North Durham Nature

Our Mission

To foster awareness and appreciation of nature through education, observation and experience.

To promote the protection and conservation of the environment through community activities.


What We Do

We provide educational opportunities and foster awareness of nature, particularly the flora and fauna, as well as earth sciences and astronomy.

We lead and facilitate field trips to learn and experience nature. We promote the protection of nature, biological diversity and sustainability within North Durham.

We carry out projects in co-operation with other community groups, to conserve and protect the environment within North Durham.

NDN is a member
of Ontario Nature Organization

 


NDN Events-2019

Event Director  -  email James at    James.Kamstra@aecom.com

Talks - 2019

 4th Tuesday night at 7 pm,

Two locations either :

Uxbridge - 75 Marietta , Uxbridge Seniors Centre

OR 

Port Perry - 231Water Street , Scugog Memorial Library 

bring a mug to enjoy a coffee or tea

Please check site closer to the talk date for more details.


September 24th, 2019 - Penetrating the Impenetrable Forest - Geoff Carpentier - Port Perry

Join Geoff as he shares the adventures that he and his wife Kim had in Uganda last fall. The Impenetrable Forest is a world-class site that hosts most of Uganda's Mountain Gorillas. Find out more about the encounter... but there's more -  Chimps, giraffes, lions, leopards, cheetahs and myriad exotic birds were also seen as Geoff and Kim visited Rwanda and Tanzania as well. Blended with this was an amazing cultural experience. Find out more about this life-changing trip to East Africa in September.

October 22nd, 2019 - Wetland Plants and Animals - Cara Gregory - Sunderland

Join North Durham Nature President Cara Gregory for a talk on the amazing adaptations of wetland plants and animals to their aquatic environment.  ** LIVE ANIMAL PRESENTATIONS **

Walks - 2019

Details on meeting locations and to preregister:
*** Please check back closer to each date for more detail ***

Sunday May 26th, 2019 – Natural Wonders of Scugog Island Nature Reserve – James Kamstra

We will explore the little known and rarely visited nature reserve at the north tip of Scugog Island.  The site contains a mosaic of beaver pond, shoreline marshes, meadows, thickets and forest.  This will be a general hike opportunistically looking for birds, wildflowers, amphibians and insects, led by bioblitz guru James Kamstra.  Meet at NE corner of Tim Horton’s parking lot off Hwy 7A Port Perry at 8:30 am.   The hike will go until about noon. Please preregister with James at james.kamstra@aecom.com

Saturday, June 8th, 2019 - Bird Loop - Derek and Kim - Uxbridge Countryside Preserve at 9 a.m.

It’s the insects that attracts warblers and other birds from down south up to Canada. How many different birds can you hear and see in the Preserve?  Bring binoculars, bird book or cell phone Bird Ap. Check list will be provided.  All welcome - No dogs please -4 km walk ndnature7@gmail.com

Sunday June 9th, 2019 - Evening at Beaver River Marsh - Geoff Carpentier

We will walk a portion of the rail trail that passes through a portion of this expansive marsh that covers the Beaver River floodplain.  We expect to hear and hopefully see a variety of marsh birds such as rails, bitterns and snipes as well as calling frogs.  Who knows what else.  Bring binoculars and insect repellant.  Meet along Blue Mountain Road just east of corner with Lake Ridge Road at 7:00 pm.   The hike will be 2 to 2.5 hours.


Special Event - Butterfly Counts

Sunday June 30th, 2019 – Oshawa Butterfly Count – James Kamstra **Date Changed to July 14th**

This is annual event where groups break out to observe and count all the butterflies that they encounter within a given area within circle that extends from North Oshawa to Port Perry.  Beginners are welcome to participate, and will be placed in group with an expert.  This is all day event but participants can come out for half day.  There will be a post count tally at local restaurant that all participants are welcome to attend.  Please contact James several days in advance to be placed in a group at james.kamstra@aecom.com.

