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Niagara Land Trust 2017 AGM

NLT Annual General Meeting 2017

We hope you will join us for the 2017 Niagara Land Trust Annual General Meeting

Thursday June 29th, 2017

Community Room @ Welland City Hall

60 E Main St, Welland, ON L3B 3X4


  • potluck at 6 PM
  • business at 7 PM
  • close with a special presentation

At the AGM you will be able to review the

  • new NLT brochure
  • preliminary design for the signage for the Canby Property
  • reports from each committee
  • preview of our newly redesigned website.

We will also be discussing the events from the ‘Gathering of the Greens’ meeting in April and a proposal for ‘collective environmental action’ here in Niagara.

NLT Agenda for AGM June 29, 2017

Glenn Robbins Property Niagara

This year’s featured property is the Glenn Robbins Woodlot, located in West Lincoln. Glenn and his wife Joyce will be at the AGM along with visuals & displays about the woodlot. To help us acquire the property we are asking members to ‘buy’ a metre by metre square of the woods through a $50 donation. For each plot purchased, you will receive

a) a year’s membership in the NLT,
b) a mock property deed with plot location,
c) a 4-inch potted cardinal flower (Lobelia cardinalis), and
d) an invitation to tour the property.
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Wetlands and Jazz Bands

NLT Wetlands Jazz Bands Event June 2016Saturday June 11, 2016

7 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Riverstone Event Centre – 414 River Road, Welland

Join us for a special event to highlight the beauty of Niagara wetlands and raise awareness of the impact of biodiversity offsetting, as well as enjoy an evening of socializing and musical entertainment.

Following our presentation by Steven Hounsell, Chair of Ontario’s Biodiversity Council and past President of Ontario Nature, our guests will enjoy music by the Holy Cross Catholic High School jazz followed by the masterful jazz-funk-pop sounds of the Deacons of Jazz.

It will be an evening of conversation and entertainment you don’t want to miss!

Tickets include a snack buffet and cash bar. 

Also available will be a silent auction featuring Niagara artists, wines & woodcrafts.

Please consider supporting this event & the efforts of the Niagara Land Trust to build & steward community forests, wetlands & agricultural lands for perpetuity in the Niagara Peninsula. 

Proceeds from the event will go towards the purchase of property in Wainfleet & West Lincoln. 

To reserve tickets or a table, please contact:

  • Gary King 905-734-8022 or
  • Tim Seburn 905-871-2577

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Download Event Poster – Niagara Land Trust’s Night of Wetlands and Jazz Bands – June 11 2016

Steven Hounsell – Bio

NLT_20_am_HounsellSteven Hounsell, Chair of Ontario’s Biodiversity Council and past President of Ontario Nature, will explain biodiversity off-setting & best practices on applying it to land-use planning. 

Steven is a biologist with over thirty-seven years of experience working with Ontario Power Generation (OPG) and the former Ontario Hydro. Recently retired, Steve’s career path has included environmental policy development and implementation, environmental assessments, and applied environmental research where his work focused specifically on the effects of forest fragmentation on wildlife. He was responsible for the development and implementation of a biodiversity policy, the first of its kind in the electricity industry. He has made many contributions to woodland conservation in southern Ontario, the advancement of sustainable development and ecological sustainability and climate change adaptation, as it pertains to biodiversity. Steve spent the latter part of his career in the Corporate Sustainable Development Group of Ontario Power Generation, where he managed OPG’s biodiversity programs. Steve understands biodiversity offsetting, has working knowledge of the process, hierarchy & examples in Ontario.

Deacons of Jazz


The Deacons of Jazz came together in the fall of 2003, entertaining guests in a variety of venues including church functions, weddings, and corporate events. Original trumpet ace Randy Brown handed the reins to Paul Fehderau, otherwise the instrument lineup has remained unchanged. The addition of technician Craig Ten Brinke has drastically improved the sound of the band.

Musically the band has evolved from a lounge act into a show band mixing jazz standards (Mack the Knife, Girl from Ipanema) with funk and pop tunes (Just the Two of Us, What a Fool Believes), originals (Love’s not so Bright, You Know) and reworked favourites (The Long and Winding Road.) The band continues to explore, venturing into uncharted musical territories in rehearsal, and occasionally in concert.

