Please note the date and time of this event has been changed and will now take place on Wednesday, August 26th at 7:30pm.
Photography is a great way to explore nature. Any camera can snap a photo but, with skill and creativity, you can achieve much more – an image that captures the mood and essence of the scene. Antony Chodas of Camera Canada will help you take better pictures and get more from your camera. Antony will lead an interactive webinar online with ideas, images, examples and opportunities for you to ask questions and receive helpful links and resources.
This event is made possible by our generous sponsors.
North-South Environmental Inc. | Nicolucci Family Dentistry | Town & Country Mutual Insurance | Wendy Hinton RMT | Allegra Marketing & Print | Peggy Sattler MPP | Hyde Park Country & Feed Store | London Bicycle Cafe | Highbury North Pet Hospital | London Environmental Network | Nature London | Caradoc Dentistry | Lambeth Rod & Tackle | Hazel Sinclair - Royal LePage | Georgia Kortas - Little, Inglis, Price & Ewer LLP | Featherfields | Upper Thames River Conservation Authority | London Yarns | Wild Birds Unlimited | AGM Surveyors | St. Clair Conservation Authority
Out for the Count: BioBlitz Fundraiser
Out for the Count is our first ever BioBlitz fundraiser. Help us collect valuable species data while raising funds for nature! Anyone can participate, from complete beginners to seasoned experts.
How does it work?
Step 1 - Register your team
A team can include up to 4 adults and unlimited kids (aged 14 and under). Register your team here - you'll need a team name, a team captain, a team category (see below) and a list of team members.
Step 2 - Collect pledges
You can collect pledges at a flat rate or a per-species rate for an extra challenge!
Step 3 - Get Out for the Count!
The main event day takes place on Saturday September 12th, 6am to midnight. In your team, find and record species in your local natural area or at any of the 13 listed TTLT properties. Record as many species as you can - plants, birds, amphibians, fungi, insects - whatever you can find and ID. Afterwards, submit your observations and pledges to us.
Photo by Kaitlin Richardson
Collecting and Submitting Data
Collect your data either by using the excel form (click here to download) or through iNaturalist. If using iNaturalist, go to "Projects" and search for "Out for the Count," then join it. All observations submitted on the day of the BioBlitz will automatically be recorded towards the project.
However you collect your data, you'll need to compile the lists from everyone on your team and submit a team data summary to TTLT using this form.
Your team can register under one of three categories:
Competitive: you have serious or professional naturalists on your team and you want to get really competitive
Recreational: you know a little about nature but you really want to have fun rather than be super competitive
Family: your team members are all beginners and you need some help and resources to get started with finding and IDing species
Photo by Rebecca Launchbury
Awards and Prizes
There are 5 awards available:
1. Most observations in the competitive category (team award and prize)
2. Most observations in the recreational category (team award and prize)
3. Most observations in the family category (team award and prize)
4. Top fundraising team (team award and prize)
5. Best photo, to be judged by photographer Antony Chodas (individual award and prize)
Friday August 7th to September 4th - registration open
Friday September 11th, 6pm - launch event via Zoom
Saturday September 12th, 6am to midnight - the big BioBlitz day - get Out for the Count!
Sunday September 13th - teams compile and submit their data and get their pledges in
Tuesday September 15th, 6pm - wrap up event and awards via Zoom
Photo by Justin Langille
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
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 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.
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.
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