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Willow Beach Field Naturalists meet on the last Friday of every month from September to May (except for the month of December).

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TONIGHT - Friday, February 26, 2016 - 7:00 p.m. (please note early start time) - Cobourg Public Library.
Topic: Culturing ‘at risk’ Mussels in Ontario
Speaker: Kevin Loftus, Manager of Fish Culture and Zoologist at the Ontario MNRF

Kevin will speak about multiple species of native mussels at risk in Ontario, their life history, causes of decline and efforts to culture and release them.

Silent Auction in support of WBFN’s education initiatives. Please come early to browse.

  • Helinox Camping Chair from Wild Rock Outfitters
  • Annual Vehicle Permit for Presqui'le Provincial Park
  • Beeswax Candles from Lake’s Bees
  • One-night stay at Grafton Village Inn for two people
  • A selection of framed original, printed and photographed artwork
  • Gift Baskets from Foodland and Suntree Foods
  • Pizza for a year from Boston Pizza
  • A selection of hard and soft cover books
  • Birding and Boating tours from local experts
  • Ten Thousand Villages unique gift set 
  • Handbag from What’s In Store 
  • Ganaraska Forest Centre hiking membership 

Additional items added this week from the generosity of the following donors:

  • Global Pet Foods, Cobourg
  • Canadian Tire, Cobourg
  • Home Hardware, Cobourg
  • Northumberland Hills Brewery
  • Cycle Transitions
  • Dutch Oven
  • Walmart 

WBFN Annual General Meeting
Friday, February 26, 2016 - 7:00 p.m. (please note early start time) - Cobourg Public Library.
Topic: Culturing ‘at risk’ Mussels in Ontario
Speaker: Kevin Loftus, Manager of Fish Culture and Zoologist at the Ontario MNRF

Kevin will speak about multiple species of native mussels at risk in Ontario, their life history, causes of decline and efforts to culture and release them.
Silent Auction in support of WBFN’s education initiatives. Please come early to browse. Some of the items up for auction are:

  • Helinox Camping Chair from Wild Rock Outfitters
  • Annual Vehicle Permit for Presqui'le Provincial Park
  • Beeswax Candles from Lake’s Bees
  • One night stay at Grafton Village Inn for two people
  • A selection of framed original, printed and photographed artwork
  • Gift Baskets from Foodland and Suntree Foods
  • Pizza for a year from Boston Pizza
  • A selection of hard and soft cover books
  • Birding and Boating tours from local experts
  • Ten Thousand Villages unique gift set 
  • Handbag from What’s In Store 
  • Ganaraska Forest Centre hiking membership
  • To donate items for auction, contact Karen or Courtney Drew at 905-342-2904 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Sunday, February 28, 2016, - 1:00 p.m. & 4:00 p.m. - THE MESSENGER, a film about threats to songbird populations around the world.

Filmmaker Su Rynard will attend both screenings to talk about her research and film work and answer questions. Of special interest to birders, naturalists, backyard bird feeders and lovers of nature. The showing of The Messenger was organized with much assistance from Margaret Bain of WBFN. There will be a WBFN informational table at these showings.
This film is playing at The Loft (Harden and Huyse Café, 2nd floor) at 201 Division Street in Cobourg.
Advance tickets $15.00 at Victoria Hall Box Office, 905-372-2210. Please specify 1:00 p.m. or 4:00 p.m. performance. Limited seating.

Grow the Greenbelt Northumberland
THE FUTURE OF NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY
Wednesday February 24th, 2016 – Doors open at 7:00 p.m. with the event starting at 7:30 p.m. This event is free.
Location - ‘The Loft’ (201 Division Street, 2nd floor, Cobourg, above Harden & Huyse Café).

Sustainable Cobourg invites you to join them in an evening that will help you to visualize the future of Northumberland County. The Provincial Land Use Advisory Panel, led by David Crombie, has released its report reviewing Ontario’s four land use plans making 87 recommendations, including “Grow the Greenbelt”. Northumberland County is a key area for this expansion but we need to let the Provincial Government know.

How will this impact Northumberland County? Why is it important? How can we show support? What does it mean for the future of Northumberland?

Agenda:
Growing in The Greenbelt – a short film
Growing Awareness in The Greenbelt: The history and natural history of the Lake Iroquois Plain presented by Mark Stabb, Program Director, Central Ontario, Nature Conservancy of Canada
Growing The Greenbelt – Panel and Q&A

What: Volunteer input session
Where: Cobourg Best Western, Ballroom B
When: Saturday, February 20, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

We are seeking participants for a volunteer input session. This session is being held to help us shape the development of the volunteer program by learning about what it is that our volunteers want and expect and how we can provide the best experience for them. As well, as part of our consultations, one of the programs that we are considering is a volunteer collaborative with other like-minded organizations/organizations with similar or complementary outdoor stewardship programs (e.g., recreation, natural heritage conservation).

If you are interested, please RSVP: www.ncstewardship.eventbrite.ca 

Ben Walters, Northumberland County Forest Manager