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The Prince Edward County Field Naturalists, founded in 1997, is an affiliate of Ontario Nature. It provides an educational forum dedicated to the study, promotion, appreciation and conservation of the flora and fauna within Prince Edward County. The public is welcome at the meetings held on the last Tuesday of the month from September to May, except December, at Bloomfield Town Hall. Guest speakers introduce a variety of nature related topics. All members are encouraged to participate at meetings by sharing their experiences and observations. Regularly scheduled field trips in the vicinity offer members the opportunity to experience various habitats. Membership in PECFN is open to all. Contact: Prince Edward County Field Naturalists, P.O. Box 477, Bloomfield, Ontario K0K 1G0 Or Cheryl Anderson 613-471-1096

Will we commit to doing the right thing?

Will we commit to doing the right thing?

By Cheryl Anderson One of my heroes is Dr. Paul Cox, an Harvard trained ethnobotanist, who famously mortgaged his house to save a rain forest in Western Samoa from logging.  While studying the medicinal plants used by the villagers of Faleolupo, Paul was amazed to hear logging going on in the forest. The villagers used […]

Here we go again - White Pines Wind project meeting March 22

Here we go again – White Pines Wind project meeting March 22

Here we go again. Dalton McGuinty’s Green Energy Act has convinced another wind turbine company that the South Shore of Prince Edward County is an appropriate place to situate their industrial wind turbines. WPD’s White Pines Wind Project aims to build 30 turbines – all on private land – in the southern part of the […]

EBR comments on Gilead due by Feb. 19

Tell the Ministry of the Environment what you think about wind turbines at Ostrander Point The Ontario Environmental Bill of Rights (EBR) gives everyone the opportunity to comment on environmental issues, through the Environmental Registry.  You’ll find the Gilead proposal for Ostrander Point in the Environmental Registry at: www.ebr.gov.on.ca/ERS-WEB-External/displaynoticecontent.do?noticeId=MTE1MDIx&statusId=MTcyMzgx&language=en If this proposal is approved, Gilead […]

Alvars rock - rich and rare habitats in our backyard

Alvars rock – rich and rare habitats in our backyard

Alvars are open ecosystems on thin soil – or no soil at all – over a limestone base. These fascinating habitats are extremely rare globally. North America’s alvars, at least, what’s left of them, are mostly in Ontario. More than 90% of Great Lakes region alvars have been destroyed or degraded: 250 – 300 of […]

Why reptiles and amphibians matter - look past the 'eeew' factor

Why reptiles and amphibians matter – look past the ‘eeew’ factor

Not everyone likes snakes, salamanders, lizards, toads and frogs. But look past the “Eeew’ factor Reptiles and amphibians are extremely good at controlling biting insects – like mosquitoes and black flies – and insects which feed on crops. Reptiles and amphibians are food for fish, birds and mammals; osprey can be seen carrying snakes to […]

Why birds matter

Why birds matter

Life – mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and insects, and their habitats – is intimately connected. This web of life is known as biodiversity. We humans are part of this web of life – and we depend on it for our very existence. In fact, this web of life is such a fine balance that removing […]

Send your comments on Ostrander Point wind turbine project

The Gilead Industrial Wind Turbine Project at Ostrander Point is now listed on Environmental Registry for public comment.  Please take a few minutes to submit your comments. The deadline is February 19, 2012. Be sure to quote the EBR Registry Number: 011-5239 Here are some points you may wish to make: A globally significant natural […]

One of rarest birds in Ontario lives at proposed turbine site

One of rarest birds in Ontario lives at proposed turbine site

The Prince Edward County Field Naturalists share this blog from Nature Canada’s Manager of Bird Conservation Programs, Ted Cheskey, posted on Dec 22 http://naturecanadablog.blogspot.com/2011/12/endangered.html By Ted Cheskey Irony, or does the left hand not know what the right is doing? The Endangered Henslow’s Sparrow (Ammodramus henslowii) is one of the rarest birds in Ontario. During […]

What are Species at Risk?

What are Species at Risk?

In Ontario, rare native species are described as at risk and classified according to their rarity: Endangered species are facing extinction or extirpation (extinction in the wild in Ontario, yet surviving elsewhere) Extirpated species. Threatened species are in danger of becoming endangered. Species at risk are sensitive to human activities or natural events which might […]

Ostrander Point - not just for the birds

Ostrander Point – not just for the birds

Ostrander Point and the south shore of PEC from Point Petre to Prince Edward Point is such an outstanding bird habitat that it has been recognized nationally and internationally as worth preserving. Twenty species of endangered, threatened or vulnerable birds, including bald eagles, black terns and short-eared owls, can be found there. The site is […]

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