Current Events & News

Bill Crowley

It is with great sorrow that I share the news that Bill Crowley passed away Monday afternoon, July 15, 2019. Bill was a tremendous supporter and contributor to the Willow Beach Field Naturalists. He was a Director on the WBFN Board. He also was on the Northumberland Land Trust Board of Directors. He will be sorely missed. There will be a Celebration of Life for Bill on Thursday July 25, 2019, 2:00 – 4:00pm at the MacCoubrey Funeral Home.

Tim Tottenham
WBFN President

William “Bill” Crowley

December 8, 1937 – July 15, 2019

Celebration of Life

Thursday July 25 from 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

MacCoubrey Funeral Home Reception Centre, Cobourg


WBFN News & Announcements

Emma Zoldy Receives WBFN Scholarship Award

Karen Drew presents scholarship award to Emma Zoldy

Karen Drew presented Emma Zoldy with a $ 1000.00 scholarship from Willow Beach Field Naturalists at the annual awards presentation at Cobourg Collegiate Institute on June 26, 2019. Emma has served on the C.C.I. Environment Club for four years and has been active in many school and community environmental activities . In 2016 and 2017 Emma attended the Ontario Nature Youth Summit in Orillia as well as being a member of C.C.I’s Student Council. She is currently a member of Sustainable Cobourg and has received this year’s Distinguished Award for the Environment at the Town of Cobourg Civic Awards. She plans to attend Queens University this year to study kinesiology.

Thomas Burgess Receives WBFN Scholarship Award

Frank Godfrey presents scholarship award to Thomas Burgess

Frank Godfrey presented a $1000.00 scholarship award on behalf of Willow Beach Field Naturalists to Thomas Burgess at the awards ceremony for the graduating class of St. Mary’s Catholic Secondary School on Thursday, June 27, 2019. Thomas earned high honours in each of his four years at SMCSS. He received the Award of Excellence in the school’s “AAA Achievement Award” level, as well as achieving Bronze, Silver, and Gold in the international “The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Program”. Thomas will be studying Conservation Biology at Trent University. 

Updated PDF File for WBFN Awards

Port Hope Tree Outing Photos

Flower and leaves of the Tulip Tree

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!