The Bancroft Field Naturalist Club mandate is to ensure local residents have a
respect for the natural environment we have here. We encourage this
respect by providing information to the public on how to protect
animals, plants, amphibians, reptiles and birds that are found in our
area and beyond.
We belong to Ontario
Nature, the Federation of Ontario Naturalist clubs and support their mandate to
protect and restore natural habitats through research, education and
conservation, connecting thousands of individuals and communities with
The Bancroft Field Naturalist Club
meets monthly on the second Thursday of each month in
Bancroft Fish & Game. The club is located
at 27602 Hwy 62 South . Our meetings are from 7:00 pm until 9:00 pm.
We do not meet in July & August. Most
meetings feature a speaker on topics of interest to Naturalists. We
welcome new members at any time as well as the general public.
Field trips and nature walks are held
during the different seasons. Club members will identify birds, plants,
insects and animals seen on our nature walks in this area. We
encourage families and individuals to join us and discover who the
area's inhabitants are.
Our club built The Eagle's Nest
Hawkwatch platform in 2001. This platform shown in the above photograph
overlooks the York River valley and surrounding area. In the
spring and fall, several species of hawks, the turkey vulture and other
birds may be seen soaring on the thermals as they migrate through our
View NW from the
We have also established a hiking
trail in Eagle's Nest Park which leaves the lower or upper parking lot. The
trail is of moderate difficulty with benches located at three different
habitats. The trail is a loop approximately 1.5 k in length with a
shortcut trail offered for those who wish to do only part of the trail.
Map of the trails Trail map.
The club builds bluebird houses and bat houses in partnership with The Bancroft
Stewardship Council, Freymond Lumber, and TIMBR
We also provide information on bluebird and bat
habitats. The assembled bluebird houses or do it yourself
bluebird house kits and assembled bat houses are
available for a nominal cost.
View Nesting Box Program
We formed a partnership with Hydro One in 2007. They provided an Osprey Nest pole and
platform for us. The platform is located on South
Baptiste Lake Road just west of the Redmond Bay causeway.
In 2009 the club has undertaken a new project building artificial loon nest platforms.
We are providing local lake associations with information on these
platforms. More information on this project may be obtained by e-mailing