A Message From the President
John Potter has held many roles and worn a
variety of hats during his involvement with the Peninsula Field Naturalists.
As a member of the Executive, John has served as a Director, President and Past
President since joining the board 18 years ago.
John and Bob at the Malcolmson Eco-Park native plant
sale a couple years ago. Jean Hampson photo.
John's contributions don't stop there. For 12 years, approximately 36 issues,
he was the Editor of The Peninsula Naturalist. Part of his duty as Editor
included a friendly nudge to ensure the President's Comments appeared in the
newsletter. His attention to detail when writing the articles for the guest
speakers was impressive. There are some big shoes to fill there. With his wife
Mary Potter's assistance, John would put the newsletter articles together,
arrange for printing and take care of distribution by postal mail and
I have lost count now of the number of jobs John did for the Peninsula Field
Naturalists. His recent decision to step down from the Board and as Editor of
The Peninsula Naturalist is bittersweet.
John's contributions to the Executive and The Peninsula Naturalist are truly
appreciated and on behalf of the Executive and members, I would like to thank
him for his hard work and dedication.
Looking forward, I will do my best to provide informative articles from the
presentations at our indoor programs and from our outings. For the editing of
the newsletter, we have a new Editor. Starting with this issue #249,
Lorraine Brown-Joyce will be taking the helm. I and the rest of the contributors
to the newsletter look forward to working with Lorraine to advocate, educate and
participate in the conservation of natural resources and green spaces in the
form of a newsletter.
Bob Highcock, President
In Memory of Emma Carlson 1926-2018
Emma and Cedar provided by her daughter Carla
Carlson. (March 2018)
Our club lost one of our most loyal
members this October with the sudden passing of Emma Carlson. Emma was an
active participant in many of our events and was an advocate in the fight to
protect natural spaces by attending meetings, protests and other campaigns.
She enjoyed getting outside right until her last days. Emma will be missed at
our monthly meetings. She always gave the speaker her full attention and
was ready with a question or two after the talk. She was quick to introduce
herself to newcomers and guests at our gatherings and made sure they enjoyed
our after meeting snacks. Emma was a faithful attendee at the PFN annual picnic.
John and Mary Potter always ensured she had a lift to the venue. Our sincere
condolences are extended to Emma's family and many friends. She will be dearly
Photography In Motion by Bob Highcock
David Chapman is a storm chaser and
self-taught photographer who enjoys taking photos of weather phenomena,
scenery and nature. The Aurora borealis, cardinals, sunrises and tornados are
just some of the subjects that David has captured images of with his camera.
On Monday, September 24, 2018, David presented his Photography in Motion talk
to the Peninsula Field Naturalists' nature club.
Here are some of the interesting things David shared with the club.
Unfortunately, without the great photographs.
Shelf Clouds are also known as arc clouds and they can be observed at the
leading edge of a thunderstorm. They are formed when cool air from a storm's
downdraft cuts under warm air and pushes it upward. Another type of arc cloud
is a roll cloud which is less menacing in appearance. They are detached from
their parent thunderstorm.
Scud clouds are associated with storm fronts and can have the appearance of
a tornado or waterspout but they will not develop into a cyclone.
Hole punch clouds (fallstreak hole) are large circular
gaps that appear in cirrocumulus or altocumulus clouds and the holes appear
when water droplets around the ice crystals evaporate.
If the conditions are right and timing too, David will chase after storms in
southern Ontario. Getting on a storm is challenging and can have you driving
back and forth along many country roads. Speeding up 30+ minutes of storm
chasing into 3 minutes is an effective way to demonstrate how it is done.
In addition to storm chasing David will hunt for Auroras. While staying
within the Niagara Region, he has captured stunning images along the Lake
Ontario shoreline in Jordan. Gaseous particles in the Earth's atmosphere
collide with charged particles released from the Sun's atmosphere to create the
The stop-motion photography used by David in his presentation to explain
weather phenomena was well enjoyed by our club members. Many commented on how
impressed they were with the photographs. To see some of the stunning images
photographed by David, you can visit
Birds and Mammals of Algonquin Park
by Bob Highcock
Algonquin Moose. Jean Hampson photo.
