IDNC Annual Christmas Bird Count at the Lawson Nature Reserve.



Thanks are extended to the eight club members who participated in this year’s annual Christmas Bird Count, held on December 28. Sightings of 15 species from the two-hour walk are noted below along with count numbers from December 2017, for comparison.




American Goldfinch



Northern Cardinal



Dark-Eyed Junco



American Tree Sparrow



Brown Creeper



White-breasted Nuthatch



Black-capped Chickadee



American Crow



Blue Jay



Mourning Dove



Canada Geese



Herring Gull



Hairy Woodpecker



Downy Woodpecker



Red-bellied Woodpecker



Ducks (unidentified)



Red-tailed Hawk




IDNC Hosts Festive Social


The Ingersoll District Nature Club enjoyed an informative afternoon at the Festive Social on November 25th.

Winnie Wake from Nature London provided an overview of the plight of chimney swifts in our area, citing food shortage, habitat loss and climate change as impacting the endangered status of these mysterious little birds.  Amazing aerial acrobats, chimney swifts have adapted over time from living in hollow trees to building chimneys.  Listen for their distinctive sound at dusk in late spring, early summer during mating season in downtown Ingersoll.  Following Winnie, Debbie Lefebvre, Swift Care Ontario, provided engaging stories about her rehabilitation efforts with injured chimney swifts.  Thanks are also extended to Hannah Bosma and Taylor Brackenbury, students from Aylmer High School’s Environmental Program who attended Ontario Nature’s 2018 Fall Youth Summit.  They regaled attendees with stories of the fun they had while learning more about the environment, and opportunities for advocacy.  Hannah and Taylor were sponsored by IDNC.

Activities for 2019 will follow before the end of the year.  Be sure to visit our website for updates.

Lace up and explore 19 awesome hiking trails


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.


Join Us October 6 for Our Fungus Walk

[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

IDNC Visits Rondeau Park

Seven IDNC members made their way to Rondeau for Migratory Bird Day on May 12th .  Despite torrential rains, the group persevered and recorded 30 different species of birds, listed here.  One of the highlights was discovering a bay-breasted warbler, feasting on the ground with a juicy find – see warbler photos, credited to club member Bill Grant.

  • Baltimore Oriole (male & female)
  • Bay-breasted Warbler
  • Bluejay
  • Brown-headed Cowbird
  • Cardinal
  • Catbird
  • Chestnut-sided Warbler
  • Common Yellow Throated Warbler (male & female)
  • Downy Woodpecker
  • Goldfinch
  • Grackle
  • Grosbeak (male & female)
  • Heron (Blue)
  • Heron (Gray)
  • Hummingbird
  • Magnolia Warbler
  • Mourning Dove
  • Red Bellied Woodpecker
  • Redstart
  • Red-winged Blackbird
  • Robin
  • Sparrow (Chipping)
  • Sparrow (House)
  • Sparrow (White Crowned)
  • Sparrow (White-throated)
  • Thrush (Gray)
  • Thrush (Swainson)
  • Thrush (Wood)
  • Towhee
  • Turkey Vulture
  • White-eyed Vireo
  • Wild Turkey
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IDNC Tours Parker Farm

IDNC Tours Parker Farm

On June 13 , the Ingersoll District Nature Club Meet at the Parker family farm at 7:00 p.m. at 363341 McBeth Road (west) for an informative walk of their field and trail system, led by Terry Parker.  Highlights included bobolink and butterfly viewing opportunities.  The Bobolink is considered a “wide ranging species” and in fact, the Bobolink is one of the world’s most impressive songbird migrants, traveling approximately 20,000 km to and from South America. Throughout its lifetime, it may travel the equivalent of 4 or 5 times around the circumference of the earth.2M7A5225a6 baby ducks2M7A5228a6 spotted sandpiper2M7A5236a6 group2M7A5261a6 Kingbird 12M7A5287a6 song sparrow2M7A5291a6 bobo female 12M7A5325a6 bobo female 22M7A5327a6 bobo pair2M7A5370a62M7A5430a62M7A5465a6

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