Tiger swallowtail Dave Colton

Canadian Tiger Swallowtail – Dave Colton

 27th Annual Hog Island Butterfly Count

Date: Thursday, July 19, 9 a.m.

Place: Meet at Mullen’s Esso on Pembroke Street East

Leaders:  Jean Brereton (613-625-2263) and Ethan Anderman

The count circle is half in Ontario and half in Quebec. In the past, some groups have gone to the Westmeath Park area; others have butterflied on Allumette Island. You can choose the area you prefer. Maps of the circle and checklists will be made available.
Bring: lunch, water, butterfly field guide, binoculars, and net (for catch & release).

A participants fee of $4 (under 13, free) is asked to cover publishing costs of the North American Butterfly Count Report. (North American Butterfly Association – NABA)


Westmeath Freshwater Caves Mini-bioblitz

The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) is inviting the public to a July 26th event to help remove invasive Creeping Jenny on the property.  It has generously agreed to allow the Pembroke Area Field Naturalists and the Ottawa River Institute to hold our 2018 mini-bioblitz in conjunction with this event.  The Gervais Property is environmentally sensitive with a number of sinkholes.  We will be guided by a NCC staff member to ensure safety and environmental protection.

Come out on Thursday July 26th for a rare opportunity to help identify and learn about some of the Ottawa Valley’s unique flora and fauna and to help the NCC remove invasive plants.  This invitation is RSVP only – please contact us at for information about when and where to meet.


Odonate Count

Date: Saturday, July 28, 9 a.m.


Leader: Christian Renault

Our annual survey of dragonflies and damselflies.  See these beautiful and fascinating mosquito-catchers up close.


Marina Walk

Date: Saturday, August 25, 8:30 a.m.

Place: Pembroke Marina

Leader: Ken Hooles

We will have a leisurely walk beside the Ottawa River and along the Kiwanis Trail searching for early fall migrating birds.


Tree Walk in the PRF Arboretum

When: Saturday, September 15, 9 a.m.

Place: Arboretum entrance on Clouthier Road in the Petawawa Research Forest

Leader: Robin Cunningham (613) 732-8402

You can see all of our trees in one place (wish you could do that with birds?) Brush up on tree identification.

PRF Arboretum


Westmeath Provincial Park Beach Walk
Date: Saturday, October 6; Time:9 a.m.

Place: The outing starts at Sand Point Road (off Westmeath Road).
Leader: Christian Renault

We will be looking for shorebirds, aquatic birds, birds of prey, and passerines, such as the elusive Nelson’s Sparrow. If time permits, we will drive area roads to look for Sandhill Cranes. Bring binoculars and rubber boots; a spotting scope would be advantageous.


Lake Dore Waterfowl

Date: Saturday October 27; Time: 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Place: Melissa Bishop Park, Township Park Road

Leader: Christian Renault   (613) 735-8395

A driving tour around Lake Dore and area. Lake Dore typically attracts a nice variety of ducks, geese, loons, grebes, gulls, and other birds.  They are often in good numbers at this time of year, ‘staging’ there during their southward migrations.  Some rare birds are quite possible.


Pembroke Christmas Bird Count
Date: Saturday, December 15

We take part in the North America-wide survey, counting all birds we see within specific sample areas. We have a get-together afterwards to tally results and talk birding.  Volunteers, including stay-at-home feederwatchers, are needed and welcome.

Coordinator: Christian Renault (613) 735-8395


Chris Michener Memorial Eganville Christmas Bird Count
Date:  Sunday, December 16

We do this second survey count and compare results, often in friendly competition.

Coordinator: Jean Brereton (613) 625-2263