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Northumberland Land Trust Event - McEwen Nature Reserve
Saturday, July 7 – 9:00 a.m. until early afternoon

The NLT Stewardship Team is mounting a serious attack on dog-strangling vine at the McEwen Nature Reserve. The plan is to set a line of flags across the field so that three members with sprayers can walk across the field in a line, then move the flags down the field, and so on. As many volunteers as possible are needed to help move the flag line.

If you would like to help for even part of the time, please contact John Geale (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or Bill Newell (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). This event will depend on the weather.

Directions: From the intersection of County Roads 28 and 9, go west on CR 9 to Garden Hill, which is at CR 10. Turn north (right) to the 10th Line (approx. 4 km). Turn west (left) and continue under the old railway bridge until you come to a sharp left bend in the road where Walker Road meets the 10th Line. We will park here and walk west (15 minutes) to the property.

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The Nature Conservancy of Canada has a unique opportunity to purchase the 231-acre Brighton Wetland property, including 2.5 km of undeveloped Lake Ontario shoreline, between Presqu’ile Provincial Park and NCC’s Boes property. This large, intact coastal wetland is an important stopover for migratory birds and is home to several species of note such as the king rail, least bittern, wood thrush and eastern wood-pewee.

However, time is short – NCC needs to raise at least $400,000 by July 1, 2018 to be able to close the deal and complete the purchase. WBFN members can help protect this sensitive area from development by donating to the Nature Conservancy of Canada at http://www.natureconservancy.ca/en/.

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Saturday, June 9, and Sunday, June 10 - Northumberland Summer Bird Count

Our 22nd Annual Summer Bird Count happens this coming weekend. It's not too late to participate! For more information, contact Roger Frost at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 905-885-9615.

 

Wednesday, June 13 - Northumberland Land Trust AGM
Time: Refreshments at 6:30 p.m., meeting begins at 7:00 p.m.
Location: Cobourg Public Library

The guest speaker is Susan Walmer, Executive Director of the Oak Ridges Moraine Land Trust. The meeting also includes updates on the past year's activities and the election of Directors for the coming year.

 

Saturday, June 23, and Sunday June 24 - 2nd Annual Northumberland BioBlitz
Location: Ganaraska Forest

This GRCA and Rice Lake Plains Joint Initiative features sites in the Ganaraska Forest to be studied and inventoried by experts; there will also be sites that public Citizen Scientists can explore, survey and assist with species counts. The goal is to obtain a baseline of flora and fauna diversity, as well as insects, reptiles and amphibians, bats, birds and other animals - in short, to gain a better understanding of the Ganaraska Forest's current biodiversity.

If you're an expert willing to volunteer your time, contact Chris Ketola at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Ken Towle at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
For more information visit www.grca.on.ca or www.ganaraskaforestcentre.ca

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We have received the following call for help from Environment Officer, Denice Wilkins:

"The Harbour Turtle Group in Kingston is embarking on a research project on nesting Map Turtles. They need 25 Turtle ICUs (Incubation Care Unit) nest protectors by the beginning of June.

"It is too late for the Centre Hastings Construction Technology Class to build them, as they have done in the past, so I am in need of volunteers to help me put them together. All you need to be able to do is use wire cutters, an electric drill and/or a staple gun (if you have any of these, it would be great if you could bring them along, but it's not required). Construction would take place in the yard at my house, 10 km east of Tweed.

"If you would like to help, let me know what days and times you are available between now and the end of the month. I will figure out what day works for most people and get back to everyone, and will send more details to those who confirm they are able to help.

Please contact me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 613-478-5070 if you have any questions. Looking forward to hearing from you and working together to save turtles!"