An afternoon get together for the LWI board members took place at Canatara Park recently and there was a lot of delicious food and good conversation. The weather stopped any hopes of an afternoon walk through the park but there was plenty of things to talk about and interesting food to enjoy.

If you are interested in joining the Board or have any questions, feel free to PM us!

Some quick details:
๐ŸขTerms are 3 years in length and start in May
๐ŸขWe meet once monthly on a weekday evening with meetings lasting typically 2 hours
๐ŸขThere are 5 spots available each year (with 15 members total so there’s lots of support from experienced board members to anyone new)
๐Ÿข You do not need to be a subject matter expert to be a Board Member as the role is more administrative.
๐Ÿข But mostly… it’s just a great way to meet other members, share your ideas, and contribute to our great Club

Here are some pictures of your board members enjoying themselves before the new year starts.

See you in September!

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:ย  September 4-7, 2019

Place:ย  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:ย  Group camping to be determined by the number of people in attendance.ย  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:ย  Camping gear, bicycles, canoe (if you have one โ€“ rentals are available)

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Mourning Warbler

Yellow Warbler

Fifty-three species of birds were reported at the Sydenham River Nature Reserve during the Breeding Bird Survey on Saturday June 8, 2019. There were five Species at Risk reported during the survey: Bald Eagle, Cerulean Warbler, Eastern Wood Pewee, Red-headed Woodpecker, and Wood Thrush. This biologically important nature reserve is owned by Ontario Nature with Lambton Wildlife and Sydenham Field Naturalists as stewards of the property.A big thank you to both Larry Cornelis for organizing the survey, and to all the volunteers who came out to assist: Quinton Wiegersma, Blake Mann, Edward lavender, Mike Kent, Larry Cornelis, Peter Chapman, Paul Carter, Roberta Buchanan, and Mark Buchanan.

 

Dedicated Volunteer

 

Flycatcher

 

Enjoying lunch in Alvinston

Indigo Bunting

 

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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.ย  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.

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Once again the projects at the annual Lambton County Science Fair were outstanding.ย  The Lambton Wildlife Inc. Natural Environment Award is presented to the students whose project best demonstrates a keen interest in Nature and the Environment.ย  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.ย  The Hillman Marsh area offers an opportunity to see everything from amphibians to warblers.ย  Meet at 8:00 a.m. at the Lambton Mall parking lot near the Canadian Tire or at 10 a.m. at Hillman Marsh.ย  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. ย (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 donโ€™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
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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 ๐˜ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜•๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ถ๐˜ณ๐˜ข๐˜ญ๐˜ช๐˜ด๐˜ต ๐˜Š๐˜ญ๐˜ถ๐˜ฃ ๐˜”๐˜ฆ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฃ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ด with further details of the TBD pop-up event.

๐˜ž๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ธ๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ ๐˜ธ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฆ๐˜ต ๐˜ธ๐˜ช๐˜ญ๐˜ญ ๐˜ฃ๐˜ฆ ๐˜›๐˜‰๐˜‹ ๐˜ฃ๐˜บ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ด๐˜ธ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ด. ๐˜ˆ๐˜ต ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ญ๐˜ฐ๐˜ค๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ, ๐˜บ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ ๐˜ค๐˜ข๐˜ฏ ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฆ๐˜ต ๐˜ธ๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜ฉ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ ๐˜บ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ฏ๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ด ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ณ ๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ฅ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ด ๐˜ธ๐˜ฉ๐˜ฐ ๐˜ธ๐˜ช๐˜ญ๐˜ญ ๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ท๐˜ฆ ๐˜•๐˜ฐ๐˜ท๐˜ข ๐˜Š๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฎ๐˜ช๐˜ค๐˜ข๐˜ญ๐˜ด ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜น ๐˜ฃ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ฐ๐˜ค๐˜ถ๐˜ญ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ด ๐˜ง๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ ๐˜ถ๐˜ด๐˜ฆ!

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/

๐˜›๐˜ฉ๐˜ช๐˜ด ๐˜ช๐˜ด ๐˜ข ๐˜จ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ต ๐˜ธ๐˜ข๐˜บ ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฆ๐˜ต ๐˜ฐ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ ๐˜ง๐˜ข๐˜ฎ๐˜ช๐˜ญ๐˜ช๐˜ฆ๐˜ด ๐˜ธ๐˜ฉ๐˜ช๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฆ๐˜น๐˜ฑ๐˜ญ๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜“๐˜ข๐˜ฎ๐˜ฃ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ ๐˜Š๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ฏ๐˜ต๐˜บ’๐˜ด ๐˜ฏ๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ถ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ!

Enroll your family today by filling out this electronic form:

LWI Young Nats Electronic Enrollment Form

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