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Join us for our 2016 AGM

NLT AGM 2016 FB Event

Please join us for the Niagara Land Trust Foundation Annual General Meeting 2016!

Thursday May 26th, 2016
Community Meeting Room @
Niagara Regional Police – Welland Detachment
West, 5 Lincoln St, Welland, ON L3C 5H9
(across from Gillespie Auto Centre / Honda Dealership; beside Alfieri Floor Experts)

6:00 pm Registration & Displays open
6:15 pm Members, Friends & Supporters Potluck Social begins
7:00 pm General Meeting of NLT membership

Click here to download the agenda.

AGM notice (1)

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NLT Annual General Meeting 2015

Annual General Meeting (1)

You are invited to attend!

Niagara Land Trust Members, Supporters and Friends are cordially invited to the Niagara Land Trust Annual General Meeting on June 23, 2015 in Wainfleet, Ontario.

Please join us to celebrate our past year’s successes and hear about our upcoming (exciting) plans for land stewardship in Niagara.  You will be the first to hear about our Fundraising Campaign to secure the purchase of our first property, the 7.75 acre Canby Woods in Wainfleet!

AGM Program for the Evening

6:00 pm   Doors Open & Registration
6:15 pm    Potluck Dinner Begins!
7:00 pm   2015 General Meeting of NLT membership
8:00 pm   Our Road Ahead:  A Communication & Marketing Plan for 2015-17
Special Presentation:  The Canby Property

Tuesday June 23, 2015

Location: Firefighters Memorial Hall 31907 Park Street, Wainfleet, Ontario

  • Please bring & share your favourite main course or dessert.  Don’t forget to bring your own plate, cutlery & cup!
  • Network with friends and supporters of the Niagara Land Trust
  • Help us help Niagara with your time and financial support

To RSVP for this event, please fill out the form below.

NLT AGM Flyer June 23 2015


NLT Annual General Meeting RSVP



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2015 Trivia Night


Join us for 4th annual trivia night!

Saturday March 21st, 2015

Trivia night to be held at :

Heartland Forest Nature Center
8215 Kalar Road, Niagara Falls, ON L2H 0L5

From 6:00 – 10:00pm
Trivia starts at 7:00pm ­

During the event a silent auction, 50/50 draw and balloon pop and of course PRIZES FOR THE WINNING TEAM! You will also be able to buy bonus questions or an answer. Bribes are strongly encouraged as all money goes towards supporting the Niagara Land Trust!

The night will challenge you and your team in various categories such as: fact or fiction, name that tune, silver screen, science, math, the environment and many others!

Table cost is $160 (8 person tables) or $20 per person. Individuals without a team will be matched at the event. Entry includes table snacks and pizza meal. Cash bar available.

All proceeds from the event will go towards supporting the Niagara Land Trusts and its current goal of conserving the natural heritage of the Niagara Peninsula today and for future generations.

For more information or to register contact Kevin McIsaac: 905-932-8938 or


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Thank you to all who helped Support Botany & Birding Event

Organizers were relieved when light morning rains ended early Saturday and mother nature cooperated for the remainder of the Niagara Land Trust’s Botany and Birding on the Beach event at Windmill Point. Day guests began to arrive shortly before 9 AM while the overnight guests were still enjoying their breakfast cooked by Niagara Land Trust Director Tom Staton and host Kevin Rung.

Shortly after 9 AM expert birder Marcie Jacklin began the day’s outings by leading everyone out onto the Windmill Point shoreline of Lake Erie. The very first birds spotted were a pair of eagles flying high over the cottage. Other noteworthy species of birds listed during the day included red tail hawk, belted kingfisher, yellow-shafted flicker, semipalmated plover, killdeer, great blue heron, and a late great egret. A few migrating warblers were heard. The highlight of the bird tour was an eye-level flyby of a mature bald eagle, close enough for some participants to snap photos.

photo by Mary-lee Sampson

photo by Mary-lee Sampson

Returning to the cottage, everyone enjoyed a lunch of fresh perch and fries catered by Kristine of By the Water Café. Albert Garofalo, the botany leader arrived, and participants were car pooled to the starting location for our afternoon hike. On the way a quick stop was made to photograph a rare and showy stand of bottled gentian.

