Posts by Lara

Juniors’ trip report: Trent’s bird and mammal collection

On Sunday November 26 the Junior Naturalists enjoyed an afternoon exploring Trent University’s bird and mammal collection with activities led by Jim Schaefer and Chris Risley. The kids had a chance to see many species of birds and touch feathers, skulls, antlers, raccoon, fox, and skunk pelts, just to list a few of the things on display.…

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Junior naturalists: tree planting at Bears Creek

On Sunday, November 19, the Junior Naturalists helped Otonabee Conservation with a shoreline planting project along Bears Creek, near Northcrest arena in Peterborough. It was a chilly day for digging, but that didn’t stop us! For more, here’s a trip report by one of our hard working planters, Iris Fitzsimmons: I liked it. We planted…

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Bat night with Peterborough Junior Naturalists

On a warm evening in August, the PFN Juniors learned all about bats in Jackson Park. A special thank you to Lesley Hale for teaching us about how they navigate, eat and drink, their maternity roosts and more as the sun was setting, and for giving us the tools to hear them echolocate. For more,…

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Juniors’ June trip report: Aquatic invertebrates

The Junior Naturalists enjoyed searching for aquatic invertebrates in the mud and water under a boardwalk at Trent this month. Many thanks to Jay Fitzsimmons and Sherri Degasparro for teaching us about the creatures we found! “You can find some pretty cool animals in the stream, like crane-fly larva.  And if you’re lucky, you may even catch a…

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Chickadee nest boxes

Chickadees of the Peterborough area will have plenty of nesting options this spring, in the backyards of the PFN Junior Naturalists. We had a fantastic turn out at this event, with much appreciation to Ted Vale and Brian Wales for preparing our kits, and Merrett Home Hardware Building Centre for generously donating all of the wood. Hoping you…

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Photo from winter night hike

Trip report from the Junior Naturalists’ February night hike in Jackson Park: We had a ton of fun in the cedar floodplain on the east side tracking mice ;-).  Check out the wing prints in this photo – it might be an owl, but it might not be for sure. I hope the mouse got…

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Junior Naturalists: snowshoeing and fire-making

Winter fun at Camp Kawartha: Mild temperatures and rain melted most of the snow in Peterborough, but there was still enough snow in the woods at Camp Kawartha to use the snowshoes. Some of us enjoyed our first time on snowshoes. Mike, one of Camp Kawartha’s Outdoor Educators, led us along a trail through the woods and…

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Juniors’ animal skulls workshop at Trent

We had a great time at the skulls workshop at Trent University with Susan Chow and her awesome student volunteers!  Thank you for teaching us how to identify animal skulls using dental formulae and leading the great food web game in that warm November sunshine!

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Juniors at the owl banding station

Eight Junior Naturalists stayed up late at the Oliver Centre for a chance to see Northern Saw-whet Owls up close and observe the data collection process of the owl banding program. The program gathers information about the abundance and distribution of owls in Ontario to support research about their sensitivity to habitat change and fragmentation.  The…

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