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After months of keeping it a secret, we’re finally ready to announce the winners of our 2016 Photo Contest.

In total, over 200 photos were entered entailing a diversity of plants, animals, mushrooms, scenes, and landscapes that truly highlighted Lambton County. It was a difficult judging process with many excellent entries. The panel of judges were from the Sarnia Photographic Club, the Petrolia Camera Club and Lambton Wildlife. Judging was aided by several other members of the Sarnia Photographic Club who made the process much more efficient with the use of a scoring machine and volunteering their time and effort.

One of the goals of the contest was to encourage the citizens of Lambton County to enjoy the outdoors and share their experiences through the medium of photography. By sharing these experiences we bring awareness to our area’s unique natural heritage. After going through all the photos, we felt like we succeeded!

The most rewarding part of the contest was that it was all captured by YOU! YOU explored the natural areas.  YOU braved and/or basked in the elements. YOU took the time to capture special moments that can be shared. We THANK YOU for that.

The winners were announced and awarded their prizes at the “Members Photofest” event on January 30th.  At the event, they had the opportunity to share any comments or stories behind their photo and answer any questions. It served as the perfect celebratory cap to Lambton Wildlife’s 50th Anniversary.

Keep on exploring and taking wonderful pictures!

The winners for each category are:

Youth Excellence

1st Place - Alexi Czyczurko with “Sunset Seagull”

Youth Excellence – 1st Place – Alexi Czyczurko with “Sunset Seagull”

Youth Excellence - 3rd Place - Lexi McCormick with “Turtles”

Youth Excellence – 3rd Place – Lexi McCormick with “Turtles”

Honourable Mention - Vidal Hart with “Take Off”

Youth Excellence – Honourable Mention – Vidal Hart with “Take Off”

Flora

Flora - 1st Place - Charlene Graham with “Trilliums”

Flora – 1st Place – Charlene Graham with “Trilliums”

Flora - 2nd Place - Sharon Nethercott with “Butterfly Meadows, Warwick Conservation Area”

Flora – 2nd Place – Sharon Nethercott with “Butterfly Meadows, Warwick Conservation Area”

3rd - Stephen Hunt with “One in a Million”

Flora – 3rd Place – Stephen Hunt with “One in a Million”

Honourable Mention - Alexis with “Milkweed”

Flora – Honourable Mention – Alexis B with “Milkweed”

 

Fauna

1st Place - Frank Rodin with “Scratchin’ an Itch”

Fauna – 1st Place – Frank Rodin with “Scratchin’ an Itch”

Fauna - 2nd Place - Peter DeBurger with “Meeting of the Minds”

Fauna – 2nd Place – Peter DeBurger with “Meeting of the Minds”

3rd Place - Janette Baillie with “Doe a Deer”

Fauna – 3rd Place – Janette Baillie with “Doe a Deer”

Honourable Mention - Shuff with “Indigo Bunting”

Fauna – Honourable Mention – Sid Huff with “Indigo Bunting”

Honourable Mention - Lorraine Morill with “Red-breasted Merganser in Mating Ritual”

Fauna – Honourable Mention – Lorraine Morrill with “Red-breasted Merganser in Mating Ritual”

Landscape

1st Place - Daniel Belly with “Blue Point Sunset”

Landscapes/scenery – 1st Place – Daniel Bellyk with “Blue Point Sunset”

George Roesma with “Bluewater Bridge”

Landscapes/scenery – 2nd Place – George Roesma with “Bluewater Bridge”

3rd Place – Deryl Nerthercott with “Winter on the St. Clair”

Honourable Mention - Darren Metcalfe with “Sunset”

Landscapes/scenery – Honourable Mention – Darren Metcalfe with “Sunset”

Honourable Mention - Lauren Broeders with “Lambton Shores”

Landscapes/scenery – Honourable Mention – Lauren Broeders with “Lambton Shores”

Honourable Mention - Denise Dykema with “Country Roads”

Landscapes/scenery – Honourable Mention – Denise Dykema with “Country Roads”

 

Free Admission!     Door Prizes!     Cake!

