8 Sep 2018 7:00 am

Leader: Greg Zbitnew

Meet: Petrie Island causeway. To get there, take the 174 and exit north on Trim road. The causeway is just down the hill from North Service Road. Link to map: https://goo.gl/maps/nZCZe6V8pr72

Description: Petrie Island in early fall has an excellent diversity of birds, with the potential for almost anything: shorebirds if the water levels are right, marsh birds, waterfowl, and songbirds. It can be best described as “Shirley’s Bay light”, but is much more convenient to access and much less visited.  Meet on the causeway at 7 am to take advantage of the “dawn chorus” in the marsh. The ending time is 10 am to noon, depending on the results and the enthusiasm level.

Although the marsh is easily visible from the road, be prepared to do a lot of walking to access many of the other good areas.  There is some chance that participants might need to use the very inexpensive ($2 for 5 hours) paid parking facilities in later parts of the trip, if the seasonal parking fee is still in place.

In case of bad weather on September 8, this event will be rescheduled for September 15.