2018 Activity Calendar

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[W] Oct  6 – Fungus Walk / 1:30 p.m. Meet at Lawson Reserve (Date change)
Naturalist and fungi expert Inga Hinnerichsen will lead the tour and identify the various fungus at the Lawson Nature Reserve.   Fungi are different from animals and plants.  A fungus breaks down dead organic matter around it, and uses it as food. For the longest time they were considered plants, but in the late 1960’s they were classified as their own Kingdom. It is estimated that there are over a million species of fungi worldwide.    Come see what the Lawson Nature Reserve has to offer in this fascinating world.  Contact:  Peter  519-425-0429

New – Oct 13 – Ontario Nature Community Plant Pull

When: Saturday October 13th from 10am to 12noon.

Adult Community Group: Spend the morning helping Ontario Nature restore native habitat at Lawson Nature Reserve. Buckthorn, a non-native invasive species, leafs out earlier in spring and retains its leaves later in fall than native plants. This allows it to out-compete native species. To prevent its spread, come roll up your sleeves and help us cut down and remove this plant!

Scouts/Guides Group: Spend the morning helping Ontario Nature remove garlic mustard and search for salamanders! Garlic Mustard, a non-native invasive species, takes over the forest floor and pushes out native species. Salamanders are a good indicator of the health of a forest and monitoring them is an important part of understanding the quality of forest present. Come get your hands dirty pulling plants and helping us flip logs to look for salamanders!

Meeting Location: Directions using google maps. To access the property, Take exit 216 from Highway 401 west to Culloden Road South. Follow this road south to Concession 2 (McBeth Road) and turn east. Proceed approximately one and a half kilometers along McBeth Road. The reserve is located on the north (left) side just past Greenwood Farms.

To Bring: Please bring a pair of gardening gloves and a re-fillable water bottle. Remember to wear long pants and closed-toe shoes.

Cancelled – [W] Oct 27 – St. Mary’s Avon Trail  9:00 a.m.  Meet at Carpool
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  519-485-4220


[I] Nov 7 – Warblers of South Western Ontario – Photos by Terry Parker/  7:00 p.m., Ingersoll Unifor Hall

IDNC hosts Terry Parker, professional wildlife photographer, and his impressive body of work featuring warblers through the spring migration period from Pelee, Rondeau and even our own Lawson Nature Reserve.  Join us for an informative evening.  Refreshments provided.  Free community event.  Contact:  Sheila 519-485-2645

[I] Nov 25 – Festive Potluck / 1:00 p.m.  Meet at Seniors Centre
‘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.

Come hear from Winnifred Wake, Nature London, and Debbie Lefebre, Swift Care Ontario, provide a talk on Chimney Swifts:  Mysterious Little Birds in Big Trouble along with an amusing Ingersoll Chimney Swift story.    

We’ll also hear an update on the fall Ontario Nature Youth Summit for Biodiversity & Environmental Leadership from Hannah Bosma and Taylor Brackenbury – two students who are being sponsored by IDNC.  Bring your own plate, cup and cutlery so we don’t add waste to the landfill.  Potluck starts at 1:00 pm. Contact:  Sheila  519-485-2645


[W+I] Dec 28 – Christmas Bird Count / 9:00 a.m. Meet 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:  Peter 519-425-0429 or Terry  250-423-4844


Sheila               519-485-2645

Rob                  519-608-3032

Meg                 519-485-4220

Terry               250-423-4844

Peter               519-425-0429

  • [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

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.

For more information go to: www.ingersollnatureclub.com