Buchanans honoured with Friends of Nature award

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Sydenham Field Naturalists president Mike Smith, left, present Mark Buchanan and Roberta Buchanan with the 2023 Friends of Nature award.

Protecting the natural habitat on their farm earned recognition for a local couple recently.

The Sydenham Field Naturalists (SFN) presented Mark and Roberta Buchanan with their Friends of Nature conservation award at the recent SFN annual banquet.

The Buchanans have worked to protect the woodlands, wetlands and meadows of their 99-acre farm.

Their conservation and restoration efforts include a tall grass prairie; wetland construction; tree planting (which connects two blocks of woodland); and Invasive species control. All of this illustrates their dedication to protecting the natural environment of the landscape they call home.

Roberta received the Lambton Wildlife Meritorious Service Award in 2022 for her 30 years of dedication in assisting LWI with fundraising efforts and holding the position as the Mandaumin Woods Manager since 2013. Mandaumin Woods is owned by LWI.

Roberta, being an education professional, is always sharing and teaching people about nature, including everything from mosses to warblers.

But the Buchanans’ passion for nature is expressed in their daily practices of walking the trails on the farm; birding and chasing rare birds; love of camping; and watching sunsets and sunrises together.

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