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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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A presentation that may interest you:

Thursday, January 29, 2015, 7:00 pm - Cobourg Library.

Talking about Turtles: The Rice Lake Turtle Project. Join Joan Norris for an informative, heartwarming picture presentation of this innovative project being undertaken "in our own backyard" to help ensure the survival of these fascinating creatures. (This presentation is aimed at an adult audience.)

A reminder about the next general meeting:

Friday, January 30, 2015, 7:30 pm - Cobourg Library.

Mammal Tracks and Signs.  An illustrated presentation by Don McLeod. Wild animals in Ontario are rarely seen aside from a few notable exceptions - many mammals are active at night and frequently leave clues such as tracks, scat, kill sites and feeding evidence. Don will present a slide show with a focus on mammal species from Northumberland. More here.

A correction for a notice in the January Curlew:

Sunday, February 14, (should be February 15) 2015, 1:30 p.m. - Cobourg Harbour.

Outing, Leader: Richard Pope.  Meet at the Hibernia St. parking area at the west side of Cobourg Harbour. We will be looking for Arctic gulls, waterfowl and Snowy Owls. Dress warmly.

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Some notes that may be of interest to you:

  • Ontario Nature – Bee the voice for pollinator protection. Have you heard about a proposal by the Government of Ontario to develop a ‘Pollinator Health Action Plan’ to improve the state of pollinators in the province? If you want to find out more or would like to comment on this proposal please go to the Ontario Nature website here
  • Friday, February 6, 2015, 7:00 p.m. – Sustainable Cobourg, 739 D’Arcy St., Cobourg.
    Speaker: Dr. John Stone, Executive Director (Climate Change) for the Meteorological Service of Canada at Environment Canada.
    Topic: Climate Change.
  • 2015: The Year of the Moraine. Storm Coalition would like you to know about some upcoming events aimed at generating interest in the preservation of the Oak Ridges Moraine. To find out more please visit their website here.
  • From David Bree, Sr. Natural Heritage Education Leader, Presqu’ile Provincial Park. Snowy Owls are present again in the park, having showed up on Nov 9th.  They mostly hang around Beach 3 to Gull and High Bluff islands and eat ducks they catch or scavenge. If the wind is blowing it can be cold out on the point but the water level is low enough it was possible to walk to Gul Island with just rubber boots (I recommend insulated ones!). As always though the conditions can change out there quickly and it may have gotten too slippery to walk out there with this freeze-up. Be cautious if you go!
  • Saturday, February 14, 2015: - The Friends of Presqu’ile Provincial Park are sponsoring the annual Soup Hike. A walk followed by a slide talk and a bowl of soup in the maintenance building (ambience lacking but company good). This costs $5/person and $8/family which includes entry to the park and books up quickly. If you are interested call 613-475-1688 ext2 and leave a message to book a spot. Volunteer Tone Careless will get back to you with details.

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Sunday, January 18, 2015 
Outing - Bird Feeder Tour in the area of Northumberland Forest
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Leader: Elizabeth Kellogg. We'll try to see a variety of finches which seem to be coming south this year. Morning will end with soup to warm us. Meet at car pool lot at Hwy. 401 and 45 at 9 a.m.

Friday, January 30, 2015, 7:30 p.m. - Cobourg Public Library, 200 Ontario St., Cobourg
Speaker: Don McLeod; Topic: Mammal Tracks and Signs, an illustrated presentation.

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The second lecture of the 2014-2015 lecture series will be held at the Cobourg Community Centre, 750 D'Arcy Street, Cobourg.

Doors open at 7:00 PM for light refreshments and the lecture starts at 7:30 PM. There is no charge for the evening.

The theme of Debbe Crandall's presentation will be:

The Moraine gives so freely of its water and its soil, the least we can do is learn more about it and get involved in efforts to keep it healthy. In 2015 the Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan will be reviewed by the province. Join STORM and its partners in celebrating the Moraine and helping to make it even better.

Our speaker Debbe Crandall has been involved with the Oak Ridges Moraine Coalition (STORM) since 1990. She was its Executive Director from 1999 to 2012 and is currently acting as policy advisor/analyst to the Oak Ridge Moraine Partnership. Debbe represented STORM on advisory panels that resulted in Oak Ridges Moraine legislation, regional management plans, and held a number of positions, including Chair of the Oak Ridges Moraine Foundation. Debbe has been a member of the Greenbelt Council since 2009 providing advice to the Minister of Municipal Affairs.

Best Wishes for this holiday season.

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