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Conservation Committee News March 2024

Barn Swallow perched on the branch of a tree

Avian Influenza There have been no reports of large die offs of Canada Geese since the 200+ carcasses found in the Lake Ontario Park – Elevator Bay area at the beginning of February. However, sporadic dead birds have been reported throughout the Kingston region, and are continuing to be reported, so the future is still … Read more

Avian Influenza Update, February 21, 2024

Flock of Amercian Crows in a tree on a cloudy day by Hilbert on iNaturalist

I’m pleased to say there was good news in the reports I received this week, as the number of  dead geese reported had greatly reduced. However, there were more reports of dead crows, and indications that Avian Influenza might be spreading to wildlife. The Public Works Department had reports of six dead geese last week, … Read more

Kingston Area Birds 18-24 November 2023

Kingston Field Naturalists (KFN) maintain records in a 50km radius of MacDonald Park, Kingston. Birders using eBird are encouraged to share their sightings with ‘Kingston FN’. Alternatively, please email  records directly to me – contact details below. Please note that some sightings may require review and remain unconfirmed unless stated otherwise. Species in bold type … Read more

Christmas Bird Counts 2023

The dates have now been published for this year’s bird counts. From Field Trips Coordinator Gary Hillaby: “I want to encourage all KFN members to participate in as many counts as possible. This is a huge area of Eastern Ontario to be covered and as the old saying states “many hands, make lite work”. The … Read more

Fall Birding Roundup

Grey Catbird

 November 3rd 2023  12:00 pm — November 5th 2023  11:59 AM Fall is in the air and that can only mean one thing: it’s time once again for KFN’s Fall Roundup. Members are encouraged to get out birding and submit their reports on eBird. The birding reports will be compiled by Erwin Batalla and a … Read more

Proposed City of Kingston bylaw on feeding of birds and other wildlife

The City of Kingston is considering a proposed bylaw which, among other things, will make it an offence to feed wildlife in the city. Wildlife is defined to include birds. The comment period on the draft bylaw available on the City’s website ends August 18th. There is an exemption in the bylaw for “songbirds”. That … Read more

Bioblitz at Shibagau Creek Forest Farmstead

August 5th and 6th 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. From the Nature Conservancy of Canada: We are thrilled for those of you who have registered and look forward to seeing you. For those who haven’t this is a reminder to do so, AND what to do before you join us. The Internet at SCFF is … Read more