Meetings and Activities
Regular meetings are held six times a year at the Civic Garden Complex on Springbank Drive. These meetings, usually on the third Friday of the month, combine regular business with presentations given by prominent naturalists on many facets of natural history. The building is wheelchair accessible and offers free parking. The buses that stop near the Civic Garden Complex are No. 5 Springbank for people traveling east/west and No. 10 Wonderland for people traveling north/south.
Indoor meetings normally finish by 9:30 pm. Non-members are asked to make a $5 contribution to attend.
Our outdoor events are perfect excuses to get away for a few hours and visit natural sites in and around London. There are always Nature London members along who are able to help with tricky identifications and are willing to share their knowledge. It is useful to bring along binoculars, pencil and notebook, field guides, etc. (but don’t burden yourself too much). Families with children are welcome on field trips, but pets should be left at home. If there is rain, the leader will turn up at the meeting place and then decide whether the trip will be cancelled. However, if there is a severe weather warning, snow or an ice storm, assume there will be no trip.
Nature London members participate in the annual Butterfly Count, and other initiatives that encourage the study of local natural history. The club offers an extensive series of field trips to significant natural areas in the city and region. Bring along your children and grandchildren to foster their love of nature.
Nature London’s nature reserve, Cedarcroft, is open to members at any time. Visitors are rewarded with fine views of the ravine valleys and other features of the property’s varied topography. See the back page of The Cardinal, Nature London’s publication for members, for a map and directions to Cedarcroft.
What does Nature London do?
- General Meetings – 6 per year, in Sept., Oct., Jan., Feb., Mar., and Apr.; usually on 3rd Friday of the month.
- Field Trips – Numerous, especially in the spring and fall. Also, cooperative field trips with other field naturalist groups.
- Birding Wing – Monthly meetings, in Oct., Nov., Jan., Feb., and Mar., usually on 4th Friday. Butterflies and dragonflies may be featured occasionally.
- The Cardinal – Magazine with scientific and anecdotal articles of local interest, book reviews, program schedules, annual bird and butterfly counts, etc. Four issues per year.
- Nature Line – For bird and other nature sightings, and meeting information. Tel. 519-457-4593.
- Awards Banquet – Held in November. Recognizes individuals or groups for significant contributions to the club or the cause of conservation.
- Cedarcroft Nature Reserve – Nature London’s 11-ha property south of London. Open to members.
- Environmentally Significant Areas – Nature London advocates for the preservation and protection of London’s Environmentally Significant Areas. It participated in the updating of the Westminster Ponds/Pond Mills Master Plan and the Sifton Bog Master Plan. It helps the City and UTRCA monitor the ESAs, and provides input for some ESA guideline documents.
- Environmental monitoring and advocacy – Nature London closely monitors development projects for potential impacts on the natural environment. It also monitors issues affecting Komoka Provincial Park
- Christmas Bird Count – Annual; part of continent-wide survey. Followed by potluck supper.
- Butterfly Count – In the Skunk’s Misery Forest area, usually on first Sunday in July. Followed by potluck supper.
- Guide to Natural Areas of London and Vicinity – Lists areas open to the public. 4th edition published in 2007.
- “Nature in the City” – In cooperation with the London Public Library, Nature London sponsors a 6-talk series in January and February at the Central Library.
- W.E. Saunders Library and W.E. Saunders Children’s Library – Nature London contributes funds annually towards the purchase of books on natural history.
- Donations – Nature London donates to various conservation projects e.g., Thames Talbot Land Trust’s fundraising campaigns and other campaigns.
- London Advisory Committee for Heritage – A Nature London member advocates for natural heritage on this committee.
- Urban League – A Nature London representative sits on the Board of this umbrella organization.
- Middlesex County Woodlands Advisory Committee – A Nature London representative sits on this committee.
- Middlesex Stewardship Council – A Nature London representative sits on this committee.
- Ontario Nature – A Nature London representative sits on the Carolinian West regional committee. Nature London is one of about 140 member organizations of Ontario Nature (Federation of Ontario Naturalists).
- Nature Canada – Nature London is affiliated nationally with Nature Canada (Canadian Nature Federation).
- Thames Talbot Land Trust – Founded in 2000 by members of Nature London, which has a representative on the Trust.
- Baillie Birdathon – Members participate in the Birdathon to raise money for Bird Studies Canada and Nature London.
- Outreach – Some members present illustrated nature talks to community groups and/or lead field trips.