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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

Kermit’s Friends and Timber-doodles! Saturday, April 18, 2020, 7:30 p.m.

Kermit’s Friends and Timber-doodles! Saturday, April 18, 7:30 p.m. at the Tim Horton’s in Canadian Tire/Sobey’s Plaza, Lansdowne St. West The dusk air of the spring carries the mating songs of various species of frogs and the sky dance of the American Woodcock or Timber-doodle.  Join Martin Parker for a 2 hour outing to listen…

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Mergansers and Friends on Rice Lake, Sunday, March 29, 2020

Mergansers and Friends on Rice Lake, Sunday, March 29, 2020 10 a.m. in Coffee Time at Lansdowne (Hwy 7) and Old Keene Road This trip to look for spring migrants, primarily waterfowl will visit various access points on the north shore of Rice Lake between Keene and Hastings. We will be looking for areas of…

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Hooters of Amherst Island      

Hooters of Amherst Island, Saturday, March 7, 2020          This is the PFN’s bi-annual outing to Amherst Island in the eastern end of Lake Ontario near Kingston.  We will cross to the island on the ferry and visit various locations to look for wintering owls and the other hawks and eagles which will also be present. …

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Returning Waterfowl on the Otonabee

Sunday, March 1, 2020, 1:00 p.m. With the lengthening days in March and hours of sunlight the spring migration is underway.  This afternoon trip will visit various locations along the Otonabee River to discover the returning waterfowl.  It is anticipated there will be Common Goldeneyes and Bufflehead doing their spring courtship rituals.  Common Merganser, with…

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PFN Juniors: “Christmas” Bird Count (postponed date after Dec cancellation)

UPDATE: This event was originally scheduled for December 14, but it was postponed due to freezing rain.  So this February “Christmas” bird count has a very lenient definition of Christmas. 🙂 Learn how to look for birds! Snacks, prizes, and special entertainment. Outdoor hike to count birds (dress warmly) followed by indoor activities. RSVP (below) and…

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Monthly Meeting: Wild Pigs in Ontario

Speaker: Erin Koen, Research Scientist for the Landscape Team at the Wildlife Research and Monitoring Section of the MNRF. Wild Pigs are in Ontario. They can be destructive to wild habitat and crops. This introduced species is difficult to control through traditional management tools such as recreational hunting. We will learn where wild pigs have…

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Hike the Snowshoe Trail at Kawartha Nordic with Drew Monkman

February 2, 2020 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 Meet at the Riverdale Park and Zoo or 10:00 a.m. or at the Welcome Trailer at Kawartha Nordic Ski Club Peterborough Field Naturalist members have been invited to enjoy a walk with Kawartha Nordic Ski Club members on their snowshoe trails. Our leader, Drew Monkman, naturalist and author…

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Join us for PFN’s 79th Annual General Meeting

PURCHASE TICKETS HERE* *Online ticket purchases include a $2.50 Surcharge. Keep up-to-date on PFN business, elect the next executive, enter the raffle for prizes, enjoy a delicious meal and stay for an entertaining presentation! The speaker will be Noel Alfonso, Ichthyologist in the Research Services Division of the Canadian Museum of Nature. The title of…

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