Welcome to the IDNC!

The Canadian Bat Box Project

Bats in Canada face multiple threats from habitat loss and disease. As towns and cities expand, the large old trees that bats call home are being cleared, and bats are losing their roosts. Bats need a warm and secure place to roost during the day in the summer. A bat box is a simple and effective way to provide additional roosting habitat for bats, but little is known about bat box use in Canada. 

Learn more about the Canadian Bat Box Project at https://ingersollnatureclub.com/2021/03/01/the-canadian-bat-box-project/


Check out the Oxford County Facebook page

If you would like to chat and share photos regarding nature and conservation in Oxford County, feel free to join Oxford County Nature: https://www.facebook.com/groups/823335008523082


What’s happening in the Nature Network

An update from our friends at Nature Canada. Check out their events and initiatives. Connect to and learn from organizations across Canada engaging communities in discovering, restoring, and defending nature. Read more about it here.


Earth Hour 2021

Earth Hour 2021 will take place on March 27, 2021 – 8:30 p.m. your local. We have reprinted some information from WWF International, describing how Earth Hour will look this year. Read all about it here.


Trip to Embro Pond Cancelled

Please note the Club has cancelled its planned outing to Embro Pond this Saturday, January 16th, in keeping with the current Provincial lockdown provisions, and expected increase in restrictions.  We will tentatively plan to hold the walk in late February, should restrictions be eased.  This month was intentionally left open for this purpose.  We will hope the surge has ended long before that time, but in the meantime you are encouraged to do all possible to remain safe.


2020 Annual Bird Count – Lawson Nature Reserve

Thanks are extended to the nine club members who participated in this year’s annual Christmas Bird Count, held on December 28, 2020. Read the complete results.


2021 INDC Activities Calendar Now Available

The Ingersoll District Nature Club has announced it’s tentative lineup of events and activities for 2021. For the full list (and a downloadable calendar) of events, please visit our Events page.


Upcoming Events

Limestone Trail – Saturday, December 5, 9:30 a.m. – Join us for a visit to the Limestone Trail and part of the Beachville Trail alongside the Thames River. We will meet at the trail parking lot at 9:30 am (not the arena as usual). Take Beachville Road out of Ingersoll (Charles St. E. / County Road 9) to Beachville Museum.. Turn left onto Domtar Live, over the bridge to a large parking lot on the right. The trail along the river is flat but there are some hilly sections on the side trails with views over a large pond. You can adjust your walk according to your ability as we take time to observe nature. You do not need to be a club members to join us. All are welcome! This activity replaces our Festive Potluck gathering which has been cancelled. For more info, call Meg 519-485-4220.

Christmas Bird Count – Monday, December 28, 9 a.m. – Starting in 1900, the Christmas Bird Count is North American’s longest-running citizen science project. Counts happen in over 2,000 localities throughout the Western Hemisphere. Join the camaraderie, come out to the Lawson Nature Reserve (on McBeth Road, South of Ingersoll) and help us with the count. We work as a group – no bird identification experience necessary. Contact Terry 250-423-4844.


IDNC Sponsors Two at Virtual Youth Summit for Mother Earth

For the fourth year in a row, the Ingersoll District Nature Club enthusiastically sponsored two Ontario youth to participate in the Youth Summit for Mother Earth, organized by Ontario Nature.  The 2020 Summit was held virtually from August 22-September 19, 2020. Read full details at https://ingersollnatureclub.com/2020/12/01/idnc-sponsors-two-at-virtual-youth-summit-for-mother-earth/.


Thanks Again Volunteers

Thanks to the 10 volunteers who came out to clear trails following late November’s wind storm. Read full details at https://ingersollnatureclub.com/2020/12/01/thanks-again-volunteers/.


Message to Minister Steve Clark

Read the letter sent to The Honourable Steve Clark, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, to express opposition to the use of Ministerial Zoning Orders (MZOs) to over-ride policy protections for Provincially Significant Wetlands (PSWs) in Ontario at https://ingersollnatureclub.files.wordpress.com/2020/11/ltr-minister-clark-nov-16-2020-final.pdf


Boardwalk removed, new trail planned at Lawson Nature Reserve: Club

Read the entire story from the Woodstock Sentinel Review at https://www.woodstocksentinelreview.com/news/local-news/boardwalk-removed-new-trail-planned-at-lawson-nature-reserve-club


Project Feederwatch provides crucial citizen science

Read the entire story from the Woodstock Local at https://www.thewoodstocklocal.com/life/project-feederwatch-provides-crucial-citizen-science


Thank you to our volunteers

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Thanks to the nine volunteers who helped start the dismantling of the boardwalks at the Lawson Nature Reserve on Saturday, October 31, 2020.

