ESC thanks the Royal Astronomical Society- London Branch

ESC would like to thank the Royal Astronomical Society- London Branch for their generous donation.  Donations are greatly appreciated as they allow us to continue to make improvements at wildlife management areas and to increase habitat for wildlife in Elgin County.

Thank you from the ESC Board of Directors.

13th Annual Youth Hunting Day Event

Youth Hunting Day – Free Pheasant Hunt

Elgin Stewardship Council, 13th Annual Youth Hunting Day

Saturday, December 1, 2018
Fingal Wildlife Management Area (west of St. Thomas)


A safe quality hunting event open to youths aged 12 to 15 who have successfully completed the Ontario Hunter Education Course and are part of the Hunter Apprenticeship Safety Program, along with their mentors.  Ammunition, trained dogs and a lunch will be provided.

Admission is free.  To register, or for more information, call 519-631-4491

To register for the Youth Hunting Day – Apprentice and mentor

2018 Swan Migration Information (as of Mar 10)

  • First 20 swans of the year arrived Feb 27th 
  • From Feb 28 the numbers increased to a maximum of 915 swans on March 8th
  • As of Mar 11, still well over 700 swans for viewing
  • Other species observed during the migration:
    • 3 Cackling Geese
    • 5 Snow Geese ( 2 regular and 3 dark morph)
    • 1 Brant goose
    • 4 Greater White Fronted Geese
  • Other returnees are Bald Eagle, Northern Shrike, Killdeer, Bluebirds, Meadowlark, Wigeon, Mallards, Pintails, Shovelers

AWMA has a volunteer swan interpreter scheduled every morning 8:30-12:00 shift and every afternoon 12:00-3:30 shift for the entire month of March to answer visitors questions. 

  • Swans are fed 23 bushels of corn every morning between 8:30-9:00  There is no charge for the Swan viewing and interpretation but donations are appreciate to offset the cost of corn fed to the Swans.

Elgin Stewardship Council thanks local photographer, Barry Acheson for donating his time and images to AWMA. His work is helping to promote the AWMA by displaying some of the magnificent wildlife in area. To see more of Barry’s work visit his Facebook page and/or Instagram. 

What’s New at AWMA: Donations

All Donations are used to feed the wildlife and maintain the property for passive public recreation and enhance wildlife habitat.

What’s New at AWMA: Tundra Swan Fall Migration

Small flocks of Tundra Swan ranging from a dozen to over 200 are stopping on the ponds on an irregular basis during November and December.

What’s New at AWMA: Waterfowl Hunting

Three hunting blinds are ready on College Line for seasonal waterfowl hunting.  Please note the exclusion signage at the end of Canada Goose Way for hikers and other day users.

What’s New at AWMA: Winter Bird Feeding

Several winter bird feeders installed in front of Viewing Stand #3 as a trial to improve birding opportunities.

What’s New at AWMA: Duck Banding

Completed on September 13th with 439 ducks banded

432 Mallards, 4 Black Ducks, 2 Wood Ducks, 1 Northern Pintail

What’s New at AWMA: Duck Baiting

On-going from September 13th to December 15th

400 lb. every Monday, Wednesday, Friday

400 m no hunting exclusion zone is posted

Hunting at Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs) in Elgin

Hunting at all WMAs is only permitted on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Small game hunting permitted at fingal wildlife management area, migratory bird and small game hunting permitted at calton swamp wildlife area and migratory bird hunting permitted at Aylmer wildlife area~only during open season