Spring Migration Workshop

Each year the spring bird migration and birth of young occurs in Ontario. The hundreds of migrant species that call Ontario home, return up the various flyways, most crossing through Southern Ontario on their way back north. But it is not only the birds that return... Various wildlife spring forth with young in the Spring time and we will take you on a route that will give you the best chances to capture as much of this wildlife as possible.

In 2014 the list of species that saw during this week is as follows... Red Fox and 8 kits, Canada beaver, Yellow Warbler, Canada Warbler, Pileated woodpecker, Common Loon, Hooded Merganzer, Common Merganzer, Canada Goose, Mallard duck, Black Tern, Common Tern, Blackburnian Warbler, Red tailed Hawk, Eastern Kingbird, Chestnut-sided Warbler, Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Ovenbird, Veery, Wilson's Warbler, Connecticut Warbler, Bobolink, Orchard Oriole, Wild turkey and the White tailed deer.

The species that we are always on the lookout for during this time frame also includes Black bears and cubs, Moose, Wood ducks, Bald eagle, buffleheads, Osprey, American Kestrel, Osprey, Golden eyes, Grouse, Grey jays, Great grey owl, Barred owl, Wolves and Coyote.

Our locations for this workshop are Point Pelee National Park, Rondeau Provincial Park, Burlington Bay, Barrie and the Halliburton Highlands.

Point Pelee National Park is renowned as the best location in inland North America to observe the northward migration of songbirds. The guest registry in the park's Visitor Center shows that birders come from far and wide to experience this special event. Almost half are from outside Canada the majority of these being from the United States. Although not originally planned as such, mid-May at Pelee has become a birding festival with thousands of enthusiasts celebrating the return of the spring birds.

Probably the most impressive part of Pelee and Rondeau's spring migration is the diversity and huge numbers of northbound warblers that descend on the area. As such it has gained the reputation as "Warbler Capital of North America." This are is perfectly situated far enough north so as to receive both the warblers which fly north only through Texas or only through Florida. Yet, it is also far enough south to attract the "southerners" such as hooded, Kentucky and worm-eating warblers.

In the Kawarthas, an area positioned one and a half hours north east of Toronto, both water and land are equally impressive. The shimmering lakes and rivers that offer breathtaking sun rises and sunsets are ribboned together by the Trent-Severn Waterway, which stretches from Lake Ontario to nearby Georgian Bay. This water route is well suited for a variety of wildlife. The Kawarthas boasts fish-rich waters and an abundance of water fowl.

Our destination, Lake Salerno continues to be home to migratory Loons that keep coming back year after year. These beautiful birds offer the avid photographer plenty of opportunity to photograph them in their natural habitat.

Our average travel time each day on this workshop is minimal each day. A maximum of 45 minutes to our locations from the places we stay/ Point Pelee and Rondeau are 45 minutes from our hotel. Our location near Barrie is within 30 minutes of our hotel. Our accommodation is right on the lake when we are in the Kawartha's

Timing of these workshops

May 18th, 2015 to May 24th, 2015

May 25th, 2015 to May 31st, 2015

Price of this workshop is $2350USD

Deposit to secure your spot on this workshop is $750USD

Instructors: Len Silvester, Kevin A Pepper and Kevin K Pepper

Minimum number of participants is 2, maximum number of participants is 4.

Includes: All accommodation for all 6 nights. Three nights in a hotel and three nights in our private cottage. All meals and beverages are included at our private cottage from dinner on May 21 to lunch in May 24th for workshop #1 and from dinner of May 17th to lunch on May 31st. All transportation is included from airport pickup to airport drop off.

Not Included: Anything not listed as included, items of personal nature, travel insurance.

If the spring migration may not be interesting to you, check out or other great workshops in Canada

Bald Eagle Migration Workshop  -  http://northof49photography.com/bald-eagle-tour-with-len-silvester

Snowy Owl Migration Workshop  -  http://northof49photography.com/2015-owl-workshop

Mother Loon and Chicks Workshop  -  http://northof49photography.com/2015-common-loon-and-algonquin-workshop

 

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Kevin A Pepper

Kevin is a photographer and educator based in Waterloo, Ontario. His first love is photographing nature, regardless of the season or weather condition; the Ontario landscape and its wildlife are his inspiration. But you will also see other styles of photography in his portfolio. From street photography to urban exploration of abandoned buildings and architecture, he loves to capture it all with his camera for his corporate clients and his growing personal portfolio. Kevin’s images have been featured in Canadian Nature Photographer, PHOTONews Canada, Photo Technique Magazine, The London Free Press, The Weather Network, and National Geographic Online. His diverse client list includes the City of Cambridge, Olympus, GORE Mutual, TVO, and African Lion Safari. Kevin also operates “Northof49 Photography”, a company launched in 2012 dedicated to teaching amateur photographers through International and Canadian-based workshops. In the coming year, Kevin will be leading workshops in Iceland, Mongolia, Tanzania, Venezuela, Provence, and numerous destinations across Canada. Website: www.northof49photography.com Blog: http://northof49photography.com/blog/