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Willow Beach Notes


4639 Robson Road, Hamilton Township
11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
October 25, 2015

Learn about important habitats being protected and what you can do to help. This event includes presentations on species at risk, birds, mammals, amphibians, reptiles and insects. You will, also, enjoy a free BBQ lunch and a guided tour focusing on species identification.

To register please contact Winona Drouin at 705-749-1806 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by October 24, 2015.

Port Granby Nature Reserve

WBFN members are invited to review both the information sheet and a copy of the full proposal for the Port Granby Nature Reserve. These are now available on our website on this page:

Wednesday, October 21, 2015 - Dalewood Golf Club, 7465 Dale Road, Port Hope.

The silent auction will begin at 5:30 p.m., with dinner about an hour later. Music will be supplied by Arcadian Duo – Fred Cory (flute) and Deborah Henderson (violin). After dinner the Kawartha Turtle Trauma Centre will make a presentation helping us to know these at-risk animals better and telling us how we can help them.
Tickets can be reserved by phoning John Geale at 905-342-3851, by e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or by contacting any Board member. A $65 ticket includes a tax receipt for $40. If you have not already reserved your ticket, we hope you will do so now and join us for an evening that should be both fun and informative.

Saturday, October 17, 2015 - Outing to Northumberland Land Trust McEwan Property.

Leader: John Geale. The property is a tract of rolling wooded kame forest and open fields directly adjacent to the Ganaraska Forest. It also contains some prairie elements. The habitats include meadows, Oak Pine Forest, White Cedar Coniferous Forest, a birch-poplar mixed swamp, a creek and a rich pond. The property directly abuts the Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority lands to the west, and contributes to forest interior conditions on surrounding lands, and includes a headwater tributary of the Ganaraska River. The area around the property is known to have the threatened Eastern Hognose snake. Areas of appropriate habitat are present on this property for this species. The Oak Ridges Moraine Trail runs along the concession road along the south end of the property. Meet at the corner of Hope 10th Line and Walker Rd at 9:00 a.m.

Take Hwy. 401 to exit #461 and turn north on County Rd 10, or, from Port Hope, take Toronto Street North. Drive through Canton, Perrytown and Garden Hill to the 10th Line. Turn left (west) and continue under an old railway bridge until you come to a sharp left corner where the 10th Line meets Walker Road. Park in the area of this corner.

Saturday, October 17, 2015
 - Birdsong at ‘Meet at 66 King’.

Coffee and dessert at 6:30 p.m. with show starting at 7:30 p.m.
A celebration in music, word and song of ‘The Wildlife of Cobourg Harbour’, a handbook by Margaret Bain.
Tickets $15.00, includes coffee and dessert.
All proceeds for Northumberland Land Trust.
A signed copy of the handbook will be on sale at the interval. Price $10.00.

PLEASE NOTE: The presentation “Main Street as Old Growth Forest” on Friday, September 18, 2015 at the Cobourg Public Library is being given by the Architectural Conservancy for Ontario and NOT by the WBFN.

The regular WBFN meeting is as follows:
Friday, September 25, 2015, 7:30 p.m., Cobourg Public Library
Topic: Amphibians and Reptiles of the Kawarthas: Profiles and Patterns.
Speaker: Josh Feltham, Professor, Environmental & Natural Resource Sciences Coordinator, Applied & Community-based Research Program, School of Environmental & Natural Resource Sciences, Frost Campus, Fleming College.

A reminder that for all the regular WBFN meetings, the doors open at 7:00 pm for ‘meeting and greeting’ your fellow members.