Apr 21 – Earth Day Cleanup at Lawson Reserve / 9:00 a.m. Meet at Lawson Reserve
Come help with trail, building and signage maintenance at the reserve. Snacks and refreshments will be provided. The club will work to clear the remaining stand of phragmites at the front pond area, as well as pull garlic mustard throughout the Tract. Please bring rubber boots and gloves if you plan to help at the pond. You will be in water. Other general clean up and bird feeding station repair also needed.
Contact: Sheila 519-485-2645
[W] Apr 28 – Calton Marsh / 6:30 p.m. Meet at Carpool
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 519-485-2645
More information from Dave Baird, the event leader: The Calton evening hike on April 28th will begin at the Calton Swamp parking lot at 7:30 pm. Each participant should wear comfortable clothing, hat including waterproof boots or shoes (usually a bit muddy), plus bring a flashlight or headlamp. A snack and drink is recommended. There are ticks, so I caution everyone to be aware. The walk is generally easy but not wheelchair accessible. The sounds of the marsh can be magical for those who will take the time to stop and listen, so there will be times when everyone needs to be very quiet. Please note the new carpool time of 6:30 pm.
Directions can be found here.
[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 250-423-4844
[W] May 19 – Migration Discovery Day at the Lawson Nature Reserve – 9:00 a.m. Meet at Lawson Reserve
Join members of the Ingersoll District Nature Club for a spring bird count. The Reserve is a vibrant transition ground for migratory warblers during the month of May. Join club members to learn more about our feathered friends and their travel habits. This is also a great opportunity for camera buffs. Novice birders and photographers welcome. Contact: Terry 250-423-4844 or Sheila 519-485-2645
June 9 – Lawson Nature Reserve Clean-up Day / 9:00 a.m. Meet at Lawson 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 519-485-2645
[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 519-485-4220
July 14 – Club Summer BBQ and Tour of Parker Farm Nature Restoration / 3:00 p.m. Meet at Farm
Meet at the Parker family farm at 3:00 p.m. at 363341 McBeth Road (west) for an informative walk of their field and trail system, led by Terry Parker. Highlights include bobolink and butterfly viewing opportunities. Followed by a BBQ at 4:30 p.m. hosted by Rob and Marilyn Alexander’s, 288 Thames St. S. to celebrate summer. Contact: Sheila 519-485-2645 or Rob 519-608-3032
[I] Sept 15 – Annual General Meeting / 4:00 p.m. Meet at Ingersoll Seniors Centre.
Join us for the annual potluck BBQ at the Ingersoll Seniors Centre. Our AGM reviews the highlights of the year and is an opportunity to suggest new ideas for the next. Guest speaker to be confirmed. BBQ at 5:30 p.m. Contact: Sheila 519-485-2645
[W] Oct 13 (To be confirmed) – Fungus Walk / 9:00 a.m. Meet at Lawson 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 519-608-3032
[W] Oct 20 – 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 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, 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 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
- [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