• Special Discount Offer


    See this time-limited offer for members only.

  • Butterfly Counts 2024


    Weather permitting, Skunk’s Misery will be counted on July 7 and Clear Creek will be counted on July 28. These are the traditional first and last Sundays in July. There are potluck dinners after each count. Email George Prieksaitis for information on attending and helping.

  • London Symphonia


    May 4 at 7:30 pm An Elegant Fire 

    Cellist Elinor Frey, 2023 JUNO award winner, leads this performance of works by three celebrated 18th-century musical stars: Haydn, C.P.E. Bach, and Boccherini. 

    Members can purchase tickets at a 20% discount. Click HERE.

  • 2024 Awards Banquet Questionnaire


    Members are invited to complete this brief online survey. The deadline for responses is Friday, May 10th.

  • Volunteer Opportunities


    There are many ways to get involved with Nature London where you can apply your energy, creativity, skills, and passion. You will meet like-minded people, contribute, and learn.

    See copies of volunteer opportunities from The Cardinal.

  • City Nature Challenge

    City Nature Challenge April 26 to April 29, 2024

    The City Nature Challenge is an international community science event in which regions compete to make the most observations of nature. Knowing what species are in our city and where they are helps us to protect them.

    By participating in the CNC, not only do you learn more about your local biodiversity, but you can also make London a better place – for you and other species!

  • Volunteers Needed


    Please email Jennifer if you can contribute an hour or more of your time at the Nature London booth to talk to people. There are three events that could use some assistance: Earthfest on April 20, Spring Species ID Workshop on April 27, and Go Wild Grow Wild Green Expo on May 4.

  • Find Anything on Nature London’s Website


    In the footer of each webpage, there are some helpful links and a search button that looks like this. Try it!

  • Conservation Action Committee Action Alerts


    Members and non-members may subscribe to action alerts. Unsubscribe at any time by clicking on the “unsubscribe” link at the bottom of each action alert email.

    In the future, action alerts will be logged on the website.

  • Chimney Swift Monitoring Program


    Join us in tracking these threatened birds. Experienced monitors are ready to welcome and orient you. Click on the swift image for information about swifts and monitoring.

  • Monitoring Programs


    To get involved, we encourage members to contact any of the following programs by email:

  • YouTube Channel


    All six presentations from the 2024 Nature in the City Event have been added. Members can use the password to access these and other recordings.

  • Eco-Grants


    A total of $15,000 will be available to fund various environmental initiatives. Full details and forms can be found on Nature London’s Community Eco-Grants Program webpage.

  • Annual Report


    “Nature London’s Annual Report is an important accountability document that provides highlights of our achievements and documents the range and scope of our activities for our membership, government agencies, and the general public.” —Gordon Neish

    Find it on the Official Statements and Reports webpage.

  • Members Night


    The Indoor Meetings Committee is seeking members willing to give a 10-minute presentation at our members’ night. If you have some photos, a video, an observation, or results from a research study that the Nature London membership would find interesting, please get in touch with the Indoor Meetings Committee.

    Please note, that due to the technical limits of streaming hybrid meetings, we can only accommodate individuals willing to present in person at the Civic Garden Complex. Video contributions can be shown in person, but cannot be streamed on Zoom; however, a link can be shared for the online audience. Please email the Committee at indoor.meetings@naturelondon.ca.

  • Zoom Recordings of Recent Presentations


    See recordings of recent Indoor Meeting and Birding Wing presentations. Each will be available for a limited time only.

  • Eco-Grant Presentations


    The video runs for 68 minutes and contains all four presentations.

  • Action Alert


    Nature London’s Conservation Action Committee has issued an alert to those who subscribed. Here is the link.

  • Nature in the City


    Wolf Hall hosts presentations on Tuesdays from 7:00 to 8:30, until February 20. Recently, Kathleen Holland was interviewed about Nature in the City during the middle third of this video by Rogers TV London.

  • Christmas Bird Count


    Pete Read’s summary and results are available as a PDF files HERE. “… total species was 83, just one shy of our best max.”

  • Member Presentations Archive


    Click here for PDF versions of member presentations from members’ nights.

