The following document was produced by the Lambton Wildlife President, Brenda Kulon, in 1985. The page was from a newly created directory and it includes a list of outstanding accomplishments up to that point in the club’s history.
It’s important to know where we came from and where we are going.
On April 26, 1975, a cool but sunny spring day, Dr. Peter Tasker, LWI’s first President, presided over the official opening of Mandaumin Woods. This was the first property purchased by Lambton Wildlife. It is a 25 acre Carolinian woodlot located just south of the village of Mandaumin.
This property was dedicated to the memory of LWI Conservationist Laura Knight.
Dr. Tasker addressed the group of members and friends.
There was an excellent turn out for this historic event in Lambton Wildlife’s history.Gail and Eric Knight untied the rope to open the woodlot. In the background is Elizabeth Tasker, one of the founding members.
Directions: Located about 1.5 km south of the village of Mandaumin (intersection of Mandaumin
Road and Confederation Street) on the west side of Mandaumin Road (highway 26).
Mandaumin is 5 km south of highway 402.
Birders tend to congregate in special places like Canatara Park and Point Pelee. This was the case with Dr. Peter Tasker and his wife Elizabeth. They kept meeting Gerry Clements, Dennis Rupert and Stephanie and Roy John on nature trails. They found they had many common interests and in 1966 they decided to form a club. Dr.Tasker was the first President, Gerry Clements was vice President and field trip leader, Elizabeth was Treasurer and Stephanie was entertainment. Also joining them were Dennis and Sue Rupert.
This lasted for about a year and a half. They worked very hard to bring in new members. Peter drew many doctors into the group. Membership was five dollars. They met at the Sarnia Library. Gerry describes Elizabeth as a human dynamo, holding teas to introduce the group and get new members to join, such as Isobel Greenop, Dennis and Sue Rupert and Joan Banks. They made displays, put on plays, had important speakers such as Robert Bateman and had fun! Dr.Tasker wrote a weekly column for the Observer called “Meadow Man.”
They became close as a group. One project they started was to save a sand dune in Port Franks. This dune, the highest point in Lambton County, was being destroyed by road builders who needed the sand. They won and thus began many campaigns to help save our environment.
The following speech was given by Larry Cornelis, Board Member and Head of the Outdoor Committee for Lambton Wildlife, at the recent 50th Anniversary event held at the Sarnia Public Library Theatre. Larry is also a past President.
It’s with great pleasure and pride that we share on overview of the accomplishments and achievements of Lambton Wildlife since the clubs inception in 1966. (more…)