What: Explore nature trails in your area while practicing your birding skills.
Where: During migration, most natural areas in an urban setting are good, especially if there are a variety of habitats – forest, water, shrubby areas, natural edges, and fruit and berry producing plants. Remember, birds are early risers, so it's best to start early in the morning.
When: In Southern Canada early to mid May is best for spring migration for landbirds and early to mid April for waterfowl, while September and October are best for bidding adieu to the 80% of "our" birds that leave Canada to spend their winters somewhere warmer. North of 50, the peak spring period is late May and early June for arrival, whereas departure can take place from mid July to October.
Who: The hike should be led by an experienced birder who will help the novice and beginner birders in your group learn the basics of birding: proper binocular use, species identification, birding ethics and the best places to search for birds.
Cost: No cost. Usually can be led by volunteers through your naturalist or birding club.
Remember: Choose a path whose length and difficulty is appropriate for all participants. Provide clear expectations to participants about the distance and terrain they will be covering as well as the expected time for the hike. And remember to keep track of your hikers so that you start and end the hike with the same number of people!