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Initial Last Name Area Available Language
G Kirsch Belleville Weekend English
I am an avid birder and bird photographer. The Belleville area offers a lot of great birding locations: H.R. Frink Centre, Quinte Conservation Area, Bayshore Trail, Prince Edward Point (1 hour away), Presqu'ile Park (30 minutes away), plus many spots along the Moira River, and many places in Prince Edward County. For more information about birding in Belleville, check out www.birdingandmore.com
M Burrell Belleville Weekend English
I have spent time over the last 20 years birding in all parts of Ontario and am happy to provide advice for visiting birders. I'm usually only available on weekends but there is lots to see in the area including day trips to the Kingston area, Prince Edward County, Algonquin Park, Presqu'ile Provincial Park, and lots of places along the lakeshore towards Toronto. The area has birding opportunities all year. I post information about recent excursions on my blog: mikeburrell.blogspot.ca
R Dorio Brampton Anytime English
D Witzell Brampton Weekend English
B Hazelgrove Brampton Anytime English
Just starting... would love to join up with someone to do a little watching.
J King Bruce County Anytime English
R Curry Burlington Anytime English
M Copeland Burlington Weekend English
I am near the Royal Botanical Gardens, Cootes Paradise, Mount Nemo, and the Canadian Center for Inland Waters were waterfowl such as Mergansers, Scaups, Bufflehead and such like to accumulate regularly. I am a Fish and Wildlife grad with interest in brids and in need of a birding buddey.
I Wild Burlington Anytime English, some German
Enjoy photographing birds and other wildlife. My city is off the shores of Lake Ontario. Many different water fowl, and other birds. Many conservation areas, parks, and trails.
P Thoem Burlington/Oakville/Hamilton Anytime English
We are at the west end of Lake Ontario. Birding is good all year. Fall produces a flow of migrants following the shore of Lake Ontario. Wintering ducks gather here in many thousands in winter. We have good variety of land birds in spring and summer.
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R Maciver Cambridge Weekend English
Tell me what species are on your southern Ontario wish-list and I'll help you find them! Cambridge is within day-trip striking distance of many great birding areas such as Point Pelee, Rondeau Provincial Park, Carden Alvar, Niagara Falls etc.
T Bailey Chatham Weekend English
Chatham is flat but has alot of farmland ! Well I enjoy birdwatching. I love to watch birds such as sparrows , blue jays and cardinals. Hawk.
T Jodoin Cornwall Anytime English
I live near a forest so I see and hear birds a lot.
R Elliott Delta Anytime English, Italian, Spanish
I have 250 acre farm in Chantry just north of Delta, in Rideau Lakes Township a rich and diverse habitat. We are on the edge of the Frontenac axis Biosphere Reserve which means we in an area were Carolinian Forest and Boreal forest meet and inter mingle. The Queens University Biology station located on Opinicon Lake (Rideau Canal) is about 1/2 SW of our farm. As for our farm our forest as been certified Eastern Model Forest under their FSC program. Its a hardwood forest with a maple (black and sugar) dominant canopy. It's home to many Warblers, Tanagers, Rose-breasted Grossbeaks, Warbling, Yellow and Red-eyed Vireos, Veeries and Wod Thrushs...to name a few. Access to our forest is along an old used concession road which also holds an abundance of edge species. You are welcome anytime.
A Massey Dryden Anytime English
I have been birding in Northwestern Ontario for 5 years and I would love to share with anyone what I have learned about this beautiful area of Ontario. We have found several Black Tern colonies and nesting Trumpeter Swans to name just a few of the wonderful outings in Dryden.
B Kinch Elk Lake (Summer only) Anytime English
I have birded the Timiskaming area for the last 35 years. We are located on the Montreal River at a small fishing resort and run a bird banding station in our back yard. We are a short distance from Hilliardton Marsh and Casey Marsh, both Ducks Unlimited projects. Always happy to show birders around.
A Rider Forest Anytime English
P Baldassi Grimsby Anytime English
I currently live in Grimsby, but have lived in Calgary, Banff, Vancouver, Whistler in the lsat 5 years. I became interested in birding while camping on Vancouver Island and watching bald eagles.
