March 30th was a beautiful spring day with nature enthusiasts from  the Otter Valley Naturalists, the St. Thomas Field Naturalists, the West Elgin Nature Club and others visiting numerous ponds and waterways for migrating waterfowl. There were more than 30 enthusiasts that were out for the annual “Duck Rally”.  The rally started at the Aylmer Wildlife Management Centre. The Tundra swans did not disappoint those viewing as there was a full pond shared by ducks, Canada Geese and a Great Blue Heron overlooking the spectacle from a nearby tree. The group moved through a number of locations in the area during the morning and ended up in Port Stanley for lunch at the Buccaneer restaurant. The group then ventured on, to the Port Stanley waterfront, the local lagoons and the Fingal Wildlife Management Area where the journey ended. The local naturalist’s club organized and implemented a super day for all their members; hats off to those that put this event together.

Everyone now has that spring in their footstep as the season is changing. My wife and I are looking forward to warm sun, warblers and those sounds that come with a new season.

Dave Baird

Some people walk in the rain, others just get wet.

Roger Miller