Club members and friends walked the Oxford Thames River Trail at Beachville on January 23, enjoying the views amidst light snowfalll. Not many birds to see, but the company was excellent. Of interest, an empty turtle shell! Next hike is scheduled for Feb 18 at Vansittart Woods. All welcome!
Nature Notes: Jim Rule at Ingersoll Public Library
On January 18, IDNC hosted Jim Rule, local naturalist, at the Ingersoll Public Library for our first of four Nature Notes presentations in our 2023 lecture series. An appreciative full house is learning how he and his wife Margaret turned their 10-acre property into a prospering Carolinian Zone arboretum.
The Southern Ontario Seed Strategy
From Carolinian Canada Coalition:
The Southern Ontario Seed Strategy (SOSS) is full steam ahead! The SOSS collective is actively strategizing ways that we can help preserve native plants and seeds and establish a native seed supply to support restoration and retail markets in southern Ontario. Through knowledge sharing, discussion, and working groups, a draft strategy will be formed.
Read more at https://caroliniancanada.ca/seed
Winter 2023 Issue of the Trail Times
The Oxford County Trails Council has published the Winter 2023 issue of The Trail Times. Learn about the upcoming Winter Walk for Warmth, how our natural space is under threat, major improvements to the culvert entrance and more. Read all about it at http://www.oxfordcountytrailscouncil.ca/trailsnewsletterswinter2023.pdf.
26th Annual Backyard Bird Count
Get ready! The Great Backyard Bird Count is coming February 17-20. Find out how you can participate at https://www.birdcount.org/participate/.
Meet Rudolph the red-nosed… Caribou?
From Ontario Nature:
What’s the difference between Caribou or Reindeer? Trick question—they’re actually the same species! Rangifer tarandus, also known as “Reindeer” in Russia and Scandinavia or when domesticated, and Caribou in North America, are the same leggy herbivores we know and love (especially if we’ve made the ‘Nice List’).
Despite their wide range, these majestic mammals are a threatened species. Their populations are dropping dramatically due to climate change and development which negatively affect their habitat and food security. Of the 51 Caribou herds living in Canada, not a single one is growing and at least 20 are declining.
Read more at https://naturecanada.ca/news/blog/meet-rudolph/
2022 Festive Social Potluck
This year, the Ingersoll District Nature Club celebrates 70 years of caring for nature! On November 27, 2022, our members shared in our festive social potluck. Thank you Dana L Church for joining us, and for your your excellent presentation about Bumblebees, honey bees and all the buzz about bees! We look forward to having you back!
Ontario Must Withdraw Bill 23 and Shift to Sustainable Planning
From the Ontario Headwaters Institute (OHI):
The OHI offers our analysis of recent government action, lack of action, and aggressive rhetoric against sound planning, environmental safeguards, and democracy, per text following the signature below.
We invite you to sign the petition based on the last paragraph of the analysis, which states:
I/we support the position that the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing should either withdraw Bill 23 and its aligned initiatives or ensure a lengthy period of public engagement. He should also update his perspective to recognize that the economy, the environment, and democracy are inter-dependent, and stop using the former as a cudgel against the latter two.
To access the petition, please click here.
What is NatureCOP? A step forward for people and the planet
Studies are telling us over and over: biodiversity is disappearing from our planet with alarming speed and severity. What is Canada doing in the face of the staggering habitat loss and rapidly changing climate driving unprecedented mass extinctions? Hopefully, NatureCOP.
Read the full article from Eric Fleming on Nature Canada’s blog.
The Upcoming Municipal Election Matters
From Ontario Nature:
|On October 24th, Ontarians will return to the polls to vote for their municipal leaders. The mayors and councillors elected will play a vital role in ensuring a healthy, sustainable future for our communities.|
Please keep nature, farmland and climate change top of mind when you cast your ballot. Here’s why:
1. Municipal governments set the direction for protecting natural areas and systems in our communities.
2. Municipal leaders can prevent sprawl and preserve farmland by freezing urban boundary expansion and embracing smart growth.
3. Municipal leaders can increase housing supply and affordability by updating zoning rules to promote infill development and gentle density.
4. Municipal leaders must recognize that investing in the protection of natural areas and farmland makes economic sense.
5. Municipal governments can take action to address the climate emergency.
With the right people at the helm, we can move towards sustainable communities.
Read our latest blog to find out how you can vote for leaders who are prepared to be responsible custodians of our long-term future.