Colin Johnson

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    Do you love gardening? Then consider helping us out at the Auzins Community Wildflower Garden this spring.

    The Auzins Community Wildflower Garden at Hawk Cliff Woods is planted with all native perennial plants that are beautiful and hardy choices for landscaping. The garden serves as a demonstration site for native plant gardening as well as a source of seeds for interested community members who want to grow native plants for their own gardens.

    Why native plants?

    Native plants provide food and habitat for birds, insects, and other creatures while requiring less care in terms of watering, pesticides, and fertilizers, than exotic landscaping plants. Its a win-win for nature and gardeners alike.

    Garden.jpgHow can you help?

    We are looking for help with garden maintenance including weeding, cleaning up last year's plants, mulching, clearing the trail, and replanting as needed. Feel free to drop in anytime between 10am and 2pm, or stay the whole time.

    What to bring

    • This is an outdoor event so please bring whatever you need to be comfortable, such as sunscreen, warm clothing, bug spray, and good shoes. As well, be sure to bring your lunch/snacks, and water.
    • We will provide gardening gloves, knee pads, and tools, but feel free to bring your own equipment if you prefer.
    • Spring at Hawk Cliff is a great time to see flowers, birds, and wildlife, so bring your binoculars, camera, and field guides.

    Please note: this event is weather dependent. In the case of cancellations, we will send out an email to everyone who is registered the day before the event.

    Butterfly photos (top) by Rebecca Launchbury. Butterflyweed photo (left) by Anita Caveney.

    April 23, 2020 at 10am
    Auzins Community Wildflower Garden, Hawk Cliff Woods
    Hawk Cliff Road
    Union, ON N0L 2L0
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  • published In Memory Pat Dewdney in About Us 2020-03-18 14:19:34 -0400

    In Memory


    Pat Dewdney memory

    For many of us TTLT folk, a lasting memory of Pat will be of her as our charming and hospitable host during gatherings at the Nook at Newport Forest, in the shade of a mighty Black Maple. Conversations at the Nook were always lively and informed, often under the close watch of a raccoon overhead in the tree. The Nook was also where light refreshments were served to participants after innumerable field trips at Newport Forest, general nature hikes, or specialized hikes to survey butterflies in the summer or fungi in the fall. Pat moved around the group plying us with her delicious home-baked snacks and cold drinks. She was always fascinated and delighted on hearing what the visitors had discovered. As a well-trained amateur botanist, she had an intimate knowledge of the diversity of plant species, particularly flowers, thriving at Newport. Pat and her husband, Kee, donated this much-loved property to the Land Trust in 2007. Pat will be missed by the a wide community of naturalists that had come to know her over the years.

    -Stan Caveney

  • published In The Beginning Part 1 in Stories from 20 Years 2020-03-16 15:23:02 -0400

    In The Beginning Part 1

    Upon entering the Ministry of Transportation building on Exeter Road – his copy of the book Creative Conservation in hand – Bernie VanDenBelt took the elevator to the third floor.  Here, tucked in amid the offices of the Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR), was the desk of Don Gordon, then Executive Director of Carolinian Canada.  Bernie had an important question for Don:  In his capacity with Carolinian Canada, would he be interested in assisting with the creation of a land trust for the London region?  A lot was riding on Don’s answer.

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  • published Stories from 20 Years in About Us 2020-03-02 13:54:27 -0500

    Stories from 20 Years

    In The Beginning Part 1
    Posted by · March 16, 2020 3:23 PM

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    Posted by · March 02, 2020 1:51 PM

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  • published A Land Trust Primer in Stories from 20 Years 2020-03-02 13:51:25 -0500

    A Land Trust Primer

    A “trust” is a legal entity that takes ownership of, or authority over, a piece of property from its previous owner for the benefit of a third party.  Thames Talbot Land Trust (TTLT) is a local land trust, one of 33 in Ontario that protect more than 85,000 acres (34,398 ha) of significant land for public benefit.  Sometimes called land conservancies, nature conservancies or conservation land trusts, organizations such as TTLT are private (non-government), not-for-profit charitable organizations. They act primarily through volunteers to conserve lands of significant natural or cultural value “in perpetuity” – that is, for ever.

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  • published Eco Folk 2020 in Upcoming Events 2020-01-23 17:02:25 -0500

    Eco Folk Benefit Concert 2020

    Event postponed until October 25th.

    This event has been postponed from its original date to October 25th, 2020. This is due to precautions of the COVID-19 virus. Any tickets that have already been sold for this event will be honoured at the new event date. If you are wishing for a refund for your tickets you may contact the Aeolian Hall box office at 519.672.7950. Sorry for any inconvenience.  


