from 10am - 3pm. station 4A map [separator headline="h3" title="Driving"] Please remember that there is limited parking on site. [separator headline="h2" title="Partners"] Nature Canada is proud to partner with the following organizations to host Bird Day 2015
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  [separator headline="h2" title="Sponsors"] Thank you to the generous support of our sponsors. Without whom this event would not be possible.
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Band-a-visitor Station Teaches kids about Bird Data Collection Methods
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Band-a-visitor Station Teaches kids about Bird Data Collection Methods

Nature Canada’s Bird Day Fair was proud to host the Innis Point Bird Observatory’s (IPBO) band-a-visitor station which sought to teach children about wild bird data collection methods. The station proved to be a fun and creative way to engage a youth audience with the data collection techniques used in the tracking of bird populations and their migratory patterns. At the station, the visiting guest was given a wrist band with a tracking number corresponding to a bird which had been previously caught and released by the Observatory. Visitors could use this number to log on to Nature Canada’s “I was banded” website after the fair and learn about the bird they were matched with. The visitor’s gender, age and wingspan size were then recorded by a bander, simulating techniques used by scientists in the field. This gave visitors an intuitive understanding of bird banding as they were able to experience the process first hand. Celia Bodnar, a volunteer with the IPBO and one of the organizer's of the booth, said younger and older kids were drawn to the visitor banding station. “The kids loved the idea of getting matched to something like a real bird,” Bodnar said. “Bigger kids were keen to look up what species they were. I even had a few kids request a species that they wanted to be, and one excited boy told me that he already knew he was a bird species he had designed himself.” Despite the booth's success, there are still lessons to be learned from the project. “We need to see how we can get more of the adult crowd in as well,” Bodnar said. “I was a bit surprised that not more people were interested in more details about the science behind the bird banding and migration monitoring that we do.” The Innis Point Bird Observatory, started in 1982, is part of the Canadian Migration Monitoring Network and was created to monitor the long-term population characteristics of birds in the Ottawa area. Scientists hope to gain a better understanding of bird migration patterns by combining the IPBO's observations with data from monitoring stations across Canada. Check out our suggestions on hosting your own band a visitor station and ideas for other ways to celebrate birds. Thank you to our guest blogger Dylan Copland for this post. Dylan is a journalist and media specialist living in Ottawa, Ontario. He is currently volunteering with Nature Canada where he is writing about animals, nature and the people who love them. You can reach him at dmcopland@gmail.com and find his portfolio on the web at: dylancopland.wordpress.com.

Nature Canada’s Bird Day Fair a huge success!
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Nature Canada’s Bird Day Fair a huge success!

More than 800 people attended Bird Day Fair this year in Andrew Haydon Park in Ottawa-Gatineau's Lac Deschênes Important Bird and Biodiversity Area. For the second year in a row Nature Canada celebrated Bird Day in Ottawa with local groups, businesses, families and friends with crafts, nature walks, live bird demonstrations and more. New additions to this year's fair included a 'Bird Day passport' which attendees could have stamped at each participating organization's tent; a milkweed stand for those interested in learning more about using this plant to attract monarch butterflies; a roaming turtle; and presentations by bird and wildlife experts amongst other activities. The live bird of prey demonstrations by Falcon Ed drew unprecedented crowds for Bird Day. Despite the presence of a few intimidating crows and gulls, the falcons and owls got close to the crowds and showed off their powerful talons and impressive wing spans. Those who participated in the bird walks added their bird sightings to eBird in an effort to outmatch sightings recorded by birders at a sister Bird Day festival in Oshawa, Ontario. Not to be out-done by its national capital rival, the Oshawa Festival of Friends recorded an impressive 68 species versus Bird Day Ottawa's 22. Congratulations Oshawa birders! This short video captures some of the highlights from the event. [video type="youtube" id="pqNxB0XFj2w"] Nature Canada would like to thank the people and organizations who were present at Bird Fair Ottawa and extend a special thank-you to Bird Day Fair sponsors.  

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Come out to Bird Day Fair in Ottawa!
Photo by Rachel Thibodeau
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Come out to Bird Day Fair in Ottawa!

