Jr. Conservationists & Young Naturalists
August 12th —Insect Extravaganza!
Fairbanks Property, Oil Springs
1pm — 3pm
In this outing we have the special opportunity to catch and identify insects at one of the most culturally significant areas in Lambton County, the Fairbanks Oil Property. In the late 1800’s and early 1900’s this area would have been booming with the opportunity to strike black gold…oil. Out of this area came the world’s first commercial oil well, the first refinery, the first petroleum company, the first oil gusher and many others. Oil has been in Lambton County’s blood ever since. But the wells stopped gushing decades ago and little further development here has occurred. The oil pumping continues but now it’s called “slow oil” and the surrounding native landscape has had the chance to regenerate. Don’t miss out on this mix of nature and history!
In our quest to see how DIVERSE the insects are we will use some DIY insect equipment to survey for as many types of insects as we can. To aid us, we will utilize pitfall traps, sweeping, sucking insects through a tube, beat sheets, and other equipment and techniques. Along the way, we will learn about their amazing abilities! Like catching Pokémon but in real life!
What to bring:
What to Bring:
- bring own insect catching equipment (plastic containers, nets) (optional)
- magnifying glass (optional)
- mosquito spray (wash hands after application for the sake of our friendly insects)
- pen/pencil & notepad
Where to Meet:
Fairbanks Nature Trail – 2481 Gypsie Flats Rd, Oil Springs, ON+N0N+1P0
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More info about property:
While people in Sarnia were taking cover from a deluge, Young Nats were enjoying the balmy weather and NO rain at the Moore Habitat Management Area.
Mike Kent went over the safety rules first and talked to us about ticks, how to protect ourselves and how to remove them if we found one. He also went over the importance of tick checks during and after our walk.
Mike also told us about the free Ontario Nature phone App The Ontario Reptile and Amphibian Atlas App available on both Google Play and iTunes. It also lets you report sightings, like the Blue-Spotted Salamander we saw!
We also saw a HUGE wolf spider
Ebony jewelwing damselfly
One of the Young Nats even let Mike put one on her nose before it flew away!
Another lucky boy got to learn how to safely hold one.
We also saw centipedes, millipedes, potato bugs, lightning bugs, clubtail dragonfly and even a small crayfish.
What a fun day…can’t wait to see what we are doing next!
Hint…. July 8th– What’s all the Buzz About?
July 8th—What’s All the Buzz About? Bees with Kim Gledhill Marthaville Habitat Management Area 1pm-3pm
Learn about the honey bee society and the importance of dance with Kim Gledhill. She will be bringing her bee keeping equipment and a specially designed display hive with live bees inside. To learn about honey bee language, we will play the bee dance game where you can be the queen bee in the hive. Honey and crackers are on the menu too.
Where to Meet
4749 Marthaville Rd, Petrolia, ON N0N 1R0
What to bring:
- suntan lotion
- pen/pencil + notepad
Lambton Wildlife Incorporated (LWI) has been protecting nature for over 50 years by bringing those with a love of nature together to work towards common goals in conservation, preservation, and protection of the natural environment in Lambton County. Through a range of programs and events we aim to foster an environment that encourages appreciating, learning, and teaching about the natural environment. In order to continue the voice and values of LWI, we must reach out to our younger generation to provide them with positive experiences in nature.
Nature deficit disorder may be a coined phrase but the symptoms are real. Today children are spending half as much time outdoors as they did 20 years ago with much of this time now devoted to viewing digital media. Time spent playing outside is correlated with increased physical activity, mental creativity, decreased aggression and better concentration in children. Recent research has also shown that children who play outside are more likely to protect nature as adults. The most direct route to caring for the environment as an adult is participating in “wild nature activities” before the age of 11. This is where we come in. (more…)