What are you doing on January 13th at 8:30 AM? Nothing?! That’s great because the Riverwood Conservancy is hosting its first bird-watching hike of the year!

Bird-watching is an incredibly relaxing and enjoyable experience, one that is made exponentially better when you’re learning from experts. Luc Fazio and Dan Salisbury from the Riverwood Conservancy will lead the hike through Port Credit’s J.C Saddington Park, where you will spend an hour and a half seeing a vast array of birds and learning about nature.

As to which birds you might come across on the hike, Luc Fazio explains, “In the Spring/Summer and Fall the hikes at Riverwood produce many migrants that do not stay, including 25 species of Wood Warblers, 7 species of Flycatchers, 5 Species of Vireos, 6 species of Sparrows, etc. Some Birds that stay, nest, AND we see regularly include; Wood Duck, Belted Kingfisher, Great-Blue Heron, Red-tailed & Cooper’s Hawk, Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Great-crested Flycatcher, Eastern Kingbird, Indigo Bunting, Baltimore Oriole, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Mourning & Yellow Warblers, House & Carolina Wrens, Rose-breasted Grosbeak and many more common birds.”

Luc Fazio, the hike leader, is a birding expert who has over 50 years experience. 2018 marks the eighth year in a row that Riverwood has conducted hikes throughout Mississauga, in particular along the Credit River. The hikes take place a few times during the year and this is the Spring hike that kicks-off the 2018 season.

You can meet with the rest of the group at Saddington Park at the southernmost Parking lot closest to the lake, where Mississauga Rd ends, south of Lakeshore. Remember to wear lots of layers because, although it will be slightly warmer, it’s still pretty cold out there. Riverwood also encourages you to bring binoculars if you have them but it isn’t a requirement. So come out on Saturday the 13th at 8:30 AM for a great morning of walking and bird-watching.