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:


Upcoming Outings and COVID-19 Guidance

These are challenging times due to COVID-19. We all embrace nature and long to see our favourite wildflowers, birds, mammals, insects and other wildlife. DRFN will follow the guidance, laws and regulations of Canada, Ontario and local municipalities to limit the spread and minimize the danger.  



Next Outing

Saturday, January 14 at 9:00 AM Annual Winter Bird Feeder Tour and Lunch Organized with the help of Judy Bryson. This is our annual opportunity to check our favourite feeders in north Pickering and Whitby in search of local birds, northern visitors and those who normally would have headed south by now. After 2-3 hours we’ll return to the church basement to warm-up and have a delicious potluck. Meet at Mount Zion United Church to drop off food. (Drive north on Westney Road past highway 7 to Concession 8 and turn right (east). Address is 3000 Concession 8 just east of Salem Road.) Lunch participation is optional 9:00 departure for a driving tour of feeders. Lunch around noon at Mount Zion United Church. Attendees should consider giving a donation to fund ongoing operation of the Church  Dress warmly!