20204
Ontario

Ontario's Birding Hotspot: Point Pelee National Park

In a birding hotspot where thousands of songbirds find refuge, watch and listen for rare species and study plumage and bird behaviors.
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Program No. 20204RJ
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8 days
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8 days
7 nights
20 meals
7 B 6 L 7 D
DAY
1
Arrivals to Windsor, Welcome Dinner, Orientation
Windsor, ON
D
Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Windsor (Ambassador Bridge)

Activity note: Check-in is 3:00 p.m.

Afternoon: Arrivals and transfers to the hotel in Windsor. Register and meet your group leader between 4:00 - 5:00 pm; get your welcome packet containing your name-tag, up-to-date schedule that reflects any last-minute changes, other important information, and to confirm when and where the Orientation session will take place. If you arrive late, please ask for your packet when you check in.

Dinner: Welcome dinner at the hotel at 6:00 p.m.

Evening: The Group Leader will greet everyone and lead introductions. We will review the up-to-date program schedule and any changes, discuss roles and responsibilities, logistics, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer questions. Periods in the daily schedule designated as “Free time” and “At leisure” offer opportunities to do what you like and make your experience even more meaningful and memorable according to your personal preferences. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions. Program activities, schedules, personnel, and indicated distances or times may change due to local circumstances/conditions. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding. Continue getting to know your fellow Road Scholars, settle in, and get a good night’s rest for the day ahead.

DAY
2
Birding: Hillman Marsh and Point Pelee National Park
Point Pelee National Park (Leamington)
B,L,D
Best Western Plus Leamington Hotel & Conference Centre

Activity note: Walking up to 2.5 miles on flat, open trails, thick vegetation, muddy terrain, small inclines. Driving approximately 45 miles, about 1 hour. Distance is variable based on sightings and local circumstances. Field trips begin before dawn (and we are on-site at our birding destination by 6:00 a.m.) Birding trips include lots of standing, walking over uneven natural terrain and heavily wooded areas. Approx. 6-7 hours in the field daily. Good walking shoes/boots and wind/rain gear are recommended.

Breakfast: Breakfast to go (5:30 a.m.) for our early morning birding.

Morning: We check-out of the hotel and depart for our first birdwatching trip at Hillman's Marsh and/or the Onion Fields. Here we can expect good numbers of waterfowl, and migrating shorebirds like Black-bellied Plover, Pectoral Sandpiper and Short-billed Dowitcher.

Lunch: In a scenic spot with good views of local birds, we'll enjoy our boxed lunches.

Afternoon: We'll spend the afternoon exploring the various birding trails around the tip of Point Pelee. Fall migration will be fairly intense for some species. We should see a number of warblers and other songbirds en-route to their wintering grounds in the tropics. If conditions are good, we'll get excellent looks at many different species like Blackburnian Warbler, Magnolia Warbler, Black-throated Blue Warbler, Indigo Bunting, and with luck, perhaps a few rare species like Hooded or Connecticut Warblers.

Dinner: At a local restaurant.

Evening: A presentation with an ornithologist will discuss "Spring Migration in Ontario."

DAY
3
Birding: Point Pelee National Park
Point Pelee National Park (Leamington)
B,L,D
Best Western Plus Leamington Hotel & Conference Centre

Activity note: Walking up to 2.5 miles on flat, open trails, thick vegetation, muddy/varied terrain, small inclines. Short transfers by van. Distance is variable based on sightings and local circumstances. Field trips begin before dawn (and we are on-site at our birding destination by 6:00 a.m.) Birding field trips include lots of standing, walking over uneven natural terrain and heavily wooded areas. Approx. 6-7 hours in the field daily. Good walking shoes/boots and wind/rain gear are strongly recommended.

Breakfast: Breakfast to go (5:30 a.m.) for our early morning birding.

Morning: We'll start again at the tip of the park. Besides looking for migratory songbirds, we'll also check the tip for shorebirds, waterfowl, terns and gulls. The tip regularly attracts unusual species like Little Gull. Along the trails we hope to see resident species like Orchard Oriole, Carolina Wren, Red-bellied Woodpecker, and hopefully Eastern Screech Owl. Mixed in with the warblers, we might see uncommon birds like Whip-poor-will, Scarlet Tanager, or Rose-breasted Grosbeak.

Lunch: Again we'll pick a table within proximity of migrating birds. We may see raptors flying overhead like Broad-winged Hawk, Bald Eagle or Northern Harrier. Other birds passing by include various species of swallows, Chimney Swift or Sandhill Crane.

Afternoon: We'll continue birding in the park checking out areas around the visitors centre and other trails within park boundaries. There's always a few birds of interest hiding somewhere in the park.

Dinner: At the hotel.

DAY
4
Birding: Rondeau Provincial Park
Rondeau Provincial Park (Chatham)
B,L,D
Travelodge Chatham

Activity note: Walking up to 2.5 miles on flat, open trails, thick vegetation, muddy terrain, small inclines. Driving approximately 81 miles, about 2 hours. Distance is variable based on sightings and local circumstances. Field trips begin before dawn (and we are on-site at our birding destination by 6:00 a.m.) Birding trips include lots of standing, walking over uneven natural terrain and heavily wooded areas. Approx. 6-7 hours in the field daily. Good walking shoes/boots and wind/rain gear are recommended.

Breakfast: Breakfast to go (5:30 a.m.) for our early morning birding.

Morning: Early morning check out, transfer to Point Pelee for a final morning of birdwatching in the Park.