Tim Arthur is an audio journalist turned
naturalist. He has done contract field work for Bird Studies Canada and captures
wonderful images of the natural environment. During his first trip to Algonquin,
Tim observed his first moose 5 minutes into the park. Since then, Tim has
visited the park numerous times over the last ten years and has encountered more
than 200 moose, dozens of bears, five wolves and Short-tailed Weasels. During
his presentation, Tim gave an audio and visual snapshot of the birds and mammals
a visitor to the provincial park can encounter.
Algonquin Provincial Park is approximately 650 feet higher than the
surrounding area and is divided into the western uplands and east side. The
elevation and latitude of the park create ideal conditions for Boreal
Research in the park includes over 55 years of Canada Jay study and 46 years
of turtle research. Information has been gathered on tens of thousands of
turtles and the Algonquin Wildlife Research Station research was instrumental
in ending the hunt of Snapping Turtles in 2017.
There are approximately 2,000 Black Bears in the park. Ability to smell a
carcass up to 30 km away, intelligence and being experts at break and enter are
just some of the interesting facts about this species of bear. More and more
encounters with bears are occurring and can be problematic, more so for the
bears. If visitors to the park just used common sense when camping and walking
the trails, then an encounter would be a memorable one.
There are between 3,200 and 3,600 moose in Algonquin. These large animals can
reach a speed of 56 km/hr.
The Algonquin Wolf is a new taxon created after many years of hybridization.
The species is listed as Threatened and there are 100 to 300 wolves in the park.
Packs include one Alpha male and one Alpha female and their offspring.
American Marten (Pine Marten) eat small mammals, fruits, plants and insects.
The species is vulnerable to predation and trapping and habitat loss is
responsible for the population decline.
Other mammals that can be found in the park include Red Fox, River Otter and
A beautiful Canada Jay. Jean Hampson photo.
Most of the Canada Jays (formerly Gray Jay) found in the park have colour
bands due to studies. They are most common in Black Spruce or White Spruce/
Balsam forest. Canada Jays are omnivores and will cache food in the winter.
Saliva is used to stick food to tree bark. The population has declined from 44
territories in the 1970's to 15 in 2007. The cause of the decline is food
spoilage due to climate change.
Birds and Mammals of Algonquin Park cont'd
Male Spruce Grouse. Jean Hampson photo.
The Spruce Grouse are a secretive species
that prefer mature closed canopy forests. After mating, the female finds a nest
site to raise the young alone. Winter diet consists of spruce and pine needles.
During warmer weather grouse feed on plants, insects and snails.
Ruffed Grouse have a wider distribution in the park than Spruce Grouse. They
are common year round. Spring diet includes leaves, fruit and insects. Winter
diet is buds and catkins, especially Trembling Aspen catkins.
Black-backed Woodpecker live in coniferous or mixed forests and feed on
beetle larvae. Nests are new each year and are built in dead conifers at the
edge of bogs or clearings.
Boreal Chickadees are more skittish than Black-capped Chickadees and nest in
decaying tree stumps. They eat insects, spiders and birch seeds. They are
aggressive to owls and can aid in revealing an owl's location at times.
Common Ravens soar high above the Highway 60 corridor and are larger than
Red-tailed Hawks. Large stick nests lined with fur and vegetation are located on
rocky cliffs. The species is very intelligent.
The Broad-winged Hawk is the most common hawk in Algonquin Park. It is a
small hawk often perched on hydro lines. Its diet consists of frogs, toads and
The call of Common Loon is the sound of the north. A breeding pair can be
found on every lake in the park. They arrive in mid-April and are very
aggressive in breeding season. Nests are built at the water's edge.
