Durham Region Field Naturalists © 2017 UPDATED MAR. 28, 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: www.pickeringnaturalists.org

Saturday, April 22, 9:00 AM

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

Leader: Don Docherty. The outing will begin by rolling up our sleeves to remove garlic mustard. At 11 AM, we’ll enjoy a walk to see early spring migrant birds and wild flowers.

Difficulty: Easy walking.

Wear appropriate clothing based on the weather forecast. Portions of the Woods may be slick and muddy depending on the weather, so bring appropriate footwear.

Bring a trowel and gardening gloves.

Bring water and insect repellent (just in case).

Weather permitting, consider bringing a lunch.

Sunday, May 14, 10:00 AM

Clements Woods: Wildflowers

Leader: John Foster. Besides a great collection of trees, this highly accessible area has a wide assort-ment of wildflowers.

Meet near the main doors at Ajax Recreation and Community Centre, 75 Centennial Rd. Parking: South Side Parking Lot

Difficulty: Easy walking; pavement and very good trails; accessible for walkers and canes.

Check the weather forecast and dress for the conditions.

Saturday, May 27, 10:00 AM

Rossland Road Butterfly Garden:

Spring Clean-up and Maintenance

Leader: Dianne Pazaratz. Come out to help beautify our mature pollinator garden. Something for everyone – planting, weeding, edging, spreading mulch, whatever you like to do in a garden. We need lots of help! Bring your favourite garden tools and gloves. Dress for weather conditions.

Location: Rossland Road just west of Oshawa Creek. Park on Ainslie Court or Glencairn, the two side streets east and west of the garden.

Note: Help is also needed over the summer – a couple of hours once, or as often as you can come. Please contact Dianne if you can assist – 905-433-7875 or dpazaratz@sympatico.ca.

DRFN Annual Weekend Outing

June 9-11: 2017

This year we will return to a spring-time outing. It will be a chance to see some late spring flowers and local birds on territory. Where to? Somewhere close by – Warsaw Caves Conservation Area and Campground http://www.warsawcaves.com/ operated by Otonabee Conservation and located north of Rice Lake. There’s family and group camping in the park. Besides caves, there is “15 km of trail that meanders through forests and across a limestone plain. Visit the lookout and enjoy a great view down the gorge of Indian River. There's potholes and kettles and a disappearing river.” So it sounds like an interesting area to explore. I will have a sign-up sheet at the March meeting. Or contact me at dlgill(at)sympatico.ca.

Past Outings

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.

Sunday, December 18

Durham Christmas Bird Count

Saturday, January 14, 2017, 8:45 AM

Annual Winter Bird Feeder Tour

and Potluck Lunch


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