Guest Speaker Paul Nicholson: “What’s in my Backyard?”

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Paul Nicholson addresses a flock of Ingersoll birders.

February 20th, 2014

Paul Nicholson, the London Free Press columnist who writes, The World Outdoors, gave an entertaining and focused talk about local winter birds to an audience of over forty children and adult ‘birders’ on Thursday at Unifor Hall, here in Ingersoll.  Using images of birds Mr. Nicholson had spotted during his hikes with members of the IDNC, he discussed how the observant and attentive birder can identify species through a variety of clues, such as size, colouring, behaviour, sound, habitat, and time-of-year.  He made it apparent how many beautiful and rare birds are found, “right here, in our own backyards,” that can inspire us.  Paul also reminded his audience that even on the coldest of days, Shirin Yoku (“forest bathing”), helps us maintain a healthy mind and soul.

The evening closed with Mr. Nicholson being made an honourary member of the IDNC.

Visit to Meadowlily Nature Preserve – September 28

Come walk with us – on a guided tour of Meadowlily Nature Preserve on the morning of Saturday, September 28th.  Located within the City of London, on the south side of the Thames River between Highbury and Meadowlily Road, this 14.5 acre site is comprised of floodplain, open meadow and upland forest. It is an Environmentally Significant Area (ESA) and is stewarded by the Thames Talbot Land Trust.  Local Ingersoll members will carpool at 9:15 from the Municipal Parking Lot behind the arena.  Tour time is 10:00 a.m.  For more information, call Wayne or Meg at 519-485-4220.