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

Secret Lives of Spiders with Catherine Scott
A Webinar - Tuesdsay October 26 at 7:00 p.m.

Spiders are often misunderstood and feared, 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.

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.

Next Outing

Friday October 22, 2021 – Health Benefits of a Walk in Nature

Morning walk with NDN Directors Pat Baldwin and Derek Connelly

Pat's background with both forestry and healthcare piqued her interest in bringing the Japanese approach to health improvements with Forests and Nature to Canada. Derek is one of the volunteer Trail Captain’s of the Uxbridge Countryside Preserve. Together they will guide you through the techniques of increasing your own health and vitality through a gentle stroll around the Preserve's meadows and wood.

Preregistration required – no pets

Further details on registration: email ndnature7@gmail.com

Want to know more about forest bathing? Check out this article and video


Announcements and News

GLOBAL BIRD RESCUE WEEK: Sept 27 - Oct 3, 2021
FLAP Canada, bird conservation groups and members of the public around the world rescue and document birds that have collided with buildings in their community.  Want to be involved?

To learn more, come to North Durham Nature’s next webinar on September 28 or visit globalbirdrescue.org

Due to continuing Covid concerns, North Durham Nature will not be organizing a team for this event.  However, you are encouraged to participate as an individual.

For details on how to participate, please use this link to refer to the Global Bird Rescue Manual:
GBR Manual

Other important links:

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

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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