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! 

All presentations are at 7 p.m.

Please register by e-mail at northdurhamnature@gmail.com if you are interested in attending.

March 23rd, 2021 – Life in the Desert by Mark Dorriesfield - Webinar

Deserts may be harsh, dry, unforgiving places, but that doesn’t mean there is nothing to find there! From giant cacti to Joshua Trees, thrashers to roadrunners, rattlesnakes to Gila Monsters, these environments are home to some amazing plants and animals adapted to thrive under these difficult conditions.  Mark will take us through three of North America’s four major deserts, the Great Basin, Mojave, and Sonoran, describing the different habitats and the wildlife found within them. Mark is a biologist who has conducted avian fieldwork throughout North America over the past 9 years. He is particularly fond of the American Southwest, having spent 5 of those seasons working and exploring Nevada and Arizona.

April 27th, 2021 – Wild Algonquin by 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.

June 22nd, 2021 – Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan and the Greenbelt by Victor Doyle– Webinar

Ontario’s Greenbelt, including the Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan, plays an integral role in conserving Durham Region’s rich natural heritage and biodiversity. Victor Doyle will provide historical and factual insights into the creation of these plans as they apply to the regional landscape while identifying ongoing challenges and opportunities.

 From 1988-2017 Victor was at the epicenter of designing and implementing provincial plans in the Greater Golden Horseshoe. Best known as the “architect” of the Greenbelt, he was also instrumental in developing the Oak Ridge Moraine Conservation Plan, Growth Plan and Lake Simcoe Protection Plan.

October 26th, 2021 – Secret Lives of Spiders by Catherine Scott – Webinar

 Spiders are not so well known as insects but there are so many species and so many unusual aspects to their lives.  This presentation will probe into what makes spiders special and explore the life histories of several species.

 Dr. Catherine Scott is an arachnologist and behavioural ecologist whose research is focused on the behaviour and communication of black widows and other spiders. A former arachnophobe, she is passionate about trying to shift perceptions about these fascinating creatures.

NDN Members

Thanks all for attending  our Annual General Meeting in January, and special thanks to our Members' Night presenters.

If you would like a copy of the updated 2021 Constitution contact us at northdurhamnature@gmail.com

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!

We have seeds of 17 different native plant species available.  Each comes in an individual package with lots of information about the plant and its benefit to nature.  Packages are $4.00 each and all the money raised will go to NDN.  Please note that we have a limited supply of seed, so orders will be filled on a first come, first serve basis. The sale is open to NDN members first, then will be opened to the public as availability allows. 

Click here to see the order form.  You can fill it out online and email it to Pat at:  ndnseeds@gmail.com.  Once your order is processed, Pat will email you an invoice which you can pay via cash, cheque, or e-transfer. Then you will be given the location where to “porch pick up” your order.

If you have never grown seed before, do not fear.  You will be given detailed seed growing tips with your order and a helpline to reach out to if you have any trouble!

All the seed was harvested from native plants growing in the gardens of members Pat Baldwin and Brenda Near.  Please be aware that this is a small scale volunteer effort and as such the seed may have fluffs still attached or chaff included in the envelope since we did not have the equipment to remove these.  This should not affect the seed quality.  You can plant the seeds, fluffs, chaff and all.

Thank you for your support,

Pat and Brenda

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 Nugget videos, 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.

Want even more Nature Nuggets? Test your knowledge with one of our past slide presentations!
Just click on one of the underlined links below to download the Powerpoint file

Tree Bark
Pollinator Gardens

Final  Events 2020

December - Bird Studies Canada -Christmas Bird Count (CBC)
Check results in Past Events
Watch the video summary
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.    

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 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 !