  • Kilworth Seasons by John Martineau
  • Nature London Birding Hike Turns up Coyote!
  • Awards Banquet

    November 27, 2023 at Lambeth Legion

    Guest Speaker: Adam Shoalts is a professional explorer and national best-selling author. Topic: Lake Erie to the Arctic. Members may purchase tickets for $50.

    Find out more >>

  • Latest E-Cardinal

    The Cardinal FOR AUTUMN 2023

    Online copies of The Cardinal are available here. Use the member password to see this fantastic issue. Be sure to see this issue for Unusual Bird Sightings, Fungi, Native Plants, Nature in the City, Released Chimney Swifts, club news… 

  • Health Guidelines for Nature London Events

    For all events:

    • As a courtesy to others, please do not attend if you are feeling unwell. 

    When attending meetings inside the London Civic Garden Complex (Indoor Meetings, Birding Wing meetings):

    • Each person attending must register separately using the same name and email address associated with your membership. This will facilitate contact tracing in the event of any illness reported after the meeting.
    • Masking is no longer required at Nature London indoor meetings but encouraged, particularly for those individuals who are at higher risk for infection. We remain mask friendly. Please refrain from attending indoor meetings if you are currently experiencing an infection or illness, particularly an upper respiratory tract infection.
  • 2023 BioBlitz

    2023 BIOBLITZ OCTOBER 16-22

    In support of the City’s 2023 Phase 1 Conservation Master Plan the City of London Ecology Department is inviting citizen scientists to venture out into the four Environmentally Significant Areas; Kains Woods, Lower Dingman, Pottersburg Valley and Warbler Woods. For details, see here.

  • Member Presentations Archive

    This new page on the website will index PDF versions of member presentations from members’ nights. As with access to The Cardinal, the member password is required.

    Email the webmaster at nlwebguy@gmail.com if you would like to share your presentation for other members to see. I can assist with any uploading or formatting.

  • Nature in the City

    Nature in the City returns this winter. Wolf Hall hosts presentations on six consecutive Tuesdays from 7:00 to 8:30, starting on January 16. To see the full poster, click here.

  • Retiring a Chimney

    Warn monitors when their assigned chimneys have been empty for 3 weeks. They should not feel obliged to monitor that night, but they should tell us if they don’t go.

    Aug 22 list of empty or nearly empty chimneys

    • Phoenix – close to Labatt but empty for 3 weeks
    • FSA NE & SE – could be checked by the same team as FSA N & S
    • Dundas – could be checked by the same team as Colborne
    • ICORR – may still surprise us one week


    Nature London is sponsoring two youths aged 14–20 at the 2023 Youth Summit for Mother Earth, September 22—24, for an action-packed, cross-cultural weekend of nature exploration, hands-on environmental education and outdoor land-based learning opportunities.  One sponsorship is already filled, and the second is still open. The Youth Summit will be held at Camp Wahanowin, on the traditional territory of the Three Fires Confederacy, now known as Longford Mills, near Orillia.  The Youth Summit will be held in compliance with Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit’s COVID-19 measures at the time of the event.  For more information about the Youth Summit, visit https://ontarionature.org/events/youth-summit

    Any NL youth interested in attending should contact director.dt@naturelondon.com as soon as possible to request a sponsorship, as the Ontario Nature deadline for registering is August 20th, 2023.

  • BYLAWS 2023


    This is an invitation to Members of Nature London to review and comment on draft revised Bylaws for Nature London’s governance.

    The Nature London Board of Directors, assisted by a subcommittee of the Board, has been revising our Bylaws with the help of Nonprofit Law Ontario to be compliant with Ontario’s Not-for-Profit Corporations Act, 2010. This is part of an exercise to review, update and file our governing documents with the Ontario government and the Canada Revenue Agency.

    Some relevant information can be found by going to this link.



    Use the member password to see the nomination form and details.



    See the events (above) for 4 opportunities to participate.



    You must use your membership password to access the details of this discount offer.



