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Sunday, March 8, 2015 – Algonquin Park Outing.
Meet at 7 a.m. at carpool lot at Phillips Rd. & Hwy. 28 in Port Hope for a full day outing
Leader: Katsu Sakuma
We will be looking for Boreal specialities such as Gray Jay and Boreal Chickadee. Don McLeod will be available to help us interpret tracks. Dress warmly and bring lunch.

March 14-15 Presqu’ile Provincial Park – 39th Annual Waterfowl Weekend, 10am to 4pm
Volunteers are at viewing stations ready to help you see and identify up to 25 species of ducks, geese and swans. Children’s activities, photo and art displays, BBQ, Gift Shop. Bushnell rep on site. Bushnell raffle. $10.00/vehicle entrance fee.

For more information contact David Bree, Sr. Natural Heritage Education Leader,
at the numbers below.

613 475-4324 ext 225 or email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Thursday, February 26th, 2015, 7 p.m. - Keeler Centre, 80 Division Street, Colborne.

Speaker - Marg Fleming, renowned botanist and horticultural teaching master.

Topic - Creating Native and Pollinator Gardens.

Join the Lone Pine Marsh Land Trust for this informative talk on creating native and pollinator gardens. Participate in a seed exchange! Bring your favourites and swap with others.

For complete details visit their website at

If you are interested in participating in a province-wide trail survey conducted by the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport please read this.

The following is quoting the invitation by the Ministry for you to participate in the study:

“Improving the quality of life for Ontarians: In Ontario, all levels of government and not-for-profit trail organizations maintain a system of over 80,000 kilometres of trails for the enjoyment of Ontario residents and visitors. These trails are used for walking/hiking, jogging, cycling (on and off-road), mountain biking, horseback riding, off-road motorcycling, snowmobiling, ATVing, canoeing/kayaking, 4x4 use and other activities. Trails are located in urban, suburban, rural and remote areas across Ontario.

The Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport has retained SPR Associates to conduct a confidential province-wide survey of trail users (and non-users) to aid the development of trails and assess their contribution to Ontario's tourism and recreation sectors and the economy generally, and to assess the impacts of trail use on individuals' health.

You are invited to participate in this survey because you have been identified as a trail user by a trail organization, or as a customer for trail-related information, or as part of the general Ontario population. Key topics covered in the survey include use of trails -- the number and duration of trail trips, trail-related expenses, reasons for using (or not using) trails, your satisfaction with trails, available trail information and related topics.

Timing:  The survey should take no more than 20 minutes to complete. As the study is facing a tight timeline, your response to the survey by February 21, 2015 would be greatly appreciated.

Confidentiality:  All of your responses will be kept strictly confidential -- no individual response will be revealed and all survey findings will be reported in summary form in the study report.

Why is this survey important to you?  The Province of Ontario wants to ensure that all Ontarians have the opportunity to enjoy the benefits of trails. Your answers to the survey questions will be extremely beneficial in helping to shape the future of trails in Ontario.

If you have any questions about the overall study, please contact: Mir Nazmul Islam, Sport, Recreation & Community Programs Division, Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). If you have any questions about the survey or the on-line process, feel free to contact:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Password:  At the beginning of the survey, you will be asked to provide the following password to authenticate your invitation to the survey (please be sure to enter the password exactly as shown below):

The survey can be accessed at the following web-link:                                                

 Thank you."

Note: To receive the password, please contact Mr. Islam or Mr. Harvey directly as indicated above.

The third lecture of the 2014-2015 lecture series will be held at the Cobourg Community Centre, 750 D’arcy Street, Cobourg.

The lecture will be on Thursday February 12, 2015. 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 Susan Chan’s presentation will be pollinators in Northumberland.

Susan will introduce some of the native bees of Ontario through photographs and describe their fascinating behaviour and importance. She will describe how to create habitat for these bees in a variety of contexts and will discuss the role of neonicotinoid pesticides in the decline of bees and other pollinators.

Susan Chan is an advocate for native pollinators and is the author of A Landowner’s Guide to Conserving Native Pollinators in Ontario. She has made many presentations across Ontario to a wide variety of audiences on the subject of pollinator conservation. Susan has an academic background in Agriculture (McGill University), education (U.W.O.) , and a Master of Science degree in pollination biology from Guelph University. Susan manages the Native Pollinators Program at the regional not-for-profit organization, Farms at Work. She is also an active beekeeper, executive member of Central Ontario Beekeepers Association, lecturer at Fleming College and Trent University, cofounder of the Lakefield Farmers’ Market and owner of Ten for Joy Farm, She and her family live near Lakefield.

Northumberland Land Trust website