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This March, we will be keeping a lookout for Tundra Swans that migrate to the area. If we are lucky enough to witness this spectacular wildlife event, we will send a notification to ๐˜ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜•๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ถ๐˜ณ๐˜ข๐˜ญ๐˜ช๐˜ด๐˜ต ๐˜Š๐˜ญ๐˜ถ๐˜ฃ ๐˜”๐˜ฆ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฃ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ด with further details of the TBD pop-up event.

๐˜ž๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ธ๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ ๐˜ธ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฆ๐˜ต ๐˜ธ๐˜ช๐˜ญ๐˜ญ ๐˜ฃ๐˜ฆ ๐˜›๐˜‰๐˜‹ ๐˜ฃ๐˜บ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ด๐˜ธ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ด. ๐˜ˆ๐˜ต ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ญ๐˜ฐ๐˜ค๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ, ๐˜บ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ ๐˜ค๐˜ข๐˜ฏ ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฆ๐˜ต ๐˜ธ๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜ฉ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ ๐˜บ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ฏ๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ด ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ณ ๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ฅ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ด ๐˜ธ๐˜ฉ๐˜ฐ ๐˜ธ๐˜ช๐˜ญ๐˜ญ ๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ท๐˜ฆ ๐˜•๐˜ฐ๐˜ท๐˜ข ๐˜Š๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฎ๐˜ช๐˜ค๐˜ข๐˜ญ๐˜ด ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜น ๐˜ฃ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ฐ๐˜ค๐˜ถ๐˜ญ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ด ๐˜ง๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ ๐˜ถ๐˜ด๐˜ฆ!

Typically the best location is a field behind the Lambton County Heritage Museum. For more info about our local Tundra Swan Migration visit: https://www.lambtonmuseums.ca/lambton-heritage-museum/annual-events/return-swans-festival-new/tundra-swan-migration/

๐˜›๐˜ฉ๐˜ช๐˜ด ๐˜ช๐˜ด ๐˜ข ๐˜จ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ต ๐˜ธ๐˜ข๐˜บ ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฆ๐˜ต ๐˜ฐ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ ๐˜ง๐˜ข๐˜ฎ๐˜ช๐˜ญ๐˜ช๐˜ฆ๐˜ด ๐˜ธ๐˜ฉ๐˜ช๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฆ๐˜น๐˜ฑ๐˜ญ๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜“๐˜ข๐˜ฎ๐˜ฃ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ ๐˜Š๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ฏ๐˜ต๐˜บ’๐˜ด ๐˜ฏ๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ถ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ!

Enroll your family today by filling out this electronic form:

LWI Young Nats Electronic Enrollment Form

A big thank you to all the leaders and participants for a successful Christmas Bird Count in Canatara Park on December 29. The data that was gathered is submitted to Bird Studies Canada and adds important information about bird populations and helps to develop conservation strategies.

Fifteen children participated in the count and they were able to use binoculars provided to the young naturalists program with funding from Nova Chemicals and Vortex Binoculars.

Mike Kent (Young Naturalists leader), Sean Jenniskens, Amy Virostek, Brandon Edwards, Brandy Fenwick, Sharon Nethercott, and Anne Goulden all assisted with the bird count.

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You will never look at your pizza the same way again!ย ย Come learn about the humongous impact the fungus among us has on our lives while we explore the diversity hiking the Lambton County Heritage Forest. Finish off combining science and art by making a spore print!

Seemingly small and insignificant, they are anything but. They come in a dazzling array of colours, shapes, and forms with equally as intriguing natural histories. Above ground, on trees, and on the surfaces of others are the things that humans have collected and revered for thousands of years for their edible and medicinal properties. Beyond view these strange creatures penetrate within and beneath forests, building underground networks where deals are made in a complex web of friendships, rivalries, and business relations. This will turn your understanding of forests upside down!

Meet at the Port Franks Community Centre.

Please RSVP by emailing theย names and ages of participants and the name of the parent or guardian who will beย accompanying toย m.kent@lambtonwildlife.com.

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Young Naturalist Club – ages 6-11

At night, when others sleep, the forest comes alive! Learn about nocturnal and crepuscular creatures like owls, fireflies, coyotes, frogs, moths, bats, and more.ย 

Bring a flashlight/headlamp. Insect repellent recommended.

RSVP by emailingย m.kent@lambtonwildlife.comย the child names and ages along with the name of the parent/guardian who will be attending.ย 

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Young Naturalists (ages 6-11).ย  Parental supervision required.

