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Petrie Island Birding

September 7 @ 7:00 am - 12:00 pm


Leader: Greg Zbitnew

Meet: Petrie Island causeway. To get there, take the 174 and exit north on Trim road. The causeway is just down the hill from North Service Road. Link to map: https://goo.gl/maps/nZCZe6V8pr72

Description: Petrie Island in early fall has an excellent diversity of birds, with the potential for almost anything: shorebirds if the water levels are right, marsh birds, waterfowl, and songbirds. It can be best described as “Shirley’s Bay light”, but is much more convenient to access and much less visited.  Meet on the causeway at 7 am to take advantage of the “dawn chorus” in the marsh. The ending time is 10 am to noon, depending on the results and the enthusiasm level.

Although the marsh is easily visible from the road, be prepared to do a lot of walking to access many of the other good areas.  There is some chance that participants might need to use the very inexpensive ($2 for 5 hours, in 2017) paid parking facilities in later parts of the trip, if the seasonal parking fee is still in place. Please pre-register to bm.ofnevents[at]gmail.com, especially to find out if we need to make changes for any reason.

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Field trips to natural areas in our region and beyond take place all year round. OFNC events are for members only. Prospective members with interest in attending should contact the trip leader in advance. For some events, participation is limited and members will be given priority. All participants will be asked to sign a waiver. Times given for events are departure times. Please arrive earlier, as leaders start promptly. If you need a ride, please contact the leader.

Please bring a lunch on full-day trips and dress according to the weather forecast and activity. Please always wear long pants and closed-toe shoes.Binoculars and/or spotting scopes are essential on all birding trips. Unless otherwise stated, transportation will be by carpool.


September 7
7:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Ottawa Field Naturalists’ Club


Petrie Island
Ottawa, + Google Map