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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

Carden Plain Important Bird Area

Join us for an all-day visit to the wonderful Carden Plain. This is an unusual alvar habitat that is home to an abundance of rare grassland bird species, butterflies and plants. Jerry Ball will be our guide to this globally rare habitat 65 km west of Peterborough. Loggerhead Shrike, Golden-winged Warbler, Osprey, Black Terns, Sedge…

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Weekend Wildlife Walks

Our popular Spring Wildlife Walks are back. Most weekends we will meet on Sunday morning at 8:00 a.m. in the north parking lot of the Riverview Park and Zoo, Water Street North. From there we will carpool to various birding hot spots as determined by the leader. Outings generally last about 3 hours. Bring binoculars,…

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Weekend Wildlife Walks

Our popular Spring Wildlife Walks are back. Most weekends we will meet on Sunday morning at 8:00 a.m. in the north parking lot of the Riverview Park and Zoo, Water Street North. From there we will carpool to various birding hot spots as determined by the leader. Outings generally last about 3 hours. Bring binoculars,…

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A Walk on the Hogsback Trail, an Esker near Omemee

Join Scott McKinlay for a birding and nature hike along the Hogsback Trail, Omemee Esker. We will also be making a couple of stops along the way in the Cavan hills and swamps. The 2.5 km Hogsback trail is hilly and rocky in areas and can be muddy after a rainfall, so wear sturdy footwear.…

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Evening Wildflower Walk

The top of the Lady Eaton Drumlin is carpeted with spring ephemeral wildflowers in May. We are pleased to have The Trent University Biology Undergraduate Society, led by Bryan Hughes take us on this evening walk. Take Water Street North to Trent University west bank and turn left after the Childcare Centre to park in…

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Nature walk at Laurie Lawson Outdoor Education Centre, Cobourg

Joint outing with Willow Beach Field Naturalists Sunday, May 5, 2019. Leader: Mark Rupke. Meet at 1 p.m. at the Laurie Lawson Outdoor Environment Centre, 8000 Telephone Road, Cobourg. Come and explore this Northumberland Land Trust property. This will be a half day outing. To find out more about the Centre, check out the following:…

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Weekend Wildlife Walk

Our popular Spring Wildlife Walks are back. Most weekends we will meet on Sunday morning at 8:00 a.m. in the north parking lot of the Riverview Park and Zoo, Water Street North. From there we will carpool to various birding hot spots as determined by the leader. Outings generally last about 3 hours. Bring binoculars,…

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Kermit’s Friends and Timberdoodles

The dusk air of spring carries the mating songs of various species of frogs and the sky dance of the American Woodcock (a.k.a. Timberdoodle). Join Martin Parker for a 2-hour outing to listen to and distinguish between the different species of calling frogs and toads of our region and listen to the courtship flights of…

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Night of Salamanders and Frogs

This annual PFN evening trip is to look for migrating salamanders and their egg masses in breeding pools. This inventory event will be at the Ingleton-Wells property of the Kawartha Land Trust. We will start by checking the pools in daylight for the eggs of Wood Frogs, Spotted and Blue Spotted salamanders and for some…

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Harper Park Outing

Discover a hidden treasure and a provincially significant wetland within our City boundaries. Learn about the history of the site, its interesting groundwater-based ecosystems and heritage trees. We will visit the vernal pool to see fairy shrimp and possibly wood frog egg masses. Dylan Radcliffe and Sue Paradisis are the leaders for the afternoon. Dress…

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