Upcoming Events

2022 WATERSHED EXPLORER PROGRAMS

2022 WATERSHED EXPLORER PROGRAMS

October 06th

The LRCA is proud to once again offer our Watershed Explorer Programs, thanks to the continued generous support of the TD Friends of the Environment Foundation.

Join the LRCA and special guests on a series of expert-led guided hikes at several different Conservation Areas. Our Watershed Explorer Programs are geared toward older learners ages 16+, but everyone is welcome.

The tentative programming dates, topics, locations and times are as follows:

  • April
    • Thursday, April 14 - Owl Prowl at Hazelwood Lake; 8:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. PROGRAM FULL
      • Join the LRCA and local birding expert Brian Ratcliff for a twilight exploration of Hazelwood Lake in search of nesting owls.
      • headlamps/lanterns/flashlights required
  • May
    • Monday, May 16 - Frogs & Amphibians at Mills Block Forest; 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. PROGRAM FULL
      • Join the LRCA and Dr. Adam Algar of Lakehead University for an evening exploration of Mills Block Forest in search of frogs and frog calls.
    • Thursday, May 26 - Spring Birding at Wishart Forest; 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. PROGRAM FULL
      • Join the LRCA and local birding experts as we search Wishart Forest for signs of spring migratory birds.
  • June
    • Thursday, June 16 - Spring Photo Workshop at Mission Island Marsh; 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
      • Join the LRCA and local professional photographers for a photography basics workshop with a focus on environmental portraiture and landscape/nature photography.
    • Thursday, June 23 - Plants & Wildflowers at Hazelwood Lake; 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. PROGRAM FULL
      • Join the LRCA's resident wildflower expert and Watershed Stewardship Intern Jessie McFadden for a hike of Hazelwood Lake in search of wildlfowers and other plants of interest.
  • July
    • Thursday, July 14 - Butterflies at Hazelwood Lake; 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
  • August
    • Thursday, August 25 – Fish & Aquatics at Hazelwood Lake; 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
      • Join the LRCA and guest experts where we will learn about fish and other aquatic life.
  • September
    • Sunday, September 11 – Fall Mushroom Hike at Hazelwood Lake; 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. PROGRAM FULL
      • Join the LRCA and Dr. Leonard Hutchison of Lakehead University for our popular mushroom hike, where we will learn all about fungi.
    • Thursday, September 22 – Trees & Fall Colours at Wishart Forest; 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
      • Join the LRCA and Stephane Audet of KBM Resources Group for a fascinating discussion about the various tree species found in our area and enjoy the fall colours.
    • Thursday, September 29 – Fall Photography Workshop at Little Trout Bay; 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. PROGRAM FULL
      • Join the LRCA and local professional photographers for a photography workshop with a special focus on landscape/nature photography, wildlife photography and fall colours.
  • October
    • Saturday, October 1 – Fall Waterfowl Viewing Day (sponsored by Ontario Power Generation) at Mission Island Marsh; 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
      • Join the LRCA and local birding expert Brian Ratcliff as we walk the trails at Mission Island Marsh in search of waterfowl and other migratory birds.
    • Thursday, October 6 - Archaeology at Silver Harbour; 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. PROGRAM FULL
      • Join the LRCA and special guests Dave Norris of Woodland Heritage Northwest Archaeological Services and Chris McAvoy of Lakehead University as we explore the archaeology and anthropology of the Lakehead Region and Silver Harbour area.

NOTE: Event dates, times and topics are subject to change and/or cancellation. 

These complimentary programs have once again been made possible through the generous sponsorship of the TD Friends of the Environment Foundation.

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Sandhill Crane Festival

October 03rd

Monday, September 12 - Sunday, September 18

The Sandhill Crane Festival is a self-drive, self-guided tour around three key locations in the Slate River Valley in Neebing and Oliver Paipoonge. The goal is to try and see the massive flocks of Sandhill Cranes that are currently migrating through the region. Sandhill Cranes are attracted to the large farmer’s fields in the area, which provides excellent views and lines of sight for observing them. Observations are being collected from Monday, September 12 to Sunday, September 18.

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ROUTE MAP

We are asking participants to complete the following online observation survey after each outing: