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.

Next Meeting

Out monthly meetings break for the summer. Join us in the fall for our next round of programming:
September 27, 2022 @ 7:00 p.m. – Gaia, a Photographic Celebration of Flora and Fauna with Peter Rasberry

Gaia was the Greek earth goddess, or Mother Earth, who in mythology gave birth to the Mountains, Sea and Sky. Gaia is also Dr. James Lovelock’s theory of Earth as a self-sustaining organism. This presentation is a slideshow of flora and fauna celebrating the beauty, complexity and diversity of some of the many species we share the planet with, and their roles in sustaining the balance of life.

Peter Rasberry is retired following a 38 year career in Outdoor and Environmental Education. As a hobby photographer, he is excited to share his deep connection to Nature through some of his images and experiences. Peter’s photographs have appeared in the Canadian Wildlife Federation’s publications. They have also been on exhibit at Environment Canada’s Biosphere Museum in Montreal for the Untied Nations International Year of Biodiversity (2010).

Next Outing

Our field programming is postponed until the fall, but check out our Walks page to see our upcoming outings.

 

Announcements and News

Butterfly Pocket Guides for Sale

Have you got your new Butterfly Guide ? With over a 100 photos on a laminated folding card you are ready for the field or your garden.

Only $15 Contact Derek by email or text in Uxbridge to arrange pick up.

647-965-8765 text 
ndnature7@gmail.com

North Durham Nature at the Uxbridge Farmer's Market

Directors of North Durham Nature Club set up a booth at the Uxbridge Farmers Market on SundayJune 12 to tell the locals and visitors about the club. Numerous visitors stopped by to have a chat about nature and the club with Cara Gregory, James Kamstra, Kim Adams, Lynda Kamstra, Mark Dorriesfield, and Mark Humphrey. Many thanks to the market for providing a free tent cover which was essential on this unsettled rainy day.

www.uxbridgefarmersmarket.ca
Facebook:@UxbridgeFarmersMarketCanada
Instagram:@UxbridgeFarmersMarketCanada

Native Planting at the Uxbridge Countryside Preserve

North Durham Nature members Derek Connelly James Kamstra, Mark Humphrey and trail volunteer Norine Blyth planted 70 native grasses and 25 wildflowers in the Uxbridge Countryside Preserve Sunday morning. This restoration will help compete with the invading exotics. Autumn olive shrubs from China were found growing in one planting area. Anyone interested in helping maintain these natural areas can contact Derek Connelly at ndnature7@gmail.com

Support Geoff Carpentier in the Great Canadian Birdathon for NDN

Once again Geoff is supporting North Durham Nature with his birdathon, where he will race to observe as many bird species as possible in the name of conservation! Check out the poster below for more information, and click the link below to donate.

https://www.canadahelps.org/me/6Ktyncn

Wild, Weird and Wacky Weather Links

For those who enjoyed David T. Chapman's April webinar, he has Twitter and Instagram pages showing more of his spectacular imagery:
Twitter
Instagram

Also a couple excellent websites for learning more about current weather conditions:
www.spaceweather.com
www.windy.com

Upcoming Election and Proposed Greenbelt Expansion

North Durham Nature has recently signed in support of two letters with Ontario Nature and other member groups, prompting environmental commitments by party leaders in the coming election and pushing for more meaningful action in the proposed expansion to the Greenbelt.

Check out our Advocacy page to read these letters and see other initiatives the Club supports.

Canadian Bat Box Project

Birds aren't the only thing that live on boxes! Karen Vanderwolf is leading a 3-year monitoring program in cooperation with Canadian Wildlife Federation and the Wildlife Conservation to monitor bat box usage across the country. To learn more or find out how to participate or see the latest newsletter, check out the links below.

Program Overview
Building or Buying, and Installing a Bat Box
Project Newsletter Spring 2022

Envision Durham Interactive Map - Development Planning for 2051

Durham Region is updating their Official Plan to inform planning decisions for the year 2051, by which time the population of the Region is projected to grow by almost 50%. This involves defining the areas of proposed developmental expansion as well as refining the current Natural Heritage System.

