[Ontbirds]OFO Membership and Annual Convention

Chris Escott chris at escott.ca
Thu Jul 27 22:37:31 EDT 2006

Posted with the prior agreement of the ONTBIRDS Coordinator:

This note is an appeal to all ONTBIRDS subscribers not already members
of OFO to join now, and a reminder that the OFO Annual Convention will
happen in Ottawa on September 30th - October 1st, so register now if you
haven't already, and don't miss out on all the fun!


Ontario Field Ornithologists (OFO) is the premiere birding organization
in Ontario. We have more than 1,000 members living in all parts of our
Province. However, the listserv that has transmitted this note to you,
which is sponsored by OFO, has almost 2,000 subscribers. That means many
of you are not currently members. At a mere $25/year an individual
membership in OFO is an amazing deal! Consider the benefits:
- three volumes of Ontario Birds each year ... great journal articles,
very readable, amazing photos, the annual OBRC report, and much more
- three volumes of OFO News each year ... more interesting articles on
bird ID, birding sites, events, and other Ontario birding news
- more than 15 field trips each year to many of the best birding
locations in the Province, led by highly experienced local birders
- the Annual Convention, this year in Ottawa, next year at Point Pelee
- membership in the organization that sponsors ONTBIRDS, operates the
excellent OFO website, and offers OFO merchandise for sale

I could go on, but the bottom line here is that OFO is a not-for-profit
organization that strives to enhance the birding experience for all of
our members. If you are not already a member, please go right now to our
website ( www.ofo.ca ), follow the links to "Membership" and subscribe
today. Membership dues help to fund all of our activities, including
ONTBIRDS, and becoming a member is an easy way for you to give
something back to OFO.


To our members, and to anyone else interested in attending, this year's
Annual Convention will be in Ottawa on the weekend of September 30 -
October 1. It will feature:
- two days of field trips in the Ottawa area, led by some of Ottawa's
premiere birders (please note, field trips are for registered attendees
only) ... check the feature article in the June issue of OFO News for a
primer on what Ottawa has to offer in terms of exciting Fall birding
- a banquet Saturday evening that will include the presentation of the
OFO Distinguished Ornithologist Award to Ken Abraham, guest speaker Guy
Morrison on the topic "Hemispheric travellers: shorebirds and their
lifestyles", displays and door prizes (again, please note that advance
registration is required)
- the chance to meet with several of Canada's best known ornithologists,
and share some good times with top birders and many other OFO members

All this costs only $45, but space is limited so register now while
there's still time. To register, go to our website ( www.ofo.ca ) and
follow the link to "OFO Annual Convention and Banquet ...". See you there!

Christopher Escott
OFO President

Christopher J. Escott
1 Shouldice Court, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, M2L 2S3
Home phone: 416.444.8055  Cellular 416.788.8055

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