Larry Lamb honoured with Lifetime Achievement Award

Larry Lamb Award
Larry Lamb Award
Larry Lamb with Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, Elizabeth Dowdeswell and Ontario Heritage Trust Chair, Harvey McCue. Photo Credit: The Ontario Heritage Trust

Waterloo Region Nature honorary life member Larry Lamb was awarded the Lieutenant Governor’s Ontario Heritage Trust Lifetime Achievement Award in a ceremony at Toronto’s Queen’s Park on February 22, 2019.

From the Region of Waterloo media release:

Renowned botanist Larry Lamb honoured with Lifetime Achievement Award

Waterloo Region - Local botany and ecosystem restoration expert Lawrence (Larry) Lamb was awarded the Lieutenant Governor’s Ontario Heritage Trust Lifetime Achievement Award in a ceremony at Toronto’s Queen’s Park on February 22, 2019.

Larry Lamb, a well-known advocate for naturalizing gardens and landscapes, has been an active life-long supporter of natural heritage conservation within Waterloo Region, the province and beyond.

“Larry Lamb is one of those volunteers whose passion for his field of expertise is contagious. He is able to affect the people around him, especially the next generation of conservationists. Without people like Larry, the work to recognize and protect our local ecosystems would have been a lot more difficult to undertake,” said Regional Chair Karen Redman. “Regional Council and staff recognized the important role Larry has played by nominating him for this award, and we are pleased the Ontario Heritage Trust has recognized his contributions.”

Throughout his over forty-year career at the University of Waterloo, and into his retirement, Lamb has generously shared his expertise and connections, influencing the way natural heritage features have been identified, valued and protected.

Locally, Lamb drew on his extensive knowledge of the region’s flora and fauna, and natural areas to help identify what would be designated Environmentally Sensitive Policy Areas (ESPAs) by the Region of Waterloo. These were the first municipally-designated natural areas in the country, and continue to be conserved through the Region’s Official Plan.

Lamb has undertaken many significant naturalization and restoration projects. He has advised on many conservation plans and publications. He is meticulous in documenting and collecting; and has donated his records and collections to public institutions so that they are available for future generations.

New Book – Best Places to Bird in Ontario

Best Places to Bird Ontario

Ken and Mike Burrell (who are well known to many WRN members) will have a new book out this spring (anticipated for late April), titled, Best Places to Bird in Ontario. The book covers the top 30 birding destinations in the province, with each covered in a chapter, having an in-depth overview to the region from a birding perspective, and a site guide with directions, colour maps, and photographs.

Until March 31st they are offering a pre-order rate of $20/copy ($5 off regular pricing). Book orders can be picked up from Ken at WRN meetings.

For more information about the book:

For ordering information:


Best Places to Bird Ontario

Great Canadian Birdathon Sponsorship 2018

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Support Team WhimBurrell in the
2018 Great Canadian Birdathon

WhimBurrell Team
Our team from last year (2017) is pictured above.

This will be our 21st birdathon for Bird Studies Canada and Waterloo Region Nature. Over the course we have raised in excess of $25,000 to support bird conservation and bird related studies across Canada. We appreciate your past support and look forward to your continued support this year.

If you pledge support to this endeavor, all of the money raised will go to bird conservation in Canada; a portion goes to Bird Studies Canada and the rest to Waterloo Region Nature. Simply click “Donate to me” on our Birdathon donation page to make a donation or contact Jim Burrell directly at .


Great Canadian Birdathon Sponsorship

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This year marks our 20th consecutive year participating in the Great Canadian Birdathon ( formerly the Baillie Birdathon ), the oldest sponsored bird count in North America, raising money for bird research and bird conservation. As usual, I am participating on a team with my sons, Ken and Mike, and my wife, Carol. Over the 20 years, we have raised in excess of $25 000 and are looking forward to adding to that total this year. As usual, we will complete this feat in the Point Pelee National Park and environs during the week of May 2 to 10.


If you pledge support to this endeavor, all of the money raised will go to bird conservation in Canada; a portion goes to Bird Studies Canada and the rest to Waterloo Region Nature. Simply click “Give Now” on our Birdathon page to make a donation or contact me directly at .


I am also happy to accept per species or other creative pledges. We usually see 130 to 150 species during our Birdathon.


