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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Free Thayer Birding Software for Kids –  The Young Birder Program

Free Thayer Birding Software for Kids – The Young Birder Program

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 www.ThayerBirding.com, 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…
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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 on Pelee Island

Camping on Pelee Island

Thursday, May 10 to Sunday, May 13, 2018 Camping and birding at its best. We have great fun camping and exploring all the island's birding hotspots. Learn more by reading Richard Wilson’s review of the 2016 trip or contact Richard Wilson for more details. Book your ferry ride early and sign up soon. Limited camping spots available. Contact: Dick Wilson wrkawilson@cogeco.ca
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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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Owl Prowl (ages 6-16)

Owl Prowl (ages 6-16)

Young Naturalist and Jr. Conservationist Event - ages 6-16 - Parental supervision required.   An introduction to the mysterious lives of Ontario’s owls. Most owl prowls typically take place late at night or early in the morning. This owl prowl hopes to take advantage of afternoon light to hike through owl habitat, learning about their behavior and adaptations along the way. Finish off by relocating by car to a nearby spot to scout for owls in the setting sun.  Meet at Perch Creek Management Area park lot at 3pm before hiking some trails. Finish off by driving to another location along Blackwell Side…
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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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Camping on Pelee Island

Camping on Pelee Island

Camping and birding at its best. We have tons of fun on what has become a favourite outing for many club members. We will explore all of the islands birding hot spots in pursuit of spring migrants such as warblers and thrushes. Learn more by reading Richard Wilson's review of the 2016 trip or contact Richard Wilson for more details. Book your ferry ride early and sign up soon. Limited camping spots available. Watch for other posts about Pelee Island to be added to the blog in the weeks and months before the event.
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Spring Songbird Migration in Canatara Park

Spring Songbird Migration in Canatara Park

Join us for our 3 Wednesday walks in Canatara Park. View resident and migrant birds. Each spring, migrant birds move through Canatara Park on their way to their nesting grounds. Walk with an expert birder to view resident and migrant birds. The walk leader is Eric Marcum (519-332-6122).  Eric is a long time birder with experience in the NE United States, northern Canada and many hours in and around Sarnia.  Eric’s experience in hearing and identifying bird songs adds to the experience. There are three walks scheduled starting on May 3 and continuing May 10 and May 17, 2017.  Start…
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Spring 2016 Walkabout Following the Bird Course

Spring 2016 Walkabout Following the Bird Course

Last year I attended the Birding Course put on by Lambton Wildlife over the course of several weeks. Many presenters shared their wisdom and experience on identifying, locating, and photographing birds, as well as the equipment and references needed to succeed as a birder. The last part of the event was a morning walk through Canatara Park on a beautiful morning, April 30th, 2016. Many of the course attendees showed up with their binoculars and their new found enthusiasm to identify birds by sight and sound. Larry Cornelis and Deryl Nethercott were two of the course's presenters and they pointed…
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