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Jan 29, 2016 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    O S T R A N D E R   P O I N T  ! ! !

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)

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




EXECUTIVE:



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


MEMBERSHIPAmherst Island outing. Photo by Sydney Smith


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: Guided hike at the Alderville Black Oak Savanna on September 26, 2015. Photo by Agneta Sand


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)Amherst Island outing. Photo by Sydney Smith
  • vegetation mapping of the Massassauga Point Conservation Area
  • 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 members  look over a large area of Big Bluestem at the Alderville Black Oak Savanna on September 26, 2015. Photo by Agneta Sand

* * 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.


 
 

 

 Another Exciting Ostrander Point Fund Raiser, May 18, 2016! 

Flight of the Butterflies

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Our Next Meeting ! !

Speaker: Mark Read

Topic:  "The Highs and Lows of Nepal"

Date: Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Time: 7:00 p.m.

Location: Bloomfield Town Hall

Nepal, a small Himalayan country sandwiched between India and China, has abundant wildlife. Ranging in elevation from 59 metres in the lowlands to 8848 metres at the top of the world means that pretty much every habitat-type is represented. With such a diversity of habitats comes an incredible diversity of birds and people. Mark will reflect upon his time birding there while also sharing a few of the cultural experiences he encountered along the way. Mark is currently the NatureHood Coordinator at the Prince Edward Point Bird Observatory, but that is just te latest in a long career in education that has taken him from Park Ranger at Sherwood Forest in the UK, Ecotourism Lecturer and Field Researcher in Thailand, Head of Secondary at an International School in Egypt, and Senior Interpreter/Naturalist here in Canada with Ontario Parks. For two years he was based in the lowland Terai region of Far-West Nepal working with the Ministry of Education as an in-school advisor. As an avid birder of almost 40 years, it is rare to see him without a pair of binoculars hanging from his neck.

 
Looking ahead to upcoming Meetings

Tuesday, March 29: "Wildflowers in the County" with Sue Banks
Tuesday, April 26: "Aboriginal History in the County" with George Reid
Tuesday, May 31: AGM - "Fifty Years a Naturalist" with Terry Sprague
 
 

OUTINGS

Amherst Island Owl Woods: Tuesday, January 22, with Joanne Dewey: Join us on an exiting outing to Amherst Island to see overwintering owls in the famous "Owl Woods"! In past years, we have seen Snowy Owls, Long-eared Owls, Barred Owls, Northern Saw-whet Owls, and more. Dress warmly, and bring a lunch. Meet Joanne at the Glenora Ferry at 9:00 a.m. RSVP Joanne Dewey at  

Winter Outing to Point Petre: Tuesday, February 9:  We will carpool, stopping occasionally to look for birds and other things on our way with leader Joanne Dewey, and then have a walk at Point Petre. Dress for the weather and bring a lunch. Meet at the Mary Street parking lot in Picton at 9:00 a.m. sharp. RSVP Joanne Dewey at  

 

OUTING REPORT

Friday, January 22: Amherst Island
Amherst Island outing. Photo by Sydney SmithIt was a beautiful day to be out on the island but much more of a hawk day than an owl day.  There were 13 members in 5 cars.  The eastern portion of the island produced  3 SNOWY OWLS, 1 LONG-EARED OWL, about 18 ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS (both colour morphs), 8 RED-TAILED HAWKS and 6 NORTHERN HARRIERS, as well as 6 BALD EAGLES.  On the group’s way home, they even had one adult BALD EAGLE fly along the shore as the group was sitting in their cars on the ferry.The bird settled in a tree along the shoreline where he was admired and after a few minutes he did a fly-by around the ferry. The ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS were very interesting because at around 2:30 p.m. when the group was re-checking a field with a flock of sheep on the north side of the island, they noticed quite a few hawks sitting in trees and shrubs behind the flock (as well as 5 BALD EAGLES) - then noticed a number of them on the ground. Likely a good example of a symbiotic relationship between the sheep, the meadow voles and the raptors with the sheep scratching the ground causing the voles to scurry away whereupon the bountiful rodent population was being exploited by the hawks.  Also seen on the island was a flock of about 20 SNOW BUNTINGS near the south shore at the east end of the island. In wooded areas there lots of BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEES, 2 WHITE-BREASTED NUTHATCHES, 2 DOWNY WOODPECKERS and AMERICAN TREE SPARROWS. Backyards on the island produced lots of HOUSE SPARROWS and HOUSE FINCHES.  On the island shores there were COMMON MERGANSERS and MALLARDS while on the mainland shores RED-BREASTED MERGANSERS, LONG-TAILED DUCKS and  COMMON GOLDENEYE.   - Sheila Kuja
 
Photo, including two above photos depicting outing by Sydney Smith of Wellington
     



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.

Ostrander Point – will it still be a hotspot? Article submitted to Trail and Landscape by Paul Catling, Sheila McKay-Kuja, Brenda Kostiuk, and Allen Kuja: Some of the great ecologists of our time have said that the battle to protect Canadian biodiversity will be won or lost on the land between the protected sites. This was because there are not enough of them and they are not connected. Some hoped that we could start with the protected areas and add to that base with increased protective attitudes on the part of landowners led by exemplary protection of natural resources by governments. Ostrander Point is a key location in this concept of connectivity being a link between Prince Edward Point and Point Petre. The former is second only to the world-renowned Point Pelee National Park in its numbers and diversity of birds. Read more........

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

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PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY FIELD NATURALISTS NEWSLETTERS

To view, click the link below

2016

 January 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:

The Rotary Club of Wellington is upgrading 8 km of the Millennium Trail through Wellington for the use of residents and tourists, particularly cyclists, because it is too rough to ride a bike on it. That leaves 41 km more to be done from Carrying Place to Picton. PECFN may be interested in serving on this committee to ensure that habitat preservation and the interests of naturalists are addressed. Read more.........

 


 

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