Author Archives: Mark Whitcombe

Wildlife Photography by Gary Hall

Fellow naturalists, We are in for a treat as our first speaker for 2024 will be Gary Hall, one of our own Headwaters Nature members! Gary is an exceptional wildlife photographer and has photographed plants, animals and landscapes in many parts of the world. Gary is also the Land Steward Co-ordinator as well as the leader of the Sustainability working group for the Caledon Club of the Bruce Trail Conservancy. See the poster below for more information and a sample of Gary’s work. As always invite your friends, neighbours and relatives to join us for this visual treat. Hope to you there.

Christmas Bird Count 2023

Get your binos and warm clothes ready! Our annual Christmas Bird Count will be on Thursday December 28th, 2023!  Ron Jasiuk and Russ McGillivary are organizing this year’s event. We will shortly be sending out details and invitations, so if you miss them, Contact us! Across North America naturalists have been participating in Christmas Bird Counts for well over 100 years. The first Headwaters Nature Christmas Bird Count was conducted on 12 Dec 1987 when the club was know as the “Upper Credit Field Naturalists.” The citizen science data gathered by volunteers is used to track changes in populations and ranges of bird species. Searching for birds is a great way to spend the day. It’s fun often exciting and you get to spend part or all of your day with fellow bird nerds. The circled area on the map is our “count area.” We only count birds that are within… Read more »

Riverside Woods Field Trip

Riverside Woods – Headwaters Nature Field Trip: 2023 December 2nd Ron Jasiuk led a wonderful and wonder-filled field trip. The plan was to wander the trails of the Bruce Trail Conservancy’s recently acquired Riverside Woods Nature Preserve looking for and identifying plants, animals, fungi and anything else that would catch our the interest. The plan was thwarted by snow that completely blanketed the ground and transformed the late fall landscape into a snow covered wonderland. Two hours was not enough time to fully explore the preserve so we definitely need to return again. Highlights: During the 2h, 5km walk our group of 10 passed through a very mature White Pine plantation, several meadows, a bottom-land hardwood forest, several White Cedar stands and a large hillside dominated by Equisetum (Horsetail). Our group included Headwaters Nature members and members of the Bruce Trail Conservancy (BTC) and of the Mono Nordic Ski Club…. Read more »