Ontario Field Ornithologists

  • OFO’s Rare Bird Ambassadors

    OFO’s Rare Bird Ambassador plan is about empowering Ontario birders with the tools and resources needed so that they can coordinate with property owners to ensure the best outcomes for all parties.

    When a rare bird appears on private property or public property where access and/or crowd control may become an issue, careful planning is required to ensure that the owner/host/property manager, birders, photographers and the bird all have a positive experience.

    The goal is to promote positive relations between landowners, birders, and photographers, ultimately resulting in happy people and happy birds. Birders can still decide if they want to share sightings or not; we just hope that this makes the decision easier and spreads out the workload related to managing rare bird observations.

    Find out more about this exciting program at: Finding Birds / Rare Bird Ambassadors

    What to do if you have found a rare bird? Instructions for landowners and birders

    Want to be a Rare Bird Ambassador? You don’t have to belong to OFO.

    Find out more about being a Rare Bird Ambassador

    Register to be a Rare Bird Ambassador

    Photo Credit: Marsh Sandpiper by Matt Parsons

  • 2024 Annual Convention

    Save the date – September 27, 28 & 29, 2024 – Leamington

    Leamington – Details now available – See Events – Convention

    Hilliardton – Details now available – See Events – Convention Northern Edition

  • Shorebird Viewing at Hillman Marsh

    Join OFO experts at the Shorebird Cell to watch shorebirds migrating to Arctic breeding grounds

    May 1, 4, 8, 11, 15, 18, 22 and 25 From 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.

    DIRECTIONS: Hillman Marsh main entrance is at Mersea Rd 2 and County Rd 37. From Point Pelee, take County Rd 33 (Pelee Dr). Turn right (north) on Mersea Rd 12 (Nobel Rd) for 5 km to Mersea Rd 2 (Oak St). Turn right (east) for 3.5 km. Hillman entrance is on right. From main parking lot take walking trail to shorebird cell. Hillman Marsh is open daily from dawn to dusk.

    ADMISSION: Daily entry fee $10 at self serve kiosk or purchase annual pass ($80) or Hillman Marsh Spring Birding Pass ($25) from Essex Region Conservation Authority. Three-day Birding Pass (combo Point Pelee and Hillman Marsh) available at the park gate.

  • OFO Merchandise Available

    Bird of the Year 2024 and more

    Alessandra Kite’s rendition of a flying male Bobolink gained the most votes from members, making it our first Bird of the Year logo! You can purchase it at on a variety of items the OFO Redbubble store. While you are at it, why not purchase a t-shirt or mug with the OFO Pileated Woodpecker logo or Birding Buddies Red-breasted Nuthatch?