    Enjoy an afternoon of great music and good friends at a magnificent historic venue on Sunday, October 25th!

    Eco Folk 2019 is an annual benefit concert for the Thames Talbot Land Trust - held at London’s Aeolian Hall.  The concert features noted Canadian artists Dayna Manning, Marty Kolls, Kevin's Bacon Train, Darren Powers and Brent Jones (see performers' bios below).

    All proceeds go to the Thames Talbot Land Trust – a local environmental charity that protects and restores environmentally significant land in the London and surrounding region.

    Tickets are $30 and are available at the Aeolian Hall box office or online here.

    Doors open at 1:00pm. Matinee 2:00 - 4:00 pm 


    Eco Folk 2020 Performers

    Dayna Manning

    Singer/Songwriter – Producer – Author – Mentor

    Juno nominated artist Dayna Manning exemplifies the very best that Canadian Folk music can be.  Her cool clear voice along with her insightful songs represents a history of Canadian musical art that goes back to the early ‘60s and sounds just as vital today.  A modern renaissance artist, Dayna recently produced Trent Severn’s third album “Portage”, designed the Stratford Festival’s best selling 60th anniversary t-shirt, and just produced her latest album “Morning Light” with the help of Stratford Festival alumnus Ben Bolt-Martin arranging for chamber orchestra.  She recently penned her first book “Many Moons: Songwriter’s Memoir” which was released by Blue Moon Publishers in October 2019.  In 2016 Dayna founded the “Folk Army”, a private music instruction academy in Stratford, Ontario.  The Folk Army’s mission is to empower young girls to make a positive change in their communities through creativity, thoughtful performance and positive self-esteem.

    Marty Kolls 

    Marty Kolls is a multi-instrumentalist singer-songwriter based in London, Ontario.  Crossing genres for over 25 years, Kolls has found her greatest inspiration from other female artists.  Her newest video release, Play Too, pushes the message of individuality to the next generation.  As an educator, mother-of-two and champion of the “female forward” movement, Kolls’ vocals capture the audience with intense raw lyrics and her powerful piano playing.

    Kevin’s Bacon Train

    Hailing from the Old East Village in London, Ontario, Kevin’s Bacon Train has been defined as “That band who plays the covers” or “Covergrass” by St. Regis Tavern Regular and Kevin’s Bacon Train Superfan Rudbal Kelly.  Members Marty Kolls, Mark Schram, Paul Aitken, Jordan Blake, and Andrew Fleet blend fun and musical virtuosity to create a unique performance experience.  From The Our Street Festival, to Aeolian Hall, to in front of that alleyway across from the Movie Theatre in Forest, Ontario, Kevin’s Bacon Train have been making people get up and dance with their upbeat bluegrass spin on the hits of the 80’s, 90’s and 20’s. 

    Darren Powers

    Singer/songwriter Darren Powers has been honing his skills of songcraft and performance with nearly 20 years of experience throughout his home region of Southern Ontario.  His music captures the gritty spirit of classic Americana – grounded in truth and realism - exploring tales of loss and redemption with a raw sensitivity.  2020 marks the debut of Darren’s first album release – False Bravado - recorded at Quiet Earth Studios with the help of noted Canadian musicians and producers.  The album will be officially launched Saturday, May 30th, 2020 at Quiet Earth with a special immersive concert experience featuring a live multi-media album performance.

    Brent Jones

    Singer/pianist/composer Brent Jones is a busy musical collaborator in his home region of South-Western Ontario contributing to the work of many artists both local and international through sessions, production, and performance.  He runs Quiet Earth Studios on a heritage farm, just outside London, Ontario and is co-founder of the Back To The Garden Music and Arts Festival.  Jones’s work focuses on building sustainable creative communities – combining artistic expression and natural systems - to help teach, heal, and celebrate the human experience. 