Sunday July 7th, 2019 – Sunderland Butterfly Count – James Kamstra

This is annual event where groups break out to observe and count all the butterflies that they encounter within a given area within circle that includes Brock, Uxbridge and Georgina Townships.  Beginners are welcome to participate, and will be placed in group with an expert.  This is all day event but participants can come out for half day.  There will be a post count tally at local restaurant that all participants are welcome to attend.  Please contact James several days in advance to be placed in a group at james.kamstra@aecom.com.

Wednesday, July 17th, 2019 - Nonquon Nature Interpretive Sign Unveiling - 9:30 a.m. to Noon

The sign unveiling will take place at the Nonquon Environmental Education Centre, David Carroll classroom site (1710 Scugog Line 10, Greenbank).  There will be a short hike following the unveiling, and volunteers will be running Orienteering and Pond Exploration stations for families to participate in following the hike.  Refreshments will be provided.  All ages welcome!  For more information please contact Cara at northdurhamnature@gmail.com.  NDN members - details on the creation of these signs can be found in our July newsletter.


Saturday, September 14th, 2019 - Hawk Watch - Geoff Carpentier - Cranberry Marsh

Sunday, October 13th, 2019 - Mushroom Walk

Saturday, November 2nd, 2019 - Waterfowl on Lake Simcoe - James Kamstra - Brock

Saturday, November 23rd, 2019 - Christmas Bird Count for Kids - Friends of Nonquon and NDN - Nonquon E.E.C.

Friday, December 27th, 2019 - Uxbridge Christmas Bird Count - Derek Connelly

Monday, December 30th, 2019 - Beaverton Christmas Bird Count - John Mclean



Club Fees

All events are free to members and open to the public.

Membership in North Durham Nature is $25 for singles, $40 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. Join!

A $5.00 donation is appreciated from non-members attending our monthly talks to cover refreshments, insurance, rental and speakers  

For more information, please call Derek at 905-852-5432 or email   ndnature7@gmail.com

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NDN Projects

Nature Interpretive Signs - Nonquon Environmental Education Centre

Volunteers from both North Durham Nature and Friends of Nonquon worked together to create and install interpretive signs at the David Carroll Classroom site (1710 Scugog Line 10, Greenbank).  Port Perry Sign Shop produced, printed and delivered the signs, and volunteers installed them.  Signs were paid for with NDN donations and a donation from the Retired Teachers of Ontario.  Please see our "Special Events" section for the official sign unveiling date.  A special thanks to all who were involved in the creation of these signs, and to the Durham District School Board's contribution.  They refurbished the KIOSK that the signs were installed on, and will be covering them with a protective layer of plexiglass to prolong the life of the signs.  These signs will be enjoyed by visiting staff and students, and the local community, giving them an opportunity to learn about this valuable local wetland and its wild inhabitants.

Lafarge - Regan Pit (7th concession) Bird Boxes

NDN had a three year contract (2014-2016 )with the company to monitor 50 bird boxes which we recommended and located in the restoration area of the pit. The club selected Paul Rothfels "Mouse Proof" bird box design after recommendations from neighbours on the 7th concession. The design benefits of reducing predation without the extra costs of a baffle plus the willingness of Lafarge to pay for a secure pole system were factors in choosing the design.

In the first year 52% of the boxes were occupied and all successfully produced eggs and young.  The Tree Swallow occupied most of the boxes, six boxes raised Eastern Bluebirds, and one raised a Black -capped Chickadee. There were no House Wrens, sparrows, mice or other vertebrates in any boxes.

In year two 71% of the boxes were active and a slight increase was observed in target species, allthough House wrens arrived in late summer in a couple of boxes.

In year three  81% of the boxes  were occupied by 29 Tree swallow, 9 Eastern Bluebird, and I Black capped Chickadee families producing over a 100 fledged young. This is a huge success. Considering the concern over population declines in aerial insectivores our boxes have certainly helped the Tree swallow populations.  A more detailed report is available for members in the April 2017 club newsletter. 

In 2017 and now 2018 we have continued monitoring the boxes. Many thanks to all the volunteers including John and Lee Fisher and David and Liz Taylor .

