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Discover what we have to offer and support environmental education and conservation in Peterborough and the Kawarthas. Join the Peterborough Field Naturalists by signing up for an annual membership today.

The Peterborough Field Naturalists (PFN) is a registered charity and active club in Peterborough, Ontario, Canada. We are currently holding Zoom meetings each month with intriguing topics and speakers. These are members - only events and we send an email out each month with details. Sign up to be a member now, don't miss out! or

Read the Orchid

Each year our hard working volunteers distribute 8 issues of our monthly bulletin to members. The Orchid is full of excellent articles that can help keep you connected to nature in Peterborough.

Upcoming Events

Due to Covid 19, we have cancelled outings until at least mid-February. At that time we will consider resuming but we will require registration and will limit the numbers attending. As a result, outings will be for members only until further notice.

Junior Naturalists

We offer events geared towards kids aged 5-12 on a regular basis. Run by environmental educators from Peterborough. Come out and try an event to see if you'd like to join!

Upcoming Events

Returning Waterfowl on the Otonabee – Members Only

With the increasing sunlight hours in March, the spring migration is underway. This afternoon trip will visit various locations along the Otonabee River to discover the returning waterfowl. More details…

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Monthly Meeting: Using Herbicides in Restoration of Native Plant Biodiversity – Members Only

Guest speaker: Verena Sesin, Ph.D. candidate in the Environmental and Life Sciences program at Trent University in Peterborough. Verena is originally from Germany, where she completed her B.A. in Science…

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PFN Annual General Meeting

Virtual meeting on Zoom Virtual meeting on Zoom. Invitations e-mailed to members The meeting will consist of an update on PFN business and the election of the next PFN executive…

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Winter Birds Around Little Lake – Members Only

Winter Birds Around Little Lake Join Scott McKinlay and explore a few spots along the shores of Little Lake and the Otonabee River for winter birds such as gulls and…

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Monthly Meeting: New Discoveries in Songbird Migration – Members Only

Guest speaker: Dr. Bridget Stutchbury, professor of biology and Canada Research Chair in Ecology and Conservation Biology at York University. She is also the author of the book “Silence of…

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KLT Christie Bentham Property Tour

KLT Christie Bentham Property Tour Saturday, November 7, 1-4:00 p.m. Kawartha Land Trust is undertaking a special fundraising campaign to purchase the beautiful Christie Bentham Wetland property located south of…

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60th Peterborough Christmas Bird Count

60th Peterborough Christmas Bird Count Sunday, December 20, 2020 Reserve this date for the longest operated citizen-science wildlife survey in Peterborough and an annual tradition for area birders and naturalists. …

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World’s Greatest Concentration of Gulls – CANCELLED

World’s Greatest Concentration of Gulls Saturday, December 5, 10:00 a.m. along the Niagara River CANCELLED

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Beavermead Park – a City Birding Hot Spot

Beavermead Park – a City Birding Hot SpotSunday, November 29th, 8:00 to 9:30 a.m. Expert birder Chris Risley will lead a birding walk around Beavermead, known as a prime Peterborough…

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Wave Riders of Rice Lake

Wave Riders of Rice Lake Sunday, November 22 – 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Join Martin Parker for this traditional Grey Cup afternoon exploration of sites along the northwestern shore…

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