Office: (613) 839-4395 | Mobile: (613) 715-2571 | Email: bruce.dilabio@sympatico.ca

Birding Courses

Thank you very much for your interest in my birding courses. The objective of my course is to provide a fun, yet educational introduction to birding for both the experienced as well as novice birder. Birding is a wonderful forum where people of similar interests can meet, as well as become familiar with good birding locations in Ottawa and Eastern Ontario. The classes will focus on field identification, use of a field guide, use of optical equipment in the field an familiarizing you with a number of interesting birding locations and habitats. I strive to provide personal attention to all participants.





General Information

Beginner's Course

Hello Everyone - This Spring I'll be offering two birding courses for the novice to more experienced beginner. Beginner's Course I will be held mostly on Tuesday mornings and Beginner's Course II mostly on Saturday mornings. Please be sure to carefully review the schedule. The objective of my course is to provide a fun, yet educational introduction to birding and I strive to provide personal attention to all participants. It is also a wonderful forum where people with similar interests can meet and become familiar with good birding locations in Ottawa and eastern Ontario.

Each course is limited to 15 participants so register early.

The course consists of 10 trips, 8 locally and 2 out-of-town. With the advent of spring, a number of interesting species will be migrating to our region. During the field trips, we will be visiting diverse and interesting areas including Lac Deschenes, Shirley's Bay, Britannia Conservation Area, Carlsbad Springs, Gatineau Park, Dunrobin/Constance Creek area and the renowned Presqu'ile Provincial Park for its variety of water birds and Chaffey's Lock area for its rare breeding species. On each trip I will try to focus on a different group of birds i.e. waterfowl, grebes, loons, hawks, gulls, shorebirds and migrating land birds such as the brightly-coloured warblers.

I have a limited number of binoculars for loan, as well as scopes and field guides. If you are interested in using any optical equipment, please let me know in advance of the outing.

Remember to dress for the weather. Pack a snack and drink for short trips, and a lunch and snacks for our full day trip.

The designated meeting time is the DEPARTURE TIME. Please arrive at least 15 minutes earlier and meet inside. Carpooling is encouraged. Fewer cars on the road means we are able to cover more area in less time. If you are carpooling, please remember to make an equitable contribution to the driver for gas.

All trips are a go - rain or shine!

* Please note - birding locations are subject to change - we go where the birds go! *

If you are interested in taking the spring course please register by e-mail as early as possible.

Cost: $250.00 per person (HST included)

Payment by cash or cheque is due the first field trip. Please make cheque payable to Bruce Di Labio.




Birding Course I - Spring 2014

INSTRUCTOR:
Bruce Di Labio
bruce.dilabio@sympatico.ca
Office: (613) 839-4395
Mobile: (613) 715-2571
PRINTABLE SCHEDULE: Birding Course I - Spring 2014

Class #1: Presquile Provincial Park - Waterfowl Identification

Date Tuesday, March 18
Time 6:00 a.m. (full day trip)
Meeting Point Tim Hortons Carling Avenue at March Rd. (Kanata)

Class #2: Local Trip - Early Spring Migrants

Date Tuesday, March 25
Time 7:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Meeting Point Tim Hortons Carling Ave near Britannia Coliseum

Class #3: Local Trip - Migrants East of Ottawa

Date Tuesday, April 8
Time 7:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Meeting Point Tim Hortons Carling Ave near Britannia Coliseum

Class #4: Evening Birding - American Woodcocks Flight Display

Date Tuesday, April 15
Time 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. (evening birding)
Meeting Point Tim Hortons Carling Avenue at March Rd. (Kanata)

Class #5: Local Trip - Early Spring Migrants

Date Tuesday, April 22
Time 7:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Meeting Point Tim Hortons Carling Ave near Britannia Coliseum

Class #6: Local Trip - Birding Lac Deschenes

Date Tuesday, April 29
Time 7:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Meeting Point Tim Hortons Carling Ave near Britannia Coliseum

Class #7: Chaffey's Lock - Spring warblers and other migrants

Date Tuesday, May 6
Time 6:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Meeting Point Tim Hortons Carling Avenue at March Rd. (Kanata)

Class #8: Local Trip - Spring Migrants

Date Wednesday, May 14
Time 7:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Meeting Point Tim Hortons Carling Ave near Britannia Coliseum

Class #9: Marsh Birds - Bitterns and Rails

Date Thursday, May 22
Time 6:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Meeting Point Tim Hortons Carling Avenue at March Rd. (Kanata)

Class #10: Local Trip - Birding Gatineau Park

Date Tuesday, May 27
Time 6:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Meeting Point Bate Island, Champlain Bridge, east side parking lot





Birding Course II - Spring 2014

INSTRUCTOR:
Bruce Di Labio
bruce.dilabio@sympatico.ca
Office: (613) 839-4395
Mobile: (613) 715-2571
PRINTABLE SCHEDULE: Birding Course II - Spring 2014

Class #1: Presquile Provincial Park - Waterfowl Identification

Date Saturday, March 22
Time 6:00 a.m. (full day trip)
Meeting Point Tim Hortons Carling Avenue at March Rd. (Kanata)

Class #2: Local Trip - Migrants East of Ottawa

Date Saturday, March 29
Time 7:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Meeting Point Tim Hortons Carling Ave near Britannia Coliseum

Class #3: Local Trip - Early Spring Migrants

Date Saturday, April 12
Time 7:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Meeting Point Tim Hortons Carling Ave near Britannia Coliseum

Class #4: Evening Birding - American Woodcocks Flight Display

Date Thursday, April 17
Time 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. (evening birding)
Meeting Point Tim Hortons Carling Avenue at March Rd. (Kanata)

Class #5: Local Trip - Early Spring Migrants

Date Saturday, April 19
Time 7:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Meeting Point Tim Hortons Carling Ave near Britannia Coliseum

Class #6: Local Trip - Early Spring Migrants

Date Saturday, April 26
Time 7:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Meeting Point Tim Hortons Carling Ave near Britannia Coliseum

Class #7: Local Trip: Birding Lake Deschenes

Date Saturday, May 3
Time 7:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Meeting Point TTim Hortons Carling Ave near Britannia Coliseum

Class #8: Marsh Birds - Bitterns and Rails

Date Thursday, May 15
Time 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. (evening trip)
Meeting Point Tim Hortons Carling Avenue at March Rd. (Kanata)

Class #9: Chaffey's Lock - Spring warblers and other migrants

Date Saturday, May 17
Time 6:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Meeting Point Tim Hortons Carling Avenue at March Rd. (Kanata)

Class #10: Local Trip - Birding Gatineau Park

Date Saturday, May 31
Time 6:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Meeting Point Bate Island, Champlain Bridge, east side parking lot