NDN helps Paul's Vision

Paul Rothfels passed away suddenly in Feb 2017 . In Memory of Paul Rothfels a Gathering was held on March 4, 2017 at the Udora Hall from 2 - 4.  Click on My tribute to Paul and the OBIT

Margaret Almack  passed on Paul's Bird box gig and materials to Keith Stait Gardner who offered his heated workshop to the Nature club to assemble Paul's bird houses to support the club. Last year we built and sold 45 boxes and this year another 26 were completed. We have now used up all the supplies Paul left and the next step becomes more difficult. Fortunately Margaret has decided she would like her family to get involved in purchasing materials and carry on Paul's work. NDN will continue to support Paul's vision of a safe home for cavity nesting birds like the Eastern bluebird. 

If you are interested in assisting in anyway contact NDN. 

Uxbridge Countryside Preserve- Bird Houses

NDN took over from the Uxbridge Birders who had been monitoring and repairing the bird boxes first placed in the Preserve in 2008 by the Scouts. The number of boxes was reduced to 26 from 45 in 2014 to improve success. Changes in habitat caused by the invasion of Scot Pine and other plants had slowly reduced the meadow habitat which is important for swallows and bluebirds.  A Scot Pine thinning program is now in place on an annual basis. The  box system is not predator proof and was  modified with the help of the Uxbridge Scouts in 2015. Juice cans and plastic pipe along with an additional front was added to some boxes over the entrance  to act as a predator deterrent.   Tree Swallows accepted the change however Bluebirds did not use these boxes in the first year.  It is believed the Preserve can only support four Eastern Bluebird nests in any year because of the reduced meadow habitat.   Tree Swallows however are still increasing  and the reduction in boxes available appears to have lowered the House Wren population and competition. Two additional boxes were installed this spring using the "Mouse Proof " model.  Two years of  intensive monitoring continued by six Uxbridge resident volunteer familes ( BIrd Box Buddies)  resulting in more accurate data. Thanks are extended to the Bird Box Buddies who put in many hours monitoring the boxes over the summer and the Township of Uxbridge for their support.  We are always looking for landlords? If you walk the Preserve regularly in the summer and would like to be involved contact Derek - 905-852-5432 or ndnature7@gmail.com


Uxbridge Countryside Preserve Canada 150 Species Count

- Follow the underlined link to read all about it over 180 sp countedCanada150 Species Challenge Met!

List of Plant Species 2017

List of Animal Species 2017

Our plan is to turn the count into an annual family event a Bioblitz every June !

Ontario Nature Youth Summit for Biodiversity and Environmental Leadership

Each year we put aside money to sponsor two north durham high school students for a fun weekend at  the Ontario Nature Youth Summit at Lake Couchiching in September . Students are engaged in interactive workshops and activities on topics including food security, endangered species, medicinal plants, sustainability and much more. You can read about their experiences in the club newsletter. Interested students should contact us or click on Ontario Nature to find out more . If you are or know of interested teens contact us.

Thank you letter from NDN sponsored student - 2018

Late May - The  Great Canadian Bird-a-thon

North Durham Nature's Geoff Carpentier  participates yearly in this charity birding event. The James Baillie Bird-a-thon changed its name to Great Canadian Bird-a-thon, but it's still about counting birds for conservation.  If you would like more information or to sponsor Geoff please click on the underlined link above.  Thanks to everyone's generous donations, Geoff raises $1000's  to help fund projects to protect birds and their habitats.  25% of the money raised helps fund North Durham Nature's nature-based projects.  Donations are tax deductable!

Birdathon Results 2015

Birdathon Results 2016

Birdathon Results 2017

Conservation Action 2017 

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The office of the Environmental Commissioner of Ontario (ECO) needs your support ...

The Government of Ontario announced plans on November 15, 2018 to eliminate the office of the Environmental Commissioner of Ontario (ECO) and transfer much of its responsibility to the jurisdiction of the Auditor General. This misguided decision effectively undercuts the power and independence of Ontario’s environmental watchdog.  North Durham Nature has signed a letter composed by Ontario Nature to Premier Ford and Finance Minister Fedeli to let them know that Ontarians need the office of the ECO and that we reject the slashing of this essential oversight and accountability role.  Please click on the underlined link to sign your name  to this letter too, and show your support for the office of the ECO and its role. 

