Saturday, June 16. Moths, caterpillars, frogs and other creatures of the night!
Please join Fiona Reid at her Speyside property to prowl the woods in search of night life.
Meet at 8:30 to set up lights and bait,
9:30 for the walk.
The mosquitos are bad, especially at dusk (not that bad after dark), so be prepared. Bring a flashlight and camera.
Please RSVP Fiona (email@example.com or 905-699-0705) if you plan on coming.
Saturday – Sunday June 23/24 Outing to Carden Alvar
According to the OFO website, “the Carden Alvar is designated an Important Bird Area (IBA) by Birdlife International. Carden is nationally significant as one of the last strongholds of the Eastern Loggerhead Shrike in Canada and it has high populations of grassland and scrubland birds such as Upland Sandpipers, American Kestrels, Common Nighthawks, Eastern Whip-poor-wills, Eastern Bluebirds, Brown Thrashers, Golden-winged Warblers, Bobolinks, Eastern Meadowlarks, Eastern Towhees, Clay-colored Sparrows, Vesper Sparrows and Grasshopper Sparrows.”
Also, according to Nature Conservancy Canada, “this area is critical to the survival of globally rare plants and animals, and the Alvar supports:
450 plant species;
142 butterfly and dragonfly species; and
238 bird species.”
This is really an outing not to be missed, (last year I had 47 species in just a few hours, including a Loggerhead Shrike!) and there are two options if you plan on making this trip:
Leaving in the afternoon of Saturday 23 June, making a late afternoon/evening outing to the Alvar Plain, and spending the overnight at a cheap hotel/motel in Orillia, and heading out early the next morning for another trip to the Alvar. (This allows us to visit at the prime viewing times of late afternoon/evening and early morning). Then heading for home sometime on Sunday 24 June. (This is the option I plan on taking).
A regular day trip leaving on the morning of Sunday 24 June, bearing in mind that it is a 2 hour drive (see map link below), therefore an early start is recommended.
Please email Ian Jarvie no later than 18 June at firstname.lastname@example.org if you wish to go, and please let me know whether you plan on taking Option 1 or Option 2.
Based on your reply, I will then group members by Option 1 or Option 2 and put members in touch with each other by email so that they can make their own accommodation and/or car pooling arrangements with each other as necessary.
Please note that when I visited the area last year, Wylie Road (one of the roads suggested by Ron Pittaway on the OFO website below) was really only suitable for SUV’s. The road may have been regraded since then, however there are many other perfectly fine roads in the Alvar suitable for regular vehicles.
Google Maps Link
Anyone and everyone attending MUST RSVP to Ian Jarvie at email@example.com
Monday Night Walks Summer 2018
Halton/North Peel Naturalist and South Peel Naturalist Clubs
All walks were on Mondays at 7:00pm
Jun 11 – Scotsdale Bird Box check, leader: Bill McIlveen
Meet at Scotsdale Farm
Jun 18 – Fisher’s Pond, leader: Bill McIlveen
Meet at Springer Crescent
Jun 25 – Vanderleck Trail, Speyside, leader: Dawn Renfrew
Meet at Hwy 401 at Hwy 25
Jul 2 – Morrison Valley Park, leader: Bill McIlveen
Meet at Oakville Town Hall
Jul 9 – Crozier Tracts, leader: Ray Blower
Meet at Hwy 401 at Hwy 25
Jul 16 – Erindale Park, leader: Bill McIlveen
Meet at Erindale Park
Jul 23 – Britton Tract East, leader: Bill McIlveen
Meet at Hwy 401 at Hwy 25
Jul 30 – Sixteen Valley Creek, leader: Bill McIlveen
Meet at Lions Valley
Aug 6 – Swift Night Out, leader: Emily Cassidy
Meet at Oakville High School
Aug 13 – Elliott Tract, leader: Bill McIlveen
Meet at Hwy 401 at Hwy 25
Aug 20 – Rattray Marsh, leader: Kirsten Burling
Meet at Green Glade School
Aug 27 – Speyside Bats, leader: Fiona Reid
Meet at Hwy 401 at Hwy 25
Meeting location details.
Pinery Park – Parking lot on east side of Bayshire Drive north of Upper Middle Rd near Pine Valley Cr.
Winston Woods – Parking lot on north side of woods east of Winston Park Drive and north of Plymouth Drive
Hwy 401 at Hwy 25 – Commuter parking lot at SE intersection of Hwy 401 and Hwy 25, Milton
Acton – Meet at Greenore Parkette off Greenore Cr, near Kingham Rd. then check for Chimney Swifts in Town.
Scotsdale Farm – Parking lot at Scotsdale Farm, east off Trafalgar Rd north of Sideroad 27, Silver Creek
Springer Crescent – Take Cedar Springs about 0.6 km north of Dundas to Highview Drive then east to Springer Crescent, Burlington
Oakville Town Hall – Park in main lot of municipal offices on east side of Trafalgar but meet near trail entrance on north side near White Oaks Blvd.
Erindale Park – First parking lot north of Dundas St. and east of Credit River
Lions Valley – Lions Valley in parking lot below bridge south off Dundas St. at Sixteen Mile Creek
Oakville High School – Old closed high school east side of Reynolds St. between Sheddon Ave and former Oakville Trafalgar Hospital
Green Glade School – Green Glade east off Meadow Wood Road, Clarkson
For more information, call Bill McIlveen (519) 853-3948 or
Don’t miss out on the fun!
We have one or more outings every month throughout the year, guided by the most experienced naturalists in our club. The outings will be fairly casual affairs, meaning… you won’t have a lot of advance notice. We’ll announce the details at each meeting, often along the lines of “hey I’m going out to do/see this next weekend, anyone want to come?”