While getting up-close views, learn about the incredible journey our provinces smallest bird undertakes each year and some of the science that has helped us uncover some of the marvels of bird migration.ย ย Carl Pascoe & Rachel Powless ofย Native Territories Avian Research Project (NTARP) will be banding hummingbirds at the Nicol Farm.

Bring snacks, water, camera & a lawn chair.

RSVP by emailingย m.kent@lambtonwildlife.comย the child names and ages along with the name of the parent/guardian who will be attending.ย 

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Young Naturalists (ages 6-11).ย  Parental supervision required.

Take a 350 million year journey through the past at Rock Glen Conservation Area!ย  Along the way, we will take pit stops to imagine what different time periods were like.ย  Be prepared for short hiking and getting feet wet! More info about Rock Glen Conservation Area can be found here:ย https://www.abca.ca/downloads/Rock_Glen_CA_Brochure_Booklet_2018_Web_RE_1.pdf.ย ย Insect repellent and sunscreen recommended. New Vortex binoculars for free sign-out are available for useย during the outing thanks to a partnership between Vortex Canada, Nova Chemicals, and LWI!

This is the perfect place for a picnic after the event!

RSVP by emailing m.kent@lambtonwildlife.com the child names and ages along with the name of the parent/guardian who will be attending.ย 

 

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Spring has sprung and amphibians are hoping and crawling about. With the help of Kyle Williams Maajiigin Gumig Greenhouse Technician, learn about the lifestyles of the slippery and slimy while we search for search for frogs, salamanders, and so much more.

New binoculars for free sign-outย and spotting scope available for useย during the outing thanks to a partnership between Vortex Canada, Nova Chemicals, and our club!

We will be using our phones to engage children with technology for environmental science and conservation.ย ย Ontario Natureโ€™s Reptile and Amphibian Atlas app identifies Ontarioโ€™s reptiles and amphibians, lets you submit sightings with ease and stores a record of your submissions.ย ย Download the app for free before the hike.ย We may also use iNaturalist. Download iNaturalist app beforehand here

Be prepared for rain or shine.

Please RSVP and any cancellations to this event by emailing theย names and ages of participants and whether they will be accompanied by a parent or guardianย toย m.kent@lambtonwildlife.com.

Also, from 9am to 4pm, Return the Landscape and Aamjiwnaang First Nations Environment Department are holding an open house and native plant sale at the Maajigin Gumig Native Plant Greenhouse, 1972 Virgil Ave (next to the Aamjiwnaang Community Centre).ย 

 

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This event has been cancelled.

Young Naturalist Event – ages 6-11
Attend St. Clair Conservation Authority’s Maple Syrup Festival with your Lambton Wildlife friends from 1-3pm.ย  For more info, visit: https://www.scrca.on.ca/events/maple-syrup-festival/ย 

Meet at the NE corner of the Canadian Tire parking lotย atย 12:15pmย or at the Maple Syrup Festival Entranceย atย 1pm.ย  Parents can discuss carpooling options amongst themselves. Admission to the Conservation Area is $5.00 per car.

Remember to be prepared for the mud.

Please RSVP by 4pm Saturday (March 17th) and any cancellations to this event by emailing theย names and ages of participants and whether they will be accompanied by a parent or guardianย toย brandylfenwick@gmail.com .ย 

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Young Naturalist and Jr. Conservationist Event – ages 6-16 – Parental supervision required.ย ย 

An introduction to the mysterious lives of Ontarioโ€™s owls. Most owl prowls typically take place late at night or early in the morning. This owl prowl hopes to take advantage of afternoon light to hike through owl habitat, learning about their behavior and adaptations along the way. Finish off by relocating by car to a nearby spot to scout for owls in the setting sun.ย 

Meet at Perch Creek Management Area park lot atย 3pmย before hiking some trails. Finish off by driving to another location along Blackwell Side Road where we will hope to see owls out at dusk. Finish byย 6pm.

Be prepared to dress for wet, cold and slippery conditions and bring a flashlight/headlamp and binoculars if you have them.ย For those interested, snowshoes are available to rent from Sarnia public library. To reserve a pair visit:ย https://catalogue.lclibrary.ca/iguana/www.main.cls?v=c97386a2-914a-40c2-bd8d-df4c273175e6&p=8f1c53f0-41ad-4c28-8d9e-57e8288b0ac6#navigationย 

Please RSVP and any cancellations to this event by emailing theย names and ages of participants and whether they will be accompanied by a parent or guardianย toย m.kent@lambtonwildlife.com.ย ย ย 

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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 dayโ€ฆcanโ€™t wait to see what we are doing next!

Hintโ€ฆ. July 8th– Whatโ€™s all the Buzz About?