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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 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. 

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

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

 

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Lambton Wildlife Incorporated (LWI) has been protecting nature for over 50 years by bringing those with a love of nature together to work towards common goals in conservation, preservation, and protection of the natural environment in Lambton County. Through a range of programs and events we aim to foster an environment that encourages appreciating, learning, and teaching about the natural environment.  In order to continue the voice and values of LWI, we must reach out to our younger generation to provide them with positive experiences in nature.


Why Connect Kids with Nature?

Nature deficit disorder may be a coined phrase but the symptoms are real.  Today children are spending half as much time outdoors as they did 20 years ago with much of this time now devoted to viewing digital media. Time spent playing outside is correlated with increased physical activity, mental creativity, decreased aggression and better concentration in children. Recent research has also shown that children who play outside are more likely to protect nature as adults. The most direct route to caring for the environment as an adult is participating in “wild nature activities” before the age of 11. This is where we come in. (more…)