Yours in conservation,


Jim Burrell


Daphne and Gordon Nicholls Nature Reserve

Bruce Trail side trail blaze

Bruce Trail side trail blaze
By MBi (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons
Friends and family of WRN member Daphne Nicolls (who passed away in August) decided to memorialize Daphne and honour her husband Gordon by creating the Daphne and Gordon Nicholls Nature Reserve. Part of the Bruce Trail Conservancy, this new nature reserve is located on the north side of County Road 40 in Euphrasia, Grey Highlands in the Beaver Valley section of the trail. It will contain part of the optimum trail route, and is a critical part of a continuous stretch of permanently protected land. Details can be found on page 10 of the Winter 2016/2017 edition of the Bruce Trail Magazine.



Hidden Valley Revealed

Log in pond - Hidden Valley

Log in pond - Hidden Valley


One of our long time members, Daphne Nicholls passed away this past August.  As many of you know, Daphne and her husband, Gord Nicholls have worked tirelessly for years to preserve the integrity of Hidden Valley in Kitchener.  Unfortunately, Daphne did not live long enough to follow through on her plans to hold an art show that she had hoped would showcase the beauty of this incredible area, and would inspire others to work to protect the forests, wetlands and fields from development.


We are pleased to announce that Gord and several of Daphne’s friends have taken up where Daphne left off, and are presently finalizing the details for a juried art show, “Hidden Valley Revealed” that will take place at the Homer Watson Gallery in September of 2017.


This early notice will give everyone an opportunity to take photos, paint and get inspiration from Hidden Valley throughout the four seasons. Whether it be the amazing vistas, the wonderful wildflowers or the diversity of wildlife, every aspect of Hidden Valley represents a jewel worth preserving, and we hope this art show will help to garner public support for its protection in perpetuity.


To read some of the historical perspectives on the struggles to protect the 200 acres of Hidden Valley with further descriptions of this amazing area and how to enter the show, Gord has created a web site:


In the coming months there will be more information  for pre-registration and entry submission requirements for the show on the Homer Watson Gallery website


Meanwhile further enquiries can be directed to:
Deb Swidrovich   519-746-5287
Anne Morgan  519-747-4049


So, for all the talented artists in our WRN group, please think about submitting a current original piece of art inspired by any aspect of Hidden Valley in any season; and to our membership, we hope you will all come out to the show and support the protection of Hidden Valley (dates to follow).


Ecoposts Web Site Launched

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Sample Ecoposts Sign
Sample Ecoposts Sign




After over a year of work by a number of people, WRN has launched a web site for the Ecoposts project. Check it out at:


This web site highlights places in Waterloo Region where you can explore nature. For each place, there are suggestions on what to look for in each season and background information on what you can see.


Work continues to make and install signs at these locations which will provide links back to the relevant web pages.



New Logo for Waterloo Region Nature

WRN Logo
WRN Logo

Waterloo Region Nature has a new logo. It was approved by our membership at our monthly meeting on May 30, 2016. This design was created for us by John Baljkas, a graphic designer and professor at Conestoga College in the Graphic Design Department, School of Media and Design.


The new logo has a simpler, modern look, but it keeps the main elements of our previous logo, especially the long association of our club with the Great Blue Heron. The Heron has been the title of our newsletter for many years.

WRN Logo
Previous Logo

Old Heron Newsletter
Old Heron Newsletter

Old KWFN Patch
Old KWFN Patch

Our new logo is very flexible. The tiles and colours can be rearranged to suit a variety of online and printed needs.

WRN Logo Vertical

WRN Facebook Profile

WRN Logo Vertical B&W

Giant Hogweed found at F.H. Montgomery Wildlife Sanctuary

Giant Hogweed

Giant Hogweed







The Region of Waterloo Weed Inspector has notified WRN that Giant Hogweed has been found on the Montgomery Property. Since this is listed as a Noxious Weed, WRN is responsible for removing it. The Montgomery Committee has been to the site and confirmed that there are at least 20 plants, some in flower, near the Nith riverbank, both on WRN property and more on adjacent floodplain properties.

Accordingly, the Committee has:





The Committee is taking immediate steps to remove the flower heads from plants on WRN property. Advice and resources for further action on removal of the infestation are being sought.



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

and Photo of Presentation

Great Canadian Birdathon Sponsorship

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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.