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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 meet at 7:30pm the second Wednesday of the month Sept-Dec and Feb-June at the Camp Kawartha Environment Center at Trent University. We welcome all to join us at these events. Currently on Hold.

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

In addition to our monthly meetings, the PFN organizes outings to explore nature. Due to Covid 19, we are limiting the number of people who can attend and registration is necessary. As a result outings are 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

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.  Preregistration with the count compiler Martin Parker ( or 705-745-4750) is required in order to assemble parties in advance of the count day.  More details…

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World’s Greatest Concentration of Gulls

World’s Greatest Concentration of Gulls Saturday, December 5, 10:00 a.m. along the Niagara River This is the Annual PFN day trip to the Niagara River, a designated Important Birding Area due to the variety and number of gulls which utilize the river in the late fall.  More species can be observed in a day than…

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Beavermead Park – a City Birding Hot Spot

Beavermead Park – a City Birding Hot Spot Sunday, November 29 8-9:30 a.m. Expert birder Chris Risley will lead a birding walk around Beavermead, known as a prime Peterborough birding location. You will visit the beach, fields, campgrounds, ecology park and the bird feeders maintained by the PFN.  The walking is easy on paths or…

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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 of Rice Lake.  We will be looking for the later migrating ducks and other birds.  Highlights will be the rafts of ducks riding the waves…

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Escape to the forest in the City

Escape to the forest in the City Sunday, November 15th, 1-4:00 p.m. There is a small forest on the campus of Fleming College that is truly a beauty. It consists mostly of mixed hardwoods with a stream flowing though a ravine and in spring it is carpeted with wildflowers. The woods have been undisturbed long…

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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 Burleigh Falls. Also referred to as the Clear Lake North Wetland, its rare, undisturbed shoreline and wetlands contribute to the water quality of the surrounding…

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