Past Outings

September 2018 – August 2019

Saturday, September 22, 2018, 11:00 a.m.
Guided tour of Ontario Turtle Conservation Centre. Leader: Tim Tottenham.
Meet at car pool lot at Hwy. 401 and Cty. Rd. 28 in Port Hope at 9:45 a.m. The OTCC is located at 1434 Chemong Rd. in the northwest section of Peterborough.

Sunday, October 14, 2018, 9:00 a.m.
A Fall Colours Walk at the Ballyduff Trails and Fleetwood Creek Natural Area. Leader: Don McLeod.
This will be a joint outing between 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. They have generously offered their trails to the public through an agreement with the Kawartha Land Trust: The nearby Fleetwood Creek Natural Area is managed by Kawartha Conservation.
Meet at the public parking lot on Phillips Rd, Port Hope at 8:00 a.m. From the parking lot, it is about a 45 minute drive to the outing location. We plan to meet the PFN folks around 9 a.m. at the Ballyduff Trails location:
Optional items to bring include a packed lunch, binoculars and camera. If room permits, picnic blankets or lawn chairs would be helpful. Weather cooperating, we will have a picnic lunch after the walk. Accessibility: Moderate. There is some uphill walking.

Sunday, November 4, 2018
Clive Goodwin Memorial Bird Outing. Leader: Roger Frost.
We will look for migrant raptors and water birds in Cobourg Harbour and east of Cobourg where Clive often birded. Meet at Cobourg Harbour at 8 a.m. (Please note that this is the first day of Standard Time.) Dress for the weather, bring water and lunch. Outing should end in the early afternoon.

Sunday, January 20, 2019
Bird Feeder Tour. Leader: Elizabeth Kellogg.
Meet at car pool lot at Cty. Rd. 45 and Hwy. 401 at 8:30 a.m. We will visit several of our members’ feeders. This could be quite an exciting tour if the winter finches settle in for the season. This will be a morning outing, ending with soup at the home of Tom and Jennie Jackman.

Sunday, February 24, 2019
Birding outing to Amherst Island. Leader: Katsu Sakuma.
Search the island for owls, hawks, waterfowl and other winter birds. Meet at Cty. Rd. 45 and 401 car pool lot at 7:45 a.m. or at Amherst Island ferry dock in Millhaven to catch the 9:30 a.m. ferry. We will have to leave Cty. Rd. 45 at 7:45 a.m. sharp in order to catch the ferry. Fare is $9.00 per car, so car pooling is encouraged. Bring lunch/snacks, water, binoculars and spotting scopes. Dress warmly. This is an all day outing.

Sunday, March 24, 2019
Local Waterfowl Outing. Leader: Roger Frost.
Meet at Cobourg Harbour at 8:30 a.m. We will likely search the Rice Lake Shore and Garden Hill Conservation Area for migrant ducks, geese and swans. This will be a half day outing.

Sunday, April 7, 2019
Outing to Nature Conservancy of Canada Brighton Wetland Property. Leader: Amanda Tracey, Coordinator, Conservation Biology, Central Ontario-East, Nature Conservancy of Canada.
Come for a tour of this new NCC property. Amanda advised that rubber boots would probably be necessary. Meet at 8 a.m. at the car pool lot at Hwy. 45 and 401 or at the Gosport boat launch at 9 a.m. Gosport boat launch is at the east end of Price St.E. in Gosport (south of Brighton). This will be a half day outing.

Sunday, May 5, 2019
Nature walk at Laurie Lawson Outdoor Education Centre. Leader: Mark Rupke.
Meet at 1 p.m. at the Laurie Lawson Outdoor Environment Centre, 8000 Telephone Road, Cobourg. Come and explore this Northumberland Land Trust property. This will be a half day outing. Members from the Peterborough Field Naturalists have also been invited to attend.

Saturday, May 18, 2019
Botany outing to Peter’s Woods. Leaders: Eleanor Sartisohn and Paulette Hebert.
Meet at Peter’s Woods at 1 p.m. The walk will focus on some of the spring ephemerals like Jack-in-the-pulpit, Canada mayflower and marsh marigolds as well as early summer bloomers like may apples, Canada anemones, and avens. We will provide hints for identifying flowers while enjoying the splendor of the old growth forest.
Directions: From Cobourg, take Cty. Rd. 45 north to County Rd. 22 (Centreton Rd.). Turn east on 22 to Centreton. Turn north at Centreton on McDonald Rd. Take McDonald Rd. north to Peter’s Woods. McDonald Rd. has a couple of curves. The entrance is on the east side and the sign is most visible approaching from the south.

Sunday, May 26, 2019
Birding and butterflying outing to Sheffield Conservation Area and Napanee Plain. Leaders: Rob Lonsberry and Roger Frost.
Sheffield Conservation Area has typical Canadian shield habitats. We will look for Prairie Warblers and other species associated with rock barrens. It will be a strenuous walk. This will be an all day outing. We will explore the Napanee Plain in the afternoon to look for Loggerhead Shrikes and other grassland birds. Bring lunch, water and insect repellent. Meet at County Rd. 45 and 401 car pool lot at 7 a.m. or at 8:45 at Sheffield CA.

Sunday, June 2, 2019
President’s Walk at Hazel Bird Nature Reserve. Leader: Val Deziel
The Nature Reserve was named after Hazel Bird (1920-2009) a well-known local naturalist and the recipient of many awards for her work in Northumberland County. The property was one of Hazel Bird’s favoured locations for her well-known bluebird trail. Hazel used to take WBFN for a walk here every June to see Eastern Bluebirds. There are three nest boxes on the property that, last year, had Bluebirds using them. Aside from trail work, Nature Conservancy Canada has several restoration projects in  progress. The walk will be led by Val Deziel, Restoration Technician for the Rice Lake Plains area of the Nature Conservancy of Canada. Meet at 8:30 a.m. at the Cty. Rd. 45/Hwy. 401 commuter parking lot for carpooling. Or meet at 9:00 a.m. at the Hazel Bird Nature Reserve: 4639 Robson Road, Baltimore. This is the entrance to the property, which starts at the farm gate and sign. Follow the lane to the field centre.

June 8 and 9, 2019
Northumberland Summer Bird Count. Contact Roger Frost at or 905-885-9615.

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.

Sunday, August 18
Bird Outing to Candlewick Woods. Leader: Roger Frost.
Directions: From Port Hope, take Lakeshore Rd. west of town to Dickinson Rd. Meet at 8:00 a.m. at the red barn on the south side at this intersection. This will be a half day outing. Edit

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