Miller Creek – A Treasured Wetland

Miller Creek was managed for many years by the PFN. Members built a viewing platform overlooking the marsh, built trails and installed signs. It is now managed by the Otonabee Region Conservation Authority. This large wetland is home to numerous marsh birds during the summer and provides a resting spot for migrants. The chickadees along…

Exploring the Beauty of Millbrook

Let’s enjoy a walk in nature and discover what late October offers! After meeting at the Cavan South Park and Ride to arrange carpooling, we will head to the MNR Fishing and Recreation Area just south of Millbrook and explore the ponds and a few trails.  We’ll then drive 4 km west along Zion Line…

The Miniature World of Lichens

Usually overlooked, lichens are fascinating and beautiful organisms. As our leader, Lou Smyrlis wrote in his June 2023 Orchid article, lichens are not simple plants or even individual organisms. They’re…

Pigeon Lake: The November Hotspot

Pigeon Lake is very popular with migrating waterfowl so, naturally, birders visit as well. This outing will be to look for some of the migrants stopping at key viewing areas such as Sandy Point boat launch, Blind Channel, Kerry Line and Boundary Road. A variety of waterfowl including loons, ducks, and possibly White-winged Scoters and…

Wildlife Tracking Outings

PFN member, Don McLeod, will once again lead members on one or more outings during the months of December to March focusing on tracks and other wildlife sign. These outings will be scheduled when weather conditions permit. The place and time will be announced by e-mail shortly before each outing. Anyone interested in attending should…

Nature Appreciation Walks

One of the main reasons for attending outings is spending time with like-minded individuals. Getting out in the fresh air, exercising, and socializing while appreciating nature never gets old. With winter coming, it is more difficult to find “topics” to offer for outings. That doesn’t mean we can’t get together. If you are interested in…

Give Yourself the Gift of Nature – EVENT IS NOW FULL

Give Yourself the Gift of Nature - EVENT IS NOW FULL Join Beth McKinlay at Camp Kawartha Environment Centre and experience the relaxing and healing impact of Forest Therapy (a.k.a. Shinrin Yoku/Forest Bathing). In this two-hour program, you will be invited to engage in several mindful nature connection practices which can help us to slow…

First Day 2024

Petroglyphs Provincial Park 2249 Northey’s Bay Rd, Woodview, Ontario, Canada

First Day 2024 January 1 is looking like it will be a beautiful day for a walk in the forest. The weather will be sunny with temperatures just below freezing. What a treat sunshine will be. The PFN will be visiting Petroglyphs Provincial Park at 2249 Northey’s Bay Rd. Woodview for the 2024 First Day…

Returning Waterfowl on the Otonabee

The spring migration gets underway with the lengthening days in March and increased hours of sunlight. This trip will visit various locations along the Otonabee River and possibly a bit…

The Fascinating World of a Vernal Pool

In the spring forest when vernal pools melt and fill with rain, life returns to these ephemeral wetlands. As soon as water appears, fairy shrimp hatch and are soon joined by hundreds of other organisms. These are the breeding grounds of wood frogs, spotted and blue-spotted salamanders and numerous other creatures. The salamanders migrate to…