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TEENS

Details of Teen meetings are sent to members about a week before the trip. Your response at that time is appreciated so transportation can be organized and other arrangements made.

January

Saturday 13 January 9:00am to 2:00pm ELEEC (Elbow Lake Environmental Centre). Ski or snowshoe . Details early January to members by e mail.

December

Saturday 16 December. Christmas Bird Count. Join Friends of Frontenac Park and Carolyn Bonta for this special event.

November

Saturday 11 November. Bird Identification Workshop. At McArthur Hall 9:00am to 2:00pm. Bring lunch and Bird field guide.

September

Saturday 9 September. Canoe trip in Frontenac Park with Carolyn Bonta.

Details will be e mailed to registered members NOTE therefore you need to register as a Teen member by September 4 if you want to join this trip.
Future meetings planned for October 14 and November 11

May

Friday 16 June to Saturday 17 June BioBlitz. Please add your observational expertise for all or part of this great event. See details elsewhere in this Newsletter or on the website (kingstonfieldnaturalists.org) or ask Anne.

Friday 23 June 6:00 to 9:00 pm Workshop at Lee Valley to build homes for birds, bees or butterflies. This is a Canada 150 project. The home will be donated and installed in a local public garden. Instruction, tools and materials are supplied.

Canoe Trip The annual canoe trip will take place in September this year.

Registration forms for September will be mailed in August.

March

Saturday 22 March Waterfowl at Presqu'ile** with Juniors. Please see information above. Due to March break a combined trip is being organized.

Saturday 8 April 5:30 to 10:00 pm Night Hike at ELEEC with Carolyn Bonta. Details will be emailed.

Saturday 13 May Great Canadian Birdathon (Baillie Birdathon). A long day to record as many bird species as possible. A fund raiser for Bird Studies Canada - giving back to nature. Details will be emailed.

Camp scholarship. See Junior information above for Eco Adventure Camp 8 to 14 year olds.

Young Ornithologists Workshop at Long Point Observatory. This fully funded week long workshop in August is open to 6 keen teen birders from across Canada. Ask Anne for more details.

Ontario Nature Youth summit. A weekend youth meet in September, through Ontario Nature. Ask Anne for more information.

December

Saturday 10 December CBC4Kids with Mark Read. Details to be e mailed

Saturday 14 January Winter hike, snowshoe or ski to Mitchell Creek property of Nature Conservancy of Canada. Meet 9:00am. Tim Hortons Sydenham Rd. Return 3:00pm

Saturday 11 February Wood Duck box cleanout at Helen Quilliam Sanctuary.

November

Saturday 12 November 9:00 am-1:30 pm. Bird identification workshop at McArthur. Details will follow.

Next meeting Saturday 10 December

October

Saturday 15 October 9:00 to 2:30 pm Hike Helen Quilliam Sanctuary of the KFN with Erwin Batalla. Focus on Trees.

Details will be mailed a week ahead.

Future meetings planned for November 12 and December 10.

September

Registration forms were mailed August 15 to all past members and are due September 15 (or September meeting).

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

Detailed information will be e mailed to Teens a week ahead of each trip

Saturday 10 September 1:00 to 4:00 pm. Monarch Butterfly tagging with Diane Lawrence. Meet at McArthur Hall.

May

Friday 13 May 6:00 to 11:00 pm. Night Hike Snipe, frogs, owls. Meet at Tim Horton's, Sydenham Road. Dress warbly, bring bionoculars, field notebook and pencil. $ for hot chocolate at the end.

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

Saturday 9 April Menzel Centennial Provincial Park. Site of the KFN 2016 BioBlitz. Get a preview and explore the varied habitats of this park on a hike. Details by email.

Next Meetings:

Friday 13 May Night Hike

Friday 17 and Saturday 18 June Bioblitz

March

Saturday 12 March Elbow Lake Environmental Education Centre. Help GPS some points on a trail for NCC (Nature Conservancy for Canada) and learn how to make waypoints and set a trail to travel. Hiking. Dress well. Bring lunch and drinks. Field Notebook. See email about March 7.

Next meetings:

Saturday 9 April. Menzel Centennial Provincial Park. Site of 2016 BioBlitz

Friday 13 May or Saturday 14 May. Night hike

Ontario Nature Youth Summit for Biodiversity and Environmental Leadership. September 23-25 at YMCA Geneva Park, Lake Couchiching, ON. See web site: http://www.ontarionature.org/connect/nature_guardians/youth_summit.php. Let me know if you are interested in forming a group to go. Some scholarship money may be available.

Keen birders may be interested in the Doug Tarry Award for a workshop at Long Point Bird Observatory in August. See February Newsletter.

