Presqu’ile Waterfowl Migration Trip
With spring comes the return of tens of thousands of ducks, geese and swans to Presqu’ile Bay – one of the greatest natural areas for birders on the north shore of Lake Ontario. Presqu’ile Provincial Park offers easy access to viewing stations where up to 25 different species of waterfowl arrive each spring to rest and feed before moving on to nesting areas further north and west.
The Friends of Presqu’ile Provincial Park have sponsored a waterfowl weekend for 43 years. During this event volunteer birders install spotting scopes at locations around the park and assist visitor to locate and identify birds. The Friends also host a BBQ where lunch, hot drinks and snacks can be purchased starting at 11 am. The Lighthouse Centre is also the location of the indoor washroom facilities, an attraction in its own right on a cold March day. Once again MVFN is organizing a trip to Presqu’ile during the waterfowl weekend. This is a marvellous opportunity to observe a variety of ducks, gulls and swans – often up close.
This is a day trip but anyone wishing to go the night before can join us in the morning.
Date: Saturday, March 16, 2019. (Foul weather date Sunday, March 17.)
Time/Car-pooling: Almonte and area, meet at Union Hall for departure by 7:30 AM. Perth area meet at Glen Tay Public School for departure by 8:00 AM. We should be back home by about 6 PM
Overnighters: Meet at the Harbour Street Dock Parkette in Brighton between 11-11:30. A text with an ETA will be sent by the day trippers on route.
Bring: Lunch (unless you want to buy lunch on site) , hot beverage, gloves, binoculars, bird books and spotting scope, if you have one. Have extra warm clothes for cool, windy weather.
Cost: There is a $11.20/vehicle park entrance fee or $9.00 for seniors. Provincial park passes will be honoured for entry.
In case of severe weather, the trip will be cancelled. If in doubt, please call Cliff before 7 AM to confirm.