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Quinte Field Naturalists PDF Print E-mail
Written by Terry Spraque   
Jul 23, 2017 at 03:00 AM
Q.F.N. logoThe Quinte Field Naturalists Association, an affiliate of Ontario Nature (formerly Federation of Ontario Naturalists) is non-profit organization sponsoring nature education, conservation and research. It was founded in 1949 and incorporated in 1990, and encompasses the counties of Hastings and Prince Edward. The Quinte Field Naturalists Association is legally entitled to hold real estate and accept bequests.

QFN photoIn 1949, a small group of birdwatchers got together and decided that the Belleville area needed a naturalists club. Unlike today, there were very few nature clubs in Ontario, and those that did exist, were all located in major cities of the province. The keen interest of the few members remained, and the newly formed "Brown Thrasher Club" made it through those early years to become the group that it is today, and the name was eventually changed to the present Quinte Field Naturalists.

Today, the group is made up of naturalists interested in a wide variety of natural history subjects, from birds and insects to plants, and even astronomy.

For information on our next meeting, and to read the monthly newsletter,  please scroll down further on this page. 


New! Fabulous Fall Fungi workshops. Scroll to bottom page for details.

Quinte Field Naturalists Executive 

  • President: George Thomson   613-478-3205
  • Vice-President: Phil Martin 613-395-3246
  • Corresponding Secretary: Elizabeth Churcher  613-478-3205
  • Recording Secretary: Lori Brown & Nancy Stevenson
  • Treasurer: Douglas Newfield  613-477-3066
  • Environmental Officer & Publicity: Denice Wilkins  613-478-5070
  • Outings: John Blaney  613-962-9337
  • Membership Mailing: Karina Spence
  • Newsletter: John Blaney  613-962-9337
  • Social Convener: Sharron Blaney  613-962-9337


ProjectsSager Conservation Area. Photo by Sharron Blaney

  • maintain a web page on the NatureStuff website
  • publish a newsletter, The Quinte Naturalist
  • provide financial support to worthwhile programs
  • participate in volunteer programs and events like the Marsh Monitoring Program, Loggerhead Shrike Monitoring, and the Baillie Birdathon 
  • attend regular regional Ontario Nature meetings
  • hold seven meetings a year with guest speakers on current topics of interest
  • organize outings to local sites to observe nature
  • conduct the annual Christmas Bird Count


Single:  $25.00, $40 a couple    

Contact the Q.F.N. treasurer Doug Newfield at:
161 Thrasher Road, R.R. # 1, Plainfield, Ontario  K0K 2V0 
Telephone:  613-477-3066     E-mail:

Memberships begin in January of each year

A QFN Membership offers:

- Monthly Meetings (Sept. - Apr. ) with stimulating speakers, challenging nature quizzes, friendly conversation and refreshments.

- Colourful, Informative Newsletter ( Sept. - Apr. ) outlining events and featuring articles on the flora and fauna of Hastings and Prince Edward Counties and local environmental concerns. * Now online! * (see below)

- Periodic Field Trips with an experienced leader to observe and learn more about birds, wildflowers and other natural wonders. Destinations are mostly local but may be as far afield as Algonquin Provincial Park. Night-time owling is an adventure not to be missed.

- An Opportunity to Spend Time with Others who share an appreciation for all aspects of the natural world and a love of the outdoors regardless of the season.


Meetings are held on the fourth Monday of every month from September through April in the Sills Auditorium at the Bridge Street United Church in Belleville

Our Next Meeting !

 (Indoor Meetings with Guest Speakers resumes in September)


Speaker:  To Be Announced

Topic:  To Be Announced

Date: Monday, September 25, 2017  

Time: 6:00 p.m.

