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Trip and Event Reports


Online Membership Meeting (by Zoom) – Thursday, February 22, 7 p.m.

Dr. Doug Tozer

The Canadian Lakes Loon Survey: what do 40 years of monitoring tell us?

Common Loon – Nancy Steed Wilcox

PAFN Owl Prowl – Saturday, March 23

Leader: Ted Hiscock (

Barred Owl – Norm Jones

PAFN Annual General Meeting, -Wednesday April 10, 6:30 p.m. Algonquin College, Pembroke. Guest Speaker: Jeremy Inglis, PAFN Director and MNRF Biologist.

“A Year in the life of a Black Bear in Ontario and why they sometimes come into conflict with humans.”

Summary: We’ll explore a year in the life of a black bear; when it hibernates, when it is seasonally active, where it travels, its breeding cycles and cubs, its occasional trouble with humans and, perhaps most importantly, the feast or famine cycle that drives almost everything bears do. 

PAFN Waterfowl Drive – Saturday, April 27, 8 a.m., Pembroke Marina

Sandhill Crane – R. Cunningham

We will be looking for waterfowl and other birds, starting at the Pembroke Marina and ending up in Westmeath around noon. Car pooling is encouraged.

Co-ordinator/leader: Christian Renault (


Lake Dore Waterfowl

Saturday, October 28, 2023, 9 a.m.

Ken Hooles and Robin Cunningham will lead a convoy of vehicles around Lake Dore to look for water birds – ducks, geese, swans, loons, grebes, gulls, and other birds. We expect some northern migrants down as ice forms over northern lakes.

Meet at Melissa Bishop Park at 9:00 a.m. A telescope would be an asset.

Riley Bird Nature Reserve

Saturday, June 10, 2023, 9:30 a.m.

This forested property, donated to Ontario Nature by the late Riley Bird, has a well-constructed trail system over some hilly terrain.

Yard Sale at the Children’s Garden

Saturday, June 17, 2023,

375 Doran Street, Pembroke

This is a fund-raiser for the PAFN and the Children’s Garden Nursery School

Items to donate, which can include books and perennial flowering plants, can be dropped off at the Children’s Garden at the week of Monday, June 12. Coordinated by Benita Richardson

Black Terns, Bitterns, and Bobolinks – Mud Lake farm habitats

Saturday, June 24, 2023, 9 a.m.

Stafford 2nd Line. We walked around a farm property owned by PAFN member Gerald Rollins. Gerald participated in a study of Bobolinks, and has a conservation agreement to delay haying until after nesting season. We got close to Mud Lake, normally only accessed by canoe.

Bobolink – Norm Jones

Butterfly Counts

Lake Doré Butterfly Count, (near Eganville, ON): 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM Friday, June 30, 2023 – 

        Contact: Jean Brereton: OR (613) 625-2263

Hog Island Butterfly Count, (near Pembroke, ON): 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM Tuesday, July 18, 2023 – 

Tiger Swallowtail – Dave Colton

Dragonflies and Damselflies

Saturday, July 29, 2023

Our annual search for Odonates was led by Christian Renault

A Bluet damselfly


PAFN Annual General Meeting:  Thursday, April 7, 2022

Virtual meeting by Zoom 

Guest Speaker: Donna Lewis, Trumpeter Swan Restoration Group

The history of the Trumpeter swans and the current population in Ontario. It is a success story of an almost extinct species coming back and flourishing.

Donna Lewis YouTube presentation:

Trumpeter Swan Society:

Facebook page ‘Ontario Trumpeter Swans’:

To report a swan by email:

Mike Burrell presentation on February 24, 2022, on using the iNaturalist app

Lake Dore Odonate Count


Meet at Melissa Bishop Park, Township Park Road, Eganville, ON K0J 1T0

Christian Renault ( will lead us in a survey of local dragonflies and damselflies. Fantastic diversity and colour when you see them up close.

Anyone can attend. Youth are welcome. Bring sunscreen, hat, long sleeves, a lunch if staying also for the afternoon, a net for insects, a magnifying glass, a pair of close-focus binoculars, and if possible, an identification book for Damselflies and Dragonflies.

Visit to Connaught Pond

Saturday, October 1, 2022  9 a.m.

PAFN members are invited to join Grant and Dorothy Dobson at their Connaught Nursery for a walk around the pond.

They have done a spectacular job of ecosystem restoration on this property, propagating and planting native plants.  A nice diversity of wildlife is making use of this.  You may have seen Grant’s informative posts with great photography on his Facebook page “The View from Connaught Pond – Grant Dobson”   

Painted Turtles – Grant Dobson

Pembroke Waterfront Walk

Saturday, September 17, 2022, 8 a.m.

Meet at the Pembroke Marina. Ken Hooles and Robin Cunningham will lead a morning walk to look for shorebirds, waterfowl, and other migrating birds.