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.
Photo Credit: Marsh Sandpiper by Matt Parsons
2023 Gull Weekend
Plan your visit for the Gull Weekend, December 2nd and 3rd. Two days of birding, learning, and fun! Read more.
Statement on Safety
OFO is committed to fostering a safe and welcoming organization that is free of discrimination and harassment.
OFO’s 2023 statement on safety in the Ontario birding community can be found on the EDI webpage.
2023 Convention Highlights
OFO’s 2023 Convention and AGM took place in Peterborough in September, with a Northern edition in Timmins. Here are some highlights:
- AGM materials package (includes President’s message, reports from Treasurer, directors and committees, and more)
- Jeff Skevington’s AGM Presentation
- AGM and Saturday night presentations (including awarding of the Distinguished Ornithologist to Bruce DiLabio and keynote presentation with Stu Mackenzie) video
- Birds and Beers video
- From the Daily Press in Timmins