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March 2019

Mergansers and Friends on Rice Lake

March 31 @ 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Country Style at Old Keene Rd, 779 Hwy 7
Peterborough, Ontario Canada
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On this trip, we will look for spring migrants – primarily waterfowl – and we will visit various access points on the north shore of Rice Lake between Keene and Hastings. We will be looking for areas of open water near the edge of the ice in search of concentrations of American Merganser, Common Goldeneyes, Buffleheads and other returning waterfowl. Other spring migrants such as American Robins, Song Sparrows, Red-Winged Blackbirds and Common Grackles should be present. Some early returning…

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April 2019

Quest for the Canada Jay, Algonquin Provincial Park

April 6
Peterborough Zoo, 1230 Water St
Peterborough, Ontario Canada
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We will meet at 7:00 AM for departure. No estimated return time. The Canada Jay officially relinquished its former name, Gray Jay and resumed its even earlier name, Canada Jay, last year. It was officially recommended as Canada’s national bird by the Royal Canadian Geographic Society. This special outing will be an all- day trip to Ontario’s oldest Provincial Park: Algonquin. The focus of the trip will be to look for Canada Jays and other birds such as Spruce Grouse…

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Sunday Morning Wildlife Walk

April 7 @ 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Peterborough Zoo, 1230 Water St
Peterborough, Ontario Canada
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Jerry Ball will lead the first of our popular Sunday morning walks for 2019. The destination will be revealed that day. Bring some change to donate towards gas costs if car pooling and binoculars and spotting scope if you have one. Accessibility: Easy

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Ernie Jardine, Author & Birdwatcher

April 10 @ 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Camp Kawartha Environment Centre, 2505 Pioneer Rd
Peterborough, Ontario Canada
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Ernie Jardine: As a youngster, well over half a century ago, Ernie Jardine was bitten by the birdwatching bug and his passion has never stopped. He is the author of Bird Song: Defined, Decoded, Described a guide to the songs of over 200 birds of eastern North America. Ernie will explain his system for learning to identify bird songs, developed through many years of listening to our birds, studying their songs, recording and analysing them. This practical system allows a…

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Harper Park Outing

April 21 @ 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Harper Park, 632 Harper Rd
Peterborough, Ontario Canada
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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 according to the weather forecast, wear waterproof footwear and bring binoculars. Accessibility: Moderate

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Night of Salamanders and Frogs

April 24 @ 6:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Peterborough Zoo, 1230 Water St
Peterborough, Ontario Canada
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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 of the many organisms that live and breed in these unique woodland pools. We will also be listening for calling frogs and owls. The trip…

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Kermit’s Friends and Timberdoodles

April 27 @ 7:30 PM - 11:00 PM
Tim Hortons Lansdowne St. West, 1200 Lansdowne St W
Peterborough, Ontario Canada
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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 the American Woodcock. We will meet at the south end of the Sobey’s parking lot next to Tim Hortons at 7:30 p.m. and travel to…

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Weekend Wildlife Walk

April 28 @ 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Peterborough Zoo, 1230 Water St
Peterborough, Ontario Canada
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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, spotting scope if you have one and change to help with gas. Accessibility: Easy to moderate

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May 2019

Nature walk at Laurie Lawson Outdoor Education Centre, Cobourg

May 5 @ 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Crawford Drive Carpool Lot, 1490 Crawford Dr
Peterborough, Ontario Canada
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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: http://nltrust.ca/nlt-nature-reserves/laurie-lawson-outdoor-education-centre/ The google map link for the centre is: https://goo.gl/maps/yLJKA3ft7fL2 This event is organized by the Willow Beach Field Naturalists and as a joint outing…

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Evening Wildflower Walk

May 11 @ 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Trent University, 1600 West Bank Drive
Peterborough, Ontario Canada
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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 Parking Lot G. Accessibility: The climb to the top of the drumlin is challenging but the walk at the top is easy.

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