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Thursday, November 19, 2015 – 7:00 p.m. at Cobourg Community Centre, 750 D'Arcy Street.
Rick Beaver of Alderville First Nation is an internationally recognized artist and biologist with a passion for the Black Oak Savanna and the tall grass prairie habitat it provides. Rick's love of nature can be seen depicted through his spectacular artwork of which a small sample will be displayed and available for purchase.

This is a free, informal event. To learn more, visit, or contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Saturday, November 14, 2015 from 1 to about 3 p.m.
Birds of a feather flock together at the Ganaraska Forest Centre during this event. Learn about birds of prey from around the world, with an in-depth focus on native species. With special guests from the Ontario Specialized Species Centre.
Pre-registration is required. Call 905-885-8173.
$15/adult and $8/child (8 – 16 years of age).

Sunday, November 8 - Outing to Rice Lake Conservation Area and Garden Hill Conservation Area.
Leader: Roger Frost: We will be looking for late migrants and early winter birds.

Meet at 8:30 a.m. in Port Hope at the Phillips Rd. car pool lot at Cty. Rd. 28 south of Hwy. 401 or at 9 a.m. at Rice Lake Conservation Area, Cavan Road east of Bewdley.

Friday, October 30, 7:30 p.m., Cobourg Public Library

Speaker: Sara Pieper

Topic: The cattail invasion: hybrids, and aliens, and natives.

Cattails will be a familiar plant to nearly everyone who has spent any time trudging around swamps or wetlands, or even driving along highways 115 and 7. However, not everyone will be aware that cattails are hybridizing in southern Ontario and around the Great Lakes.

Sara’s research investigates the extent of cattail hybridization across northeastern North America and, also, the reproductive processes (e.g. the movement of pollen) that contributes to the ongoing formation of hybrid cattails.