Read more about their efforts at https://ingersollnatureclub.com/2020/11/03/thank-you-to-our-volunteers/


2020 Annual General Meeting ReportIDNC 2020 AGM 2

On the sunny, but brisk, afternoon of October 3, 2020, Ingersoll District Nature Club (IDNC) membership took part in our Annual General Meeting at the Lawson Nature Reserve.

Read complete details at https://ingersollnatureclub.com/2020/10/07/2020-annual-general-meeting-report/


SM-1Over 230 nature organizations across Canada, with the weight of all our supporters behind us, have asked Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to ensure that nature is an essential part of our economic recovery and a sustainable, healthy future. Join us!https://www.nationalnewswatch.com/2020/07/13/putting-nature-on-the-post-pandemic-reset-button/#.Xwy7PBOSnct


 

A Message from the President of OPAL

Bryan Smith, President of the Oxford People Against the Landfill, has forwarded us an email regarding the latest developments of the fight against a possible landfill in the Ingersoll area, and what still needs to be done. Read the email here.


Ontario Municipalities to be given right to approve new landfill proposals

With introduction of new legislation, Ingersoll Council’s long effort nears a successful conclusion.

Read the media release from the Town of Ingersoll.


Stop the Dump with Beauty

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We are asking people to use the beauty of Oxford to help stop the Dump. Take a photo that showcases beautiful vistas, calming natural features, inspiring wildlife, restorative meadows, shady trees or thorny thickets in our county, add the phrase “This is worth having; Walker’s dump is worth stopping! Please do so!” and email it to Mr. Jeff Yurek, Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks at minister.mecp@ontario.ca


OntarioNature

Lawson Nature Reserve Reopens

Ontario Nature has announced they will be opening all Nature Reserve trails (including the Lawson Nature Reserve) on May 13, 2020. For more information, please visit https://ontarionature.org/news-release/nature-reserves-reopen/


Event Update

Please note: Our March 14 event at the Springwater Conservation Area and visit to the swans in Aylmer will proceed as scheduled.

However, our March 19 edition of Natural Selections with Tim Arthur at the Ingersoll Public Library has been cancelled. While we are disappointed to have to cancel our programming, we fully support the safety measures Oxford County Library is putting in place for the safety of all.  Further notice will be provided as we reschedule our indoor events.


On the Road to Earth Hour  2020

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Earth Hour 2020 takes place Saturday, March 28 from 8:30-9:30 p.m. Watch this space for information about this year’s Earth Hour.

Organize Your Earth Hour event. 

Spread the Word!

Minute to Win It

Sharing Is Caring (For Our Planet)



 About the Ingersoll District Nature Club

IDNC naturalist Don Bucknell dispersing Milkweed seeds into the wind, at the Port Rowan Wetlands.

Since 1952, the Ingersoll District Nature Club has maintained an active and friendly nature community in Ingersoll. We welcome newcomers to participate in any and all activities.

Join us in a nature walk or other community activity. Please see our Club Activities for details of our planned hikes and meetings through our programming year. Our group typically meets monthly, in informal gatherings, to enjoy outings in nature areas in and adjacent to Oxford County.

We are interested in the development and preservation of nature in Oxford County, and are formal stewards of the 36 acre (15 ha) Lawson Nature Reserve, south of Ingersoll.

We are involved in:

  • Hiking and enjoying southwestern Ontario’s natural heritage
  • Fostering family events to ensure our children are exposed to local natural attractions
  • Stewarding the Lawson Nature Reserve – invasive species management, hillside restorations, trail maintenance, signage, etc.
  • Encouraging seniors in active living through walks at the Nature Reserve
  • Celebrating Earth Day
  • Advocating on behalf of nature in general

So please, take a look around our site. You can see what we are all about, the activities that we offer, our signature trails and more. If you’re interested in becoming a member, you can click here.

Also please find IDNC articles and content in the OPAL Newsletter published by Oxford People Against the Landfill.

Happy Trails!


If you have any questions, comments, or feedback, we would love to hear from you. 

We can be reached…

By e-mail:

ingersolldistrictnatureclub@gmail.com

By phone: 

Sheila Fleming (519) 485-2645

or

Wayne Walden (519) 485-4220

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