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Field Trip to Algonquin Park

February 26 @ 8:00 AM February 28 @ 5:00 PM EST

A weekend trip to Algonquin Provincial Park to look for winter specialties. This is mainly a birding and bird photography trip but if we are lucky we might catch up with American Marten or even a moose. Target birds are Evening Grosbeak, Canada Jay, Pine Siskin, Purple Finch, Red Crossbill and White-winged Crossbill. Spruce Grouse should start becoming more active at this time of year. The elusive Black-backed Woodpecker is always possible.

We would plan to leave Kingston on Friday morning, arriving at the park around noon. Birding in the afternoon, all day Saturday and Sunday morning. Accommodation will be in motels in Whitney, ON. Meals will be at restaurants and at the Visitor Centre in the park.

Members who prefer not to stay overnight can join us for the day on Saturday or Sunday.

Conditions:

  • The trip will involve several hikes of 1-2 km on snowy trails. The snow could be deep and soft or hard-packed and rough. We will also do some roadside birding.
  • Participants should be prepared for very cold weather – typically ranging from -200 to -300C. Good boots, gloves and hat are essential. A parka and wind-resistant trousers with multiple layers underneath should provide a decent level of comfort. We will take frequent breaks at the Visitor Centre to warm up.

Caveat:

All of this is contingent on the progress of the Covid-19 pandemic. A final decision will be taken in late January (in time to book or cancel motel rooms).

Registration:

The trip will be limited to 12 participants (11 plus the leader). Register by email to the address below.

Anthony Kaduck