Current Events & News

Next Outings

Sunday, June 23
Port Hope Urban Tree Tour. Leader: Gina Brouwer.
The tree tour will meet on Town Hall back lawn on Sunday, June 23rd at 1:30 pm. It will be an approximately 2 hour walking tour in partnership with the Tree Advisory Committee’s Trees of Distinction Program.
Sunday, June 30
Butterfly Outing to Sandy Lake Road. Leader: Rod Lee.
Sandy Lake Road has perhaps the highest diversity of butterflies species in Ontario. At this date, we should be at the peak of butterfly activity. Meet at the Cty. Rd. 45 and 401 car pool lot at 7:30 a.m. or at the Tim Horton’s on Hwy. 7 in Havelock at 9 a.m.

WBFN News & Announcements

Speaker Schedule 2019 – 2020

  • 27 Sep 2019; Amanda Tracey; Brighton Wetlands
  • 25 Oct 2019; David Geale; Butterflies of South America
  • 29 Nov 2019; Kathryn Peiman; The Return of the Atlantic Salmon
  • 31 Jan 2020; Elora Grahame; Decline of Whip-Poor-Will and The Nighthawk
  • 28 Feb 2020; Gail Fraser; Bad Reputations: Cormorants and Conservation
  • 27 Mar 2020; Jeff Bowman; Flying Squirrels in Ontario
  • 24 Apr 2020; Josh Sayers; Ontario Badger Project
  • 29 May 2020; WBFN Members; Varied short presentations by members

Don Davis Receives W. E. Saunders Natural History Award

WBFN member Don Davis receives the W. E. Saunders Natural History Award on June 1, 2019, at the Ontario Nature AGM held at Mohawk College, Hamilton, Ontario. Congratulations to Don on receiving this prestigious award and thanks to Frank Godfrey for nominating Don.

Inaugural Member’s Night a Success!

Tom Jackman, Frank Godfrey, Chris Ketola, Elizabeth Kellogg and Don McLeod shown here at the May 31st General Meeting after giving their presentations during the inaugural WBFN Member’s Night.

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Community News & Announcements

2019 Memorial Wallace Birdathon

The Wallace Birdathon has been a major fundraiser for the Northumberland Land Trust since 2011, and for Willow Beach Field Naturalists for many years before that. With Norma Wallace’s passing in February, the event will become the Memorial Wallace Birdathon.

Once again we hope that many members and supporters of WBFN will sponsor one of our six expert birders in our efforts to raise funds to be used for stewardship of the six Land Trust nature reserves. The birders who generously volunteer their time are: Kurt Appleman (LLOEC),Roger Frost (Leckey Nature Reserve), David Geale (Chub Point NR), Paulette Hebert (Pelton NR), Doug McRae (Jack van Nostrand NR), and Ben Walters (McEwen NR).

Last year, almost 60 sponsors contributed just over $3,000, and we would love to duplicate that feat this year. This fundraiser helps the Land Trust to proceed confidently with our stewardship programs, including control of dog-strangling vine and other exotic invasives, prescribed burns, trail maintenance, and planting native trees and wildflowers.

There’s a prize! For the sponsor who guesses closest to the total number of bird species seen during the birdathon, we have 2 L of Northumberland County maple syrup from Johnston’s Farm Market just south of Bailieboro. (If two or more guesses are equally close, each will receive 1 L.) And there’s a great birding opportunity! For a sponsorship of $75 or more, one of our guest birders will take you along on his/her day (or part of it) scouring a nature reserve for every bird that can be found.

You can most easily make your sponsorship by contacting John Geale at 905-342-3851 or You will receive a tax receipt for the full amount of any donation of $20 or more, and a report letting you know about all the day’s sightings. In advance, many thanks!