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Point Pelee National Park is an amazing park filled with natural wonders. There is a large diversity of habitats, from the sheltered canopy of the southern Carolinian forest to the expansive sea of cattails in the marsh. In autumn, songbird migration is in full swing, while dragonflies and Monarch butterflies drift by.

For further information visit the Lambton Wildlife Website: http://lambtonwildlife.com/blog/point-pelee-national-park-camping-trip-2017/

Please Contact Roberta Buchanan (roberta.buchanan@icloud.com)

Date:  September 4-7, 2019

Place:  Point Pelee National Park

Time: Anytime Wednesday through Saturday – When you arrive at the front gate let them know that you are with the Lambton Wildlife Group

 

Cost:  Group camping to be determined by the number of people in attendance.  There are no OTentiks available for the Friday night but for Wednesday and Thursday they are available and the cost if $90/night.

 

What to Bring:  Camping gear, bicycles, canoe (if you have one – rentals are available)

THIS TRIP IS CANCELLED

Come and join Anne Goulden and Sean Jenniskens at Hillman Marsh Saturday, April 20, 2019. Come out and explore this unique shorebird habitat with two expert leaders.  The Hillman Marsh area offers an opportunity to see everything from amphibians to warblers.  Meet at 8:00 a.m. at the Lambton Mall parking lot near the Canadian Tire or at 10 a.m. at Hillman Marsh.  Please contact Anne Goulden at: a.goulden@lambtonwildlife.com if you are interested in attending.

Canada Goose

Lesser Yellowlegs

Volunteers Needed!

Mandaumin Woods Nature Reserve Volunteer Day – Tuesday, April 16

Lambton Wildlife Inc. needs your help!

When: Tuesday, April 16, 2019; 9:30 -11:30 A.M.  (weather permitting)

Where: Mandaumin Woods Nature Reserve (located on Mandaumin Road just south of the village of Mandaumin – parking is on the West side of the road

What: Clear trails, pick up garbage, remove rotting lumber, place stepping logs, lining trails

Needed: Everyone must wear eye protection, work gloves, and closed-toed shoes (appropriate for wet conditions)

Provided: work gloves and safety glasses (if you don’t have your own), Loppers, nail pullers

Contact: Roberta Buchanan (roberta.buchanan@icloud.com or 519 864 1475)

 

An exciting new Grant Program has been initiated by Lambton Wildlife Inc. to support the conservation, preservation, and protection of the natural environment in Lambton County.

Lambton Wildlife Inc. is inviting community groups and organizations, schools, Conservation Authorities, and Indigenous groups to submit applications for funds to support environmental initiatives in Lambton County.

Any project that enhances the ecological value of property in Lambton County will be considered. Projects must take place within Lambton County and use only native plants.

A total of $10,000 is available for 2019 with awards ranging from $500 to $5000. Applications are due by April 15 with successful applicants being notified by May 1, 2019. 

For additional information, and to apply on-line, click the Grants tab on the home page of the Lambton Wildlife website: lambtonwildlife.com

Black Swallowtail
Eastern Pondhawk
Great Spangled Fritillary
Common Buckeye

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).

LWI members gather before heading out

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.