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Friday, February 24, 2017, Annual General Meeting
Doors open at 6:30 p.m., meeting starts at 7:30 p.m.
Cobourg Public Library

Silent Auction: in support of WBFN's Education initiatives. Please come early to browse. Some of the items donated for the auction are:

  • Annual Vehicle Permit for Presqu'ile Provincial Park
  • Gift certificates from the Dutch Oven, Rainbow Cinemas, Pizza Hut and Best Western's Arthur's Restaurant
  • A selection of framed original, printed, and photographed artwork
  • Gift baskets from Paulmac Pets, the Town of Cobourg, Sun Tree Natural Foods (Port Hope)
  • CAA duffle bags
  • Pizza for a year gift basket from Boston Pizza
  • Backyard Seeds - feeder and seed
  • Birding and Boating tours from local experts
  • Ganaraska Forest Centre hiking membership
  • Lake's Bees items
  • Ten Thousand Villages Peruvian pottery
  • Canadian Tire - Tasco binoculars
  • What’s In Store - Packit freezable lunch bag
  • plus other unique items donated from WBFN members including books and a tripod!

Speaker: Omar McDadi
Topic: Learn about Rouge National Urban Park – Canada’s first and only national park in an urban setting

The presentation will provide an overview of the park’s rich natural, cultural, and agricultural heritage, and highlight its incredible biodiversity and early conservation and restoration success stories. Originally from Ontario, Omar spent 16 years in western Canada working as a wildlife biologist and educator in Banff, Yoho, and Kootenay national parks and at the Bamfield Marine Science Centre. Since 2014, Omar has been working on the establishment of Rouge National Urban Park in the Greater Toronto Area.

Friday, January 27, 2017, 7:30 p.m. - General Meeting, Cobourg Public Library
Speaker: Dr. Mark Williamson
Topic: Snow, Sleds and Solitude – Crossing Algonquin Park and Iceland in Winter

Mark is a professor at Fleming College and part-time instructor at Trent University. After years of teaching students about climate change and the value of experiential education he decided to go and see for himself, completing the first documented, unsupported winter crossing of Algonquin Park on foot, followed by an expedition across Vatnajokull in Iceland, the third largest glacier in the world.


Sunday, January 29, 2017 - Birding Outing to Amherst Island
Leader: Katsu Sakuma

Search the island for owls, hawks, waterfowl, finches and other winter birds. Meet at Hwy. 45 car pool lot at 7:45 a.m. or at Amherst Island ferry dock in Millhaven to catch the 9:30 a.m. ferry. We will have to leave Hwy. 45 at 7:45 a.m. sharp in order to catch the ferry. Fare is $9.00 per car, so carpooling is encouraged. Bring food, water, binoculars and spotting scopes, and dress warmly.

Friday, December 2, 2016, 7:30 p.m. (This is the “November” meeting) - General meeting at Cobourg Public Library.
Speaker: Phill Holder
Topic: Biodiversity Research at Thickson's Woods and the Forgotten Pollinators

932 species of moths (so far) have been found in less than 20 acres in the south end of Whitby. Phill will share some amazing photographs, and talk about what this program has taught him about biodiversity at Thickson’s Woods Land Trust. The moths are studied by catching and releasing the insects. They are not collected.

Nature and Bird-Sighting Walk - November 18, 2016

Elizabeth Kellogg and Karen Drew are leading a group of students (and maybe some staff) from Cobourg Collegiate Institute (CCI) through the track area and Donegan Park, down to the foot of D’Arcy Street at the lake to do a nature/bird-sighting walk. Anyone willing to join us and bring along a scope for lakefront viewing would be very much appreciated. This is taking place this Friday, November 18 at 2:45 p.m. We will be departing from the track area. Meet us there or at the beach at D’Arcy.

Karen’s home phone is: 905-342-2904, and home email is: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Karen's email at work (at CCI) during the daytime is: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.