Another successful Downriver Ducks outing was enjoyed by 25 enthusiastic Lambton Wildlife members. A big thank you to Paul Carter who led the trip and pointed out many interesting waterfowl. The trip started at the Blue Water Bridge where we saw thousands of long-tail ducks, along with many other species of waterfowl. The group then moved on to Guthrie Park where we were able to see Swans, Redhead, Canvasback, Common Merganser, Bufflehead, Canada Geese, Common Goldeneye, Mallard, and of course everyone’s favorite Bald Eagles. In total we saw five eagles over the morning and were lucky enough to see two of the eagles interacting! We had two more stops where we enjoyed watching the many waterfowl and then ended in Sombra for lunch. Thanks also to Sean for pointing out a hybrid duck (Redhead x Ring-necked duck).
Monday, January 28 is the LWI Annual Member’s Photofest
Four LWI members will be showing off some of their favorite nature photos at our Member’s Photofest Night. Past events have been a real treat as we all get a chance to view some of the amazing images our members capture during their forays into natural areas. It’s a natural way to kick off our first indoor meeting of the New Year, so please plan to attend. Social time begins at 7:00 PM.
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A big thank you to all the leaders and participants for a successful Christmas Bird Count in Canatara Park on December 29. The data that was gathered is submitted to Bird Studies Canada and adds important information about bird populations and helps to develop conservation strategies.
Fifteen children participated in the count and they were able to use binoculars provided to the young naturalists program with funding from Nova Chemicals and Vortex Binoculars.
Mike Kent (Young Naturalists leader), Sean Jenniskens, Amy Virostek, Brandon Edwards, Brandy Fenwick, Sharon Nethercott, and Anne Goulden all assisted with the bird count.
Gerry Clements, one of the founding members of Lambton Wildllife Inc. has shared the historical document 35th Anniversary of Lambton Wildlife Inc. LWI has an incredible history in Lambton County beginning with a commitment to participate, on an annual basis, in a national resident bird count. In 1970 LWI became a Land Trust and in 1972 purchased Mandaumin Woods Nature Reserve after two years of fundraising. In 1980 LWI identified the Wawanosh area as an important natural area to be preserved and in 1983 a donation of $10,000 was made to the St. Clair Conservation Authority toward its purchase.
In 1986 LWI once again recognized an area in need of protection and committed to fundraising for the Karner Blue Sanctuary. The Karner Blue Sanctuary was officially opened in 1988, housing the last viable population of the rare and beautiful Karner Blue Butterfly in Canada. 1988 was a busy year as fundraising continued and money was donated to pay for the management of The Howard Watson Nature Trail (spearheaded and managed by LWI at the time).
In 1991, LWI led a project to provide funds for a mollusk survey on the Sydenham River, providing important scientific data to researchers. In 1994, LWI’s Plan to support the Carolinian Canada organization was fulfilled with a donation of $23,000 towards the acquisition of two properties purchased by Nature Conservancy Canada; the Port Franks Forested Dunes Nature Reserve and the Van Valkenburg property.
In 2000, LWI entered into a long term agreement with Lambton County Library to establish a research and reference collection concerning all aspects of flora and fauna pertinent to Lambton County.
This is just a few of the highlights of the first 35 years of Lambton Wildlife. You can find the complete publication by clicking the following link (Lambton Wildlife 35 years PDF) or see below.
Any young birders or students interested in birds and nature who are enrolled in pre-K, grade school, middle school or high school can download the new version 7.7 of Thayer’s Birds of North America – for FREE.
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This amazing birding software, for Windows or Mac computers, features the 1,007 birds that have been seen in the continental United States and Canada. The software includes 6,856 color photos, 1,506 songs and calls, 552 video clips of birds in action, 700 quizzes and much, much more. Use the ID Wizard to identify unknown birds in your yard. Keep track of the birds you see. Compare any two birds side-by-side. Read all about the bird’s nests, eggs, feeding habits and more.
Thayer Birding Software’s founder, Peter Thayer, decided that this would be the perfect way to celebrate his 70th birthday!
“It is time to give back something to the birding community and to the millions of young birders (and potential young birders) who just need a spark to get them started on a life-long quest for knowledge about our natural world and the importance of preserving the habitat we still have. What better way than this to celebrate the year of the bird? Our goal is to give away one million free copies of the birding program to kids everywhere.”
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Larry Cornelis has extraordinary knowledge of the flora and fauna of Lambton County and beyond. He expertly led a group of nearly 90 people through Lorne C. Henderson Conservation Area looking at various tree species, explaining what to look for when identifying trees, and engaging us with many facts about the importance of trees.
A fairly recent popular term that Larry described is Forest Bathing – simply immersing oneself in a forest atmosphere. With as little as 2 hours per week Forest Bathing has been scientifically shown to increase immunity, decrease the risk of cancer and help you to recover from illness faster, decreased risk of heart attack, help with obesity and diabetes, more energy and better sleep, mood- boosting effects, and decreased inflammation.
This two hour walk was enjoyed by all and everyone left understanding the significant role native trees play in providing habitat and food for the incredible biodiversity needed for a healthy ecosystem.
Thank you Larry!
Larry also provided a comprehensive list of books that he recommends for tree identification:
Trees of the Carolinian Forest; Gerry Waldron
The Sibley Guide to Trees; David Allen Sibley
Landscaping With Native Trees; Guy Sternberg & Jim Wilson
The Global Forest; Diana Beresford-Kroeger
Arboretum America; Diana Beresford-Kroeger
Forest Bathing; Dr Qing Li
The Hidden Life of Trees; Peter Wohllenben
Trees in Canada; John Laird Farrar
Almost 50 LWI members and friends joined leader Mike Kent today for a fascinating morning hike learning about mushrooms along the Lambton Heritage Forest trail. A beautiful sunny sky accented the fall colours along the route while Mike provided detailed information about various fungi which could be observed less than a meter from the trail. Binoculars and field guides were provided to help participants identify the mushrooms. Mike made the event fun while also being extremely informative; there was something for everyone: from mushroom novices all the way to fungi aficionados. There is little doubt this popular annual event will be repeated! Thanks Mike for the extensive preparation and excellent event.
On Monday evening, September 24th, join Lambton Wildlife for a presentation on Sturgeon in the Great Lakes. Social gathering goes from 7:00 to 7:30pm with the presentation starting soon after.
Research surrounding lake sturgeon (Acipenser fulvescens) feeding ecology in the Great Lakes is dated compared to other aspects of their ecology, despite their threatened status. Recent research has demonstrated different migration strategies exist in lake sturgeon from the Lake Huron-to-Lake Erie corridor (HEC), but dietary links are lacking in this system. Additionally, food web structures have been known to shift with new biological invasions, however little is known about the effects they have on native species found within the HEC. These knowledge gaps led to the question of whether or not lake sturgeon feeding ecology varies both temporally and spatially within the HEC. This interdisciplinary approach of combining movement and feeding ecology can be applied to other species and other study systems.