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Welcome To The Willow Beach Field Naturalists Website!

BrantPhoto © Bruce ParkerThe Willow Beach Field Naturalists have been meeting as a club since 1953. The membership comes from the communities of Port Hope and Cobourg and surrounding areas in Northumberland County, Ontario. WBFN is a community-based, charitable organization committed to the preservation of our natural heritage. The Club works through advocacy, education, volunteer assistance and donations to preserve flora, fauna and associated habitat. Willow Beach Field Naturalists is affiliated with Ontario Nature. Willow Beach Field Naturalists is a registered, charitable organization that makes use of donations and bequests to further the protection of local habitat as well as education and advocacy in the community. Receipts for tax purposes are issued.

WBFN Member Programs

Monthly Meetings

The Club meets monthly from September to May (excluding December), with speaker presentations on topical subjects.

"The Curlew"

Membership includes a subscription to the Club newsletter. "The Curlew" is a registered Canadian serial that contains informative articles, stories, local bird and wildlife sightings as well as announcements.

Outings

Walks and field trips are held throughout the year. Local activities are a good way for members to enjoy our area’s natural heritage, share their experience and learn through observation.

WBFN Member Activities

Habitat Preservation

LEOwlPhoto © Bruce ParkerPeter’s Woods Provincial Nature Reserve is named in memory of area naturalist A. B. (Peter) Schultz and is a prime example of old growth hardwood forest. The area located north of Centreton Ontario was purchased by the Province with the financial assistance of WBFN and is now maintained by the club.

Lone Pine Marsh Sanctuary is a 40-hectare sight located north of Colborne Ontario that provides a safe haven for waterfowl, wildlife and wetland vegetation. Carr’s Marsh is a provincially significant wetland on the north-shore of Lake Ontario west of Cobourg, Ontario. The Club contributed toward the purchase of part of the area, now maintained by the Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority.

Thickson’s Woods is the last remnant of old-growth white pines on the north shore of Lake Ontario. WBFN contributed to the purchase of both the woodland and the meadow area just north of the woods. The Thickson’s Woods Land Trust manages the reserve.

 

 

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