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KFN Calendar of Events

The KFN runs events for members throughout the year. Event details such as the trip leader, meeting times and location, can be found on our calendar of events or in the KFN monthly newsletter. Also check out the detailed upcoming events list further down the page.

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Kingston Field Naturalists Monthly Calendar

Meetings

Monthly meetings are held on the third Thursday of each month from September to May. The April meeting is the Annual General Meeting and the May meeting is a dinner with an extra cost to participate. General meetings and the annual general meeting are conducted at the Ongwanada Resource Centre located at 191 Portsmouth Avenue in Kingston. Participants may also participate remotely via Zoom or by phone (details in the newsletter). Doors open at 7:00 p.m. with snacks and a social preceding the meeting which starts at 7:30 p.m.

Field Trips

Field trips are normally scheduled once per month and take a variety of forms to a variety of locations for a variety of purposes. Some are longer than one day and go further afield (e.g. Point Pelee or Algonquin Park), but most are one day events that occur in the local area. Information about upcoming field trips can be found in the newsletter or the website calendar.

Rambles

Rambles are slow walks to notice nature that take place at a wide variety of locations in the region. Rambles take place on the first and third Tuesday of each month throughout the year with the exception of the third Tuesday in December, the third Tuesday in July and the first Tuesday in August. Please see the calendar or newsletter for information on upcoming rambles.

The KFN Bioblitz

The KFN hosts an annual Bioblitz in June at a different location each year. This event records as many species as possible in as many taxa as possible in a 24 hour period from 3 p.m. on Friday to 3 p.m. on Saturday.  Details become available on the website calendar and in the newsletter leading up to the event.

Spring and Fall Round-Ups

Every spring and fall there is a weekend of birding (from noon on Friday to noon on Sunday) that aims to count as many bird species as possible. Participation involves submitting eBird lists during the time period. The data that is collected is compiled into a summary that is published in The Blue Bill.

May Bird Walks

Every Wednesday in May, KFN hosts a morning and an afternoon bird walk at Lemoine Point that is open to both members and the public. This is a great opportunity for those new to birding, including young people, to get an introduction into this hobby.

Christmas Bird Counts

In late December the KFN joins birders world-wide on this point-in-time survey of birds.  This contributes to an overall, long-term picture of species and numbers. For dates and information on how to participate, please check the website calendar or the newsletter.

Important note: Please be aware that ticks carrying Lyme disease are a concern on any ramble or field trip, so please take precautions against tick bites. Please read the information in the following PDF document, adapted from a brochure from the Ministry of Health and Long-term Care.

KFN Lyme Disease Information

Detailed Upcoming Events List

June 2024

Saturday June 1

10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Initiatives on the Napanee River

We hope you will consider joining us for our LIVE Friends of the Napanee River event on What’s hot in the Town of Greater Napanee + Initiatives on the Napanee River” (Saturday, June 1st, 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.) at the Newburgh Community Hall, 2 Factory St., Newburgh.

Our presenters will be Brandt Zatterberg, Deputy CAO, and Annie Manion, Manager of Community Economic Development, who will be speaking on:

  • Greening initiatives along the Napanee
  • King St. to Huron Park kayak route
  • Accessible kayak launches
  • Revitalization of boat launches
  • Community economic development
  • Results of the Recreation Survey, and
  • How you can get involved (Let’s Talk Community Engagement Platform)

We will also have poster displays regarding our recent initiatives, including the Bay of Quinte Remediation, vulnerable aquifers, Karst topography and development.

Following the TGN presentation, we will have a short Annual General Meeting (AGM).

Feel free to pass on this note with the event poster to family, neighbours, and friends. Refreshments will be provided.

And after our gathering, take the opportunity to visit the Hollow Square Market in Newburgh which will be open until 1:30 pm.

As always, please let us know if you wish to be removed from our mailing list.

Cheers,

Lawrence O’Keeffe

Friends of the Napanee River

http://www.FriendsNapaneeRiver.ca

Tuesday June 4

9:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Ramble

Please register with Anne (n8ture.anne [at symbol] sympatico [dot] ca or 613 three eight nine six seven four two), by the Sunday prior to the trip, to receive detailed directions.

Wednesday June 5

7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
KFN Board Meeting

If you are interested in getting involved with the Kingston Field Naturalists Board or joining a committee, please visit: https://kingstonfieldnaturalists.org/membership-and-donations/volunteer/

Friday June 7

9:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Skimmers and Skippers at Frank's Culvert

Odes and Leps Field Trip #2. On this field trip, we hope to encounter plenty of skimmers and skippers. Both of these groups are quite common, but who knows… maybe there will be a rare individual among them. Frank’s Culvert is accessible from the junction of the Cataraqui Trail and Macgillivray Road (off Opinicon Road). The terrain is flat and easy, but the sun and biting insects can be overbearing, so you will need plenty of water and protection from sun, ticks and biting insects. To register, please contact fieldtrips [at] kingstonfieldnaturalists [dot] org.

Sunday June 9

3:30 AM – 10:30 AM
Dawn Chorus Walk

Dawn Chorus Fieldtrip,
Sunday June 9 2024
As part of the 75-year celebration, Kurt Hennige will lead this field trip. The Dawn Song Patrol outings were fairly popular from 1970 to 1990, which included an out-door breakfast. 
We will assemble at 3:30 am at the Carpool lot on Hwy401/Hwy15. We are birding Abbey Dawn Marsh and Road first and later will bird Canoe Lake Road. The leader will be demonstrating along Canoe Lake road, how to follow a Breeding Bird Surveys protocol for a few stops.
We will stop at a restaurant around 8:30 am in either Verona or Sydenham for breakfast.  We will return to our cars around 10:30 am.

This outing requires participants willing to drive and share cars, and we will be keeping it to a maximum of 4 cars and 15 people along with one leader. This is for safety reasons.
Darren Rayner will lead a second group, if we have more than 15 people signing up.
Please register with Kurt Hennige at kjhennige [at symbol] gmail [dot] com by June 5 , 2024, or call 613-8-seven-six-eighteen-04 for any questions.

Friday June 14 3:00 PMSaturday June 15 3:00 PM

KFN BioBlitz 2024

Tuesday June 18

9:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Ramble

July 2024

Tuesday July 2

9:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Ramble

Please register with Anne (n8ture.anne [at symbol] sympatico [dot] ca or 613 three eight nine six seven four two), by the Sunday prior to the trip, to receive detailed directions.

Friday July 5

9:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Damsels and Hairstreaks

Odes and Leps Field Trip #3. More information to come. To register, please contact fieldtrips [at] kingstonfieldnaturalists [dot] org.

August 2024

Friday August 16

9:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Darners at Landon Bay Centre

Odes and Leps Field Trip #4. More information to come. To register, contact fieldtrips [at] kingstonfieldnaturalists [dot] org.