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KINGSTON FIELD NATURALISTS' Member Adele Crowder given Goldie Award

Dr. Adele Crowder is a respected and longtime member of the Kingston Field Naturalists who has contributed much to our club over the years. Adele was presented this award by Michael McMurtry (pictured above) at the general meeting of the KFN on 17 October 2013. The Goldie Award is given out by the Field Botanists of Ontario and "recognizes the contribution of an individual who has made a significant contribution to the advancement of field botany in Ontario." Congratulations Adele!


Nature reserve sign unveiling on Amherst Island

(Kingston, Ontario, 2013-Aug-20) On Tuesday September 10, the Kingston Field Naturalists (KFN) unveiled a sign at our nature reserve at the east end of Amherst Island. The sign names the property the "Martin Edwards Reserve" in honour of our recently departed, Honorary President. Dr Edwards was a world renowned physicist, naturalist, conservationist and birdwatcher who accumulated a life list of 8,456 species of birds among many other accomplishments. He was a resident of Kingston from 1954 until his death. Over the years, Martin was President of the Federation of Ontario Naturalists, the Canadian Nature Federation and was Canada's representative to the International Union for the Conservation of Nature. Martin contributed greatly to major conservation efforts made by the KFN, including the establishment of both our nature reserves and the Prince Edward Point National Wildlife Area. A ceremony took place on the property that day. Edwards' family members were in attendance.
Special thanks to Lynn Bell for the construction of this beautiful sign.

Owl Woods Project Update

Out of growing concern over the impact people are having on Amherst Island's Owl Woods, working with the various landowners and stakeholders, the Kingston Field Naturalists began a project to find ways to minimize this impact. We produced a management strategy for the property. The document we produced is considered as a guide and a springboard for ideas rather than a rule book. Implementation of the recommendations began with the formation of the Friends Of the Owl Woods in Summer 2011. Following the strategy the Friends have now completed work on new interior signage, the fencing off of an owls-only zone within the Woods and a new welcome Kiosk at the entrance on the CRCA property. This kiosk displays the rules and provides a map as a reminder that the majority of the Woods is privately owned. Please respect this privately owned wildlife sanctuary, the owls and follow the posted rules.

Short-eared Owl Surveys

To understand their population status and their wintering habitat needs, we developed a standardized, volunteer-based survey protocol to track Short-eared Owl wintering distribution and abundance on Amherst Island and Wolfe Island. The survey protocol involved recording all raptor species observed; in light of current concerns regarding the effects of wind farm development on the avian community. For volunteering in this survey go to projects on the website to see the contact information. The results of the survey so far have been published in the September 2011 issue of the Blue Bill on page 63. To download this issue of the Blue Bill and read the report follow the link below.

Short-eared Owl report