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…


Annual General Meeting and Potluck Dinner

Our regular Annual General Meeting will occur as usual in the Wallace Hall at the church. We will have the potluck from 6:30-6:45 (come earlier if you can, to help set up). The AGM will follow, electing new officers (we need a full slate of new officers, as previously announced). The AGM will be followed by a guest speaker, Ms Judi Grendorff. Judi Orendorff is an environmental biologist now retired from a long career dedicated…


Regular March meeting

Our regular March meeting will feature two speakers.  Liz Coutour will give us a brief introduction to a new initiative called Treemobile, which will involve community members planting shrubs and fruit trees throughout Richmond Hill. Our main speaker will be Mr Eric Davies, a PhD student in the Faculty of Forestry at U of T.  He has become well known in the Toronto area as an advocate for native trees, and their benefit to maintaining…


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…


RHN Meeting Feb 18, 2016 @ 7:30PM: Susan Walmer from Oak Ridges Moraine Land Trust

12,000 years ago, Mother Nature created a beautiful water filter to provide abundant clean water for the plants and animals that inhabited the earth. Now, we are benefiting from her vision! The Oak Ridges Moraine Land Trust works to protect sensitive lands on the Moraine to ensure it can continue to function. Susan Walmer will provide an overview of the programs and projects that continue to protect this 12,000 year old land form so that…


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…


RHN Meeting Jan 21, 2016 @ 7:30PM: Birding in Panama

Please joins us this Thursday evening when Tony and Joandice share an exciting slideshow featuring highlights from their recent trip to Panama, one of the world’s premier birding hotspots. The Marshals are seasoned travels who always bring home a suitcase full of great stories and stunning photography from where ever they go. This fun and engaging evening will definitely take a bite of out winter. Hope to see you there!   Richmond Hill Presbyterian Church,…


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…


October Bird Group meeting

Bird Study Group Report The group gathered at the Denzel’s home on the second Wednesday of October for the first meeting of the year. The topic for the night was the pair of Common Merganser and Red-breasted Merganser, both birds which can be seen in the area, and after enjoying refreshments we got down to work on the birds. Brief summaries are given below. The Red-breasted Merganser(Mergus serrator) is a common northern, primarily arctic breeder…


RHN Nov 19th meeting: An Amazing Amazonian Visit

An Amazing Amazonian Visit: Birds, Butterflies, and others Please join us on November 19th at 7:30pm for a survey of some of the wonderful wildlife and scenery observed on a recent trip to Brazil by a small group which included RHN members Denise and Rod Potter, and Charlene and Gene Denzel. Denise will share some of the highlights of the trip. Where: McConaghy Centre, 10100 Yonge Street Richmond Hill, ON L4C 1T8 Cost: Members are…