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.
January 25, 2022 - AGM and Members Night
We don't have any meetings scheduled for December, but join us in the new year for our Members Night where we'll be treated with a series if mini-presentations from club members.
To become a member for the new year, check out our Membership page.
There are no upcoming walks for November or December, but our two local Christmas Bird Counts are coming up December. Reach out to the compilers if interested in participating for for more information.
Uxbridge CBC: Monday, December 27, 2021
Compiler: Derek Connelly
Beaverton CBC: Thursday December 30, 2021
Compiler: John McLean
Announcements and News
Keep an eye on our new Advocacy page to see local and regional petitions the club is supporting. Two current issues are:
1) Proposed Bridgebrook development in Uxbridge
2) Bird-Friendly Glass Legislation for the Province of Ontario
Check it out, and stay tuned for new items.
Lafarge Bird Box Cleanout
North Durham Nature met up with Lafarge's Eastern Canada land managers during our annual bird box cleanout at the Lafarge property south of Uxbridge. They came from as far as Montreal for a Toronto team meeting, and the Bird Box project was their field trip. They were keen to learn about the project (and birds) and helped clean out the 48 boxes in the Uxbridge gravel pit on the Seventh Concession. Our project is a one of a kind for Lafarge in Ontario. Our success over eight years with over 80% of our bird houses being used is also significant. Senior Land manager Chris Galway was positive and keen to work with us at keeping the project going and working with us at further restoration of the gravel pit.
NDN Member Receives DEAC Award
Congratulations to Keith Stait Gardner for habitat restoration on his property which resulted in the Dr. J. Murray Speirs Restoration Award!
This award is presented by the Durham Environmental Advisory Committee. The DEAC Environmental Achievement Awards is an annual awards program established in 2003 to recognize and acknowledge environmental achievements of individuals and organizations in the public, private, and non-profit sectors within Durham Region. The awards program has eight categories, which were named in memory of past environmental leaders.
Keith is one of our members who helped us with the "Mouseproof" metal Bird Box construction project donating his workshop space. Well done Keith!
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.
Building or Buying, and Installing a Bat Box
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.
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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