Events at a Glance

 January 2019

06 JAN

HNC Waterfowl (Duck) Count

8:00am - 1:00pm        Hamilton, ON 
This annual count happens on the first Sunday of the year, only counting water birds. The average number of individuals for the last 20 years is just over 53,000, with a high of 98,000 and average over 30 species per count. We also keep track of any Bald Eagles in the areas.
There is always the chance of finding something unusual or breaking a previous years’ high - eight of the species have only been on five counts or less so locating these guys would be fantastic! (Red-throated Loon, Eared Grebe, Whooper Swan, Greater White-fronted Goose, Brant, Cackling Goose, Blue-winged Teal and Tufted Duck). 

Chris, of Hamilton naturalist club, is looking forward to learning what you find out there and adding to the overall species and numbers count. Contact Chris Motherwell at for more information and to register.
  • Sunday, January 6th, 2019; 8:00am - 1:00pm
  • Hamilton, ON
  • Contact Chris Motherwell at to register
  • Event hosted by Hamilton Naturalist Club


17 JAN

Hamilton Harbour Walleye Evening

 7:00pm - 9:30am      Royal Canadian Legion Branch 622, 12 King St E, Stoney Creek
  With guest speakers from the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, Fisheries and Oceans Canada and local anglers, you can learn about efforts to improve the Bay and restore Walleye, see results from fish tagging studies, and hear about the emerging local fishery!
  • Thursday, January 17th, 2018; 7:00pm - 9:30pm
  • Royal Canadian Legion Branch 622, 12 King St E, Stoney Creek view map
  • Contact BARC at or 905-527-7111 for more information.
  • Event hosted by Bay Area Restoration Council
22 JAN

Flood Events, Their Prediction, and the Future

 6:45pm - 8:30pm      McMaster Innovation Park, Conference Room 1AB, 
  The United Nations University Institute for Water, Environment and Health (UNU-INWEH) is pleased to invite you to its next free, public lecture!

Flash flooding events occur when large amounts of accumulating rainfall exceed the capacity, natural or otherwise, for surface water to be removed. Highly urbanized areas, given their lack of permeable surfaces and constrained drainage, are often most at risk from flash flooding events. Prediction of such events is challenging, particularly when small-scale weather features have an
oversized impact - causing thunderstorms to generate copious amounts of accumulating rainfall even when large-scale conditions seem marginally conducive at best. There are also indications that flash flooding events are on the increase across Canada due to anthropogenic climate change.
This lecture will focus on the details of one particular event – the 2013 ‘billion dollar’ flash flood in Toronto – to illustrate the characteristics of a modern, urban flash flooding event and the challenges for weather forecasting. The future of flash flood prediction given new and emerging knowledge and technologies will also be discussed.
Due to limited seats, registration required. 
  • Tuesday, January 22nd, 2019; 6:45pm - 8:30pm
  • McMaster Innovation Park, Conference Room 1AB, 175 Longwood Road South Hamilton, ON. 
  • Event hosted by Another Drop Lecture Series

30 JAN

Climate Change Talk - McMaster Socrates Project

7:00pm - 8:30pm      1280 Main Street West, Hamilton, ON L8S 4K1
Join Socrates McMaster for a discussion about how accelerating climate change is shaping and being shaped by politics and culture.
Robert O’Brien is Professor of Political Science and former director of McMaster’s Institute on Globalization and the Human Condition. He is the author of six books and over twenty journal articles and book chapters in the fields of international relations and global political economy.
Susie O’Brien is an Associate Professor in the Department of English and Cultural Studies at McMaster where her research and teaching focus on postcolonial and environmental literary and cultural studies. Her publications include Time, Globalization and the Human Experience and Popular Culture: A User’s Guide.
  • Wednesday January 30th, 2019; 7:00pm - 8:30pm
  • L.R. Wilson Hall,1280 Main Street West , Hamilton
  • Event hosted by Socrates McMaster

