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Contact Don Scallen at dscallen@cogeco.ca

Spring Birding at Thickson Wood,
Lynde Shores Conservation Area
and Cranberry Marsh

Sunday May 19, 2019
If I had only one day in the spring to go birding, this is where I would go. These locations provide a wide variety of habitats including mature forest, meadows, swamps, marshes, old fields and Lake Ontario and its shoreline. The result is a diverse collection of bird species, especially during spring migration. Scheduling on the Sunday of the Victoria Day holiday weekend has resulted, so far, in trouble-free driving to and from these Whitby birding hot spots. Bring a lunch, water, hat, sunscreen, binoculars, etc.
Call Ray Blower (519) 853-0171 for starting location and times.

Bees and Beyond
A Pollinator and Biodiversity Workshop

Saturday May 25, 2019
Halton Hills Cultural Centre, Studio Space
9 Church St, Georgetown
Free of charge
This exciting club initiative, spearheaded by Alexis Buset and Fiona Reid, will offer native herbaceous plants to workshop participants. Those participants will also learn about local biodiversity and how to support biodiversity in their gardens.
The club gratefully acknowledges the support of the Town of Halton Hills through their Community Sustainability Investment Fund.
Up to 12 spots will be made available to members of the Halton/North Peel Naturalist Club on a first come, first served basis. RSVP details here.

Nestbox Monitoring at Scotsdale Farm

Tuesday Jun 11, 2019
Outdoor Meeting at Scotsdale Farm
Time 7:00 p.m.

We will meet in the main parking lot of Scotsdale and proceed to check and report on the activity in the bird boxes installed there by our Club.

Monday Night Walks
Summer 2019

Halton North Peel Naturalist and South Peel Naturalist Clubs
All walks are on Mondays at 7:00pm

For more information, contact Bill McIlveen (519) 853-3948
e-mail wmcilveen@sympatico.ca

  • May 13 – Oakville – Santa Land Site
    Meet at Langtry Park – Leader: Bill McIlveen
  • May 20 – Crozier Tract
    Meet at Hwy 401 at Hwy 25 – Leader: Ray Blower
  • May 27 – Scotch Block
    Meet at Hwy 401 at Hwy 25 – Leader: Fiona Reid
  • June 3 – Acton – Swift Watch
    Meet at Acton – Leader: Bill McIlveen
  • June 10 – Scotsdale – Bird Box
    Meet at Scotsdale Farm – Leader: Bill McIlveen
  • June 17 – Burlington – Fisher’s Pond
    Meet at Springer Crescent – Leader: Bill McIlveen
  • June 24 – Burlington – Hidden Valley Park
    Meet at Aldershot – Leader: Bill McIlveen
  • July 1 – Burlington – Sassafras Woods
    Meet at Sassafras Woods – Leader: Dawn Renfrew
  • July 8 – Halton Hills – Limehouse
    Meet at Limehouse – Leader: Bill McIlveen
  • July 15 – Mississauga – Erindale Park
    Meet at Erindale Park – Leader: Bill McIlveen
  • July 22 – Acton – Tanners Drive
    Meet at Acton Arena – Leader: Bill McIlveen
  • July 29 – Etobicoke – Maurice Breen Park
    Meet at Marie Curtis Park – Leader: Bill McIlveen
  • August 5 – Oakville – Swift Night Out
    Meet at Oakville High School – Leader: Bill McIlveen
  • August 12 – Speyside Area
    Meet at Hwy 401 at Hwy 25 – Leader: Fiona Reid
  • August 19 – Mississauga – Rattray Marsh
    Meet at Green Glade School – Leader: Kirsten Burling
  • August 26 – Brampton – Kiwanis Memorial Park
    Meet at Brampton – Leader: Bill McIlveen

Meeting Locations for Monday Night Walks

Acton
Meet at parking lot for Prospect Park near Fairy Lake, then check for Chimney Swifts in Town

Acton Arena
Meet at arena on Hwy 7 just east of Acton (N.B. construction from Acton to Trafalgar Road in 2019)

Aldershot
Meet at the larger parking lot on south side of Lemonville Road in Hidden Valley Park

Brampton
Park in Shoppers World parking lot at northwest corner of Main Street and Bartley Bull Parkway

Erindale Park, Mississauga
Park in first parking lot on north side of Dundas Street east of Credit River

Green Glade School
1550 Green Glade Drive, Clarkson
East off Meadow Wood Road, south of Lakeshore Road

Hwy 401 at Hwy 25, Milton
Commuter parking lot at southeast corner of Hwy 401 and Hwy 25

Langtry Park, Oakville
Parking lot for Langtry Park, off Brays Lane

Limehouse, Halton Hills
Parking lot for Limehouse Conservation Area off 5th Line just south of Limehouse Village

Marie Curtis Park, Etobicoke
Parking lot on east side of Etobicoke Creek (off Forty Second Street)

Oakville High School
Meet at back of old high school (closed), on Allan Street
between Sheddon Avenue and old Oakville hospital

Sassafras Woods, Burlington
Park on the roadside on the north side of North Service Rd about 300 m east of Waterdown Road. Easiest if driving west from King Road on North Service Road.

Scotsdale Farm, Silver Creek
Parking lot at Scotsdale Farm, 13807 Trafalgar Road N, north of Sideroad 27

Springer Crescent, Burlington
Take Cedar Springs about 0.6 km north of Dundas Street to Highview Drive, then east to Springer Crescent

 

Woody vegetation removal at
Forks of the Credit Provincial Park

Scheduled for fall, 2019
(project description)
Where: Forks of the Credit Provincial Park.
Meet in the main parking lot west of McLaren Road between Forks of the Credit Road and Charleston Sideroad in Caledon.
Timing: Though the official meeting time is 10am feel free to arrive later.
Just connect with Don Scallen at 905 876 6180 when you arrive, and he’ll direct you to the field of operations.
Tools: Manual cutting tools and gloves. Power tools are verboten.
Departure time is also open. If you can only donate an hour or two of your time, that is entirely fine. Obviously if you plan to stay longer, you’ll want to bring some food and water.
Contact Don Scallen at dscallen@cogeco.ca for more information.
Rain will cancel this event. Please watch your inbox.

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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, and you must have our registration form completed,  to participate in our field outings. Please join!

Past Field Trips

  • 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
  • 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
  • 2017
  • 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
  • 2016
  • 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
  • 2015
  • 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
  • 2014
  • 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
  • 2013

 

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