Pollinator Workshop

In early June, the Club was happy to announce that we had been awarded a Community Sustainability Investment Fund Grant from the Town of Halton Hills. With this grant, the Club will plan, promote and orchestrate a public Pollinator Workshop. While the exact date of the event is yet to be determined, we are targeting early next Spring. Come out and learn about the important role of pollinators in ecological … Continue Reading ››

Norval BioBlitz

It is hard to believe it has already been almost three months since the rare-Norval BioBlitz. Before we slip into winter hibernation I want to bring you back to the warmth and exciting discovery that day. As a recap, a BioBlitz is an event that attempts to count as many species as possible in a given area and timeframe. Scientists, naturalists, and community members work together for a day to … Continue Reading ››

Snowy Owls and Bad Fortune

"They're not used to looking for a car or a truck coming", says terrestrial ecologist. "If you happen to see a snowy owl, that's just good fortune", says Bruce Mackenzie of the Hamilton Naturalists' Club. What appears to be an earlier than usual arrival from their Arctic breeding ground, is not good fortune for the owl. CBCNews.ca reports "Snowy owls arrive in Hamilton area, but bad fortune is waiting" The National Audubon Society wonders … Continue Reading ››

HNPNC outing to Laurie Reed’s Heronry, May 28, 2017

We had a wonderful outing to the heronry between Speyside and Campbellville. On the way, I saw a Black-billed Cuckoo flying across the road. Sadly, we could not stop quickly enough for everyone to get a good look at this bird. We went on to Laurie and Judith Reed’s property and made ourselves at home on their barn balcony, overlooking the hundred-acre swamp. There were 17 active Great Blue Heron nests, most with fuzzy young and one adult tending … Continue Reading ››

Algonquin Park

Covering 772,300 hectares, and established in 1893, Algonquin Park is perhaps Ontario's most stunning wildlife refuge. So awe inspiring and so amazing is the atmosphere that this treasure can leave you speechless. In fact, this place is even capable of silencing our own Vice-President Ian Jarvie. Upon his return from a recent trip, virtually speechless, our Vice-President simply said "Here, pictures". Therefore, here are a few of his photographs to speak for themselves.
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Fabulous Fall Fungi 2017

Now in its 8th year, Fabulous Fall Fungi is a series of multi-day mushroom workshops offered to members of the public each fall at Queen's University Biological Station. These workshops introduce participants to the impressive diversity of mushrooms and other fungi growing in Southern Ontario. Typically, 150 - 200 species are identified in each session, including ones not seen in previous years. In all, nearly 500 species have been recorded since the workshops began back in 2009 (there was no … Continue Reading ››

Winter Birding Report

January 26, 2017 Locations: Sedgewick Park, Oakville Suncor Woods, Oakville Woodlawn Cemetery, Burlington LaSalle Marina, Burlington Members: Don Scallen, Archie Tannock, Fiona Reid, Tanya Pico, Yves Scholten, Alexis Buset, Gary Hall and Ian Jarvie The weather for this year’s outing, while it was not cold for this time of year, was drizzly and damp, with mist and fog, quite thick in places. Despite that, we had a very productive day, with some particularly notable sightings. The first stop was at Sedgwick Park where we saw the resident Yellow-rumped Warblers … Continue Reading ››

Toronto and Region Conservation Winter Events

1. Winter Bird Count Date: Saturday, January 14 Time: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Location: Claireville Conservation Area - 8180 Hwy 50, Brampton, ON L6T 0A7, Canada Description: The Christmas Bird Count is a fun, family-friendly bird watching event that promotes nature appreciation and environmental stewardship. Build bird identification skills and contribute to important … Continue Reading ››

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