Member Group Detail

Sarnia Urban Wildlife Committee

Town: Sarnia

Ontario Nature Region: Carolinian West

The Sarnia Urban Wildlife Committee, founded in 1994, is a group of dedicated individuals who commit their time and energy to improving the natural environment in the City of Sarnia. As part of its mandate, the committee identifies properties owned by the City that have remained mostly in a natural state, working with the City to create and maintain nature reserves. One such property is the Dennis Rupert Prairie Reserve, an eight-hectare wet prairie that contains imperiled species such as Sullivant's Milkweed and Riddell's Goldenrod. Another significant natural area is the Bright's Grove Lagoon Woods, the largest remaining woodland in Sarnia and home to a wide variety of Carolinian Species from the large American Sycamore to the diminutive False Mermaid.

The committee has also organized a number of outreach events in the community. The annual Spring Walk at Bright's Grove Lagoon Woods is one of the best-attended nature outings hosted by SUWC. Current projects include working with the City to develop a Natural Heritage System and strategy for the City. There are also several educational, naturalized gardens being developed around the city, including one at the entrance to the Art Teasell Wildlife Refuge. The Huron Flyway Brochure, a pamphlet educating the public on the importance of shoreline habitat for migrating birds, has been updated and re-issued. It has gained widespread popularity as an excellent source of native plants suitable for planting in Sarnia.

To learn more about the Sarnia Urban Wildlife Committee, visit their website here Sarnia Urban Wildlife Committee, or contact them via e-mail at:

For more information please contact Ontario Nature at 1-800-440-2366 or


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