While Susan and John have retired from the regular operation of the facility, they still live above the hall and John will be pleased to provide nature walks as he is available.  Note that for event planning from September 2019 onward, contact Chef Duff at 519-500-1715; info@chefduff.ca; www.chefduff.ca.

RiverSong is located on a 5 acre property on the bank of the Conestogo River. There are many areas for quiet reflection – from cool forested upland to open fields of waving grasses to wooded slopes that terminate at lush green wetlands along the river bank. Whether you take your baked goods and coffee and wander on your own, or schedule a guided walk with John, there are many natural features to enjoy.  

The lush vegetation supports a wide variety of wildlife including birds, mammals, insects, reptiles and amphibians. Ask John about the mud dauber wasps, or how many species of birds he has identified on the property, or the stories about the many turtle nests in the sand volleyball court. Come to relax in the shade of the bitter hickory or bring boots and binoculars to explore.  John will even give guided nature walks as time allows. If you wish to leave a tip for this adventure, you are welcome to do so, but there is no obligation.

To schedule a guided nature walk during café business hours or during a scheduled event, please call 519-574-8550 or email john.h.pries@gmail.com.

An osprey platform was added in fall 2016 and the female laid her first egg on May 4, 2017. By mid-June, some young birds were poking their heads over the top of the nest. By fall, two young were fledged and headed south for the winter. This pattern was repeated in 2018 and 2019. Come by in spring/summer and watch these magnificent birds dive into the Conestogo River to catch fish.

Female snapping and painted turtles make their way up to our volleyball court and other nursery areas beginning at the end of May through to end June to lay eggs. Up to 35 nests were counted in one season. Come see this fascinating process.    

Upcoming events:

Fall birding big day - Saturday October 19, 2019

Come out to RiverSong to help determine the number of fall migration bird species on the property for submission to eBird. The spring migration netted almost 40 species. For details on eBird, visit https://ebird.org/news/october-big-day-19-october-2019.  


The last of the three osprey fledglings left the nest for the trip south in the first week of September

Fall migration is under way. A family of yellowthroats passed through our property on Sept 24. Hawks are very active. A great egret is fishing along the banks of the river. Tree leaves are turning to reds, yellows, and oranges.

Five of the many turtle nests that are on our property have hatched out - 2 snapping, 3 painted. There are 2-3 more painted turtle nests and possibly one more snapping turtle nest waiting to emerge.

In spring 2019, a beaver took up residence in a small stream on the RiverSong property. It shares a burrow with 2 muskrats and has renovated the burrow to include a lodge made from cedar boughs and branches. The characteristics of the stream have changes from a shallow wide stream to a deep and wider stream. Flora and fauna are adjusting to these changes that are fascinating to watch.