Results of Annual Christmas Bird Count

Brown Creeper - (Certhia americana)

Thanks are extended to the eight club members who participated in this year’s annual Christmas Bird Count, held on December 28, 2019. Sightings of 17 species from the two-hour walk are noted below along with count numbers from December 2017 and 2018, for comparison. There was little activity in the Reserve – perhaps due to warmer weather some birds are staying farther north for longer.

Species 2019 2018 2017
American Goldfinch 9 35 17
Northern Cardinal 0 13 9
Dark-Eyed Junco 0 7 36
American Tree Sparrow 0 0 1
Brown Creeper 2 0 2
White-breasted Nuthatch 9 11 9
Black-capped Chickadee 19 43 23
American Crow 9 5 3
Blue Jay 1 5 18
Mourning Dove 3 1 11
Canada Geese 1 45 22
Herring Gull 8 1 0
Hairy Woodpecker 0 1 0
Downy Woodpecker 4 12 9
Red-bellied Woodpecker 5 3 4
Ducks (unidentified) 0 15 0
Red-tailed Hawk 0 1 0
Harrier Hawk 1 0 0
Coopers Hawk 1 0 0
Starlings 15 0 0
Great Horned Owl 1 0 0
Bald Eagle 1 0 0
Rock Pidgeons 20 0 0

Red-Breasted Nuthatch - (Sitta canadensis)Brown Creeper - (Certhia americana)

Photos courtesy of Terry Parker, Professional Wildlife Photographer.

OPAL Invites All To Learn About Environment and Risks – November 9

On November 9th, 2019, Oxford People Against the Landfill (OPAL) invites all dump-fighters to Trinity United Church in Ingersoll at 1:30 for a brilliant session with:


* Bob Burtt, investigative journalist and author of “No Guardians at the Gate”, the story of Elmira, a community which the Ministry of Environment did not protect. Wonder what happened to their water? He will tell!
* Ben Lansink, real estate appraiser and author of the Lansink Report on home and property values in face of high traffic roads, dumps and other perils. Prices are trending which direction? He knows!

* opportunities to buy Bob Burtt’s amazing books and have them autographed. You’ll want to buy “Rare Moments” and hear about his plan for book #3
* opportunities to buy Dr. Poh-Gek Forkert’s “Fighting Dirty” so you too can read how communities have come together to defeat dumps

* light refreshments offered by four wonderful local bakers

* multiple ways to take action, including signing letters to the Minister of the Environment, Mr. Jeff Yurek, to encourage him to the take the next step and deny Walker the dump; donating to OPAL; getting your name on the OPAL Alliance email list to keep you up-to-date with information on our dump fight

* a chance to meet your neighbours and show solidarity with them against the dump.

We look forward to seeing you on November 9th. Mark it in your calendar now. Entry is free, and if you want to bring friends who also want to fight the dump, we’d love to see all.

I look forward to seeing you there. OPAL Invites All November 9. Have a look. Share it too, please.

Bryan Smith, President
OPAL Alliance

PS: Bring your cheque book for book sales and donations to OPAL’s work to stop the dump.

IDNC Visits Avon Trail in St. Marys

stmarys12.jpgOn September 7th, Nature Club members walked the St. Mary’s Avon Trail, noting great weather and great co-operation from resident flora and fauna.  A beautiful walk, it covers a portion of the Grand Trunk Trail (an old rail line), including the high bridge over the river – a view of which is provided in the first photo.  Community members are invited to join our outdoor and indoor activities any time – all welcome.stmarys7.jpg


Let’s celebrate the Canadian Challenge Fund announcement!



Compiled from an email from Nature Canada

On August 19, 2019, the federal government announced their commitment of 175 million dollars in funding to support the creation of protected areas across Canada, reaffirming their commitment to protecting 17% of lands and inland waters. This is a historic moment for Canada, and for the nature community at large. If you were successful in your application for funding, we’d like to say congratulations!

This moment is an opportunity for the Nature Network to showcase it’s breadth across our country and to encourage our governments to do more to protect nature.  To do that, we are inviting nature organizations to celebrate loudly alongside us by sharing this exciting news with their members and supporters alike. We have created free content that you can use to engage your membership through emails and on social media; to let our politicians know that we are a strong constituency and that we are just getting started in our fight to protect nature!

If you would like to participate in the amplification of this major success for our community, please feel free to access the content provided through our Google Drive link. Every item is logo free and you are able to adapt it to your own specifications.

Let’s show Canada how proud we are of this accomplishment and showcase our passion for nature! #OurNature #doubledandprotected

IDNC Visits Pinery Park

Pinery1pinery2pinery3pinery4 On June 22nd, members of the Club had a great day of bird watching at the Pinery Provincial Park.  The Park features an extremely rare and fragile Oak Savanna ecosystem with extraordinary biodiversity – over 300 bird species and over 800 vascular plants.  While just beyond the spring migration period, we felt fortunate to see a number of transitory and local bird species while walking only two trails.  Our bird count resulted in the following, noted below:

  • Red headed woodpecker
  • Bald eagle
  • Robin
  • Blue Jay
  • Common Yellow Throat Warbler
  • Redstart
  • Towhee
  • Kingfisher
  • Eastern Wood Peewee
  • Red winged Black Bird
  • Turkey Vulture
  • Oriole
  • Chickadee
  • Vireo
  • Great Crested Flycatcher
  • Scarlet Tanager
  • Red-eyed Vireo
  • Cardinal
  • Grackle
  • Tufted Titmouse

Members of the public are welcome to join in our outings.  There is no cost, and no experience required.  Members are always happy to share their expertise!  It can be very rewarding to participate in “citizen science”, or to simply enjoy the beauty of our feathered friends and their astonishing diversity of plumage, song, manner of flying and foraging.  Bird-watching is for everyone, young, old, the robust, those not so physically active.  IDNC hosts a Christmas Bird Count on December 28th at the Lawson Nature Reserve – a great time to take a plunge into the interesting world of birds.  See our Activity List for more information.