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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:

Upcoming Outings and COVID-19 Guidance

These are challenging times due to COVID-19. We all embrace nature and long to see our favourite wildflowers, birds, mammals, insects and other wildlife. DRFN will follow the guidance, laws and regulations of Canada, Ontario and local municipalities to limit the spread and minimize the danger. When “Stay at Home” guidance is lifted, DRFN will resume outings but limits on group size and social distancing will still apply. We will not car-pool or share optics so bring your own. Be prepared that washrooms may not be as available as in the past. Bring hand sanitizer. Bring your own drinks, and food since restaurants may not be available.

Saturday, October 17 at 10:00 AM

Durham Forest Fall Forest and Mushroom Appreciation Walk

The fall brings a chill to the air but fall colours and mushrooms add beauty and a pleasant aroma to the woods. Brings your binoculars or a camera to see what nature has in store for us.

Durham Regional Forest is 596 hectares (1,473 acres) of forested property. Much of this forest consists of land that was reforested in the 1920s to prevent soil erosion. It also provides outstanding recreational opportunities and wildlife habitat.

The forest is located between Concession Road 7 and Lake Ridge Road. It is just 1 KM south of Goodwood Road. A small parking lot is located on the west side of Concession Road 7 just west of the microwave towers.

Difficulty: Check the weather forecast and dress accordingly. Casual walking on sandy trails with a few slopes will be required.

Bring water.

Saturday, November 07 at 10 AM

Lake Ontario Marshes

Meet at the entrance to the south trail off Hall’s Road in Whitby. (Take Victoria Street in Whitby to get to Hall’s Road.)

We’ll start at the south platform for a pleasant normal view of the marsh. Next, we’ll walk south around the lake side of the marsh. We’ll check the marsh for ducks and other late migrants. We’ll finish with a trip to Pumphouse Marsh. Rain or shine the Chickadees want to be your friend.

Difficulty: Light walking.

Check the weather forecast and dress accordingly.

Past Outings

Saturday, September 26, 2020 at 10 AM

Darlington Generating Station Parkland

Saturday, August 29,2020 at 10:00 AM

Nature Walk Long Sault CA

Wednesday, July 01, 2020 at 1:00 PM

Butterfly Walk at Heber Down Conservation Area

Saturday, March 14, 2020

at 7 AM

Algonquin Park

Monday, February 17, 2020

at 10:00 AM

Thickson’s Woods – Winter Walk

Saturday, January 11, 2020 at 8:45 AM

Annual Winter Bird Feeder Tour and Potluck Lunch

(cancelled due to weather)

Saturday, December 21, 2019

Durham Christmas Bird Count

Saturday, November 30,2019 at 8 AM

Niagara Gulls

Saturday, October 26, 2019 at 10 AM

Cranberry Marsh – From Different Perspectives

Saturday, Sept. 21, 2019

9:00 am to 3:30 pm

Thickson's Woods Land Trust

Birds, Beavers & Butterflies

Nature Festival

Saturday, August 24, 2019 at 10 AM

Samuel Wilmot Nature Area

Saturday, July 06, 2019 at 1:00 PM

Butterfly Walk at Heber Down Conservation Area