Featuring the Teenage Tree Program, a Native Tree Sale and HUB Open House!
Teens and Trees Helping to Reforest Sarnia-Lambton

 

When: Saturday October 19, 2019 from 10 am to 4 pm

Where: At Rebound’s THE HUB – St. Luke’s United Church – 350 Indian Road South, Sarnia

The HUB will be hosting a native tree sale in support of youth mental wellness. Return the Landscape, Maajiigin Gumig (Aamjiwnaang First Nations’ native plant greenhouse), the HUB and the Unitarian Fellowship of Sarnia and Port Huron have joined forces to grow a diverse selection of locally sourced native trees.

Together, the above organizations are starting a Teenage Tree Program for youth to collect seeds, care and grow tree saplings for fundraising. Through this eco-fundraiser, local youth will have an opportunity to re-connect with nature while promoting the re-forestation of our community.

We live in the most “tree rich” region of Canada. We have over 70 species in our local Carolinian zone ecosystem. https://caroliniancanada.ca/legacy/FactSheets_CCUniqueness.htm.

Reforestation is considered to be one of the top 10 most effective strategies to address climate change. Not only is carbon sequestered but biodiversity is protected.

Trees for sale at this event will be Carolinian species with information tables and presentations on the value of native trees. People can either purchase native tree saplings for their yard and/or sponsor trees for a community park planting day on Sunday, November 2nd.

Join us for a tour of the HUB, a safe space with support services for youth ages 16 to 24. The HUB is operated by Sarnia-Lambton Rebound with at least 31 community agencies collaborating to co-create youth services and programs. The HUB will be open for a tour as well as the tree sales. Proceeds from the sale will be invested in the HUB, the native plant greenhouse and local reforestation efforts.

In addition, people can learn more about the Teenage Tree Program as we continue developing this eco-fundraiser for Sarnia-Lambton.
A barbeque and refreshments will be offered.

For more information contact Returnthelandscape@gmail.com or 519 464-6544.

 

Sydenham River Nature Reserve Tree Planting

On October 5, twenty enthusiastic naturalist from Lambton Wildlife Inc. (LWI) and Sydenham Field Naturalists (SFN) planted more than a thousand tree seeds, as another step toward restoring Sydenham River Nature Reserve (SRNR) to its natural state.  Oak, Hickory, Beech, Ironwood, along with other tree species were planted; all from seeds that were gathered from SRNR. The purchase of this property, by Ontario Nature, was made possible by the generous donations from both LWI and SFN.  Both LWI and SFN continue to support SRNR by being stewards of the property, and with on-going donations towards its restoration.

 

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The National Conservation Strategy for all Native Ash Species in Ontario is being led by the National Tree Seed Centre. The Forest Gene Conservation Association (FGCA) is supporting this effort by conducting field research.  In the fall of 2018 Melissa Spearing, the field researcher for the FGCA, visited woodlots from Guelph to Windsor in search of live Ash trees (white, green, black, blue, and pumpkin) that fit with the following criteria:

  • Trees in a native stand (not planted), i.e. forest, hedgerow.
  • Larger trees (>20 cm DBH) with healthy crowns (for survivor DNA samples).
  • Viable seed of good quality (filled embryos, low insect damage)

We heard about this project through the St. Clair Region Conservation Authority (SCRCA) after being part of the Fifty Million Tree Program.  On one of the site inspections we showed Jeff Sharpe (from the SCRCA) our live Green Ash trees and asked him if he had any thoughts on why they had survived when most of the Ash trees had succumbed to the Emerald Ash Borer.  When he heard about the FGCA research he remembered our conversation and passed the information on to us.

We contacted the FGCA and informed them that we had live Green Ash trees that met the criteria (our live Ash trees have a DBH of 26 cm).  On October 11, Melissa Spearing visited our farm.  It was an interesting morning as we learned about the research that was being done and helped Melissa as she took DNA samples and seeds from our Ash trees.  She used pole pruners to do “cut leaf” and bud sampling for the DNA testing, and a throw line and tarp to gather seeds.

The DNA samples are being studied by the Canadian Forest Service; and the seeds are being sent to the National Tree Seed Centre.

The FGCA has also set up an iNaturalist project to gather reports from citizen scientists. The information that they gather will serve for planning this upcoming season.  If you know the location of live Ash trees that meet the criteria please visit the iNaturalist site and submit the data (or let us know and we will submit the information).

This research is crucial as our once abundant, valuable Native Ash trees are on the brink of extinction due to the invasive beetle; the Emerald Ash Borer.  Ash trees are on the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red list as critically endangered, with a decreasing population trend as the Emerald Ash Borer continues to expand its range.

Green Ash Trees

 

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:
🐢Terms are 3 years in length and start in May
🐢We meet once monthly on a weekday evening with meetings lasting typically 2 hours
🐢There are 5 spots available each year (with 15 members total so there’s lots of support from experienced board members to anyone new)
🐢 You do not need to be a subject matter expert to be a Board Member as the role is more administrative.
🐢 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:  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)

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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.  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.  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: 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)