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
Length
8 days
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8 days
7 nights
20 meals
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DAY
1
Arrivals to Windsor, Welcome Dinner
Windsor, ON
D
Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Windsor (Ambassador Bridge)

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.

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. Distance is variable based on sightings and local cirumstances. Field trips begin before dawn. Birding field trips include lots of standing, walking over uneven natural terrain and heavily wooded areas. Approx. 6-7 seven hours in the field daily. Good walking shoes/boots and wind/rain gear are strongly recommended.

Breakfast: Breakfast to go for our early morning birding.

Morning: We'll transfer by coach early in the morning to Hillman's Marsh where we can expect waterfowl, and migrating shorebirds en-route to the High Arctic. We hope to see Black-bellied Plover, Dunlin, Short-billed Dowitcher or a vagrant from some far-off land. We'll transfer by coach back to Point Pelee National Park before lunch.

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

Afternoon: Birding continues in Point Pelee National Park. Keeping our eyes open, we'll continue to search for the various birds that migrate through the area. We could see anything from a Willow Flycatcher to a Hermit Thrush or even a Black-throated Green Warbler, depending on the weather and the birds' migratory patterns this year.

Dinner: At a local restaurant.

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 terrain, small inclines. Distance is variable based on sightings and local cirumstances. Field trips begin before dawn. Birding field trips include lots of standing, walking over uneven natural terrain and heavily wooded areas. Approx. 6-7 seven hours in the field daily. Good walking shoes/boots and wind/rain gear are strongly recommended.

Breakfast: Breakfast to go for our early morning birding.

Morning: We'll spend the full day exploring the various birding trails around the tip of Point Pelee. Spring migration will be in full force, so we'll see a number of migrating warblers and other songbirds. 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 Connecticut Warbler, Kentucky Warbler or Kirtland's Warbler.

Lunch: In the park, we'll pick a table where we can enjoy our boxed lunches in proximity to several birds including Warbling Vireo, Orchard Oriole, Baltimore Oriole, Eastern Kingbird and several migrating warblers. Lunches include sandwich/wrap, drink, and snack

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. We'll transfer back to the hotel by coach in time to freshen up before dinner

Dinner: At a local restaurant.

DAY
4
Birding: Point Pelee National Park, 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. Distance is variable based on sightings and local cirumstances. Field trips begin before dawn. Birding field trips include lots of standing, walking over uneven natural terrain and heavily wooded areas. Approx. 6-7 seven hours in the field daily. Good walking shoes/boots and wind/rain gear are strongly recommended.

Breakfast: Breakfast to go for our early morning birding.

Morning: Early morning check out. We'll start birding again at the tip of Point Pelee National Park. Besides looking for migratory songbirds, we'll also check the tip for shorebirds, waterfowl, terns and gulls. At this time of year the woods will be alive with bird song. We'll take our time to get good views of as many spring migrants as possible. We should also see resident species such as 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, Clay-coloured Sparrow, or something exceptionally rare like Blue Grosbeak or Henslow's Sparrow. 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. Sometimes we'll see Black-billed Cuckoo, Canada Warbler, Mourning Warbler, and with luck, Mississippi Kite. After, we'll transfer to Rondeau Provincial Park by coach

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

Afternoon: Upon arrival to Rondeau Provincial Park, we'll check out the visitors centre, then hike the Tulip Tree trail, with a chance to see the rare Prothonotary Warbler. Other species present include Red-headed Woodpecker, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher and a variety of migrant warblers. We'll travel to Chatham by coach in the late afternoon.

Dinner: At a local restaurant.

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. Distance is variable based on sightings and local cirumstances. Field trips begin before dawn. Birding field trips include lots of standing, walking over uneven natural terrain and heavily wooded areas. Approx. 6-7 seven hours in the field daily. Good walking shoes/boots and wind/rain gear are strongly recommended.

Breakfast: Early breakfast at the hotel to go.

Morning: We'll start the morning at the visitors centre to check their bird feeding station for Indigo Bunting, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Rose-breasted Grosbeak and perhaps Lincoln's Sparrow. We'll then check out the South Point Trail, a mixed open habitat usually teeming with warblers and other migrating birds. Brown Thrasher, Gray Catbird, Eastern Towhee and other shy birds nest here.

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 and/or the Pony Barns. We may see Yellow-Bellied Sapsuckers, Pileated Woodpeckers, and/or Fox Sparrows.

Dinner: At a local restaurant.

DAY
6
Birding: Rondeau and 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 terrain, small inclines. Distance is variable based on sightings and local cirumstances. Field trips begin before dawn. Birding field trips include lots of standing, walking over uneven natural terrain and heavily wooded areas. Approx. 6-7 seven hours in the field daily. Good walking shoes/boots and wind/rain gear are strongly recommended.

Breakfast: Early breakfast at the hotel to go.

Morning: We'll again head into Rondeau Provincial Park to see what the day's sightings will bring. We could come across a Red-Breasted Merganser, a Pine Warbler, or a Louisiana Waterthrush. Before lunch, we'll transfer to Long Point Provincial Park by coach

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

Afternoon: We'll explore Long Point Provincial Park, in particular the Backus Woods and Wilson's Tract. These mature woodlots attract Carolinian species and a variety of migrants. Here we hope to see Hooded Warbler, Cerulean Warbler, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Yellow-throated Vireo and a number of migrant songbirds.

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 2.5 miles on flat, open trails, thick vegetation, muddy terrain, small inclines. Distance is variable based on sightings and local cirumstances. Field trips begin before dawn. Birding field trips include lots of standing, walking over uneven natural terrain and heavily wooded areas. Approx. 6-7 seven hours in the field daily. Good walking shoes/boots and wind/rain gear are strongly recommended.

Breakfast: Early breakfast at the hotel to go.

Morning: We'll check the pine plantations and open scrub habitats in Long Point Provincial Park for both resident and migratory species. Hopefully, we'll see Blue-winged Warbler, Chestnut-sided Warbler, Eastern Towhee, Field Sparrow and Blue-headed Vireo. Later, 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, various thrushes and Scarlet Tanager. This is also a good area for rare species like Worm-eating 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 mid-afternoon. We'll have free time until dinner, giving a chance to prepare for departure in the morning, explore Windsor, or catch up on some sleep,

Dinner: Farewell dinner at the hotel.

DAY
8
Departures
Windsor, ON
B

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Independent departures from Windsor.






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