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 ››

Birding in the 21st Century – EBird

ebird_logoA year or so ago I moved into the modern age and started to use an online resource called eBird to log my bird sightings. eBird is managed by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and is essentially a database where individuals worldwide record their sightings of birds. To date, thousands of birders worldwide have logged millions of sightings since its inception in 2002. Individually, it provides an … Continue Reading ››

WILDLIFE HAZARD WARNING SYSTEM SURVEY

     Leonard Sielecki lookforhelp@shaw.ca of the University of Victoria is conducting a web-based survey on the opinions of drivers on a wildlife hazard warning system that was developed at the university. The system was developed to give drivers more information about wildlife hazards on roads and highways. The system is designed to let drivers know how wildlife hazards change from place to place, during different times of the year on roads and highways. The survey is an anonymous survey so no … Continue Reading ››

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