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

Tuesday, April 27, 2021 - Wild Algonquin
with Michael Runtz - Webinar

Michael’s association with Algonquin spans nearly 50 years. He has explored the far corners of this famous park and has interacted with, and intimately photographed many of the wild species found there. He hosted the international television series Wild by Nature, authored and illustrated 14 natural history books including Algonquin Wild. In addition, Michael has written more than 1,100 natural history articles for newspapers and magazines. When not roaming the wilds, Michael teaches Natural History and Ornithology courses at Carleton University. Please register by e-mail at northdurhamnature@gmail.com if you are interested in attending.

To see more of our upcoming talks, click here.

Announcements and News

Spring 2021 Backyard Birding Challenge

Spring Migration has arrived and Covid-19 is still with us limiting our ability to bird at the best time of year! As a result North Durham Nature will hold the Spring 2021 Backyard Birding Challenge. Identify and keep track of all the bird species by sight or sound from within the limits of your own yard from April 1 to May 31, and submit your list (and top 3 photos, for the photographers) to James Kamstra at the end of the challenge.

For full rules and details, click here.

Native Plant Seed Fundraiser
Create habitat for wildlife in your own backyard

Please consider supporting the club and nature as well by buying and growing some native plants in your yard this summer.  All the pollinators and seed eating birds will thank you!  Creating habitat for wildlife in your own garden is an easy and direct way that you can make a difference!

To learn more, click here.

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 see the links 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.

2020 Christmas Bird Count – Results
Feeding Wild Birds in Winter
Waterfowl on Lake Scugog - Episode 1
Waterfowl on Lake Scugog  - Episode 2

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.

Community Action

NDN recently re-worded the 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!

To learn more about our other community projects, click here.

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