Event Director - email James at James.Kamstra@aecom.com
Talks - 2017
4th Thursday night at 7 pm,
bring a mug to enjoy a coffee or tea
Uxbridge Senior’s Centre – 75 Marietta Street Uxbridge
Scugog Memorial Library. -231 Water Street, Port Perry
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January 26, 2017 - Members Night Mini- Presentations – Port Perry
Among the North Durham Nature members are a collection of nature experts, photographers and world travelers. Several members will be making mini-presentations on nature in exotic locales and specific natural history themes. Presentations will include: “the Alberta Badlands”, “the Jungles of Panama”, “Namibia, South Africa, birds plus”, “Birds through the Telephoto” and more.
February 23rd, 2017 - "Five Great Extinctions, Are We Entering the Sixth?" presented by Kevin Seymour (Royal Ontario Museum) - Uxbridge
The fossil record shows that the earth has experienced five periods where massive extinction of life forms occurred, likely caused by cataclysmic events. Each of these events significantly altered the course of evolution. Kevin Seymour will discuss at how human caused changes to the planet may be triggering another period of massive extinctions.
March 23rd, 2017 - "Tree Trouble" presented by North Durham Nature's James Kamstra - Port Perry
Trees are a dominant feature of the natural landscape. Unfortunately, one by one Ontario’s tree species are being assaulted by a range of fungal blights, diseases, and introduced insect pests altering the species makeup of our forests. Chestnut Blight, Dutch Elm Disease and Emerald Ash Borer come to mind. James will look at the origins, spread and implications of the various pathogens, and warn us of new ones on the horizon.
April 27th, 2017 - "Life in a Wetland" presented by North Durham Nature's Cara Gregory - Uxbridge
Wetlands support a diverse number of plants and animals, with a variety of adaptations to life in a wet environment. Cara will discuss what defines a wetland, the different types we have in Ontario, and what makes each one unique, as well as the important functions a wetland performs, what threatens them, and the need for their protection. The main focus of the presentation will be on Port Perry's Nonquon wetland, specifically on the life of and unique adaptations of the wide variety of plants and animals found in this large wetland, situated in the Nonquon Provincial Wildlife Area. The location and unique features of other North Durham wetlands will be also be mentioned. LIVE ANIMALS: There will be an opportunity during the presentation for the audience to view and interact with a few local reptile and amphibian species.
May 25th, 2017 - "Kawartha Lakes Flora Project" presented by Anne Barbour (Kawartha Field Naturalists) - Port Perry
Kawartha Lakes Field Naturalist have undertaken a major project to document the complete flora of the extensive Municipality of Kawartha Lakes. Anne will talk about the details of this five year project, highlighting some of the discoveries and interesting plant habitats in Kawartha Lakes.
Walks - 2017
all walks require preregistration
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Saturday, January 21st, 2017 - Bird Feeder Tour
8am – noon – meet at Uxbridge High School parking lot SE corner
Join Derek Connelly on a drive to visit the hottest feeders in North Durham ! Enjoy a cup of tea, viewing in comfort while the birds deal with the winter weather. A chance to see how others set-up their feeders and what birds visit them. Preregister by calling 905-852-5432 or email email@example.com.
9:00 am - Noon: Meet at the Pheasant Pen Classroom Site of the Nonquon Environmental Education Centre (19745 Old Simcoe Road, Greenbank, ON), on the East side of the street, 1 km North of Scugog LIne 10. About 5 km North of Port Perry.
Come join North Durham Nature and the Friends of Nonquon for a winter wetland snowshoe adventure! Explore the wetlands of the Nonquon Provincial Wildlife area wearing a pair of our snowshoes (weather permitting). The picturesque winterscape provides many opportunities to see a variety of animal tracks in the snow, to get close to the beaver and muskrat's lodges, to view wildlife and to feed the chickadees (seed provided)! Knowledgeable guides will share with you the wonders of this beautiful and unique area and answer your questions. Both short and long hike options are available, as this event is open to all ages. End your guided hike with a warm beverage. For more information please contact Jay by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saturday April 8th, 2017 – Waterfowl at Durham’s Lake Ontario Marshes
8:30 am – SE corner of the Port Perry Arena parking lot (1655 Reach St.)
Once the ice leaves the wetlands, large numbers of migratory waterfowl suddenly appear and stage for a few weeks before moving on to their breeding grounds. The marshes on Lake Ontario in southern Durham are excellent places. Geoff Carpentier will lead this trip to see what has arrived at several locations that may include Lake Scugog, Cranberry Marsh, Duffin’s Creek Marsh or Oshawa Second Marsh. Pre-registration is required since the trip may be cancelled if ice conditions are not suitable.
Saturday April 15, 2017 – Amphibians in Crow’s Pass Conservation Area
7:30 pm - meet at corner of Middlemarch Road and Ashburn Road
Spring Peepers and Wood Frogs are the first species to sing in the early spring wetlands. The little known Crow’s Pass CA on the Oak Ridges Moraine contains kettle ponds that are the breeding sites for these frogs as well as newts and Spotted Salamanders. We will listen for frogs and dip net for salamanders with herpetologist James Kamstra.
May 27th, 2017 - Nonquon Springs to Life - NDN and Friends of Nonquon
9:30 am - Noon: Meet at the Pheasant Pen Classroom Site of the Nonquon Environmental Education Centre (19745 Old Simcoe Road, Greenbank, ON), on the East side of the street, 1 km North of Scugog LIne 10. About 5 km North of Port Perry.
North Durham Nature and the Friends of Nonquon would like to share this magical time of year in the wetland with you! North Durham residents and their families are invited to explore the wetland with us. Stations will be set up for visitors of all ages to explore at their leisure, and wetland experts will be on hand to share their knowledge with you. You may choose to spend time at a couple of stations, or visit them all! Short-guided hikes will be run throughout the event as well. The following stations will be offered: Pondering the Pond, Feathered Friends, Incredible Insects, Biodiversity of Nonquon and Nature Creations. For more information please contact Cara by e-mail at email@example.com.
All events are open to the public and free. A $5.00 donation is appreciated from non-members attending our monthly talks.
Membership in North Durham Nature is $40 for singles, $50 for families for calendar year. All members receive a quarterly newsletter and priority email of events coming up plus more. Fees cover insurance, room bookings and incidentals. We are non-profit members of Ontario Nature. For more information, please call Derek at 905-852-5432 or email firstname.lastname@example.org