Durham Region Field Naturalists © 2017 UPDATED MAY 23, 2017


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:

Saturday, May 27, 10:00 AM

Rossland Road Butterfly Garden:

Spring Clean-up and Maintenance

Leader: Dianne Pazaratz. Come out to help beautify our mature pollinator garden. Something for everyone – planting, weeding, edging, spreading mulch, whatever you like to do in a garden. We need lots of help! Bring your favourite garden tools and gloves. Dress for weather conditions.

Location: Rossland Road just west of Oshawa Creek. Park on Ainslie Court or Glencairn, the two side streets east and west of the garden.

Note: Help is also needed over the summer – a couple of hours once, or as often as you can come. Please contact Dianne if you can assist – 905-433-7875 or

DRFN Annual Weekend Outing

June 9-11: 2017

This year we will return to a spring-time outing. It will be a chance to see some late spring flowers and local birds on territory. Where to? Somewhere close by – Warsaw Caves Conservation Area and Campground operated by Otonabee Conservation and located north of Rice Lake. There’s family and group camping in the park. Besides caves, there is “15 km of trail that meanders through forests and across a limestone plain. Visit the lookout and enjoy a great view down the gorge of Indian River. There's potholes and kettles and a disappearing river.” So it sounds like an interesting area to explore. I will have a sign-up sheet at the March meeting. Or contact me at dlgill(at)

Wednesday, June 14 at 5:30 PM

Carden Alvar with Otto Peter

•An opportunity to experience the sights and sounds of the Alvar in the early evening. Weather permitting; we may see Blue Birds, Loggerhead Shrikes, Upland Sandpiper, Wilson’s Snipe, a variety of Sparrows, Nighthawks, prairie wildflowers and listen to lovely Thrush songs (or coyote yelps) as the sun sets. (Stay late and you may see fire flies and hear Whip-poor-wills.)

•Meet at the Northview Library parking lot. (Alternately meet a Wylie and McNamee Roads at the Carden Alvar at 6:30 PM.)

•Difficulty: Light walking.

•Bring water and insect protection.

Monday, July 03 at 1:00 PM

Butterflies at Enniskillen Conservation Area with Rayfield Pye

•Weather permitting, we should see many fine butterflies.

•Driving directions: Exit highway 401 at Waverly Rd. Travel North on Regional Rd. #57. Turn Left at Concession Rd. 7. Turn Right on Holt Road and follow the signs. Drive past the main parking lot to the second parking lot where we will meet.

•Difficulty: Light walking.

•Bring water and insect protection.

Saturday, August 26 at 8:00 AM

Presqu’ile Provincial Park Nature Walk with Don Docherty

•Let’s visit Presqu’ile to see a wide range of flora and fauna. This should be an excellent opportunity to see migrants from shore birds to warblers as well as late summer wildflowers.

•Meet to car pool at 8:00 AM at the old GO Station parking lot off Simcoe Street South near the Highway 401 on-ramp. Parking is available at the side farthest from the street. (Alternately, meet at the park gates at 9:00 AM.)

•Check the weather forecast and dress accordingly.

•Bring water, lunch, sun screen and insect protection.

•A spotting scope may be helpful although a few should be available.

•Difficulty: Extensive easy walking. Potential calorie overload due to ice cream at the park store.

Past Outings

Sunday, May 14, 10:00 AM

Clements Woods: Wildflowers

Saturday, April 22, 9:00 AM

Thickson’s Woods: Spring Nature Walk and Garlic Mustard Removal

Saturday, March 25 at 9:00 AM

Presqu’ile Provincial Park: Waterfowl

Saturday, February 25: 10:00 AM-noon

How to know a Tree when there are no leaves.

Sunday, December 18

Durham Christmas Bird Count

Saturday, January 14, 2017, 8:45 AM

Annual Winter Bird Feeder Tour

and Potluck Lunch


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