Protect York Region’s Urban Forest

Emerald Ash Borer

LEAF is working to protect York Region’s urban canopy from the devastating effects of the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB).  It is anticipated that most for the 2,800,000 ash trees in York Region (700,00 in the urban forest and 2,100,000 in rural woodlands) wil …


Birding at the Cawthra-Mulock Nature Reserve

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On Saturday morning, 24 May, a group of 9 members (see picture by C Mancey) convened at the Cawthra-Mulock reserve at 7:45 am, mostly having car-pooled from the RH Go station.  The weather was cool but beautiful, and we all looked forward to finding a …


April 17th: RHN AGM and Dinner / Speaker: John Riley

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Don’t miss our annual Richmond Hill Naturalists AGM and Potluck Dinner on Thursday, April 17th. Dinner will be at 6pm, followed by our guest speaker, John Riley at 7:30pm. John Riley is the Chief Science Officer and National Director of Conservation St …


March 20th: An Evening of Wildlife Photography with Greg Schneider

Greg Schneider is a veteran wildlife photographer whose work has been featured in Audubon, Birder’s World (now BirdWatching), National Geographic, ofo.ca, and Outdoor Photography Canada, as well as various non-profit venues including bird atlases, ebir …


January 16th Meeting: Bird banding in King Township – Migrants, snow buntings, M.A.P.S. and More!

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Please join the Richmond Hill Naturalists at our January 16th general meeting and talk.  This month, Theresa Mckenzie will take members on an illustrated tour of a new banding station in King Township. Learn about the art and science of bird-banding an …


Rouge National Park and the Pickering Airport: Opportunities and Challenges

Photo of Jim Robb addressing Richmond Hill Naturalists, October 2013, by Deb Chute

This was Jim Robb’s message to the RHN at our October 2013 meeting:  Tell the Canadian Government to protect the ecological integrity of the Rouge Park by honouring the original vision and rehabilitation plans. Together, we can create a 100-square-kilometre National Park our children will be proud of!


2013 Christmas Bird Count

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On December 14th, 2013, small groups of Richmond Hill Naturalists and friends will rise early, bundle up, strap on their binoculars and spread out across southern York Region counting every single bird we see and hear during the day. The data we collec …


Hudsonian and Marbled Godwits – Bird Studies Group October 2013

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Hudsonian Godwit By Gene Denzel The Bird Studies group gathered at the Denzel home for the first meeting of the season. We were keen to inform each other about the various aspects of the two target birds, and share any good birding adventures people ha …


Christmas Ferns and Saskatoon Berry Jam

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Botany Club Report by Ted Hampton On November 4 at Charles Bishop’s home, six members of the Botany Group shared thoughts and information about the following plants of our choice. Saskatoon Berry SASKATOON BERRY is a shrub/tree and a member of the Serv …


Leslie Spit Outing

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On Saturday, 28 Sept, a group of Naturalists gathered at the base of the Leslie Spit (aka Tommy Thompson Park) for a morning of birding. The goal was to work our way out to the Bird Research Station for a demonstration of banding practices by Denise Po …