Upcoming outings

Saturday, November 13, 2021

1:00 p.m. 
Leader: Bill McIlveen
“Late Flowering Plants Survey Field Trip

We will conduct the next (21st) field search for any plants that are still blooming late in the season at sites around Halton Hills. Please plan on reaching the sites on your own. Due to the continuing pandemic we won’t be carpooling.
Meet at the parking lot of the old public school, Mary Street, Norval at 1:00 pm where we will start our usual monitoring at the Lucy Maude Montgomery Garden and then Willow Park.
Afterwards, we will check the new pollinator garden at McNab Park in Norval and wrap up with the usual visit to the Dominion Seedhouse Gardens.
Please confirm your participation with Bill McIlveen at wmcilveen@sympatico.ca

Saturday, November 13, 2021 (option 2)

1:00 p.m.
Leader: Fiona Reid
“Mulch Mania

The Halton Butterflyway Project is going to work with Credit Valley Conservation and the Town of Halton Hills on three new native pollinator gardens in 2022.
The first one we’ll be working on is in Joseph Gibbons Park in south Georgetown. To prepare the garden for spring planting we need to deal with the turf that is currently there. We will lay down a layer of cardboard over the turf and top it with a generous layer of mulch.
By next spring the turf will be dead and the cardboard will have started to decompose so we just plant through the layers. If you would like to help, please bring a shovel, rake, and bucket or wheelbarrow, and if possible bring some cardboard (tape and stickers removed). Contact Fiona
(fiona.reid7243@gmail.com) for more details.

Sunday, November 14, 2021

10:00 a.m. 
Leaders: Fiona Reid and Ian Jarvie
“La Salle Park, Burlington

The waterfront at La Salle is one of the best places to see ducks, grebes, trumpeter swans and other waterbirds. We will start here and may go to other nearby birding areas, depending on recent birding reports of interest. We will meet at La Salle at 10:00 a.m. Please dress warm!
Please confirm your participation with Fiona Reid at fiona.reid7243@gmail.com

Monday, December 27, 2021

Leader: Ian Jarvie
“Christmas Bird Count

This year’s Christmas Bird Count will take place on Monday, December 27, and as usual, our count area will be divided into parcels. In pre-pandemic times the protocol has been that a group is assigned a particular parcel, and is typically led by an experienced birder. Of course inexperienced birders are welcome as we need people to do jobs like keeping the tally and also it’s a great learning experience regarding bird identification. Car-pooling has been encouraged in the past however, with the pandemic still present, arrangements may necessarily be different, and detailed arrangements will be sent out closer to the time as the situation hopefully becomes clearer.
If you would like to participate, please email me, Ian Jarvie at auldscot1@cogeco.ca

Outdoor Event Questions?

Contact Don Scallen at dscallen@cogeco.ca

Note: For liability reasons, you must be a fully paid member of the Halton North Peel Naturalist Club, and you must have our registration form completed,  to participate in our field outings. Please join!


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.


Past Field Trips

  • Mar 21 – Winter Tree Identification and Nature Walk
  • Mar 14 – Tundra Swans at Long Point
  • Feb 16 – Snowy Owls
  • 2020
  • Dec 27 – Christmas Bird Count
  • Nov 17 – Late Flowering Plants Survey
  • Nov 2 – Woody vegetation removal FCPP
  • Oct 1 – Nest Box Cleaning at Forks of the Credit
    Provincial Park
  • Sep 29 – Nest Box Cleaning at Scotsdale Farm
  • Sep 27 – Duck Identification and Bird Walk at Scotch Block.
  • Sep 14 – Mothing and Caterpillars
  • Jun 11 – Birdbox Monitoring at Scotsdale Farm
  • May 25 – A Pollinator and Biodiversity Workshop
  • May 19 – Spring Birding at Thickson Wood, Lynde Shores Conservation Area and Cranberry Marsh
  • May 4 – Community Nature Walk and Clean Up
  • April 22 – Timberdoodles Scotsdale Farm
  • April 13 – Beamer Conservation AreaHawkwatch, Grimsby
  • March 16 – Tundra Swans at Long Point
  • March 3 – Animal Tracking at Terra Cotta Conservation
  • February 23 – Animal Tracking at Terra Cotta Conservation
  • January 13 – Winter Trees and Birds in the Hand
  • January 6 – Snowy Owls, Snow Buntings and Other Winter Songbirds
  • 2019
  • December 27 – Christmas Bird Count
  • November 11 – Survey of late blooming plants.
  • October 28 – Bird Box Cleaning at Scotsdale Farm
  • October 21 – Norway Maple removal at Silver Creek
    Conservation Area
  • October 14 – Bird Box Cleaning at Forks of the Credit
    Provincial Park
  • September 30 – Bird Box Cleaning at Scotsdale Farm
  • September 15 – Group Litter Pick Up in Georgetown
  • September 8 -Mothing at Fiona Reid’s Niagara Escarpment property
  • July 21 – Dragonflies with David D’Entremont
  • July 21 – Mothapaooza in Speyside
  • June 23/24 – Outing to Carden Alvar
  • June 16 – Moths, caterpillars, frogs and other creatures of the night
  • 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
  • 2018

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