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Ontario 2009

Monday January 26 -
Friday January 30, 2008

Our eighth, almost annual, adventure in Ontario for winter birds.
(Previous trips -
2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003, 2001)

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Boreal Owl by Bert Filemyr 1/27/09

We have returned home safely from another fantastic trip!
Trip Report by Connie Goldman
Species List
Pictures by Bert Filemyr
Pictures by Karl Lukens
Pictures by Connie Goldman
Pictures by Mike Rosengarten

Updates "From the Road"
Monday Update
Tuesday Update
Wednesday Update
Thursday Update

Karl Lukens, Bert Filemyr, Connie Goldman, Mike Rosengarten

Checklist - Bert
Gin - Bert
, Karl
General Planning - Bert, Karl, Connie, Mike
Loadmasters - Karl, Mike
Snacks - Connie
Trip Report - Connie
Expense keeping and financial reconciliation - Bert
Birdseed - Bert
Website - Bert
Van/Driving - Bert

(Details will be firmed up as the trip gets closer)

Night in:
Straight driving distance:
Day 1
Monday January 26
Amherst Island

Leave Meadowbrook at 5:30 am. Pick up Mike in Flourtown.
Stop at the DuPont Hot Ponds in Kingston
Catch the 1:30 pm ferry to Amherst Island. Bird the east end of the island and Owl Woods.

We will be lodging in a new place this year.

Econo Lodge - City Centre
(Reservation made)

400 miles

Day 2
Tuesday January 27

Kingston and Ottawa Areas

Bird the corridor between Kingston and Ottawa, targeting local specialties and vagrant birds.

Comfort Inn West (Katana)
(Reservation made)

Day 3
Wednesday January 28
Algonquin Park
Algonquin Park including Oponogo Road, Visitor Center, Spruce Bog Trail, campgrounds, etc.
Comfort Inn
(Reservation made)
Day 4
Thursday January 29
Huntsville, Bracebridge, Orillia, Niagara Falls areas
After a stop at feeders in Bracebridge, will work our way work down to Orillia. There we will enjoy the hospitailty of local birders. Hamilton Harbor will be checked for waterfowl before moving on to Niagara Falls.
Niagara Falls
Hampton Inn
(Reservation made)
205 miles

Day 5
Friday January 30

Niagara Falls area, spots on the way home.
We will check along the Niagara River for any reported rairites. On the way home we may stop at Batavia Wastewater Treatment Plant and Montezuma NWR.
Home sweet home


Timing –
Monday Morning
Karl will spend Sunday night at Bert’s.
Connie will arrive at Bert’s by 5:30 am
Quick stop for coffee
Pick up Mike at Jane's
Head north
This will be a trip of quick lunches (mostly Tim Horton's)
Dinners will be at appropriate restaurants.
We have three rooms each night. Bert and Karl in a double. Connie in a single. Mike in a single. All lodging costs will be split equally.
Locations are posted above.
Documentation - IMPORTANT
Bring your passport. You need this to enter Canada and then to reenter the US.
Gas, Tolls, etc.
Since this is a “shared expenses trip” we will keep track of tolls, gas, parking, etc. After the trip we will figure out each person’s share.
Weather Contingency Plan
We are going.
Dress warm, we all know the drill.
Since there are only four of us there will be plenty of room in the van.
A checklist has been made up and we will do the traditional evening compilation each night. Lead person for each night: Monday – Connie, Tuesday – Karl, Wednesday – Mike, Thursday - Connie, Friday - group effort as we drive home.
Feel free to bring CDs for the ride. Bert will have his iPod. (You have been warned!). Satellite radio is available in the van.



Algonquin Park
Huntsville, Ontario
Huntsville Forester (local newspaper)

Amherst Island Owl Woods
Muskoka Bird Board

Simcoe Bird Board
Ontario Listserv
Ontario Birding
Muskoka Field Naturalists
Ontario Field Ornithologists
Ottawa Birding

Weather / Road Conditions
Highway Conditions
Online temperature conversion

Muskoka Snowmobile Region
Canadian Curling Association
3 Guys and a Stove