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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)

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Bear Creek is a beautiful tree-lined river with many opportunities to see birds, turtles, and other wildlife.  Please join us as we meander along this ecologically important waterway.

If you are interested in participating in this canoe/kayak outing please contact Roberta Buchanan at roberta.buchanan@icloud.com or phone 519-864-1475.

Date:  June 2, 2018

Place:  Wilkesport boat launch

Time: 9:30 am – 12 noon

What to Bring:  water, insect repellent, hat, sunscreen (Safety equipment will be provided by the Wallaceburg Canoe Club)

The Wallaceburg Canoe club is providing the canoes so the number of participants needing a canoe is necessary.  If you are bringing your own canoe please let us know. 

For more information on location and what to expect please visit: http://lambtonwildlife.com/blog/natural-areas/paddle-the-sydenham-river/

Spring Wildflowers of Reid’s Conservation Area #2

May 13, 2018 @ 12:30 pm4:00 pm

Sunday, April 29 and Sunday, May13, 2018

Meet: 12:30 pm at Lambton Mall parking lot near Canadian Tire or 1:00 pm at Reid’s CA on Duthill Road.

Join Felicia on a leisurely walk identifying the woodland wildflowers on two seperate outings to see the different wildflowers blooming. These spring ephemerals bloom before the forest canopy leafs out taking advantage of the available sunlight.

Leader: Felicia Syer-Nicol 519-402-2326

Take a tour of the new Sydenham River Nature Reserve this Saturday, May 5th, 2018.

Lambton Wildlife joins the Sydenham Field Naturalists group to walk around and explore the new reserve.

Meet at 10am at the end of Oil Springs Line, 2 kilometres east of Nauvoo Road.

Leader: Larry Cornelis 519-330-8981

Wednesday, May 2nd.

Meet: 6:00 pm at the entrance to Tarzanland

Eric will skillfully find migrating songbird for all to see and learn about. Great birding right here in Sarnia.

Leader: Eric Marcum 519-332-6122

Spring Wildflowers of Reid’s Conservation Area #1

April 29, 2018 @ 12:30 pm4:00 pm

Sunday, April 29 and Sunday, May13, 2018

Meet: 12:30 pm at Lambton Mall parking lot near Canadian Tire or 1:00 pm at Reid’s CA on Duthill Road.

Join Felicia on a leisurely walk identifying the woodland wildflowers on two seperate outings to see the different wildflowers blooming. These spring ephemerals bloom before the forest canopy leafs out taking advantage of the available sunlight.

Leader: Felicia Syer-Nicol 519-402-2326

Camping and birding on Pelee Island is coming up fast. Just under a month to plan for the spring migration adventure!

Thursday, May 10th to Sunday, May 13th.

If you haven’t contacted Dick Wilson yet, please do so soon.

You should also be calling to make reservations for your ferry trip across.

Call 1-800-661-2220 to make a reservation and get your binoculars out!

 

Puddle Ducks

March 31, 2018 @ 9:00 am2:00 pm

Meet: 9:00 am at the Clearwater Arena or 10:00 am at the St Clair National Wildlife area. Tens of thousands of ducks and other waterfowl use the Lake St. Clair wetlands as a migratory stop over. In this case, we will be viewing mainly puddle ducks (aka dabblers) such as American widgeon, northern shoveler, wood duck and pintail to name a few. Lunch at Mitchell’s Bay.

Leader: Deryl Nethercott

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Well, the weather outside was frightful, and most people decided to stay home and stay safe. But a few of us showed up anyway and had a nice morning, in spite of the weather!

We drove along the river, stopping at a few spots to look for waterfowl. We travelled as far as Sombra and then wisely called it a day.

We managed to see 20 bald eagles and 11 kinds of ducks; Redheads, Canvasbacks, Buffleheads, Long-tails, Common Goldeneyes, Common Red-breasted and Hooded Mergansers, Scaups and a scoter. We even saw one Ring-necked Duck.

Hooded Merganser in the snow.

 

 

Down River Ducks and Eagles

February 4, 2018 @ 9:00 am5:00 pm

Meet 9:00 am at the Centennial Park parking lot. This is our most popular outing. See waterfowl including diving ducks, geese and swans, as well as different gull species and bald eagles. Lunch at a restaurant in Sombra.

Leader: Paul Carter 519-466-8555