N3 Nature Nerd Night 2024

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Headwaters Nature is hosting an evening dedicated to sharing our enjoyment of nature with like-minded people. Headwaters Nature brings together people who share a common interest in the natural environment:  enjoying it, preserving it, and learning more about it in all of its incredible complexity and beauty. Indulge your inner nature nerd and join us for the evening where we will enjoy:

    • a short presentation
    • displays of nature art and artifacts, specimens
    • a book table
    • a couple of entertaining nature films
    • Test your collective knowledge with a fun “Nature ID Quiz”
Tuesday February 27, 2024, Orangeville Senior’s Centre 26 Bythia St
7:00pm.   Free admission
Everyone welcome
Refreshments provided (bring your own mug)

Nature Nerd Night 2024

Nature Nerd Night 2024

We have people are setting up displays of their nature items. There will be interesting things for you to see such as specimen collections, nature artifacts, and art.  There’s still time to reserve a free table. Let us know and we’ll have one set aside for you.

In addition to the individual display tables we will have a couple of other dedicated tables.

One will feature books that will be free for the taking. If you, like many of us have extra copies of field guides, nature art books and such, bring them on the 27th and add them to the table.

The other interesting table is called Nature Nuggets. Do you have a special leaf or rock or skull or piece of driftwood that looks like your cousin? The Nature Nugget table is the place to show it off.  Hmmmmm…what could that be? What are you going to bring? Something we hope. Feel free to bring an item that you can’t identify and one or more of our expert naturalists will try to identify it.


One More Thing:

Headwaters Nature is once again showing ourselves off at the Orangeville Lions Home & Garden Show at the ‘Ag Centre’ out on #5 Sideroad of Mono from Saturday, April 6, 2023 – 9:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M., and Sunday, April 7, 2023 – 10:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M.

We need volunteers to work together or along to be the greeters and enticers to show off our passions for the natural world.  You don’t need to any sort of expert — just a friendly and engaging person.  If this were to be your first time doing this, we’d pair you with someone who as done this volunteering before. We also need to update our poster board, the old pre-pandemic version of which is shown below.

If you have photos or posters or other items that could replace any or all of the items on this old board, please bring them to the N3 Nature Nerds meeting, or send them to info@onheadwatersnature.ca 

Headwaters Nature old 2020 display

Headwaters Nature old 2019 display

Wildlife Photography by Gary Hall

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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

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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!

Headwaters Nature Christmas Bird Count areas

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 the circle. Our count circle is divided in six sub-areas each of which is covered by a team overseen by a team leader.

Two ways for you to participate:

a) CBC 2023 – Outside Mode

Spend part or all of the day outside looking for birds. Most searching is conducted by driving along backroads while scanning skies, fields and bird feeders. There are some sections (conservation areas, local woods) that are covered by foot. Depending on your level of bird identification ability you can choose to search for birds on your own, with some friends or join a group that has some experienced birders.

If this interests you, send an email to Ron at ‘rjasiuk6 at gmail’. Let him know that you’re
interested and whether you would prefer to bird on your own, with your own group or join a
group. Additionally let him know If you have a preference as to where you would like to bird.

b) CBC 2023 – Indoor Mode (AKA Feeder Watch)

No need to leave your home to do this. The day is spent monitoring your bird feeders, listing bird species and number of individuals.

If you’re interested in doing a feeder watch contact Russ at ‘russmcgillivray at hotmail.com’.
He will send you information on how to conduct a feeder watch and bird checklist for
recording birds at your feeder.

Post-Count Pot Luck Get Together

Traditionally, count day ends with a pot luck supper for all members regardless whether they were counting or not. It’s a great time to socialize with one another and share stories about the days’ sightings and adventures. The location for the pot luck will be at the home of R Jasiuk and A Moum in Mono. More information and directions will be forthcoming.