Join us for Bird Day Fair at Andrew Haydon Park, Saturday May 31st – 10am-4pm Just as our migratory birds are returning to Canada from their wintering grounds south of the border, a huge celebration is unfolding across the continent to celebrate birds – and you can be part of it! Bird Day is a celebration of migratory birds and the wild spaces they inhabit. Join Nature Canada in a celebration of the incredible migration journey of birds through a day of fun activities for the whole family. There will be nature walks, crafts and activities, a live raptor demonstration, and an opportunity to meet local groups working to protect wildlife. It's also a great opportunity to test drive our fantastic NEW app that helps you map local wildlife sightings. Several organizations like Ecology Ottawa, Wild Birds Unlimited, Nikon, Master Gardeners of Ottawa and others will be there to share information about their work. Check out our Facebook event page and our Bird Day pages on our website for more information on the day's events. We'll be giving away FREE bookmarks and Junior Birder Guidebooks in English and en Français on May 31 so be sure to come early! See below for the Bird Day Fair schedule of events. Photo by Rachel Thibodeau birdday2014 schedule of events for Bird Day Fair

BioBlitz
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BioBlitz

Join Nature Canada and local naturalist experts for a fall BioBlitz at Mud Lake and help us locate and identify as many species as possible around the site. Follow local naturalist experts on a guided walk and learn to identify plants, birds, amphibians, reptiles and more! Everyone is welcome. Be prepared to get out and get your hands dirty.  Remember to dress for the weather, wear solid shoes or rain boots and bring a snack and a water bottle. If you have field guides, binoculars, magnifying glasses or any other critter examining tools feel free to bring them along. 1057551_10151735821870399_1279726871_n Stephanie Wilson and Alexander MacDonald species watching at Mud Lake The BioBlitz will run for 24 hours starting on Friday September 13 at 3pm until Saturday September 14 at 3pm.  Check out the schedule to decide if you want to come out to one walk, or to all of them.

Fri a Sat schedule

Meet us at the Nature Canada tent in the parking lot to register, get your check list and meet a guide. Mud Lake is located along the Ottawa River off of Carling Ave and Britannia Rd. Still not sure how to get there? Get directions here. Google understands "Mud Lake", so just go to the "Get Directions" tab, type in where you are starting from, and add your destination as Mud Lake. You can also set if you are walking, biking or driving. We are looking forward to seeing you there! We are pleased to announce that the following experts will join us at Mud Lake on September 13-14, 2013 Botany experts – Serguei Ponomarenko, Zoe Pachen, Cassandra Robillard Insect experts – Chris Schmidt, Henri Goulet Avian experts - Gillian Shields, Carlos Barbery, Emily Bird, Reptile and amphibian experts – Julie Chateauvert, William Halliday, Rachel Thibodeau General experts – Jeff Skevington, Blake Corbin, Michelle Locke If you have any questions or would like to be involved as an expert please contact Sarah at SKirkpatrick-Wahl@naturecanada.ca

Ceremony
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Ceremony

In the heart of Canada’s National Capital Region, the Lac Deschênes – Ottawa River Important Bird Area provides important stopover habitat to continentally significant populations of waterbirds and waterfowl, and foraging areas to nationally significant numbers of the Threatened Chimney Swift. This interprovincial IBA includes well known natural areas including Britannia’s Mud Lake, the Deschênes Rapids, Breckenridge swamp, Shirley’s Bay and the small archipelago of islands around the Champlain Bridge. Nature Canada is actively engaged in raising awareness and helping conserve the IBAs and its historically significant natural waterways.

 

Events
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Events

You'll find the latest news on events happening in and around Lac Deschênes on this page. Check back often to see what's happening in your Naturehood!

Nature Canada Events: 

  •  Scion City Chase – Saturday July 27th, 2013 from 10am to 4pm
Nature Canada will be hiding at an undisclosed location in Ottawa, ready to test City Chase participants with a physical and humorously educational bird-related challenge. Will you be able to find us?
  • Alcatel-Lucent Sunday Bikedays – August 18th, 2013 from 9am to 12pm
Stop at the scenic Conroy Island Lookout or along the Parkway to talk to Nature Canada staff about the Lac Deschênes IBA and birds in the area. Grab some free activity books, swag and a water bottle, and learn about birds!
  • Nature Canada Engages Ottawa Youth: Naturehood and Guardian of Nature buttons
We are working to connect Ottawa and Gatineau residents to the nature in their own backyard. The "Guardian of Nature" buttons will be a great way to engage youth in the Naturehood program by proclaiming them an "official Guardian of Nature." Every week Nature Canada will be at a different park in the Ottawa Region doing outreach with children. [caption id="attachment_1301" align="alignleft" width="223"]Photo by Alicia Cuzner, taken at the Alcatel-Lucent Sunday Bikeday in Ottawa on June 21 Photo by Alicia Cuzner, taken at the Alcatel-Lucent Sunday Bikeday in Ottawa on June 21, 2013[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1302" align="alignright" width="222"]Stephanie Wilson and Alexander MacDonald specie watching at Mud Lake - July 17, 2013 Stephanie Wilson and Alexander MacDonald specie watching at Mud Lake - July 17, 2013[/caption]                      

Ottawa Field Naturalist Club Events:

