LWI Virtual Series  A Big Year – w/ Jeremy Bensette Monday Oct. 26th 7-8:15

LWI Virtual Series A Big Year – w/ Jeremy Bensette Monday Oct. 26th 7-8:15

LWI Virtual Series:A Big Year - w/ Jeremy BensetteMonday, Oct. 26, 2020,7pm - 8:15pm  In birding, a Big Year is seeing or hearing as many different species of birds as possible in a calendar year. Jeremy Bensette, a Leamington birder who broke Ontario’s Big Year record in 2017, shares his story.Registration in advance is required for this webinar:https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_K9WzAzUbQeqZZROyPmzoZw*Limited number of viewing spots*After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.Learn more about Jeremy Bensette before the event:https://www.vortexcanada.net/pro-staff/birding/jeremy-bensette?fbclid=IwAR1pL8y5VMqaR1hmKIt_79JMSsVEbAulxOQMkFq30ofl73xZmEkueWIRrJ4 If you have any questions or concerns about the event, please contact president@lambtonwildlife.com or phone Mike Kent at 519-490-8978 
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Join Us for Member’s Photofest

Join Us for Member’s Photofest

Monday, January 28 is the LWI Annual Member’s Photofest Four LWI members will be showing off some of their favorite nature photos at our Member’s Photofest Night.  Past events have been a real treat as we all get a chance to view some of the amazing images our members capture during their forays into natural areas.  It’s a natural way to kick off our first indoor meeting of the New Year, so please plan to attend.  Social time begins at 7:00 PM.
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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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Migrating Birds are Returning!

Migrating Birds are Returning!

It has been an amazing couple of weeks with the return of Red-winged Blackbirds, Killdeer, Turkey Vultures, Common Grackles, Eastern Bluebirds, Eastern Meadowlarks, and Sandhill Cranes.  We have been lucky enough to see all of these returnees and it makes us think of spring! We saw our first Killdeers, Red-winged Blackbirds, Common Grackles, and Turkey Vultures in mid-February.  On February 26 we were lucky enough to see three male Eastern Bluebirds looking to scout out the best habitat. On March 1 we saw a pair of Eastern Meadowlarks – in full breeding colours - and they stayed around for three…
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Fall paddle on the Sydenham (2017)

Fall paddle on the Sydenham (2017)

We enjoy canoeing on the Sydenham River in the spring and summer, but probably our favourite season for paddling this river is autumn.  This year the month of October had warmer than normal weather and we took advantage of a forecasted picture perfect day with no wind and sunny skies for our last paddle of the season.  Heading upstream (north) from near Wilkesport, the north branch of the Sydenham River begins where Black Creek and Bear Creek merge.  Either of these tributaries is interesting so we paddled both.  Trees on the riverbank were showing their fall colours and leaves floated…
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Paddling through Sydenham River Nature Reserve

Paddling through Sydenham River Nature Reserve

Fall is a spectacular time to paddle!  We were fortunate to have a picture perfect day to canoe through the Sydenham River Nature Reserve. The water levels were very low (see below) which meant getting out of our canoe often but both the weather and the water were very warm.  In the spring the water level is high and there are rapids and a swift current to contend with so this would not be the time of year for novice canoeist to paddle through the Reserve. Picturesque scenery was the word of the day and we enjoyed an interesting array…
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LWI birding outing at Enbridge Solar farm

LWI birding outing at Enbridge Solar farm

If you plant it, they will come… LWI members were privileged to be invited to visit the Enbridge Solar Farm, in Sarnia, on June 21st to observe how the restored tall grass prairie habitat has attracted rare bird species.  Resident expert Larry Cornelis led this 3-hour outing.  28 members, including Larry, participated. The group included novice through to very experienced birders.  Weather was ideal: clear, sunny but not too hot. The Enbridge Solar farm is the largest in Canada and has a total of 257 hectares covered with 1,300,000 solar panels, enough to power 12,000 homes on a sunny day. …
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Lambton Heritage Forest Hiking Trails

Lambton Heritage Forest Hiking Trails

There are some wonderful nature trails near Port Franks that are worth a visit.  The trails wind through the large Lambton Heritage Forest and there are a couple of ways of accessing them.  The first trail we explored starts out from Outer Drive.  There is a 911 address sign for the trail, number 7101, and the trail access is located on the north side of the road just before the road curves sharply to the right.  At the time of year that we walked this trail (early June), there were plenty of mosquitoes, so apply repellent generously before heading out.…
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