Member Group Detail

St. Thomas Field Naturalist Club Inc.

Town: St. Thomas

Ontario Nature Region: Carolinian West

The new millennium marked the 50th anniversary of the St.Thomas Field Naturalist Club (STFN). Club members participate in many activities, from monitoring raptor migrations to maintaining trails in natural areas to outings and talks. From monthly winter walks, we move on to the annual Duck Rally in March. Then, as spring progresses, members enjoy an evening walk through one of Elgin's natural areas every Wednesday evening from mid-April to the end of May. In July, the annual butterfly count begins, followed by raptor watching in September in partnership with the Hawk Cliff Raptor Banders Association and the Hawk Cliff Foundation. When the cold weather returns, there is the Christmas Bird Count every Boxing Day followed by the New Year's Day Walk.

The Heritage Tree Committee, which identifies exceptional specimens of both native and exotic tree species within Elgin County, is a project that evolved from the STFN. Three regional maps locating these tree species are available from the club. Members also participate in clearing and maintaining trails in Fingal Wildlife Management Area, Fingal, and John E. Pearce Park, Tyrconnell. A nest box program sets up bluebird, kestrel and wood duck boxes in appropriate areas in Elgin. Meetings are on the first Friday of the month from October through to May and are open to everyone.

For more information, visit the St. Thomas Field Naturalist Club webpage.

For more information please contact Ontario Nature at 1-800-440-2366 or info@ontarionature.org.

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