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Outings & Events of Interest

Upcoming Field Trips and Rambles
Open to club members only                      Upcoming Public Events

Contact the trip leader or consult your newsletter for trip details such as meeting time and location.

The KFN Executive strongly encourages carpooling for all Rambles & Fieldtrips. Please pay a fair share of the driving expenses to your driver. If you are not sure how much is fair, ask your driver how much he thinks the trip cost him. An example: Three people share a car from Kingston to Prince Edward Point. Each person might contribute $10.

Important note: Please be aware that ticks carrying Lyme disease have been found in the Kingston region, in places including Lemoine Point, Prince Edward County, Amherst Island, St. Lawrence Islands National Park and the Frontenac Arch. If you take part in field trips in these areas, or visit them on your own, we strongly recommend that you take precautions against tick bites. Please read this information on Lyme disease, adapted from a brochure from the Ministry of Health and Long-term Care.

Jan 02, 2018 - TueRamble at ELEEC
Leader: Anne Robertson
9:30am-12:30pm. Meet at Kingslake Plaza (Division Street south of Hwy 401) Dress warmly and bring a snack. ELEEC= Elbow Lake Environmental Education Centre
Jan 16, 2018 - TueRamble on K&P Trail, North of McIvor Road
Leader: Anne Robertson
Meet at parking lot 1.6 km west of Sydenham Road and 0.7 km east of Hwy 38. Dress warmly and bring a snack. 9:30am-12 noon.
Jan 20, 2018 - SatHelen Quillian Sanctuary, Van Luven trail
Leader: Kip Parker    Phone: 613-546-4786
9:30am-approx. noon. A walk in the woods to see what is stirring in winter, mammal tracks, and any winter birds. Meet at 8:30am at the car park on Sydenham Road to carpool. Then we will meet Kip at the Sydenham library (4412 Wheatley Street) for 9:00 and head north to the sanctuary. Good boots and warm clothing a must; walking poles, snowshoes or slip-on ice studs may be needed, depending on conditions. This terrain has some ups and downs. Kip's e-mail: Note that field trips are for KFN members only. Please become a member to participate.
Feb 06, 2018 - TueRamble on Kingston Waterfront from Olympic Harbour
Leader: Anne Robertson
Meet by the flag poles at Olympic Harbour. Dress warmly. 9:30-11:30am.

Upcoming Events of Interest
Normally open to the public

Dec 14, 2017 - Thu
- Dec 30, 2017 - Sat
Christmas Bird Counts in the Region
Participants for our Christmas Bird Counts are needed. You don't have to be an expert to participate and this is a great opportunity for new members to learn about the area. Contact the area compiler listed below if you wish to participate, or for more information. December 14, Thursday, Westport, with Wendy briggs-Jude (613-273-5449) December 16, Saturday, Frontenac with Carolyn Bonta and Michael Johnson (613-531-4578) (more info on this and kids count listed as a separate event) December 16, Saturday, Prince Edward Point with Pamela Stagg December 17, Sunday, Kingston with Mark Read (613-217-1246) (more info about this count and the dinner listed as separate event) December 20, Wednesday, Delta with Jim Thompson, December 22, Friday, Gananoque with Kurt Hennige (613-876-1804) December 23, Saturday, Napanee with Bonnie Bailey (613-329-4572), December 29, Friday, Amherst Island with Janet Scott (613-389-4608), Come on the 7:30 ferry, meet at the school. Lunch in provided. December 30, Saturday, Moscow, with Bonnie Bailey (613-329-4572) Participants will be rewarded with a hot lunch. For the Thousand Island count, conact Josh VanWieren (613-923-5261 x113) A map with all Canadian Christmas Bird Counts can be found at:
Dec 16, 2017 - Sat"Frontenac" Christmas Bird Count
Birders of all ages and abilities are invited to attend any of the day's events, but advance registration is required. The day begins at 9am with a Winter Birds 101 workshop at the Sydenham branch of the Kingston Frontenac Public Library. Census of the "Frontenac" circle runs from 9am to 4pm. Outdoor surveyors will be assigned to teams and routes based on interest and ability. Stay-at-home feeder watchers are also needed! The days ends with a celebratory dinner and social 5-7:30pm in Sydenham. Contact Carolyn Bonta/ Michael Johnson at or 613-531-4578 for information or to register. The "Frontenac" CBC is in partnership with the Friends of Frontenac Park. A map of the census area is available at: Our census area included part of the Frontenac Forests Important Bird Area, newly designated in 2017!
Dec 16, 2017 - SatChristmas Bird Count for Kids
Children and their families can also celebrate birds and contribute to the "Frontenac" CBC! This interactive afternoon workshop will introduce common winter birds using specimens and displays, then will head out on a short guided hike to look for birds to count. Warm up after with hot chocolate, sharing stories and fun facts about birds. Takes place 1-3pm at the Frontenac Provincial Park office. Free admission. Dress warmly and bring binoculars if you have them. Contact the park at 613-376-3489 for information. Hosted by The Friends of Frontenac Park.
Dec 17, 2017 - SunKingston Christmas Bird Count (CBC) and Dinner
The 53rd annual Kingston CBC looks to volunteers to help survey birds within a 24km circle that encompasses much of Kingston and Wolfe Island. The area is typically divided into 9 sections, each with a 'sector leader' who coordinates the survey on a local scale. We are always looking for participants to join these teams, but just as importantly we are also looking for those who'd prefer to watch their backyard feeders for anything from 15 minutes or more. For more information, or to join a group, please contact Kingston Coordinator Mark Read at or 613-217-1246. As usual, we will be meeting for dinner at the Cataraqui Golf and Country Club. Whether you take part in the count or not, this social event is open to all. Again, please contact Mark if you wish to join us for dinner.
Jun 15, 2018 - Fri
- Jun 16, 2018 - Sat
2018 Bioblitz!
The Kingston Field Naturalists will be holding their 20th BioBlitz June 15/16, 2018 at the Helen Quilliam Sanctuary at Otter Lake. This will be a follow up to BioBlitzes held there in 2000 and 2002 We hope you will reserve this date and join us for this event. Further information will be sent in February, April and May or contact Anne (, 613 389 6742)

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