Larry Cornelis has extraordinary knowledge of the flora and fauna of Lambton County and beyond.  He expertly led a group of nearly 90 people through Lorne C. Henderson Conservation Area looking at various tree species, explaining what to look for when identifying trees, and engaging us with many facts about the importance of trees. 

A fairly recent popular term that Larry described is Forest Bathing – simply immersing oneself in a forest atmosphere.  With as little as 2 hours per week Forest Bathing has been scientifically shown to increase immunity, decrease the risk of cancer and help you to recover from illness faster, decreased risk of heart attack, help with obesity and diabetes, more energy and better sleep, mood- boosting effects, and decreased inflammation.

This two hour walk was enjoyed by all and everyone left understanding the significant role native trees play in providing habitat and food for the incredible biodiversity needed for a healthy ecosystem. 

Thank you Larry!  

Larry also provided a comprehensive list of books that he recommends for tree identification:

Trees of the Carolinian Forest; Gerry Waldron

The Sibley Guide to Trees; David Allen Sibley

Landscaping With Native Trees; Guy Sternberg & Jim Wilson

The Global Forest; Diana Beresford-Kroeger

Arboretum America; Diana Beresford-Kroeger

Forest Bathing; Dr Qing Li

The Hidden Life of Trees; Peter Wohllenben

Trees in Canada; John Laird Farrar

Almost 50 LWI members and friends joined leader Mike Kent today for a fascinating morning hike learning about mushrooms along the Lambton Heritage Forest trail.  A beautiful sunny sky accented the fall colours along the route while Mike provided detailed information about various fungi which could be observed less than a meter from the trail.  Binoculars and field guides were provided to help participants identify the mushrooms.  Mike made the event fun while also being extremely informative; there was something for everyone: from mushroom novices all the way to fungi aficionados.  There is little doubt this popular annual event will be repeated!  Thanks Mike for the extensive preparation and excellent event.

Saturday, May 5, 2018

Meet: 10 am at the end of Oil springs line, 2 km east of Nauvoo Rd.

This is a joint outing with the Sydenham Field Naturalists to tour this new reserve that LWI was so instrumental in protecting.

Leader: Larry Cornelis 519-330-8981

Back by popular demand!

 

An evening walk to hear and see timberdoodles (aka bogsuckers, or American Woodcocks) engaged in their spring courtship ritual. There is a good lek (gathering of males) here every year. You may also hear frogs, toads and owls.

Meet at the Perch Creek Management Area at 7:30 pm.

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Join Lambton Wildlife for an evening walk at the Lorne Henderson Conservation Area outside of Petrolia. Discover how easy it is to see and walk under the natural light of a full moon and use your other senses to experience the nocturnal world around you.img_4064

 So enticed by that invitation, and the news that this moon was the brightest full moon to be seen for the next 18 years , 35 adventurous people joined Donica Abbinett on her moonlight walk on November 14th at Lorne C Henderson Conservation Area. (more…)

Join Justin Nicol as he takes you on a guided tour of Rock Glen this Sunday. Learn to identify trees and other plants during this fall afternoon walk.

Rock Glen Conservation Area is located in Arkona and offers scenic, historic and geologic diversity. While you are there, check out the fossils, mussels, birds and other artifacts at the Arkona Lions Museum and Information Centre.

Admission is $4.00 per person and you can come early and stay late.

Bring your camera and binoculars.

We hope to see you there!

Check out the event on the Calendar of Events.

Rock Glen Conservation Area brochure.

Enjoy an early summer walk to see and learn about the interesting flora, including wild lupines and porcupine grass, of the Howard Watson Nature Trail. Bring your binoculars and a camera. You never know what you’ll see.

Meet at the Modeland Road parking lot by Cathcart Boulevard.