Non-territorial birds and failed breeders form large rafts in the late
For winter finches, the number of birds is dependent on seed crops. This is a
low yield year for cones and seeds in the park so there should still be activity
at the feeders.
Red Crossbills and White-winged Crossbills can be found in a mature
coniferous forest. They have two nesting seasons, summer/fall and late winter.
There are nine different types of Red Crossbills and each type has a preference
for certain seeds.
Pine Grosbeaks are the largest of the winter finches. They can be found in
Boreal fir, spruce and pine forests.
Evening Grosbeaks are found in every forest type. Over 100 individuals can
occur at the Visitor Centre feeders. The species is listed at #13 of birds at
risk of extinction.
Redpolls arrive in years of poor birch and alder crop years.
Pine Siskins are nomadic and roam widely. They prefer coniferous and mixed
forest and are attracted to feeders at the Visitor Centre.
There you have it. There are a number of birds and mammals that can be found
in Algonquin Provincial Park. Visiting the park can be enjoyed in every season
but if you want to observe young animals, a visit in May and June should be
A Day at Morgan’s Point by Bob Highcock
On Sunday, June 17th, Rick Young led PFN
an outing to Morgan's Point Conservation Area to explore the dunes and forest.
Though access to the boardwalk was limited due to fallen tree limbs, our group
enjoyed walking on the trails and along the Lake Erie shoreline.
Eastern-Eyed Click Beetle. Jean Hampson photo.
The most interesting observation of the day was an Eastern-Eyed Click Beetle
that tried to hitch a ride in Janet Kellam's lunch bag. Other sightings from the
day include the following.
Plants: Eastern Cottonwood, White Poplar, Red Oak, Black Walnut, Sugar Maple,
Ninebark, American Basswood, Black Raspberry, Multiflora Rose, Silverweed,
Prairie Fleabane, Celandine, King Devil
Butterflies: American Copper, Little Wood Satyr, Azure sp.
Dragonflies: Twelve-spotted Skimmer, American Emerald
Birds: Mourning Dove, Killdeer, Spotted Sandpiper, Ring- billed Gull, Herring
Gull, Common Tern, Double-crested Cormorant, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Northern
Flicker, Eastern Wood-Pewee, Great Crested Flycatcher, Eastern Kingbird,
Warbling Vireo, Blue Jay, Purple Martin, Tree Swallow, Barn Swallow,
Black-capped Chickadee, White-breasted Nuthatch, House Wren, Eastern Bluebird,
American Robin, Gray Catbird, European Starling, Cedar Waxwing, House Finch,
Chipping Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Baltimore Oriole, Red-winged Blackbird,
Brown-headed Cowbird, Common Grackle, Yellow Warbler, Northern Cardinal,
Rose-breasted Grosbeak, House Sparrow.
Jaycee Park (Ice Cream Walk)
by Jean Hampson
Club members walk along the paved path. Jean Hampson
June 28 was the annual Ice Cream Walk
from Jaycee to Rene Park. We looked for birds in the park and in Martindale Pond
before heading across the pedestrian bridge to Port Dalhousie. We had great
looks at a female Baltimore Oriole feeding her fledgling. We also observed crows
flying over the pond that we identified as Fish Crows once we heard their
distinctive nasal call. Walking across, we were able to watch the Barn and Cliff
Swallows returning to their nests beneath the bridge. Chimney Swifts chittering
above were life birds for at least one of our club members! We stopped at Oasis
for our delectable ice cream, then as we headed back we were given free Long
Johns from Homestead Donuts! Bonus! Our final bird for the evening was an
Eastern Kingbird entertaining us as we made our way back towards our cars. It
was an enjoyable and delicious evening.
