News & Notes: Other Activities & Events

The following non-Nature London activities and events might be of interest to members. For additional information and to confirm details, please contact the indicated organization.



Children’s Workshop presented by The Friends of the London Civic Garden Complex
625 Springbank Drive
Sunday, February 18, 2018 – 1:00 pm
All supplies provided. 7” diameter pot, soil, chive, lavender, parsley, marigold seedlings, and accessories.
Guest Speaker: Jay Cossey (photographer, author)
Minimum Age: 5 yrs. old and those who are young at heart. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Please no more than one adult per child. $12.00 per pot. Pre-Register By Email: Tel: 519-472-3553 or 519-471-3537.
Your registration Confirmation will be sent to you no later than Feb. 12.


The 21st annual Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) will be held Friday, February 16 through Monday, February 19, 2018. The GBBC is an annual four-day event that engages bird watchers of all ages in counting birds to create a realtime snapshot of bird populations. Participants are aske to count birds for as little as 15 minutes (or as long as they wish) on one or more days of the event and report their sightings online at Anyone can take part in the GBBC, from beginning bird watchers to experts.

It’s free, fun, and easy. Each checklist submitted during the GBBC helps researchers at the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology and the National Audubon Society learn more about how birds are doing, and how to protect them and the environment we share. Last year 160,000 participants submitted online checklists, creating the world’s largest instantaneous snapshot of bird populations ever recorded. Visit the official website at for more information.

Climate Changes Everything

Dianne Saxe will be the Guest Speaker for Thames Talbot Land Trust’s annual event on Tuesday, 27 February at 7 pm (doors open at 6 pm) at the Wolf Performance Hall at the London Central Public Library. Ms Saxe, Environmental Commissioner of Ontario, will talk about climate change and the environmental challenges in Ontario. Admission is by donation. For more information visit

Seedy Saturday

London Middlesex Master Gardeners presents their 11th Annual Seedy Saturday on 3 March, 10 am – 3 pm at Carling Heights Optimist Communit Centre in London. Refreshments will be available for purchase. Those attending are invited to bring seeds for a seed swap. For further information, including a schedule of speakers, visit

From Seeds to Your Table

London Middlesex Master Gardeners is offering “From Seeds to Your Table” workshops covering everything from soil preparation and seed selection to planting, maintaining, harvesting, and preserving. The eight sessions cost $100. The focus will be on gardens you can eat as well as on colourful and helpful companion flowers. The eight-week course runs Tuesdays, 7–9 pm starting 20 March at the Civic Garden Complex. For more information and registration visit

Thames Talbot Land Trust 3rd Annual Eco-folk Benefit Concert

TTLT is hosting a benefit concert on Sunday, 25 March 1–4 pm. The concert will be at Aeolian Hall, 795 Dundas Street, London. Tickets will be available through Aeolian Hall at The concert will feature a wonderful line-up of folk musicians. Visit for more information.

Go Wild, Grow Wild Green Expo 2018

Carolinian Canada will be hosting “Go Wild, Grow Wild Green Expo 2018” on Saturday, 7 April at the Metroland Media Agriplex, Western Fair District from 9:30 am–4:30 pm. This green adventure and garden expo will feature more than 100 exhibits of interest to nature lovers, gardeners, and outdoor adventurers. Admission is $5 and children under 12 are free. Visit for more information.

Thames River Cleanup

The next Thames River Cleanup will be held on Saturday, 21 April, the day before Earth Day 2018. Several local communities will be taking part. Coordinators are needed as well as participants. Visit for more information. Earth Day 2018 at St. Julien Park Join in celebrating London’s natural heritage and environment on Earth Day, Sunday, 22 April at St. Julien Park (40 Elgin St) from 11 am–3 pm. This event offers family-friendly fun with an environmental focus. There will be tree planting, educational displays, and hands-on activities. The event is free and all are welcome.