Lunch: In a scenic spot with good view of birds, we'll enjoy our boxed lunches

Afternoon: After lunch we will continue our transfer to Rondeau Provincial Park. Upon arrival at the park, we'll check out the visitors centre, then hike the Tulip Tree trail. Birds normally found here include Red-headed Woodpecker, Red-bellied Woodpecker and a variety of migrant warblers we'll visit The St. Clair Wildlife Area, an extensive wetland harboring many shy species. Here we hope to see Least Bittern, Swamp Sparrow, Marsh Wren, Forster's Tern and possibly Yellow-headed Blackbird.Transfer to the hotel in Chatham.

Dinner: At a local restaurant.

Evening: We will gather for a recap of the day's viewing.

DAY
5
Birding: Rondeau Provincial Park
Rondeau Provincial Park (Chatham)
B,L,D
Travelodge Chatham

Activity note: Walking up to 2.5 miles on flat, open trails, thick vegetation, muddy terrain, small inclines. Driving approximately 55 miles, about 1.5 hours. Distance is variable based on sightings and local circumstances. Field trips begin before dawn (and we are on-site at our birding destination by 6:00 a.m.) Birding trips include lots of standing, walking over uneven natural terrain and heavily wooded areas. Approx. 6-7 hours in the field daily. Good walking shoes/boots and wind/rain gear are recommended.

Breakfast: Early breakfast (5:30 a.m.) to go.

Morning: We'll start again at the visitors centre at Rondeau Provincial Park to check their bird feeding station for White-throated Sparrow, Tufted Titmouse, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Rose-breasted Grosbeak and perhaps Lincoln's Sparrow. We'll then check out the South Point Trail, often teeming with warblers and other migrating birds. The lake shore can also have many interesting birds like Red-breasted Merganser, Bonaparte's Gull, or with luck, a Little Gull.

Lunch: At a scenic spot in the park, we'll enjoy our boxed lunches

Afternoon: We'll continue birding around Rondeau, including areas around the picnic ground, the Spice Bush Trail, the Pony Barns or the Blenheim Lagoons.

Dinner: At a local restaurant.

Evening: We will gather for a recap of the day's viewing.

DAY
6
Birding: Long Point Provincial Parks
Long Point Provincial Park (Simcoe)
B,L,D
Best Western Little River Inn

Activity note: Walking up to 2.5 miles on flat, open trails, thick vegetation, muddy/varied terrain, small inclines. Driving approx. 160 miles, about 3.5 hours. Distance is variable based on sightings and local circumstances. Field trips begin before dawn (and we are on-site at our birding destination by 6:00 a.m.) Birding trips include lots of standing, walking over uneven natural terrain and heavily wooded areas. Approx. 6-7 hours in the field daily. Good walking shoes/boots and wind/rain gear recommended.

Breakfast: Breakfast to go (5:30 a.m.) for our early morning birding.

Morning: We'll check out of the hotel and do some further exploring in Rondeau, before we transfer to Long Point Provincial Park, a major staging area. We'll visit Big Creek National Wildlife area, near Long Point. Here we'll observe a number of wetland species on both sides of the causeway. We could see Sandhill Crane, Black Tern, Marsh Wren and Swamp Sparrow. With luck we might see Least Bittern, Virginia Rail or Sora. On the Long Point Inner Bay, we should see Osprey, Caspian Tern and Mute Swan.

Lunch: We'll enjoy lunch at Old Long Point Provincial Park where we have access to both forest and shoreline. With many songbirds migrating around us we'll look for things like Magnolia and Wilson's Warbler. On Lake Erie we might see migrating terns and gulls. We'll check them all for interesting birds like Lesser Black-backed Gull.

Afternoon: Birdwatching continues at the Bird Studies Canada Head Quarters. The short trails and wetlands sometimes attract waterfowl and shorebirds. We might see Least, Semipalmated and Solitary Sandpipers.

Dinner: At a local restaurant.

DAY
7
Birding: Long Point Provincial Park, Transfer to Windsor
Windsor, ON
B,L,D
Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Windsor (Ambassador Bridge)

Activity note: Walking up to 2 miles on flat, open trails, thick vegetation, muddy/varied terrain, small inclines. Driving approx. 210 miles, about 4 hours. Distance is variable based on sightings and local circumstances. Field trips begin before dawn (and we are on-site at our birding destination by 6:00 a.m.) Birding trips include lots of standing, walking over uneven natural terrain and heavily wooded areas. Approx. 3 hours in the field. Good walking shoes/boots and wind/rain gear recommended.

Breakfast: Breakfast to go (5:30 a.m.) for our early morning birding.

Morning: We'll check the pine plantations and open scrub habitats in Long Point Provincial Park for both resident and migratory species. We'll stop in at the Old Cut Field Station to observe bird-banding in process. The thick vegetation around this corner of the peninsula can be excellent for a variety of migratory species including several wood-warblers, and thrushes. This is also a good area for rare species like Hooded Warbler.

Lunch: At Long Point, we'll enjoy our boxed lunches in a scenic spot

Afternoon: We'll transfer by coach to Windsor, checking into the hotel in the late afternoon. We'll have free time until dinner.

Dinner: Farewell dinner at the hotel.

Evening: We will gather for a final recap of bird sightings, compare birding lists and share our memories of the week.

DAY
8
Program Concludes, Departure
Windsor, ON
B

Activity note: Check-out is 11:00 a.m.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel from 7:00 - 9:00 a.m. Program Concludes.

Morning: Independent departures from Windsor after breakfast. We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Please join our Facebook page and share photos of your program. Visit us at www.facebook.com/rsadventures. Best wishes for all your journeys!






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