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February 2020

Snowshoe the Trail at Kawartha Nordic with Drew Monkman and Don McLeod

February 2 @ 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM

February 2, 2020 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 Meet at the Riverdale Park and Zoo at 9:00 a.m. or 10:00 a.m.  at the Welcome Trailer at Kawartha Nordic Ski Club Peterborough Field Naturalist members have been invited to enjoy a snowshoe walk with Kawartha Nordic Ski Club members on their snowshoe trails. Our leaders, Drew Monkman, naturalist and author and Don McLeod, expert tracker, will increase our appreciation of nature by pointing out details that often go unnoticed. We’ll look for…

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Monthly Meeting: Wild Pigs in Ontario

February 12 @ 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Camp Kawartha Environment Centre, 2505 Pioneer Rd
Peterborough, Ontario Canada
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Speaker: Erin Koen, Research Scientist for the Landscape Team at the Wildlife Research and Monitoring Section of the MNRF. Wild Pigs are in Ontario. They can be destructive to wild habitat and crops. This introduced species is difficult to control through traditional management tools such as recreational hunting. We will learn where wild pigs have been located so far in Canada and Ontario and how we can help their monitoring by communicating sightings.

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PFN Juniors: “Christmas” Bird Count (postponed date after Dec cancellation)

February 22 @ 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Camp Kawartha Environment Centre, 2505 Pioneer Rd
Peterborough, Ontario Canada
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UPDATE: This event was originally scheduled for December 14, but it was postponed due to freezing rain.  So this February "Christmas" bird count has a very lenient definition of Christmas. 🙂 Learn how to look for birds! Snacks, prizes, and special entertainment. Outdoor hike to count birds (dress warmly) followed by indoor activities. RSVP (below) and PFN membership required. Not a member yet? Child memberships are only $10 per year. Now is a great time to join!

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March 2020

Returning Waterfowl on the Otonabee

March 1 @ 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Sunday, March 1, 2020, 1:00 p.m. With the lengthening days in March and hours of sunlight the spring migration is underway.  This afternoon trip will visit various locations along the Otonabee River to discover the returning waterfowl.  It is anticipated there will be Common Goldeneyes and Bufflehead doing their spring courtship rituals.  Common Merganser, with the males in their bright spring plumage, will also be present.  Other species are also possible. The trip will also make a visit to the…

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Hooters of Amherst Island      

March 7 @ 6:45 AM - 5:00 PM

Hooters of Amherst Island, Saturday, March 7, 2020   6:45 a.m. Please note changed meeting time to 6:45 a.m. This is the PFN’s bi-annual outing to Amherst Island in the eastern end of Lake Ontario near Kingston.  We will cross to the island on the ferry and visit various locations to look for wintering owls and the other hawks and eagles which will also be present.  The trip will leave from Peterborough at 6:45 a.m. and take the 9:30 a.m. ferry…

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Monthly Meeting: Unique and Diverse Flora of Western Australia

March 11 @ 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Camp Kawartha Environment Centre, 2505 Pioneer Rd
Peterborough, Ontario Canada
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Western Australia is designated as having one of the most diverse flora communities in the world. This makes it a very fascinating place to visit. But also of interest is why Western Australia’s plants are so different from those we are used to here. Perhaps these very different plants will help us see our native ones in a different light and will garner them more appreciation. Guest speaker Ed Addison has been a member of the Thunder Bay Field Naturalists, the Richmond Hill Field Naturalists and…

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CANCELLED – Say Goodbye to Winter, Silent Lake Provincial Park

March 15 @ 10:30 AM - 4:00 PM

Say Goodbye to Winter, Silent Lake Provincial Park Sunday, March 15, 2020 10:30 a.m. Often in early to mid March when spring is well underway in Peterborough, a storm goes through that drops a lot of rain. Meanwhile, Silent Lake will get a fresh blanket of snow. That is my cue to head up to The Park for a “Goodbye Winter” walk along Bonnie’s Pond Trail. Unfortunately this year, the Park is getting rain so the trails could be icy.…

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CANCELLED – Mergansers and Friends on Rice Lake, Sunday, March 29, 2020

March 29 @ 10:00 AM - 3:30 PM

Mergansers and Friends on Rice Lake, Sunday, March 29, 2020 10 a.m. in Coffee Time at Lansdowne (Hwy 7) and Old Keene Road This trip to look for spring migrants, primarily waterfowl 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 a search for concentrations of American Merganser, Common Goldeneye, Buffleheads and other returning waterfowl.  Other spring…

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April 2020

CANCELLED – Early April Migrants at Presqu’ile Provincial Park

April 4 @ 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Early April Migrants at Presqu’ile Provincial Park Saturday, April 4, 2020 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. The PFN have had spring trips to Presqu’ile Provincial Park every year since 1956.  In the last decade three trips have been held annually to view the migrants which concentrate at this Important Bird Area.  This year’s spring trip will be led by Martin Parker, who initially visited Presqu’ile on a PFN outing on May 4, 1964.  He is looking forward to sharing with…

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CANCELLED – Monthly Meeting: Rodney Fuentes on The Monarch Ultra

April 8 @ 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Camp Kawartha Environment Centre, 2505 Pioneer Rd
Peterborough, Ontario Canada
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The Monarch Ultra is a relay run that followed one of the world’s longest insect migrations: the migration of the monarch butterflies. On September 21, 2019, the run started in Peterborough, Ontario, and arrived 47 days later in Macheros, Mexico. Rodney will be sharing the story behind the run, his experiences during the trip and what he learned along the way in terms of monarch conservation, habitat loss, and citizen actions to save our pollinators. Rodney Fuentes is a documentary…

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