Windmill Point and Area Outing
by Bob Highcock
It was a beautiful sunny morning for Rick
Young to lead th an outing at Windmill Point on Saturday, July 7. Windmill Point
is adjacent to Bertie Bay on Lake Erie and the public access at this spot
allowed PFN members to observe flora and fauna along the shoreline. Additional
stops along the Lake Erie shoreline included Six Mile Creek in Ridgeway,
Crescent Bay at the end of Buffalo Road and Waverly Beach Park.
Kalm's St Johnswort at Windmill Point. Jean Hampson
The following are our sightings from the day:
At Windmill Point we saw Ninebark, Gray Dogwood, Swamp Rose, Eastern
Cottonwood, Black Walnut, Sugar Maple, Indian Hemp, Kalm's St. Johnswort, Low
Calamint, Common Milkweed, Yarrow, Silverweed, Dudley's Rush, American Beach
Grass, Mallard, Red-breasted Merganser, Mourning Dove, Chimney Swift, Killdeer,
Spotted Sandpiper, Ring-billed Gull, Herring Gull, Caspian Tern, Common Tern,
Double-crested Cormorant, Red-headed Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, Purple
Martin, Tree Swallow, Barn Swallow, Black-capped Chickadee, White-breasted
Nuthatch, House Wren, American Robin, House Finch, American Goldfinch, Song
Sparrow, Red-winged Blackbird, Brown-headed Cowbird, Yellow Warbler, Black
Swallowtail, and Monarch.
We had a brief view of a Fowler's Toad before it disappeared into a clump of
grass. Rather than disturb the endangered toad further we discussed the markings
observed and concluded that it was an Anaxyrus fowleri.
We went on to Six Mile Creek and saw Tall Meadow Rue, Canada Anemone, Spotted
Jewelweed, Mayapple, Enchanter’s Nightshade, Purple Flowering Raspberry,
Sensitive Fern, Field Horsetail, Swamp Rose, Red-headed Woodpecker, Red-bellied
Woodpecker, Downy Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, Eastern Wood-Pewee, Warbling
Vireo, American Crow, White- breasted Nuthatch, House Wren, Carolina Wren, Gray
Catbird, American Goldfinch, Red-winged Blackbird, Common Grackle, Yellow
Warbler, and Northern Cardinal.
We then went down the lakeshore to Crescent Bay (Buffalo Road). Our group
stopped at the end of Buffalo Road to look for a reported rare species. The
Snowy Egret was there! Also, a Great Egret to compare the two birds.
Our next stop was Waverly Beach Park in Fort Erie. There we saw Red-eyed
Vireo, Cedar Waxwing, American Crow, Chipping Sparrow, and Enchanter’s
Nightshade. At the end of this stop, we called it a day and headed back
Annual Picnic - July 13th
by Jean Hampson
This year we decided to try something
different so we had our picnic on a Friday evening rather than the usual
Saturday afternoon. We also switched the venue to Burgoyne Woods for the first
time. We were quite pleased with our decisions as it turned out to be a lovely
event. We purchased the fixings and club members made sandwiches, rather than
buy them pre- made. The two dozen attendees contributed salads, desserts and
appetizers. We had just finished our meal and were packing up to leave when a
White-tailed Deer ran through our picnic area. Ah, nature!
Club members enjoying the annual picnic on a beautiful
July evening. Rick Young photo.
Jones Beach Cleanup by Jean Hampson
Jones Beach, on the shore of Lake Ontario
in Port Weller East, is well known to those of us that are interested in
birding. I myself have observed some interesting and uncommon migrants here
including Whimbrel, Red Knot, American Golden Plover and Trumpeter Swans. So I
was more than happy to do my share to help clean the beach along with eight of
my fellow club members on July 28th. We collected three bags of mainly plastic
waste from the lawn and beach area of the park. If the birds could talk I'm sure
they would thank us for doing our small part to help rid their environment of
these pollutants. There is so much more to do and I'm trying hard to reduce my
impact by reducing my use of plastic, properly disposing of the plastic I do
have to use and looking for alternative products. We hope to make this an annual
event and would love to have more club members involved. If you know of an area
that is in need of a clean up please let us know!