    Awards Banquet instead of November meeting

    Indoor Meetings

    Sep 22 (Hybrid)

    Oct 20 (Virtual)

    Jan 19

    Feb 9

    Mar 8

    Birding Wing

    Oct 27 (Hybrid)

    Feb 23

    Mar 22

    Members’ Night

    Apr 12



    Birds Canada’s website has a tool that generates a photo gallery of birds for any part of Canada for any week of the year. For example, here is the gallery for London on December 2, the date of this year’s Christmas Bird Count for Kids.


    To celebrate the arrival of butterflies, there is a new section on the website that brings together information from The Cardinal, butterfly counts, and other resources. It is the second sub-menu item under the Resources menu item. The full menu is at the top of every page.

    Photo of one of the earliest butterflies to appear each year.

    Red Admirals hibernate in their adult form.


    Ontario Nature has developed free online nature guides. The excellent photographs provide a reminder of (introduction to?) species of Ontario in a number of categories; including,

    • Butterfly and Moth
    • Dragonfly and Damselfly
    • Reptile and Amphibian
  • Connecting for Climate Change Action

    Free course from Western University

    Posted May 27, 2023

    Check out this free, open course offered through Western University!

  • 2023 Volunteer Social

    After an absence of several years due to the pandemic, the Nature London Board is delighted to once again host our annual volunteer appreciation social.

    This is a time to celebrate your contributions to the club and to socialize with your fellow volunteers.

    Use your membership password to view the invitation.

  • Featured Stories (pre 2023)

    Prior to 2023, these stories were indexed differently with a featured image for each. Here they are in alphabetical order.

    2019 Cedarcroft Celebration!

    2020 Cedarcroft Family Day

    Fungi Walk at the Andreae Property (5 October 2019)

    Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner

    Nature London Commemorative Plaque Unveiled

    Of Mice and Mowers

    Some facts about snow

    Spotlight on Tom Reaume


    The complete story of “Tall Tales from the Pond” is available now.

    See also featured stories before 2023.


    The Guide is available for $15 in several locations: Camera Canada Stores (both), Featherfields, Hoskin Feed and Country Store, Hyde Park Feed and Country Store, Oxford Books, Wild Birds Unlimited and the Museum of Ontario Archaeology


    Online copies of The Cardinal are available here.

    Your membership password is required for access.

  • Special Offer

    Special Offer

    Posted April 25, 2023


    A local company is offering employee pricing to Nature London members.

    Click here and enter your member password from the back of your card.

  • Protected: Special Offer
    This content is password protected.

    Open to all. Events all year. Click the image for details.

  • City Nature Challenge

    City Nature Challenge

    Posted April 20, 2023

    Open to all. Click the image for details.

    Nature London and Fanshawe College host an event on April 30.

  • Volunteer Forms Updated

    Volunteer Forms Updated

    Posted April 17, 2023

    To get more information, click Volunteer.

  • Open House Book Sale

    Open House Book Sale

    Posted April 10, 2023

    For members only, click here.

  • Eco-Grants Program

    Eco-Grants Program

    This year, the Eco-Grants Committee received six applications for funding
    totalling $26,696. Four applications, totalling $16,585, were recommended for funding. They were evaluated using the Nature London Eco-Grants Application Evaluation Tool.

    Upper Thames River Conservation Authority –Savana Restoration Project– $2,000

    This project was year two of the restoration and transition of a 4.5-acre sterile pine plantation at the head of the Fanshawe Conservation Area Lake Trail.

    The expected outcomes are:

    An area free of invasive plants with an open canopy to allow prairie and savanna plants to flourish

    A savanna/prairie site that will attract pollinators

    Add to the diversity of habitats at Fanshawe CA for the enjoyment of visitors

    St. Clair Regional Conservation Authority Coldstream Conversation Area – Trail Rehab/Parking Lot Extension – $6,ooo

    The request was for funding to expand the parking lot at the Coldstream Conservation Area. There is a lot of damage to the area due to all terrain vehicles and the larger project will repair damage, place signs, restrict vehicular traffic and encourage trail use.

    The parking lot is essential to the success of the larger project and the committee determined that we should fund this component that will help to protect the environment, the native species and increase the enjoyment of Coldstream.

