Welcome to the IDNC!

The Adventures of Winter Birding

The Oxford County Public Library presents The Adventures of Winter Birding via Zoom on December 6 at 7 p.m.

Join David Chapman online and learn about the joys of winter birding, on Tuesday December 6th, at 7pm.

This exciting program will provide insight for viewing beautiful birds in the cold season whether you enjoy bird watching along hiking trails or in your own backyard. It will focus on many of the songbirds that visit your feeders, but also some of the rarities that can sometimes stay around after the breeding season. This eye popping presentation on backyard songbirds, waterfowl and birds of prey will set you off on a lifelong journey of looking for all your favourite species.

Register online at www.ocl.net, or call your local branch.

Register today.

Potluck Holiday Celebration – November 27

The Ingersoll District Nature Club is happy to present guest speaker Dana Church at our November 27th Potluck Holiday Celebration, taking place from 1:00-3:30 p.m. at the Ingersoll Seniors Centre.  All ages are welcome – The food and conversation is always good!  You don’t have to be a member to attend. Please remember to bring your own plate, cup and cutlery to make for easy clean up and to limit waste.

Dana is a children’s author, who comes with years of knowledge related to animal cognition.  Her special interest lies with bumblebees.  She has lots to share about how we can help them survive.  Her first book is “The Beekeepers:  How Humans Changed the World of Bumblebees.”

Download the poster.

The Upcoming Municipal Election Matters

On October 24th, Ontarians will return to the polls to vote for their municipal leaders. The mayors and councillors elected will play a vital role in ensuring a healthy, sustainable future for our communities.

Find out how and why to keep nature, farmland and climate change top of mind when you cast your ballot.

2022-2023 Activities Guide is Here!

This year’s events include a visit to the Butternut Seed Orchard, the Maple Syrup Festival, Komoka Provincial Park and more! Download our 2022-2023 Activities Guide and start planning what exciting events you want to be a part of with the Ingersoll District Nature Club.

Summer 2022 Newsletter from the Oxford County Trails Council

Click here to read about progress on the Oxford Thames River Trail, a new bridge installation at Hodges Pond, the plight of the Monarch, the Eastern Bluebird, the Belted Kingfisher and more.

Ingersoll District Nature Club Executive Members were volunteers at the Water Festival in Woodstock, held to honour the memory of the Josephine Mandamin, the Water Walker, and to remind all about the importance of clean water in the Thames River and the Great Lakes.

Saturday, June 25 – 9:00 a.m. / St. Williams Conservation Reserve

Mark your calendars and join us on Saturday, June 25 – 9:00 a.m. for our visit to St. Williams Conservation Reserve. Visit and hike some of the trail system of this very large reserve located in the St. Williams/Turkey Point area. Great variety of trails and one or two will be selected prior to the trip down. Part of the Carolinian Forest area so the chance to see species that we don’t normally see in the immediate Ingersoll area. For more information, visit https://ingersollnatureclub.com/club-activities/2021-activities-calendar/

Thames River Clean Up

The Friends of the Thames would like to invite everyone to participate in the 2022 Thames River Clean Up! We need volunteers more than ever before. Clean-ups have been cancelled the last two years due to Covid 19. Our Thames River and all tributaries need a good spring cleaning. After three years of garbage, plastics, masks and gloves have washed down into our waterways which is harmful to fish, wildlife and water quality. Be active – make a difference!

First Annual King Hiram 37 Tree Sale

The King Hiram Lodge No. 37 is hosting the first annual King Hiram 37 Tree Sale. For more details, please visit https://ingersollnatureclub.com/2022/04/18/first-annual-king-hiram-37-tree-sale/

The Trail Times

The Spring 2022 issue of the Trail Times, published by the Oxford County Trails Council is now available.

Read more about the Eastern Towhee, 2022 plans for the Oxford Thames River Trail, Hickson and Woodstock Trails updates and the importance of cleaning up after your dog while on the trails.

Read the full issue here.

Earth Hour

Earth Hour is next Saturday, March 26, 2022 at 8:30 p.m. local time. The simple task of switching off your lights for one hour will help us stand united for the one home we all share.

Learn more at https://www.earthhour.org/

Looking for ways to reduce your carbon footprint?

Reduce your carbon footprint through switching to clean energy sources, changing the way you travel, and reducing your consumption by recycling and reusing everything! The WWF presents five changes you can make. Read more.

Great Horned Owl visits Lawson Nature Reserve

Megan Leedham sent the Ingersoll District Nature Club several photos of a Great Horned Owl from our December 2020 bird count. See the photos and learn more about Great Horned Owls here.

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.

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.

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


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


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

 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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