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November Indoor Meeting:  Non-raptor bird species need our help too and Fascinating Freshwater Mussels.

At the last indoor meeting of 2017, we learned that sick or injured songbirds and waterfowl will soon benefit from a local non-raptor species rehabilitation clinic being constructed by Erica DiMuzio. To offer our support, Mike Kent, on behalf of LWI, presented Erica with a donation of $1,000.00. I was really inspired by Erica’s passion for helping wildlife in such a direct way. Best of luck with your new centre, Erica!

Mike Kent presented donation to Erica DiMuzio

LWI wrapped up its 2017 line-up of indoor presentations with guest speaker, Erin Carroll, Manager of Biology at the St. Clair Regional Conservation Authority (SRCA). Having attended the Sydenham Nature Reserve Celebration in September, where Erin gave a hands-on, river-side presentation about Freshwater Mussels, I knew a more in-depth indoor presentation on the same topic would be interesting.

Larry Cornelis introduced the guest speaker Erin Carroll

Who knew that experts come from all over the world to Lambton County to study mussels? With 34 species of freshwater mussel, no other river in Canada beats our very own Sydenham in mussel diversity. It’s pretty amazing that we at LWI helped play a role to conserve part of it!

To say these creatures have a unique life-history would be an understatement. Erin showed a video where adult freshwater mussels ‘lure’ their host fish with parts of their soft, fleshy body that look convincingly like prey. For those of you who missed the indoor meeting, I highly recommend searching ‘Freshwater Mussel Lures’ on YouTube so you can see this for yourself.

Erin also discussed the importance of mussels in the Sydenham River, each of them filtering an amazing ~1 litre of water per hour. She and colleagues at the SRCA conduct surveys of the Sydenham, where mussels and other indicator species also help them to paint a picture of our river’s health.

While, our native mussel populations do face threats such as increases in water salinity (much of which is from road salt), invasive species such as the zebra mussel, and water pollution; the news isn’t all bad in the Sydenham. Erin shared that in recent surveys by the SRCA, a new species record for this area was made, and one species not seen her in 50 years was observed.

After Erin’s talk, I was definitely excited to get out and spot some freshwater mussels. If you were too, there’s a free APP that was developed by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans and the Toronto Zoo called ‘Clam Counter’ that helps you identify your neat finds in the field, right from your phone. You can also report your sightings to help the organizations working to protect Canada’s freshwater mussels.

Erin Carroll with Mike Kent

November 27 @ 7:00 pm9:00 pm

Social gathering to start at 7:00 pm. Join other members for refreshments. Presentations will begin at 7:30 pm.

How long can a mussel live? How many species of mussels have been found in the Sydenham River? How many are species at risk? Erin Carroll, manager of biology with the St. Clair Conservation Authority, will explain the significance of mussels. They aren’t just clams.

October 30 @ 7:00 pm9:00 pm

Social gathering to start at 7:00 pm. Join other members for refreshments. Presentations will begin at 7:30 pm.

Dave Bourne, a local wildlife and nature photographer, has travelled across the continent to gather photographic evidence of most of the owl species that can be found in North America. Dave will take us on a photographic owl prowl, giving us a glimpse into the world of North American owls.

The business meeting and general elections are at 4:30 pm. The bucket draw opens at 5:00pm.

If people wish to bring items to donate to the bucket draw, they can bring them to the dinner. Bucket draw items can be nature related or something in nearly new condition. Popular past items are books, re-gifted items and sometimes experiences (such as dessert and a travel talk).

The banquet dinner will start at 6:00 pm. We will have chicken breast this year and dessert is homemade pie.

A meritorious service award will be presented after dinner. The bucket draw winners are also determined after dinner.

After a break, the members will hear short snapshots of historical LWI initiatives from five past presidents. Elizabeth Tasker will share the founding of Mandaumin Woods and Fernand Noel will explain the history of the Ausable Trail. Brenda Kulon will outline the challenges of creating the Karner Blue Butterfly Sanctuary. Janet Bremner will explain the club branding and Larry Cornelis will finish with the newest collaborative project – the Sydenham Nature Reserve.

See you there!

Location:

Camlachie United Church
6784 Camlachie Rd, Camlachie, ON N0N 1E0

 

This monthly presentation begins with a social gathering starting at 7pm. Come and get to know other Lambton Wildlife members and enjoy some refreshments.

Our speaker tonight is one of our own, Justin Nicol. Justin is a board member of Lambton Wildlife, the owner of Nature’s Way Nurseries and a local horticulturalist who loves trees.

During this presentation you will have the opportunity to learn about our cities’ and towns’ hardest working entities, trees, yes that right! This presentation will cover the benefits that trees in towns and cities have, as well as the challenges they face day to day. We will also address how we can help them thrive through recognizing some basic visual signs, and go over what trees can benefit from – from the time of planting, to a mature beautiful specimen tree in our urban areas. Hope to see you there!!

Join us for an evening of photography as members present some interesting shots and tell us the stories behind them.

Don’t forget to come out at 7pm for a short social gathering and refreshments before the evening presentation begins!

Carl Pascoe and Rachel Powless recently spoke as our November guest speakers. Carl is a Master Bander and NTARP’s Research Director, while Rachel is a Bird Bander and the President of NTARP (Native Territories Avian Research Project). Below are excerpts from their 2016 Spring Migration Banding report that was written and sent to the City of Sarnia Parks Department and Lambton Wildlife Inc.

Profound thanks to the City of Sarnia Parks Department, Lambton Wildlife Inc., especially Larry Cornelis for the opportunity to band birds at Canatara Park. Our success could not have been accomplished without the outpouring of Lambton Wildlife volunteers. Every day volunteers were at the ready from set-up to tear-down. Four-thirty in the morning comes early and the cold, wind and rain did not deter our group. It took very little time after our nets were down to become in sync. We very much appreciated both the inimitable assistance and comradery of our fellow birders.

Yellow-rumped Warbler

Yellow-rumped Warbler

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At Indoor Meetings, starting about 7:00 p.m., Lambton Wildlife has decided to begin each indoor meeting with a social time to give people the chance to visit with friends and to say hello to fellow Lambton Wildlife members.

To make your time even more pleasurable, cookies and juice will also be served for your enjoyment.  This is a great chance to talk with old friends, to make new ones, and to greet new members to the club and make them feel welcome. Come early and meet someone new and talk about nature.

Please come out and enjoy the social time and refreshments before the presentation about “Bird Banding.”

We look forward to seeing you around 7pm.

Felicia Syer Nicol introduced Dr. Jenny McCune of Carlton University. Jenny’s doctoral work at the University of Guelph involved the use of computer models to predict rare plant species occurrences despite such factors as significant landscape fragmentation, unsuitability of habitat, proximity of forest habitat, and distance from the nearest known population. Humans pose the most serious threats through residential and commercial development, recreational activities, pesticide use, etc..

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It’s finally here – Our 50th Anniversary event! And you are all invited to join us tonight, at 7 pm, at the Sarnia Public Library Theatre for a free evening event featuring the newly released nature film ‘Call of the Forest: The Forgotten Wisdom of Trees’.

The entire evening is free to all Lambton Wildlife members and the general public. Come and enjoy this beautiful film and get the chance to win a door prize! Celebratory cake and refreshments will be offered at the end of the evening for all to enjoy.

We hope to see you there! Bring your friends, families and collegues for this special evening.

 

To learn more about the film, please see the trailer below or visit their website: Call of the Forest