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The Kingston Field Naturalists at 40 Years (1949 to 1989)

by Robert B. Stewart

The Kingston Field Naturalists are pleased to host the 58th Annual Meeting and Conference of the Federation of Ontario Naturalists as a part of our celebration of forty years activity as a naturalists organization. While forty seems rather like “just getting started” compared to the Ottawa Field Naturalists who are 110 years this year and the McIlwraith Club of London who will celebrate their 100th anniversary next year, we are nevertheless proud of our accomplishments during our brief history.

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The Kingston Field Naturalists: Past & Present (1949 to 1982)

by Mike Evans

Hosting the FON Annual Conference represents an important milestone in the life of one of the most active of the clubs within the Federation of Ontario Naturalists. Occasions such as this also provide one with an excuse to look back into the club’s past and to review some of the accomplishments of the organization and its members.

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A History of the Kingston Field Naturalists: The first 25 years

by Helen Quilliam
© Blue Bill (1974) Volume 21 No. 2 : 26-31

Whereas a history of a natural history club should contain a list of concrete accomplishments and their dates, the state of the treasury and of membership, these things sometimes make very dull reading. They can in the last resort be found by the eager searcher in the minutes of the club. Here we propose to deal in a more informal way with the growth and spirit of the Kingston Nature Club, now the Kingston Field Naturalists, and why we think it is a rather exceptional club.

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A Brief History of the Kingston Field Naturalists: 1949 to 1954

by Robert B. Stewart

On March 31, 1949, a group of 22 people interested in Natural History met in the Agricultural Board Room of the Ontario Government Bui1ding on Barrie St., at the invitation of Dr. George M. Stirrett. The purpose of this meeting was to discuss the formation of a nature club.

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Part 1: Attracting Winter Birds and Bird Feeding

Black-capped Chickadee, White-throated Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco. (c)Anthony Kaduck

by Sharon David and John McLaughlin
Part 1: Attracting Winter Birds and Bird Feeding PDF


In this article we discuss the different methods for attracting and keeping birds around during the fall and winter months.

The three main things one needs to provide to keep birds during the winter are food, shelter and water. But why feed birds during the winter? Winter brings a change in the availability of natural food. Insects become dormant and are unavailable to most bird species. While woodpeckers, nuthatches, and other insect eaters can pry grubs and hibernating beetles from under tree bark, some others are more dependent on the availability of seeds, fruits and nuts, such as grosbeaks, cardinals, and finches. Most birds supplement the natural foods that are available by visiting bird feeders for seeds and suet. This is especially true when a storm hits and their natural food becomes buried beneath the snow. As well, the days are becoming shorter and this reduces the amount of available time that the birds can forage for food, severely limiting the overall food intake per day.

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KFN Member Adele Crowder given Goldie Award

Dr. Adele Crowder is a respected and longtime member of the Kingston Field Naturalists who has contributed much to our club over the years. Adele was presented this award by Michael McMurtry (pictured above) at the general meeting of the KFN on 17 October 2013. The Goldie Award is given out by the Field Botanists … Read more

KFN Honours Martin Edwards

Nature reserve sign unveiling on Amherst Island (Kingston, Ontario, 2013-Aug-20) On Tuesday September 10, the Kingston Field Naturalists (KFN) unveiled a sign at our nature reserve at the east end of Amherst Island. The sign names the property the “Martin Edwards Reserve” in honour of our recently departed, Honorary President. Dr Edwards was a world … Read more

Wind Farm Development and the KFN

This page is intended to inform the public and our club members of our thoughts, concerns, research and policy with regard to wind power development.  While the KFN realizes the need for alternate sources of energy other than carbon based fuels, it is clear that wind farms can also do great harm to the environment, … Read more

Short-eared Owl Surveys

To understand their population status and their wintering habitat needs, we developed a standardized, volunteer-based survey protocol to track Short-eared Owl wintering distribution and abundance on Amherst Island and Wolfe Island. The survey protocol involved recording all raptor species observed; in light of current concerns regarding the effects of wind farm development on the avian … Read more

Owl Woods Project Update

Out of growing concern over the impact people are having on Amherst Island’s Owl Woods, working with the various landowners and stakeholders,the Kingston Field Naturalists began a project to find ways to minimize this impact. We produced a management strategy for the property. The document we produced is considered as a guide and a springboard … Read more