WWF article: Seven Rare Species in the Carolinian Zone
An article on the WWF’s website recently caught our eye, as it discusses seven species that can be found in Southern Ontario’s Carolinian region.
The article begins…
“It’s the brightly coloured wildlife that catch our eye, the grass underfoot and the trees overhead. It’s the creatures that sing in the morning and howl at night. It’s also the little things, such as insects and micro organisms that are invisible to the naked eye. Biodiversity – the incredible variety of life – is all around us, even in our cities and backyards.
Take southern Ontario’s Carolinian zone, a region one-quarter of Canadians call home. It is one of the most biologically diverse places in the country and among the most threatened, as once-abundant forests, wetlands, tallgrass prairies and oak savannahs are lost or broken into smaller islands of green. Amidst the skyscrapers, residential neighbourhoods, farmland and road and railways, there are more rare species of plants and animals here than anywhere else in the country.”
The entire article can be read here.
Wildlife To Be Found at Lawson Tract.
A visitor to the Lawson Tract forwarded a couple of photos of wildlife they observed on Sunday, May 13. One was a baby salamander (top) and the other a frog resident of the Phillips Trail marsh (bottom).
IDNC Celebrates Migratory Bird Day
Seven IDNC members made their way to Rondeau for Migratory Bird Day on May 12th . See more at: ingersollnatureclub.com/2018/05/16/idnc-celebrates-migratory-bird-day/
Celebrate Migratory Bird Day with A Trip to Rondeau Park
On Saturday, to mark Migratory Bird Day, the Ingersoll District Nature Club will be visiting Rondeau Park to watch for migrating warblers.
For more information on this trip, visit our 2018 Activity Calendar.
Updated Information Regarding Calton Marsh Event – CANCELLED FOR MAY 6!
Please note: Due to weather concerns, our trip to the Calton Marsh has been cancelled on May 6!
[W] May 6 – Calton Marsh / 6:30 p.m. Meet at Carpool
Sign up for an exploration of the Calton Marsh and its many amphibious friends. Spring is at its best listening to a frog chorus. Led by naturalist Dave Baird, kids big and small will learn how frogs survive the winter and act as beacons for our environment. Contact: Sheila 519-485-2645
More information from Dave Baird, the event leader: The Calton evening hike on May 6 will begin at the Calton Swamp parking lot at 7:30 pm. Each participant should wear comfortable clothing, hat including waterproof boots or shoes (usually a bit muddy), plus bring a flashlight or headlamp. A snack and drink is recommended. There are ticks, so I caution everyone to be aware. The walk is generally easy but not wheelchair accessible. The sounds of the marsh can be magical for those who will take the time to stop and listen, so there will be times when everyone needs to be very quiet. Please note the new carpool time of 6:30 pm.
Directions can be found here.
Help the David Suzuki Foundation Help the Butterflies
Give your friends and neighbours butterflies. Imagine your yard or balcony garden in full bloom, alive with fluttering butterflies and buzzing bumblebees…
Now make that vision a reality. Buy wildflower seeds that support pollinators!
This year the David Suzuki Foundation has the following seed packet options:
- Five- or ten-packs of beautiful flowers suitable for Eastern Canada.
- Five- or ten-packs of bee-friendly beauties for Western Canada.
- A three-pack of easy-to-grow wildflowers for almost any yard or garden.
Proceeds from seeds you buy will support the Butterflyway Project. You’ll power volunteer Butterfly Rangers creating pollinator pathways in Markham, Montreal, North Vancouver, Richmond, Toronto and Victoria.
Thanks for helping protect pollinators.
P.S. Seed sale continues while supplies last. Get yours before they’re gone!
Learn more about the David Suzuki Foundation here.
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.
If you have any questions, comments, or feedback, we would love to hear from you.
We can be reached…
Sheila Fleming (519) 485-2645
Wayne Walden (519) 485-4220