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COVID-19 Backyard Birding Challenge

Covid-19 isolation got you dreaming of birding? Unfortunately all the Provincial Parks and Conservation Areas are closed.

We are discouraged from going out to natural areas for birding. So what to do?

I would like to challenge you to identify as many birds as you can by sight or sound from your own yard and walkable neighbourhood.

Keep a species list. Send them to me at the end of each month at DRFN1955@hotmail.ca

If you use Ebird https://ebird.org/canada/home you can also share your sightings there.

Get your lawn chairs and your binoculars ready.

Stay well! Stay at home!

Here is Species List to use.

DURHAM REGION FIELD NATURALISTS © 2020 UPDATED June 20, 2020

DURHAM REGION FIELD NATURALISTS

"conservation through education"

UPCOMING OUTINGS

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: www.pickeringnaturalists.org

Due to COVID-19 and the requirement for social distancing all future Meetings and Outings are cancelled until further notice.

Stay well!

June outing is Cancelled

Wednesday, July 01, 2020 at 1:00 PM

Butterfly Walk at Heber Down Conservation Area

Leader: Rayfield Pye.

It’s prime time to see butterflies. With construction south of the conservation area complicating driving, we’ll meet in the peaceful north.

Meet at the Northeast parking lot. From Highway 7 drive south on Cochrane Street.

Bring water, sun screen and insect repellent.

Difficulty: Light walking.

Saturday, August 29, 2020 at 10:00 AM

Nature Walk

Leader: Don Docherty

Long Sault CA is a wonderful conservation area. It has a great variety of habits and fine trails.

Directions: Exit 401 at Waverly Rd. Travel North on Regional Rd. #57. Turn right at Regional Rd. #20. Turn left at Woodley Rd. The road ends at the parking lot where we will meet and start our walk.

Pay and Display Parking is in effect at a cost of $6 per vehicle/day.

Difficulty: Check the weather forecast and dress accordingly. We’ll be walking the trails so, weather permitting, the footing should be fine although there will be ups and downs.

Saturday, September 26,2020 at 10 AM

Darlington Generating Station Parkland

Meet at the parking lot to the SE of the pond at Darlington Generating Station. (From the 401 East-bound, take the Courtice Road exit, go east on Megawatt Dr east (changes to Energy Dr W) and south on Park Rd to the first (small) parking lot.)

Darlington is a great place to visit any time of the year. Migration will be in progress. We’ll have to concentrate but there will be warblers and other northern nesters to be found.

Check the weather forecast and dress accordingly.

Difficulty: Light walking on excellent trails.

Bring water.

Past Outings

Saturday, March 14, 2020

at 7 AM

Algonquin Park

Monday, February 17, 2020

at 10:00 AM

Thickson’s Woods – Winter Walk

Saturday, January 11, 2020 at 8:45 AM

Annual Winter Bird Feeder Tour and Potluck Lunch

(cancelled due to weather)

Saturday, December 21, 2019

Durham Christmas Bird Count

Saturday, November 30,2019 at 8 AM

Niagara Gulls

Saturday, October 26, 2019 at 10 AM

Cranberry Marsh – From Different Perspectives

Saturday, Sept. 21, 2019

9:00 am to 3:30 pm

Thickson's Woods Land Trust

Birds, Beavers & Butterflies

Nature Festival

Saturday, August 24, 2019 at 10 AM

Samuel Wilmot Nature Area

Saturday, July 06, 2019 at 1:00 PM

Butterfly Walk at Heber Down Conservation Area