About the Club
A group of nature enthusiasts got together in September 2013 and formed North Durham Nature. The area served includes Brock, Scugog and Uxbridge Townships including the Oak Ridges Moraine but members are welcome from anywhere. Bringing together a wealth of experience, the group holds over four outdoor events and four evening events per year. They bring together a number of locals with a wealth of natural history who want to share their excitement and knowledge with residents of the area and beyond.
Our President is Derek Connelly, local naturalist and compiler of the Uxbridge Christmas Bird Count and past coordinator of Uxbridge Birders. Our Vice President is Cara Gregory a working Outdoor Educator at Nonquon and Duffin's Creek Environmental Education Centres. Cara looks after the website and advertising. The Secretary is Mark Stabb, a local biologist involved in nature education activities and the Nature Conservancy of Canada. The Treasurer is Kim Adams, local naturalist, assistant compiler for the Christmas Bird Count, and past volunteer with the Ontario Breeding Bird Atlas, and the Marsh Monitoring program. His financial experience includes past manager of a Coles/Indigo Books store, and financial work for Bell Canada. Geoff Carpentier an expert birder, journalist/ author and International expedition guide is our writer/ editor of the club newsletter, James Kamstra is our program director responsible for our walks and talks, James Kamstra brings a wealth of knowledge and experience as a biologist, expert naturalist and guide. Jay Thibert outdoor enthusiast, and past facilitator of the Nonquon Environmental Education Centre, brings a career of experience as an outdoor educator. Carol Apperson is an avid birder, naturalist and long time resident of north Durham. Alan Wells was the club's first president and outgoing treasurer, he was responsible for setting many of the structures in place which will guide us along and I am sure he will continue to keep an eye on us! John Mc Lean has recently stepped down after serving two years as a Director, his humour and insight from personal and other club experiences has been very helpful. He continues to coordinate the Beaverton Christmas Bird count and lead birding outings. Nancy Melcher, Uxbridge's own outdoor ed teacher and writer of the Cosmos newspaper's column "The Nature Nut" helped us out with publicity in the early stages and now assists with editing our newsletter. Pat Asling served as Director for a short time but has stepped down to continue other volunteer activities. We thank her for her continued support. Are you interested in being part of the team? The February AGM is when we vote in new Directors and except formal support. Contact us soon if interested in a position on the Board.
There are several other volunteers who help us out and are vital to the smooth running of a club. . Refreshments at evening talks are organized by Nancy Hannah and Anne Wells. Kim Lendvay has created and adds to our Facebook page, Our website was first created and managed by Jacqueline Visconti from Back 2 Front Website Design. We thank her for her guidance and past hard work. . A healthy club always welcomes active members. If you would like to help out in any way let us know.
First Outdoor Event
The first outdoor event for this group was a visit to the Cranberry Marsh Hawkwatch station, on Halls Road in Whitby in September 2013. Since then we have added more walks and events each year. We have the energy for NATURE do you?
Join the Club
Contact Derek at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information .