Review of the Environmental Bill of Rights, 1993

Group Letter to Premier

Summary of Recommendations for Reform

Proposed Regional Natural Heritage System for the Greater Golden Horseshoe (EBR 013-1014)
Spring Wildflower Planting

NDN assisted the Uxbridge Scouts in a Prairie grass and forbs planting May 13th  in the Uxbridge Countryside Preserve. 300 native plant plugs were planted in a 10 x 25 m rototilled plot. These plants will enhance the field with food and habitat for butterflies, bees, birds and other meadow wildlife.  If you would like to adopt a plant and help it establish itself through the summer by watering and weeding contact Derek 905-852-5432

Turtles

NDN adds its signature to Ontario Nature's call to ban hunting of Snapping Turtles in Ontario  and we were successful ! Now we need to figure out how to reduce road mortality.

Coming up each Fall in November 

Volunteers wanted for Scot Pine ( invasive) thinning in the Uxbridge Countryside Preserve to keep the meadows open. Saturday Nov 3rd

Contact Derek for more info ndnature7@gmail.com.


Feral Cats

A request was made to Uxbridge council to change the cat bylaw giving more freedom to cats.  As many of us know cats are major predators to birds and other native species. We apposed the change. Read our letter linked here. Feral Cats

Conservation Action 2018

Protected Places Campaign

NDN adds its signature to Ontario Nature's Protected Places Campaign.  You can show your individual support as well by signing the declaration (click on underlined text)

 

 

 Community Nature Related Events

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Friday, April 5th, 2019 (9am to 3pm) - The Brook Never Sleeps - Uxbridge Town Hall and Centennial Park

A “hands wet” experiential eco-workshop. Learn about local ecology, hunt for creatures from the brook to see up close, enjoy a free pizza lunch, and participate in interactive eco-learning. This FREE youth event will explore 150 metres of the brook during the first PA Day in April! Proudly sponsored by the Uxbridge Watershed Advisory Committee.

Pre-registration required. Call Uxbridge Youth Centre 905-862-3456

Ducks Unlimited Canada Nest Box Program

Ducks Unlimited Canada is currently looking for project sites that will help provide habitat for cavity nesters like wood ducks and Goldeneye. If you have a wetland on your property larger than a couple of acres, and would like to provide habitat for ducks and other wildlife (like tree swallows and screech owls), then this program is meant for you!  Landowners are responsible for installing, maintaining and monitoring the nest boxes, but DUC provides the nest boxes and technical advice to landowners. Nest boxes are placed in wetland habitats like beaver ponds, where they will be most useful to ducks.  If you're interested in more details, please contact Jenn Lavigne at Ducks Unlimited Canada: (705) 721-4444.

EVENT REVIEWS    

TALKS

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February 26th, 2019 - AGM and Gavin Miller (TRCA): Greenwood Resource Management Tract

Tuesday night's AGM was a success, with all 9 standing board members elected, thanks to our 17 voting members present.  8 of them were up for reelection, and we have one new director on our team, Brenda Near.  She is a long time Durham Resident (Zephyr area) with an interest in all things natural, and is an avid gardener, particularly interested in planting native plants to create back yard habitat for native bees, butterflies and birds.  Geoff Carpentier has stepped down from the board, but has agreed to continue to be the writer/editor of our newsletter.  A big thankyou goes out to Geoff for all that he has contributed over the past few years on the Board, and for all that he continues to contribute.  Another thank you goes out to Derek Connelly, past President, for all his hard work, leading the team over the past 4 years.  He remains on the board in the role of Director.  Cara Gregory, leaving the role of Vice President, is our new President.  She will continue to look after the website, and will remain our Ontario Nature representative.  James Kamstra is our new Vice president, and will continue to be our Program Director, organizing our walks and talks.  James, Cara, and Mark reviewed the 2018 year in terms of past events, membership and finances.

Gavin Miller, a Floral Biologist with the TRCA, gave an informative talk on the flora, fauna, and other natural features of the Greenwood Resource Management Tract, and how they has evolved over time.  He spoke as well on the challenges and opportunities for improving its biodiversity.  His talk was followed by an engaging question and answer session.  Thanks Gavin.