Location: Sills Hall, Bridge Street United Church, Belleville

 Speaker Roster Being Finalized for 2017-2018


    For upcoming outings, Contact John Blaney at 613-962-9337 or e-mail  


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2017 Newsletters

January, 2017 Newsletter

February, 2017 Newsletter

March, 2017 Newsletter

April, 2017 Newsletter



February, 2017 Meeting

March, 2017 Meeting

April, 2017 Meeting


2016 Newsletters

 January, 2016 Newsletter

February, 2016 Newsletter

March, 2016 Newsletter

April, 2016 Newsletter

September, 2016 Newsletter

October, 2016 Newsletter

November, 2016 Newsletter


2016 Minutes

February, 2016 Meeting

March, 2016 Meeting

April, 2016 Meeting

September, 2016 Meeting

October, 2016 Meeting

November, 2016 Meeting


2015 Newsletters

January, 2015 Newsletter

February, 2015 Newsletter

March, 2015 Newsletter

April, 2015 Newsletter

September, 2015 Newsletter

October, 2015 Newsletter

November, 2015 Newsletter


2014 Newsletters

January, 2014 Newsletter

February, 2014 Newsletter

March, 2014 Newsletter

April 2014 Newsletter

September 2014 Newsletter

October 2014 Newsletter

November 2014 Newsletter

2013 Newsletters

January, 2013 Newsletter

February, 2013 Newsletter

March, 2013 Newsletter

April, 2013 Newsletter

September, 2013 Newsletter

October, 2013 Newsletter

November, 2013 Newsletter

2012 Newsletters

January, 2012 Newsletter

February, 2012 Newsletter

March, 2012 Newsletter

September, 2012 Newsletter

September, 2012 Newsletter (addendum)

October, 2012 Newsletter

November, 2012 Newsletter






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Last Updated ( Jul 23, 2017 at 06:12 PM )
Prince Edward County Field Naturalists PDF Print E-mail
Written by Terry Spraque   
Jul 23, 2017 at 03:00 AM


The Prince Edward County Field Naturalists, founded in 1997, is an affiliate of Ontario Nature. It provides an educational forum dedicated to the study, promotion, appreciation and conservation of the flora and fauna within Prince Edward County.

S A V E   T H E   S O U T H   S H O R E  ! ! !


  • Encourage the enjoyment of nature;
  • Promote public interest in the appreciation and study of nature; and
  • Advance the conservation and preservation of Prince Edward County’s natural resources, habitat and environment.

At monthly meetings, guest speakers introduce a variety of nature related topics that are of interest to club members. All members are encouraged to participate at meetings by sharing their experiences and observations.Regularly scheduled field trips in the vicinity offer members the opportunity to experience various habitats.

(Link to our monthly newsletter at bottom of page)

To contact the Prince Edward County Field Naturalists:   


President..............................................................................Sandra Dowds
Vice-President......................................................................Amy Bodman
Membership Secretary .........................................................Agneta Sand
Treasurer.............................................................................Sheena Kennedy
Newsletter Editor..................................................................Sue Banks
Member At Large: ................................................................Sheila Kuja
Member At Large: ................................................................Myrna Wood
Member At Large: ................................................................Gerry Jenkison


Membership in PECFN is open to all.

Single: $15.00
Family: $30.00

Student: $5.00

Corporation: $50.00

Contact: Prince Edward County Field Naturalists, P.O. Box 477, Bloomfield, Ontario K0K 1G0
Photo: Our fundraising event for Save Ostrander Point 'Riverwalk'-May,2016 Photo by PECFN



  • founders and co-sponsors of the annual Prince Edward County Birding Festival
  • initiated the Prince Edward Point Important Bird Area (now South Shore IBA)
  • comments on environmental issues to local, provincial and federal governments
  • lobbying against the use of Dombind on Prince Edward County roads
  • involved with other organizations in starting the Prince Edward Point Bird Observatory 
  • participates on committees and panels on conservation oriented issues in Prince Edward County
  • regular field trips and indoor meetings to heighten awareness of natural history in Prince Edward County
  • contributed $3,000 toward the purchase of the Miller Family Nature Reserve
  • awarded the 2012 Conservation Nature Award from Ontario Nature
  • made presentation to the consultants writing the Official Plan Review draft that the Review specifically protect the South Shore as a Core area of conservation, also recommending stronger protection for woodlands and wetlands. 
  • organizes and holds an annual Bioblitz of the South Shore Important Bird Area
  • displays at Picton and Milford Fairs
  • spearheaded the Save Ostrander Point effort

Photo: PECFN member Sheila Kuja points out some trilliums during a Wildflower Walk at Mountain View. Photo by Susan Banks

* * PECFN Celebrates Award Nomination * *

Kingston Field Naturalists and Quinte Field Naturalists have nominated PECFN for the W.E. Saunders Natural History Award from Ontario Nature. The nomination describes PECFN’s commitment to preserving the PEC South Shore IBA in the following terms: “Appealing against the Ostrander Point approval is a David versus Goliath task! The difficulty is immense, but the significance is enormous. – If wind turbines cannot be stopped at Ostrander Point in the heart of an IBA, they are unlikely to be stopped on environmental grounds anywhere in Ontario."

