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 (

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 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!**


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 the child names and ages along with the name of the parent/guardian who will be attending. 


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:

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.

Any young birders or students interested in birds and nature who are enrolled in pre-K, grade school, middle school or high school can download the new version 7.7 of Thayer’s Birds of North America – for FREE.

Just visit, select the Windows or the Mac download and enter our special code: LambtonWildlifeYoungBirder Then click the Apply button and Free Checkout.

This amazing birding software, for Windows or Mac computers, features the 1,007 birds that have been seen in the continental United States and Canada. The software includes 6,856 color photos, 1,506 songs and calls, 552 video clips of birds in action, 700 quizzes and much, much more. Use the ID Wizard to identify unknown birds in your yard. Keep track of the birds you see. Compare any two birds side-by-side. Read all about the bird’s nests, eggs, feeding habits and more.

Thayer Birding Software’s founder, Peter Thayer, decided that this would be the perfect way to celebrate his 70th birthday!

“It is time to give back something to the birding community and to the millions of young birders (and potential young birders) who just need a spark to get them started on a life-long quest for knowledge about our natural world and the importance of preserving the habitat we still have. What better way than this to celebrate the year of the bird? Our goal is to give away one million free copies of the birding program to kids everywhere.”

Are you the local bird expert?  You soon will be!

College and grad school students, use the code STUDENT for a 50% discount. Teachers use the code TEACHER for a 50% discount. 

Wildlife professionals can get a 50% discount by using the WILDLIFE.


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


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 the child names and ages along with the name of the parent/guardian who will be attending. 


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-out and spotting scope available for use 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.  Ontario Nature’s Reptile and Amphibian Atlas app identifies Ontario’s reptiles and amphibians, lets you submit sightings with ease and stores a record of your submissions.  Download the app for free before the hike. 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 the names and ages of participants and whether they will be accompanied by a parent or guardian to

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). 



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.  For more info, visit: 

Meet at the NE corner of the Canadian Tire parking lot at 12:15pm or at the Maple Syrup Festival Entrance at 1pm.  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 the names and ages of participants and whether they will be accompanied by a parent or guardian to


Presented at the LWI Annual General Meeting, April 8, 2017

Melissa says “ LWI Young Naturalist and Junior Conservationist programs have the potential to be a powerful opportunity to connect children with nature and to help build future conservationists.”

Melissa has been the young naturalist and junior naturalist leader for Lambton Wildlife for more than 10 years. During that time she provided a varied and interesting program that included kayaking, camping, owl prowls, and snowshoeing.  Some became yearly traditions such as the Christmas bird count, butterfly count, Howard Watson nature Trail Clean- up and camping on Pelee Isalnd. During these fieldtrips, Melissa taught how to value and respect our natural surroundings and how to minimize negative effects on the environment.

Melissa had a knack for making everyone feel welcome and making every child feel connected and appreciated. She was always welcoming new members and was responsive to her participants, asking for feedback and incorporating it into future plans. If one child became interested in some aspect of nature that was outside of Melissa’s area of expertise, she would network with other experts and connect the children with these experts. Melissa then became a co-learner and shared the discoveries with the children.

Sean Jenneskin (a long time member of Melissa’s group) writes:

As a young person nowadays, it can be very hard to keep an interest in natural history. It seems to be a fairly uncommon topic of interest for most young people, and thus, hard to find friends with a similar interest. Melissa was always so inviting with all new comers to the group, she made everyone feel welcome and made it easy to find others with similar interests in the group.

As many of you may know, birding is an addiction of mine, but if it weren’t for Melissa introducing us to all the various forms of natural history, such as bird watching, I wouldn’t be the birder I am today.

I am very grateful for all Melissa has taught me, and I’m sure all the other young naturalists are grateful as well. She has done a great deal for the youth of Lambton Wildlife, and I am very thankful for all she has done with this group. Although she started out as my instructor, I now consider her to be a great friend.


Today, Melissa is employed by the St Clair Region Conservation Authority and her role there shares many aspects of her role with Lambton Wildlife. Lambton Wildlife is so lucky to have benefited from Melissa years of volunteer work. This award is to recognize her years of service. Thank you very much.

Mary Martin

LWI president 2016-2017