In the winter of 1985, Lambton Wildlife had a snowshoe hike in the Ausable Valley to visit the Mystery Falls area. We had lots of snow and a beautiful sunny day. We carried in small camp burners and had hot apple cider, which went down VERY well. The trip was well attended by members of our club.
On April 26, 1975, a cool but sunny spring day, Dr. Peter Tasker, LWI’s first President, presided over the official opening of Mandaumin Woods. This was the first property purchased by Lambton Wildlife. It is a 25 acre Carolinian woodlot located just south of the village of Mandaumin.
This property was dedicated to the memory of LWI Conservationist Laura Knight.
Dr. Tasker addressed the group of members and friends.
There was an excellent turn out for this historic event in Lambton Wildlife’s history.Gail and Eric Knight untied the rope to open the woodlot. In the background is Elizabeth Tasker, one of the founding members.
Directions: Located about 1.5 km south of the village of Mandaumin (intersection of Mandaumin
Road and Confederation Street) on the west side of Mandaumin Road (highway 26).
Mandaumin is 5 km south of highway 402.
Birders tend to congregate in special places like Canatara Park and Point Pelee. This was the case with Dr. Peter Tasker and his wife Elizabeth. They kept meeting Gerry Clements, Dennis Rupert and Stephanie and Roy John on nature trails. They found they had many common interests and in 1966 they decided to form a club. Dr.Tasker was the first President, Gerry Clements was vice President and field trip leader, Elizabeth was Treasurer and Stephanie was entertainment. Also joining them were Dennis and Sue Rupert.
This lasted for about a year and a half. They worked very hard to bring in new members. Peter drew many doctors into the group. Membership was five dollars. They met at the Sarnia Library. Gerry describes Elizabeth as a human dynamo, holding teas to introduce the group and get new members to join, such as Isobel Greenop, Dennis and Sue Rupert and Joan Banks. They made displays, put on plays, had important speakers such as Robert Bateman and had fun! Dr.Tasker wrote a weekly column for the Observer called “Meadow Man.”
They became close as a group. One project they started was to save a sand dune in Port Franks. This dune, the highest point in Lambton County, was being destroyed by road builders who needed the sand. They won and thus began many campaigns to help save our environment.
In 1972-73 Lambton Wildlife and the Sarnia Hiking Club with Fern Noel, spearheaded the setting up an eight mile hiking trail from Hungry Hollow to #7 Highway. The trail was divided into five sections, with five section leaders. The leaders were John Tymar, Don Smith, Les Greenop, Ron Laflair and Gerry Clements.
In the spring of 1993 Laura Knight, in the centre section, was marking the trail by tying a red ribbon to trees.
At the same time and place, Irwin Knight, Laura Knight and Dr. John King-Price settled down for lunch after a morning of trail marking.
A view of the valley from the trail.
Directions: From Highway 402 exit onto Highway 79 and go north to Highway 22 (Egremont
Road), then east to the Arkona Road and travel north to Arkona. Make a right turn in the 11
village center and follow County Road 12 east to Sylvan Rd. Turn north on Sylvan Road into
Hungry Hollow and continue north. The valley and trail and be accessed from the west end of
either Elm Tree Dr. or MacDonald Dr. Also from the cairn located near the intersection of
Scout Rd. and Coldstream Rd. (See also Joany’s Woods). It is strongly recommended that
someone familiar with the trail provide direction.
The following speech was given by Larry Cornelis, Board Member and Head of the Outdoor Committee for Lambton Wildlife, at the recent 50th Anniversary event held at the Sarnia Public Library Theatre. Larry is also a past President.
It’s with great pleasure and pride that we share on overview of the accomplishments and achievements of Lambton Wildlife since the clubs inception in 1966. (more…)