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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.

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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!

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 will require registration and will limit the number of participants.  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

Tentative date for PFN Juniors’ Christmas Bird Count

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PFN Monthly Meeting: Understanding and Conserving the Endangered Small- mouthed Salamander Complex on Pelee Island – Member Only

Thomas Hossie is an Assistant Professor in Biology at Trent University, broadly interested in population and behavioural ecology. His research focuses on two areas: the ecology and evolution of predator-prey…

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2022 Peterborough Christmas Bird Count

Sunday, December 18 is the scheduled date for the annual Peterborough Christmas Bird Count, the longest operated citizen-science wildlife survey in Peterborough. It is an annual tradition for area birders…

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The Final Wave of Migration – Waterfowl – Members Only

Join Drew Monkman to see migrating ducks and geese of eight or more species on Friday, November 18, from 9 a.m. to noon. We will check out Lakefield Marsh before…

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The Miniature World of Lichens – Members Only

For such fascinating and beautiful organisms, lichens are incredibly overlooked. Most mature trees right outside your door will have several species on the bark. The trail at the Kawartha Highlands…

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PFN Monthly Meeting: -Environmental Inequity in Nogojiwanong/Peterborough – Members Only

(Slideshow night cancelled) Michael Classens and Stephanie Rutherford will talk about their new partnership with Community Race Relations Committee of Peterborough (CRRC) and Kawartha World Issues Centre (KWIC), which aims…

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PFN Monthly Meeting: Protecting and Recovering Butterfly Species at Risk in Ontario – Members Only

Jessica Linton is a Senior Biologist at Natural Resource Solutions Inc. in Waterloo, ON. Although her consulting project work is varied and involves a number of taxonomic groups, one of…

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A Birding Hotspot Tour – Members Only

The Otonabee gravel pit has been a top “hot spot” with local birders for years. Meadows, forests, and the ponds from the former gravel extraction provide the variety of habitats…

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EVENT FULL – Fabulous Fungi – Members Only

Fungi come in an incredible variety of different sizes, shapes,and colours. One of the best places to find them is in an oldgrowth forest and Mark S. Burnham Provincial Park…

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PFN Monthly Meeting: Algonquin Park’s Natural History Through the Seasons – Members Only

Michael Runtz is a professor at Carleton University and is one ofCanada’s most highly respected naturalists, naturephotographers, and natural history authors. He is also wellknown for his educational and conservation…

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