Thank you everyone who came out to welcome the Shunpikers on Mother’s Day. What a wet spring day it was! We hope that the fundraisers were lucrative despite the weather. We do know that the Shunpikers got a big warm friendly welcome from all the hosts at the various spots around the village.
Thank you for helping put Wardsville on the map. Hospitality is our heritage and our future too!
Denise Corneil and Mary Simpson
The following entries were published in the Shunpiker’s Guide in the London Free Press. Wardsville was highlighted under the Driving instructions. They drove through Wardsville on their way out to Wallaceburg and Wardsville was the last stop on the route home.
Skunk’s Misery is one of the largest and most significant forested blocks remaining in the Carolinian region of southern Ontario. It is one of the few places in Canada where you can find a mix of Carolinian trees, such as chestnut, sassafras, tulip tree and flowering dogwood, typical of more southern climates. In the woodland and along the roadsides, is one of the country’s most diverse butterfly populations. The site has Canada’s largest colony of endangered Acadian flycatchers along with many other rare species such as black rat snakes and cerulean warblers. Skunk’s Misery borders the communities of Wardsville, Newbury and Bothwell in southwest Ontario along the Thames River.
THAMES TALBOT LAND TRUST
The Thames Talbot Land Trust (TTLT) and the Nature Conservancy of Canada recently partnered to produce a detailed five-year strategic plan for the conservation of Skunk’s Misery. The Skunk’s Misery Natural Area Conservation Plan sets out a vision for protecting and enlarging the core forested area and enhancing wildlife linkages to the Thames River. In April, the Estate of Beryl Ivey announced a bequest of half a million dollars to the TTLT to support this plan. The TTLT is a registered charity active in the Thames River watersheds that creates natural legacies through the permanent protection of lands of natural significance. For information about Skunk’s Misery and how you can support conservation, visit http://www.ttlt.ca or call 519-858-3442.