Shorebirds and Monarchs Saturday 29 August 2015

This outing will be to Presqu’ile Provincial Park to view the gathering of migrating shorebirds as they make their migration from their Arctic breeding grounds to their wintering areas, primarily in the southern hemisphere. In the fall the birds linger longer than in the spring. We will be visiting the viewing locations in the Owens Point area to watch the shorebirds and other fall migrants.

The fall migrations of Monarch butterflies will also be commencing at this time of the year and arrangements are being made with Park Staff to conduct a demonstration on Monarch banding. Time will be spent looking for some of the other species of fall butterflies.

The leaders of the outing are Martin Parker and Matthew Tobey. There will be an early departure to maximize the opportunities to see shorebirds before they are disturbed by falcons and people. The outing will return to Peterborough in the mid afternoon. Bring a packed lunch, binoculars, camera, and telescope (if you have one).

Meet at Tim Horton’s in Sobey’s Plaza, Lansdowne Street W at 7:00 a.m.