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March 2019

Mergansers and Friends on Rice Lake

2019-03-31 @ 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

2019-04-06
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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Harper Park Outing

2019-04-21 @ 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

2019-04-24 @ 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

2019-04-27 @ 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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May 2019

Nature walk at Laurie Lawson Outdoor Education Centre, Cobourg

2019-05-05 @ 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Crawford Drive Carpool Lot, Crawford Dr. @ Harper Rd. Park & Ride, Peterborough, ON
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

2019-05-11 @ 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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A Walk on the Hogsback Trail, an Esker near Omemee

2019-05-12 @ 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Highway 7 Ultramar, 2622 Maple Grove Rd
Peterborough, Ontario Canada
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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. We will be leaving cars at both ends of the trail so please leave some empty seats in your car for ferrying people back to…

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June 2019

Carden Plain Important Bird Area

2019-06-02 @ 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tim Hortons Lansdowne St. West, 1200 Lansdowne St W
Peterborough, Ontario Canada
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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 Wren, Yellow Rail, Upland Sandpiper, Eastern Bluebird, Eastern Towhee and Brown Thrashers are all possibilities. Bring some lunch, water, a camera for the excellent photographic…

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August 2019

Encounter with Bats and other Nocturnal Occupants of Jackson Park

2019-08-15 @ 8:45 PM - 10:30 PM
Jackson Park Fairbairn parking lot, corner of Fairbairn and Parkhill Rd.
Peterborough,
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Thursday, August 15, 2019 8:45 p.m. Lower parking lot of Jackson Park off Fairbairn at Parkhill Rd. Join Paul Elliott for a night walk using ultrasonic detectors to pick up the high-frequency sounds made by foraging bats. We will meet at the Jackson Park parking lot on Fairbairn/Parkhill. Participants need to wear sensible footwear and may bring flashlights if they wish. Accessibility will be good, other than the fact that we will be walking in the dark! Accessibility: Easy  

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