What essentially the guide covers is the authors pick of the best locations to bird in the province. The guidelines are fairly broad, with really only one caveat: narrow the list of top birding sites in the province and narrow it down to 30 locations (easier said than done).
We are currently half way done our first draft, and have a draft list of locations:
|1||Holiday Beach and Windsor (lower Detroit River), Harrow|
|3||Point Pelee NP|
|4||Hillman Marsh and Wheatley (harbour, PP)|
|5||Lake St. Clair NWR and Mitchell's Bay|
|6||Rondeau PP (Blenheim, Erieau)|
|7||Sarnia (Point Edward, waterfront, River)|
|8||Kettle Point, Ipperwash, Pinery|
|9||MacGregor Point PP and Sauble Beach/south Bruce|
|10||Port Stanley -- Port Burwell|
|13||Hamilton (Van Wagners, Lift bridge, windermere, Red Hill Creek, Toll Gate, Edgelake, Stoney Creek shoreline, Fifty Point)|
|14||Hamilton Harbour (RBG, Princess Point, Lasalle, Bayfront Park) and Oakville/Burlington (Bronte Harbour, Sedgewick, Paletta, Spencer Smith)|
|15||Mississauga (Rattray Marsh, Port Credit, Lakefront Promenade Park, Col. Sam Smith)|
|16||Toronto waterfront (Leslie St. Spit, Toronto Islands, Humber Bay, Ashbridge's Bay)|
|17||Oshawa-Pickering waterfront (Frenchman's Bay, Whitby Harbour, Thickson's Woods, Oshawa 2nd Marsh)|
|19||Algonquin PP (Hwy. 60 corridor)|
|21||Prince Edward County|
|22||Napannee Plain IBA|
|24||Wolfe Island and Kingston mainland|
|25||Opinicon Road and Canoe Lake Road|
|26||Ottawa (river and Rideau)|
|27||St. Lawrence (Morrsiburg to Quebec)|
|28||Moosonee and Southern James Bay|
|29||Thunder Bay waterfront|
|30||Rainy River and area|
Which leaves us wondering, are there any areas that we're missing???? It's been pretty difficult to narrow it down this much, leaving several areas that aren't covered as much as we'd like (Sault Ste. Marie, Manitoulin, more within the GTA).
We also need to come up with 1-2 photos per chapter -- does anyone have any great photos of birds that they'd like included in the book???? Generally, we've been trying to pick appropriate species for specific areas (e.g., Loggerhead Shrike for Carden Alvar).
Let us know your thoughts!