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Mar 20, 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 fedearl 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: Terry Sprague led a guided hike at Little Bluff Conservation Area in June, 2016  as part of the PECFN Bioblitz. Photo of barrier beach by Terry Sprague

* * 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 ! !

Speaker: Gavin North 

Topic:  "The Honey Bee"

Date:  Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Time:  7:00 p.m.

Location: Bloomfield Town Hall

The European honey bee Apis Mellifera is one of many pollinators that sustain our ecosystem, as well as the only insect that produces a major agricultural crop.  Recent research into honey bee health has provided valuable insight into thousands of wild bees, wasps and other pollinators.  Gavin North will describe the characteristics and duties of the different types of honey bees; life inside the hive; and the effect of environmental pressures on these important partners in our natural world. Gavin North is Head Drone at Honey Pie Hives & Herbals, an apiary, meadery and herb farm in Prince Edward County.  He is a Master Beekeeper certified by the BC Ministry of Agriculture and has been keeping bees since 2000.  In addition to his duties as beekeeper and mazer (mead maker), Gavin teaches an annual Introduction to Beekeeping workshop series at Honey Pie Farm and is a local advocate for pollinator health and farmers' rights.
Apr 25: Angus Ross "Climate Change - A Different World"
May 30 (AGM): David Okines "Birdathoning in the County"
Jun 27 (20-year anniversary): Potluck and awards night at Bloomfield Town Hall, members only.


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.

Feeding the chickadees at Owl Woods on Amherst Island. Photo by Sydney Smith of Wellington (2016)


Date: September 28, 2016

Photo by Terry SpragueHIKE AT PLEASANT BAY
by Terry Sprague
(photos by Terry Sprague & Pauline Morisette)
Thirty-two species today during a 4 km walk along the Pleasant Bay beach between North Beach Provincial Park and the Pleasant Bay channel. Bird of the day was most certainly the BLUE JAY as they were around us for the entire two and a half hour walk like mosquitoes would be in the spring. An estimated 300-400 individuals, some in flocks of 30 or more, but always a few in sight all the time. Shorebirds were loafing around the channel, comprising one juvenile BAIRD’S SANDPIPER, a LESSER YELLOWLEGS, 12 KILLDEER, 1 SEMIPALMATED PLOVER, and 8 LEAST SANDPIPERS. A  CASPIAN TERN darted in front of us at one point – somewhat late, although they have been known to linger well into October. Twenty-eight MUTE SWANS  were floating around out in Pleasant Bay with 30 CANADA GEESE, and three COMMON MERGANSERS were seen on the shore of Lake Ontario. Good habitat along the trail we followed over the dunes for YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERS, but only three were seen, along with NORTHERN FLICKER, 2 SONG SPARROWS, a WHITE-BREASTED NUTHATCH, AMERICAN ROBINS and MOURNING DOVES. Early on in the walk, a BELTED KINGFISHER  was seen. Eight TURKEY VULTURES  kettled above us throughout the walk as though expecting us to keel over from the heat.
Photos: PECFN member Brian Durell photographs a shorebird (photo at left), while Terry Sprague explains the flora and fauna on PECFN's outing along the Pleasant Bay sand bar (photo on right)


"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:

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To view, click the link below


January 2017 Newsletter

March 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:







submitted to the EBR Registry, Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry on March 13, 2017, by Myrna Wood, Past President of PECFN.
Conserving the Biodiversity of our County
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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Join us for our Spring Waterfowl Blitz as we count waterfowl across the South Shore IBA. Volunteers go out in teams to viewing points around the South Shore Important Bird and Diversity Area (IBA) and tally migrating waterfowl to compile a one-day snapshot of the birds in and around Prince Edward Point. Any level of expertise is welcome. Lunch is provided! Spend a great morning with other birders and get to know the South Shore IBA. Meet at the Mariner's Park Museum at 8:30 a.m.  If you haven't confirmed your participation yet please contact Peter Fuller (   or 613-968-4643)




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! 




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