The Friends of Laurier Woods, a non-profit charitable organization, is pleased to host the 6th Annual Louise de Kiriline Lawrence Nature Festival to be held at the Laurier Woods Conservation Area Saturday, August 17, 9am – 3pm.
Organized in conjunction with the Nipissing Naturalists and the North Bay- Mattawa Conservation Authority, and delivered by community volunteers and businesses this festival celebrates North Bay's beautiful natural heritage. Laurier Woods Conservation Area comes alive with professional and amateur naturalists who will introduce guests of all ages to the hidden treasures of forests and wetlands. Included in the days activities are Hawk Display with falconer Luke Thomson, Build a Bird House with Home Depot & the Nipissing Naturalists Club, the History of Plants with Fred Pinto, Birding Hike with Rachel Sturge, Insect Hike with Brent Turcotte, Beaver Hike with Fred Pinto, Aquatic Insects with North Bay-Mattawa Conservation Authority, Forest Quiz, and Harry Potter Themed youth crafts & activities. The festival is free for all to attend. For more details visit www.laurierwoods.com.
Louise de Kiriline Lawrence, an internationally renowned naturalist, author and nurse, lived west of Mattawa where she studied wildlife and ornithology. She wrote over 500 reviews, 17 scientific papers, and 5 books on birds and animals and contributed regularly to Audubon Magazine. Lawrence passed away at the age of 98 in 1992. Her written work is stored in the National Archives in Ottawa. Memorabilia of her life will be on exhibit at the festival.
The Friends of Laurier Woods was established as a volunteer body to manage the area as a nature preserve; to develop an interpretive trail system, boardwalks, viewing platforms, and rest areas; and to promote the area for low-impact, day-use recreation. The Laurier Woods Conservation Area is owned and managed in partnership with the North Bay-Mattawa Conservation Authority.