February

Saturday 13 February Winter conditions will determine the focus for this trip. Hopefully Wood Duck Nest Box cleanout on XC skis or snowshoes at a property of the Land Conservancy. Details a week in advance

Future meetings planned for Saturday 12 March Visit location of the 2016 BioBlitz (June 17-18)
Saturday 9 April Waterfowl
Friday 13 May Night hike

ATTENTION PARENTS AND KEEN TEEN BIRDERS! The Long Point Bird Observatory is looking for keen teen birders to apply for the 2016 Doug Tarry Natural History Fund-Young Ornithologist Workshop to be held from August 6 to 14, 2016. Participants will receive hands-on training in field ornithology including bird banding, monitoring, field identification, birding trips, preparing museum specimens, guest lectures, and more! Six of Canada’s most promising ornithologists between the ages of 13-17 will be selected to attend, and will receive the Doug Tarry Bird Study Award to cover all on-site expenses. Applications are due April 30, 2016. For more information and an application form visit http://www.birdscanada.org/longpoint/?targetpg=lpboyow, or contact lpbo@birdscanada.org.

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

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

Joint trip with Juniors. Do join us for this Citizen Science project and submit results to the Teen e bird account.

Saturday 9 January 9:00 to 2:00pm Eagle watching and learn to set up and use a scope.

Next meeting: Saturday 13 February Cross country ski or snowshoe depending on conditions.

November

Saturday 14 November 9:00 to 2:00pm Bird identification workshop at McArthur Hall. This traditional November meeting is an opportunity to learn to identify birds in the hand and help maintain the KFN bird skin collection. You will be involved in identifying and labelling specimens for freeze drying and in bagging, printing computer labels and sorting bird specimens.

Saturday 12 December Christmas Bird Count. Join this Citizen Science project which started in 1900 and started for kids in 2007. This project covers the western hemisphere and Pacific Region.

October

Detailed information will be emailed to Teens a week ahead of each trip

Saturday 17 October 9:00am to 3:00pm. Fall hike with focus on ferns. Robertson cottage. Bring camera and FLORAFOLIO app on phone or ipod if you can.

Future tentative dates and topics:

Saturday 14 November Bird identification Workshop

Saturday 12 December CBC4Kids (Christmas Bird Count)

September

Registration forms are in the mail for all past members.

Deadline for 2015-2016 applications is 12 September for Canoe trip.

Potential new members may download an application form from the website: http://kingstonfieldnaturalists.org/youth/teen.php or call Anne 613-389-6742, email: n8ture.anne@sympatico.ca

Detailed information will be emailed to Teens a week ahead of each trip.

Saturday 13 September 9:00 am to 3:00 pm Canoe trip. North Otter to South Otter Lake

Future tentative dates and topics:

Saturday 10 October Fall hike with emphasis on ferns
Saturday 14 November Bird Workshop
Saturday 12 December Christmas Bird Count

The Youth Summit for Biodiversity and Community Action

Organised by the Ontario Nature Youth Council, will be held September 25 to 27 at YMCA Geneva Park. High school students will learn from conservation experts, develop leadership skills and discuss how young people can take action in their communities and beyond. http://www.ontarionature.org/connect/nature_guardians/youth_summit.php. Scholarship may be available. Please contact Anne for further information.

May

Please join us for the BioBlitz June 12/13. See details elsewhere in this Newsletter or on the website or ask Anne.

Registration forms for September will be mailed in late August.

The following message from Carolyn Bonta, (Manager, Elbow Lake Environmental Education Centre, Queen's University Biological Station):

Dispatches from the Field evening program

Session 1: Friday 5 June (5:30 - 10 pm)

Session 2: Tuesday 12 July (6:30 - 9 pm)

Have you ever wondered what ecological field work is all about? Join the hosts of the popular blog "Dispatches from the Field" for an evening of slide show presentations, interactive demonstrations and short stories around the campfire from researchers and environmental professionals as they share the trials, tribulations and necessary humour of working in and with nature. Calling all environmentally-minded youth: Round up your family and friends and participate in this event at a discounted rate! Quote "Field Naturalist".

Details and registration information: http://elbowlakecentre.ca/programs.php#public

March

Detailed information will be sent to Teens a week ahead of each trip

Saturday 14 March. Find your way with GPS

Next meeting planned for Friday 10 April (night hike)

January

Detailed information will be sent to Teens a week ahead of each trip

Saturday 14 February Land Conservancy Wood Duck box maintenance

Next meetings planned for March 14 and Friday 10 April (night hike)

November

Detailed information will be e mailed to Teens a week before the trip

Saturday 15 November 9 to 2:00pm. Bird Identification Workshop at McArthur Hall. This traditional November meeting is an opportunity to learn to identify birds in the hand and help maintain the KFN bird skin collection. You will be involved in identifying and labelling specimens for freeze drying and in bagging, printing computer labels and sorting bird specimens.

Future Meetings

Saturday 13 December CBC4Kids (up to 17 years!)

Take part in a Christmas Bird Count (CBC). Join this Citizen Science project which started in 1900 and started for kids in 2007. This project covers the western hemisphere and Pacific Region.

Saturday 10 January Winter hike.

Saturday 14 February

October

Detailed information will be e mailed to Teens a week before the trip.

