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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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WestWestmeath PWestmeathrovincial Park Beach Walk

Date: October 1st, 2016
Time: 8:30 AM - 11:59 AM
Place: The outing starts at the municipal boat launch, in the town of Westmeath.
Directions: from County Rd 12, turn left at Synton St. and continue down to the water. After scanning the area, we will drive to Sand Point Rd, park vehicles and walk on the beach. There, we will be looking for shorebirds, aquatic birds, birds of prey, and passerines, such as Nelson's Sharp-tailed sparrow. If time permits, we will drive in neighbouring roads to look for Sandhill Cranes. Feel free to leave when you want or stay as long as you can, especially if the weather is miserable.

What to bring: binoculars, rubber boots; spotting scope and tripod if you want.







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