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The OFO Convention

Between September 26 and 28, 2014, the Ontario Field Ornithologists hosted their annual convention in Ottawa. While the evening programs included banquets and social events such as the OFO Annual General Meeting, “Birds and Beers”, “Birding Jeopardy” with Sarah Rupert, presentations from Bruce Di Labio and keynote speaker Chris Earley (whose books I own!), and the presentation of the Distinguished Ornithologist Award, the majority of the daylight hours were spent birding Ottawa’s hot spots with leaders provided from the… 1,852 more words

Andrew Haydon

Changing Seasons

The last few weeks have brought yet another change in migration. The only fall migrants that seem to be around these days are water birds; the late-season land birds, such as Ruby-crowned Kinglets, White-throated Sparrows and White-crowned Sparrows have all gone, while winter birds such as American Tree Sparrows and Snow Buntings have arrived. 1,133 more words


200 Year Birds

On Saturday I drove to Dow’s Lake at first light to look for the Surf Scoter that has been hanging out there since Thursday. It was supposed to rain later that afternoon, and indeed the sky was dark and ominous when I left. 1,431 more words


Thanksgiving Goose Chase

The Thanksgiving long weekend is one of my favourite holidays. The fall colours are at their peak here in Ottawa, and the days are usually still warm enough to wear T-shirts. 1,724 more words


The Taxicab Murder

Combing through newspaper archives and crime files from the past are a frequent source of inspiration to me. If an interesting article or crime comes along, I am ready, armed with Google, Wikipedia, plus an arsenal of every available academic and news database NYU has to offer. 1,559 more words

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Dick Bell

Richard John Bell, 76 of Glendale AZ passed on February 11, 2012. Loving father to Paulette Graham, loving grandfather to Troy Picklesimer and a loving companion to Janet.


Adding to the Winter List

The following day Deb and I spent the morning birding along the Ottawa River. There were only two weeks left until Christmas, and we wanted to make the most of our morning as we weren’t sure whether we’d be able to get out together again before the new year. 916 more words

Andrew Haydon