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Nature Reserves

The Kingston Field Naturalists manages three nature reserves in order to protect important habitat and allow for connections with nature.  Access to these properties is for members only. KFN members are also able to visit the Amherstview Sewage Lagoons, which though not exactly a “wonderful natural setting” is a good place to see migratory birds.

Sylvester-Gallagher Nature Reserve

The Sylvester-Gallagher Nature Reserve is an 92.5 acres (37 hectare) parcel of forest and grassland, adjacent to the Martin Edward Reserve. It was purchased by the KFN in 2018 from the children and grandchildren of Jack Sylvester thanks to a donation of securities by Emily Sylvester and John Gallagher. Jack Sylvester succeeded in establishing a … Read more

Amherstview Sewage Lagoons

Thanks to an agreement with Loyalist Township, KFN members are permitted to enter the Amherstview Sewage Lagoons property to do nature observation during daylight hours. Access to this location is a privilege. This is an operational facility not a public park. Entry is only through the gate on the SOUTH side of the property, at … Read more

Martin Edwards Reserve

In partnership with Wildlife Habitat Canada and Ducks Unlimited, the Kingston Field Naturalists (KFN) acquired 250 acres of pasture and marsh at the east end of Amherst Island in 1986. It was an initiative led by Ron Weir to protect the nesting grounds of the largest colony of Wilson’s Phalarope in Eastern Ontario. To preserve … Read more

Helen Quilliam Sanctuary

In 1963, the Kingston Nature Club purchased 200 acres of land from the Gananoque Power and Light Corporation. This land in shield habitat along the Frontenac axis became the Otter Lake sanctuary. To own this land, the club became incorporated and changed its name to the Kingston Field Naturalists (KFN). The mission of the Otter … Read more