RHN Annual Meeting with Guest Speaker Glenn Coady

Please join us on April 18 for our 2016-17 season potluck dinner, AGM and guest speaker. This year the RHN is fortunate to host Glenn Coady, one of Ontario’s most active birders since the late 1970s. Glenn will discuss efforts to protect nesting pairs of Piping Plovers within the GTA. In 2015, Glenn discovered a nest of Piping Plovers on Hanlan’s Point Beach on Toronto Islands, the first nest on the Canadian side of Lake Ontario…


March 21 Meeting: Pat Burchell presents “Mushrooms are beautiful!”

Pat Burchell, the past president of the Ontario Mycological Society, will show and tell about the mushrooms which surround us —- in our gardens, the parks and forests around us, even on our roofs sometimes! Mycena leaiana OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Reminder Richmond Hill Naturalists meetings are the Third Tuesday of the month at 7:30 p.m. At Richmond Hill Presbyterian Church’s Wallace Hall: Wallace Hall 10066 Yonge St., Richmond Hill (West side, first entrance north of…


Feb 21 Meeting: Otto Peter presents “The Natural History and Beauty of Antarctica and South Georgia Island”

Otto Peter, who has a Degree in Biology,  is a lifelong nature lover who with his wife has travelled to all seven continents in search of the flora and fauna and the awesome places that exist on Planet earth. This  Antarctica trip ranks as number one of all the places they have visited.  Otto is the past President of Durham Region Field Naturalists is currently its Program Coordinator, President of Thickson’s Woods Land Trust, and…


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…