Normally we host our bird counts at Marsh's Fall. Due to COVID we are adapting it to be a stay-at-home count. Please join us! We guarantee that you will find this a fun and rewarding activity.
Here's how it works:
Morning time is best. Have your camera, binoculars (and coffee) at the ready. Look out your window or walk your property. Below is a list of birds you may see, with a link to help you identify them. Watch, listen and document. Send your list to email@example.com. Include your general location (lake, bay name, road, town, city). If you are unsure of what you saw, feel free to send us pictures (or sound recordings) and we will try to identify the birds. We will tally the results and submit the local data to eBirds, a citizen science website used throughout the world to track birds, and post a summary on Facebook.
Birds to look out for:
Check them out on Cornell University All About Birds
Great Blue Heron
Unfortunately, due to the pandemic we are unable to have public participation for our annual Marsh's Falls count. Following on the success of our stay-at-home bird count, we invite you and your family to join us for our wherever-you-are butterfly, dragonfly and damselfly challenge on the weekend of July 11.
Here's how it works:
Morning time is best. List the species you see, whether you see just one or a few. If you don’t know the species, check the identification guide here, or send us your photos and we’ll do our best to make an identification.
These insects are all very sensitive to movement. If you see one land in front of you take a photo from where you stand before cautiously approaching for a better vantage. In identifying damselflies and dragonflies it is useful to have photos of the top, side and face for identification. With butterflies the underside of the wing can be as important for identification as the top side. Try to get photos of the butterfly with its wings open and closed.
Send your photos or a list of your sightings, along with your location, to firstname.lastname@example.org. We will tally the results and send a weekend summary to our members.
You could also submit your photos to https://www.inaturalist.org/places/canada
Two excellent guidebooks are available:
The ROM Field Guide to Butterflies of Ontario by Peter Hall
Field Guide to the Dragonflies and Damselflies of Algonquin Provincial Park by Colin Jones