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Join the LWI Young Nats Club and start the year off with a party!
Party activities:
– show and tell (bring an item!)
– arts & crafts
– snacks and drinks
– LWI swag and prizes
– A 2019 recap

Members Only!
Already a member? RSVP on Facebook or by email emailing m.kent@lambtonwildlife.com

Not a member but have been to our events this year?
Sign up before or @ the event!
Fill out online forms here: https://forms.gle/TNnCMi8NpV8V99bTA

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The 2019 Lambton County Christmas Bird Count for Kids (CBC4KIDS), hosted by LWI’s Young Naturalist team and staffed by club volunteers was completed on Saturday, Dec 28th at Canatara Park, Sarnia Ontario. 25 kids, ages 6-12 participated with their parents or grandparents in our 2nd annual count.

Although bird numbers were down, as is the case all over the continent, the kids and adults had a great time! It was wonderful to see so many children and youth interested in birds and nature over the holidays. With all generations involved, it made for a unique event blending outdoor activity, citizen science, and family-friendly fun.

Leading groups of intrepid young birders were: Sharon & Deryl Nethercott, Amy Virostek, Brandon Edwards, Sean Jenniskens, and Mike Kent. As participants arrived our leaders put them through a quick bino bootcamp to learn how to use binoculars. Upon completion, they earned a tufted titmouse (our mascot this year) button. After the bootcamp, Thanks to Vortex Canada and Nova Chemicals, we were able to equip our participants with Vortex binoculars that we hope opened a window to an undiscovered world for some.

16 species of birds were seen by the groups for a total of 186 birds seen in the 70 minutes of counting. One group saw two Coopers hawks, and another group got a look at a Brown Creeper! Our most numerous bird was the long-tailed duck, with a total count of 70. The temperature was 3-4 degrees Celsius with overcast skies.

Each of our participants went home with a pinecone feeder kit, a nature magazine, and a titmouse button. After the count, each group reported their findings and enjoyed hot chocolate and warm cookies.
Anne Goulden did a tremendous job organizing and leading the event. Also assisting were Brandy Fenwick and Mary Martin.


To learn more about the Young Naturalist Club, check out this section of our site: Lambton Wildlife Programs

We also made a special annoucement at the CBC4KIDS event that for 2020 memberships will be FREE for Young Nats!

Sign up today to get your family in the know for kid-friendly events!

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On Saturday, December 28th from 12:30-3:30pm we will be having our 2nd annual Christmas Bird Count for Kids (CBC4KIDS) at Canatara Park. A fun winter birdwatching event for kids aged 6-12 and families. Join us to learn about birds, connect with other young naturalists, and become a Citizen Scientist! FREE, RSVP today, limited spots!

We will be stationed at the buildings near the Animal Farm entrance. After registration, we will divide into teams and go exploring with a local birder. These experienced guides will show participants* how to identify local birdlife, use binoculars, and lead them to find and count birds for ~1hr. Binoculars and a spotting scope will be available for use thanks to a partnership between Vortex Canada, Nova Chemicals, and our club!

Following their adventures, teams will meet back for hot chocolate, a snack and share their observations. This information will be submitted through an online checklist and reported to eBird and Birds Canada, where it can be used in scientific research . Last year we counted 1260 total birds from 21 different species!

*participants must be accompanied by a parent/guardian for the event

Registration:
To RSVP, email Anne Goulden with child/youth name(s) and age(s) and parent/guardian attending a.goulden@lambtonwildlife.com

LIMITED SPOTS


If you have any questions about this event contact a.goulden@lambtonwildlife.com or Mike Kent  m.kent@lambtonwildlife.com

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Young Nats events are geared for ages 6-12

When: Saturday November 16th
What time: 10AM-NOON
Where: Wawanosh Wetlands Conservation Area – 6013 Blackwell Side Rd, Sarnia, ON (https://maps.app.goo.gl/5Fr4nEDK6quesL1c6)

Mike will take us for a wander through Wawanosh Wetlands, one of our local treasures. Come explore with us!

  • Remember to wear water proof boots and dress for the weather.
  • Bring snacks and drinks.
  • We will meet in the parking lot and go exploring.
  • Remember to register with Mike via m.kent@lambtonwildlife.com by Nov 14th
  • If you’re not a member, you could make a small donation to our program at events until April registration.

**Youth are to be accompanied by a parent or guardian – come explore with your child/ grandchild!**

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Young Naturalists (ages 6-12)

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

Bring a flashlight/headlamp. Insect repellent recommended.

Bring your cellphones and pre-download the Seek app (free) here to participate in collecting species badges and leveling up your mushroom game!

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

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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 𝘠𝘰𝘶𝘯𝘨 𝘕𝘢𝘵𝘶𝘳𝘢𝘭𝘪𝘴𝘵 𝘊𝘭𝘶𝘣 𝘔𝘦𝘮𝘣𝘦𝘳𝘴 with further details of the TBD pop-up event.

𝘞𝘩𝘦𝘳𝘦 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘸𝘩𝘦𝘯 𝘸𝘦 𝘮𝘦𝘦𝘵 𝘸𝘪𝘭𝘭 𝘣𝘦 𝘛𝘉𝘋 𝘣𝘺 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘴𝘸𝘢𝘯𝘴. 𝘈𝘵 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘭𝘰𝘤𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯, 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘤𝘢𝘯 𝘮𝘦𝘦𝘵 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘩 𝘰𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘳 𝘺𝘰𝘶𝘯𝘨 𝘯𝘢𝘵𝘴 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘰𝘯𝘦 𝘰𝘧 𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘭𝘦𝘢𝘥𝘦𝘳𝘴 𝘸𝘩𝘰 𝘸𝘪𝘭𝘭 𝘩𝘢𝘷𝘦 𝘕𝘰𝘷𝘢 𝘊𝘩𝘦𝘮𝘪𝘤𝘢𝘭𝘴 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘝𝘰𝘳𝘵𝘦𝘹 𝘣𝘪𝘯𝘰𝘤𝘶𝘭𝘢𝘳𝘴 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘶𝘴𝘦!

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/

𝘛𝘩𝘪𝘴 𝘪𝘴 𝘢 𝘨𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘵 𝘸𝘢𝘺 𝘵𝘰 𝘮𝘦𝘦𝘵 𝘰𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘳 𝘧𝘢𝘮𝘪𝘭𝘪𝘦𝘴 𝘸𝘩𝘪𝘭𝘦 𝘦𝘹𝘱𝘭𝘰𝘳𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘓𝘢𝘮𝘣𝘵𝘰𝘯 𝘊𝘰𝘶𝘯𝘵𝘺’𝘴 𝘯𝘢𝘵𝘶𝘳𝘦!

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!  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 the names and ages of participants and the name of the parent or guardian who will be accompanying to 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. 

Bring a flashlight/headlamp. Insect repellent recommended.

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

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Young Naturalists (ages 6-11).  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.  Carl Pascoe & Rachel Powless of Native Territories Avian Research Project (NTARP) will be banding hummingbirds at the Nicol Farm.

Bring snacks, water, camera & a lawn chair.

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