Gerry Clements, one of the founding members of Lambton Wildllife Inc. has shared the historical document 35th Anniversary of Lambton Wildlife Inc.  LWI has an incredible history in Lambton County beginning with a commitment to participate, on an annual basis, in a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.

Just visit www.ThayerBirding.com, select the Windows or the Mac download and enter our special code: LambtonWildlifeYoungBirder Then click the Apply button and Free Checkout.

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.”

Are you the local bird expert?  You soon will be!

College and grad school students, use the code STUDENT for a 50% discount. Teachers use the code TEACHER for a 50% discount. 

Wildlife professionals can get a 50% discount by using the WILDLIFE.

mm

Due to high winds forecast up to 60 KPH, tomorrow’s event has been cancelled. There are too many dead ash trees in the woods that could be blown down in high winds.  Sorry for any inconvenience.

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

mm

Due to high winds up to 60 kph being forecast, this event is cancelled.  There are numerous dead ash tress in the woods with the potential to be blown over.  Sorry for any inconvenience.

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

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.

mm

Hawk Cliff is recognized as one of the prime fall migration hawk watching destinations in all North America.

 

Every year hundreds of birders (and non-birders!) from Canada, the U.S. and other countries visit Hawk Cliff. Birders can normally expect to see 15 different raptor species, with typical count totals reaching several thousand birds per day. On a few exceptional occasions lucky visitors have witnessed the amazing spectacle of over 100,000 raptors of various species migrating past Hawk Cliff in a single day!

Others come to enjoy the many song birds and Monarchs that also pass Hawk Cliff on their journey to warmer climes, or to walk the beautiful trails of Hawk Cliff Woods. This is a stunning 230 acre property and is one of the most significant deep interior forests in Elgin County. Hawk Cliff Woods is a maple-beech forest with many Carolinian specialties, including the Tulip-tree and Pignut Hickory as well as the Endangered Butternut and American Chestnut.   Rare birds such as Eastern Wood-Pewee, Acadian Flycatcher, Louisiana Waterthrush, and Wood Thrush thrive in the deep woods.

Please Contact Roberta Buchanan at roberta.buchanan@icloud.com or by phone 519-864-1475.

Date:  September 22, 2018

Place:  Lambton Mall parking lot – Carpooling is an option as it is an 80 minute drive.

Time: 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.  (bring your lunch or visit nearby Port Stanley for lunch)

Daily Live-bird Demos at 11a.m. and 2 p.m.

What to Bring:  water, insect repellent, hat, sunscreen, lawn chair, binoculars, lunch

mm

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:

Paul Carter at 519-466-8555.

Date:  September 4-7, 2018 (Please note the change in dates from the program)

Place:  Point Pelee National Park

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

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

mm

What a beautiful day for a paddle!  The weather looked threatening but by 9:30 it had cleared up and the sun even came out.  We began our paddle at the Wilkesport Boat launch and a few minutes after leaving we were lucky enough to see a muskrat swimming along the shore.

Where the Sydenham splits into Bear and Black Creek we stopped and talked about the numerous species that can be seen along, and in, the river – several of which we were lucky enough to see on our paddle.  There are 34 species of Mussels that have been found in the Sydenham River (11 of which are on the species at risk list) – more mussel species than any other body of water in Canada! The Sydenham also has 83 species of fish, many of the turtle species that can be found in Ontario (all of which are at risk) and many bird species.

As we talked about the importance of the Sydenham River a Green Heron flew right toward the group – it was a great sight as usually these birds fly away from you, not toward you!  A little further down Bear Creek we spotted the Great Horned Owl – which we got to see several more times – what a treat.  We also saw several Map and Painted Turtles, muskrats, Great Blue Herons, Spotted Sandpipers, and many other bird species.

Everyone who came out enjoyed the paddle.  A big Thank You to Dawn Mumford and the Wallaceburg Canoeing Club for providing canoes for the outing.

(Photo credits: Tricia Mclellan and Paul DeLaDurantaye)