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

Moths: Butterflies of the Night  with James Kamstra
A Webinar - September 28 at 7:00 p.m.

Of the roughly 5300 know species of moths and butterflies in Canada, moths represent 90% of this insect group. Not only are moths diverse, they show spectacular patterns and colours when one takes a closer look. This presentation will explore life histories, how to find moths, the main families and fun facts about them.

James Kamstra is a local ecologist who is familiar with, and has studied many facets of natural history.  Insects are a particular passion.  He started collecting insects more than 50 years ago, but now uses a camera to record his findings.

To take part in this informative webinar simply become a member of North Durham Nature . The cost is only $10 and you will be able to participate in the remaining 2021 presentations. (As a member, you will automatically be sent a link.)

To see more of our upcoming talks, click here.

Announcements and News

NATIONAL FLIGHT OF THE MONARCH DAY:  Saturday August 21st, 2021

Join North Durham Nature's members as we count the monarchs before they head to Mexico!

10:30 am Uxbridge Countryside Preserve - 2 hours

We will be adding to the International Monarch Mission event.
Learn about monarchs, their life cycle and more
Dress for walking through grassy fields, no pets, no nets
We aim to protect the monarch!

Please contact Derek Connelly by email at ndnature7@gmail.com for more details and to preregister.
Space is limited: members get the first opportunity to register.

Support Birds and NDN with Geoff Carpentier's Great Canadian Birdathon!

Thank you so much for considering supporting worthwhile causes that try to save Canadian birds. Once again, as I have in the past 35+ years, I'll be going out to look for birds near the end of May hoping to raise as much money as I can for Canadian research and preservation projects ... please consider supporting me in this very worthwhile cause.

The attached flyer gives you more information, and the secure donation link that will take you to my fundraiser for Birds Canada if you choose to support me this year.

Flyer for more information
To Donate: https://www.canadahelps.org/me/6JznRV8

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

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 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.

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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