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WBFN Outings

Winter OutingWBFN Winter Tree Identification Field Trip in The Northumberland Forest.
Photo © Sherry Tomkins

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.

Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron, Second Marsh, March 31, 2012. Photo© Brian Cook.

On March 31, 2012 on a day which began cool and cloudy and ended up sunny, a small but intrepid group of Willow Beach naturalists birded the Durham shoreline and managed a total of 47 species including 15 species of duck.

...... Richard Pope

Double-crested Cormorant

Double-crested Cormorant. Photo© Sherwood McLernon.


A.K. Sculthorpe Woodland Marsh section of the Waterfront Trail in Port Hope

On Sunday morning, November 6, 23 people gathered for a leisurely walk along the A.K. Sculthorpe Woodland Marsh section of the Waterfront Trail in Port Hope. The weather was really beautiful, although the waves on the lake made viewing the ducks there rather challenging. Through a spotting scope, observers could pick out Common Goldeneye, Red-breasted Merganser, Bufflehead, Greater Scaup, White-winged Scoter and a single Surf Scoter. In the marsh itself were Mallards, American Black Ducks, and a female Northern Shoveler. Land birds were very scarce, consisting mostly of Black-capped Chickadees, but also including one Red-winged Blackbird, one American Goldfinch and one Brown Creeper. No one seemed to mind that we didn’t see many birds. It was just a lovely day to be outside.

....... Elizabeth Kellogg

WBFN Outing

Along the boardwalk at the A.K. Sculthorpe Woodland Marsh.

WBFN Outing Novmeber 2011

Checking out waterfowl on the Port Hope Trail.


The Nature Conservancy Property, Harwood

It was a cool, rainy, windy morning, but a hardy group of WBFN members and members of Hazel Bird's family joined Mark Stabb and Hugh Bennett of the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) for a walk on the 290 acre property on Robson Road, led by Todd Farrell NCC Conservation Biologist.

The NCC is currently fundaising to secure this property in Hamilton Township, with an extended deadline of December 2011.

See the feature below for more details. Donations may be made to the Nature Conservancy of Canada by cheque, credit card or transfer of shares.


Mark Stabb
Central Ontario Program Manager Nature Conservancy of Canada
18 Second Avenue Uxbridge, ON L9P 1J9
(905) 862-2642


The Alderville Black Oak Savanna

Under an overcast sky, WBFN members joined Janine McLeod, Natural Heritage Coordinator, for a 2 hour walk through the globally rare savanna habitat.

WBFN September Outing 2011

WBFN members toured the Alderville Black Oak Savanna. Photo© Louise Schmidt.

Alderville Black Oak Savannah

Alderville Black Oak Savanna. Photo© Louise Schmidt.