“The leadership qualities demonstrated by the PECFN are amazing. In the face of a giant, this dedicated group analyzes the issues and formulates well organized plans to move forward, always communicating well, and recruiting many skilled people to support its cause. PECFN’s campaign has educated many people about the value of caring for our natural environment. They are truly environmental heroes!”

We are humbled by this over the top description of our efforts to Save Ostrander Point and thank KFN and QFN for their support of the cause.


Click the link below to see the 2016 PECFN Bioblitz results:


Click the link below to see the 2015 PECFN Bioblitz results:



Meetings are held at the Bloomfield Town Hall on the last Tuesday of the month (September through May, except December) starting at 7:00 p.m. Everyone welcome. 


Our Next Meeting ! !


Topic:  Stay turned for our fall schedule

Date:  Tuesday,  September 26 , 2017

Time:  6:00 p.m.

Location: Bloomfield Town Hall

Always an excellent roster of speakers. Be sure to attend when the meetings resume this fall




PECFN has regular outings to investigate areas of natural and scientific interest such as conservation areas, the Millennium Trail as well as to lakeshores and woodlands.

Eighteen attended a guided hike along the Lakeview Trail at Sandbaks Park's West Point on May 17th. The hike was one of several hikes organized by PECFN as part of this year's Spring Birding Festival. From right to left Sheila Kuja, Abby Leavens, Myrna Wood, Nola Sprague (hidden behind car), Terry Sprague (guide), Gaye & Doug Smith, Ann McDonald. 
The Lakeview Trail was opened two years ago and is named after a lodge that existed in the early 1900s at the end of the trail. The trail includes a shorter loop that goes through a deciduous woods known for its concentration of spring migrants. 


"Wind turbines don’t run on wind, they run on subsidies." - Professor Ross McKitrick

The Prince Edward County Field Naturalists are passionate about nature. It is our club policy to support renewable energy. However, we believe, along with Nature Canada, Ontario Nature and the Suzuki Foundation that wind turbine developments should never be sited in areas where they will cause significant harm to migrating birds, bats and butterflies or destroy the habitat of endangered species.Through the Save Ostrander Point campaign we are opposing the construction of industrial wind turbine development at Ostrander Point, in the Prince Edward County South Shore Important Bird Area. Ostrander Point is in a major migratory pathway and is the home of the endangered Blanding’s Turtle and several other species at risk.

For more information and updates on our efforts, click on the link below:

S A V E  T H E  S O U T H  S H O R E  ! ! !



To view, click the link below


January 2017 Newsletter

March 2017 Newsletter

April 2017 Newsletter



 January 2016 Newsletter

March 2016 Newsletter

November 2016 Newsletter



January 2015 Newsletter

March 2015 Newsletter

May 2015 Newsletter



February 2014 Newsletter

April 2014 Newsletter

September 2014 Newsletter

November 2014 Newsletter



January 2013 Newsletter

April 2013 Newsletter

September 2013 Newsletter

November 2013 Newsletter



January 2012 Newsletter

March 2012 Newsletter

September 2012 Newsletter

November 2012 Newsletter

CORRECTION: On page 2 of the above September, 2014 newsletter, the bottom 2 shorebirds on the left are Greater Yellowlegs, and on the right, a Black-bellied Plover. The PECFN newsletter apologizes for the misprint.


PECFN is always involved in many projects around Prince Edward County. As these projects unfold, news of them will be carried here:







 State of Emergency Declared for Ontario's Turtles ! !

 Ontario's major turtle trauma centre is declaring a state of emergency after taking in nearly 600 turtles this year! Double the admissions from last year. Read More...

Conserving the Biodiversity of our County
submitted to the EBR Registry, Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry on March 13, 2017, by Myrna Wood, Past President of PECFN.
Prince Edward County Field Naturalists have been working to conserve the biodiversity of our County for 20 years.  Provincial policies have increased our challenges by encouraging development on wildlife habitats.
The provincial climate adaptation strategy (2017)should include a renewed government commitment to achieving relevant Biodiversity Strategy targets, such as conserving 17 percent of the province's lands and waters by 2020. In an era of climate change, protected areas play a vital role in reducing the negative impacts of extreme climatic events, capture and store CO2 from the atmosphere, and provide climate refuges and corridors for plant and animal species. They should be a key piece of this strategy.
Commit to conserving the PEC South Shore biodiversity as a start.  It is the last undeveloped shore land on Lake Ontario.

