Indoor: Meetings begin at 7:30 pm on the second Tuesday of the month, September to June at St. Alban the Martyr Anglican Church, 537 Main Street, Glen Williams, unless stated otherwise.
Tuesday, September 11: Finding the legendary whip-poor-will. Emily Dobson will speak to us about one of our most fascinating nocturnal birds – the whip-poorwill and will fill us in on why this species is declining in numbers. Emily has a special interest in species conservation.
Tuesday, October 9: Turkey Vultures. Chris Hamilton of the Hamilton Conservation Authority will regale us with stories about everyone’s favourite scavenger, the turkey vulture. After the talk we will hold our AGM.
Tuesday, November 13: TBA
January 10, 2012: Saving an imperiled Blanding’s turtle
population. Biologist Brennan
Caverhill will speak about the work he has done to protect the threatened
Blanding’s turtle here in Ontario. Brennan was involved in a highly successful
project to save a population of these turtles from road mortality.
February 14, 2012: The plants and animals of Churchill Manitoba, the
“Polar Bear Capital of the World”. Freyja Forsyth of Credit
Valley Conservation spent seven months in Churchill and came away with a deep
appreciation of the natural history of this northern town. Churchill has become
a major eco-tourism destination, not only because of bears, but also because it
is a great place to see arctic birds. Perhaps you will be inspired to visit
Churchill after attending this meeting.
March 13, 2012: Canada’s katydid of the bogs: boreal love calls and elastic
energy. Glen Morris, Professor (emeritus) of Zoology at the University of
Toronto will regale us with stories about the only katydid found solely in
Canada. The males of this grasshopper-like insect broadcast mating calls beyond
the range of human hearing. Morris, who studied these 100% bona fide Canadian
bugs for decades, discovered that the calls are made with “elastic energy”
a sound production mechanism that is shared with katydids in the Amazon. Not
sure what “elastic energy” is? Neither am I, but we can find out in
Tuesday April 10, 2012: Silence of the Songbirds. Bridget Stutchbury, Professor of
Biology at York University has written two very well received books on birds.
Her first, Silence of the Songbirds, was a finalist for the Governer General’s Award in Canada. The
product of years of research into the decline of woodland birds, Silence
is a clarion call for anyone interested in the plight of our glorious woodland
songbirds. This is a meeting you don’t want to miss.
Tuesday, September 13: A tour of the national parks of Zimbabwe. Dave Welfare of Georgetown will entertain us with photos and stories of the rich natural history of Zimbabwe.
Tuesday, October 13: Early birdwatchers in Ontario. Judith Pudden, a Royal Ontario Museum archivist, will offer an insiders view of the observations of early birdwatchers in Ontario. Judith manages the journals of over 50 ornithologists who engaged their passion for birds from the 1880’s to the 1960’s. She will present selections from these journals and provide insight into the lives of the writers. Come and learn about the genesis of birding in Ontario.
Tuesday, November 8: The Halton/North Peel Naturalists encourages members and non-members alike to share their love of nature on this evening by bringing objects of interest to the meeting. This adult show and tell could include art work, wood carvings, photographs, writing or anything else that celebrates nature. Items collected on trips both domestic and exotic would be welcome. This will be an opportunity for folks to mingle and tell tall tales.
Outing to La Salle Park