July 20 – Club Summer BBQ / 3:00 p.m.
Contact Rob, 519-608-3032 or Sheila, 519-485-2645.
Join us at Rob and Marilyn Alexander’s, 288 Thames St. South in Ingersoll to celebrate summer. All are welcome. Please bring a salad or dessert – all other food and drink provided. We also ask that you bring your own plate, cup and cutlery so we can reduce waste.
[W] September 7 – St. Mary’s Avon Trail.
Contact Meg, 519-485-4220
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 Conestoga provides a link between the Thames Valley Trail and the Grand River Trail.
[W+I] September 21 – Walk at Mud Lake – 4:00 p.m. / Potluck and Meeting – 5:30 p.m. at Ingersoll Seniors Centre
Contact Sheila, 519-485-2645.
Meet at Don and Ruth Bucknell’s property (Mud Lake) at 363284 McBeth Road (west) for an informative walk of their field and trail system followed by a potluck at the Ingersoll Seniors Centre. Our AGM reviews the highlights of the year and is an opportunity to hear new ideas for the next. Guest speaker to be confirmed. Walk starts at 4:00 p.m. /Potluck meal at 5:30 p.m. with the Club providing beverages.
[I] October 1 – Dr. Jeff Skevington, Researcher, Agri-Food Canada / 7:00 p.m. at Ingersoll UNIFOR Hall – Free Event
Co-hosted by Woodstock Field Naturalists, Dr. Skevington, Research Scientist with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, will join us to talk about why there is a shortage of bugs in Canada today and why we should care. When the flying insects disappear, so do the birds that eat them. Insects pollinate the plants to produce much of our food. Agriculture Canada estimates that while bees are the main pollinators, other insects pollinate about 39% of agricultural plants. Jeff focuses on studying the evolutionary relationships and taxonomy of living things. Join us for a very informative evening. Refreshments provided.
[W] October 5 – Fungus Walk / 1:30 p.m. Meet at Lawson Reserve.
Contact Peter, 519-425-0429
An expert on fungi will lead the tour and identify fungus at the Lawson Reserve. Fungi are different from animals and plants. At one time they were considered to be plants but in the late 1960’s, they were classified as their own kingdom. A fungus breaks down dead organic matter around it and uses it as food. Come and see what specimens can be found at the Lawson Nature Reserve.
[W] October 19 – Hodges Pond / Carpool at 9:00 a.m.
Contact Ken, 519-439-5234
See firsthand the long term project to clean up Cedar Creek and ultimately the Thames River. Hodges Pond and the surrounding 400 acres owned by the County of Oxford are in the process of being re-naturalized. The objective is the re-establishment of the natural Cedar Creek bed channel and creation of multiple wetland areas. Joint project of Cowan Foundation, the County, Stewardship Oxford, Ducks Unlimited Canada, the UTRCA, and the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry. Phil Holst, Canadian Board Member, Ducks Unlimited, will lead us in an informative tour and discussion of the work completed to date and plans for the future. All are welcome!
[I] November 24 – Festive Potluck / 1:00 p.m.
Contact Sheila, 519-485-2645.
A grand opportunity to celebrate all the wonders of nature. Everyone is welcome to join 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.
[W] December 28 – Christmas Bird Count / 9:00 a.m. at Lawson Reserve.
Contact Terry, 519-423-4844 or Peter, 519-425-9429
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 camaraderie – come out to the Reserve and help with the count. We work as a group – no bird identification experience necessary.
* [W] Nature Walk – Carpool at the municipal lot behind the arena at 9:00 a.m. unless otherwise noted.
* [I] Most indoor events will take place at the Ingersoll Public Library at 7:00 p.m.
* Please recheck our website for changes to details and added indoor and outdoor events throughout the year.
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 on the Club and the Lawson Nature Reserve go to: www.ingersollnatureclub.com