Note: In the event of a forecast of bad weather, an email will be sent to the DRFN distribution list the evening before a trip, with trip cancellation or re-scheduling information. If you are not on the list, you may check the DRFN website or call the outing leader.

To find out about upcoming outings for Pickering Naturalists, check their website:

Sunday, April 28, 2019 at 10:00 AM

Hydro Marsh and Alex Robertson Park (Pickering)

•This wonderful parkland and marsh are located adjacent to Pickering Generating Station. We’ll have a casual walk in search of migrant birds from the South. The trees and undergrowth can harbour a wide variety of species as does the marsh.

•If you come by the 401, from the east exit at Liverpool or from the west, exit at Whites then take Bayly Street east to Sandy Beach Road. Drive south until you’re near the nuclear generating station berm. There will be sports fields to your left. Turn right to the parking for Alex Robertson Park.

•Check the weather forecast and dress accordingly.

•Difficulty: Easy to moderate walking depending on the state of path/road clearing. Paths may be damp so hiking boots or waterproof shoes would be safe.

Saturday, May 18, 2019 at 10:00 AM

Old Swamp Road Walking Trail and Yeo Side Trail (Murray's Woods) with Maria Prisciak

•Join Maria in search of spring wildflowers on the Oakridge Moraine near Mosport.

•Directions from highway 401. Exit Liberty Street in Bowmanville. Head north on Liberty to concession 8. Turn right (east) on concession 8 until you approach the village of Leskard. Go past the three way stop and immediately turn left (north) on Leskard road. Travel up the road 1 km to a small parking lot is on the left side of the road.

•Directions from Taunton Road: Travel east on Taunton Road to Leskard Road (just prior to entering Orono). Turn left (north) and continue until you reach concession 8 in the village of Leskard. There is a jog in the road at concession 8. Turn right and take an immediate left to stay on Leskard Road. Travel up the road 1 km to the small parking lot on the left hand side of the road. .

•Check the weather forecast and dress accordingly. Bring water and insect repellent.

•Difficulty: It is a 5 km (out and back) moderate linear trail with abundant flowers and good birding opportunities. There is one big hill to climb but the rest of the trail is easy.

Past Outings

Saturday, March 23 at 9:00 AM

Presqu’ile Provincial Park: Waterfowl

Saturday, February 23 at 10:00 AM

Amherst Island: Raptors

Saturday, January 12, 2019 at 8:45 AM

Annual Winter Bird Feeder Tour and Potluck Lunch

Saturday, December 22, 2018

Durham Christmas Bird Count

Sunday, November 25, 2018 at 8 AM

Niagara Gulls

Saturday, October 13, 2018

at 10 AM

Darlington Generating Station Parkland

Sat. Sept. 15, 2018

9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Thickson's Woods Fall Festival

Come out and enjoy the festivities and join nature walks guided by DRFN members!

Saturday, August 25 at 8:00 AM

Presqu’ile Provincial Park Nature

Saturday, July 14 at 1:00 PM

Butterflies at Claremont Conservation Area with Rayfield Pye

Saturday, June 16 at 6:00 PM

Carden Alvar with Don Docherty

Saturday, May 19, 2018 at 10:00 AM

Stephen's Gulch Wild Flowers and Nature Walk


Saturday, April 14. 2018 at 7 AM

Algonquin Park

Saturday, March 03 at 10:00 AM

Leslie Street Spit / Tommy Thompson Park

Sat. February 17, 2018 at 10:00 AM

Casual Winter Bird Walk

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Durham Christmas Bird Count.

Saturday, January 06, 2017 at 8:45 AM

Annual Winter Bird Feeder Tour and Potluck Lunch

Sunday, November 26, 2017 at 8 AM

Niagara Gulls

Sunday, November 05, 2017 at 10 AM

Lake Ontario Marshes

Saturday, October 14, 2017 at 10:00 AM

Heber Downs Mushroom Walk

Monday, July 03, 2017 at 1:00 PM

Butterflies at Enniskillen Conservation Area with Rayfield Pye

Saturday, August 26, 2017 at 8:00 AM

Presqu’ile Provincial Park Nature Walk with Don Docherty

Wednesday, June 14, 2017 at 5:30 PM

Carden Alvar with Otto Peter


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