Publications by Hawk Owl Publishing in support of the Matt Holder Fund.
THE BIRDS OF THICKSON’S WOODS
by Phill Holder and Margaret Bain
The Birds of Thickson’s Woods is a publication that documents 313 species of birds that have been seen in the reserve with full colour photographs of each species, including their status, and specific dates of the rarities seen. Known around the world as a birding hot spot, Thickson’s Woods is a must destination for any birders visiting southern Ontario.
THICKSON’S WOODS FIELD CHECKLIST OF BIRDS
When we launched “The Birds of Thickson’s Woods” many of you asked if there was a Field Checklist to accompany the book. There was, but it was long out of date. We have now updated the Field Checklist and added the two new species seen in 2014 (Arctic Tern and Acadian Flycatcher) bringing the total number of species seen to 315.
THE BASICS OF BIRD IDENTIFICATION: BIRD TOPOGRAPHY
by Phill Holder and Margaret Bain
Despite recent advances in bird photography, there is still no substitute for making good field notes, and most Rare Bird Committees now ask for field notes to supplement any photographs submitted. Detailed field notes, of course, also act as an excellent learning tool. This publication should increase a basic understanding of a bird’s feather tracts and anatomical features and aid in the identification of rare or problematic species.
SHOREBIRDS OF SOUTHERN ONTARIO
by Jean Iron
Watching shorebirds is a most enjoyable experience and a handy identification guide is essential in the field. This guide focuses on the shorebirds commonly seen in Southern Ontario plus some of our rarer visitors.Illustrated with full-colour photographs, it shows the various shorebird plumages in an easy-to-use format. Light, slim and compact, it fits in your pocket or pack. You’ll have shorebird identification and aging tips at your fingertips.
SILKWORM AND SPHINX MOTHS OF SOUTHERN ONTARIO
by David Beadle
Silkworm and Sphinx Moths represent the largest and most spectacular moths found in southern Ontario. Some are subtle and blend into their environment, while others are hand-sized and flash brilliant colours. Illustrated with full-colour photographs, it shows the Silkworm and Sphinx Moths likely to be seen in southern Ontario in this handy, easy to use guide, designed for the outdoors. It is light, slim and compact and fits into your pocket or pack.
BATS – A CONSERVATION GUIDE
by Hawk Owl Publishing and Toronto Zoo
Bats are perhaps the most misunderstood animals on Earth, yet they play vital roles in many of the planet’s ecosystems. Our research at Thickson’s Woods has recorded five of the eight Ontario species so far this year and our “Bat Talk and Walks” have been very popular.
In partnership with Toronto Zoo we have published Bats A Conservation Guide which answers many of the questions asked at the Bat Nights about how to protect these wonderful creatures.
THE MOTHS OF THICKSON’S WOODS
Illustrated Field Checklist by Dennis Barry, David Beadle, Margaret Carney, Phil Holder, Mike King, Mike McEvoy, Phil Reyenga
This checklist documents all the moths recorded within Thickson’s Woods Nature Reserve. Using sheets and traps all species were identified with many being photographed before release, unharmed. No collecting is allowed in the Reserve. The “Mothing” team lead by David Beadle recorded 650 species so far. David Beadle, Mike King, Mike McEvoy, Dennis Barry, Margaret Carney, Phil Reyenga and I make up the team. It has been an incredibly successful program. We even attracted a moth that had never been seen in Ontario and only once before in Canada. In fact we found this species on more than one night, suggesting there may be a resident colony. Quite a coup for Thickson’s Woods.
VASCULAR PLANTS OF THICKSON’S WOODS
Illustrated Field Checklist by George Scott, Doug Lockrey, Dennis Barry
This publication is based on an original 1996 publication prepared by the late George Scott, with additions by Doug Lockrey and Dennis Barry. This is a checklist of the vascular plants that have been identified within the boundaries of Thickson’ Woods Nature Reserve, Whitby, Ontario, Canada.
With its diverse mix of northern and Carolinean species, including the towering white pines that still grow there, Thickson’s Woods is a living museum. Together with Corbett Creek Marsh, the adjacent lakeside wetland, it forms a genetic storehouse for the future, a vital web of life.
PROMINENT MOTHS OF SOUTHERN ONTARIO
by David Beadle
The prominents Notodontidae are a large worldwide family of moths. They are medium to large size and many are hairy looking. They are extremely diverse in both form and color, ranging from dull to strikingly pink and yellow. Illustrated with full-colour photographs, this booklet shows most of the Prominent Moths likely to be seen in southern Ontario. This handy, easy to use guide is designed for the outdoors. Light, slim and compact, it fits into your pocket or pack.
BATS OF THICKSON’S WOODS
by Toby J. Thorne, Nigel Parr, and Jessica Kroes
In 2015, the Matt Holder Environmental Education Fund conducted a pilot bat study Thickson’s Woods Nature Reserve. The goals of this project were to learn about bats in the Reserve and to engage the public in bat conservation. A series of public walks were conducted, and simultaneous formalised acoustic transects, were completed approximately weekly from June through August 2015.
The most numerous bats were Big Brown or Silver-haired, two species with highly overlapping call repertoires that are difficult to distinguish. Second most numerous were Eastern Red Bats. Other species identified were Hoary, Little Brown, and Tri-colored Bats.
Bats were detected throughout the survey period, indicating that Thickson’s Woods is a valuable site for at least Big Brown, Silver-haired, and Eastern Red Bats. Hoary Bats were detected in low numbers during formal surveys, but were repeatedly observed informally during public events, suggesting they may also make use of the site. The presence of Little Brown and Tri-colored Bats, both rare and threatened species, is significant despite the low numbers. Public engagement efforts were highly successful, with a total of 180 people attending a series of events through the year to listen to talks about bat ecology and to see native bats in flight.
A study report, completed by Toby Thorne, Nigel Parr and Jessica Kroes is available for download.
Set of 4 cards. The outside of the cards depict nature photos and are blank inside and can be used for any occasion.