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Let’s Go Birding! (for beginners)

Date & Time:

August 1, 2024, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Location:

Nature Sanctuaries

Types:

Courses and Programs, Outdoor Adventure

Length:

1 to 2 Hours

Admission:

Pre-Registration Required, Ticketed Event

Event Description

Would you like to learn about Ontario bird species and how to identify them in the field? Are you interested in taking up birding as a hobby? If either of these questions resonate with you, then “Let’s Go Birding” is the program for you!

  • Fee: $20 + $1 Service Fee & HST (Members 10% off)
  • Registration Closes: July 29
  • More dates available!

Registration opens: Wednesday June 19, 11 a.m.

Join Catherine and other birders like you, and learn how to identify a variety of birds in the field, using features such as colour, size, shape, behaviour, habitat, and bird song. To provide you with a high quality experience, each session is kept to a small group size of 12 registrants. Sessions take place in a variety of habitats on RBG lands, including the Arboretum, Hendrie Valley, Princess Point, or Rock Chapel.  Participants will be notified of the next program’s location via email at least 48 hours prior to each program date. 2-3 hours long, perfect for beginners. 

Looking for an intermediate program? Try “The Joy of Birding!”

All Summer Session Dates

Each date requires separate registration. Use the link above to register for any upcoming program.

  • Wednesday July 10; 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
  • Sunday July 21; 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
  • Thursday August 1; 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
  • Saturday August 24; 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
  • Wednesday August 28; 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Caspian Tern Flying Cootes Paradise Credit Markzelinski.com

To prepare for your birding session, please consider the following:

  1. Please dress appropriately for the weather and wear sturdy, close-toed shoes.
  2. We will be hiking slowly for a few kilometers over the course of 2-3 hours.
  3. Please bring a water bottle, and snacks in case you get hungry.
  4. Binoculars are a must, but if you don’t have a good pair, we can lend you a pair for the outing.
  5. Although we love animals, please leave your pets at home.
  6. To protect our natural ecosystems, we ask you to stay on the trails and refrain from feeding the wildlife.
Catherine Manschot smiling at camera, standing outside and holding binoculars

Instructor: Catherine Manschot

Instructor Bio

Catherine is a former teacher and a birding enthusiast. She loves to share the joy of birding with people of all ages. Catherine is a certified bird bander and volunteers at the Long Point Bird Observatory and runs a Breeding Bird Banding Station over the summer. She is also a hawk counter and committee member of the Niagara Peninsula Hawkwatch, responsible for education and training.

  • male hooded merganser duck
  • Person using binoculars to birdwatch in the forest
  • Bobolink perched on a fencepost
  • red headed woodpecker

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