  • Alfred's Birds - Saturday August 3 fom 9:00 am to 12 noon
Meet at the Ultramar gas station on Hwy 17 just east of the village of Alfred at the corner of Peat Moss Road. We will look for waterfowl and shorebirds at the Alfred sewage lagoons. If time permits we will go to the Alfred Bog boardwalk to look for songbirds. Leader: Jacques Bouvier and friend.
  • Fletcher Wildlife Garden Evening Walk - Tuesday August 6 from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm
Meet at Fletcher Wildlife Garden, Prince of Wales Drive between Dow’s Lake and Baseline Rd. This is a lovely time to spend in this dynamic urban green space. This general interest walk will feature the garden and its wildlife. Come and discover the diversity of habitats  binoculars, field guides and a loop (magnifying glass) if you have them, and come prepared for the weather and uneven terrain (sturdy shoes). Leader: Renate Sander-Regier.
  • Rideau River Paddle at Brewer Park - Friday August 9 from 5:30pm to 8:00 pm
Meet at the Parking lot off Brewer Way behind the baseball diamonds. We will launch at or beside the Brewer Park dock (150 m east of parking lot along footpath). Don’t worry if you need to arrive late: we should be easy to find. Map link: http://g.co/maps/gzqnw An after-work paddle on the urban Rideau, visiting remnants of Ottawa’s native habitats including the un-canalized river, riparian forest, little-disturbed islands, riverbank, wetland, and even a bit of Dow’s Swamp. No guarantees that actual plant experts will be on hand, but there is always lots to see. Bring a canoe and a sandwich. Email to humedgl@gmail.com if needed to arrange canoe sharing or the 150 m boat-carry etc. Leader: Hume Douglas.
  • Mid-Summer FLora and Fauna - Sunday August 11 from 10 am to 12pm
Meet at the Beaver Trail Parking Lot (P8), off Moodie Dr., south of Hunt Club Rd. We will explore the deciduous forests and wetlands in this area of the NCC greenbelt. This is a general natural history walk to observe the plants and animals of midsummer. Leader: Isabelle Nicol.
  • Fletcher Wildlife Garden Evening Walk - Thursday August 15th, 2013 from 7pm to 8:30pm
This general interest walk will feature the garden, its native wildflowers and wildlife. Come and discover the diversity of habitats and life to be found in this small urban wild space, and learn about current projects and initiatives. Meet at the Fletcher Wildlife Garden, Prince of Wales Drive between Dow’s Lake and Baseline Rd. Bring binoculars and field guides if you have them, and come prepared for the weather. The event will only be cancelled in heavy rain and/or thunderstorms. Bring water, binoculars and field guides if you like. Leader: Isabelle Nichol.
  • Water Chestnut Pull Days - August 15, 16, and 17 from 9am to 3pm
Come help save the Ottawa River! Volunteers are needed to help remove invasive Water Chestnut Plants from Voyageur Provincial Park near Chute-à-Blondeau, ON. If getting wet and dirty to save the environment sounds like fun to you, then come out and pull.  Bring sunscreen, lunch, snacks, plenty of water and extra clothes.  Also bring your own canoe, kayak or boat (safety equipment). A limited number of canoes may be available on a first come first served basis. For more information or to register, contact: Jennifer Jung at (613) 674-2825 ext. 223 or jennifer.jung@ontario.ca or darryl.white@ontario.ca
  • Shirley's Bay Birding - Saturday August 24 from 7am to 11am
Shirley’s Bay is perhaps Ottawa’s hottest birding spot year round. This excursion will feature waterfowl and shorebirds, with bonus land birds. Come prepared for the weather. 7:00 am at Lincoln Fields Shopping Centre, northeast corner of the parking lot, Richmond Rd. at Assaly Road near Pizza Pizza. Carpool to Shirley’s Bay OR meet at 07:30 am the parking lot at the Ottawa River boat launch at the north end of Rifle (Range) Road. Leader: Jon Ruddy and friend.
  • Great Egret Wednesdays with Le Club des ornithologues de l’Outaouais – Each Wednesday from August 7th to 28th , 2013 from 6:30pm
This activity organized by the COO is for everyone! Meet up at the Deschênes Rapids parking lot (at the end of Chemin Vanier) to observe Great Egrets with birding experts. For more information visit the COO website.
  • Shirley's Bay Birding with the Ottawa Field-Naturalists’ Club – Saturday August 31st, 2013 from 7am to 11am
Explore Ottawa's hottest birding spot with the OFNC. See waterfowl, shorebirds and landbirds! Meet at 7am at northeast corner of the parking lot at the Lincoln Fields Shopping Centre OR meet at 7:30am at the parking lot at the Ottawa River boat launch. For more information visit the OFNC website.

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