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JUNIORS

Meetings are at McArthur Hall Rooms A313 and A317 from 6:30 to 8:00pm

SEPTEMBER

Thursday 28 September 6:30 to 8:00 pm INTRODUCTION AND ORIENTATION

Summer projects are due October 26. T-shirts may be ordered at meetings until October 26.

MAY

Thursday 25 May 6:00 to 8:00 pm WILD FOOD PICNIC at Brownie house behind Invista. Please sign up by 23 May. NOTE TIMES. This is a full meal with a big variety of wild foods. Please each bring a dish for four containing at least one wild food. Bring kfs, plate and mug in a bag. Ask Anne for ideas/suggestions. Dress warmly (cool wind off the lake) with long pants and socks against ticks. There will be signs to the site from Front Road West traffic light entrance to Invista.

Friday 16 June to Saturday 17 June BIOBLITZ

Juniors are invited to participate in the BioBlitz. Please see information elsewhere in the Newsletter and on the web site (kingstonfieldnaturalists.org). This is a field trip to find as many wild plants and animals on that site as we can in 24 hours. Please help Diane with pond dipping Saturday afternoon and join in any other activities that interest you.

THREE SUMMER PROJECTS If you are interested in finding out more about nature why not do a summer project? All project submissions are due 27 October 2017.

Please note these are not book or computer projects. Ask Anne for ideas or more information.

The Roland Beschel Prize will be awarded for a project done on observation and presentation of something in our natural world. It may include collections, records and/or experimentation.

The Nan Yeomans Prize will be awarded for a nature journal kept over the summer. Records of nature observations through notes and drawings are suitable. A page a day or a page a week is your choice.

The Photo Competition: Submit your best wildlife photo of the summer of 2017. Write and tell us a little about the picture. Maximum 3 pictures per member.

Registration forms for September will be mailed in August.

March

Thursday 9 March PATTERNS IN NATURE

Thursday 23 March WATERFOWL

Field Trip Saturday 25 March. Presqu'ile Provincial Park. Waterfowl Meet McArthur 9:00am. Return 3:30pm Dress warmly and bring lunch and a snack. Bird field guide and binoculars useful. Car booster seat where required by law must be provided. Please sign up by Thursday 23 March. 613 389 6742 or nn8ture.anne@sympatico.ca

Thursday 13 April ENDANGERED SPECIES

Thursday 27 APRIL ADVOCACY

Field Trip Saturday 22 April. Roadside Cleanup at Helen Quilliam Sanctuary of KFN and woodland wildflower walk. Meet McArthur 9:00am Return 3:00pm. Bring lunch, snacks and work gloves for picking up garbage. Car booster seat where required by law must be provided. Please sign up by Thursday 20 April. (613 389 6742 or n8ture.anne@sympatico.ca)

CAMP SCHOLARSHIP The Stirrett Scholarship is available for a Junior Naturalist to attend a Nature Camp. Applications deadline April 1. Please ask Anne for details

Cataraqui Region Conservation Authority Nature Explorers Camp for 6-11 year olds. Eight week long sessions. Google CRCA Nature Camp Day Camp.

Eco Adventure Camp for 8-14 year olds at ELEEC (Elbow Lake Environmental Education Centre). Seven week long sessions. Google Eco-adventure Camp Kingston.

February

Thursday 23 February ARBOR ARMOUR

Field Trip Saturday 25 February. Hike around Parrott Bay.Meet at McArthur 9:00; return 3:00 pm. Bring snack and lunch with something hot in a thermos. Where required by law, a car booster seat must be provided. Please sign up by the meeting on February 23 or contact Anne by that date (613-389-6742 or n8ture.anne@sympatico.ca) so rides may be arranged and materials prepared.

December

Thursday 8 December SEASONAL CRAFTS

Thursday 12 January FEELERS

Thursday 26 January ANIMALS AROUND THE WORLD

Field Trip Saturday 28 January Winter Hike to Meyer Woods property of Land Conservancy for KFLA. Meet 9:00 at McArthur. Return 2:00pm. Wear good winter clothing and boots. Bring lunch in a small pack with something hot in a small thermos. Please sign up by Thursday 26 January.

Coin Collection The annual coin collection for wildlife will take place at December and January meetings. The organisation we support will be discussed at November 24 meeting.

