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
A $5.00 donation is appreciated from non-members attending our monthly talks to cover refreshments, insurance and rental.
Uxbridge Senior’s Centre – 75 Marietta Street Uxbridge
Scugog Memorial Library. -231 Water Street, Port Perry
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March 23rd, 2017 - "Tree Trouble" presented by North Durham Nature's James Kamstra and Mike Henry (Ancient Forest Exploration and Research Group) - 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. Join North Durham Nature's James Kamstra and Mike Henry, a forest ecologist with the Ancient Forest Exploration and Research Group, for this presentation. James will look at the origins, spread and implications of the various pathogens, and warn us of new ones on the horizon. Mike will be talking about the Eastern Hemlock project he is leading involving the documentation of the spread of the Hemlock Wooly Adelgid, an aphid like insect that has had a large impact on the hemlock forest in the Appalachian Mountains, and was recently discovered in Ontario.
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 April 8th, 2017 – Waterfowl on Lake Scugog
9:00 am – Tim Hortons parking lot (Highway 7A next to Independent Grocer)
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. We will check out several locations on Lake Scugog with good vantage points to see ducks. Geoff Carpentier will lead this trip to see what has arrived. Bring binoculars and a scope if you have one. Pre-registration is required since the trip may be cancelled if ice or weather conditions are not suitable.
Saturday April 29, 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, soon followed by American Toads and Gray Treefrogs. 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 lookt for salamanders with herpetologist James Kamstra.
Saturday May 13, 2017 – Spring Birds at Glen Major
8:00 am meet at parking lot at Glen Major Forest, Uxbridge Concession 7, 6 km south of Durham Road 21
Wood warblers, sparrows, flycatchers and many other migrants are arriving and setting up territories. Glen Major has forest and field on rolling terrain of the Oak Ridges Moraine and offers good opportunities to see a variety of these birds. We should also experience a number of early spring wildflowers.
May 27th, 2017 - Passport to Biodiversity - 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. Challenge yourself to complete our species checklist and earn 150 points in celebration of Canada's 150thbirthday. For more information please contact Cara by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saturday June 17, 2017 – 150 Species Challenge at the Uxbridge Countryside Preserve
9:30 am meet at parking lot on east side (back) of Walmart/ Rona.
To celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday we will search for and find at least 150 species of flora and fauna. Countryside Preserve contains an interesting range of habitats from fields, forests, ponds and plantations. We will search for and tally plants, birds, insects, amphibians, and mammals
Saturday July 9, 2017 – 150 Species Challenge at the Nonquon Outdoor Education Centre
9:30 am meet at the Pheasant Pen Classroom Site of the Nonquon Education Centre (19745 Old Simcoe Road), 1 km North of Scugog Line 10. About 5 km North of Port Perry.
To celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday we will search for and find at least 150 species of flora and fauna. The Nonquon Centre contains an interesting range of habitats from fields, forests, ponds and swamps. With luck we will find frogs, turtles, dragonflies, butterflies, tall trees, tiny flowers and many more.
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 email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org