On Saturday, December 28th from 12:30-3:30pm we will be having our 2nd annual Christmas Bird Count for Kids (CBC4KIDS) at Canatara Park. A fun winter birdwatching event for kids aged 6-12 and families. Join us to learn about birds, connect with other young naturalists, and become a Citizen Scientist! FREE, RSVP today, limited spots!
We will be stationed at the buildings near the Animal Farm entrance. After registration, we will divide into teams and go exploring with a local birder. These experienced guides will show participants* how to identify local birdlife, use binoculars, and lead them to find and count birds for ~1hr. Binoculars and a spotting scope will be available for use thanks to a partnership between Vortex Canada, Nova Chemicals, and our club!
Following their adventures, teams will meet back for hot chocolate, a snack and share their observations. This information will be submitted through an online checklist and reported to eBird and Birds Canada, where it can be used in scientific research . Last year we counted 1260 total birds from 21 different species!
*participants must be accompanied by a parent/guardian for the event
Spring has sprung and amphibians are hoping and crawling about. With the help of Kyle Williams Maajiigin Gumig Greenhouse Technician, learn about the lifestyles of the slippery and slimy while we search for search for frogs, salamanders, and so much more.
New binoculars for free sign-out and spotting scope available for use during the outing thanks to a partnership between Vortex Canada, Nova Chemicals, and our club!
We will be using our phones to engage children with technology for environmental science and conservation. Ontario Nature’s Reptile and Amphibian Atlas app identifies Ontario’s reptiles and amphibians, lets you submit sightings with ease and stores a record of your submissions. Download the app for free before the hike. We may also use iNaturalist. Download iNaturalist app beforehand here
Be prepared for rain or shine.
Please RSVP and any cancellations to this event by emailing the names and ages of participants and whether they will be accompanied by a parent or guardian to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Also, from 9am to 4pm, Return the Landscape and Aamjiwnaang First Nations Environment Department are holding an open house and native plant sale at the Maajigin Gumig Native Plant Greenhouse, 1972 Virgil Ave (next to the Aamjiwnaang Community Centre).