We’ll follow-up with a club email, and post the details here, on Facebook, and on Twitter.
If you can’t make a club meeting, make sure you sign up for our newsletter to stay in the loop.
Note: For liability reasons, you must be a fully paid member of the Halton/North Peel Naturalist Club to participate in our field outings. Please join!
Past Field Trips
- May 20 – Spring Birding at Thickson Wood, Lynde Shores Conservation Area and Cranberry Marsh
- May 12 – World Migratory Bird Day
- May 5 – Woodland wildflowers and early-arriving birds
- April 22 – Bird Box Installation at Forks of the Credit Provincial Park
- April 21 – Beamer Conservation Area Hawkwatch
- April 20 – Woodcocks at Forks of the Credit Provincial Park
- April 13 – Salamanders at Silver Creek Education Centre
- March 17 – Tundra Swans at Long Point
- February 17 – Owls at Claireville Conservation Area
- January 28 – Winter Bird Outing for Snowy Owls
- November 21 – Woody Vegetation Removal at Forks of the Credit Provincial Park
- November 12 – Late Flowering Plants Survey Hike
- October 29 – Spawning Brook Trout at Silver Creek (video https://youtu.be/XxhoTLPHTh4 )
- October 22 – Nest Box Cleaning at Forks of the Credit Provincial Park
- October 15 – Nest Box Cleaning at Scotsdale Farm
- October 14 – Big Tree Measuring at the Calcium Pits
- October 7 – Waterfowl at Scotch Block Reservoir
- October 1 – RARE Norval Community BioBlitz
- September 30 – Spiders at Scotsdale Farm
- September 17 – Fungi Hike
- September 16 – Snakes at Hilton Falls
- June 17 – The Flight of the Cecropia Moth
- June 10 – First Annual Halton/North Peel Naturalist Club Big Bird Day
- May 28 – Heronry in Speyside
- May 21 – Spring Birding at Thickson Woods, Lynde Shores Conservation Area and Cranberry Marsh
- April 15 – Beamer Conservation Area Hawkwatch, Grimsby
- March 18 – Tundra Swans at Long Point.
- March 5 – Owls at Claireville Conservation Area
- January 29, 2017 – Animal Tracking at Terra Cotta Conservation
- January 21, 2017 – Ontario Lakefront Waterfowl
- December 29 – Christmas Bird Count
- November 13 – Brook Trout hike
- November 12 – Late flowering plant survey
- October 8 – Scotsdale Farm birdbox check
- October 2 – Scotch Block Reservoir Fall Birds
- August 16 – Caledon Lake Mothing
- August 14 – Monarch Blitz
- July 29 – Mothing at Speyside
- July 23 – Check your watershed day 2016
- June 25 – P.O.W.E.R. event: Mapping dog-strangling vine at Forks of the Credit Provincial Park
- June 19 – Willow Park Ecology Centre event: breeding bird survey in Hungry Hollow
- June 18 – Forks of the Credit Provincial Park grassland bird monitoring
- June 14 – Birdbox Monitoring at Scotsdale Farm
- June 4 – Forks of the Credit Provincial Park grassland bird monitoring
- May 30 – Hewick Meadows
- May 23 – Scotch Block Warblers
- May 22 – Spring Birding at Thickson Woods, Lynde Shores Conservation Area and Cranberry Marsh
- May 16 – Acton Swift Watch
- May 15 – Spring Bioblitz and Potluck
- May 9 – Sherwood Forest Park Wildflowers
- May 8 – Spring Wildflowers and early Warblers
- April 23 – Beamer Conservation Area Hawkwatch, Grimsby
- March 12 – Tundra Swans at Long Point:
- January 16 – Winter birds and waterfowl, Burlington area
- December 28 – Christmas Bird Count
- June 21 -Forks of the Credit Provincial Park
- May 23 – Scotch Block Reservoir and the Reed’s Heronry
- May 18 – Acton waterfowl and Swift Night Out
- May 17 – Spring Birding at Thickson Wood, Lynde Shores Conservation Area and Cranberry Marsh
- April 25 – Woodcocks, Frogs, Screech Owls at Terra Cotta
- April 17 – Salamanders and Owls at Silver Creek
- April 6 – Bird Houses at Scotsdale Farm (Phase Two)
- March 29 – Inspect and install bird Houses at Scotsdale Farm
- March 14 – Tundra Swans at Long Point
- February 28 – Tracks, signs and winter birds at the RBG
- February 16 – Big Tree Measuring – take two with Don Scallen
- January 25 – Big trees of Halton Hills with Don Scallen
- January 18 – Snow Buntings with David Lamble
- December 27 – Christmas Bird Count
- November 29 – Birding & Trumpeter Swans at LaSalle Park
- November 16 – Hike to view Brook Trout
- November 15 – Late Flowering Plants Survey Hike
- August 14 – Swift Night Out
- August 9 – Tall grass prairie/oak savannah habitat at Ojibway Prairie & Spring Garden Prairie
- June, July, August – Monday Evening Walks
- June 10 – Nature walk through Scotsdale Farm
- May 18 – Spring Birding at Thickson Wood, Lynde Shores Conservation Area and Cranberry Marsh
- April 12 – Beamer Conservation Area Hawkwatch, Grimsby
- March 15 – Tundra Swans at Long Point
- January 26 – Snow Bunting Banding
- January 18 – Waterfowl & winter birds at La Salle Park
- January 12 – Reptile Workshop
- December 27 – Halton Hills Christmas Bird Count
- November 16 – Birding at Colonel Samuel Smith Park
- November 10 – Late Flowering Plants Survey
- June 11 – Evening walk on Great Esker Trail
- June 8 – Survey of Clearwing Moths and potluck dinner