    Thames Talbot Land Trust – Snake Monitoring in Southern Ontario – $2,760

    This was a funding request for the first year of a 10-year project to implement Ontario Nature’s Long-Term Monitoring Protocol for Ontario Snakes in the Skunks Misery area. 75% of reptiles are listed as at risk in Ontario. Most of the funds will support staff coordination and implementation of the project.

    We asked that Nature London’s support be recognized in the reports to Ontario Nature and requested that we receive ongoing annual reports for the project.

    London Environmental Network – Bird Friendly London – $5,825

    Funding supported building a Barn Swallow nesting structure by Medway ESA at Western University as well as community education, retrofitting bird safe windows, and funding for the 2023 coordinator. Western’s Society of Graduate Students and Undergraduate Student Council both support the Barn Swallow structure financially. Western Students will participate in the project.

    The committee expressed concern about the size and success of this type of Barn Swallow nesting structure. The Bird Team has reported that models existing in other communities are being reviewed to ensure success.

    Birding Kits including binoculars will be loaned through the London Library Thing service to encourage non-typical participants in birding activities and provide education about bird conservation and protection.

    Susan Relecom

  • Event Report – 2017-10-13: Nature London Commemorative Plaque Unveiled

    Nature London, one of the oldest societies in London, was honoured by the Historic Sites Committee of the London Public Library on October 13, 2017. It was recognized by the unveiling of a commemorative plaque near the Civic Garden Complex in Springbank Park.

    Originally founded in 1864 as an Entomological Society devoted to the collection and study of insects, the club, its name and its interests have evolved over the years. For much of the twentieth century, the group was called the McIlwraith Ornithological Club and, later, the McIlwraith Field Naturalists. Since 2009 it has been popularly known as Nature London. Today the organization continues its commitment to the study, enjoyment and conservation of the natural world.

    The plaque was erected in Springbank Park to recognize the club’s longstanding association with the area and the adjacent Thames River. This dates to well before the park’s establishment in the 1870s. In the late 1800s, club members were not only collecting insects but also studying birds, plants and fossils in the park and its environs. A century ago, the group was lobbying the Public Utilities Commission to put a stop to the wanton shooting of birds within Springbank Park. It also asked the PUC to establish habitat there to encourage waterfowl, whose numbers were at an historic low due to decades of over-hunting.

    Throughout the club’s history, Nature London members have most frequently visited Springbank Park and the adjacent Thames in order to observe birds – recording data on species and abundance. Springbank Park has been the location of many club-organized field trips to introduce the public to the wonders and diversity of nature. Nature London has also kept an eye on the ecological health of the Thames River, providing input to the authorities at appropriate times. For the past two decades, Nature London has held its meetings at the Civic Garden Complex within the park.


    Nature London President Bernie VanDenBelt


    London Mayor Matt Brown


    Nature London Archivist David Wake

    For past stories, see the Featured Story Archive.

  • Eco-Grants 2021

  • Eco-grant Chimney Swift Program

    First-St. Andrew’s United Church
    Chimney Swift Awareness Project

    In 2018, First-St. Andrew’s United Church received $1,960 for a project to enhance awareness of, and provide information about, Chimney Swifts that nest and/or roost in the five chimneys of the church. This was done through the production of a sign (below) and the installation of a bench for viewing purposes.

    The sign and bench are located at a prime viewing location on the church property that can also be accessed by passers-by. The project has created a much greater awareness of swifts within the church membership, and it is hoped that this awareness will also extend to the broader public.

    The site will be the initial gathering place for the Chimney Swift walk that will be led by Winnie Wake on Sunday May 26th, beginning at 2 PM. Both the sign and bench have been installed as part of a larger project to create an “Eco-Meditation” garden that features a variety of native plants. With biodiversity in mind, plantings include species that support pollinators as well as provide food for the early stages of insects that may waft upward to become swift food. The garden, part of a growing trend to create ecologically healthy urban landscapes, also includes plants sacred to Indigenous culture, a walking labyrinth, and a sculpture that incorporates disused organ pipes.

    Nature London applauds the efforts of the First-St. Andrew’s community to create this urban oasis that nourishes both human and non-human visitors. Club members are encouraged to visit the garden themselves when in the area. First-St. Andrew’s United Church is located at 350 Queens Avenue, London.