Thanks also goes to Nancy and Anne who provided an assortment of delicious treats and refreshments.

Tuesday March 26th, 2019 - Hiking in Auyuittug National Park, Baffin Island - Jay and Bev Thibert

Jay and Bev Thibert gave an enlightening presentation on their once in a lifetime adventure that few will ever take: a 15 day hike across Baffin Island through Auyuittuq National Park.  Jay wowed the full house audience with his spectacular photographs of glaciers, fjords and  craggy mountains.  The grueling trek pushed them to their physical limits as they trampled over spongy terrain, forded turbulent icy streams and endured a wicked windstorm all while loaded down with hefty backpacks.

2018 Talks (click on underlined text)



WALKS

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June, 2019 - Beaver River Walk - Beaver River Wetland Rail Trail

6 club members joined Geoff as we hiked the rail trail through part of Beaver River Marsh. Lots of birds delighted us including American bittern, Green heron, Sora Marsh wren and Virginia rail.

On the way to the starting point we were treated to spectacular views of a pair of Sandhill cranes that took an unprecedented interest in some turkey vultures that were sitting in a field. At first we thought the vultures might be scavenging on a dead Crane because they were so close to each other but later Geoff entered the field with permission of the landowner and determined that there was no that crane there. Not sure why the vultures were there but it was certainly a happier ending than we anticipated!

June, 2019 - Bird Loop Walk - Uxbridge Countryside Preserve

Sixteen people participated in yesterday’s walk in gorgeous sunshine! Four NDN members including Kim & Anne Adams who helped with bird ID and anecdotes; many visitors from the GTA; and 4 ORTA members.

Bird activity was quiet however the bird houses guaranteed three species with good views. Indigo Bunting was a highlight! Ovenbird & Red Eyed Vireos demonstrated and their calls were heard by all a number of times. Green frogs, Grey Tree frog, Painted turtle were other sightings.

Thanks to Kim for explaining the Apps and Anne for spotting the Tree frog and other birds. Others added their own bird experiences making for an enjoyable morning.

Sunday, May 26th, 2019 - Scugog Island Crown Land

Twelve participants came out for a fine morning walk on Sunday May 26 to this little known piece of Crown Land at the far north end of Scugog Island.

Spring migration in full: we saw Black Tern, Olive-sided Flycatcher, Bobolink, Scarlet Tanager and many warblers. Seventy painted turtles could be seen soaking up the sun at the pond with 20 on one log.


May 2019 - Wildflower Walk - Uxbridge Countryside Preserve

Twelve wildflower enthusiasts ventured into the Uxbridge Countryside Preserve on Sunday May 19th to view the next flowering plants this spring. Under a cloudy but warm day they were witnesses to the Red & White Trillium's blanketing the forest floor. Appearances of Mitrewort, Wild Strawberry, Field Pussy- toes, Spring beauty, Wild ginger,Cut-leaved Toothwort and Jack in the Pulpit added to the mix. Rare treats were Yellow trillium, and many other plants close to flowering.

ORTA members joined us from Scarborough and part of the GTA. Thanks to Mark Humprey (ORTA leader & NDN member) who identified many of the plants. A number of other joint members also offered their plant knowledge.
Painted turtles basked in the sun and Green frogs hopped into the pond as we finished our walk.

Saturday, May 18th, 2019 - Frog Walk - Uxbridge Countryside Preserve

Perfect weather conditions created optimal frog activity for this years frog walk at the Countryside Preserve. Add to that seven keen boys armed with nets and boots and the evening of listening to frogs soon transfered to a frog in the hand.  Care in handling frogs was emphasized and all frogs and toad were returned to their ponds. The twenty five participants were instructed on the differences between amphibians and reptiles, toads and frogs , tree frogs and true frogs. The general biology, reproduction and calls were explained with picture keys  and the various cell phone Apps. Two ponds and a small stream were visited. Spring peeper, Green Frog, Leopard frog, and American toad were seen. Peepers, and toads were main calling amphibians, with Leopard and Chorus frogs calls possibly heard. Temperature  14C, wind calm, overcast. Thanks to Mark Humphrey who was sweep and shared his knowledge. Thanks to the boys for finding the frogs    and all participants who helped make the evening a successful visit to Frog land . Derek Connelly