    Poster designed by Breck Campbell and Barbara Ellen for Lyrical Design at www.lyrical.design

    October 25, 2020 at 1pm
    Aeolian Hall
    795 Dundas St
    London, ON N5W 2Z6
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  • Winter Walk 2020 Leaderboard

    Winter Walk for Wildlife 2020 Personal Fundraising Link Donate to Winter Walk 2020 Winter Walk 2020 Leaderboard / Fundraising Toolkit

    Top 5 Most Recruited Donations (Dec 09, 2019 - Feb 23, 2020) - Donate to Winter Walk 2020
    Daria Koscinski 1
    $670.00 recruited donations
    Marc-Andre Lachance 2
    $545.00 recruited donations
    Wayne Crowder 3
    $500.00 recruited donations
    Deirdre Crilly 4
    $475.00 recruited donations
    David Wake 5
    $450.00 recruited donations

  • Promote the Walk 2020

    Winter Walk for Wildlife 2020 Personal Fundraising Link Donate to Winter Walk 2020 Winter Walk 2020 Leaderboard / Fundraising Toolkit

    Are you joining us on the Winter Walk for Wildlife? You can use this page to share the event with your friends, colleagues, and family in order to attract donations to your account. Just use the personal tracking link below. You can send this link through E-mail, Facebook, Twitter, or in any other way you can think of. Any donations made through the tracking link will support your personal fundraising for the walk. Keep an eye on your donation goal to reach one of our prizes.

    You can use the buttons below to easily share your tracking link on social media. See how many people you can recruit to support your walk.

    A list of all the people you recruit is shown at the bottom of this page. Check in frequently to see who has RSVP'd or sponsored your walk!

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  • donated via 2019-12-16 15:14:29 -0500

    Support The Winter Walk 2020

    $8,271.00 raised
    GOAL: $20,000.00

    Winter Walk for Wildlife 2020 Personal Fundraising Link Donate to Winter Walk 2020 Winter Walk 2020 Leaderboard / Fundraising Toolkit

    The Winter Walk for Wildlife helps us raise funds to support our mission. We ask that participants raise at least $50 to participate in this event and challenge yourself to raise more. Fundraisers will also have the chance to win prizes: 

             There will be a door crasher raffle for a $50 MEC gift card.

             If you raise $100 you will receive a plush Audubon singing bird. These stuffed native species birds are very soft and give realistic bird calls when you squeeze them. A cute toy that is also educational.

             If you raise $500 you will receive two tickets to our 5th annual Eco Folk concert held at Aeolian Hall on March 29th. A prize worth $70 in value.

    If someone you know is fundraising to participate in the walk, you can support them here! Be sure to include the name of the person you are sponsoring in the box labeled "If someone referred you to TTLT, please enter their name."


  • published Meet the Properties in Vision 20/20 Campaign 2019-11-04 14:38:54 -0500

    Vision 20/20 Campaign Properties



    Straddling the boundary between the City of London and the Municipality of Middlesex Centre, this 55-acre property consists of both wetlands and woodlands including a floodplain swamp along the Dingman Creek. The wetland areas are part of the provincially significant Brigham Road Wetland and are within a candidate City of London Environmentally Significant Area (ESA). This property is part of a wildlife corridor along Dingman Creek extending from the Dorchester Swamp to the Thames River at Delaware. Dingman Creek provides habitat for over 50 species of fish and mussels. The floodplain and upland forests protect water quality and provide habitat for a diversity of birds.



    This 104-acre Oxford County property protects most of the extensive Mud Lake Marsh, an important refuge for birds, reptiles, and amphibians. Choruses of frogs announce the arrival of spring and summer is filled with bird song. This Provincially Significant Wetland is home to species such as Sandhill Crane, Carolina Wren, Great Horned Owl and at-risk turtles. In addition, this wetland provides invaluable ecosystem services involving water filtration, flood prevention, and carbon sequestration.



    The Gillies Nature Tract is an 84-acre portion of the 390-acre Knapdale Woods, a locally significant Area of Natural and Scientific Interest. The extensive woodland provides home to a number of area sensitive forest breeding birds including several species-at-risk. The uplands support a diverse deciduous forest containing American Beech, Silver Maple, Eastern Cottonwood, and several species of oak. The wetland marshes and ponds are home to many amphibians and reptiles and colourful plants such as Swamp Milkweed.



    Located in the Skunk’s Misery complex, this 75-acre property is part of one of the largest remaining forest blocks in the Carolinian region of southwestern Ontario. Extensive tracts of unfragmented forest are vital for the Cerulean Warbler and other area-sensitive birds. The forest contains an array of Carolinian trees such as Black Oak, Swamp White Oak, Sassafras, and the endangered Eastern Flowering Dogwood. This property is adjacent to the Trust’s existing 64-acre nature reserve. Enlarging the area under protection will better ensure the ecological integrity of the area.



