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Bird Watching

Amherst Island is a wonderful place to view and learn about a variety of owls.

The most common species found here during the winter are the Northern Saw-whet Owl, Long-eared Owls, with smaller numbers of Barred Owls, Great Horned Owls, and a few Boreal Owls and Great Grey Owls. Snowy Owls, as well as the Northern Hawk Owls, are usually found in trees and on fence posts or hydro poles near open fields throughout the Island. Detailed information.

To travel to the Owl Woods Sanctuary, take Highway 33 to Millhaven and the Amherst Island Ferry. Once on the Island, take Front Road east approximately 3 km to the Marshall Forty-Foot Road. The Sanctuary is located a kilometer down the Marshall Forty-Foot Road. Please note: Marshall Forty-Foot Road is unmaintained by Loyalist Township. It is recommended that you park safely on Front Road and walk to the sanctuary.

Please respect the wildlife and vegetation on your visit. Remember not to get too close to an owl (2 metres) and move and speak quietly. Avoid the use of a flash if you are taking photographs.

For additional information pertaining to bird watching please visit the Kingston Field Naturalists.