Durham Region Field Naturalists © 2017 UPDATED SEPT. 17, 2017


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:

Saturday, October 14, 2017 at 10:00 AM

Heber Downs Mushroom Walk with Duncan Vipond

•Join the DRFN Fungi Folk to look for mushrooms.

•Heber Down CA is a great place to look for mushrooms because there is a mix of conifers and hardwood forest. We’ll take a pleasant stroll and keep our eyes peeled. Bring a camera for some great pictures of fall colour. If you have mushroom pamphlets or manuals bring them and participate.

•Exit 401 at Brock St. in Whitby. Take Taunton Rd. LEFT from Brock St. to Country Lane Rd. Go RIGHT on Country Lane Rd. and travel north to the main entrance. Enter through the main gate and follow the road to the day-use parking lot.

•Pay and Display Parking is in effect at a cost of $5 per vehicle/day or $2 per hour.

•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, November 05, 2017 at 10 AM

Lake Ontario Marshes

•Meet at the entrance to the south trail off Hall’s Road in Whitby. (Take Victoria Street in Whitby to get to Hall’s Road.)

•We’ll start by visiting the Cranberry Marsh Hawk Watch. It captures valuable information about hawk migration through south Whitby. It’s also a pleasant place to see a good variety of wildlife and learn identification skills from expert hawk watchers. Even if the weather doesn’t accommodate hawks, we’ll check the marsh for ducks. Next, we’ll take the waterfront trail to Cranberry Marsh and the bird feeder loop. We’ll finish with a trip to Pumphouse Marsh. Rain or shine the Chickadees want to be your friend.

•Difficulty: Light walking.

•Check the weather forecast and dress accordingly.

Sunday, November 26, 2017 at 8 AM

Niagara Gulls

•Leader: Rayfield Pye

•Niagara Falls is a common destination for gulls in late fall and winter. A variety of interesting birds have been seen in the past including Lesser Black-backed, Slaty-backed, and California Gulls; Black-legged Kittiwake; Brant; Purple Sandpiper; Red Phalarope, Canvasback; Common Loons; etc.. Niagara is also home to Tufted Titmice so a handful of seed may get you a lifer.

•Meet to car pool at the southwest corner of the Pickering GO station. The drive to Niagara Falls should take approximately 2 hours.

•Difficulty: It can be very cold, wet and/or snowy beside the Niagara River. Dress to stay warm and dry. Wear layers of clothing for flexibility. Casual walking on sidewalks will be required.

•Bring water and a lunch or prepare to dine at Tim’s in Chippawa.

Past Outings

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

DRFN Annual Weekend Outing

June 9-11: 2017

Saturday, May 27,2017 10:00 AM

Rossland Road Butterfly Garden:

Spring Clean-up and Maintenance

Sunday, May 14,2017 10:00 AM

Clements Woods: Wildflowers

Saturday, April 22, 9:00 AM

Thickson’s Woods: Spring Nature Walk and Garlic Mustard Removal

Saturday, March 25 at 9:00 AM

Presqu’ile Provincial Park: Waterfowl

Saturday, February 25: 10:00 AM-noon

How to know a Tree when there are no leaves.

Saturday, January 14, 2017, 8:45 AM

Annual Winter Bird Feeder Tour

and Potluck Lunch

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Durham Christmas Bird Count


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