The PFN garbage collection crew. Doug, Barb, Carol,
Bob, Jean, John, Marlene, Mary kneeling and Rick Young behind the camera.
Thanks to all of you for your help in cleaning up the environment!
A Visit to Ruthven Park NHS by Rick Young
On September 22nd, eight club members
spent a beautiful day at Ruthven Park National Historic Site along the banks of
the Grand River in Cayuga. This gorgeous property is 1500 acres in size and was
owned by five generations of the Thompson family (not related to the newspaper
magnate or explorer) from 1845 - 1993. The family contributed greatly to the
early development of Canada.
Bladdernut tree fruit. Rick Young photo.
We viewed many interesting plants, trees, birds and fungi.
Some of the birds seen and heard were Wild Turkey, Tennessee Warbler,
Bay-breasted Warbler, American Wigeon, Belted Kingfisher as well as both
Red-breasted and White-breasted Nuthatches. We did stop at the bird banding
station on the property but it was a very slow day with only a few birds
Dryad’s Saddle fungi. Rick Young photo.
Interesting trees noted were Bladdernut, Hackberry and Bur Oak. The vascular
plants we saw were White Snakeroot, Hedge Bindweed, Jerusalem Artichoke and both
Wild Cucumber and Bur Cucumber. We also had fine examples of Dryad’s Saddle,
Calvatia cyanthiformis and Shaggy Mane fungi.
Jerusalem Artichoke. Rick Young photo.
There are two cemeteries on the property, which we also visited. There is the
Thompson Family Cemetery and the Indiana Cemetery, in the former Village of
Indiana, where many Irish Catholics are buried. Many of them came over after the
War of 1812 and many more came as a result of the 1840’s potato famine in
Ireland to seek work on the canals, roads and in the lumber industry. This
cemetery was used from 1842 - 1860 when it was abandoned. Lots of interesting
history of this area can be learned by visiting
Indiana: A Ghost Town of Haldimand County.
Mud Lake Conservation Area by Bob Highcock
A beautiful view of Mud Lake through the trees on a
dreary day. Jean Hampson photo.
In the early morning before the PFN
outing to Mud Lake, the rain fell heavily. It continued to rain en route to the
conservation area located beside the Old Welland Canal in Port Colborne. Upon
arrival, the rain stopped and Jean and I planned alternate routes for a hike on
one of the trails. Guests Mike and Terri joined us and we walked along the west
side of the lake. No walk around the perimeter of the conservation area this
A total of 27 bird species were observed. Notables included Yellow-bellied
Sapsucker, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Downy Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, Eastern
Phoebe, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Golden-crowned Kinglet, Swainson's Thrush, Gray
Catbird, Cedar Waxwing, White-throated Sparrow, Nashville Warbler, Magnolia
Mud Lake Conservation Area cont’d
Warbler, Blackpoll Warbler and Yellow-rumped Warbler. Jean spotted a Wood
Duck before it vanished into the reeds.
With the walk shortened this year, the four of us then birded Morgan's Point
Conservation Area. The rain overnight dropped pockets of birds in the wooded
areas and they flitted quite quickly making it difficult to get on them at
A total of 22 species were observed. Notables included American Wigeon,
Red-bellied Woodpecker, Downy Woodpecker, Blue-headed Vireo, Red-eyed Vireo,
Red-breasted Nuthatch, Carolina Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Golden-crowned
Kinglet, Brown Thrasher, White- throated Sparrow, Tennessee Warbler,
Orange-crowned Warbler, Nashville Warbler, Blackpoll Warbler and Pine
Hopefully, there will be no rain for next year's Mud Lake outing but if there
is heavy precipitation, a short jump over to Morgan's Point is in order.
