A BIG Thank You to all of the volunteers who came out to help with the Mandaumin Woods Nature Reserve spring clean-up. On Sunday April 6 nine volunteers enjoyed a beautiful spring morning clearing rotting planks, trimming trails, and picking up garbage. On Tuesday April 16 we had 14 brave souls come out on a cold, rainy morning to continue the clean-up of the trails! Again thank you to all of the volunteers for helping to take care of Mandaumin Woods Nature Reserve.
Once again the projects at the annual Lambton County Science Fair were outstanding. The Lambton Wildlife Inc. Natural Environment Award is presented to the students whose project best demonstrates a keen interest in Nature and the Environment. A total of seven cash awards were presented to deserving students during the Awards Ceremony on Saturday April 5, 2019.
Here is a list of the winners of the Lambton Wildlife natural Environment Award:
Riley Edmunds and Warren Kimball (Carbonated Water vx. Tap Water, which one works better?)
Nithilan Sathish (Green Plastics)
Cyndi Rayson (Does eco-friendly soap lye?)
Ryleigh Murdock and Lizzy Kuykendall (Beans Beans)
Isabelle Robert (All A-BOAT Sulphur Emissions)
Ameera Almalki (Garbage to Some Treasure to Others)
Jessica Feniak and Parker Murdock (Salty Solution)
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: firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in attending.
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 (email@example.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
This March, we will be keeping a lookout for Tundra Swans that migrate to the area. If we are lucky enough to witness this spectacular wildlife event, we will send a notification to 𝘠𝘰𝘶𝘯𝘨 𝘕𝘢𝘵𝘶𝘳𝘢𝘭𝘪𝘴𝘵 𝘊𝘭𝘶𝘣 𝘔𝘦𝘮𝘣𝘦𝘳𝘴 with further details of the TBD pop-up event.
𝘞𝘩𝘦𝘳𝘦 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘸𝘩𝘦𝘯 𝘸𝘦 𝘮𝘦𝘦𝘵 𝘸𝘪𝘭𝘭 𝘣𝘦 𝘛𝘉𝘋 𝘣𝘺 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘴𝘸𝘢𝘯𝘴. 𝘈𝘵 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘭𝘰𝘤𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯, 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘤𝘢𝘯 𝘮𝘦𝘦𝘵 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘩 𝘰𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘳 𝘺𝘰𝘶𝘯𝘨 𝘯𝘢𝘵𝘴 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘰𝘯𝘦 𝘰𝘧 𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘭𝘦𝘢𝘥𝘦𝘳𝘴 𝘸𝘩𝘰 𝘸𝘪𝘭𝘭 𝘩𝘢𝘷𝘦 𝘕𝘰𝘷𝘢 𝘊𝘩𝘦𝘮𝘪𝘤𝘢𝘭𝘴 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘝𝘰𝘳𝘵𝘦𝘹 𝘣𝘪𝘯𝘰𝘤𝘶𝘭𝘢𝘳𝘴 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘶𝘴𝘦!
Typically the best location is a field behind the Lambton County Heritage Museum. For more info about our local Tundra Swan Migration visit: https://www.lambtonmuseums.ca/lambton-heritage-museum/annual-events/return-swans-festival-new/tundra-swan-migration/
𝘛𝘩𝘪𝘴 𝘪𝘴 𝘢 𝘨𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘵 𝘸𝘢𝘺 𝘵𝘰 𝘮𝘦𝘦𝘵 𝘰𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘳 𝘧𝘢𝘮𝘪𝘭𝘪𝘦𝘴 𝘸𝘩𝘪𝘭𝘦 𝘦𝘹𝘱𝘭𝘰𝘳𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘓𝘢𝘮𝘣𝘵𝘰𝘯 𝘊𝘰𝘶𝘯𝘵𝘺’𝘴 𝘯𝘢𝘵𝘶𝘳𝘦!
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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.