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March 2020

Presqu’ile Waterfowl Weekend

March 21 @ 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM EDT
PARTICIPANT FEE: gas + park entry

The Presqu'ile Waterfowl Weekend has been CANCELLED and the KFN will not be leading an outing to the park at this time. Visit the Ontario Parks website for COVID-19 updates relative to park operations.  

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All in-person events are cancelled until April 15

March 21 @ 8:00 AM - April 15 @ 5:00 PM EDT

March 21 update: In order to do our part to slow the spread of COVID-19, the KFN shall cease all field trips, face-to-face meetings and rambles from now until 15 April, and the executive will reassess whether or not to extend the ban prior 15 April and post our decision on or before 15 April.

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Field Trip: Cataraqui River & Kingston Inner Harbour

March 29 @ 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM EDT

The guided trip is CANCELLED, and a self-guiding option is suggested: Explore areas along the Cataraqui River looking for waterfowl, over-wintering species, and early migrants.  The best places to visit along the Inner Harbour are in the bay at the Montreal Street apartments (i.e., "Village on the River"), along the south shore of Belle Island, ... Read more

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April 2020

Field Trip: Prince Edward Point

April 26 @ 6:00 AM - 3:30 PM EDT

The guided trip is CANCELLED. Prince Edward Point National Wildlife Area is currently closed to visitors, including all bathroom services and the Prince Edward Point Bird Observatory.

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May 2020

Field Trip: Presqu’ile Provincial Park & Brighton Wetlands

May 24 @ 6:00 AM - 4:00 PM EDT
PARTICIPANT FEE: gas + park entry

The guided trip is CANCELLED. Presqu'ile Provincial Park is closed to visitors and the Brighton Wetlands (private municipal property) are not accessible to KFN members at this time.

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September 2020

Field Trip: Paddle at Puzzle Lake Provincial Park

September 13 @ 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM EDT

Leader: Carolyn Bonta (613-531-4578) Late summer is a pleasant time to explore this non-operating Natural Environment class provincial park by canoe, where we will see rare plants such as the Endangered Lowland Toothcup (Rotala ramosior) and fascinating landforms including the potentially-meromictic Loyst Lake. Anticipate approximately 5 km of paddling, plus one 150 m portage. Good ... Read more

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Field Trip: Faith Avis Trail Grand Re-Opening (Helen Quilliam Sanctuary)

September 26 @ 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM EDT

Co-Leaders: Erwin Batalla (613-389-0144 or simbat@bell.net) and Gaye Beckwith (613-376-3716 or beckwithb@sympatico.ca) Come and check out the new and improved Faith Avis trail! Meet at the quarry at the Helen Quilliam Sanctuary at 9 am. Bring sunscreen and tick repellent. We expect to encounter some migrating warblers. The trail loop is fairly even and about ... Read more

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October 2020

Field Trip: K&P Trail – Burbrook Road section

October 11 @ 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM EDT

Co-leaders: Richard Brault and Dianne Croteau (innova@bellnet.ca) You can read about the K&P Trail in the September 2020 edition of The Blue Bill or you can explore it for yourself! We will leisurely walk along woodland and field habitats hosting a diversity of passerines and waterbirds. There is also the option to venture 1 km ... Read more

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Field Trip: Lemoine Point

October 18 @ 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM EDT

Leader: Steve Coates (sjcoates73@cogeco.ca) Fall songbird migration is winding down but mid-October is a prime time to observe staging waterfowl in Collins Bay. Both ruby-crowned and golden-crowned kinglet numbers will be at their peak, as will white-crowned and white-throated sparrows; these will be joined by and early-arriving winter sparrows such as tree sparrows and dark-eyed ... Read more

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November 2020

Fall Round-Up of Kingston Birds

November 6 @ 12:00 PM - November 8 @ 12:00 PM EST

Calling all people interested in birds -- including casual backyard birders, feeder watchers, and nature photographers -- to participate in this bi-annual census of Kingston birds. Count birds anytime within the 48-hour period from noon on Friday (6 November) to noon on Sunday (8 November), and anywhere within the KFN Bird Area. Our census area ... Read more

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