Whimbrel Watch

19 May 2019
5:00 - 18:00
Southernmost tip of Sam Smith Park

Whimbrel Watch

Ever wanted to learn about birds? Do you like relaxing days by the lake? Do you want to relax and support on the ground bird conservation efforts? These events are for you!

From the 18th of May to the 25th of May we need you and, many committed volunteers to count and monitor the Whimbrels returning to Toronto. Counts start at daybreak, but you can come through all day long. The place to meet is Sam Smith Park, right out at the end of Kipling Avenue. The parking lot is free. Bring your binoculars, something to eat and something to sit on, e.g. a light lawn chair. You may be tasked, if you wish, with counting the number of birds that fly over and reporting what you count.

Every May, Whimbrel watchers arrive at Colonel Sam Smith Park as the sun rises and scan Lake Ontario for flocks of vocal Whimbrel, their trilling calls often heard before they are seen. Mornings are best because Whimbrels depart the US East Coast the evening before, fly all night and arrive on the north shore of Lake Ontario in the morning. We hope you will join us to watch Whimbrels as they migrate to their northern breeding grounds.

Don’t worry if you can’t tell a Whimbrel from a Whippoorwill, by the time we’re finished with you, you’ll be an expert. Please consider a volunteer stint with us, as you will be doing some real Citizen Science, and working to help a vanishing species.

For more information and detailed instructions contact Tim McCarthy timmccarthy_5@hotmail.com