November

Thursday 10 November BATS WITH MATT

Thursday 24 November LIFE IN A LOG

Field Trip Saturday 26 November 9:00 am to 2:30 pm. Hike and nature hunt at Robertson Cottage.

Meet at McArthur Hall. Wear appropriate clothing and good footwear. Bring lunch in a small pack with something hot in a small thermos. Car booster seats where required by law must be supplied. Please sign up by Thursday 24 November.

October

Thursday 13 October BEETLES AND TRUE BUGS

Thursday 27 October FRUITS AND SEEDS OF FOREST AND FIELD

Field Trip Saturday 22 October 9:00 am to 2:30 pm GEOLOGY of the KINGSTON AREA. Start a collection of local rock specimens.

Meet at McArthur Hall. Bring lunch, a drink and a snack in a small pack. Bring newspaper to wrap specimens and a bag to carry them. Where required by law a car booster seat must be provided. Some parent drivers are appreciated. Please sign up at the meeting on October 13 or contact Anne (613-389-6742 n8ture.anne@sympatico.ca no later than October 20 so rides may be arranged and sufficient materials and handouts prepared.

Summer projects are due October 27

T shirts and sweatshirts may be ordered until October 27.

September

Registration forms were mailed to past members on August 15. The deadline for registration is 15 September

Potential new members may download an application from the website here (page 1 and 2) or contacting Diane at 613 634 3013, diane.lawrence@queensu.ca

Thursday 22 September INTRODUCTION (full meeting)

PROJECTS Summer projects are due October 27

T-SHIRTS T-shirts and sweatshirts with KJN logo may be ordered at meetings in September and October only

May

Wednesday 11 May 6:15 to 8:15 pm BIRD WALK at Lemoine Point Note Wednesday and different times Meet at parking lot Front Road (south, airport end). Wear warm clothing and long socks to tuck pants against ticks. Bring binoculars if you have them. Learn how to recognize and watch birds.

Thursday 26 May 6:00 to 8:00 pm WILD FOOD PICNIC at the Brownie House, behind Invista. Please sign up at the Bird walk or by May 24, if you can come. Note times. This is a full meal with a big variety of wild foods. Please each bring a dish for four containing at least one wild food. Bring KFS and plate and mug in a bag. Ask Anne (613-389-6742) for ideas. Dress warbly- cool wind off the lake. Signs will be from Front Road at West Entrance traffic lights to Invista.

June 17-18 BIOBLITZ Do join us at Menzel Centennial Provincial Park for guided walks and species listing. Please ask if you need more details.

April

Thursday 14 April POLLINATORS

Thursday 28 April ADVOCACY

Field Trip Saturday 23 April 8:50am to 2:30pm Shoreline cleanup Amherst Island.
Help with the KFN Martin Edwards' Property spring cleanup and explore the shoreline.
Meet at McArthur promptly to catch the ferry. Dress warmly (cool wind along the shore) and bring lunch, snacks and a drink. Bring gloves for garbage pick up. Where required by law a car booster seat must be provided. Some parent drivers appreciated.
Please sign up at the meeting on April 14 or contact Anne (613 389 6742, n8ture.anne@sympatico.ca) by April 21 if you can come.

March

NOTE March 10 meeting location

Thursday 10 March 6:30 to 8:00pm INTRODUCTION TO GEOLOGY at Miller Hall.
Meet at Miller Hall (on Union St opposite the end of Division Street) for this special meeting. You may bring a rock or mineral specimen for identification.

Thursday 24 March BORN TO BE WILD. McArthur Hall 6:30 to 8:00pm

Field Trip There will be no Junior Field trip in March due to March Break.

February

Thursday 11 February ENDANGERED PLANTS

Thursday 25 February PISCIVORES

Field trip Saturday 27 February Frontenac Provincial Park, Corridor Trail. Meet McArthur 9:00am. Return 3:00pm Wear warm and windproof clothing and good boots. Bring snack, lunch and a hot drink in a small backpack.
Where required by law a car booster seat must be provided. Some parent drivers appreciated. Please sign up at the meeting or contact Anne (613 389 6742, n8ture.anne@sympatico.ca) by February 25

CAMP SCHOLARSHIP The Stirrett Scholarship will be available for a Junior Naturalist to attend Nature Camp. Please ask Anne for details. Cataraqui Region Conservation Authority Nature Explorers Camp for 6-11 year olds. Eight, week long sessions. Google: CRCA Nature Camp Day Camp. QUBS (Queens University Biological Station) Eco Adventure Camp for 8 to 14 year olds at Elbow Lake Environmental Education Centre. Seven, week long sessions. Google: Eco-adventure camp Kingston.