February 2019


Hamilton Waterfront Festival of Lights

 4:30pm - 12:00am      Pier 8
  The Hamilton Waterfront Trust is proud to present the annual Hamilton Waterfront Festival of Lights. Come share your holiday spirit with family and friends while strolling through over 40 magical lighting displays. Located at Pier 8 behind Williams Fresh Cafe and adjacent to the Waterfront Outdoor Ice Skating rink these colorful holiday displays will surely get you into a festive mood. The event will take place from Saturday December 1 to Sunday February 17 with the displays being turned on daily from 4:30 pm to midnight. With the help of community sponsors this annual event brightens the evening sky with a cascade of colour with the back drop of the Hamilton Harbour. A selection of specialty hot winter time drinks are available to purchase at Williams Fresh Cafe. Ice Skates can be rented and our Waterfront Grill and Scoops Concession Stand will be open every weekend. There is no admission charge and on site parking is free so come to the Hamilton Waterfront this winter and enjoy this wonderful display of lights and colours.
  • Now - Sunday, Febuary 17, 2019; daily from  4:30pm - 12:00am
  • Pier 8 (47 Discovery Dr, Hamilton, ON L8L 8K4) view map
  • Event hosted by Hamilton Winterfest

11 FEB

Lecture: Wetland Development in Stoney Creek

 7:30am - 90:00pm      Royal Botanical Gardens, 680 Plains Rd. W., Burlington, L7T 4H4
Wetlands are important for clean water and flood control. Learn more about their role in our environment! Join Hamilton Naturalists' Club for a presentation by Scott Peck, Deputy Chief Administrative Officer/Director, Watershed Planning & Engineering with the Hamilton Conservation Authority. Scott will cover the acquisition of lands, environmental assessment process and restoration work for the creation of natural wetland detention facilities and wetland enhancement to address downstream urban flooding and erosion issues within Battlefield and Stoney Creeks.
*BRING YOUR MUG and be included in a draw for a prize! 
  • Monday, February 11th, 2019; 7:30pm - 9:00pm
  • Royal Botanical Gardens, 680 Plains Rd. W., Burlington, L7T 4H4view map
  • Contact Lou for more information.
  • Event hosted by Hamilton Naturalist Club
16 FEB

HCA Ice Fishing Derby

 6:00am - 2:00pm      Valens Lake Conservation Area
  Valens Lake’s annual Ice Fishing Derby returns on Saturday February 16, from sunrise until 2 p.m.! Lots of prizes to be won for adults and children. Species are bluegill, crappie and perch. Hot drinks and BBQ items will also be available for purchase.

For Canadian residents, a fishing license not required as it takes place on Ontario’s license free fishing weekend!

Entry into the derby is $25 for adults and $15 for children 12 years and under.
  • Saturday, February 16, 2019; 6:00am - 2:00pm
  • Valens Lake Conservation Area, 1691 Regional Road 97, Cambridge, Ontario view map
  • Call Valens Lake at 905-525-2183 or email
  • Event hosted by Hamilton Conservation Authority

15-18 FEB

Great Backyard Bird Count

8:00am - 10:00pm       Hamilton, ON 
It’s almost time for the Great Backyard Bird Count and we need your help! This is a citizen science project where the information gathered by tens of thousands of volunteers creates a snap shot of where birds are around the world. Last year there were 6,310 species recorded! It's happening over four days– but you can participate for as little as 15 minutes on one or more days. Participation is simple, just three steps:
1. Count birds anywhere you like. We recommend at LEAST 15 minutes—or even
longer if you wish. Keep track of the numbers and species of birds you see and
how long you watched.

2. Make your best estimate of how many birds you saw of each species. For
example, 5 Northern Cardinals, 3 American Crows. Huge flocks may be a challenge,
but your best guess is still valuable.

3. Enter your list(s) online at Put in a new checklist:
--for each new day
--for each different location
--for the same location, same day, if you counted at a different time of day
27 FEB

Environment Town Hall & Minister for Environment & Climate Change, the Honorable Catherine McKenna

 5:30pm - 7:30pm      Canada Centre for Inland Waters 
  Canada is taking climate action and moving forward with its practical and affordable climate plan. In this first town hall event, Minister McKenna will talk about climate change, and wants to hear from Canadians about climate action. Join the conversation, ask that question you’ve always wanted to ask, and share your ideas on how we can strengthen our economy while fighting climate change.

