Habitat Fund Grant Recipients

Habitat Fund Grant Recipients

Lambton Wildlife Habitat Fund distributed nearly $10,000 to projects throughout Lambton County during 2019! North Lambton Secondary Students partnered with Lambton Trails Shores Committee to plant 24 native trees in the Nature Conservancy Canada property at the Ipperwash Dunes and Swales. Scouts Canada planted barren dunes with Marum grass to prevent erosion and to protect sensitive habitat. Great Lakes Secondary students re-naturalized 3000 square feet of lawn into a pollinator garden (pictured below). Other projects included planting 1500 native wetland and prairie plants at the AAmjiwnaag Scott Road project, a Pollinator Garden planted at the Camlachie United Church, 23 acres…
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National Conservation Strategy for all Native Ash Species in Ontario

National Conservation Strategy for all Native Ash Species in Ontario

The National Conservation Strategy for all Native Ash Species in Ontario is being led by the National Tree Seed Centre. The Forest Gene Conservation Association (FGCA) is supporting this effort by conducting field research.  In the fall of 2018 Melissa Spearing, the field researcher for the FGCA, visited woodlots from Guelph to Windsor in search of live Ash trees (white, green, black, blue, and pumpkin) that fit with the following criteria: Trees in a native stand (not planted), i.e. forest, hedgerow. Larger trees (>20 cm DBH) with healthy crowns (for survivor DNA samples). Viable seed of good quality (filled embryos, low insect damage) We heard about this project through the…
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Sydenham River Nature Reserve Breeding Bird Survey

Sydenham River Nature Reserve Breeding Bird Survey

Fifty-three species of birds were reported at the Sydenham River Nature Reserve during the Breeding Bird Survey on Saturday June 8, 2019. There were five Species at Risk reported during the survey: Bald Eagle, Cerulean Warbler, Eastern Wood Pewee, Red-headed Woodpecker, and Wood Thrush. This biologically important nature reserve is owned by Ontario Nature with Lambton Wildlife and Sydenham Field Naturalists as stewards of the property.A big thank you to both Larry Cornelis for organizing the survey, and to all the volunteers who came out to assist: Quinton Wiegersma, Blake Mann, Edward lavender, Mike Kent, Larry Cornelis, Peter Chapman, Paul…
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Thank you to all the Volunteers!

Thank you to all the Volunteers!

A BIG Thank You to all of the volunteers who came out to help with the Mandaumin Woods Nature Reserve spring clean-up. On Sunday April 6 nine volunteers enjoyed a beautiful spring morning clearing rotting planks, trimming trails, and picking up garbage.  On Tuesday April 16 we had 14 brave souls come out on a cold, rainy morning to continue the clean-up of the trails! Again thank you to all of the volunteers for helping to take care of Mandaumin Woods Nature Reserve.
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2019 Lambton County Science Fair Award Winners

Once again the projects at the annual Lambton County Science Fair were outstanding.  The Lambton Wildlife Inc. Natural Environment Award is presented to the students whose project best demonstrates a keen interest in Nature and the Environment.  A total of seven cash awards were presented to deserving students during the Awards Ceremony on Saturday April 5, 2019. Here is a list of the winners of the Lambton Wildlife natural Environment Award: Riley Edmunds and Warren Kimball (Carbonated Water vx. Tap Water, which one works better?) Nithilan Sathish (Green Plastics) Cyndi Rayson (Does eco-friendly soap lye?) Ryleigh Murdock and Lizzy Kuykendall…
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Join LWI for Hawk watching at Hawk Cliff – September 22, 2018

Join LWI for Hawk watching at Hawk Cliff – September 22, 2018

Hawk Cliff is recognized as one of the prime fall migration hawk watching destinations in all North America.   Every year hundreds of birders (and non-birders!) from Canada, the U.S. and other countries visit Hawk Cliff. Birders can normally expect to see 15 different raptor species, with typical count totals reaching several thousand birds per day. On a few exceptional occasions lucky visitors have witnessed the amazing spectacle of over 100,000 raptors of various species migrating past Hawk Cliff in a single day! Others come to enjoy the many song birds and Monarchs that also pass Hawk Cliff on their…
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Camping at Point Pelee National Park  – September 4-7, 2018

Camping at Point Pelee National Park – September 4-7, 2018

Point Pelee National Park is an amazing park filled with natural wonders. There is a large diversity of habitats, from the sheltered canopy of the southern Carolinian forest to the expansive sea of cattails in the marsh. In autumn, songbird migration is in full swing, while dragonflies and Monarch butterflies drift by.   For further information visit the Lambton Wildlife Website: http://lambtonwildlife.com/blog/point-pelee-national-park-camping-trip-2017/ Please Contact: Paul Carter at 519-466-8555. Date:  September 4-7, 2018 (Please note the change in dates from the program) Place:  Point Pelee National Park Time:   Anytime Tuesday through Friday - When you arrive at the front gate let…
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Bear Creek Paddle – June 2

Bear Creek Paddle – June 2

What a beautiful day for a paddle!  The weather looked threatening but by 9:30 it had cleared up and the sun even came out.  We began our paddle at the Wilkesport Boat launch and a few minutes after leaving we were lucky enough to see a muskrat swimming along the shore. Where the Sydenham splits into Bear and Black Creek we stopped and talked about the numerous species that can be seen along, and in, the river – several of which we were lucky enough to see on our paddle.  There are 34 species of Mussels that have been found…
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The Tundra Swans have arrived!

The Tundra Swans have arrived!

Sunday offered amazing viewing of several thousand Tundra Swans along Greenway Road just North of The Lambton Heritage Museum!  There was also good viewing along many of the side roads in the area – we randomly took roads around the area and in every flooded field there were hundreds of Swans.  These striking beauties migrate from the south to the Arctic to breed each year.  They breed on lakes and ponds in Alaska and Canada, preferring wetlands and lakes with long shorelines where they feed on plant matter (and some mollusks and arthropods). During migration we are lucky enough to…
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