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Welcome to the Kingston Field Naturalists

The Kingston Field Naturalists (KFN) is a nature club and charitable organization, active since 1949. Its objectives are the preservation of wildlife and natural habitats, and the stimulation of people’s interest in nature.

Please note these updates: (as of 14 September 2020)

KFN Activities for Autumn 2020

Taking account of the fact that we are at stage 3 of reopening the KFN Executive has decided to proceed with planning some activities for the fall.

We all realize now that the situation can change significantly, so be aware that these activities may have to be cancelled on short notice if there is a spike in Covid infections in the Kingston area.

Annual Dinner Cancellation

Under the current health guidelines we are unable to hold a dinner for the membership. The annual dinner has thus been cancelled.

Mike Runtz, who was to have been the keynote speaker, has graciously agreed to give his presentation at the October virtual meeting. His topic will be: Algonquin Wilda visual extravaganza of this world famous park’s natural history through the seasons.

Field Trips and Rambles

Field trips and Rambles will be scheduled for September – November 2020. Details can be found in the newsletters, and on the appropriate tab under Outings and Events on this site:

The following procedures will apply:

  • Limitations on the number of members attending a field trip or ramble will be determined by the leader and published in the newsletter.
  • Participants will need to register with the trip leader in advance. Please contact the trip leader by the means (email or phone) specified in the trip description.This will facilitate contact tracing in the event that a participant later finds that they have contracted the virus.
  • Participants will attest that they have not experienced any flu-like symptoms,  they have not tested positive for Covid 19 or been in contact with a person who has tested positive and that they have not been outside of the country in the past 14 days.
  • Individuals may decide to share a car, but trip leaders we will no longer try to arrange car-pooling at the start point.
  • All participants will have a face mask, and will wear it when in proximity of other participants.
  • Participants will be expected to observe the 2 metre physical distance guideline.

Youth Programs

Details of activities will be published in the newsletters and on this site.

Junior Naturalists Club. Family-based outdoor activities will be schedules once per month.

Teen Naturalists Club. Outdoor activities will be scheduled once per month.

KFN Annual General Meeting 2020 – 7:30 p.m., 17 September 2020

Information about the conduct of the virtual AGM is can be found at this link.

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The Club membership has a diversity of interests in nature and so a variety of activities take place year-round. Bird watching trips, nature rambles, wildflower walks and other field trips are led by knowledgeable individuals from both within and outside the Club. Each May the public is invited to join a series of bird walks.

Monthly meetings are open to both members and the public. They feature guest speakers including naturalists, scientists, conservationists and photographers who speak on a wide range of subjects.

Members regularly participate in hands-on conservation projects such as habitat stewardship and wildlife surveys.

(L to R) Fall foliage, Mourning Dove, Pine Marten. Copyright Anthony Kaduck