Enjoy A Spring Day At The Beach – Pinery Provincial Park

Enjoy A Spring Day At The Beach – Pinery Provincial Park

The Pinery Provincial Park is located along the shores of Lake Huron in Lambton County. The park features a variety of trails that takes hikers through diverse habitats including Oak Savannas and Coastal Dune Ecosystems. Naturalists can find over 800 vascular plants throughout the park and over 300 bird species have been spotted throughout the year! The park offers a large number of campsites and roofed accommodations, comfort stations, a park store, a pet exercise area (beach), picnic shelters and a Visitor Centre. Visitors can also rent bikes, canoes, paddle boats and kayaks to either explore the Old Ausable Channel…
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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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Pelee Island Camping Trip 2017

Pelee Island Camping Trip 2017

As the date of the 2107 Pelee Island camping trip approached, all the poor weather forecasts suddenly changed to show pleasant conditions for the entire duration of the trip!  A wonderful group of 20 LWI campers began arriving on Thursday for a great weekend of birding.  Lake Erie was smooth for the 1.5 hour long ferry ride aboard the SS Jiiman from Leamington. Many of the campers had been to the island in previous years and some were visiting the island for the first time. As a group, we moved around the island to observe the migrating birds, with an…
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Spring Wildflowers at Mandaumin Woods

LWI had two Sunday outings in May to look at wildflowers in Mandaumin Woods. Nick Alexander was our leader. He has a background in horticulture, works with Return the Landscape, and has a fascinating amount of information to share about the plants at Mandaumin Woods. On our first visit we were treated to quite a display of trillium. Two week later, on Mother’s Day, some of the trillium had started to turn pink as the blossoms aged. There was the occasional red trillium mixed in as well. May 13th was a beautiful day for a walk in the woods and…
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Wildlife Sightings At Pinery Provincial Park

Wildlife Sightings At Pinery Provincial Park

On Tuesday May 9, 2017 I went hiking and paddling at the Pinery Provincial Park. I hiked the Carolinian Trail and then I paddled along the river (south of the store and canoe rentals).  While there I was able to see a Muskrat, Pileated Woodpecker, Green Heron, Sandpiper (not sure what species) and the highlight of the day was spending time observing a pair of Sandhill Cranes with two chicks.  It was a great day to be in the park and enjoy my first paddle of the season! For those who might be concerned please know that I shot these…
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Spring Songbird Migration in Canatara – Day 3

Spring Songbird Migration in Canatara – Day 3

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 time at 6:00 PM. The walk, beginning at the main…
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Springtime in Mandaumin Woods

Springtime in Mandaumin Woods

Spring is such an incredible time of year.  As you walk through Mandaumin Woods in the springtime you will be treated to so many wonderful sights and sounds. Stop and listen to the number of different bird songs that are all around you – spring is a time when birds are migrating through Mandaumin woods and it is not unusual to see 20 or more species in a single outing!  One of my favorite groups of birds are the Warblers.  These colorful little birds find refuge in Mandaumin Woods as they find their way to breeding grounds further north.  I…
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