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

February 2019

06 FEB

Seedy Saturday

 10:00am - 03:00pm       St. Lawrence Catholic Elementary School
Promoting seed and  food biodiversity with a seed exchange, vendors, workshops, kids activities, cafe and community events.
Entrance by donation.
  • Saturday, February 6th, 2019; 10:00am - 3:00pm
  • St. Lawrence Catholic Elementary School, 88 Macaulay East, Hamilton
  • Event hosted by Green Venture
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
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

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 for the event will open early February and will be on a first come, first serve basis. It will be posted on BARC’s website:, and another promo email will be sent out. If you have any questions or concerns, or would like to be added to our email list, 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: 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