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Quinte Area Bird Report where a summary of all birds seen in Prince Edward County and across the Bay of Quinte region is posted every day



eBird Canada - Check out what has been seen in Prince Edward County.....or, in the entire world, if you like! 




Contact the Prince Edward County Field Naturalists at:



Last Updated ( Jul 23, 2017 at 05:55 PM )
Picton Farm Supply PDF Print E-mail
Written by Terry Spraque   
Jul 23, 2017 at 03:00 AM


(contact information at bottom of page) 

* Updated Tuesday, July 23, 2017 *  

Picton Farm Supply - where good prices, excellent selection and customer service have always been our motto  

Please scroll down to see some specials and featured items!


Bryce Cronk. Photo by Terry SpragueYou can go into almost any store these days and pick up a bar of rendered suet for birds. But if you want a peanut butter suet cake, or a fruit and nut, or raisin crunch, or for those slow days at the bird feeder - high energy suet bars, then you have to go to Picton Farm Supply. It is about the first thing you see upon entering the store at 179 Talbot Street, just on the northern outskirts of town. Tray upon tray of suet cakes - a variety enough to rival the racks of chocolate bars at the local convenience store.

Picton Farm Supply celebrated its 25th year in business in 2012. For a facility that one would expect to spend more time concentrating its attention to feed mixes and agricultural supplies for local farmers, one might think that stocking supplies for birders would be a low priority. However, owner, Bryce Cronk, saw the exploding interest in birds, and especially bird feeding, years ago. Birding is North America’s second most popular hobby, and Bryce was determined to get in on the ground floor. The gamble paid off. There is no other location in Prince Edward County that stocks as many condiments for birds and birders as Picton Farm Supply.

Once your eyes begin to travel beyond the trays of suet cakes, you soon begin to appreciate the burgeoning popularity of birds. Tucked in a corner of the store beyond the work clothes, halters, bag balm and treatments for mastitis, are bird feeders - at least a hundred of them - from basic garden variety models to the creme de la creme of bird feeders, the Droll Yankees. Although bird feeders are available in Picton in hardware stores, and even supermarkets, Bryce is an exclusive dealer in the Picton area for this popular line of feeders, so well built, they are guaranteed for a lifetime.

However, it is the bird feed that has made Picton Farm Supply the county’s first choice when seeking out locations from which to purchase feed. Bryce carefully and attentively listens to his customers when deciding on a formula for his premium mixes, and takes a dim view of so-called budget feeds. Bryce knows that people do not feed birds because they have to, but feed birds because they are eager to have the best variety of birdlife they can around their homes. "It doesn’t make sense to offer a budget feed if you want something better than budget birds at your feeders." Bryce listened to his customers, did his homework and came up with a mix that is not only black with sunflower seed - both black oil seed and large striped seed - but all the necessary ingredients, including peanuts, to attract a colourful clientele.

Quantity is no object. If you are just starting out with a bird feeder and want to experiment with just a small plastic bag of mixed feed, that can be arranged as he will sell you whatever amount you want. If you multi-task Bryce Cronkwith many feeders, he will sell you the jumbo bag, weighing in at a hefty 66 pounds. All ingredients in his popular mix can be purchased separately as well, including the option of buying bags of shelled peanuts or peanuts in the shell, or Nyjer seed. You can purchase a small bag of peanuts so small as to fit in your hand or a large bag that may require shuffling a few things around in your trunk, just to get it in. 

With summer feeding now as popular as winter feeding, Bryce says he now sells many tons of bird feed a year. "I think we actually sell more feed in the summer than we do in the winter," he laughs.

The importance of offering high quality mixed feed at our feeders, free from fillers and questionable seeds, cannot be emphasized enough. Disappearing are the days when we seek out budget feeds from big box stores that need to move their product quickly, and have no expertise in dealing with today’s sophisticated bird conscious public. Bird feeding is big business today, and serious birders take their hobby seriously. Bryce Cronk and his staff at Picton Farm Supply enjoy nothing more than swapping stories and discussing your needs.


