Cancellation: APRIL 24 – A WALK IN BACKUS WOODS
With regret, the Ingersoll District Nature Club is cancelling this outing as a result of the province’s shutdown for the month of April, given this is not an essential activity. We continue to support the Province’s protocols to ensure safety measures.
Please stay tuned for May activities, which we hope will be able to resume. In the meantime, we hope everyone can get outdoors and enjoy some spring weather! Stay safe!
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.
Change of Date for Backus Woods Visit
STILL LOOKING HOPEFUL, but note CHANGE OF DATE: [W] April 24 – Backus Woods (Meet at Carpool Lot at 9:00 a.m.; however, we will not carpool due to COVID safety)
Join us on a day’s outing to this well- known property under the jurisdiction of the Long Point Conservation Authority. Located in Norfolk County, this incredible natural oasis is home to some of the oldest living trees in Ontario and is one of the best remaining examples of Carolinian forest in Canada. Backus Woods became an ecological site of global importance in 2016 when it was added to the Long Point World Biosphere Reserve. For more information call Sheila at 519-485-2645.
For more information on tentative upcoming activities, visit our Activities Calendar page.
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.
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
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 Report
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/
Over 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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/
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
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.
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