2016 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 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 elsewhere to analyze the data….


Theo Hofmann to speak at next meeting on Tues 15 Nov

‘Monkeys, Birds and the song of a 3-toed Sloth in Panama’ I will show pictures of three species of monkeys, lots of hummingbirds and a variety of other birds, two other mammals and a 3-toed sloth. (A humorous, slightly satirical song of the Sloth by Flanders and Swann will be played.) I will be a describing the unusual community in which Alfred Raab spends his winters with his wife. I will also talk briefly about…


Oct 18 Speaker: Emily Rondel on bird monitoring and citizen science in urban areas

The Richmond Hill Naturalists speaker for Tuesday, 18 October, 7:30 pm at the Richmond Hill Presbyterian Church, will be Emily Rondel. Emily is the Toronto Projects Coordinator for Bird Studies Canada. In this role, she plans public bird monitoring efforts within the GTA to track the diversity and health of our urban avian populations. She also provides outreach and education to create local support for Bird Studies Canada’s national efforts such as Project FeederWatch and…


Regular monthly meeting: Sept 20th with Kevin Callan!

The Richmond Hill Naturalists Speaker For Tuesday evening, 20 September is Kevin Callan. Kevin Callan is the author of thirteen books, including the best selling “The Happy Camper”, the incredibly popular series of paddling guides, and most reviewed “Wilderness Pleasures: A Practical Guide to Camping Bliss”. On a regular basis, he presents across North America and has been a key speaker at all the major canoe events for over 25 years. Callan is also a frequent…


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…