Conservation and Trapping Science

Field Naturalists host online session on LYNX and BOBCATS
Jun 13, 2021 12:38 ET

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Peterborough Field Naturalists, despite having to cancel all their nature outings and walks due to COVID-19 restrictions, still meet monthly, getting together virtually on Zoom to hear about engaging topics and speakers.

This month the meeting takes place Thursday at 7:30 p.m. The topic of Shifting Distributions of Canada Lynx and Bobcat will be presented by Jeff Bowman, senior research scientist with the Wildlife Research and Monitoring Section of the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, and Adjunct Professor in the Environmental and Life sciences Graduate Program at Trent University.

Bowman will present the findings of recent research on the shifting distributions of Canada lynx and bobcat in Ontario, including a description of a live-trapping and collaring study on the North Shore of Lake Huron.

Bowman, who has a PhD from the University of New Brunswick, has been with the MNRF since August 2001. He leads Ontario’s fur-bearer and small mammal research programs, and has expertise in population and landscape ecology, and landscape genetics.

Invitations to meetings with access details are emailed each month to members. Not a member? That’s easy to fix. You can register for a membership and make your membership fee payment online or download the registration form and mail it in. Membership fees are $15 for a student, $30 for a single adult, and $40 for a family. Visit

Activity Haven

For Wellness Wednesday, Patti from Home Suite Home Transitions will share information on her business that helps people downsize, declutter, and organize. The presentation takes place June 23 at 2 p.m., most likely on Zoom. Call the office to register.

The Drive Thru BBQ, previously cancelled due to the lockdown, has been rescheduled and will now take place June 30. The menu includes a hamburger, choice of chips and a pop. Members must preorder with the office by June 23.

Senior Centre Without Walls (SSWW) continues with programs to interest everyone. You do not need to be a member to join in. Through the use of multi-person phone calls, you can take part in activities such as chair yoga, trivia, inspirational chats, book chats, stress busters, and educational seminars, all without leaving your home. Register by calling the office or emailing Hannah at

Memberships are now due for renewal. New members, 50 years and better, are always welcome. Membership costs $30 per year. When you renew your membership you will receive a $30 punch card for free. You can pay over the phone, or set up a time to come into the office to make your payment. And don’t forget, your membership fee receipt can also be used as an income tax charitable donation.

For further information or to register for any of the above events, contact the office at 705-876-1670.

Turtle Taxis

Want to help save turtles? You can volunteer as a Turtle Taxi and help transport injured turtles from where they were found to the Ontario Turtle Conservation Centre, located at 1434 Chemong Rd., to receive the care they need.

How does it work? Your name and email address goes on the turtle taxi driver email list. You will then receive emails about turtles needing rides. You only respond to the email if you are able to help. Long-distance trips sometimes involve multiple drivers to get the turtle from the location it was found to the OTCC.