Our Nature Reserves protect 1267 acres of land across a wide variety of habitats that are critical for plants and animals. Recently, biological studies were completed on seven of our reserves, that detail the plants and animals that live there.
Our Birding Marathon Set a Record! Featured
This year’s Northumberland Land Trust Birding Marathon set a new record for the number of bird species found: 132 ! Despite a cool cloudy day without a lot of bird activity, our expert birders were able to find a great variety of birds on our marathon day, May 22. Thank you to our expert birders, and to all of you who sponsored us for our big day of birding. All donations will go to stewardship of our 13 beautiful nature reserves in Northumberland County. To view the full list of bird species found and where we found them, click here.
One of the most interesting things to do each year after the Birding Marathon is complete is to read our birder’s reports about their day on their assigned nature reserve. Observing wildlife both day and night for a full day yields some fascinating observations - and it’s not just birds they were seeing!. Hope you enjoy the voices of our birders as they tell the stories of their days.
Birder Reports are here, more to come next month!
- Chub Point - Killari, David and John Geale
- Jack van Nostrand - Doug McRae
- LLOEC - Kurt Appleman
- Lone Pine Marsh - Leslie Abram
- McEwen - Ben Walters
- Wilkinson - Paulette Hebert
- Pelton - Jamie Inglis
This year, our birding marathon is bigger than ever. We have 13 Nature Reserves now, and our team of expert birders are going to go out on May 22 to try to find as many species of birds as we can in 24 hours. This means going out before dawn, and staying out past dusk. It means having strategies for finding elusive or secretive birds that we know may only reside at one or two of our properties, and making sure we are in the right place at the right time. We have 1267 acres to cover! With lots of coffee, keen eyes, attentive ears, good weather, and good luck, we hope to find well over 100 different species of birds on our NLT reserves, all in one day. Click here to donate!
The NLT Birding Marathon is dedicated to the memory of Norma Wallace, an avid birder and Northumberland Land Trust Supporter. We will think of her as we head out into the early morning on May 22, listening for our first bird of the day.
Our team is being assembled right now - with some veterans as well as some new additions. Here’s who we have on our birding team so far:
Roger Frost, Baxter Naday, Ben Walters, Paulette Hebert, Taylor Brown, Andrea Kingsley, Leslie Abram, Doug McRae, David Geale, Kurt Appleman, Jamie Inglis
Here’s how you can get involved and help us out:
- When you donate you can take a guess at how many species of birds our team can find in 24 hours! Whoever is closest to the actual number will win a litre of maple syrup from the Wilkinson Nature Reserve.
- Donors of $100.00 or more will be invited to a private birding tour with some of our expert birders at Lone Pine Marsh Nature Reserve on May 28
The Birding Marathon is one of our main fundraisers each year. All donations go towards stewardship and maintenance of our 13 Nature Reserves. This could be building and installing bird houses, invasive plant removal, trail maintenance, signage, wildflower planting, or one of many other improvement projects.
NLT is pleased to announce that Felicity Pope, with a guess of 129 species, is this year's Birdathon winner of a litre of maple syrup from Johnston's Farm Market just south of Bailieboro. The actual number of species recorded this year was 130, one shy of last year's record 131. For those interested, the species list, and the full reports for all properties, are here (or below).
Norma Wallace would be very pleased by the birding results, by the financial benefit to NLT, and by the enthusiastic support of all our sponsors.
The Northumberland Land Trust sincerely thanks all those who sponsored one or more of our birders. The event raised over $7000 this year, which is a most welcome addition to our Stewardship funds. Our main activities this year will be control of invasive species at all our Nature Reserves, rebuilding the main gate at the McEwen NR, and the field work for the Property Management Plan for the Bonebakker NR.
The Northumberland Land Trust invites you to attend our '2020 VIRTUAL GALA WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 21ST AT 7:00 P.M. This will be a ZOOM event! This is a free event, but we encourage participants to make a donation at nltrust.ca. Proceeds will support NLT’s stewardship activities. Guest Speaker: Emily Damstra: "Remarkable Goldenrod: A valuable wildflower and its fascinating fauna"
The 2020 Wallace Memorial Birdathon was a huge success, with the number of sponsors, dollars raised, and total species observed all reaching new highs. Our members and other sponsors responded enthusiastically to our message that this might be our only major fund-raiser this year because of COVID-19 restrictions, and our sponsorships totalled just over $5650. We are most grateful for your generous support, as it will make up for some of the income we cannot expect this year. Although our Stewardship activities will be somewhat reduced, we will be able to carry on with most of them...
The Northumberland Land Trust and the Lone Pine Ridge Land Trust together welcome three remarkable and thought provoking speakers at the Venture 13 building in Cobourg. Please read more for speakers and dates.