Our Mission

Foster awareness, appreciation, and protection of nature in North Durham: Townships of Brock, Scugog, and Uxbridge.

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

January 23, 2024 Annual General Meeting and Member's Night
7:00pm, Scugog Memorial Library, Port Perry

Join us in the New Year for our AGM and Member's night! The first half of the evening will be our AGM presenting a summary of the previous year and other club business. Afterwards, club members will present short slideshows on a variety of natural history topics.

 

Next Outing

Christmas Bird Counts

No club walks are scheduled until the New Year, but in the meantime birders are wanted!! Do you know your birds, or are interested in learning your birds around the holiday season? Join one of our local Christmas Bird Counts (CBC), annual surveys to document the populations of wintering birds across North America.

Durham is home to four count circles, contact the compilers for more information or to sign up.

December 17, 2023 - Oshawa
Compiler: Tyler Hoar     thoar@rogers.com

December 27 - Uxbridge
Compiler: Derek Connelly     ndnature7@gmail.com

December 30, 2023 - Beaverton
Compiler: John McLean      johnsmclean3@gmail.com

December 30, 2023 - Pickering
Compiler: Steve LaForest      stevelaforest@hotmail.com

Stay tuned on our Walks page for information on upcoming activities.

Announcements and News

North Durham Nature and Green Durham Association meet with Lafarge Spring 2023 


This summer marks the tenth year NDN and GDA have been monitoring bird house's in the Lafarge Uxbridge Gravel pit. Over 1300 young birds have fledged over the ten years from this project. The project is one of Lafarge's bodiversity projects being showcased in a global video on their successes. NDN vice president Derek Connelly and Lafarge's Senior Land Manager Chris Galway were both interviewed and filmed and shared their support for the project. Green Durham Association president Liz Calvin, David Taylor and Derek Connelly also met with Tom Baumgarten, Lafarge's Senior Environmental Engineer and passed on ideas for future involvement in restoration of the gravel pit with a grassland/meadow component and discussed the opportunity for Lafarge to be a part of the Uxbridge Urban Provincial Park Corridor Initiative.

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 Fall 2022

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

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.

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