Craig Campbell Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

Craig Campbell

Craig Campbell

Waterloo Region Nature life member Craig Campbell has been recognized with a Lieutenant Governor’s Ontario Heritage Trust Lifetime Achievement Award. He was nominated by Region of Waterloo staff, for over 50 years of contributions to conservation. His vast knowledge of the Region’s flora, fauna and natural areas helped identify sites that became Canada’s first municipally designated Environmentally Sensitive Policy Areas (ESPAs), established by the Region of Waterloo in 1976.


For more details see:

Lieutenant Governor to Honour Local Conservationist for Lifetime Achievement

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Great Canadian Birdathon Sponsorship

GCB Logo

GCB LogoAgain this year, my sons ( Mike and Ken ) and I will be taking part in the Great Canadian Birdathon, formerly the Baillie Birdathon, to support Bird Studies Canada (BSC) and Waterloo Region Nature.


We have scheduled our Birdathon for May 12 to 16 in the Point Pelee area. We would appreciate support from previous donors as well as those who would like to contribute for the first time.


While donations in any amount will be very much appreciated, you should know that a donation of $35.00 or more will permit you to receive BSC’s newsletter, “Bird Watch Canada”, for 1 year. A portion of what is raised comes back to Waterloo Region Nature. To sponsor us online, please go to our Team Page.


Thank you for your support.

Jim Burrell

New Book Release – Gardening for Butterflies

Gardening for Butterflies - Thelma Beaubien

Gardening for Butterflies: Attracting, rescuing and raising butterflies

by Thelma Beaubien

Gardening for Butterflies - Thelma Beaubien

  • Help our winged friends.
  • Attracting, rescuing and raising butterflies in Southern Ontario.
  • Create a butterfly haven using native and non-native plants.
  • Plant list included.
  • Tips to rescue butterfly eggs and caterpillars.
  • All 100-plus photos of plants and butterflies were taken in Beau’s Butterfly Garden.


Book to be released April 2016 – $20 (all-inclusive)

Available in April at:

907 Frederick Street
Kitchener, ON

St. Jacobs Country Gardens
1661 New Jerusalem Road,
Elmira, ON


Upcoming Presentations – books will be available for purchase:

Monday, April 25, 2016 – 7:30 pm – Waterloo Region Nature, Knox Presbyterian Church, Waterloo

Wed, May 11, 2016 – 7 pm – Nature in the City, Kitchener Public Library

Friday, July 29 to Sunday, July 31, 2016 – Ontario Horticultural Convention, Crowne Plaza Kitchener-Waterloo

Sunday, January 15, 2017 – 26th Dream Garden Conference, Waterloo Regional Police Association and Recreation Centre


For further information or to book presentations please contact:
Thelma Beaubien

Outings Schedule for Spring 2016



Here are the exciting new outings being offered this spring by our wonderful members! I hope I’ll have summer outings to publicize later as well. Keep an eye on your e-mail for later announcements and for reminders. All outings also appear on this web site as soon as they are planned.


As well, remember to check for an all-member e-mail the day of an outing in case of cancellation for weather or other circumstances.


To offer to lead a future outing or to suggest an outing destination, please contact Marg Paré at For more information on a specific outing, please contact the outing leader.


Discover Nature in Your City

Urban Coyote

Speaker Series

A series of talks being presented by:
Kitchener’s Natural Areas Program & Waterloo Region Nature.
These programs will inspire you to discover and experience nature in our community.
All programs are free and will be hosted by the Kitchener Public Library.
Registration Details:
Use ‘View Programs and Events’ button and select month & date for program details


Urban Wildlife

Wednesday March 9, 2016 7-8:30 p.m.
(Central Library Branch, 85 Queen St. North, Kitchener)

Urban Coyote
Learn about turkeys, deer and coyotes as well as other common wildlife that is found living in the City of Kitchener. We will discuss the ecology of these adaptable species and share tips and strategies on how to better coexist and prevent any conflicts.
Speaker: Josh Shea
Josh is the Natural Areas Coordinator for the City of Kitchener where he works on environmental engagement, stewardship and ecological restoration projects. As a current part-time Master’s student at the University of Waterloo, he is studying urban ecology and the management of urban novel ecosystems.



Sex and the Single Bird

Wednesday April 13, 2016 7-8:30 p.m.
(Central Library Branch, 85 Queen St North, Kitchener)

Brown-headed Cowbird
Come and enjoy an interesting discussion of the mating systems of birds, both familiar and unfamiliar, with stories of fidelity, bigamy, polygamy, polyandry and variations of them all. Whatever indiscretions humans have exhibited, birds can match them all – without the sanction of morality, fortunately.


Speaker: David Gascoigne
David Gascoigne has a degree in business and has been studying and enjoying birds since the age of eight. He has studied ornithology at Trent University in Peterborough, ON and has completed the Seminars in Bird Biology at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. He has an ornithological library that would make most universities envious, and travels the world in search of the rare and unusual.


Gardening for Butterflies:

Attracting, rescuing and raising butterflies

Wednesday May 11, 2016 7-8:30 p.m. 
Central Library Branch, 85 Queen St. North, Kitchener).

Gardening for Butterflies - Thelma Beaubien
Thelma has been an avid gardener and photographer for forty years. Her gardens have evolved over that time. She will be introducing her new book where she writes about establishing a butterfly haven describing the best native and non-native plants that provide nourishment as well as host plants to provide for their cycle of life. You too will soon be gardening through the eyes of a butterfly.


Speaker: Thelma Beaubien
Thelma has received numerous awards for her photography including many national competitions. Her images have been published in several magazines and with a number of organizations including the City of Waterloo and its 150th Anniversary celebration book. The popularity of her audio visual shows had her presenting to many clubs and groups over the years and these shows were also included in the prestigious Burlington Visual Arts Festival. Thelma belongs to a number of clubs including the Waterloo Region Nature club where she initiated and co-ordinates the very successful Wonders of Nature Festival. Having nature at her door step provides an opportunity to share with others her first-hand experience.



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