A Salvadori Guelph Anytime English, Italian, Spanish
I travel a great deal but when at home would be very willing to take visitors out. Our 'team' also band birds throughout the year.
S Myke Guelph Anytime English
I am persuing my life long dream of wildlife photography. I am interested to learn about good areas for bird photography. I am also interested in photo tours/trips.
B Weaver Guelph Anytime English, some French
Have been birding for over 40 years. Know the local hotspots quite well - Hamilton, Niagara, Long Point and Niagara Escarpment.
C Smith Hamilton Weekend English
The variety of habits in this area make it an excellent place to sample the avifauna of Ontario. I am a relatively inexperienced but very enthusiastic birder and am familiar with the birding hotspots in Hamilton and surrounding areas.
A Stiliadis Hamilton Anytime English
I have been watching differant species of birds in my backyard for the last 10 years. We have a great variety of birds here.
RW Bullock Hamilton Anytime English
I am located at the west end of Lake Ontario but within an hour of many good spots on Lake Erie as well. Have cameras, scope, a Suburu and multiple park passes. Available about 15 days/month. (still working)
A Goldsmith Kanata Anytime English, some French
Well travelled and interested in more travel, "ecotourism"..active in the Ottawa Valley's leading nature club.
P Mackenzie Kingston Anytime English
I am a retired Obstetrician with a life long birding hobby. Have over 700 for ABA area and over 5000 for world. I am willing to assist other birders with info re Kingston area which is rich in migrating and breeding birds. Kingston is at the origin of the St. Lawrence river as it flows from Lake Onatario. The Canadian shield area north of the city has breeding Cerulean, Golden-wing Warbler, Louisiana Waterthrush and Yellow-throated Vireo. Amherst island has breeding Wilsons Phalarope and Upland Sandpiper.. Amherst can be good for Saw-whet, Long-eared and other Owls some winters. Kingston lies on migration routes for Brant in May and Greater Scaup in March. Prince Edward Point bird observatory is about 90 minutes drive from Kingston.
N Taylor Kitchener Anytime English, some French, wife speaks Dutch
I have been an avid birder for over 30 years. I volunteer as a leader for birding outings for the Kitchener Waterloo Field naturalists.
E Smout London Weekend English
S Kellestine London Anytime English
L Manning London Anytime
I am a fairly active birder locally. I don't make too many trips out of town, but I know the local spots really well. My favourite spot is my local patch, Highland Woods. I have documented about 100 species in the woods alone. But I am familiar with all of the major birding areas in the London area,including Westminster Ponds, Kilally Meadows, Meadowlilly Woods, Warbler Woods, Kain\'s Woods, Medway Valley....just to name a few. My ID skills are good and I'd be more than happy to show anyone around. Shoot me a line!
L Smith Markdale Anytime English, some French, Spanish
I am an artist, art teacher, and writer, living on the Rocky Saugeen River. The maple and cedar woods that back the house provide good coverage for birds of all sorts. I do miss the hawks and vultures that frequented the open fields of my previous home.
C Rummenie Midland Anytime English
Availablle at selected times. Georgian Bay, Tiny Marsh, Wye Marsh etc.
C Crewin Mississauga Weekend English
I'm new for birding but really enjoy it, would love to join anyone. I'm available some weekdays and some weekends.
P Tamas Mississauga Weekend English, Romanian
I like bird photography and I can spend hours taking pictures of these wonderful nature's creations.
A Wharton Mississauga Anytime English, French, some Polish
Mississauga, Ratray Marsh and walking areas along the lake.
A Lauzon Moonbeam Anytime French (preference), English
Je demeures dans une petite communautï du Nord de l'Ontario et j'adore nourrir et observer les oiseaux tout au long de l'annïe.
E Marcum Moosonee Anytime English
Many breeding warblers in the area.
O Weir Napanee Anytime English
Birding around the Napanee area at times is very good. We usually have a good showings for ‘shore birds’ (waders) and other waterfowl during September, Oct, Nov, and Dec. Warblers in the area are terrific during the month of May. Owls are usually good to excellent in Dec, Jan, Feb. March?(sometimes).
