IDNC Celebrates Migratory Bird Day

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)


2M7A2272a6Please 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

Help the David Suzuki Foundation Help the Butterflies


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.

Shifting the Paradigm forum

Shifting the Paradigm forum | |


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

Results of the Christmas Bird Count

Nine stalwart souls braved the minus 18 degree weather for the annual Christmas Bird Count, held on December 28. Sightings over the two-hour walk are noted below.

  • American Goldfinch – 17
  • Northern Cardinal – 9
  • Dark-Eyed Junco – 36
  • American Tree Sparrow – 1
  • Brown Creeper – 2
  • White- Breasted Nuthatch – 9
  • Black-Capped Chickadee – 23
  • American Crow – 3
  • Blue Jay – 18
  • Downy Woodpecker – 9
  • Red-Bellied Woodpecker – 4
  • Mourning Dove – 11
  • Canada Geese – 22

2017 Bird Count


Mark Your Calendars – Go Wild, Grow Wild Is BACK!

Mark Your Calendars – Go Wild, Grow Wild Is BACK!


Go Wild Grow Wild Expo – Adventurers, Gardeners, Nature Lovers, Families Welcome – 2018 Expo, April 7 | |

Mark Your Calendars!
Go Wild Grow Wild is BACK!
Saturday, April 7, 2018
Metroland Media Agriplex• Western Fair District •London, Ontario


Greening the Future Together
The essential Expo for wild & green people

Come join us for the largest gathering of the region’s businesses, experts, organizations, and groups committed to growing a greener future. Go Wild Grow Wild will inspire you to discover wild places, grow great gardens and live green in Carolinian Canada.

Registration is now open for interested exhibitors at

Register your booth before January 25th to avoid late fees!

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We Are Growing! NEW FOR 2018

Build a sustainable and green life.

A collection of vendors to make your home, backyard and community more green and sustainable.

+More of What You Love
5 workshop areas, Wild Child passports, live wildlife shows, 100+ exhibitors, eco-healthy food and drink, Friday Kick-off and much more.

Registration is now open for interested exhibitors at

Register your booth before January 25th to avoid late fees!

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Immerse yourself in nature on your doorstep and discover Canada’s biodiversity hotspot. Carolinian Canada’s diverse network advances a strategic ‘Big Picture’ vision for healthy landscapes from Toronto to Windsor. Join this year to grow Canada by supporting local trees, wildflowers and wildlife in Canada’s deep south. Together we green the future.

Who are we? We are a strong coalition of groups and individuals who care about the unique nature of the Carolinian zone. Our Board includes major conservation groups and stakeholders: Our team works across the zone (Canadian Registered Charity 83559 4722 RR0001) Carolinian Canada Coalition is charity with a mandate for conservation, research and education.