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Contact Don Scallen at dscallen@cogeco.ca

Bird Box Cleaning at Forks of the Credit
Provincial Park

Sunday, October 14, 2018 at 1pm
Forks of the Credit Provincial Park
On this day we’ll clean out our bird boxes at Forks of the Credit Provincial Park. Meet at the Forks of the Credit Provincial Park parking lot accessible from McLaren Road in Caledon.

Norway Maple removal at Silver Creek
Conservation Area

Sunday, October 21, 2018 at 1:30 pm
Silver Creek Conservation Area
Up for a vigorous afternoon eliminating an invasive species? Please meet fellow club members at 1:30 at the Silver Creek Education Centre parking lot on Fallbrook Trail. Bring branch and tree cutting implements of any kind as long as they don’t run on anything but human power. Credit Valley Conservation, understandably, doesn’t want us to use chain saws. Before commencing cutting we’ll have a quick primer on Norway maple ID and then set about the task of taking them down. Credit Valley Conservation will visit the site afterwards to daub herbicide on the trunks of the trees we cut.
Why are we doing this? Norway maple Acer platanoides, readily self-seeds into woodlands. This introduced species, hugely common in the nursery trade, now dominates some Toronto ravines and is making inroads into natural areas across the province. Why is this a bad thing? Norway maples fail to support the insect fauna, including caterpillars, that feed our songbirds. Thus, as Norway maple replaces our native maples and other native trees, insect diversity and abundance decreases. Norway maples also cast dense shade which can inhibit the growth of wildflowers and other vegetation on the forest floor.

Late Flowering Plant Survey at Willow Park in Norval

Sunday, November 11, 2018 at 1pm
Willow Park, Norval
Bill McIlveen’s annual survey of late blooming plants. Bill has been doing this for many years, yielding potentially useful data on changes in bloom times for autumn flowering plants. Meet at the parking lot at the end of Mary Street just east of Highway 7 in Norval. (The parking lot beside the old school with the Lucy Maud Montgomery garden out front.)

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Monday Night Walks Summer 2019

Halton North Peel Naturalist and South Peel Naturalist Clubs
All walks are on Mondays at 7:00pm
Stay tuned for the line up of Monday Night Walks to be revealed in the spring of 2019.

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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

  • 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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