Join Lambton Wildlife Inc. for our 50th Anniversary Celebration!

 

Lambton Wildlife Inc. is a non-profit, volunteer, naturalist organization that was founded in 1966. We are a registered charity that continues to be dedicated to the conservation, preservation, and protection of the natural environment in Lambton County.

presskit-logoTo help us celebrate, we invite the public to a free viewing of the newly relased nature production: “Call of the Forest – The Forgotten Wisdom of Trees.”

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In this film, we follow visionary, scientist, and acclaimed author, Diana Beresford-Kroeger, on her journey to the most beautiful forests of the northern hemisphere. Diana tells us the amazing stories behind the history and legacy of these ancient forests, while also explaining the science of trees and the irreplaceable roles they play in protecting and feeding the planet.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Tomorrow night is Lambton Wildlife’s big 50th Anniversary event at the Sarnia Public Library Theatre!!

Come out for 7 pm to help us celebrate 50 years of protecting nature in the Sarnia-Lambton area.

The evening starts out with a few short speeches from prominent Lambton Wildlife members, followed by the screening of the newly recent “Call of the Forest – The Forgotten Wisdom of Trees” documentary. All guests will be then entered into the door prizes give away, after which everyone is invited to share free cake and refreshments! (more…)

On Wednesday, November 2nd, 2016 at 7:00 pm, at the Sarnia Library Theatre, come help Lambton Wildlife celebrate our 50th Anniversary with a screening of the new documentary, “Call of the Forest“.

 

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This film examines some of the most beautiful forests in the Northern Hemisphere and shows how important they are in protecting, nourishing and maintaining our planet for all the living creatures that depend on them. Experts discuss the science of trees, reforestation, the impact climate change is having on the world’s forests and what we all can do to make an impact that will change the world.

 

Climate change is happening. What can we do about it? It will start with a shovel and an acorn, but we might just change the world.

Diana Beresford Kroeger

Join us next Wednesday to celebrate our 50 years of protecting Lambton County’s nature.

 

Free admission, refreshments and lots of door prizes!

 

Celebrate Lambton Wildlife’s 50th Anniversary by joining us for a screening of the recently released Treespeak Film, Call of the Forest, plus door prizes and, of course, cake!
The event will be held on Wednesday, November 2nd at the Sarnia Public Library Theatre and the festivities begin at 7pm.
See the official trailer below – we’re sure the movie will be beautiful, inspiring and will awaken our souls. Please join us!

 

See the event calendar for more details.

Call of the Forest – Official Trailer from Treespeak Films on Vimeo.

A Message from the Filmmaker

For those of us who have grown up in Canada there seems an endless supply of trees, yet in this country we cut down approximately a billion of them every year. This idea of an endless natural bounty reminds me of a story I heard in elementary school. It was from John Cabot’s diary about the Grand Banks of Newfoundland. Cabot wrote that all one had to do to catch fish was to drop a bucket over board and pull it up and there would be fish in it. Now a days that bucket is more likely to not be filled with fish but with used condoms and tampon applicators.

The main figure in this film, biochemist and botanist Diana Beresford Kroeger talks about now seeing within view for the first time, the end of nature. For us in the cities, I suspect we must look with a guided eyeglass to see what is happening in nature, as we have lost the ability for ourselves to know what we are seeing. We are in tune with the rhythm of the cities, with its traffic flows, but not so much with how a river flows.

This idea of sign recognition in nature is key to the understanding the interconnected laws of our natural world beyond our immediate selves; recognition, identification of signs and comprehension of implications of our actions and/or inactions. And for Diana, the tree is our perfect steppingstone back to nature. From the single tree outside your door to a vast forest beyond our view or conception, Diana believes the necessary re-engagement of person and tree is where real understanding of nature can grow from.

This is even more critical as the world’s population is shifting towards urban from rural. And it will be the urban populations that will determine the policies of how the rural agricultural lands and forests will be managed.

Jeff McKay