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Join us at our Trivia Night Saturday, March 1st, 2014! 

Trivia Night 2014

Join us for an evening of fun and trivia!

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 contests will be occurring; as well as opportunities to win door prizes and of course PRIZES FOR THE WINNING TEAM!

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. Our current goal is the purchase of the Canby property in Wainfleet.

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

Download our PDF for more information. 


EVERYONE IS INVITED to the Niagara Land Trust’s Annual General Meeting

The Annual General Meeting for members and supporters of the Niagara Land Trust is scheduled for January 22nd, 2014 at 6 PM the North Pelham Youth Association Hall on 1718 Maple Road, Pelham, Ontario. The hall is on the section of Maple Road between Tice and Metlar.

This is a potluck dinner. If your last name begins with a letter from M to Z please consider bring a main dish, otherwise please consider bringing a dessert or side dish. Please bring your own plate, cutlery, and a cup. Drinks will be provided.

Members will be receiving a formal invite by email. Hope the see everyone there!

North Pelham Community Centre

Thanks to All Who Helped Make Birding & Botany on the Beach a Successful Event

In spite of a windy & rainy Saturday, the Birding & Botany Event went ahead as scheduled. In the morning Marcie Jacklin led a tour to some of the birding hot spots in the immediate area. Returing to the Windmill Point cottage for lunch, we found it was just big enough to accommodate the 22 participants indoors as the rain begain. While we waited for the rain to end, Albert Garofalo presented a slide show of his findings from his study of the Niagara section of the Lake Erie coast. The rain ended late in the afternoon and Albert took guests to see some of the interesting plant life in the area.

By the Water Cafe of Port Colborne catered a wonderful lunch as well as a great dinner for the overnight guests. Thanks to Harbour Estates and Calamus Wineries for some great wine and Lake Land Meats for some wonderful local grape juice. Until late in the evening there was interesting conversation around a warm hearth. The architure of this cottage with its setting on this wild stretch of Windmill Point beach made for great ambiance. On Sunday morning Jason Moss, a Niagara chef, provided guests a breakfast to die for.

A big thank you to all who made this event a success, including participants, Carla Carlson from Niagara Nature Tours, and the Rung family. All money raised will go directly towards conserving land in Niagara.

Birding & Botany Participants Hunkered Down on the Porch at Windmill Point

photo credit Niagara Nature Tours


Botany & Birding on the Beach

Niagara Land Trust Co-Hosts Conservation Roundtable

The Niagara Land Trust would like to thank Matt Setzkorn from the Ontario Farmland Trust for providing a facilitator and co-hosting with us the Linking Land Protection & Stewardship Roundtable held November 27th, 2012, at the Niagara Region.  As well we would like to thank all those below who took time out of their busy day to spend a morning to discuss the state of conservation in Niagara with us. We hope the dialogue begun this day leads to new partnerships.

Peter Robinson & Tim Seburn,  Niagara Land Trust

Name Affiliation
Bob Highcock Peninsula Field Naturalists
Cam Pritchard Niagara Woodlot Association
Darcy Baker Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority
Liette Vasseur Brock University ESRC
Rick Stockton Bert Miller Nature club
Denise Ball Bert Miller Nature club
Deb Sherk Bert Miller Nature club
Murray Bering White Meadow Farms
Henry Swierenga Ontario Federation of Agriculture
Bob Barnett Escarpment Biosphere Conservancy
Kai Wiens Farmer
Alice Casselman Acer Inc.
Joe Schonberger Niagara Federation South Agriculture
Erik Acs Niagara Region
John Potter Peninsula Field Naturalists
Danielle DeFields Niagara Region
John Bacher Preservation of Agricultural Lands Society
Amy Brunning Heartland Forest
Thea Silver Ontario Land Trust Alliance
Michael Rose Land Care Niagara


A Visit to the Western New York Land Conservancy

Tim & Megan outside a bakery selling Williamsville family farm products.

Tim & Megan outside a Williamsville NY bakery selling local family farm products.