December

Thursday 10 December SEASONAL CRAFTS

Thursday 14 January WILD CATS

Thursday 28 January SUBNIVEAN LIFE

Seasonal collection for wildlife. This year our coin collection for wildlife (December and January only) will go to the Prince Edward Point Bird Observatory to adopt a Saw Whet Owl (in support of their banding programme).

Field Trip Saturday 28 November 9:00am to noon

Change of Plan! This will be a workshop at McArthur to build bird feeders, learn to recognise some bird species and practice using binoculars for two Citizen Science projects- the CBC4Kids (December 12) and Project Feeder Watch (in February).

Meet promptly at McArthur (or doors maybe locked). Bring snack and outdoor clothes. Sign up ASAP (by Thursday November 26) to ensure feeder supplies (613 389 6742, n8ture.anne@sympatico.ca).

Field Trip Saturday 12 December 9:00am to 1:30 pm CBC4Kids (Christmas Bird Count)

Join Kingston Teen Naturalists. Meet at McArthur (very promptly). Indoor introduction, 2 hours in the field in a variety of locations, lunch (hot drink supplied) and tabulation of results back at McArthur. Please sign up by Thursday 10 December 613 389 6742, n8ture.anne@sympatico.ca. Car booster seats where required by law must be supplied. Wear very warm clothes and good boots. Bring lunch. Families invited.

Saturday 23 January 9:00 to noon. Explore St. Lawrence shoreline (Milton area).

Wear warm clothing and good boots. Bring a snack. Car booster seat where

required by law must be provided. Please sign up at the meeting on January 14 or

contact Anne (613 389 6742 or n8ture.anne@sympatico.ca by 21 January to

ensure a ride and a handout. Some parent drivers are appreciated.

November

Thursday 12 November TREE LEAVES AND I.D. KEYS

Thursday 26 November ANIMAL SOUNDS

October

Thursday 8 October TRUE FLIES

Thursday 22 October SKELETONS

Field Trip Saturday 24 October 9:00am to 3:00pm Hike trails at the KFN Helen Quilliam Sanctuary comparing habitats. Wear suitable clothing and good shoes or boots. Bring lunch, water and snacks in a small pack. Car booster seat where required by law must be provided. Please sign up by the meeting on 22 October or contact Anne (613 389 6742 or n8ture.anne@sympatico.ca) by 22 October to ensure a ride and a handout. Some parent drivers are appreciated.

Projects. Summer projects are due October 22

T-shirts. T-shirts and sweatshirts with KJN logo may be ordered at meetings in September and October only.

September

Thursday 25 September 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm Introduction and full meeting with Diane Lawrence

Projects

Summer projects are due October 22.

T-shirts

T-shirts and sweatshirts with KFN logo may be ordered at meetings In September and October only.

May

Thursday 28 May 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm WILD FOOD PICNIC (full meal), at the Brownie House, behind Invista on Front Road. Please phone Anne (613-389-6742) if you can come, for NEW directions and to say or get ideas of what you can contribute. Please bring a dish for 4 containing at least one wild food for each attendee. Also bring your own KFS, plate and mug in a bag. Dress very warmly: lake wind can be very cool in the evening and we will be outside.

Juniors are invited to participate in the BIOBLITZ Friday June 12 and /or Saturday June 13. Please see information elsewhere in this Newsletter and on the website.

Please remember Summer projects for Roland Beschel and Nan Yeomans prizes as well as photo competition. Details on the Youth/Junior website or ask Anne (613 389 6742 or n8ture.anne@sympatico.ca)

Registration forms for September will be mailed in late August.

March

Meetings are at McArthur Hall, Rooms A313 and 317 from 6:30 to 8:00pm

Thursday 12 March Wetlands of the World

Thursday 26 March The Wonder of Seeds

Field Trip Saturday 28 March to Landon Bay

Meet 9:00am at McArthur Hall. Return 3:00 pm Dress warmly and bring lunch with a hot drink (in a small thermos) and a snack, in a small backpack Car booster seat where required by law must be supplied. Please sign up at the meeting or contact Anne (613 389 6742 or n8ture.anne@sympatico.ca) by March 26 to ensure a ride. Some parent drivers are appreciated.

