Fall Birding outing to the Leslie Street Spit (Tommy Thompson Park)

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On Saturday 27 Sept. 8 members of the Naturalists gathered at the Spit at 8am, hoping to find some interesting birds in the park. The weather was incredibly nice, but the birding was slow. As we worked our way out along the spit, there were not a lot o …


First annual Fall potluck picnic

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It was agreed to start a new series of Fall get-togethers this year, given Russ Tilt’s health. It is sad to bring to an end the 42-year history of the Fall ‘Corn-Roast’ at Russ’s place. As an experiment the picnic shelter at Phyliss Rawlinson Park was …


A model for naturalist’s actions: Toronto’s Todmorden Mills Wildflower Preserve

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by Michael White 300 years ago, the Don River Valley at the location of Todmorden Mills was filled with trees and flowers and the Don River meandered through it. Wonscoteonok is what indigenous people called our Don. The river was full of salmon and tr …


Protect York Region’s Urban Forest

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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 …