Eating from the Woods – May 3

Woodland Foraging for Edible Plants with Barara Roch.
On May 3 in Glenburnie. Doors open at 6:30 pm.

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​Ontario Woodlot Association – May 14

On Saturday, May 14, the OWA Limestone Chapter is hosting a workshop in Verona to help people with woodlots (of 10 acres or more) understand the steps to making a Managed Forest Tax Incentive Program (MFTIP) plan. Woodlot owners may create a 10-year management plan for their woodlots and in return save money on their property taxes similar to agricultural land.

Pre-register by contacting Kevin Hansen at (613) 449-0732 or

Ontario Woodlot Association - Friends of the Salmon river

Celebration of Water – April 29

The Concerned Citizens Committee of Tyendinaga and Environs invites you to attend a Celebration of water at the Waterfall Tea Room in Yarker, Friday April 29 at 7:00pm.

All who care about our food and water are welcome and will be informed. Space is limited. Please RSVP by April  613-848-6811

For more info on CCCTE:


Raise a glass of fresh water - Friends of the Salmon River

Puzzle Lake Provincial Park: A Rare Treasure

On October 7 in Arden, the Friends of the Salmon River host a special presentation on Puzzle Lake Provincial Park, a completely unique place, resplendent with rare plant and animal life.

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Eastern Milk Snake Photo: Kurt Hennige

This show will be followed by the annual general meeting.

Puzzle Lake Provincial Park is located in the Salmon River watershed, a few miles south of Highway 7, between Tamworth and Arden. This area is an ANSI (Area of Natural & Scientific Interest) due to its diversity of upland and wetland habitats, and its abundance of provincially rare species and plant communities. This park is simply a fascinating place.

The Puzzle Lake area supports 16 provincially rare species: the highest known number of rarities found in an ANSI in eastern and central Ontario.

On a park outing, keep your eyes open for a five-lined skink, a Blanding’s turtle or a bald eagle.

The rugged, diverse terrain has created many unusual habitats that support this abundance of rare communities and species, including some found nowhere else in Canada.

 male Elfin Summer Dragonfly

Male Elfin Skimmer dragonfly Photo: Kurt Hennige

The presentation by Corina Brdar, park ecologist, and Clark Richards, park superintendent, will highlight why it became a park, special features (such as scenic cliffs, bear oak communities and wetlands), species at risk (skinks, turtles, birds and more), and recreational activities, all accompanied by slides of the park.

Sunrise on the lake

Loyst Lake Photo: Ontario Parks staff

Corina Brdar is the Southeast Zone Ecologist for Ontario Parks, including Puzzle Lake Park.  She participated in the initial park planning work, the life science inventory, species at risk data for the park, and she continues the quest for new data. For personal recreation, she heads out on camping and canoe trips to – you guessed it – Puzzle Lake Park.

On October 7, the doors open at 6:30pm for coffee/refreshments, the show begins at 7 pm., and it’s followed by the Friends of the Salmon River AGM & elections to the board.  The location is the Arden Community Centre at 5998 Arden Road (County Rd. 15).

All are welcome at no charge; donations are encouraged.

For more information, contact Susan at

Friends of the Salmon River


September 12, 2015 – Making New Friends: The Living Watersheds Workshop

Join us for an active learning experience. Participants will engage with their entire watershed AND acquire the tools for building a “Friends of River” group. The Friends of the Salmon River have provided stewardship for a decade in the Salmon watershed and wish to share this experience with others.

Shooting the Skootamatta River

Skooting the Skootamatta ​River
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Help protect and nurture the Moira, Black, Skootamatta and Napanee River watersheds.

We are looking for more people from the upper Moira, Black, and Skootamatta watersheds to participate. Interested? Contact Susan Moore at 613-379-5958 and OR Gray Merriam at 613-335-3589 and

Admission is free and lunch is provided IF you register in advance. ASAP please.

At the workshop:

  • Photo Display: canoeing the Napanee, Salmon and Moira Rivers.
  • High resolution mapping of the watersheds provided by Quinte Conservation.


March 5, 2015 – Citizen Science Bird Projects

For fanatic birders and backyard birders – a chance to learn all about citizen bird projects from an expert and see a sensational slide show.

Mike Burrell is the Ontario Important Bird Areas Coordinator for Bird Studies Canada, Canada’s leading science-based bird conservation organization. Mike will share his passion on citizen science bird projects, including eBird Canada, Christmas Birds Count, Project FeederWatch, Breeding Bird Atlases, and more.

Citizen Science Bird Projects is on Thursday, March 5 from 7:00 to 9:00 pm at Huntingdon Veterans Community Hall on 11379 Highway 62 in Ivanhoe, Ontario.

Ontario Important Bird Areas and eBird Canada

February 24, 2015 – 50 Million Trees

50 Million Trees Program and MFTIP (Managed Forest Tax Incentive Program)

February  24 – Napanee

Information Evening for Landowners about two opportunities – Generous subsidies (very!) available from Trees Ontario for tree planting, plus big tax savings for a sustainably managed woodlot.

For program info, visit

Steve Pitt, forester, can explain the programs and answer your questions.

7 – 9 pm. At Coffee Cravings at 86 John Street, in downtown Napanee.

Logo for Trees Ontario

February 23, 2015 – The Inner Workings of Soil

What soil is made of, the do’s and don’ts of fertilizers and how to reduce the need for pesticides and chemicals.   Healthy Soil = Healthy Plants

Titia Posthuma operates Ravensfield, a diversified farm which includes livestock and a one-acre intensive market garden.

Titia uses biodynamic techniques and has been selling organic produce at the Kingston Market since 1989.

St. Patrick’s School in Erinsville on Feb. 23 at 7 pm.

The Inner Workings of Soil

Tues. 25 – Thurs. 27, November, Landowner Workshops: Plant Trees

Landowner Workshops: Plant Trees

Tuesday, November 25, 7 to 9 p.m., CRCA, 1641 Perth Rd, Kingston

Wednesday, November 26, 7 to 9 p.m., Huntingdon Community Veterans Hall, 11379 Hwy 62, Ivanhoe

Thursday, November 27, 7 to 9 p.m., Knights of Columbus Hall, 57 Stella Crescent, Trenton 

Are you interested in growing a healthy forest on your idle land? Attend one of the free landowner workshops hosted across the province throughout the year by Forests Ontario. Visit site for pre-registration: encouraged, but not essential.

Each workshop will offer information on forest management and stewardship, tree planting subsidies and other financial incentives for establishing and managing your forests. Presentations by forestry experts will include a variety of topics, such as:

  • 50 Million Tree Program
  • Managed Forest Tax Incentive Program
  • Windbreaks for working farms
  • Tools for managing your new trees
  • Invasive species

Mon, November 24, Close Encounters With Damsels and Darners

Mon, November 24, Close Encounters With Damsels and Darners

Monday, November 24, 7 to 9 p.m.,  Sills Auditorium, Bridge Street United Church, Belleville

Retired wildlife biologist, Robert Ferguson, will illustrate the beauty and diversity of the dragonflies of Hastings County, as captured in his stunning digital photographs.  This is a meeting of the Quinte Field Naturalists. All are invited to attend.