In November 2012, Tim Seburn, the current chair of the Niagara Land Trust, crossed the Niagara River to visit with Megan Mills Hoffman of the Western New York Land Conservancy (WNYLC), hoping to get a sense of what the future might hold for the Niagara Land Trust (NLT).

Each land trust has its own character, depending on the nature of the region it serves. However, the landscape in Western New York is not dissimilar from the Ontario side. Both the American and Canadian sides of the Niagara Frontier have significant coasts habitats along the shorelines of Lakes Erie and Ontario and share the Niagara River and the Niagara escarpment as significant natural features.  The shared history of development, beginning after the American Revolution, as well as the shared landscape features, have led to similar patterns of land use.

The WNYLC was established in 1991 and the NLT in only 2009, so there is a longer history of farmers, rural landowners and businesses in Western New York working together to conserve their landscape. They do this by using the WNYLC to help coordinate and support local food initiatives, which in turn encourages community-based stores and businesses such as restaurants and wineries. The WNYLC also works in partnership with other conservation and academic organizations in Western New York and is looking at ways to partner with Gardening Clubs to encourage native plants initiatives. The WNYLC  has now conserved over 4,500 acres.

The NLT recently completed its first conservation project, the 50 acre Smith Christmas Tree farm in Pelham. This past December the Smith’s permitted NLT to set up a display during Christmas tree sales to promote the cause of conservation in Niagara. This type of cooperation is very similar to that occurring with WNYLC on the American side of the frontier, and provides a clear example of how farmers and rural landowners on the Canadian side of the border can join in with NLT to conserve their land.

Looking forward, there is one notable difference. The rate of urbanization in Southern Ontario is now higher than on the American side, as the metropolitan area of Toronto has continued to expand, pushing up Niagara property values. This makes conservation work more difficult and more urgent as natural areas and farms are being lost at an increasing rate on the Canadian side of the Niagara River.



Smiths’ Christmas Tree Farm is now protected

Smith Christmas Tree Farm Announcement

Jim Smith speaking to family and NLT members and volunteers about why he and Mary have put a conservation easement on their porperty

On August 23, 2012 family and friends of the Smiths’ gathered on the property with members and volunteers of the NLT to celebrate the property being officially protected via a conservation easement. What an honour it was to work with Jim and Mary. The NLT is forever grateful for their very generous gift. Below are a few highlights of the night. Thank you to everyone who came and showed their support. To learn more about the Smith Property please click here

Click here for Media Release



Winged Jewels of Niagara Final Poster – Beautiful

Winged Jewels of Niagara Poster

Our first annual photo contest was a rousing success. We were overwhelmed with the entries we received from around the region of all the local species. Thank you to everyone involved with this project that helped make bring this great poster to fruition. We’d like to make special mention of all our winners whos photos were selected to be part of the Winged Jewels of Niagara 2012 poster:
Pam Bilodeau
Don Foley
Cathy Giancarlo
Susan Kirkham
Winn Laar
Tom Linton
Stuart McPherson
Ariana Murphy
Donna Ruckle
Joyce Sankey
Sherry Shisler
Amanda Tipler
Janet Wallington
Mark Williams

For those interested in purchasing a copy of our Winged Jewels of Niagara poster please contact the Land Trust. We look forward to carrying on this new tradition next year. Stay tuned for further details!

2nd Annual Niagara Land Trust Trivia Night was a HUGE success

Our evening of fun and trivia went off without a hitch but possibly a few wrong answers. For the second year in a row this brain-teasing event helped raise valuable funds for the Niagara Land Trust. Thanks to all our organizers, supporters and everyone for coming out that helped make this a great evening. A special thanks goes out to all those individuals and companies that provided donations for the silent auction. This year we were able to raise $1545 which will go towards our goal of preserving the natural landscape here in the Niagara Region.  We look forward to hosting many more of these evenings and seeing you all there!

Trivia Night Event Sponsors include:
Pen Financial


Trivia Night Round Sponsors include:

2nd Annual Trivia Night Annoucement


Click here for sign up sheet

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