Fabulous Fall Fungi 2016

Now in its 7th year, Fabulous Fall Fungi has grown steadily, from a single workshop each year to offering four sessions this year. These workshops introduce participants to the impressive diversity of mushrooms and other fungi growing in Southern Ontario. Typically, 130-160 species are identified in each 3-day workshop, including species not seen in previous years. It is possible that 200 (or more) species will be seen in this year's first-ever 5-day workshop. In all, nearly 400 species have been … Continue Reading ››

A Letter to Forks of the Credit Provincial Park Seeking Preservation of Meadows 2016

Attention: Jill Van Niekerk, Superintendent of Forks of the Credit Provincial Park Forks of the Credit Provincial Park contains many hectares of old field habitat, resulting from the abandonment of agricultural land. These expansive meadows provide habitat to a diversity of flora and fauna including a number of species at risk. Meadowlarks (threatened) nest here. Bobolinks (threatened) use the extensive old field habitat for foraging before fall migration. Bank Swallows (threatened), nest in adjacent quarry operations and forage over the meadows. Monarch … 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 ››

A Message From our new President

Though Thanksgiving has passed, this is an apt time for me to offer thanks to the people who help make our club strong. As your new president my first order of business must be a heartfelt thankyou to Fiona Reid, our outgoing president. Under Fiona’s leadership our club has thrived as a vibrant community of naturalists. Fiona effectively communicates her passion for nature through art and writing. We are fortunate that she served and can be thankful that she will … Continue Reading ››

Submission to the Ministry of the Environment Regarding Reflective Surfaces and Bird Mortality

The Halton/North Peel Naturalist Club is concerned with the Ministry of the Environment's proposed amendment to exempt reflective surfaces of buildings from having to obtain an Environmental Compliance Approval. Surely the Ministry of the Environment is well aware of the tremendous number of birds that die or suffer injury after colliding with windows. The toll is well documented. The Fatal Light Awareness Project estimates that 9 million birds die in Toronto alone after flying into buildings. Extrapolate … Continue Reading ››

Another session added to Fabulous Fall Fungi 2015

Fabulous Fall Fungi workshop Third session available Sep 8 to Sep 11

Now in its 6th year, this popular 3-day workshop explores the impressive diversity of mushrooms and other fungi found in Southern Ontario. Suitable for all levels from beginner to advanced. Activities include daily field trips to collect specimens, working in the classroom to identify our finds, and discussions on fungal ecology, natural history, and uses. There will also be one or more evening presentations, plus the opportunity to see a bioluminescent mushroom in action. If … Continue Reading ››

Submission to the Co-ordinated Land Use Planning Review

Submission to the Co-ordinated Land Use Planning Review Environmental Registry #012-3256 May 2015

 The Halton/North Peel Naturalist Club is a local membership group of Ontario Nature. Our membership consists of residents from Halton Hills, Brampton and other communities in Halton and Peel Regions. We are strongly in favour of maintaining the current legislation protecting the Oak Ridges Moraine, the Niagara Escarpment and the Greenbelt. An initiative to expand the Greenbelt would also be supported by our group. The Halton/North Peel Naturalist … Continue Reading ››

Fabulous Fall Fungi 2015

Now in its 6th year, this popular 3-day workshop explores the vast diversity of mushrooms and other fungi found in Southern Ontario. Suitable for all levels from beginner to advanced, Activities include daily field trips to collect specimens, working in the classroom to identify our finds, and discussions on fungal ecology, natural history, and uses. There will also be one or more evening presentations, plus the opportunity to see a bioluminescent mushroom in action. If we find any edibles, our cook is always amenable to cooking … Continue Reading ››

SwiftWatch Program

bird_studies_canadaBird Studies Canada is conducting SwiftWatch, a long-term monitoring program, with the goal of raising awareness and helping species recovery. You can help by:
  • Reporting swift sightings so we know where birds are flying during the   day/evening
  • Locating roost sites by observing swifts entering chimneys at dusk (8-9:15PM)
  • Volunteering with the Halton SwiftWatch Program where you will be assigned to a known roost site, and will spend one to four evenings … Continue Reading ››

Notes from the Vice-President

At Tuesday’s meeting I forgot two important items: a) a formal thank you to John Beaudette for taking over the club website. This important feature of our club remains in good hands after being turned over to John by Sandy Gillians. Another emphatic thank you to Sandy and John. b) We are, however, still in need of someone to take on the newsletter. Fiona will pull it together for March if necessary, but I really hope someone will step forward before then. … Continue Reading ››

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