J Haffner Napanee Anytime English
I have been a birder for 40 yrs. I frequent the Prince Edward Point Bird banding station and the conservation area around it. It is on par with Point Pelee for springtime Warbler migration and the fall Saw-Whet Owl banding program. I also frequent Presquile Provincial Park which is exellent for spring and fall shorebirds,gulls, and warblers. These two areas, along with Amherst Island are exellent for waterfowl as well. I am also a bird photographer and these places are very photo-friendly. Available some weekdays and most Saturdays.
K Cohen Niagara Falls Weekend English
G Stroud Nipigon Anytime English
I live in Nipigon close to Hurkett/Dorion which is one of the best birding spots in North Western Ontario and during spring it is possible to see over a 100 species in a day including 20 species of Wood warblers. It is also a great spot for migrating waterfowl in Late April/early May and during the fall.
A Don Oakville/Burlington Anytime English
J Watt Oakville Anytime English
I am the Director, Outdoor Programs for the South Peel Naturalists Club, a member of the Ontario Field Ornithologists and the Hamilton Naturalists Club. I usually bird within a 1 to 1-1/2 hour drive from Oakville-including Toronto, Hamilton, Niagara and Long Point. Guests are also welcome to join me, when I lead field trips for the SPNC.
D Perrier Ottawa Anytime French, English, Spanish
I own a cottage on a lake with good birding near Ottawa.
T Hanrahan Ottawa Weekend English
H Tremblay Ottawa Anytime French, English, Italian, Spanish, German
D Sangster Ottawa Anytime English, French
The birding in Ottawa is very good as it is situated on the Ottawa River, which is a major flyway for many species. For the same reason it often receives many unusual species. The Ottawa bird info number is 613-860-9000.
J Castle Ottawa Anytime English
I Wilkes Ottawa Anytime English
Ottawa is an excellent area for birding as it has several park and wetland areas within or close to the city. Birding along the Ottawa river can be excellent for waterfowl with occasional rarities showing up during migration. Parks such as Mud Lake and Bill Mason CA offer woodland and marsh/pond areas in one compact area. Within easy driving distance is Presquile P.P. which is excellent during spring and fall migration. Close still is Amhesrt Island which offers the chance to see as many as 6 or more owl species during the winter months. I have been birding now for close to 50 years and I regularly sites in the area and would be happy to provide direction to visitor and when possible spend a day birding.
J Pratt Ottawa Weekend English
K Allison Ottawa Weekend English, French
I live in Kanata, just outside Ottawa. I have been birding for about 40 years and have lived in the Ottawa area for over 25 years. Ottawa is a great area for birds because it is situated so that some southern birds and more northern species breed relatively close by. This is a particularly good location in migration because the Ottawa valley provides a water corridor most of the way from James Bay to the St. Lawrence River which gives access to the Atlantic Ocean.
J Skevington Ottawa Anytime English
Although I live in Ottawa, I have birded extensively in Ontario and can give advice on several locations (for example I wrote a bird finding guide to Long Point and area). I am also an entomologist and general naturalist so if your interests extend beyond birding, I may be able to help out.
R Waters Ottawa Anytime English, some French
I am a Canadian resident. I have been birding seriously since 1991. I bird 300+ days a year, I have seen over 250 species in the Ottawa 50K circle since Sept 2007. I have seen over 425 species in the UK. My local patch is Britannia Conservation Area/Mud Lake and the Ottawa River to the west of the city of Ottawa. I also photograph many of the birds I find. My yard list is approaching 100 species. If I cannot guide you personally- then I can usually find you another Ottawa Field Naturalist Birder who can.
J Gravelle Ottawa Anytime English, French
I live in the Sandy Hill area of Ottawa. I don't drive and am happy to pitch in for gas. I'm a male in my middle 60s. I prefer mid-morning to evening outings. I'm looking for friends to bird with. I have a fair amount of knowledge and experience but do not consider myself a professional.cheers.
B Campbell Ottawa Weekend English, some French
I am a relatively new birder (have been birding for about 5 years) and I volunteer at the local bird observatory which participates in several bird banding programs.
P Levesque Ottawa Anytime English, French
I am a photographer and I have been birding for a year. I am hooked and would enjoy birding and photography friends to go on full day or part of days. Anyone from out of town..I could take you to some familiar spots.
