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

  • 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:

    Read all about it!