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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.

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

Each Year in addition to our monthly meetings the Peterborough Field Naturalists offer dozens of events to members and the public to explore nature in our community. Find out what is coming up next!

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

World’s Greatest Concentration of Gulls: Sunday, December 1

World’s Greatest Concentration of Gulls: Sunday, December 1 – 7:00 a.m. This day trip will be a birding outing 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 anywhere else…

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Wave Riders of Rice Lake: Sunday, November 24th

Wave Riders of Rice Lake: Sunday, November 24 – 1:00 – 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 of…

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The Anthtopocene’s animal? Coywolves as feral cotravelers

Guest speaker: Stephanie Rutherford is an Associate Professor in the Trent School of the Environment, and also teaches and advises in the MA and PhD programs in Sustainability Studies, Cultural Studies, and Canadian and Indigenous Studies. She is the co-author of Historical Animal Geographies, published in 2018. In Canadian cities and towns their presence is…

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Fall Shorebirds and Waterfowl at Presqu’ile Provincial Park: Sunday, November 3

Fall Shorebirds and Water Birds at Presqu’ile Provincial Park Sunday, November 3, 8 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Jerry Ball will lead a day-long trip to view migrant birds at Presqu’ile Provincial Park, with other stops of interest on the way. Expect to see many interesting waterfowl. Bring a packed lunch, binoculars and, if you have…

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Water Birds and other Late Migrants of the Pigeon Lake area: Sunday, October 27

Water Birds and other Late Migrants of the Pigeon Lake area, Sunday, October 27, 8:00-11:00 a.m. Jerry Ball will lead us to the east shore of Pigeon Lake looking for migrating waterfowl, Bonaparte’s Gulls and Northern Shrike. Meet at the Riverview Park and Zoo, Water Street North at 8:00 a.m.where carpooling will be arranged. Dress…

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