Noteworthy species listed during the botany trip included spice bush, turtlehead, lizards tail, and the prickly pear cactus. The group found a giant swallowtail caterpillar on a provincial rare hop tree and was later surprised and delighted to see an adult giant swallowtail butterfly gliding through the forest.

Arriving back at the cottage around 4 PM, the day’s participants were thanked for their support of the Niagara Land Trust and told all funds raised during the event would go towards the acquisition of a property to be conserved in Niagara. Before overnight guests began getting ready for the gala dinner, they were surprised to learn they would be joined by a very interesting couple from California. This couple are both professional canoe paddlers, one of whom has won an Olympic medal.

Land Trust Board members Don Campbell, Paul Robertson and Tim Seburn, as well as Carla Carlson of Niagara Nature Tours, who supported the weekend event joined the group for Saturday’s candlelight dinner. Dinner was again catered by By the Water Café. Host Kevin Rung and his wife Elizabeth did a wonderful job entertaining guests.

The Niagara Land Trust would like to thank all those who supported this event including Mary-lee Sampson Photography from St. Catharines, Harbour Estates Winery, Kacaba Vineyards & Winery, The Grand Oak Culinary Market, Niagara Nature Tours, Marcie Jacklin, Albert Garofalo and especially the Rung family for making their wonderful historic cottage on Windmill Point available for this event.

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Botany & Birding on the Beach Sept 2104


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Spring Ephemeral Tour of Point Abino

  Spring Ephemeral Tour Point Abino, April 25, 2014

Picture above are some of the hardy souls who braved the Niagara Land Trust Spring Ephemeral Tour of Point Abino. The flower treat of the day was the blue-tinged blood root. Perhaps the flowers were cold 🙂 ? The big bird discovered was a prairie warbler doing his distintive ascending slurred call from high in the forest canopy. Many old growth trees and a much younger lighthouse were big treats.The Niagara Land Trust would like to thank the Point Abino Association and Cam Williams for granting access and helping to arrange this outing, Albert Garofalo, our botany guide, Marcie Jacklin, our birding guide, South Coast restaurant in Crystal Beach for a great lunch, Bill Reid for granting permission to use his photo, and to all our friends and supporters who joined us on this outing.

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Botany and Birding on the Beach May Long Weekend

PrintVictoria Day
Long Weekend
May 16TH, 17TH & 18TH

Local naturalists would like to welcome you to an original 1917 Arts and Crafts Colonial Bungalow at Windmill Point Cove in Ridgeway, on Lake Erie. We are offering two packages to choose from.

Package 1: Botany & Birding on the Beach and Gourmet Luncheon for $55.00 (Saturday, May 17).

Package 2: Two nights accommodation in this private cottage, gourmet breakfasts, lunch and gala candlelight dinner, with the chance to spend time with some of Niagara’s top naturalists. Register now for this unique opportunity of Botany & Birding on the Beach, starting at $190.00 per person, double occupancy and $205.00 for a single (Friday and Saturday evening).


This is a fundraiser in support of the Niagara Land Trust, we are taking registrations for both packages now, but book soon as space is limited.

To register please call Niagara Nature Tours at 905-562-3746 or
For further details go to

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Spring Ephemerals of Point Abino

Saturday, April 26, 2014
Can’t wait for Spring? Come visit Point Abino on Saturday morning April 26th to help welcome back our Spring wildflowers and migratory song birds. This is a unique one-time only opportunity to access this private woodland dune forest located by the lighthouse at Point Abino. The tour will be led by Niagara botanist Albert Garofalo and bird expert Marcia Jacklin. Your $25 sign-up fee goes entirely to the Niagara Land Trust, a charity dedicated to conserving the natural heritage of Niagara for future generations to enjoy.  Space is limited to 20 participants.

To register you can contact us by email at or by calling 289-599-8320. Please include in your message your name and phone number or email at which you can be reached.


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