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Sep 15, 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  ! ! !

OUR  GOALS  ARE....


  • 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:   





EXECUTIVE:



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


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
 


PROJECTS AND ACCOMPLISHMENTS OF P.E.C.F.N

 

  • 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 HERE FOR REPORT

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

CLICK HERE FOR REPORT


INDOOR MEETINGS

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:  Tim Gray, Forest Advisor

Topic:  Forests Ontario

Date:  Tuesday,  September 26 , 2017

Time:  6:00 p.m.

Location: Bloomfield Town Hall

Our speaker, Tim Gray, will provide a brief of Forests Ontario, an NGO that promotes good forest stewardship through environmental education and awareness. Forests Ontario enables forest restoration through tree planting programs. Tim will focus on the importance of trees in the environment, along with seed collection, matching species to site conditions, site preparation and challenges when growing trees. He will also describe criteria for landowner assistance programs provided by Forests Ontario. Tim is currently a Field Advisor for Forests Ontario in the Quinte/Bancroft/Gananoque area, where he provides advice and assistance to landowners and organizations that provide tree planting services. Tim is also from a farm background, where continuous farm ownership has been in his family in the Roslin area since 1840.
 

Upcoming Meetings

October 31: "Watersheds" with Les Stanfield

November 28:  "Impossible Journeys - the new science of migration" with Pamela Stagg

 
 

 

OUTINGS

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. 




THE WIND TURBINE ISSUE 

"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  ! ! !



 

PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY FIELD NATURALISTS NEWSLETTERS

To view, click the link below

2017

January 2017 Newsletter

March 2017 Newsletter

April 2017 Newsletter

September, 2017 Newsletter

 

2016

 January 2016 Newsletter

March 2016 Newsletter

November 2016 Newsletter

 

2015

January 2015 Newsletter

March 2015 Newsletter

May 2015 Newsletter

 
 

2014

February 2014 Newsletter

April 2014 Newsletter

September 2014 Newsletter

November 2014 Newsletter

 

2013

January 2013 Newsletter

April 2013 Newsletter

September 2013 Newsletter

November 2013 Newsletter

 

2012

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.



OTHER NEWS FROM PECFN

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

 

 

 


 

OF INTEREST TO MEMBERS

 

 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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Tree the County
presents
CALL OF THE FOREST
 

 


 

RELATED LINKS


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

CLICK HERE

 

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

CLICK HERE

 


 

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