N Davidson Ottawa Weekend English
D Atherton Owen Sound Weekend English, French, functional Spanish
My partner and I love to bird. Although, we love to do lots of other things - sailing, hiking, biking. We live approx. 2 hours north of Toronto along the Niagara Escarpment. In the spring and fall, we see lots of migratory birds moving along the Lake Huron shore.
S Romaniuk Parry Sound Anytime English
S Rupert Pelee/Leamington Weekend English
T Pepper Pelee/Leamington Weekend English
S Mackintosh Pelee/Leamington Anytime English
If you are interested in our B&B (only open during the birding season) please contact us.
G Prieksaitis Point Pelee/Rondeau Weekend English
J McAllister Pt Pelee/Rondeau/Windsor Anytime English
J Thornhill Peterborough/Belleville Anytime English
C Cartwright Port Elgin Anytime English, French
J Gabriel Port Rowan Anytime English
Long Point is a well known migration flyway but we also have some marsh and woodland areas to bird. Bird Studies Canada is down the street where they have one of the oldest banding station where I volunteer on Sundays and free days.
T Roach Sarnia Anytime English
K Perera Scarborough/Mississauga Weekend English
J Glass Tillsonburg Anytime English
I am an avid birder and also a member of the Otter Valley and the Norfolk Field Naturalists Clubs. I live 45 minutes from the Long Point World Biosphere Preserve and Bird Studies Canada facilities. If you wish to bird Lake Erie shorelines I can help.
C Weseloh Toronto Anytime English, some French
Birding Interests: General but professionally I specialize in colonially nesting waterbirds (gulls, terns, herons and cormorants). I have several colour-banding projects for these species and have blinds erected on some of their Great Lakes colonies for observations. I am amenable to taking seriously interested people to these blinds for photography or observations.
S Eadie Toronto Anytime English, French, German
K Rasmussen Toronto Anytime English, Danish
For a large city like Toronto located on the shore of Lake Ontario, there are some very good birding spots within the city especially in the spring and fall season. Within a few hours drive you will also find excellent parks like Pelee NP and Carden Plain to name a few.
D Boisvert Toronto Weekend English
R Miller Toronto Anytime English, American Sign Language
R Aldred Toronto Anytime English
A Fust Toronto Anytime English
B Blake Toronto Anytime English
L Todd Toronto Weekend English
T Campell Toronto Weekend English
I live very close to an urban wildlife area (Leslie Street Spit/Tommy Thompson Park). I also live close to a section of the Don Valley - a forested area.
R Falconer Toronto Anytime English
Most trips would involve 1 - 2 hours drive to get anywhere interesting.
C Escott Toronto Weekend English
I get out birding in Southern Ontario when my work permits (which is not as often as I'd like) so I know my way around the Toronto, Hamilton, Niagara Falls and Long Point areas to the west; and Presqu'Ile and Prince Edward County areas to the east. Any one of these can be seen in a day trip from Toronto as long as you start early enough, which I'm not averse to doing.
L Frid Toronto Anytime English, Russian, Spanish
Hey folks - I live in the Toronto area and during the summers in Algonquin Provincial Park in Central Ontario. I've been a dedicated international birder for many years and know this area well. I am willing to travel to various locales in Ontario for birding. Southern Ontario is one of the greatest places on Earth to observe migrating wood-warblers, with 30+ species possible in some locales, plus vireos, orioles, grosbeaks and other passerines. In Winter, it is prime for many species of owls including Snowy (annual) and Boreal in some years. Lake Ontario is a major wintering area for many species of waterfowl and Niagara Falls is one of the best places to observe gulls in the world. Over ten species can be seen in a day. Algonquin is great for breeding wood-warblers and hosts Northern-affinity birds such as Gray Jay, Black-backed Woodpecker, Boreal Chickadee and Spruce Grouse. It's probably the easiest place to see Spruce Grouse on Earth.
G Riley Toronto Anytime English
West end of Toronto, well acquainted with most birding hotspots in Southern Ontario.
C Hluchy Toronto Anytime English
I travel to Point Pelee every May which is 4 hours south west of Toronto.
K Shackleton Newmarket/Toronto Anytime English, some French
Most of my bird watching has been in Ontario, but I have been to the Galapagos and the Southern Ocean. I consider myself a knowledgeable bird watcher. York Region can produce over 100 species in a day in mid-May and has varied habitat.
