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Gillian di Petta, Garden Coordinator, has organized "Garden BioBlitz" days throughout this summer and fall and is looking for volunteers with wildlife ID skills to join their team in these events to inventory what's present in their Interpretive Garden, and possibly throughout the whole site. The dates are as follows:

Summer - August 8
Fall - September 12

A note from Ian Fife, the Piping Plover biologist for Ontario Parks Southeast Zone:

We currently have two Piping Plover nests in the zone, one at North Beach Provincial Park (Prince Edward County), and the other at Darlington Provincial Park (Durham County). I am looking for volunteers to become Piping Plover guardians for both locations. The volunteer's responsibilities would include public outreach and education as well as ensuring the adult plovers and chicks are safe when around the public. The most important period would be from when the chicks hatch to their fledging date. Currently, the expected hatch to fledge date for North Beach is July 4th – July 29th. The hatch to fledge date for Darlington is July 16th – August 10th.

All interested volunteers can contact me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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.