January

Meetings are at McArthur Hall, Rooms A313 and A317 from 6:30 to 8:00pm

Thursday 12 February Extreme Weather

Thursday 26 February Beavers

Field Trip Saturday 28 February to Robertson Cottage

Meet 9:00am at McArthur Hall. Return 2:30 pm Dress very warmly and bring lunch with a hot drink (in a small thermos) and a snack, in a small backpack Car booster seat where required by law must be supplied. Please sign up at the meeting or contact Anne (613 389 6742 or n8ture.anne@sympatico.ca) by February 26 to ensure a ride. Some parent drivers are appreciated.

2014

November

Thursday 13 November CAVES

Thursday 27 November HAIR

Field Trip Saturday 22 November 9:00am to 1:30pm. CBC4Kids with Mike Burrell and Erica Barkley. Meet at McArthur. Dress VERY warmly. Bring bird field guide and binoculars if you have them. Bring lunch to eat inside. This is a special field trip, a Christmas Bird Count for Kids (CBC4Kids). Families are invited to participate and groups will visit various locations in the Kingston CBC circle with an expert birder, to record the number of each bird species to be seen. A grand tally will be drawn up at lunch time when all the groups will meet and a checklist will be filled in by each participant. Unaccompanied Juniors will be attached to a group. Car booster seat where required by law must be supplied.

Please sign up at the meeting on 13 November or contact Anne (613-389-6742, email: n8ture.anne@sympatico.ca) by 13 November to ensure a ride and handout. Some parent drivers are appreciated.

Future meetings

Thursday 11 December

Thursday 8 January

Thursday 22 January

Field Trip Saturday 24 January

October

Thursday 9 October LEPIDOPTERA (Butterflies and Moths)

Thursday 23 October FERNS

Field Trip Saturday 25 October. Sandbanks Provincial Park. Meet Yvette Bree (Park Naturalist) and help stabilise the dunes by planting marram grass then explore the dune ecosystem.

Meet 9:00am. Return 3:30 pm

Wear suitable clothing and good shoes.

Bring lunch, water and snacks in a small backpack.

Car booster seat where required by law must be provided.

Please sign up at the meeting on 23 October or contact Anne (613-389-6742, email: n8ture.anne@sympatico.ca) by 23 October to ensure a ride and handout. Some parent drivers are appreciated.

T shirts and sweat shirts may be ordered in October only

Projects. Summer projects are due October 23

September

Registration forms are in the mail for all past members; deadline for 2014-2015 application is 15 September.

Potential new members: download an application form online at http://kingstonfieldnaturalists.org/youth/junior.php or call Anne 613-389-6742, email: n8ture.anne@sympatico.ca

Meetings are at McArthur Hall Rooms A313, A317 from 6:30 to 8:00 pm

Thursday 25 September INTRODUCTION Full meeting with Diane Lawrence.

Projects Summer projects are due October 23.

T-shirts T-shirts and sweatshirts with KFN logo may be ordered at meetings in September and October only. Barred Owl

May - August

Meetings

Wednesday 14 May BIRD WALK. Meet at Lemoine Point (Airport side, Front Road) promptly at 6:30 pm to 8:00pm. Dress warmly. Bring binoculars and bird field guide if you have them.
Thursday 22 May 6:00pm to 8:00pm WILD FOOD PICNIC (full meal), at the Brownie House, behind Invista on Front Road. Please phone Anne (613 389 6742) if you can come, for more directions and to say or get ideas of what you can contribute. Please bring a dish for 4 containing at least one wild food for each attendee. Also bring your own KFS, plate and mug in a bag. Dress very warmly: lake wind can be very cool in the evening and we will be outside.

Join the BIOBLITZ Friday June 13 and /or Saturday June 15. See information elsewhere in this newsletter and on the web.

THREE SUMMER PROJECTS

If you are interested in finding out more about nature why not do a summer project?
All project submissions are due October 23, 2014.
Please note these are not book or computer projects. Ask Anne for ideas or more information.
The Roland Beschel Prize will be awarded for a project done on an observation and presentation of something in our natural world. It may include collections, records and/or experimentation.
The Nan Yeomans Prize will be awarded for a nature journal kept over the summer. Records of nature observations through notes and drawings are suitable. A page a day or a page a week is your choice.
The Photo Competition. Submit your best wildlife photo of the summer of 2014. Write and tell us a little about the picture. Maximum 3 pictures per member.

