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The Joy of Birding (intermediate)

Date & Time:

June 5, 2024, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm


Nature Sanctuaries


Courses and Programs, Outdoor Adventure


1 to 2 Hours


Pre-Registration Required, Ticketed Event

Event Description

Have you already been out exploring birds in the field but would like to learn more about the identification nuances between similar species? Are you interested in delving deeper into understanding bird behaviour, adaptations, and migration? If these questions ring true for you, then “The Joy of Birding” is the program for you!

  • Fee: $20 + HST & $1 Service Fee (Members 10% off)
  • Registration Closes: May 31
  • More dates available!

Join Catherine and other birders as we together explore the use of field marks, behaviour, taxonomy, timing, calls, songs, and habitat preferences to identify species in the field. 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, for more experienced birders. 

Looking for a beginner program? Try “Let’s Go Birding!

All Spring Dates

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

  • Friday April 12, 2024; 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
  • Friday April 19, 2024; 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
  • Tuesday April 23, 2024; 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
  • Wednesday May 22, 2024; 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
  • Tuesday May 28, 2024; 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
  • Wednesday June 5, 2024; 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
  • Saturday June 9, 2024; 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
White Breasted Nut Hatch

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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