Glenridge Quarry Naturalization Site
by Jean Hampson
OOn October 20th club members spent a
lovely morning exploring the Glenridge Quarry Naturalization Site.
This former quarry turned landfill, turned nature park has been an interesting
place to see evolve since opening to the public in 2004. As we hiked the trails
on this fine October day, we were impressed by the varieties and number of birds
A pair of female wood ducks awakened from their late
morning slumber. Jean Hampson photo.
The wildflower meadow was particularly productive for sparrows. We counted five
species including Swamp, American Tree, White-crowned, White-throated and
Chipping Sparrow. Other species we found were both Ruby and Golden-crowned
Kinglet, Hermit Thrush, Yellow-rumped Warbler and Eastern Phoebe. Wood Ducks and
a Pied-billed Grebe were on the pond. The weather held out for us, with a light
rain starting to fall just as we completed our walk.
Looking for birds from the boardwalk beside the Large
Clay Borrow Pit Pond. Jean Hampson photo.
In Search of the Purple Sandpiper
by Barb West
The warmly dressed group looking out into Lake Ontario.
Debbie Wright photo.
Saturday November10 was a cold and
blustery day when nine intrepid explorers set out to find the elusive Purple
Sandpiper in the area of the Port Weller East Pier. Alas, despite our hopes and
dreams it managed to elude us once again. However, we did see several other bird
species such as a Red-tailed Hawk, Black- capped Chickadees, Downy Woodpecker,
Northern Cardinal, Belted Kingfisher, Dark-eyed Juncos, Golden-crowned Kinglets
and a White- breasted Nuthatch. Among the duck species
we saw were Red-breasted Mergansers, Greater Scaup, Bufflehead, Long-tailed
Ducks, Gadwall, Common Golden-eye, Ruddy Duck, Wigeon, American Black Duck,
Mallards and Redhead. We also saw several Horned Grebes, Cormorants, a
White-winged Scoter, a Red- throated Loon, Bonaparte Gulls, Great Black-backed
Gulls, Herring Gulls and of course Ring-billed Gulls. But the highlight of our
day was getting a close look at a
Long-tailed Ducks. Debbie Wright photo.
gorgeous male Harlequin Duck at the end of the
pier. Afterwards, we went to Happy Rolph’s Animal Farm on Read Road where we saw
House Sparrows, a Northern Flicker, a Red-Breasted Nuthatch, several Brown
Creepers and a Blue Jay. So although we didn’t find the Purple Sandpiper, the
Harlequin Duck was a great substitute.
The best bird of the day! Male Harlequin Duck. Mike
With Christmas Comes Bird Counts
CBC 2016 Bob Highcock, John Black, Lynn Glover, Noah
Cole (visiting from ON Nature) head out to count birds. Jean Hampson
Initiated in 1900 by the National Audubon
Society, the Christmas Bird Count (CBC) is North America’s longest running
Citizen Science project. Volunteers conduct a one-day census between December
14th and January 5th of all birds seen and heard within a 24km diameter circle,
which stays the same from year to year. The Canadian portion is co-ordinated by
Bird Studies Canada, with naturalist organizations or individuals organizing the
local counts. New the
volunteers are always welcome and birders of any skill
level can participate. If you are interested in helping with any of our local
bird counts, please contact the coordinator listed for more
Cardinal at a snowy feeder in St Catharines.
Jean Hampson photo.
warmly, grab your binoculars and bird guides and get out and count birds!
Horned Lark in the snow on 5th Ave, St Catharines.
Jean Hampson photo.
2019 Memberships are Due
With the end of 2018 quickly closing in
on us, it’s time to remind everyone that our membership year runs from January
to December and 2019 memberships will soon be due. We count on our paid
memberships to be able to continue to bring you excellent speakers, walks and
outings as well as printed brochures and newsletters. Our membership fees remain
unchanged and are as follows:
$15 per year Student or Low-income
$25 per year Adult
$35 per year Family (2+ members at the same address)
With your membership, you also receive an electronic copy of The Peninsula
Naturalist newsletter three times per year (there are a few printed copies
available to those who don’t have access to a computer or email). Please take a
minute to make sure we have your correct email address.
