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Field Trips 2016 - 2017

Upcoming Trips Meeting Places Trip Ratings and Guidelines

Destinations may include: a provincial park or conservation area, short stops at a number
of local city parks, roadside stops in rural areas to look for wintering birds or exploring a specific area such as the Niagara River or the Bruce Peninsula. Field trip leaders are members of the Club who volunteer their time and share their enthusiasm with field trip participants. This is a excellent time to ask questions and gain valuable experience in field identification.

Field Trips are scheduled on weekends throughout the year. Summer walks are scheduled in the evenings from May to August. Trips are rated as to difficulty of terrain and the duration of walking involved with each outing.

The cost of field trips (except Red Bay Weekend) is included in your membership fees.

Please contact us via e-mail for more information. (mail@spnc.ca)

Field Trips for 2016-17 Season

Toronto Islands - Migrant birds
September 4, 2016 - Sunday - 7:15 am
Leader: Jim Watt
Note: Half day trip. Bring change for ferry
REGISTER: jimwatt107@gmail.com
Meet at Cawthra (or Toronto Islands ferry dock to Ward’s Island at 7:40 am)
Rating: Easy, Level 4 - Long walk

Rattray Marsh
October 16, 2016 - Sunday - 9:00 am
Leader: Audrey Oswald
Note: Trip will end at 1:00 pm
Meet at Cawthra at 9:00 (or the Green Glade School parking lot at 9:30 am)
Rating: Easy, Level 2

Birds - Fall Round-up
November 6, 2016 - Sunday - 8:00 am
Leader: Mark Cranford
Meet at Bronte
Rating: Easy, Level 3/4

Gulls & Wintering Birds - Niagara River
December 10, 2016 - Saturday - 8:00 am
Leader: Mark Cranford
Meet at Bronte
Rating: Vehicles, Level 1

Christmas Bird Count
December 17, 2016 - Saturday
See NEWSLETTER for further details
Co-ordinator: Mark Cranford
or call Mark at 905-279-9576

Mid-Winter Waterfowl Inventory
January 8, 2017 - Sunday - 8:00 am
See NEWSLETTER for further details
Meet at Bronte
Rating: Easy - Level 1

Owl Prowl
January 14, 2017 - Saturday - 8:00 am
SPNC Members ONLY
See NEWSLETTER for further details
Leaders: Albert Kuhnigk & Jim Watt
REGISTER: jimwatt107@gmail.com
Rating: Moderate, Level 2

Hawks and Owls - Fisherville area
February 25, 2017 - Saturday - 8:00 am
Leader: Mark Cranford
Meet at Bronte
Rating: Vehicles - Level 1

Tundra Swans & Waterfowl - Long Point
March 11, 2017 - Saturday - 8:00 am
Leader: Joyce LeChasseur
REGISTER: lechasseurjo@gmail.com
Meet at Bronte
Rating: Vehicles - Level 1

Hawks & Early Spring Migrants - Beamer Conservation Area - Grimsby
April 23, 2017 - Sunday - 8:00 am
Leader: Donna Sheppard
REGISTER: brdrgrl@live.com
Meet at Bronte
Rating: Easy - Level 1, bring lunch and a lawn chair

Crawford Lake - Spring Wildflowers
April 30, 2017 - Sunday - 9:00 am
Leader: Audrey Oswald
Note: Trip will end 1:00 pm
Admission Fee in Effect
Meet at Bronte (or Crawford Lake at 9:30 am at the first parking lot)
Rating: Moderate - Level 3

Colonel Sam Smith Park - Migrant Birds
May 6, 2017 - Saturday - 7:30 am
Leader: Jim Watt
Note: Half day trip
REGISTER: jimwatt107@gmail.com
Meet at Cawthra
Rating: Easy, Level 2

Warblers & Wildflowers - Oakville
May 13, 2017 - Saturday - 8:00 am
Leader: Donna Sheppard
Note: Trip will end at 1:00 pm
Meet at Bronte
Rating: Moderate - Level 3

Red Bay Weekend - Bruce Peninsula - Birds and Botany, Friends and Food
May 26 - 28, 2017 - Friday evening to Sunday after lunch
Leaders: To be announced
See Newsletter for further details

Birds - Carden Alvar
June 3, 2017 - Saturday - 6:30 am
Leaders: Joyce LeChasseur and Donna Sheppard
Please note the early start time.
REGISTER: lechasseurjo@gmail.com
A minimum of 8 participants is required for this trip to proceed.
Meet at Cawthra or the Kirkfield lift locks by special arrangement.
Rating: Vehicles - Level 2

Please see Club Newsletter for additional field trips scheduled throughout the year.

Registration for Field Trips

  • REGISTRATION is required for some Field Trips, such as those that are
    dependent on weather conditions, involve long distance travel and / or
    have participant level requirements.
  • If you are planning to attend one of these trips, please e-mail the contact person
    indicated at least 24 hours in advance of the start date and time of the Field Trip.
  • Registration will ensure that you are notified if the Field trip is cancelled and/or rescheduled.

Meeting Places

Field trips start at one of the following meeting places and car-pooling is encouraged:
  • Cawthra Arena parking lot, east side of Cawthra Road at Arbor Road,
    south of the QEW in Mississauga
  • Bronte Road - Pooled parking lot, now on the west side of Bronte Road
    just south of the QEW in Oakville
Please pay attention to the meeting times as they vary.

Trip Ratings

Field trips are rated to assist in the decision of whether to participate or not.
  • Vehicles - Use of car is extensive. Walking on streets or well defined paths
  • Easy - Walking on well defined trails with gentle inclines
  • Moderate - Trails with medium inclines and some rough spots or obstacles.
    Hiking boots recommended
  • Difficult - Rough trails or terrain with steep inclines and natural obstacles
    (rocks or tree roots). Hiking boots highly recommended
Walking Time
  • Level 1: very limited - one hour
  • Level 2: two to three hours
  • Level 3: three to four hours
  • Level 4: over four hours
Field Trip Guidelines

  • Trips leave sharply at the designated time. Please be at the
    departure point before the time specified and with a full gas tank.
  • SPNC encourages car pooling and sharing of gas expenses on all field trips.
  • Beginners are encouraged to participate on field trips.
    Please identify yourself to the leader.
  • Be prepared for hazards such as rough terrain, cold, heat, rain, insects, wind, thorns, etc.
  • Carry personal identification, emergency contact information and inform leader of any special medical conditions.
  • On the highway, stay close to the car in front to avoid losing contact with the group.
  • Please do not go ahead of the leader. When on a field trip, remember that
    the leader is the leader. Field trips are meant for people to come together
    to share an appreciation for nature.
  • It is the responsibility of every participant to minimize the risk of injury and/or damages that may result from unsafe or inappropriate behaviour, especilly driving, or roadside birding where passing traffic presents a hazard.
  • You may leave a field trip whenever you wish but please inform the leader.
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