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A great photographic resource for local butterfly species. The galleries are organized taxonomically.

Excellent site for dragonfly info and it's now been expanded with many photos. Also on this Odonate website there is a set of instructions on how to build your own dragonfly net! There is a pdf file to download or print. Check it out!



Welcome to the Pembroke Area Field Naturalists Club

Situated in the Ottawa Valley in Eastern Ontario, our organization is 25 years old. Formerly the Pembroke & Area Bird Club, we have documented 302 species of birds within our birding circle, being most of central Renfrew County, ON and western Pontiac County, QC.

Trees in Pembroke -an e-book that illustrates tree species that are
present in town. Robin Cunningham was commissioned to produce this by
the Communities in Bloom Committee of the City of Pembroke. Interested
people can use it, ideally in conjunction with a tree identification
book, to explore Pembroke’s environment and perhaps to help them choose
trees to plant on their own properties.

All the Swallow newsletters dating back to the first one in 1983 are now online! Check them out!

Rare Bird Sighting Contacts:
Ken Hooles

  The new Bird Lister's Corner for PAFN Club members has been updated. Congratulations to all of you who were able to increase their lists this past quarter. Send your lists in to Ken Hooles at  to be included in the next update!

  Cornell Feederwatch Cam-Ithaca NY 

Tufted Titmouse, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Carolina Wren, House Finch,

Cornell Feederwatch Cam-Manitouwadge ON
Pine Grosbeak, Evening Grosbeak, Gray Jay, Ruffed Grouse...

 Check out the Canadian Field Naturalist  

for help in identifying bird feathers check out the Feather Atlas.

 Check out the Shaw Woods Outdoor Education Centre.

Renfrew County Mapping is an interactive mapping tool that enables users to search for properties, find points of interest, locate street addresses, create maps and perform various other geographic searches in the County of Renfrew.

Crown land/Private land

Roads map

Top 10 Naturalist Destinations in Renfrew County, including species lists (compiled by Chris Michener):

Renfrew County Biotabase

The Renfrew County Biotabase is an online flora and fauna survey of Renfrew County. Please check out the Biotabase User Guide to see how you can get involved. Your surveys, sightings, and lists of species identified in Renfrew County will be valuable additions to our knowledge of the flora and fauna of Renfrew County.

Ongoing PAFN programs include:

 Gathering and providing data on winter bird populations and distribution to Bird Studies Canada by conducting two Christmas Bird Counts, in Pembroke and Eganville.


Gathering distribution and diversity data for butterfly studies by conducting two annual Butterfly Counts in Renfrew County.


Contributing odonata population and distribution data to the Toronto Entomologists Association by conducting an annual dragonfly count.


Conducting a winter waterfowl survey on the Ottawa River in conjunction with the Ministry of Natural Resources.


Leading a variety of public field trips throughout the year to introduce and educate participants to the biodiversity of our region.


Hosting open meetings with educational presentations and guest speakers.


Participating in Renfrew County Natural History Day.


Setting up an information display at the Renfrew County Annual Outdoor Woodlot Conference.








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Hog Island Butterfly Count

Date FRIDAY, July 21, 2017,  [Rain/Wind date is Sunday, July 23]

Time:  9 AM

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

Place:  Meet at (Mullen’s) Esso Station, Pembroke St. E., near the turn off to Quebec. The count circle is half in Ontario and half in Quebec.  We’ll spend part of the morning in Westmeath Park area and the afternoon on Allumette Island.  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 $5 CAD ($3 USD), under age 13 is free. Fee is to cover publishing costs of the North American Butterfly Count Report (North American Butterfly Association - NABA).

Annual Odonate Count

Date: Saturday July 29, 2017 Rain date Monday July 31st.

Time: 9:00 AM

Place: Melissa Bishop Park (former North Algona Wilberforce Township Park) on Township Park Road (turn right after the bridge which is right after Lake Doré Road)

Trip Leader: Christian Renault (613-717-3142)

Children welcome!

Description: We will be looking for Damselflies and Dragonflies, very fascinating and useful insects, at several spots: Shaw Pond, Shaw Woods, Eganville, a couple other spots and ending at Biederman Park.  You can join us for a few hours, or all day, until 4 or 5 pm.

What to bring: Lunch. Hat. Sun protection, biting insect protection (boots, long sleeves, trousers).  Odonate identification guide.  Close-focus binoculars, insect net. You can make your own net (Instructions)

Pembroke Marina/Waterfront Walk

Date: Saturday, August 26

This is a few days later than the previous year excursion which hopefully will bring better results.

Time: 8 AM

Trip Leader: Ken Hooles

Place: Pembroke Marina at the mouth of the Muskrat River.


This is a good walk to enjoy migrant bird life along the Pembroke waterfront.  There are usually terns, gulls, ducks, shorebirds, and several songbirds such as Vireos, Warblers, Sparrows, and Finches.  As well, the odd surprise bird does occasionally show up.


It should be noted that the route from the marina will be the same as last year.  This year, we will leave the marina, walk or travel by car and park near the new washrooms close to the band shell area.  From here, we will follow the bottom of the old railway tracks to the far corner of the Algonquin college parking lot, continue along the back trail, and reconnect to the Kiwanis trail.  Then, back to our cars.  These areas are usually good for fall warblers and song birds.  This is a great walk to meet people, and usually, to see or hear a variety of fall birds.  Perhaps this year we will break the marina record of 58 bird species.  For more information, please call me at 613-735-4430.







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