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Welcome to the KFN
The Kingston Field Naturalists (KFN) is a well-established nature club and charitable organization. Its objectives are the preservation of wildlife, natural habitats and the stimulation of people's interest in nature.


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Recent bird sightings within the 50km KFN circle, centred on MacDonald Park, Kingston.

In order to minimize disturbance to sensitive species and property, the KFN's BirdTrax gadget does not show owls on the sightings tab.

Membership Activities

The Club membership has a diversity of interests in nature and so a variety of activities take place year-round. Bird watching trips and competitions, nature rambles, wildflower walks and other field trips are led by knowledgeable individuals from both within and outside the Club. Each May the public is invited to join a series of bird walks.

Monthly meetings are open to both members and the public. They feature guest speakers including naturalists, scientists, conservationists and photographers who speak on a wide range of subjects.

Members regularly participate in hands-on conservation projects such as habitat stewardship and wildlife surveys.


Nature Reserves

The KFN owns two local nature reserves -- a large forest reserve near Frontenac Park (the Helen Quilliam Sanctuary) and a migratory bird stopover and grassland habitat on Amherst Island (the Martin Edwards Reserve). The Club is also steward to several other local protected areas.


Conservation and Education

The KFN actively carries out conservation efforts of its own and supports those of other organizations. Issues such as parks creation, wildlife habitat protection, public environmental policy, and environmental welfare are of ongoing concern to the KFN. The Club takes public positions on local issues affecting the preservation of our natural heritage.

In 2007, the KFN established an educational endowment fund at Queen's University. The Kingston Field Naturalists' Award for Queen's University Biology Station, dedicated to the memory of Dr. Robert Stewart, supports undergraduate students studying conservation science or natural history at the Station.


Junior and Teen Programs

The world around us is filled with natural wonders that intrigue youngsters. The Kingston Field Naturalists sponsors youth programs that foster their curiosity. Direct experience of nature leads to understanding and an appreciation of the need for conservation and preservation.

The meetings and trips for the Junior Naturalists Club (children 6 to 12) emphasize investigation and fun. Hands-on activities, games and discussions are used to explore the topic of each meeting.

Teen Naturalists participate in a wide variety of activities. These include excursions to bird and butterfly banding sites, plant and habitat investigations, geology (rock and fossil identification and collection) and monitoring and stewardship activities. In the process, they take part in hiking, canoeing and cross-country skiing.

Both Junior and Teen programs are organized by KFN members with a background in natural history and education. For information on these programs, please contact the coordinator at youth@kingstonfieldnaturalists.org.

Publications

In addition to ten monthly newsletters, members receive The Blue Bill, a quarterly journal which publishes members' and others' stories and articles on nature, conservation, reports on Club activities and projects, and more. The Club also publishes checklists of regional birds, butterflies and dragonflies, available on the KFN website. Based on Club observations, The Birds of the Kingston Region, a reference book by Ron Weir, is now available in its 2008 second edition. To order, please contact Chris Grooms at groomsc@queensu.ca.

Birds of the Kingston Region The Birds of the Kingston Region by Ron Weir, new (2008) edition, available at Novel Idea and Chapters in Kingston, or contact Chris Grooms.
Butterflies of the Kingston Region Pictorial Pocket Guide to the Butterflies of the Kingston Region by John Poland (2011) -- contact John Poland

History

The Kingston Field Naturalists Club was formed in 1949. Read a number of historical accounts of our Club at different milestones.

Contact KFN

For further information on Club activities, please contact the Kingston Field Naturalists by e-mail at info@kingstonfieldnaturalists.org.

The Club has about 450 members and supports a diversity of interests and activities. For example, it schedules a variety of field trips and nature hikes throughout the year for its members, including bird hikes, nature "rambles" and other field trips to explore our natural environment; each month's schedule is listed on the Outings & Events page. In addition, each spring the public is invited to participate in a series of bird hikes held throughout the month of May.

The public is also invited to attend the Club's monthly meetings, which feature guest speakers on a wide range of natural history and conservation subjects; details are given on our Meetings page, as well as in the "Kingston Whig-Standard" and "Kingston This Week".

Club members get a monthly newsletter announcing the details of field trips, monthly meetings, and special events, as well as the quarterly "The Blue Bill", KFN's journal on various aspects of local nature.

New members are always welcome. See Membership for information on joining.

The Club has two special programs for young naturalists: the Junior Naturalists (age 6-12) and the Teen Naturalists (age 13-17), see Brochure. For information on these programs, please contact the coordinator by e-mail.

As part of its aim to preserve nature, the Club is very active in local and regional conservation issues. Members participate in various nature and preservation projects such as bird surveys, marsh monitoring, and habitat restoration (see Projects), and the Club takes public positions on local issues affecting the preservation of our natural heritage. The Club also owns several local nature reserves for its members' activities, including a large forest reserve near Frontenac Park (the Helen Quilliam Sanctuary) and a migratory stopover area on Amherst Island; it also acts as a steward for other nature reserves in our area.

The Kingston Field Naturalists Club was formed in 1949. Read a number of historical accounts of our Club at different milestones.

For further information on our activities, please contact the Kingston Field Naturalists by e-mail.

 

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