Celebrate Earth Week by celebrating Chimney Swifts on April 24th

Welcome the annual return of migrating Chimney Swifts to London by attending a PowerPoint presentation on the amazing life story of these remarkable little birds. Hear about the swift’s mysterious habits, its alarming population decline, and possible causes for its troubles. Learn what Nature London’s crew of dedicated monitors has been discovering about local swifts since 2003. Find out the best times and places for observing the spectacle of hundreds of swifts diving down a London chimney to roost for the night. Maybe even get involved in the conservation of swifts. The talk will be presented by Nature London’s Chimney Swift Liaison, Winifred Wake. The event is jointly sponsored by Nature London and the London Public Library. It will be held on Tuesday, 24 April, at 7 pm at the Landon Branch, 167 Wortley Rd. Admission is free and open to the public. Free parking is available along the streets of Wortley village or in the lot behind the library (entrance off Bruce St).

Friends of London Civic Garden Complex – Spring Open House

The Friends will be hosting their annual Greenhouse Tour and Open House on Sunday, 29 April, 1–4 pm. The event will have a “Country Style” theme and there will be exhibits on-site. Visitors will be divided into small groups and taken on guided tours of the Greenhouse complex where you can see flowers in bloom and plants added to London’s streets and parks. Visitors will be able to purchase seeds, plants, and compost from the Friends (cash or cheque only). Before or after a tour, see the displays, then go for a leisurely walk through the park and gardens. Walking / Biking Maps will be available at the complex. Visitors may take a free potted seedling (while quantities last) and children may pot a seedling to take home. Parking fills up quickly. Visitors may wish to consider riding a horse-drawn wagon to the complex after parking at the Springbank Gardens Community Centre on Wonderland Rd. Children, and the young at heart, will love it. Free admission (donations appreciated). Email: or call 519 472 3553 with questions, or for more information.

“Wild For Wetlands” Spring Hike at Joany’s Woods

Thames Talbot Land Trust is hosting a hike at one of their properties, Joany’s Woods, on Sunday, 6 May at 10 am. The leader from TTLT will meet participants at 32549 Boothill Rd, Sylvan. Follow Nairn Road west from Lobo; it becomes County Road 17, and eventually Elginfield Road. From the intersection at Sylvan, turn north on Sylvan Rd for 2 kilometers. Then, turn left (west) on Elliot Drive and go to the end at a junction with Boothill Road. Drive south on Boothill Rd through a lush forested swamp to the parking area. For more details visit TTLT’s website at

Native Plant Sale

Thames Talbot Land Trust will be hosting a Native Plant Sale on Saturday, 12 May at 8 am at the Covent Garden Market Outdoor Farmers’ Market in downtown London (northeast corner of King and Talbot Streets). All proceeds will go to support TTLT initiatives. Consider purchasing a native plant as a Mother’s Day gift.

Huron Fringe Birding Festival 2018

The 21st Annual Huron Fringe Birding Festival will take place 25–28 May and 31 May–3 June. The event is based at MacGregor Point Provincial Park. To register and access a schedule of events, visit

Ontario Nature’s 87th AGM and Gathering

Ontario Nature’s 87th Annual Gathering will take place 1–3 June, 2018 at the Isaiah Tubbs Resort located in Prince Edward County. There will be keynote speakers, a choice of workshops, the AGM and Conservation Awards Ceremony, a Wine and Cheese Reception, Banquet, and a choice of field trips on Sunday. More details will become available soon. To register and for more information visit

Thames Talbot Land Trust 2018 AGM

The TTLT AGM will be Thursday, 14 June, 6–9 pm at the UTRCA Watershed Conservation Centre at Fanshawe Conservation Area. For updates visit the TTLT website at

Western University Department of Biology Seminars

The Department of Biology offers a Biology Seminar Series throughout the academic year. The departmental seminars, exploring all aspects of biology, are held on Fridays, 12:30–1:30 PM, in BGS 0153, and are open to the public. A schedule is available at

Wildlife Photographer of the Year

The ROM is now exhibiting 100 photos of wildlife, with some underwater shots, from around the world. Organized by the Natural History Museum of London, UK, the show ends on Sunday, 18 March 2018. A Canadian won the title a few years back.