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Dear Fellow Concerned Citizens: “Help one another; there’s no time like the present and no present like the time.”  – James Durst, songwriter The Richmond Hill Naturalists need your help.  We have been called to appear before the Ontario Municipal Boar …


February Bird Group Meeting

Bird Group February meeting. The group got together at Dana Jonak’s home on Wednesday, the 11th, to discuss a couple of ‘Little Brown Jobs’, the Grasshopper Sparrow and Henslow’s Sparrow, both members of the Ammodramus family. These are both birds whic …


November Bird Group meeting

The group met at Barbara Jackson’s home to discuss these two birds (and other recent happenings in our bird-watching lives). In the USA/Canada, the Rough-winged Swallow is seen fairly regularly(including around the GTA), while the Cave Swallow is only …


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 abou …


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 total …


Take Part in 115th Annual Christmas Bird Count

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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 …


Citizen science goes mobile with free Ontario Nature app

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Ontario Nature’s Reptile and Amphibian Atlas app helps you identify more than 50 species of frog, toad, turtle, snake, lizard and salamander found across the province. In addition the app allows you to submit sightings with ease and stores a record of …


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 …