A great Nature Inspired start to 2016!

We had a great time last week, with a visit from Scales Nature Park on Wednesday evening, and a beautiful walk through the woods at the Embro pond on Saturday! 26 children and 22 adults were kept on the edge of their seat for a presentation with live reptiles by Scales. Everyone then had a chance to hold a friendly snake after the presentation, and see that snakes aren’t so scary after all. An advanced workshop later in the evening gave many adults a better understanding of the reptiles at risk in Ontario. We’d like to thank club VP Dave Baird for organizing this great event!

For more photos and information about the Scales event and the walk at the embro pond, check-out our write-up and photos on our Recent Events page.



2015 Annual Bird Count

On Monday (Dec. 28th) several members of the IDNC joined club naturalist Don Bucknell in the annual Christmas Bird Count at the Lawson Nature Reserve. Here are the numbers:

Number of birds (individuals): 276
Number of Species: 16

85 Ring-billed Gulls
3 Mourning Doves
1 Red-bellied Woodpecker
16 Downy Woodpeckers
2 Hairy Woodpeckers
2 Pileated Woodpeckers
4 Blue Jays
5 American Crows
29 Black-capped Chickadees
12 White-breasted Nuthatches
2 Brown Creepers
20 American Tree Sparrows
1 White-throated Sparrow
35 Dark-eyed Juncos
3 Northern Cardinals
56 American Goldfinches

Winter for Frogs and Toads – likely not the hibernation you thought!

Great for Kids – We’ve recently come across a great article from Ontario Nature all about hibernation for frogs and toads. Think all Frogs burrow into mud to hibernate? Not so, explains this easy to read article. Plus, learn about toads that freeze solid, only to thaw and hop away once spring arrives! Here is the article link:

Bat Talk, Owl Howl, both greatly enjoyed by kids and adults alike

We’ve had some great events lately! Most recently, the Twinkle Twinkle Little Bat presentation by Toby Thorne (Nov. 5) attended by 26 IDNC and community members, and the Owl Howl (Nov. 9th) attended by 25 children (mostly Beavers) and their adult leaders/guardians. If you’re wondering what else we’ve been up to this past year, visit our Recent Events page which we are working on:

2015 IDNC Photo Contest Winners

IDNC Photo Contest Winners!
Theme – Things that Fly Naturally in Oxford County.

Thank you to all our participants! We had nearly 150 photos submitted to this years contest! There were so many wonderful entries, and it was hard for the judge to narrow down the top 3 in each category.

Please note: judging was done without knowledge of who the photographer was for each photo

19+ Winners:
1st – Karen Kaufman – Indigo Bunting
2nd – Sue Johnston – Snowy Owl on Post
3rd – Karen Kaufman – Bee on Coneflower
13-18 Winners:
1st – Julia Mitchell – White Butterfly
2nd – Julia Mitchell – Grasshopper
3rd – Nolan Driedger – Chickadee on feeder
12 and Under:
1st – Hope McCallum – Monarch Butterfly
Honourable mentions – Most creative interpretation of the theme:
Donald K. Campbell – Maple Keys
Kim Osmond – Canadian Flag
– all winners and honourable mentions: free 1 year IDNC family membership
– 1st places – book: John Shaw’s Guide to Digital Nature Photography (adults and teens),
Guide to Photography by National Geographic Kids (kids)
– 2nd places – $20 gift certificate to The Olde Bakery Cafe (adults) or Patina’s (teens)
– 3rd places – $10 gift certificate to Chocolatea and a set of 10 IDNC greeting cards
– Honourable Mentions – $10 gift certificates to Dwell decor & design

2nd Annual IDNC Photo Contest!

Ingersoll District Nature Club announces its second Annual Photo Contest, designed to engage eager photographers in the pursuit of great nature shots in Oxford County. Electronic and traditional photo submissions are accepted (maximum of 10 submissions per person), within three age groups:

  • 12 and Under
  • 13-18 Years of Age
  • 19 and Over

Top winner in each category will receive a prize! Winning photos will be published by local media, as well as on our website.

DEADLINE: Tuesday, October 13th by 5:00 pm

This year’s topic? Things that Fly (Naturally) – in Oxford County!

How to enter? At any time between now and October 13th,
send electronic submissions to: ingersolldistrictnatureclub@gmail.com
and print submissions, along with a self-addressed return envelope,
to Ingersoll District Nature Club Photography Contest, c/o 205 George Street, Ingersoll, ON N5C 1Z5.

Good luck to all photographers!

Great News for Pollinators! Ontario restricts Neonics!

As of June 9, 2015 the Ontario government published a new regulation to restrict the use of neonicotinoid pesticides (neonics). It is the first jurisdiction in North America to regulate the use of neonics.

Read more about this news here on the David Suzuki Foundation website:

Ontario restricts bee-killing neonic pesticides

And from the Toronto Star:

Ontario first in North America to curb bee-killing neonicotinoid pesticides

Do your kids suffer from Nature Deficit Disorder?

Ontario Parks recently published a great article in their newsletter:

Do your kids suffer from Nature Deficit Disorder?

Here is a quick excerpt:

Richard Louv, author of Last Child in the Woods: Saving our children from Nature Deficit Disorder, rocked the parenting world with his notion that outdoor play is becoming extinct and we as parents are to blame.

His theory is that children nowadays are so overprotected and sedentary they have developed what he calls Nature Deficit Disorder, a condition that renders children devoid of outdoor play, disconnected from nature and completely unaware that their very future – and ours as a species – is at risk.

The answer, espouses Louv, is simple.

Get up off the couch, put away the video games, close down the computer and get outside.

It might seem like “tough love” toward parents, but the best interest of children is the focus.

“Imagine a world in which all children grow up with a deep understanding of the world around them,” writes Louv. “Where obesity is reduced through nature play. Where anti-depressants and pharmaceuticals are prescribed less and nature prescribed more. Where children experience the joy of being in nature before they learn of its loss. Where they can lie in the grass on a hillside for hours and watch clouds become the faces of the future. Where every child and every adult has the human right to a connection with the natural world and shares the responsibility to care for it.” – Richard Louv

If you are near Ingersoll a great place to go for a short hike through the woods is the Lawson Nature Reserve (up to 2 km of well maintained trails). Just 10 minutes South of the 401, it couldn’t be closer to home! Click here for an overview and map.

A beautiful morning for spring cleaning at the LNR

We had a beautiful morning and a great turn-out for our annual spring clean-up at the Lawson Nature Reserve! Everyone pitched-in with pulling Garlic Mustard (an invasive plant), which was very easy to do in the soft soil. The Ingersoll Times even stopped by to our surprise, and wrote a great article about our event, club, and the LNR:


And here are a few of our own pictures from the day: