After having to cancel, both of its spring compost and plant sales due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Vankleek Hill and District Nature Society held the first of several planned fall fundraiser sales on Thursday, September 16.

The Vankleek Hill Community Centre west side parking lot offered a quiet setting for the sale of nature, craft and treasure items.  There was a great variety of items donated by members, including perennials, daffodil bulbs, fresh flowers, bird watching books and field guides, bird houses, hand-painted cards, stained-glass creations and hand-sewn crafts from Thailand.

“It was nice seeing other members in person, after almost 2 years of COVID-19 restrictions,” said Vankleek Hill and District Nature Society member Joëlle Claudon.

As with many other groups, the nature society had to switch to on line meetings and presentations during the pandemic. The most recent presentation was on a Turtle Rescue Centre, and an upcoming presentation is planned on bats.

During winter months, volunteers from the nature society feed the birds near the Prescott-Russell Recreational Trail in Vankleek Hill and at Voyageur Park. Over the next few years members will send their local birding observations as contributions to the next edition of the Ontario Breeding Bird Atlas.