Outings

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Sunday, September 25, 2022, 7:45 pm
Introduction to Astronomy. Leader: Brian Cook
Join us for an evening under the stars for an introduction to astronomy. We will meet on the boardwalk in Cobourg, between Ontario and Bagot Streets. Bring a flashlight and/or headlamp, binoculars, and a telescope if you have one.
Directions: Take Ontario Street or Bagot Street south from King Street. and look for street parking. Walk to the south end of either street to access the boardwalk. Please note that this event is weather dependent.

Sunday, October 2, 2022, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Ballyduff Trails. Leader: Don McLeod
Don will lead a fall colours nature walk along the Ballyduff Trails near Bethany. This will be a joint outing between Willow Beach Field Naturalists (WBFN) and Peterborough Field Naturalists (PFN). We will be looking for birds plus wildlife tracks and sign. Fall colours will be a treat and the trails are beautiful. The Ballyduff Trails are on private property owned by Ralph McKim and Jean Garsonnin who allow access to their trails through an agreement with the Kawartha Land Trust. Accessibility is moderate with significant uphill walking along the 3 km. There will be a maximum of 25 participants for this outing and registration is required. Please send an email to Don McLeod at donaldmcleod.com@gmail.com to register for this outing and include which club you belong to (WBFN or PFN). Directions and outing details will be provided by email.

On The Fly Outings. New to the WBFN repertoire, ‘On the Fly Outings’ will be somewhat spontaneous, since nature is not always predictable! Keep an eye on your inbox, as dates for these outings will pop up at relatively short notice.

September (date TBD)
Shorebirds at Presqu’ile Provincial Park. Leader: Richard Pope
Southbound migration is affected by weather, so Richard will pick a good day to maximize our chances of a productive outing. Stay tuned for an email in September once the migration forecast takes shape!

October (date TBD)
Hawk Migration Along the Lakeshore. LEADER: Kris Ito
Because the productivity of a hawk watch outing depends on favourable winds and weather, this event and location will be scheduled a relatively short notice. Look for an email in October when the weather is right!

Christmas Bird Counts

For those who like to plan ahead, the dates of this year’s Christmas Bird Counts are below. Because of COVID-19, they will have to be done a bit differently this year than in the past. Teams will have to decide among themselves whether they need to travel in separate cars. They will also have to take care to maintain physical distance while in the field. The last difference is that there can be no post-count gathering. Data will need to be submitted to the compilers electronically or by telephone.

If you wish to participate, contact the compiler. Feeder counters are welcome. However, since the count circles are in defined geographical areas, please check with the compiler whether your feeder is within the circle.
●Port Hope-Cobourg CBC, December 18, 2021, Compiler: Roger Frost, ekrf@eagle.ca,
905-885-9615
●Presqu’ile-Brighton CBC, December 19, 2021, Compiler: Doug McRae,
rdouglasmcrae@gmail.com, 613-475-5014.
●Rice Lake Plains CBC, January 1, 2022, Compiler: Roger Frost, ekrf@eagle.ca,
905-885-9615

Northumberland Summer Bird Count

June 11 & 12, 2022, Northumberland Summer BirdCount
Contact Roger Frost at ekrf@eagle.ca or 905-885-9615

Past Outings