Friday 17 October Owl Banding at Prince Edward Point Observatory Meet 5:30pm (for prompt departure) at Tim Hortons, Gardiners Town Centre (at Bath Road and Gardiners Road). Return around midnight. Details to follow

Future meetings

Saturday 15 November Bird Identification workshop

Saturday 13 December CBC4kids (up to 17 years!)

September

Registration forms are in the mail for all past members.

Deadline for 2014-2015 application is 13 September for Canoe trip.

Potential new members may download an application form from the website: http://kingstonfieldnaturalists.org/youth/teen.php or call Anne 613-389-6742, email: n8ture.anne@sympatico.ca

Detailed information will be emailed to Teens a week ahead of each trip.

Saturday 13 September 9:00 am to 3:00 pm Canoe trip. Little Long Lake

Future tentative dates and topics:

Friday 17 October (evening) Owl banding

Saturday 15 November Bird Workshop

Saturday 13 December Christmas Bird Count

The Youth Summit for Biodiversity and Community Action organized by the Ontario Nature Youth Council will be held September 19-21 in Orillia. High school students will learn from conservation experts, develop leadership skills and discuss how young people can take action in their communities and beyond. Please contact Anne for further information.

May - June

May 9-10 BAILLIE BIRDATHON. This is a count of all the bird species we can find in 24 hours. Maybe 70 species. It is a fun fundraiser for Bird Studies Canada and the Prince Edward Point Bird Observatory.
It will run from 4:30pm on Friday May 9 to 4:30pm May 10. Do join us for all or part of this adventure! We will be accompanied by expert birders and travel from habitats near Kingston to the shield west of Frontenac Park and over to QUBS at Lake Opinicon.
Includes a night hike and dawn patrol. Some sleep allowed at Robertson Cottage overnight. Pledge forms will be supplied.

June 13-14 BIOBLITZ. Please see information elsewhere and join us for some or all of the time.

April - May

Detailed information will be e mailed to Teens a week ahead of each trip.

Saturday 12 April. 9:00am to 3:00pm Trail maintenance and hike at Helen Quilliam Sanctuary. Volunteer hours
May 9-10 Baillie Birdathon. This is a count of all the bird species we can see in 24 hours.

March - April

Detailed information will be e mailed to Teens a week ahead of each trip.

Saturday 22 March. Celebrate Urban Birds at Elbow Lake Environmental Education Centre. Join Junior Naturalists in this brand new program with Carolyn Bonta and learn about a citizen science project. See Junior Field Trip for March.

Saturday 12 April. Trail maintenance and hike at Helen Quilliam sanctuary. Volunteer hours available.

February - March

Friday 7 February 6:00pm to midnight. MUDPUPPIES.
Teen Naturalists join adults for this trip for "the best mudpuppy viewing in Ontario".
The mudpuppies are viewed with strong headlights after dark near the bridge in Oxford Mills. You may also wade in the water to find the species. The viewing will be followed by a warm up in the Brigadoon where we will have a private room for hot drinks and you may participate in an art lesson on how to draw mudpuppies with Aleta Karstad (artist).
Registration with Anne by February 1 please. n8ture.anne@sympatico.ca or 613 389 6742.
Meet: Wendy's. 17 Warne Cr (west of Division St, south of 401, off Dalton Ave)
5:30 to eat. Depart 6:00 prompt.
Bring: Very warm clothing: 3-4 layers all over including windproof layers, long rubber boots or waders, spare socks, strong flashlight, notebook and/ or drawing paper and pencil, money for hot chocolate/snack, camera.

Saturday March 22. Celebrate Urban Birds at Elbow Lake Environmental Education Centre. Join Junior Naturalists in this brand new program with Carolyn Bonta.

December - January

Saturday, December 14. 9:00am to 2:00pm. Take part in a CBC4Kids (Christmas Bird Count for up to 17 year olds) with Mark Read. Join this Citizen Science project started in 1900 and started for kids in 2007 and covering the western hemisphere and Pacific region.
We will be within the 12 km circle of Kingston.

Saturday 11 January. 9:00 am to 2:00 pm Winter hike to Robertson Cottage. This hike will explore a variety of habitats looking for signs of wildlife in winter.

November

Detailed information will be e mailed to Teens a week ahead of each trip.

Saturday, November 9. 9:00 am to 1:30 pm Bird identification indoor workshop at McArthur Hall. This traditional November meeting is an opportunity to learn to identify birds in the hand and help maintain the KFN bird skin collection. You will be involved in identifying and labeling specimens for freeze drying and the bagging, printing computer labels and sorting of bird specimens.

Next meetings

Saturday, December 14. Take part in a CBC4Kids (Christmas Bird Count for up to 16/17 year olds) Join this Citizen Science project started in 1900 and started for kids in 2007 and covering the western hemisphere and Pacific region Friday January 10. Mudpuppy night in Oxford Mills if suitable driving weather or winter hike on Saturday January 11.

Header photo by Philina English.