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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 ››

SWIFTWATCH 2016

Hello SwiftWatch Volunteers

The chimney swifts have arrived back in Halton, and with that marks the start of the 2016 SwiftWatch season. This year, the National Roost Monitoring Blitz is on May 21, May 25, May 29, June 2 and 6. If you're available on one or or more of these days, your observations are important to the protection of this species at risk. Additionally, if you see swifts or identify chimneys being used please let me know for … Continue Reading ››

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 ››