    Please note that there will be a dedication ceremony on Sunday, June 23, 2019 at 10:30 AM at First-St. Andrew’s Church. For more details, see the Invitation.

  • Eco-grant Westminster Ponds

    In 2018, ReForest London was awarded a $5,000 Eco-Grant from Nature London to assist with the restoration of the gate house at the entrance to the Westminster Ponds Centre (WPC). Situated behind Parkwood Hospital, the WPC is a cluster of buildings and associated grounds that once served as a recuperative village for veterans following World War II. Recently, ownership of the site was transferred to ReForest London from the London Health Sciences Centre.

    Gate House Restored – Photo by Dave Wake

    ReForest London’s vision is to transform the site into an Environment & Sustainability Centre that will be a hub for sustainability initiatives in the London region. When complete, the WPC will boast over 20,000 square feet of space over four buildings on 14 acres of grounds. Restoration of the gate house was among the first steps in a much larger effort to redevelop the entire site.

    Melchers Construction was principal contractor for the task which involved an extensive rebuilding of the long-neglected structure. The refurbished gate house retains the design and architectural features of the original structure while incorporating space for educational signage (where the windows once were) as well as lighting. Nature London’s contribution covered approximately one-quarter of the total cost. Additional funders, and in-kind contributions, covered the balance.

    The now-restored gate house, which once welcomed visitors to the veterans’ village, now welcomes visitors to the WPC, providing them with information about the WPC project and the Area. As well, it provides information regarding
    the site’s natural and cultural heritage as well as the tenants occupying office space on the property. Of particular interest to Nature London members will be information referring to W.E. Saunders, one of the property’s former owners and the founding president of the ornithological section of the club which was renamed the McIlwraith Ornithological Club in 1902.

    As one of the first tangible signs of the site’s revitalization, the gate house provided a focal point for the launch of the Westminster Ponds Centre in a formal ceremony held on 9 October 2019. A wide cross section of supporters gathered under sunny skies to mark the occasion. Nature London President, Gordon Neish, represented the club with several other club members also on hand for the event.

    The afternoon’s program began with an Indigenous acknowledgement and recognition of the site’s cultural heritage
    as a veterans’ recuperative village. ReForest London Executive Director, Dean Sheppard, then outlined the vision for the complex which included relocation of the Thames Valley District School Board’s environmental education centre to the Huron Pavilion, now completed. Following additional presentations, the event concluded with a social and tours of the property which, of course, included a stop at the newly renovated gate house.

    The early support of groups such as Nature London and the London Community Foundation’s Endowment for Heritage has inspired other individuals and organizations to become involved with the project. For example, an additional use for the gate house will soon be for snowshoe storage. A local neighbourhood association, the Westminster Working Group, submitted the idea as a “Neighbourhood Decision Making” proposal to the City of London, and it was subsequently approved. Once additional work inside the gate house is completed this summer, it will be ready for
    Westminster residents to use for snowshoeing events on the property next winter.

    Nature London’s contribution has been recognized on the property next winter. the gate house signage as well as on the WPC website and social media, among other places. The next time you are visiting the Westminster Ponds, why not make a point of stopping by the gate house to see for yourself the unfolding transformation at the WPC site, a transformation supported by our Eco-Grants program.

  • Eco-Grant Kilally Meadows

    Friends of Kilally Meadows
    “Buckthorn Busting” Project

    As one of the recipients of a 2018 Nature London Eco-Grant, the Friends of Kilally Meadows (the Friends) was awarded $950 to support their “Buckthorn Busting” efforts. The group removes invasive buckthorn flanking the Thames Valley Trail on the north side of the Kilally Meadows Environmentally Significant Area (ESA). Stumps are covered with a secured plastic bag to prevent regrowth. Buckthorn seedlings are also removed.

    The Buckthorn Busts in the Kilally Meadows ESA are the creation of Mike Robertson and Betty Nafziger. The Friends provided labour for four of twelve busts in 2018 as well as food and beverages for participants on two occasions.
    Upon hearing Mike state that it would be very helpful for participants to have adequate numbers of high quality tools at their disposal, the Friends successfully applied to Nature London for an Eco-Grant. The new tools (saws, loppers, shovels, gardening forks and hand pruners) have allowed organizers to accommodate more participants
    and allowed those participants to cut and remove buckthorn with greater ease.

