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

 

The winter bird survey at the Sarnia Solar site will be held Monday, January 2, 2017.  Meet 9:00 AM at the Sarnia Solar Site located on Churchill Line.  Larry Cornelis will provide instructions and will coordinate the event.  All are invited to participate; dress according to weather conditions.

Bring your binoculars, waterproof boots and something warm to drink!

Contact: Larry Cornelis (519 339-8785; larry.cornelis@gmail.com)

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Mary-Martin-2016Lambton Wildlife has been in existence for 50 years. It began with a small group of people who kept meeting on local trails and developed into an organization that has made an enduring impact in our local area.

Lambton Wildlife was involved with the creation of the Howard Watson Nature Trail and owns two pieces of property in trust for future generations. The group assisted in the creation of two other environmental organizations, Carolinian Canada and more recently, Return the Landscape. We also have ongoing partnerships with many other groups. This past summer we entered into a long- discussed agreement with the Nature Conservancy of Canada.

Naturalists tend to bond together and work cooperatively to reach goals.

As we reflect as an organization about our past actions, we need to keep our focus on the future. We need to continue to build partnerships and pursue projects that reflect our core beliefs and continue to have relevance in our community.

There are always individuals who are curious about nature, who feel passionate about investigating, documenting and celebrating the unique natural world found right outside our back doors. Lambton Wildlife is an organization that can bring these individuals together to share not only friendship, but mingle exploration and discovery with education and conservation.

Our new website allows Lambton Wildlife to reach out to many new people. It also acts as a vehicle to document our events and activities. These educational activities, like our recent birding course, have attracted many new members and reaffirm our commitment to our community. I encourage Lambton Wildlife members to think about how to participate and become actively involved in our organization. We continue to need volunteers to contribute their time and keep our group vibrant for the next 50 years.

Working together, we can achieve more.

Mary Martin

LWI president, 2016 – 2017