    This 50-acre site near Newbury has long been recognized by the Trust as a top priority for acquisition. Situated within the extensive Skunk’s Misery Natural Area, this parcel links two woodlands that are in county ownership. The Skunk’s Misery complex is home to many rare species that require large tracts of interior woodland to thrive. Thames Talbot Land Trust already owns other parcels within the complex, as do others including the County of Middlesex, Lower Thames Valley Conservation Authority, and many private landowners. Protection of this property ensures that unbroken forest cover will be maintained at this location. The property features many mature trees and older growth characteristics that distinguish it from the majority of woodlots in southwestern Ontario, where logging occurs regularly. This remarkable forest community is home to many at-risk birds.



    A rich mixture of upland woods and swamp forest, this 75-acre parcel in West Lorne Woods provides habitat for an array of forest birds, including several species- at-risk. Purchase of this parcel has increased the extent of protected land in the West Lorne Woods, a complex that totals 600 acres in all. Among Carolinian special- ties here are Sassafras and Tulip-tree. The ponds and swamps are home to an array of aquatic wildlife and a provincially rare wetland habitat, buttonbush swamp. From this wetland, Sixteen Mile Creek flows to Lake Erie. The swamps play a vital role in maintaining the health of downstream water bodies. When combined with the adjacent 53-acre reserve, this new acquisition more than doubles the size of the Lusty Family Woods and ensures the ecological integrity of the area.



    This 105-acre parcel is located in the southwest corner of Elgin County. It lies within a large coastal wildlife corridor formed by a chain of steep wooded ravines and valleys stretching along 100km of Lake Erie shoreline in Elgin County. This property is home to a great diversity of native flora and fauna, including 200 species of migrant and resident birds. Many rare species are found here. Among these are birds, dragonflies, reptiles and amphibians. Although some of the land was previously farmed, it has been restored to native meadows and wetlands. These early successional habitats greatly enhance the species diversity of the vegetation communities present.

  • published Campaign Budget in Vision 20/20 Campaign 2019-11-04 14:13:49 -0500


    The Vision 20/20 Campaign is focused on 7 properties. Together, these properties add nearly 550 acres to the Trust’s portfolio of conservation land. Four of the 7 properties are donations. For each property, including those that are gifts, the Trust must raise funds for long- term Stewardship. A sum equivalent to 20% of the appraised value of the land is reserved for this purpose. This campaign will also support other vital work of the Thames Talbot Land Trust.


    Here is a breakdown the needs for this campaign.



  • published Vision 20/20 Campaign 2019-10-18 15:38:02 -0400

    Thames Talbot Land Trust is embarking on our most ambitious campaign ever in support of nature conservation.

    Through our Vision 20/20 campaign, we will substantially expand our network of nature reserves in southwestern Ontario.

    A non-profit organization founded in 2000, Thames Talbot Land Trust is dedicated to protecting ecologically significant lands through direct ownership, conservation easements, landscape restoration and education.

    Headquartered in London, Ontario, we work in the city and the surrounding counties of Middlesex, Elgin, Oxford and Perth. Much of this area lies within Canada's Carolinian Zone, a region of great biological diversity. Over 400 species of birds, and 2200 species of plants (including 70 species of trees) occur in this zone. The Carolinian Zone covers less than 1% of Canada’s land area but contains 25% of the human population. This region’s natural habitats face increasing threats from many sources.

    In the year 2020, Thames Talbot Land Trust will celebrate its 20th anniversary. Having earned the respect and confidence of stakeholders, including donors and granting agencies, the Trust is ready to take on new challenges.

    Two years after it was founded, Thames Talbot Land Trust received its first gift of land. Since that time, the organization has grown slowly but steadily. By the end of 2018, the Trust had taken on responsibility for over 1500 acres (600 hectares) of land across 15 nature reserves. These sites provide habitat for diverse communities of plants and animals, including at least 30 species-at-risk. The additional purchases and gifts of land through the Vision 20/20 campaign will bring the total land under our protection to nearly 1900 acres (770 hectares).

    Previous campaigns have centred on single properties. With the Vision 20/20 campaign, the Trust is taking direct action on long-term protection of multiple conservation lands in the counties of Elgin, Oxford and Middlesex.

    The need is urgent. A May 2019 report from the United Nations states that biodiversity is declining globally at rates unprecedented in human history. Local land trusts, such as Thames Talbot Land Trust, are working to resist this trend, providing essential refuges that help to protect nature. When you support the Vision 20/20 campaign, you will help the Trust to protect and restore the ecological health of the increasingly imperiled Carolinian region of southwestern Ontario.

    We are asking for your support for this campaign. Thank you for helping to protect our natural environment.

    Campaign budget The Properties