Register on Eventbrite to join in person. Doors will open at 5pm..
  • Wednesday, February 27th, 2019
  • Canada Centre for Inland Waters,  867 Lakeshore Road, Burlington 
  • Event hosted by Environment and Climate Change Canada
March 2019
01 MAR

A Winter Evening by the Bay

 6:30pm - 10:00pm      555 Bay Street North, Hamilton, ON 
Join us for our annual fundraiser and celebration! The night consists of a diverse silent auction, live music, light fare, a brief update on all the we have accomplished in the past year, and stunning views of the harbour.  Join us for this celebration, tickets are just $30!
  • Friday, March 1st; 6:30pm - 10:00pm
  • Waterfront Banquet Centre, 555 Bay Street North, Hamilton
  • Contact Shelia Whaley at BARC (905.527.7111) or for tickets 
  • Event hosted by Bay Area Restoration Council

2019 Homeowner Workshop Series: Rain Gardens and Low Impact Landscaping

 6:30pm - 8:30pm      St. Paul’s United Church, 29 Park St W, Dundas
At this workshop you will discover how adding a rain barrel or rain garden can be a simple, inexpensive way to direct storm water away from your home towards your plants, garden, or lawn. Manage storm water on your property using low-impact techniques that are sure to make your yard the envy of the neighbourhood.
The workshops costs $8 per person. 

  • Wednesday, March 6; 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm
  • St. Paul’s United Church, 29 Park St W, Dundas view map
  • Event hosted by Conservation Halton

22 MAR

Highschool H2O Forum: The Essentials

 9:00am - 2:15pm      680 Plains Road West, Burlington
  H2O Forum: The Essentials, is a FREE water themed conference that we are organizing, with Hamilton Port Authority, for approximately 240 high school students in the Hamilton and Burlington area. At the conference, students will learn how water is essential for life, past and current water issues, and determine what essential actions need to be taken in order to help achieve long-term sustainable and responsible use of our water resources for the future.

The day will begin with a short introductory lecture on the history of the Hamilton harbor and Cootes paradise. After the introduction, students will rotate through a variety of stations including: guided hikes through Hendrie valley, hand’s on activates about testing water quality, waste water treatment, and cargo shipping , and a facilitated group discussion and brainstorming session around solving water issues that they deem important. During their lunch break, students will have the opportunity to meet with local organizations and professionals to learn about the variety of careers that relate to water and how they can get involved. We hope to inform and inspire our future leaders!

Class registration is now OPEN. Please fill out the form here. Registration is on a first-come, first-serve basis, until THE EXTENDED DEADLINE OF MARCH 20th, 2019. If you have any questions or concerns,  please email BARC’s Program Coordinator, Christine Bowen, at
If you are interested in volunteering at this event,  please email BARC’s Program Coordinator, Christine Bowen, at 
  • Friday March 22nd; 9:00am - 2:15pm
  • Royal Botanical Gardens Main Centre, 680 Plain Road West, Burlington  
  • Contact Christine bowen at BARC (905.527.7111) or
  • Event hosted with Hamilton Port Authority

Volunteer Opportunity: Bayfront Park Spring Clean-up

 10:15am - 1:00pm       Bayfront Park
 Concerned citizen's have organized a spring clean up of Bayfront park, the Bayfront trail and Pier 4 park as part of the city of Hamilton's Team up to Clean Up program. Join us in supporting their initiative! Meet at the eastern parking lot of Bayfront park. .
  • Saturday, March 30l 2nd, 2019; 2:00pm - 4:00pm
  • Bayfront Park, 200 Harbour Front Dr, Hamilton, ON L8L 1C8view map
  • Contact Christine Bowen at BARC (905.527.7111) or to volunteer
  • Event hosted by BARC
30 MAR

Paddling Film Festival

 7:00pm - 10:00pm      Playhouse Cinema, 177 Sherman Ave. N, Hamilton.
  The Paddling Film Festival 2019 is being hosted by McMaster Outdoor Club and the Hamilton Naturalists' Club. The PADDLING Film Festival is an international adventure film tour presenting the world’s best paddling films of the year – whitewater, sea kayaking, canoeing, stand-up paddling - action and lifestyle – in more than 120 cities and towns across Canada, United States and around the world.

Tickets are $15 with contributions to be made to the HNC Kids in Nature, and Urban Natural Area initiatives. Tickets available here

  • Saturday, March 30, 2019; 7:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Playhouse Cinema, 177 Sherman Ave. N, Hamilton.
  • Contact Dana or Bron for more information
  • Event hosted by Hamilton Naturalist Club



HHYPE Event Night

 6:00pm - 9:00pm       RBG Rock Garden
  Royal Botanical Gardens is proud to host the inaugural event for the Young Environmental Science (YES) Alliance on Thursday April 4th 2019. Youth (age 13 to 18) will gather at the David Braley and Nancy Gordon Rock Garden, be treated to some vegan and vegetarian snacks and refreshments while meeting community partners, like BARC, before local filmmaker Julia Barnes presents her gripping documentary Sea of Life.

