Orillia Naturalistsí Club picnic
at Victoria Falls in Queen Elizabeth II Park
Sat. August 27. Meet
behind Zehrís at 9:30 am. And to carpool.
We will go by way of
Cooperís Falls, then follow along the Black River to
with stops along the way to see hidden lakes, a floating
bog, an Indian camping ground, and whatever else
The overwhelming deer flies
should be ok by then. The road is adequate.
Leader is Sue
Deadman, who may be contacted at 705 835 5355 or
June 20: A Hummingbird Clearwing
moth (Hermaris thysbe), nectaring on Vervain,
was photographed by Heather Ewing, beside the road
to Victoria Bridge.
The protruding tongue is visible in the photo on the left.
Every fall four of the
Naturalist Clubs in Simcoe North - the Midland-Penetanguishene
Field Naturalists, the Brereton Field
Naturalists of Barrie, the Orillia Field
Naturalists and the Carden Field Naturalists -
have made it a tradition to start off their
season with a Joint Meeting where members can
get together to share their love of nature.
Hosting duties rotate between the 4 groups and
this year it is our turn in Midland-Penetanguishene.
This year we are also inviting 2 fairly new
groups to join us - the Copeland Forest Friends
Association and the Friends of Nancy Island and
Wasaga Beach Park.
The Joint Meeting will
be held on Thursday, Sept. 15, 2016, 7:30 PM at
the Wye Marsh Wildlife Centre, 16160 Hwy 12 East
Speaker: Bridget Stutchbury
Her Topic: Frequent
Fliers: New Discoveries in Songbird Migration
Each fall, billions of
songbirds leave Canada on an epic journey to
their far-away wintering grounds in Central and
South America where many live in tropical
forests shared by toucans, howler monkeys, and
jaguars. Dozens of species have experienced
serious, long-term population declines that are
driven in part by the threats that these birds
face on migration and while in the tropics. But
only recently has it been possible to track the
entire migration of individual songbirds to find
out how they accomplish their amazing 10,000 km
(or more!) round trip and to map out critical
habitats used during migration. Bridget
Stutchbury will reveal her surprising migration
tracking results for Purple Martins and Wood
Thrushes and discuss how this research can help
us save songbirds.
As usual we
will start off the meeting with some "Bragtime"
where representatives of the clubs can fill us
in on what they've been up to and what they're
planning for the future. Please keep it
concise, in the 5 minute range, so that we don't
wear the audience out before we get to our guest
speaker. We will be holding a 50/50 draw and
will also have our MPFN "magic bean soup"
available for sale. Our club also regularly
holds a Great Nature Book Sale. Members donate
nature books that they are done with from their
libraries, attendees browse the selection, pay
whatever they think the books are worth and take
them home. If any of your members would like to
help out and make a little room on their own
bookshelves by donating books, bring them along
- this would certainly help us cover some of the
costs of the meeting. Normally at our meetings
we ask non-members to consider making a $5
donation to help cover expenses. This will
certainly be waived for any members of the
invited groups and I think we will waive it for
any members of the general public who would like
to attend this meeting as well. We will just
tell them that they should be members of one of
the groups and leave it at that. Coffee, tea
and refreshments will be offered at the meeting.