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Bird Walk in the Burnt Lands Alvar, June 4th

Black-and-white Warbler, Pohto by Remy Poulin, 2021


Join Ken Allison for a birding walk on the Burnt Lands Alvar, which is not seen primarily as a birding destination. The plants and geology are what draw most naturalists to this area. However, the mix of prairie and boreal forest vegetation does provide habitats for some interesting bird species. There are usually breeding Clay-colored Sparrows, Grasshopper Sparrows and Field Sparrows. If we get into the old burn area, there are Eastern Bluebirds and Eastern Towhees. Forest birds include Ruffed Grouse, Black-and-white Warbler, Nashville Warbler, Magnolia Warbler and Pine Warbler.

The focus will be on birds, but we will also look at special alvar plants or any other organisms that cross our path.  If there is interest from the participants, we will talk about the Ontario Breeding Bird Atlas and demonstrate how to do a point count.

Date:  Saturday, June 4, 2022 (rain or shine)

Time:  8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Location:  Burnt Lands Provincial Park, located approximately 5 km east of Almonte.

Parking:  Park along Golden Line Road just off March Road on the Provincial Park side of the road.

Registration:  No advance registration is required but please sign the standard MVFN waiver sheet upon arrival.

Reminders:  Dress appropriately and bring binoculars, hat, sunscreen and insect repellant.  Be tick aware, use tick protection and check for ticks at home.  With regard to COVID, wearing masks is optional, however, please follow social distancing protocols and stay six feet apart from others.

Contact:  For more information, please email Ken Allison or phone at 613-256-4283.