We are being provided with an opportunity to comment on this map to identify natural areas perhaps not considered or to reinforce important areas that have already been included.  There are two ways to respond:

  1. Interactive map  to add pins to natural areas that may not currently be included in the NHS
  2. PDF map for review, and comments can be submitted by email to EnvisionDurham@durham.ca

See the Envision Durham Website for more information:  https://www.durham.ca/en/doing-business/envision-durham.aspx#Regional-Natural-Heritage-System-NHS--draft-map-available-for-comment

Advocacy with Ontario Nature

North Durham Nature recently signed in support of two pieces of legislation in conjunction with Ontario Nature and other naturalist groups from across Ontario.

1. Amending the Ontario Building Code to require new buildings to follow Bird-friendly building design standard to prevent collisions with windows,
Read the letter here

2. The creation of a new Conservation Reserve along the south shore if Prince Edward County to preserve the habitats for rare plants, at risk wildlife, and vital stopover habitat for migrants,
Read the letter here

For more information on this and other items NDN supports, check out our Advocacy page.

North Durham Nature Newsletter is now Online!

Looking for some interesting, local nature content, but you've already finished January's installment of NDN's Newsletter? Well you're in luck! Old copies of our newsletter are now downloadable from our website for your reading pleasure.

Click here to check out seven years of content starting with our very first newsletter back in January 2014, or find the link under the "Friends and Links" tab up in the navigation bar.

Not a club member yet, but like what you see? Become a member to receive our most recent newsletters straight to your email.

Christmas Bird Counts 2021

Between Christmas and New Year's, both of our North Durham Christmas Bird Counts were conducted. Here are some quick stats, and click the links below each for the full summary of species:

Uxbridge CBC
Date: Monday, December 27, 2021
# of species: 53
# field observers: 37
# feeder watchers: 32
Highlights: Wood Duck (new), Bufflehead (new), Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Winter Wren,
Count Week: Merlin
Full Report

Beaverton CBC
Date: Thursday December 30, 2021
# of species: 58
# field observers: 25
# feeder watchers: 14
Highlights: Mute Swan (new), Tundra Swan, Peregrine Falcon, Winter Wren, Swamp Sparrow
Count Week: Greater Scaup, Long-tailed Duck, Iceland Gull, Glaucous Gull, Great Black-backed Gull, Snowy Owl,
Full Report

NDN Advocacy

Keep an eye on our new Advocacy page to see local and regional petitions the club is supporting. Two current issues are:

1) Proposed Bridgebrook development in Uxbridge
2) Bird-Friendly Glass Legislation for the Province of Ontario

Check it out, and stay tuned for new items.

Lafarge Bird Box Cleanout

North Durham Nature met up with Lafarge's Eastern Canada land managers during our annual bird box cleanout at the Lafarge property south of Uxbridge. They came from as far as Montreal for a Toronto team meeting, and the Bird Box project was their field trip. They were keen to learn about the project (and birds) and helped clean out the 48 boxes in the Uxbridge gravel pit on the Seventh Concession. Our project is a one of a kind for Lafarge in Ontario. Our success over eight years with over 80% of our bird houses being used is also significant. Senior Land manager Chris Galway was positive and keen to work with us at keeping the project going and working with us at further restoration of the gravel pit.

NDN Member Receives DEAC Award

Congratulations to Keith Stait Gardner for habitat restoration on his property which resulted in the Dr. J. Murray Speirs Restoration Award!

This award is presented by the Durham Environmental Advisory Committee. The DEAC Environmental Achievement Awards is an annual awards program established in 2003 to recognize and acknowledge environmental achievements of individuals and organizations in the public, private, and non-profit sectors within Durham Region. The awards program has eight categories, which were named in memory of past environmental leaders.

Keith is one of our members who helped us with the "Mouseproof" metal Bird Box construction project donating his workshop space. Well done Keith!

Canadian Bat Box Project

Birds aren't the only thing that live on boxes! Karen Vanderwolf is leading a 3-year monitoring program in cooperation with Canadian Wildlife Federation and the Wildlife Conservation to monitor bat box usage across the country. To learn more or find out how to participate, check out the links below.

Program Overview
Building or Buying, and Installing a Bat Box
Project Newsletter Spring 2021
Project Newsletter Fall 2021

Scugog and Uxbridge TV - NDN Nature Nugget Videos

Mike Duhamel, a NDN resident and creator of both ScugogTV 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 Nugget videos click the link below, 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.

To see our recent videos, click here.

Conservation Award Winner

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.

 

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