    Through their efforts, the Friends assist in protecting the ecological health and unique habitats of the 350-acre Kilally Meadows ESA that are threatened by the encroachment of invasive species. In their efforts, which will continue in 2019, they have been supported by the City of London in the person of Linda McDougall, for which they are most grateful.

    Nature London is most pleased to recognize and support the work of the Friends through the Eco-Grants program. Club members are encouraged to visit Kilally and, if anyone asks you the purpose of those black bags, you’ll know!

  • Annual Butterfly Count

    Butterfly abundance and distribution are indicators of trends in the health of the environment and state of biodiversity both locally and across the entire migration route of some species. Their rapid lifecycles and high sensitively to environmental conditions makes monitoring population trends important to early identification of problems. Citizen science volunteers and butterfly counts are key to influencing fact-based policy decisions.

    The Nature London Annual Butterfly Count serves a number of purposes including:

    • Data is submitted to the North American Butterfly Association and aggregated to monitor butterfly populations across broad geographic regions.
    • It raises public awareness by hosting an event that will increase general interest in butterflies and nature.
    • Butterfliers have a chance to socialize and have fun.
    Skunk’s Misery Butterfly Count

    Members of Nature London, West Elgin Nature Club, and other participants hold their annual butterfly count in the Skunk’s Misery area northwest of London. Members of the public are welcome; experience is not necessary. The full day outing, usually on the first Sunday in July, involves a lunch break at a nearby park and a potluck BBQ afterwards. There is a nominal fee. Detailed information can usually be found in the Spring edition of The Cardinal or the Nature London Events Calendar.
    Monarch Butterfly on Swamp Milkweed

  • YouTube Channel

    Nature London has launched a new YouTube Channel! The channel contains videos taken by Nature London members that can be shared from our website, in The Cardinal, at indoor meetings, and in the eNewsletter. To visit the Nature London YouTube Channel, click on the image below. No account is needed to view the videos, but please consider creating a Google account, subscribing to the channel and enabling notifications. Subscribers will receive a notification every time a new video is uploaded.

    In addition, Nature London has added a Featured Member Video section to our website’s homepage. Occasionally, a new video will be picked to highlight a member’s videographer talents.

    If you have a video that you would like to share, please submit it to the Nature London Photo Coordinator at photo.coordinator@naturelondon.com. A few guidelines to consider for video submissions follow:

    1. All submitted videos must be owned by Nature London members.
    2. Contributing videos to the database grants permission for their use in Nature London publications, both print and electronic. For any other uses, authorization would be requested from the contributor.
    3. Videos should be provided in their native, raw format. For example, MP3, MP4, MOV, AVI, etc. They can be transferred using Microsoft OneDrive, Google DropBox, Apple iCloud, etc., but there may be a size limitation. If the limitation is exceeded, they will have to be transferred using physical media, such as a thumb drive.
    4. The following information should be included with the videos, if available:
      • Subject
      • Author
      • Date/time taken
      • Location taken
      • Any timestamps of interest in the video
  • AOS Conference: August 8-12, 2023

    AOS Conference: August 8-12

    Posted March 27, 2023

    Nature London will be involved with this year’s conference in London. Check here for updates.

  • Winter 2023 e-Cardinal

    Winter 2023 e-Cardinal Available

    Posted February 11, 2023

    Online copies of The Cardinal are available here.

    Your membership password is required.

  • Articles and Bylaws Renewal

    Articles and Bylaws Renewal

    Announcing a call for members to assist. Click here for more information.

    Posted March 9, 2023

  • Updated Middlesex Birding Checklist and more…

    Middlesex Birding Checklist and More…

    Posted January 22, 2023

    The 2022 Christmas Bird Count results are now available. In addition, check out the updated Middlesex County Birding Checklist.

  • 2021-2022 Statements and Reports

    2021-2022 Statements and Reports

    All three reports now available

    Posted February 6 to 12, 2023