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This monthly presentation begins with a social gathering starting at 7pm. Come and get to know other Lambton Wildlife members and enjoy some refreshments.

Our speaker tonight is one of our own, Justin Nicol. Justin is a board member of Lambton Wildlife, the owner of Nature’s Way Nurseries and a local horticulturalist who loves trees.

During this presentation you will have the opportunity to learn about our cities’ and towns’ hardest working entities, trees, yes that right! This presentation will cover the benefits that trees in towns and cities have, as well as the challenges they face day to day. We will also address how we can help them thrive through recognizing some basic visual signs, and go over what trees can benefit from – from the time of planting, to a mature beautiful specimen tree in our urban areas. Hope to see you there!!

The following document was produced by the Lambton Wildlife President, Brenda Kulon, in 1985. The page was from a newly created directory and it includes a list of outstanding accomplishments up to that point in the club’s history.

It’s important to know where we came from and where we are going.

Lambton Wildlife conducted an intense biological survey at Mandaumin Woods on June 20th, 2015. Local experts, with the help of Lambton Wildlife members, set out to record all living species at the site.

Here were the resulting numbers with links to a list of each:

Over 100 Herbaceous Plants.

16 Different Tree Species.

11 Fungi Identified.

22 Bird Species Spotted.

2 Mammals, 2 Amphibians and 1 Reptile.

10 Butterflies and 5 Various Insects.

 

 

Summary of all species recorded.

The Sarnia Hobbyfest was held on July 17, 2016 at Centennial Park.  The Lambton Wildlife booth was one of about forty on display.

Temperature wise, is was cool to start the day and gradually warmed up to short sleeve weather.  The wind was the biggest issue as strong gusts were coming from Sarnia Bay.  Our canopy was anchored with sand bags, but at times it needed a human anchor to keep it from being relocated several metres east!

The crowd did not appear to be very large, but that could have been due to the large area covered by the displays.  Traffic to the LWI booth was sporadic.  The kids really enjoyed the bird ID game and the Cardinal bookmark handouts. The bird ID game is something that has been in the LWI archives for a time.  It is built on pegboard.  There are a number of pictures of birds pasted to the pegboard and a list of bird names displayed along the left edge.  The game is played by holding one probe on the contact under the bird picture and the other on the contact of the bird name.  Should the contacts on the bird and bird name be electrically connected, the owl’s eyes, at the top of the board, light up and a buzzer sounds.  The kids loved it.

We had a number of discussions about the vintage of the bird game, but we never really came to establish when or who made it.  Does anyone know?

We passed out a number of LWI programs and a number of people appeared to be interested in our programs.  Time will tell if the Hobbyfest will benefit LWI.

Join Lambton Wildlife for one of their oldest events. The day starts by meeting at Centennial Park parking lot at 9am (most northerly lot). The group will then head south along the St. Clair River in search of open water and the ducks, swans, eagles and falcons that may be found there.

Paul Carter, the day’s leader, will identify and provide you with many opportunities to observe an abundance of mallard ducks, various diving ducks, gulls, and hopefully some eagles and falcons.

Be sure to pack your scope, binoculars and/or camera!

Join us for an evening of photography as members present some interesting shots and tell us the stories behind them.

Don’t forget to come out at 7pm for a short social gathering and refreshments before the evening presentation begins!

The winter bird survey at the Sarnia Solar site will be held Monday, January 2, 2017.  Meet 9:00 AM at the Sarnia Solar Site located on Churchill Line.  Larry Cornelis will provide instructions and will coordinate the event.  All are invited to participate; dress according to weather conditions.

Bring your binoculars, waterproof boots and something warm to drink!

Contact: Larry Cornelis (519 339-8785; larry.cornelis@gmail.com)

Birders tend to congregate in special places like Canatara Park and Point Pelee. This was the case with Dr. Peter Tasker and his wife Elizabeth. They kept meeting Gerry Clements, Dennis Rupert and Stephanie and Roy John on nature trails. They found they had many common interests and in 1966 they decided to form a club. Dr.Tasker was the first President, Gerry Clements was vice President and field trip leader, Elizabeth was Treasurer and Stephanie was entertainment. Also joining them were Dennis and Sue Rupert.
This lasted for about a year and a half. They worked very hard to bring in new members. Peter drew many doctors into the group. Membership was five dollars. They met at the Sarnia Library. Gerry describes Elizabeth as a human dynamo, holding teas to introduce the group and get new members to join, such as Isobel Greenop, Dennis and Sue Rupert and Joan Banks. They made displays, put on plays, had important speakers such as Robert Bateman and had fun! Dr.Tasker wrote a weekly column for the Observer called “Meadow Man.”
They became close as a group. One project they started was to save a sand dune in Port Franks. This dune, the highest point in Lambton County, was being destroyed by road builders who needed the sand. They won and thus began many campaigns to help save our environment.

Janet Bremner
Past President

 

Carl Pascoe and Rachel Powless recently spoke as our November guest speakers. Carl is a Master Bander and NTARP’s Research Director, while Rachel is a Bird Bander and the President of NTARP (Native Territories Avian Research Project). Below are excerpts from their 2016 Spring Migration Banding report that was written and sent to the City of Sarnia Parks Department and Lambton Wildlife Inc.

Profound thanks to the City of Sarnia Parks Department, Lambton Wildlife Inc., especially Larry Cornelis for the opportunity to band birds at Canatara Park. Our success could not have been accomplished without the outpouring of Lambton Wildlife volunteers. Every day volunteers were at the ready from set-up to tear-down. Four-thirty in the morning comes early and the cold, wind and rain did not deter our group. It took very little time after our nets were down to become in sync. We very much appreciated both the inimitable assistance and comradery of our fellow birders.

Yellow-rumped Warbler

Yellow-rumped Warbler

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