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Saturday, July 8 to Sunday July 9, 2017 - Northumberland BioBlitz at Peter's Woods Provincial Park (in Northumberland County about 20 kilometres northeast of Cobourg)

Help experts find and identify as many species of plants and animals as possible in a specific area over a 24-hour period, or participate in some of the guided walks available:

10:30 a.m.- Bird Guided Blitz
1:00 p.m.- Butterfly/Dragonfly Guided Blitz
2:30 p.m.- Reptile/Amphibian Guided Blitz
4:00 p.m.- General Insect/Spider Guided Blitz
6:30 p.m.- Evening Bird Guided Blitz
8:00 p.m.- Moth Guided Blitz
8:30 p.m.- Bat Guided Blitz

8:00 a.m.- Morning Bird Guided Blitz
10:00 a.m.- General Mammal Guided Blitz
10:00 a.m.- Trees/Plants Guided Blitz

Anyone who is interested can check out our Facebook page for updates or contact us by email or phone:

Web address:
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Phone:             905-396-5124

Town of Cobourg Waterfront User Needs Assessment and Detailed Design

"The community survey is intended to obtain detailed information on Cobourg residents' current use of facilities, spaces and parks along the waterfront, as well as their opinions on potential improvements."

The online survey is now available at:


Saturday, June 10 and Sunday, June 11, 2017 - The 21st Northumberland Summer Bird Count

Contact Roger Frost at 905-885-9615 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you would like to participate.


Thursday, June 15, 2017, 7:00 p.m. - Reptile and Amphibian Outing to Lone Pine Marsh - Braham Tract
Kyle Horner and Doug McRae

This is a joint outing with Lone Pine Land Trust.
Directions: Take 401 east to Exit 497, Cty. Rd. 25. Go north on Cty. Rd. 25 to Cty. Rd. 21. Go east on Cty. Rd. 21 to Maple Grove Rd, which is the first left. Go north on Maple Grove to the parking area on the right (east) side of road.


Saturday, June 24, 2017 - Outing to Goodrich-Loomis Conservation Area
Leader: Ewa Bednarczuk of Lower Trent Conservation

Focus will be on prairie restoration on the site. Meet at 10 a.m. at the Conservation Area or 9 a.m. in Cobourg, Hwy. 45 car pool lot. Directions to Goodrich-Loomis: Take Hwy. 401 to Exit 509, Cty. Rd. 30. Go north on Cty. Rd. 30 to Goodrich Rd. Turn left (west) on Goodrich Rd. Follow this to the Conservation Area.


Sunday, July 16, 2017 (note an incorrect date was in the Curlew) - Butterfly Outing to Sandy Lake Rd., Peterborough County
Rod Lee and Roger Frost

Meet at 7:30 a.m. at Cty. Rd. 45 and 401 car pool lot or at 8:30 a.m. at the Tim Horton’s in Havelock. Tim’s is on the northwest corner of the intersection of TransCanada Hwy. 7 and Cty. Rd. 46. This is an all day outing, so bring water, lunch and dress for the weather. Bring butterfly nets and guides if you have them.


Sunday, August 20, 2017 - Birding outing to Candlewick Woods
Roger Frost

We will search the woods and fields for early migrant and resident species. Meet at 8 a.m. Directions: Take Lakeshore Rd. west from Port Hope to the red barn opposite the intersection with Dickinson Rd. Park in lane by the barn.


Sunday, September 10, 2017 - Mushroom outing to Presqu’ile Provincial Park
Rod Lee

Meet at the car pool lot at Hwy. 45 and 401 at 9 a.m. or in the park or at The Baker’s Dozen, 3 Elizabeth St., the corner of Prince Edward and Elizabeth St. in Brighton at 9:30 a.m. We will be going into Presqu’ile Park, so if anyone has a park pass, please bring it.

Friday, May 26, 2017, 7:00 p.m. - WBFN President’s Walk to Webbview Marsh

This marsh is a Ducks Unlimited impoundment north of Roseneath.
Directions: Take Cty. Rd. 45 north to Coyle Rd. Go north (left) on Coyle Rd. to the intersection with Clark Rd. and park on Coyle. The walk follows the dike of the impoundment and is flat.


Saturday, May 27, 2017 - The Northumberland Land Trust Jack van Nostrand Nature Reserve Opening Celebration
2:00 pm: Welcome, President’s remarks, and view the property
3:00 pm: Refreshments at the Grafton Village Inn

Directions from the Esso station in Grafton: 1. Go south on Old Danforth Road for about 0.3 km. 2. At this point the road veers slightly right and becomes Station Road; follow it about 2 km to the first stop sign, south of the railway. 3. Turn left (east) and follow Orchard Grove Road 2.5 km to the site.


Sunday, May 28 - WBFN Napanee Plain Birding and Botany Outing
Leaders: Roger Frost and Val Deziel

We will look for Loggerhead Shrikes and other grassland species from roadsides. We will also visit Camden Lake Provincial Wildlife Area and Menzel Provincial Nature Reserve. This is an all day outing. Bring lunch, water, snacks and dress for the weather. Meet at 7 a.m. at the Cty. Rd. 45/Hwy. 401 commuter parking lot for carpooling. Or meet at the Napanee Tim Horton’s at 8:30 a.m. The Tims is just south of 401 on Hwy. 41, Exit 579.

Friday, April 28, 2017, 7:30 p.m. - General meeting at Cobourg Public Library
Stuart McKenzie
Topic: The MOTUS Wildlife Tracking System

One of the most ambitious bird tracking initiatives in the world is leading to spectacular discoveries! MOTUS Program Manager Stuart Mackenzie will explain the project, share some of the discoveries, and discuss how this technology will aid in conservation efforts.


Sunday, April 30, 2017 - Birding outing to the Burnley-Carmel property
Leader: Roger Frost

We will search for early migrants and breeding birds. Dress for the weather and bring water. This will be a morning outing. Meet at Hwy 45/401 car pool lot at 8 a.m. or the Pratt Road entrance at 8:30 a.m. Directions to the property: Drive north on Cty. Rd. 45 to Cty. Rd. 29. Turn east. Follow Cty. Rd. 29 through the village of Burnley. Turn right onto Pratt Rd. and follow it to the sign at the entrance gate.


Town of Cobourg Waterfront User Needs Assessment and Detailed Design

Look for the online survey during the first week of May.