Welcome to the IDNC!

Monarch Butterfly Research


Since 2008, Norris Lab has been working on migration patterns and population dynamics of monarch butterflies. Read about their work and publications at http://norrislab.ca/current-study-systems/monarch-butterflies/

Woodstock Field Naturalists and Ingersoll District Nature Club REVISED

Ontario Nature Press releaseEndangered Species to make way for sprawl development

“More Homes, More Choice Act” guts protections for Ontario’s most vulnerable plants and animals

On June 6, 2019, the Government of Ontario passed the More Homes, More Choice Act, a law that opens significant wildlife habitat to sprawl development through amendments to the Endangered Species Act, 2007 (ESA). The amendments give new powers to the Minister to delay, limit and remove protections for at-risk species. Further, it creates numerous, overlapping pathways for developers and industrialists to dodge critical requirements.

Read the entire press release from Ontario Nature at https://ontarionature.org/news-release/endangered-species-to-make-way-for-sprawl-development/

Today’s Walk Cancelled

Please note: Today’s visit to Jackson – Gunn Old Growth Forest has been cancelled due to the weather.

Trip to Calton Marsh Rescheduled

Our trip to Calton Marsh has been rescheduled for Saturday, May 4. Meet at the carpool spot at 5:45 p.m. See more information at our Activities Calendar Page.

Join us for our next Natural Selection Lecture

Ian wilcox Poster (Revised)

IDNC Visits Springwater Conservation Area

On March 9, the Ingersoll District Nature Club visited the Springwater Conservation Area. See our blog post to view photos taken during the visit.


suzuki turtleEndangered Species Act review could gut wildlife protections

From the David Suzuki Foundation…

The Government of Ontario has set its sights on “improving” Ontario’s Endangered Species Act, posting a discussion paper on the Environmental Registry. However, the paper makes it clear that the province’s primary objective in revisiting the act is not to ensure efficient recovery for Ontario’s at-risk species but, rather, to find even more efficiencies for industries that want to operate in the spaces that species depend upon to live.

Read more at https://ingersollnatureclub.com/2019/02/25/endangered-species-act-review-could-gut-wildlife-protections/

EcoFolk 2019 Takes Place March 31


Good News: Monarchs show signs of recovery

Monarch butterflies, Mexico

We recently received an email from Pete Ewins, Lead specialist, species conversation for the World Wildlife Fund – Canada:

“I wanted to share with you some fantastic news from our colleagues at WWF-Mexico. The area of mountain forest occupied by monarch butterflies this winter increased by 144 per cent over last year…”

Read the entire message at: https://ingersollnatureclub.com/2019/02/14/good-news-monarchs-show-signs-of-recovery/

Owl Prowl Postponed

Please note: The Owl Prowl has been postponed to March 3, due to trail conditions and weather.

The Countdown to Earth Hour is On.


For the past 10 years, people around the world have come together for Earth Hour to support efforts to change climate change. Learn more at https://ingersollnatureclub.com/2019/01/31/the-countdown-to-earth-hour-is-on/

Photos from Beachville Hike

Check out the photos from the Club’s recent visit to the Beachville Trails at  ingersollnatureclub.com/2019/01/23/photos-from-beachville-hike/


Natural Selections Lecture Series

alan m poster (revised)natural selection lecture series (revised)

2019 Activities Calendar is here

The Ingersoll District Nature Club has lots of exciting events planned this year. Get all the details so you can start marking dates down on your calendar by visiting the Events Calendar page.

Bill 66: Important Updates and Actions

Recently, we received an email from Ontario Nature, discussing Bill 66 (Restoring Ontario’s Competitiveness Act), which passed first reading on December 6th, 2018. If passed, this legislation would trump critical environmental protections for land, water and wildlife throughout Ontario. Learn more about Bill 66 and what you can do at https://ingersollnatureclub.com/2019/01/10/bill-66-important-updates-and-actions.

IDNC Annual Christmas Bird Count at the Lawson Nature Reserve


Thanks are extended to the eight club members who participated in this year’s annual Christmas Bird Count, held on December 28, 2018. For more information, (including the Bird Count totals), visit https://ingersollnatureclub.com/2019/01/03/idnc-annual-christmas-bird-count-at-the-lawson-nature-reserve/

IDNC Hosts Festive Social

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See the complete story at https://ingersollnatureclub.com/2018/11/28/idnc-hosts-festive-social/

Lace up and explore 19 awesome hiking trails

The Lawson Nature Reserve was recently featured on Ontario Southwest’s website:

Whether you choose from 9 trails in our eastern area or 10 trails in our western area, we’ve got routes to suit hikers and nature walkers of all skill levels from little feet to seasoned trekkers. Find fresh air fun, spectacular fall colours, stunning sunsets, fascinating wildlife and more in Ontario’s southwest this fall.


Join Us October 6 for Our Fungus Walk

Oct 6 – Fungus Walk / 1:30 p.m. Meet at Lawson Reserve (Date change)

Naturalist and fungi expert Inga Hinnerichsen will lead the tour and identify the various fungus at the Lawson Nature Reserve. Fungi are different from animals and plants. A fungus breaks down dead organic matter around it, and uses it as food. For the longest time they were considered plants, but in the late 1960’s they were classified as their own Kingdom. It is estimated that there are over a million species of fungi worldwide. Come see what the Lawson Nature Reserve has to offer in this fascinating world.

Contact: Peter 519-425-0429

Updates to Our 2018 Activity Calendar

There have been several changes to our Activity Calendar.

Major notes:

New Event – October 13 – Ontario Nature Community Plant Pull

Cancelled – October 27 – St. Mary’s Avon Trail.

For more information about these and other Ingersoll District Nature Club Activities, see our 2018 Activities Calendar.

Lawson Trail Map

Download our new  Lawson Trail Map and plan your visit today.

Join Us September 15 for our Annual Planning Meeting

Please join us at the Ingersoll Seniors Centre on September 14 at 4 pm for our Annual Planning Meeting (APM). Hear about our plans for the Lawson Nature Reserve and to suggest new ideas for club activities. Join us for the annual meeting at the Ingersoll Seniors Centre.  All are welcome.  Our APM offers the opportunity to hear plans for the Lawson Nature Reserve and to suggest new ideas for club activities.   Bill Grant will showcase his latest wildlife photos taken this year at the Lawson Nature Reserve, Pelee and Rondeau Parks. Our potluck dinner will start at 5:30pm (not a BBQ as previously stated). Please bring you own plate,cup and cutlery to reduce waste to the landfill. Contact:  Sheila  519-485-2645

For more information on this and other events, visit our 2018 Activity Calendar. our 2018 Activity Calendar.

Trip to Pinery Cancelled

Please note: The trip to the Pinery, scheduled for Saturday, June 23, has been cancelled due to rain. There will be no rain date scheduled. We thank everyone for their understanding with this issue.

IDNC Tours Parker Family Farm

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On June 13 , the Ingersoll District Nature Club Meet at the Parker family farm at 7:00 p.m. at 363341 McBeth Road (west) for an informative walk of their field and trail system, led by Terry Parker.

For more information and photos from the day, click here.

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).

LNR_Newborn salamander May 2018LNR_Happy resident at cleared marsh_May 2018

IDNC Celebrates Migratory Bird Day

Rondeau 1 Grosbeak

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!

Buy wildflower seeds

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.

 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:


By phone: 

Sheila Fleming (519) 485-2645


Wayne Walden (519) 485-4220


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