J France Vankleek Hill Anytime English, French
Within an hour or so drive of Vankleek Hill, there are some of the finest birding spots in Eastern Ontario and Western Quebec. The Morgan Arboretum and Ile Bizard are two well-known birding hotspots on the West Island of Montreal. Closer to home, Mont Rigaud has an excellent trail system. In Ontario, we can count on Voyager Park, Coopers Marsh, the nature trails near Alexandria, and the sewage lagoons of several towns, including those of Alfred. Further afield are the many sites around Ottawa/Gatineau and the boreal species found in Park Mont Tremblant.
J Coey Victoria Harbour Anytime English
D Gascoigne Waterloo Anytime English, French, some Spanish
I am a life long birder. We live fairly close to important birding locations such as Long Point Bird Observatory, Point Pelee National Park, Rondeau Provincial Park. There are local areas to bird which are also very good depending on the time of year.
Visit my web site
A Dash Waterloo Weekend English, Hindi
I am living in Waterloo and looking for birding locations. I am a wildlife photographer and also conduct photgraphy sessions. My webiste is mentioned below for you all to see some of my work.
Visit my web site
G Cassidy Waterloo Anytime English
We have some local Carolian Forests and about an hour from Luther Marsh.
J Montgomery Waubaushene Anytime English
D Lockrey Whitby Anytime English
R Reid Windsor Anytime English
R Jones Windsor Anytime English
I enjoy birding but also have an interest in entomology and herpetolgy. Essex County doesn't have alot of natural space but what we do have is very rich and diverse.
J Colautti Windsor Anytime English
I am an amatuer wildlife photographer and spend time in many area nature spots, including Ojibway Park, Black Oak Heritage Park, in the city. I also spend a lot of time at Point Pelee National Park, Hillman Marsh and other areas around Leamington and Essex County.


Professional Guides

If you contact a Professional Birding Guide you must be prepared to pay a fee for guiding services.

Initial Last Name Area Available Language
D Milsom Toronto Anytime English
some French/Spanish
President David Milsom is an expert birder who has led tours throughout North and South America, Europe, Asia, Africa and Antarctica. A keen nature photographer, he has learned much about wildflowers, butterflies, dragonflies and animals. His experience as an educator has enabled him to meet the various needs of his clients. His sense of humour, caring attitude and love of nature are all assets to his guiding of groups throughout the world.

Local Information
Name Description
Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Ontario
Local weather Yahoo
Ontario Field Ornithologists Club
Norfolk Field Naturalists Club
Hamilton Naturalists' Club Club
Kingston Field Naturalists Club
Pembroke Area Field Naturalists Club
Peterborough Field Naturalists Club
South Peel Naturalists' Club Club
Toronto Field Naturalists Club
Ontario Hummingbird Project Club
Essex County Field Naturalists' Club Club
Kawartha Field Naturalists Club
Willow Beach Field Naturalists Club
Holiday Beach Migration Observatory Banding
Ontario Bird Banding Association Banding
Haldimand Bird Observatory Banding
Long Point Bird Observatory Banding
Bruce Peninsula Bird Observatory Banding
Canadian Peregrine Foundation Sites
Leslie Street Spit, Toronto Park
Toronto Islands birding Park
Algonquin Provincial Park Park
Rondeau Provincial Park Park
Thickson's Woods, Whitby Park
Presquile Provincial Park Park
Second Marsh Wetland, Oshawa Park
Bruce Peninsula Sites
Point Pelee National Park Park
Lake Erie Archipelago Islands Park
Hilliardton Marsh, New Liskeard Park
Carden Plain, Kawartha region IBA
Wye Marsh Wildlife Centre, Midland Sites
Prince Edward County Sites
Ojibway Nature Center, Winsor Sites
Minesing Swamp, Barrie Ramsar site
Niagara Peninsula Hawkwatch Sites
Jacques Bouvier's St-Isidore
Timiskaming Birds Timiskaming
Natural Heritage Information Centre Information
The Birds of Northumberland County Information
Toronto and Southern Ontario Birding Message Board
iONTBIRDS latest sights iPhone
Breeding Birds Atlas
Birding Hotspots around the world Sites

Last update 02/03/2014