Julia Barnes is the award-winning filmmaker behind Sea of Life. For as long as she can remember Julia has been passionate about the natural world, but it wasn't until she was 16 that she realized the world she loved was in serious jeopardy. After watching Rob Stewart's documentary Revolution and learning that the world's coral reefs, rainforests and fish are expected to be wiped out by the middle of the century she was compelled to take action. Film was the most powerful weapon she could imagine so she picked up a video camera and set out to make a documentary to raise awareness about the biggest threats facing the ocean.
The event is free, but registration is required!
  • Thursday, April 4th, 2019; 6:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Royal Botanical Gardens - Rock Garden, 1185 York Boulevard, Hamilton, ON L0R 2H9 
  • Event hosted by Royal Botanical Gardens


Volunteer Opportunity: Snail Collection

 2:00pm - 4:00pm       Royal Botanical Garden's Arboretum
 We are looking for volunteers to help us prepare the kits for our mini marsh program! We are looking for volunteers to help collect snails from RBG's plant nursery ponds! The snails are the most loved part of the mini marsh kits that are given to classrooms within the watershed. Put on some rubber boots and gloves, and join us for the afternoon. We will have rubber boots available for those who need them. Please register as space is limited.
  • Friday, April 2nd, 2019; 2:00pm - 4:00pm
  • Royal Botanical Gardens Arboretum, 16 Old Guelph Road, Hamilton view map
  • Contact Christine Bowen at BARC (905.527.7111) or to volunteer
  • Event hosted by BARC


Volunteer Opportunity: Prepping Mini Marshes

 10:00am - 4:00pm       Royal Botanical Garden's Nature Interpretative Centre
  We are looking for volunteers to help us prepare the kits for our mini marsh program!  We need help bagging sand, sorting and splitting plants, bagging aquatic snails, rinsing and checking bowls for cracks, stapling info packets together, and arranging them all in a bag for pick-up by teachers. If you have a few hours to spare and would like to help, let us know!
  • Tuesday, April 9th, 2019; 10:00am - 4:00pm
  • Royal Botanical Gardens Nature Interpretive Centre, 16 Old Guelph Road, Hamilton view map
  • Contact Christine Bowen at BARC (905.527.7111) or to volunteer
  • Event hosted by BARC



Jane's Walk: Harbour Stroll at Bayfront

 7:15pm - 8:15pm      Bayfront Park, 200 Harbour Front Drive, Hamilton
  As part of Hamilton's Jane's walk 2018, take an accessible sunset stroll around Bayfront Park with Bay Area Restoration Council, to learn about the history of the harbor, ongoing environmental issues and restoration efforts.  Please meet under the pergola by the parking lot/water front trail.
  • Friday, May 3rd, 2019; 7:15pm - 8:15pm
  • Bayfront Park, 200 Harbour Front Drive, Hamiltonview map
  • Contact Christine Bowen at BARC (905.527.7111) or for more information.
  • Event hosted by Bay Area Restoration Council

Volunteer Opportunity: Green Up Tree Planting

 9:00am - 12:00pm      Brant Hills Park, Burlington
  With sponsorship from the City of Burlington, Burlington Green is pleased to host a tree planting event. We, BARC, will be sending a team to help! To be part of our team, contact Christine at or 905-527-7111 by April 22nd.

Be sure to dress for the weather as the event will take place rain or shine. Please wear sturdy shoes or boots – no sandals or flip-flops please! (Sturdy soles help when digging with a shovel). BARC will have some shovels and gloves available for our volunteers, but if you are able, please bring your own. .
  • Saturday, May 4th; 9:00am - 12:00m
  • Brant Hills Park, 300 Duncaster Dr, Burlington, ON L7P 4C2 view map
  • Contact Christine Bowen at BARC ( or 905.527.7111) to register for the BARC team!
  • Event hosted by Burlington Green

Jane's Walk: Nature Walk at Lasalle Park

 2:30pm - 3:30pm      150 North Shore Boulevard, Burlington, ON L7T 4A4
  As part of Burlington's Jane's walk 2018, walk through forest and along the water’s edge on LaSalle Parks waterfront trail, with Bay Area Restoration Council. Admire the views, learn about local flora and fauna, and discuss past and present environmental issues! Please meet at the start of the waterfront trail by the parking lot..
  • Saturday, May 4, 2019; 2:30pm - 3:30pm
  • 150 North Shore Boulevard, Burlington, ON L7T 4A4 view map
  • Contact Christine Bowen at BARC (905.527.7111) or for more information
  • Event hosted by Bay Area Restoration Council