  • Black Oil Sunflower Seed (50 lb.)  $22.95  
  • Striped Sunflower Seed (50 lb.)    $24.95
  • Sunflower chips (50 lb.)                $51.95
  • Safflower Seed (50 lb.)                  $35.75
  • Deluxe Mixed Bird Feed (18 kg)    $22.95
  • Deluxe Mixed Bird Feed (25 kg)    $29.95
  • White Millet (50 lb.)                       $16.25
  • Peanuts, in shell (50 lb.)               $77.95
  • Peanuts, out of shell, (50 lb)         $46.95         

These are already bagged up and ready to go! However, smaller quantities are available in whatever amount you need. Be sure to look over their ever increasing variety of bird feeders, suet cakes (less expensive if you buy 12!), and all kinds of accessories to increase your enjoyment of the winter bird feeding season.



Drop in to Picton Farm Supply and see our new shipment of bird feeders, just arrived, for this coming winter! Sunflower seed feeders, nyjer feeders, unique shapes and sizes, even a three-in-one feeder in which you can offer a variety of seeds. There is no hard and fast rule as to which feeder is appropriate. Mostly it is a personal choice. The best method is to never depend on just a single feeder. Purchase a variety of feeders and place them at various locations around your yard. Then sit back and enjoy the show as birds arbitrarily decide which feeder they will frequent today. Remember - we don't feed birds because they NEED us; we feed birds because we want to see them around our premises, and there is nothing wrong with that. Except for days when there is heavy snow cover, or following a sleet storm, birds don't really need us (we need them!). Birds have been birds for thousands of years and they regard our offerings as nothing more than another stop in many that they make in the course of a day. Bird feeding is just downright fun, so come into Picton Farm Supply and pick out the feeder that appeals to you the most. And, don't forget - the secret to success is staying away from so-called budget feeds that are sold at big box stores. They are cheaper because these stores are interested only in capitalizing on a popular hobby, and moving product. At Picton Farm Supply, we listen to the customer, and offer a quality product that birds will consume with little to no waste. Just have a look at our premium mixed feed and you will note that it is black with sunflower seed, both striped and black oil. To attract a good variety of winter birds, you need to offer a quality product and we have that at Picton Farm Supply. Come in today and see for yourself and don't forget to include one or more of our new feeders.

 Order Now for Next Spring Delivery!

Chicks, Turkey Poults, Duckings, Pheasants, Gunea Hen Keets and Goslings

Call for more information

179 Talbot Street, Picton

Mon-Fri 8 am to 5 pm

Sat. 8 am to 12 pm






























































$5.20 each

$5.00 for 10+

$4.95 for 20+

Call for more information

179 Talbot Street, Picton

Mon-Fri 8am to 5 pm

Sat. 8 am to 12 pm






20 litre: $10.62

10 litre: $5.75

Call for more information

179 Talbot Street, Picton

Mon-Fri 8am to 5 pm

Sat. 8 am to 12 pm




Give your dog a pig's ear today! Look for the box of these natural dehydrated treats that dogs love in a cardboard box as soon as you walk in the front door. Only $1.25 each. We also stock an entire complement of Hartz pet care products, including Flea and Tick Spray, flea powder for cats, as well as collars, leashes, toys and pet food. We haven't forgotten your larger pets either. During the fly season we offer both equine and cattle fly sprays.

Pets bring us so much joy into our lives. Whether you are protecting them, feeding them or just having fun with them, Picton Farm Supply is the place to go for a wide variety of supplies for your special pets.  


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 We Stock The Whole Family of Squirrel Buster Feeders !

Mini:  $34.95

Peanut:  $71.95

Finch/Nyjer:  $71.95

Classic:  $71.95

Plus:  $112.95

Standard: $40.95 (photo on right)


Squirrel Buster Plus

Squirrel Buster Classic

Squirrel Buster Finch

Squirrel Buster Peanut

Squirrel Buster Mini









 Picton Farm Supply's wild bird feed and sunflower seed is also available at The County Depot, located at the corner of Highway 33 and Salem Road, at Consecon. Open Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Phone 613-394-5818


Picton Farm Supply

179 Talbot Street

R.R. # 8,

Picton Ontario

K0K 2T0

Phone 613-476-7507

NEW to Picton Farm Supply - we have an email address and would love to respond to any questions regarding the feeders we have in stock, feeders we are able to order, etc.  Feel free to email us at    with any questions you may have

Last Updated ( Jul 23, 2017 at 03:27 PM )
Upcoming Events at Presqu'ile Park PDF Print E-mail
Written by Terry Spraque   
Jul 22, 2017 at 03:00 AM

Last Updated ( Jul 22, 2017 at 06:57 AM )
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