One of the most popular forms of wildlife observation is birding, or birdwatching. It is both a recreational activity and a form of citizen science. It can be done with the naked eye, or through various forms of optics such as binoculars and viewing scopes. Many birders are also photographers. Bird identification is done both visually and audibly; birdsongs are often used to identify different species along with visual confirmation.

Various birding opportunities exist within the Lakehead Region, such as the LRCA’s own Fall Waterfowl Viewing Day held each October, along with the LRCA’s birding programs as part of our annual Living Classroom Programs. Additionally, be sure to check out events hosted by the Thunder Bay Field Naturalists.

From 2009 to 2018 Dorion’s Canyon Country Birding Festival has been the premiere birding event in Northwestern Ontario. While 2018 marked the final Bird Festival, the LRCA along with a dedicated group of volunteers are planning on continuing this annual birding tradition in some form. If you are interested in receiving information about the future of birding in Dorion and the Lakehead Region, please subscribe to our birding newsletter below.