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Ballie Birdathon - 2013 Events

Long Point Birdathon Weekend, May 11-12, 2013

Long Point, ON is the place to be the weekend of May 11-12, 2013! On Saturday, May 11, registered Birdathon participants are invited to come to Long Point and join Bird Studies Canada staff, volunteers, and other Birdathon participants for a day or two of birding and fun. Guided hikes will be conducted at our Old Cut Field Station and to key sites on the mainland. Participants are treated to coffee and donuts in the morning and an informal chili dinner in the evening. Saturday's activities are capped off with an early evening hike around the Bird Studies Canada Headquarters property, and nearby Big Creek Marsh. To register for, or to learn more about this event, email birdathon@birdscanada.org or call Kristine Dobney at 1-888-448-2473 Ext. 121.

McGill Bird Observatory - Green Baillie Birdathon, May 11, 2013 (rain date May 12)

Join us for our MBO Birdathon Day on Saturday, May 11. As has been the case since 2008, this is a 'green' endeavour, in that once everyone gathers at MBO, all the birding will be done on foot (or perhaps in part by bike; details to be worked out among participants). We will start at MBO, move on through the Morgan Arboretum, and then possibly continue on to other nearby areas. Experts and beginners are equally welcome. May is a great opportunity to learn about birds for the first time, or to brush up on the songs and plumage of species that are just returning. Select this link to learn more.

Prince Edward County Spring Birding Festival and Baillie Birdathon, May 11-20, 2013

Prince Edward Point Bird Observatory will host a Spring Birding Festival from May 11-20, celebrating the return of migratory birds heading north to their nesting grounds in the 1.3 billion acre boreal forest. More migratory birds are seen at Prince Edward Point than anywhere else on the northern side of Lake Ontario. Each day throughout the festival, Prince Edward Point Bird Observatory volunteers will offer guided bird walks and banding demonstrations. Bird-friendly coffee and refreshments will be served in the Hospitality Tent. Official opening of the Festival takes place Saturday, May 11 at 10 a.m. at the observatory. Families, beginners, seasoned birders - come out and celebrate the return of our avian friends. Select this link for more information, or email Cheryl Anderson at cherylanderson23@sympatico.ca.

Rondeau Provincial Park and Baillie Birdathon, May 11, 2013

Join the Otter Valley Naturalists on May 11 at 9 a.m. at the Rondeau Provincial Park for a great variety of species and a fun outing with picnic lunch while getting your Baillie Birdathon count! For more information, contact Joe Stephenson at joestephenson11@mac.com.

Tommy Thompson Park Spring Bird Festival, May 11, 2013

Celebrate International Migratory Bird Day at the Tommy Thompson Park Spring Bird Festival! Located on the Toronto Waterfront, Tommy Thompson Park is Toronto's largest greenspace and provides critical stopover habitat for migrating birds. There have been 314 native species, plus 10 introduced, recorded to date at the park! Join us at the Spring Bird Festival to learn about the amazing phenomenon of migration and the importance of bird conservation. A variety of activities will be offered for people of all ages and all birding abilities! Select this link for registration and more information.

Muskoka Field Naturalists and Baillie Birdathon, May 18, 2013 (rain date May 19)

The Muskoka Field Naturalists will meet at Kerr Park in Bracebridge (just off Beaumont Drive) at 7:00 a.m. A look around at the sewage lagoons for water birds is always the starting point. The group then divides into teams and carpooling, and heads out to more traditional birding sites. For more information contact Al Sinclair, sinclair@muskoka.com or 705-645-2848.

Last Mountain Bird Observatory - Nature Saskatchewan and Baillie Birdathon, May 18, 2013

Nature Saskatchewan?s Last Mountain Bird Observatory (LMBO) is hosting a Baillie Birdathon event in the Last Mountain Regional Park, which is just west of Govan. Plan to get together with our Birdathon leader Gabriel Foley on May 18 to enjoy a morning of birding around Last Mountain Bird Observatory. It will be fun, challenging, and a great learning experience. Come on your own, or bring your friends and family - everyone is welcome! If you have binoculars, don?t forget to bring them. Please meet at 8 a.m. at the LMBO banding station. Everyone will walk around the park as a group, and have lunch together at the park concession. Please call Nature Saskatchewan at 306-780-9273 or 1-800-667-4668 for directions to LMBO, or visit the Education and Monitoring section of the LMBO webpage.

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