Important Notice:  COVID-19 and the Lawson Nature Reserve

Important Notice: COVID-19 and the Lawson Nature Reserve

Ontario Nature knows that getting outdoors to appreciate nature is a key element of our physical and mental well-being, especially at times such as these.  In light of the current situation around the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, we strongly encourage everyone to practice social distancing. Please do not gather in groups larger than two people, keep two metres away from other individuals and keep your dog on a leash at all times. Please do not touch any railings, signs or other surfaces to avoid any possible transmission.

All events taking place on Ontario Nature reserves have been cancelled and we are not doing trail maintenance until further notice. Use of our trails is at your own risk.

If you have any questions, please call 1-800-440-2366.  Please follow the advice of health and government officials. Practice good hand hygiene, keep your distance and be respectful of others.

Ingersoll District Nature Club supports Ontario Nature in their decision to reduce the opportunity for the spread of COVID-19.

Organize Your Earth Hour 2020 Event

Organize Your Earth Hour 2020 Event

EarthHourlogo1In 2007, Earth Hour encouraged people around the world to switch off their lights to call attention to climate change. More than a decade later, the climate crisis remains, magnified by another urgent threat: the rapid loss of biodiversity and nature.

The rate of global loss of nature in the last 50 years is unprecedented in human history – and as we saw with the fires in the Amazon and most recently, in Australia, it’s only getting worse. 😢

For the city folks out there, we get it – nature and the outdoors aren’t really in your backyard, and the buildings around you aren’t on fire so why care, right? Wrong!

We may not always realize it, but nature has a critical role in almost every aspect of our lives. From the water we drink, the air we breathe, the food we eat – that’s right, no nature means no pizza or chocolate 😯 – and even the sports we play, nature is critical to our survival, well-being, and quality of life!

But that’s not all – nature is also one of our strongest allies against climate change, which could affect one billion people by 2050.

This Earth Hour, you have the power to spread awareness in your community on the importance of celebrating, protecting, and restoring nature.

Learn more. 

Results of Annual Christmas Bird Count

Brown Creeper - (Certhia americana)

Thanks are extended to the eight club members who participated in this year’s annual Christmas Bird Count, held on December 28, 2019. Sightings of 17 species from the two-hour walk are noted below along with count numbers from December 2017 and 2018, for comparison. There was little activity in the Reserve – perhaps due to warmer weather some birds are staying farther north for longer.

Species 2019 2018 2017
American Goldfinch 9 35 17
Northern Cardinal 0 13 9
Dark-Eyed Junco 0 7 36
American Tree Sparrow 0 0 1
Brown Creeper 2 0 2
White-breasted Nuthatch 9 11 9
Black-capped Chickadee 19 43 23
American Crow 9 5 3
Blue Jay 1 5 18
Mourning Dove 3 1 11
Canada Geese 1 45 22
Herring Gull 8 1 0
Hairy Woodpecker 0 1 0
Downy Woodpecker 4 12 9
Red-bellied Woodpecker 5 3 4
Ducks (unidentified) 0 15 0
Red-tailed Hawk 0 1 0
Harrier Hawk 1 0 0
Coopers Hawk 1 0 0
Starlings 15 0 0
Great Horned Owl 1 0 0
Bald Eagle 1 0 0
Rock Pidgeons 20 0 0

Red-Breasted Nuthatch - (Sitta canadensis)Brown Creeper - (Certhia americana)

Photos courtesy of Terry Parker, Professional Wildlife Photographer.

OPAL Invites All To Learn About Environment and Risks – November 9

On November 9th, 2019, Oxford People Against the Landfill (OPAL) invites all dump-fighters to Trinity United Church in Ingersoll at 1:30 for a brilliant session with:


* Bob Burtt, investigative journalist and author of “No Guardians at the Gate”, the story of Elmira, a community which the Ministry of Environment did not protect. Wonder what happened to their water? He will tell!
* Ben Lansink, real estate appraiser and author of the Lansink Report on home and property values in face of high traffic roads, dumps and other perils. Prices are trending which direction? He knows!

* opportunities to buy Bob Burtt’s amazing books and have them autographed. You’ll want to buy “Rare Moments” and hear about his plan for book #3
* opportunities to buy Dr. Poh-Gek Forkert’s “Fighting Dirty” so you too can read how communities have come together to defeat dumps

* light refreshments offered by four wonderful local bakers

* multiple ways to take action, including signing letters to the Minister of the Environment, Mr. Jeff Yurek, to encourage him to the take the next step and deny Walker the dump; donating to OPAL; getting your name on the OPAL Alliance email list to keep you up-to-date with information on our dump fight

* a chance to meet your neighbours and show solidarity with them against the dump.

We look forward to seeing you on November 9th. Mark it in your calendar now. Entry is free, and if you want to bring friends who also want to fight the dump, we’d love to see all.

I look forward to seeing you there. OPAL Invites All November 9. Have a look. Share it too, please.

Bryan Smith, President
OPAL Alliance

PS: Bring your cheque book for book sales and donations to OPAL’s work to stop the dump.