New memberships or renewals may be paid for by cash or cheque at the
membership desk at one of our indoor meetings or by downloading the membership
form from our web page and mailing it in. All the information is on our web
We look forward to having you join us for more great speakers, outings,
helping in the community, fun, learning and friendship in 2019!
At Windmill Point on Lake Erie. Bob, Jean, Barb, Janet,
Rick and Lorraine pose around a large fallen tree at on a warm July morning.
Debbie Wright photo.
The Peninsula Field
President - Bob Highcock
Vice President - vacant
Secretary - Wendy Bradley
Treasurer - Janet Damude
- Rick Young
Directors - Carol Horvat
- Barb West
- Roman Olszewski - Jean Hampson
- Marlene Sanders - Doug Gillard
- Lorraine Brown-Joyce
Webmaster - Adrian Lawler
The Peninsula Field Naturalists Club
is a non-profit organization started in 1954 with the objectives to preserve
wildlife and protect its habitat, to promote public interest in and a
knowledge of the natural history of the area, and to promote, encourage and
cooperate with organizations and individuals having similar interests and
objectives. We are affiliated with Ontario Nature and Nature Canada.
Our meetings are held on the fourth Monday of each month from September
to April (except December) at 7:30pm. We meet in Committee Room 4 at the
Niagara Region Headquarters, 1815 Sir Isaac Brock Way, Thorold, ON, Canada.
We also offer various outings around the Niagara area. Please check our
website for more information.
The Peninsula Naturalist newsletter
is published three times per year, in January, April, and October.
Submissions for the next newsletter should be received by the end of the
month prior to publication.
Club members are encouraged to send in articles, photos, stories,
observations and outing reviews to PenFieldNatsNews@gmail.com. Material
accepted may be edited and will be used subject to space allowances.
Views expressed are not necessarily those of the Peninsula Field
Naturalists Club or the Editor.
Thank you to all the members who volunteer their time to our club and
also to those who make submissions to make our newsletter fabulous!
Something For Birders
Best Places to Bird in
Ontario is a newbook being released in May 2019 by two brothers, Mike
and Ken Burrell, who bothpresently sit on the Ontario Bird Records Committee and
are excellent birders. It is part of a series being published by Greystone
Books. The book features the top 30 birding destinations in Ontario, giving a
birding overview, strategy (site guide), and detailed directions alongside
colour maps and photos of target species. The Niagara area is well covered in
Pre-orders are currently being taken until March 30, 2019, with the cost
being $20 (20% off the cover price). The copies will be signed by both authors.
Although shipping cannot be offered at this price, Kayo Roy has graciously
offered to distribute the books to anyone who places an order from the Niagara
area. Pre- order is available at
Please let them know in the comments that you are located in Niagara so they can
direct your book(s) to Kayo.
Disclaimer: The Editor, Kayo Roy or the Peninsula Field Naturalists Club do
not have any affiliation with this publication but just want to let area birders
know of its existence.
The Last Word
Iwould like to thank everyone who has
taken a few minutes to send me an email or speak to me at an outing or meeting
and welcome me as the new editor of The Peninsula Naturalist newsletter. I am
excited to bring this newly redesigned newsletter to the membership. I hope you
all get as much enjoyment out of it as I did watching it all come together with
all the great photos that help to tell the stories.
I would like to join Bob in thanking Mary and John Potter for all the
newsletters they have published along with everything they have done for the PFN
over the years. I have very big shoes to fill too. Many thanks Mary and
If any club members would like to lead a hike, make a presentation at a
meeting, write for the newsletter or do something else to support our club,
please get in touch with President Bob or myself (for newsletter articles).
Lorraine Brown-Joyce, Editor