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.



Please Note:  In light of the current social distancing requirements set out by the Provincial Government to help stop the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID 19), our group lead hikes have been cancelled to ensure the safety of our members and others in the community.  Members will be notified of changes through e-mail as they develop.  
(Butterfly masks provided for Monarch Mission photo event   courtesy of Carol Apperson)


Coming UP in 2021!

January 26th, 2021 - Delightful Dozen - Annual General Meeting (AGM) 

The AGM will be a members night where we are looking for mini presentations which we are calling “Delightful Dozen”.  Interested members are encouraged to pick out 12 photo images on a natural history theme of their choice.  It could be birds in your backyard, spring wildflowers, a trip to an exotic destination, whatever you like.  Please contact James Kamstra by January 23 at james.kamstra@aecom.com to let him schedule what you would like to show, or for more information.  Presentations, and the AGM will be delivered using Zoom.

February 23rd, 2021 - The Cross Canada Adventure of Sonya and Sean - Webinar 

Sean and Sonya are passionate about nature, birding and exploring new places. They left their jobs and sold their house, and in June 2019 they began walking across The Great Trail of Canada from Cape Spear, Newfoundland to Victoria, British Columbia. Afterwards, they will continue north from Edmonton, Alberta to Tuktoyaktuk, Northwest Territories.  They are not just looking for adventure – they are walking to connect families and youth to nature through birding and to raise awareness of the importance of the boreal forest. This journey is about connections – people to people, people to nature, past to present, and coast to coast to coast.  Join NDN for a webinar presentation from Sean and Sonya on their adventure.  Please register by e-mail at northdurhamnature@gmail.com if you are interested in attending.
Scugog and Uxbridge TV - NDN Nature Nugget Videos
Mike Duhamel, a NDN resident and creator of both Scugog and Uxbridge TV, has offered to video record, edit and post short informative NDN nature videos to help us further share our passion for nature with the local community.  If you haven't seen our Nature Nuggetvideos, please click on the following link: NDN Nature Nugget or look for a shared post on our own NDN Facebook page.  We welcome you to share our videos with others on your social media.



Final  Events 2020

December - Bird Studies Canada -Christmas Bird Count (CBC)
                       Check results in Past Events 
This is an activity families can do at home- watching their  bird feeders or out on a walk , or drive.
The experts have designated areas so everyone must register to keep track of the birds and effort of the birders. 
There are two counts in our neighbourhood .
Sunday December 27th - Uxbridge CBC
includes parts of Scugog and Uxbridge  
     contact Derek Connelly  dconn5432@gmail.com or  905-852-5432
Wednesday December 30 - Beaverton CBC
includes Brock township
      contact John McLean   jsmclean33@gmail.com.    


Nature Nuggets:
Test your knowledge with one of our past Nature Nugget slide presentations!
Just click on one of the underlined links below to download the Powerpoint file
Tree Bark
Pollinator Gardens

Community Action

NDN recently reworded   Habitat Descriptive signs in the Uxbridge Countryside Preserve assisting the Uxbridge trails committee. For birders the blue bird photo is now correctly identified as an Indigo Bunting!   The township paid for the signs facelift which were much needed after fading in the sun over twelve years . The renewed signs "Top of the Moraine, "Meadows" and "Woodland" also  show the clubs butterfly logo indicating our involvement and support for Uxbridge trails !
Conservation Award Winners -
Congratulations to NDN member and Newsletter Editor Geoff Carpentier who received the Carl Nunn Media and Conservation Award for his writing on conservation issues in books, magazine articles and nature columns.