The Lawson Nature Reserve was recently featured on Ontario Southwest’s website:
Whether you choose from 9 trails in our eastern area or 10 trails in our western area, we’ve got routes to suit hikers and nature walkers of all skill levels from little feet to seasoned trekkers. Find fresh air fun, spectacular fall colours, stunning sunsets, fascinating wildlife and more in Ontario’s southwest this fall.
HIKE ONTARIO’S SOUTHWEST
[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
Members of the club were treated to a wide variety of bird sightings at the Lawson Nature Reserve on Saturday, May 19th. The Reserve is a vibrant transition ground for migratory warblers during the month of May, as well as home to a number of local bird species. Despite the brief downpour, members saw and counted 38 different species within a 4 hour window. Thanks are extended to our key birders for leading this bird count and helping to identify the following birds:
- American Redstart (3)
- Baltimore oriole (5 male / 5 female)
- Black and white warbler (1)
- Blue jay (3)
- Canada geese (5)
- Canada warbler (1) [Status: Threatened]
- Cardinal (4 male / 4 female)
- Chickadee (15)
- Chipping sparrow (4)
- Common yellow throat (1)
- Cowbird (2)
- Crow (5)
- Downie woodpecker (5)
- European Starling (5)
- Gold finch (8)
- Grackle (3)
- Great blue heron (1)
- Great Crested flycatcher (1)
- Gray Catbird (3)
- Magnolia warbler (4)
- Mallard (male and female)
- Nashville warbler (1 male and female)
- Peewee (1)
- Red-bellied woodpecker (5)
- Red-breasted nuthatch (1)
- Red-eyed vireo (6)
- Red-winged blackbird (6)
- Robin (3)
- Rose-breasted grosbeak (7 male / 4 female)
- Scarlet tanager (1)
- Tennessee warbler (8)
- Tree swallow (1)
- Turkey vulture (3)
- White-breasted nuthatch (3)
- Wild turkey (1)
- Wood duck (1)
- Wren (3)
- Yellow rump warbler (1)
Please note: The enclosed photos were taken at Rondeau Park on May 12 but do represent some of the bird species seen at the Lawson Nature
Give your friends and neighbours butterflies. Imagine your yard or balcony garden in full bloom, alive with fluttering butterflies and buzzing bumblebees…
Now make that vision a reality. Buy wildflower seeds that support pollinators!
Buy wildflower seeds
This year the David Suzuki Foundation has the following seed packet options:
- Five- or ten-packs of beautiful flowers suitable for Eastern Canada.
- Five- or ten-packs of bee-friendly beauties for Western Canada.
- A three-pack of easy-to-grow wildflowers for almost any yard or garden.
Proceeds from seeds you buy will support the Butterflyway Project. You’ll power volunteer Butterfly Rangers creating pollinator pathways in Markham, Montreal, North Vancouver, Richmond, Toronto and Victoria.
Thanks for helping protect pollinators.
P.S. Seed sale continues while supplies last. Get yours before they’re gone!
Learn more about the David Suzuki Foundation here.
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Shifting the Paradigm forum
How do we work together to build a thriving native plant industry?
Wednesday, March 7, 2018
St. James Cathedral Centre, 65 Church St., Toronto
There’s a quiet revolution underway. In the Zone and other successful gardening programs for native plants and pollinators demonstrate the growing awareness that what we plant makes a difference. Businesses, institutions, municipalities and homeowners across Ontario are creating attractive, green, climate-resilient, natural infrastructure with native plants.
This growing desire to take action represents a shift in the market for the billion-dollar horticulture industry in Ontario. Professional planters and lay enthusiasts are saying that demand for native plants exceeds supply. First Nations and entrepreneurial ecologists are already leading the way. Is it time for the industry to ramp up production and distribution?
Join us at the Shifting the Paradigm forum as we map the native plant supply chain with leaders from the horticultural and landscaping sectors, governments, First Nations, social finance, retail distributors, NGOs and garden clubs.
Add the forum to your calendar!
Registration Opens Soon! For more information visit:
Together we will explore opportunities to empower individuals, businesses and communities to grow healthy, beautiful green infrastructure naturally fit for the southern Ontario landscape.
Presented by Carolinian Canada and WWF-Canada
with support from the Ontario Trillium Foundation and other partners