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On auction is a print by Peter Steuart, the Ducks Unlimited 2014 Artist of the Year. The print, titled Northern Landscape, is valued at $300 and is on display at the Cobourg Public Library. Paper ballots are available with the print.

Here are the instructions for taking part in the auction:

  1. Fill-out ballot completely and deposit into the ballot box at the Cobourg Public Library or fill-out the PDF ballot available on the WBFN web site under News_Special Announcements and email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
  2. The highest bidder will be contacted by phone following the close of the auction.
  3. Arrangements will be made for delivery and payment.
  4. The winning bidder may pay by cash or cheque.

The auction will close at noon on June 30, 2015.
For more information please contact Petra Hartwig at 905-372-4301 ext. 4102.
Note: We reserve the right to reject low bids.
(All funds raised through the sale of this print support the Willow Beach Field Naturalists – a Registered Charitable Organization.)

A reminder about two upcoming outings and the President’s Walk:

Friday, May 22, 2015 - Outing to the Northumberland Forest Carstairs Universal Trail to view spring flowers and birds. Leader: Russell Lake. Meet at the Hwy 401 and Cty Rd 45 commuter parking lot at 6:30 p.m. or at Carstairs Universal Trail parking lot at 7:00 p.m. The parking lot is on the north side of Bowmanton Rd 0.6 km east of Beagle Club Rd. Option afterwards to drive to Beaver Meadow Rd area to listen for Whip-poor-wills.

Sunday, May 24, 2015 - Outing to Lost Bay Nature Reserve. Leader: Richard Pope. This was one of the reserves highlighted by Caroline Shultz in her presentation at the AGM. This will be an all-day birding outing. Meet at the carpool lot at Hwy 401 and Cty Rd 45 at 6:30 a.m. Bring lunch, water, rain gear and insect repellent. For more information, contact Richard Pope at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 905-372-4579.

Friday, May 29, 2015, 7 p.m. - President’s Walk - Lone Pine Marsh. For carpooling, meet at car pool lot at Cty Rd 45 and Hwy 401 at 6:30 p.m., or meet at the site at 7:00 p.m. Parking is limited at Lone Pine, so members are encouraged to car pool. Directions: 1: From Cty Rd 25, head east on Cty Rd 21 (Dundonald Rd) for 1.4 km, then turn north on Maple Grove Rd and go for 0.7 km. The parking area is on the right (east side). 2: From Cty Rd 30, turn west on Cty Rd 21 at Hilton. Proceed west for 10.7 km until you reach Maple Grove Rd. Proceed north on Maple Grove Rd for 0.7 km and the parking area is on the right (east side).

Friday, May 1, 2015, 7:30 pm – WBFN General Meeting, Cobourg Public Library.
Topic - eBird: Making Your Sightings Count.
Speaker - Mark Burrell.

Mike currently works for Long Point Bird Observatory, and the Ministry of Natural Resources, and devotes his spare time to Citizen Science projects like eBird, which is a real-time, online checklist program for reporting and accessing information about birds. eBird’s goal is to maximize the utility and accessibility of the vast numbers of bird observations made each year by recreational and professional bird watchers.

Saturday, May 2, 2015, 9:00 am - Laurie Lawson Outdoor Education Centre

Mark Rupke will have 1200 trees and shrubs to plant and many hands would make light work. He plans to start at 9:00 a.m. and hopes to be finished by 1:00 p.m. Help during any of that time would be appreciated. Please e-mail Mark at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone him at 905-372-3923 to let him know you are coming or for more details.

Sunday, May 3, 2015 - International Migratory Bird Day

The Rice Lake Plains Joint Initiative is offering activities starting at 8:00 a.m. at the Hazel Bird Nature Reserve, then moving to the Alderville Black Oak Savanna for 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. This free event is open to all ages and birding abilities. Please bring your own lunch. Drinks and dessert will be provided. All activities will take place rain or shine. To register please call 905-352-1184 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Saturday, April 18, 2015, at 7 p.m., the Lone Pine Marsh Sanctuary will be hosting a casual evening walk with naturalist Doug McRae. Frog calls and Ducks is the theme! Bring your binoculars and join us. We'd love to see you there.

Directions to the Property:
From Cty. Rd. 25, head east on Cty Rd 21 (Dundonald Rd.) for 1.4 km, then turn north on Maple Grove Rd. and go for 0.7 km.  Our parking area is on the right (east side).
From Cty. Rd. 30, turn west on Cty. Rd. 21 at Hilton. Proceed west for 10.7 km until you reach Maple Grove Rd.  Proceed north on Maple Grove Rd. for 0.7 km and our parking area is on the right (east side).

Sunday, April 19, 2015 - Birding Outing to Candlewick Woods. Leader: Roger Frost. The target species are Red-necked and Horned Grebes and other waterfowl on Lake Ontario, as well as early landbird migrants. Meet at 8 a.m. at the red barn opposite Dickinson Rd. and Lakeshore Rd., west of Port Hope.