Sunday May 19th, 2019 - Wildflower Walk - Uxbridge Countryside Preserve

Twelve wildflower enthusiasts ventured into the Countryside Preserve to view the next flowering plants this spring. Under a cloudy but warm day they were witnesses to the Red and White Trillium's blanketing the forest floor. Appearances of Mitrewort, Wild Strawberry, Field Pussy- toes,  Spring beauty, Wild ginger,Cut-leaved Toothwort and Jack in the Pulpit added to the mix. Rare treats were Yellow trillium, and many other plants close to flowering .

ORTA members joined us from Scarborough and the part of the GTA. Thanks to Mark Humprey, ORTA leader and NDN member, who identified  many of the plants. A number of other joint members also offered their plant knowledge. 

Painted turtles basked in the sun and Green frogs hopped into the pond as we finished our walk. 

Sunday May 5th, 2019 - Wildflower Walk -Uxbridge Countryside Preserve (UCP)at 1 p.m.

Sixteen of us enjoyed a beautiful walk in the Uxbridge Countryside Preserve on Sunday. Oak Ridges Trail Association (ORTA) members from Scarborough, Aurora, and Newmarket , and family visitors from Ottawa joined North Durham Nature Club  (NDN) members and local residents in search of spring ephemerals . This year there were very few flowers to see but Coltsfoot, Bloodroot and Sharp-lobed Hepatica were up. Other highlights were wildlife: Eastern Bluebirds, and Tree swallows were investigating the bird houses, Green frogs  sitting in the ponds, and Midland Painted turtles basking in the sun. A perfect day for all including hike leaders Derek Connelly and Mark Humphrey's for their first official ORTA hike. Derek and Mark are NDN members and recent participants in the Master Naturalist program..

Saturday, March 31st, 2019 - Homes for Birds - Derek Connelly - Uxbridge Countryside Preserve

Derek, Brenda, Paul and Ginny  had an enjoyable couple of hours stroll around the Uxbridge Countryside Preserve . Derek explained some of the changes in the position of bird houses and possible predator control methods that could be used. We shared knowledge of birds and plants and stories of interesting behavioural anecdotes with the cavity nesting birds and mammals. The local history of the Preserve and future management was also discussed.  A raven and a Turkey vulture were highlights as was the sun on the snow on the surrounding plants.

Saturday, March 16th, 2019

NDN held a nature photography outing to Cranberry Marsh, led by acclaimed local nature photographer Stephen Wright.  Since birds are fed here, they are approachable and often willing subjects for the camera.  A few early migrants had arrived and some male Wild Turkeys were strutting their stuff.  See photo gallery for pictures taken.  - James Kamstra

Sunday, Jan 20th, 2019 - Bird Feeder Tour

Birding 101 ---that’s about how many birds we saw on our tour of Uxbridge and Brock countryside. Nineteen species ( Brenda saw a Shrike on her way from Zephyr to us! Paul, Genny and I saw a Raven at USS) Carol and Doug anything to add? Anyone see something on the way home?
What a great day! Garry and Mhairi greeted us with coffee and tea and a backyard hopping with birds. We put about 12 species on the list right away. Then off to Hedgerow farms where Neil had put food out all around the house in a variety of feeders. We did a walk about the property in hopes of spotting waxwings and as we were leaving Paul and Genny spotted a small flock . Unfortunatley too quick to ID which type of waxwings. On to Margarets place and incredible muffins with rhubarb mmmmm. Redpolls yeah another species . Fond memories of Paul entertaining us and seeing the Barred owl here two years back. South to Zephyr and Brenda’ and Neal’s home. More redpolls – energy efficient house solar panels geothermal, bird protection film on windows like Carol and Dougs . More goodies …gaining weight and species.Off south again to Roseville and Caroline and Jim’s place . Homemade soup and fresh made sourdough bread. Whose said this was all about birds !
Eighteen Species and Hundred and one individual birds and six happy bird tourers . A cold day but full of sunshine . Thanks to Garry, Neil, Margaret, Brenda, and Caroline and their helpers for opening your gates and doors and sharing your bird stories with us along with the goodies of course! Thanks to Carol who handed out homemade suet to the hosts. Thanks to Genevieve ( Genny) who kept track of species and filled in my missing gaps . Thanks to all who made my day!
Next year we head south and east Glen Major, Chalk Lake, Utica what do feeders in the winter look like there?
See you at Nature Club members night Thursday Jan 24th Scugog Memorial Library 7 pm Derek

