If you care about Thickson Woods…

This small, precious patch of old growth forest needs special care and tending right now.  Invasive garlic mustard that sprouted the year after the ice storm under all those fallen limbs and treetops, and in the shadow of the berms, is going to seed and needs pulling.  Each plant removed now prevents hundreds of seeds from sprouting next spring. Dog-strangling vine spreading in the meadow needs sharp eyes for spotting strays and sharp shovels for…


The Nature Conservancy of Canada presents “Conservation by Air”

NCC presents Bill Lishman, aka “Father Goose” Join the Nature Conservancy of Canada for an afternoon with Bill Lishman (aka “Father Goose”), renowned naturalist, whose work has inspired the films Fly Away Home and Winged Migration. Bill Lishman, presenter at Nature Talks on June 4, 2016 (Photo courtesy of Bill Lishman) Nicknamed Father Goose by ABC’s Barbara Walters, Bill is an award-winning sculptor, filmmaker, inventor, naturalist and public speaker. Bill has spent the last few…


March Bird Group meeting report— Northern Bobwhite and Gray Partridge

Our regular Meeting was held on the 2nd Wed of March at Martin Chen’s home. A good turnout enjoyed the light refreshments while chatting before getting down to the business of discussing the two birds for the evening. Our first bird was the Northern Bobwhite (Colinus Virgianus), a bird of  Eastern North American which uses a variety of habitats in different parts of its range.  It is also extremely variable in plumage, both within and…


February Bird Group Report

Birdgroup Meeting  February 2016 The birdgroup met on February 11 2016, at the home of Athena Antiochos. There were eight members present to hear a discussion of the two species of the Cuculidae family which breed in Canada, the Yellow-billed Cuckoo (YBCU) and the Black-billed Cuckoo (BBCU). Martin Chen started the discussion with the names of the YBCU. Its scientific name is Coccyzus americanus. In the past its English name was California Cuckoo, in Canadian…


Bird Study Group January report

The Bird  Study Group welcomed in 2016 on January 13 at Mike Turk’s home where the topic for the evening was the comparison of two similar-sized, “chunky” wetland birds, Wilson’s Snipe and the American Woodcock. Wilson’s Snipe(Galinago delicato), standing 27-29 cm., is easily recognizeable by its brightly striped upper parts, bars on its sides, orange-tipped tail and very long bill. However, it is often not seen until it is disturbed and flushed from its cattail…


2015 Christmas Bird Count

In Richmond Hill, each year groups of birdwatchers of all levels of expertise disperse to their assigned sections; each group taking note of every bird and every species that they see in their area. The groups meet at the end of the day for the annual Chili Dinner, where their findings are totalled up. The club’s results in turn are submitted to Bird Studies Canada, which works with the Audubon Society in the US and…


RHN Evening at the Curtain Club: Rough Justice

Please join the RHN at Richmond Hill’s Curtain Club for a thrilling preview performance of Rough Justice, by reknowned British playwright, Terence Frisby. Please bring along your friends and family. This year’s play will be: Rough Justice – The courtroom drama by Terence Frisby – Tuesday March 24, 2015 – 8 p,m Tickets for this performance are $17.  There are only 75 tickets available with proceeds going to support the Richmond Hill Naturalists. Since 1955, the…


Review of John L. Riley’s “The Once and Future Great Lakes Country, An Ecological History”

Review by Michael White Published by the McGill-Queen’s University press, 2013. In 2014, John Riley brought his new book to the monthly meeting of the Richmond Hill Naturalists, an organization he once was part of and from whose members he learned about much about nature. At another Richmond Hill Naturalists monthly speakers meeting more than ten years ago, John came and told us of doing botanical searches on the south facing  slopes of hills in…


Christmas Bird Count results

We had a record number of feeder watchers (14+), plus 2 ‘super-watchers’ with elaborate feeder setups and detailed observing (Michael Biro in area 3 and Miranda O’Hara in area 2), mostly thanks to the Liberal article ahead of the count. I haven’t totalled up all the participants on the eight sector routes, but it may be a high as well (there were 3 separate non-overlapping groups in sector 3, not counting Roy Smith and Winnie…


Take Part in 115th Annual Christmas Bird Count

CBC-Poster

The annual Christmas Bird Count (CBC) – the longest-running Citizen Science survey in the world – will take place from December 14, 2014 to January 5, 2015. Tens of thousands of volunteers throughout North America will brave winter weather to add a new layer to over a century of data.   The local Richmond Hill count will take place on Saturday, 20 December.  (Please see attached poster.)   Interested feeder-watchers can also register their feeder at http://www.rhnaturalists.ca/register-your-bird-feeder/,…