April

Meetings at McArthur Hall Rooms A313, A317 from 6:30 to 8:00pm

Thursday 10 April Herpetiles
Thursday 24 April Garden Homes for Wildlife

Field Trip

Saturday 26 April. Shoreline Cleanup. Amherst Island
Meet at McArthur 8:45 am prompt (for 9:30 ferry) Return 2:45 pm.
Please wear suitable warm clothing and good boots. Bring gloves for picking up garbage Also bring lunch, a small hot drink and a snack in a backpack.
Car booster seat where required by law must be provided
Please sign up at the meeting on April 24 or contact Anne (613 389 6742 or n8ture.anne@sympatico.ca) by April 24 to ensure a ride. Some parent drivers are appreciated.

March

Meetings at McArthur Hall Rooms A313, A317 from 6:30 to 8:00pm

Thursday 13 March School Break: No meeting
Thursday 27 March LIFE UNDERGROUND

Field Trip

Saturday 22 March. Celebrate Urban Birds with Carolyn Bonta at the Elbow Lake Environmental Education Centre. Nature, art and gardening come together! Learn about the birds that visit feeders in winter while preparing a visual display for the Education Centre. Get involved with a citizen science project and explore outside for bird species.
Meet at McArthur 9:00 am Return 3:30 pm.

Please wear suitable warm clothing for the outside part of the trip and good boots. If you have a favourite set of coloured pencils, please bring them! Also bring lunch, a small hot drink and a snack in a backpack.

Car booster seat where required by law must be provided.
Please sign up at the meeting on FEBRUARY 27 or contact Anne (613 389 6742 or n8ture.anne@sympatico.ca) by March 20 to ensure a ride. Some parent drivers are appreciated.

February

Thursday 13 February THINGS WITH WINGS
Thursday 27 February CANOPY HABITAT

Field Trip

Saturday 22 February.

Build and install a bird nest box at the McLaclachlan Wood working museum, Grass Creek Park.
Meet at McArthur 9:00 am Return 2:30 pm.
Please wear suitable warm clothing for outside part of the trip and good boots. Bring lunch, a small hot drink and a snack in a backpack.
Car booster seat where required by law must be provided.
Please sign up at the meeting on February 13 or contact Anne (613 389 6742 or n8ture.anne@sympatico.ca) by February 20 to ensure a ride. Some parent drivers are appreciated.

2013

November - January

Meetings at McArthur Hall Rooms A313, A317 from 6:30 to 8:00pm
Thursday 28 November LIKING LICHENS and more
Thursday 12 December SEASONAL CRAFTS - Remember T shirt money!
Thursday 9 January THE SKY BY DAY
Thursday 23 January ASTRONOMY - Visit the Queens telescope and other related activities. Meet promptly in the foyer of Ellis Hall on University Avenue, on campus. (north of the Art Centre on the west side of the road).

Field Trip

Saturday 23 November. CBC4kids

Meet at McArthur 9:00 am Return 1:00pm.
This is a special field trip, a Christmas Bird Count for Kids.
Families are invited to participate and groups will visit various locations in the Kingston CBC circle, with an expert birder, to record the number of each species of bird seen. A grand tally will be drawn up at lunch time when all the groups will meet and a checklist will be filled in by each participant. Unaccompanied juniors will be attached to another group.
Please wear suitable clothing and good shoes. Bring lunch, drinks and a snack in a backpack. Binoculars and field guides useful.
Car booster seat where required by law must be provided. Please sign up at the meeting on November 14 or contact Anne (613 389 6742 or n8ture.anne@sympatico.ca) by November 21 to ensure a ride. Some parent drivers are appreciated.

Saturday 25 January. Robertson Cottage

Meet at McArthur 9:00 am Return 2:30 pm.
Please wear suitable warm clothing and good boots. Bring lunch, a small hot drink and a snack in a backpack. Car booster seat where required by law must be provided. Please sign up at the meeting on January 23 or contact Anne (613 389 6742 or n8ture.anne@sympatico.ca) by January 23 to ensure a ride. Some parent drivers are appreciated.

Christmas collection for Wildlife

Our annual coin collection for wildlife will go to BSC (Bird Studies Canada) for the Adopt a Bird program. A donation box will be at meetings in December and January

Header photo by Philina English.