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.

LATE FALL 2019 & WINTER 2020

Thames Talbot Land Trust – Stewardship Workshop: Wildflower Seeds

When: Tuesday, November 26th at 6:30-8:30pm
Where: Westminster Ponds Centre

Are you interested in native plants but don’t know where to find seeds? Having a hard time getting native seeds to germinate and grow? Then join us for a hands-on native seed workshop and learn all about seed collecting, processing, and stratifying. This workshop will focus on native wildflowers and grasses.

Goals for the workshop include:

  • Learn how to collect seeds of native plants
  • Participate in seed cleaning and processing
  • Learn how to stratify seeds to improve germination
  • Make seed packets with different species
  • Bonus! Take home some seeds for your native plant garden

Please click here for more information and to RSVP.

Thames Talbot Land Trust – Stewardship Workshop: Planning Your Native Plant Gardens

When: Tuesday, December 3rd at 6:30pm-8:30pm
Where: Westminster Ponds Centre

Looking for help to establish a pollinator garden? Want to incorporate native plants into your landscaping? We can help! Join us for a workshop on planning your native plant garden and get some tips for pollinator friendly plants, low-maintenance landscaping, and beautiful blooms!

Winter may be upon us but it’s a great time of year to start your planning and allow plenty of time for sourcing your seeds or plants. This is a drop-in style workshop where you can talk to TTLT staff and other native plant enthusiasts and experts. Goals for the workshop include:

  • Get ideas on plants that will work in your garden – whether you have sun or shade, clay or sandy soils, wet or dry areas, and different size and space requirements
  • Learn about plants that are great for bumblebees, hummingbirds, butterflies, or other species you want to attract
  • Learn about bloom times and plan a mix of early, mid, and late flowering plants with different flower colours
  • Share ideas and tips for making your garden waterwise and wildlife friendly
  • Get tips on where to source native plants or seeds
  • Bonus! A small selection of native seeds will be available to take home

Please click here for more information and to RSVP.

Thames Talbot Land Trust – New Canadians Walk at Meadowlily Nature Preserve

The TTLT is hosting a New Canadians Walk on Saturday, 7 December 2019, 1–3 PM at Meadowlily Nature Preserve. This event is open to the public and registration is not required. For more information see https://www.thamestalbotlandtrust.ca/new_canadians_walk.

Thames Talbot Land Trust Passport to Nature Events

The Thames Talbot Land Trust (TTLT) will be hosting two upcoming Passport to Nature outings:

  1. “Learn to Snowshoe” with Erin Zukiwski, Saturday, 25 January, 2020, 11 AM–1 PM at Meadowlily Nature Preserve.
  2. “Winter Walk” with David Wake, Saturday, 22 February 2020, 10 AM–12 PM at Westminster Ponds.

For more information on the free Passport to Nature program and to register for the individual events visit https://www.thamestalbotlandtrust.ca/passport_to_nature.

Western University Biology Department Seminar Series

The Western University Department of Biology Seminar Series is up and running. The Biology Department offers the free series throughout the academic year and the public is welcome to attend. The seminars, exploring all aspects of biology, will be held on Fridays, 12:30–1:30 PM in room 0165 of the Biological and Geological Sciences Building (BGS). Visit www.uwo.ca/biology/research/weekly_seminars.html for a list of topics and presenters.

City of London Multi-year Budget – Environmental Focus Info Session

The London Environmental Network is hosting this session featuring City of London staff who will review how the City’s multi-year budget works. This session will have a specific focus on funding for environmental initiatives (cycling infrastructure, sewer decoupling and maintenance, emission reductions, environmental programs, composting etc.). The information session will be held on Monday, 16 December 2019, 5:30–7:30 PM at Innovation Works, 201 King Street, London. Visit https://www.londonenvironment.net/enviro_info_session_multi_year_budget for more details and to RSVP.

The 2020 Great Canadian Backyard Bird Count

The 23rd Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) will be held Friday, 14 February through Monday, 17 February 2020. The GBBC is an annual four-day event that engages bird watchers of all ages in counting birds to create a real-time snapshot of bird populations. It’s free, fun and easy and helps researchers learn more about how birds are doing. The research conducted then informs initiatives to protect birds and their habitats. For more information and to register as a participant visit http://gbbc.birdcount.org/.

London Environmental Book Club

The London Environmental Book Club will be meeting the second Monday of the month beginning December 9th. This gathering offers participants lively discussion about recommended books with an environmental focus. Upcoming dates are December 9, January 13, and 10 February 2020. Meetings take place at the London Public Library Central Branch,
7–8:30 PM. For selected books and meeting locations visit https://catalogue.londonpubliclibrary.ca/search~20/P?SEARCH=london+environmental+book+club&submit=Search&searchscope=4.

Seedy Saturday

London Middlesex Master Gardeners are hosting the 13th annual Seedy Saturday, “London’s Garden Fest” on 7 March 2020 from 10 AM–3 PM. The event is held at the Carling Heights Optimist Centre, 686 Elizabeth Street, London. For more information and to access vendor registration visit http://londonmiddlesexmastergardeners.com/calling-vendors-exhibitors-for-seedy-saturday-londons-garden-fest-mar-72020/.