2018 Walks (click on link to see reviews)

Special Events

Saturday, March 17th, 2018 - Ontario Turtle Conservation Centre - Peterborough

Early Saturday morning, during March Break, 16 North Durham Nature membersand friends, met and carpooled together, on this excursion to the Ontario Turtle Conservation Centre, organized by North Durham Nature.  Upon arrival, Wendy, an education leader at the centre, and a volunteer, gave an interactive presentation on the 8 different species of turtles in Ontario, what makes them unique, their at risk status, the threats they are facing and how we can help.  A volunteer brought several live turtles around for participants to see up close, and told us their rescue stories.  Paddy, a 35 year old snapping turtle, graciously let Wendy use him to demonstrate how to safely pick him up and transport him to the side of the road, in the direction he was going of course!  The turtle nursery was also a highlight.  A fun time had by all!

 

Friends of North Durham Nature

Click on to link to websites -

Ontario Nature - North Durham Nature is a proud member of Ontario Nature, and is a part of its Nature Network (Lake Ontario North Region).

                        -  Ontario Nature Award Nominations Deadline March 25th, 2019 (click on underlined link to learn more)

Bird Studies Canada

Durham Region Field Naturalists

Pickering Field Naturalists

Scugog Lake Stewards

Butterflies of Ontario

Nature Conservancy of Canada

Thickson's Woods Land Trust:  Summer 2016 Newsletter

Conservation Authorities in our Area

Central Lake Ontario CLOCA

Lake Simcoe Region  LSRCA

Kawartha KCA

Toronto Region  TRCA

Wildlife Rescue

Shades of Hope Wildlife Refuge – www.shadesofhope.ca

National Wildlife Centre – www.nationalwildlifecentre.ca

Sandy Pines Wildlife Centre – www.sandypineswildlife.org


Event Archives - 2018

Talks

January - AGM and Nature Quiz Night - Cara Gregory

February - "From Birder to Birder Murder"- Steve Burrows

March - Spiders of Ontario - Tom Mason

April - Polar Bears of Ontario’s North Shore - Dr. Martyn Obbard

May - Hawk Identification - Geoff Carpentier and Mark Stabb

June – Nature, Kids and the Anthropocene - Dr. Brendon Larson

September - Whip-poor-will Ecology - Alex Mills 

October – James Bay Shorebirds -Jean Iron

November - Cuba Natural History - James Kamstra 

Walks

January:  Feeder Tour 2018 - Derek Connelly

February 2018:  Winter Wetland Snowshoe Adventure - Friends of Nonquon

March 2018 - Uxbridge Countryside Preserve Bird Box Inspection - Derek Connelly

April - Canoe on the Nonquon River - Jay Thibert

May - Frog Walk - Uxbridge Countryside Preserve - Derek Connelly

May - Spring Wildflowers of the Uxbridge Countryside Preserve trails - Derek Connelly

June - Bird Watching at the Sewage Lagoons - Geoff Carpentier and Cara Gregory

June - Bird Loop Hike - Uxbridge Countryside Preserve - Derek Connelly

September - Hawk Watch in Cranberry Marsh - Geoff Carpentier

October - Mushroom Walk at Crow's Pass Conservation Area - Patricia Burchell

November - Lake Simcoe Waterfowl Outing - James Kamstra

November - Forest Bathing - Crow's Pass C.A. - Patricia Baldwin

Special Events

March -  Ontario Turtle Conservation Centre - Peterborough

November - Sixth Annual Christmas Bird Count for Kids - Friends of Nonquon

National Audubon /Bird Studies Canada official annual Bird Counts in North Durham

December 27th - Uxbridge Christmas Bird Count 

December 30th - Beaverton Christmas Bird Count