[W] January 27 – Embro Pond Conservation Area
This well-maintained trail is well traveled in winter, with trails well marked. There are several loops, so hikers can go as short or as long a distance as they desire. Great for snow shoeing if we have snow. Carpool from the Ingersoll Municipal Lot or to meet there follow County Road 6 north of Embro, turn west onto Road 84. For information, contact Meg.
[I] Feb 27 – Meet Ontario’s Deputy Commissioner, Office of the Environmental Commissioner of Ontario / 7:00 p.m.
IDNC, Thames Talbot Land Trust and Woodstock Naturalists Club join forces to bring you the Deputy Environmental Commissioner, Ellen Schwartzel. This office is the guardian of the Environmental Bill of Rights, and reports on government progress on energy, environment and climate. The Environmental Commissioner of Ontario (ECO) is the province’s environmental watchdog, an independent officer of the Legislature. Ellen will speak to the Environmental Bill of Rights and water issues. Contact: Sheila
March 5 – Eco Folk 2018 – Aeolian Hall, London, Ontario
The Thames Talbot Land Trust will be presenting their third annual Eco Folk event at the Aeolian as a friend/ fund raiser. Great music; great time; great cause. This cabaret style event features Anderson’s craft beer sampling – both before and during intermission. For more information,visit aeolianhall.ca
[W] Mar 10 – Springwater Conservation Area and Maple Syrup Festival / Aylmer Swans
The Springwater Forest is a national rarity, a 150 hectare Carolinian Forest, which contains more endangered species than any other zone in Canada. The forest contains a diverse variety of interdependent animals and plants. March also features the Maple Syrup Festival – great pancakes! Weather and time permitting, a stop at the Aylmer viewing stands to watch migrating swans and geese will follow. Contact: Meg
Apr 21 – Earth Day Cleanup at Lawson Reserve / 9:00 a.m. at Reserve
Come help with trail, building and signage maintenance at the reserve. Snacks and refreshments will be provided. Contact: Sheila
[W] Apr 28 (To be confirmed) – Calton Marsh / 6:00 p.m.
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
[W] May 12 – Rondeau Provincial Park (NOTE – Early Departure Carpool Lot at 8:00 a.m.)
Join us on a day’s outing to this world renowned bird watching destination that attracts birdwatchers from across the province and beyond. This is migration season – bird-watching at its best. The park features old growth Carolinian forest along with extensive coastal wetland. Nature photographers are welcome to join us. Contact: Terry
June 9 – Lawson Nature Reserve Clean-up Day / 9:00 a.m. at Reserve
Community members are welcome to join us for clean-up activities at the reserve, including trail maintenance, garlic mustard pulling, and painting. Contact: Sheila
[W] June 23 – Pinery Provincial Park (NOTE – Early Departure Carpool Lot at 8:00 a.m.)
Join us when we hike the Pinery to explore its Oak Savanna woodland, some of the only remaining in North America. The park’s unique ecosystem can be explored on trails, beaches or quiet reaches of the Old Ausable Channel. Contact: Meg
July 14 – Club Summer BBQ / 4:00 p.m.
Join us at Rob and Marilyn Alexander’s, 288 Thames St. S. to celebrate summer. Contact: Rob
[W+I] Sept 15 – Annual General Meeting / 4:00 p.m.
Meet at the Parker family farm at 363341 McBeth Road (west) for an informative walk of their field and trail system followed by a potluck BBQ at the Ingersoll Seniors Centre. Our AGM reviews the highlights of the year and is an opportunity to set new ideas for the next. Guest speaker to be confirmed. Walk starts at 4:00 p.m. / BBQ at 5:30 p.m. Contact: Sheila or Terry
[W] Oct 13 (To be confirmed) – Fungus Walk / 9:00 a.m. at Reserve
Fungus naturalist will identify fungus at the Lawson Nature Reserve. The fungi are a separate kingdom of living things, different from animals and plants. A fungus breaks down dead organic matter around it, and uses it as food. Come learn more. Contact: Rob
[W] Oct 20 – St. Mary’s Avon Trail
Join us as we hike a portion of this 113 km scenic trail. We will walk a portion of the Grand Trunk Trail which follows the old rail line, including the high bridge over the river which provides magnificent views of the countryside on one side, and St. Mary’s on the other. Of interest, the entire trail from St. Mary’s to Conestogo provides a link between the Thames Valley Trail and the Grand Valley Trail. Contact: Meg
[I] Nov 24 – Festive Potluck / 1:00 p.m.
‘Tis the season to celebrate all the wonders of nature… All are welcome to join in our potluck and meeting at the Ingersoll Seniors Centre, and hear our guest speaker. Bring your own plate, cup and cutlery so we can reduce waste to the landfill. Potluck starts at 1:00 pm. Contact: Sheila
[W+I] Dec 28 – Christmas Bird Count / 9:00 a.m. at Lawson Reserve
Started in 1900, the Christmas Bird Count is North America’s longest-running Citizen Science project. Counts happen in over 2000 localities throughout the Western Hemisphere. Join the fun – come out to the Reserve and help with the count. We work as a group – no experience necessary. Contact: Don or Terry
- [W] Nature Walk. Carpool at the municipal lot behind the arena at 9:00 a.m. unless otherwise stated.
- [I] Most indoor events take place at the Ingersoll Unifor Hall at 7:00 p.m.
- Re-check the website for changes to details and added indoor and outdoor events.
We welcome newcomers to participate in any and all of our activities.
We are interested in the development and preservation of nature in Oxford County.