Amherst Island, at the eastern end of Lake Ontario, west of Kingston, is known for its concentration of wintering owls. The owls and hawks are the top predators on the island and the hunters of the mice and voles in the grasslands of the island. The number and variety of overwintering birds varies from year to year, but normally one can find Snowy, Short-eared and Long-eared Owls. Depending on the northern flight other species will be present. Arrangements are being made to have some members of the Kingston Field Naturalists join us for this outing.
Martin Parker will be leading the group from Peterborough. Meet at 6:45 a.m. at Tim Horton’s in Sobey’s Plaza on Lansdowne Street West.
We will be catching the 9:30 a.m. ferry to the island. Bring a packed lunch, clothes suitable for the weather, binoculars and camera.