Speakers

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Meeting cancelled

topic: Conservation Triage

How much is the giant panda worth as a species? More, or less, than a whooping crane, Tasmanian Devil or California Condor? Why should we spend millions of dollars a year on each of these species while hundreds of lesser-known species are neglected and underfunded? The practice of ‘conservation triage’ means that some species should be neglected (and go extinct) in order to save many others who can more easily be saved. If we must prioritize who to help first, can we place a value on a given species? Should we favour species that are important ecologically or culturally or, instead, species that are evolutionary unique? Maybe species with high medicinal or economic value to humans, like sea sponges and bumblebees, should get top priority. Bridget Stutchbury discusses the conservation triage controversy and which species are destined to be the winners and losers.

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Speaker: Aki Tanaka
Start Time: 7:30 p.m.

topic: Climate Change

Science of climate change and effect on temperature, weather and other systems that affect humans and other living things
Solutions at hand, local good news
What we can do

Tuesday, June 9, 2020

Speaker: Outdoors
Start Time: 7:30 p.m.

topic: Bird Boxes at Scotsdale
This is our annual visit to Scotsdale farm, the check on the 50+ birdboxes installed there by our club for cavity nesting birds.

Tuesday, September 9, 2020

Speaker: Jonathan Pruit
Start Time: 7:30 p.m.

topic: Storm Events and Spider Populations
University of Guelph, rezsearch adventures in the southeastern United States and how storm events affect spider populations.

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Meetings are held on the second Tuesday of each month from September to June unless otherwise stated. Meetings take place in the hall at St. Alban the Martyr Anglican Church, 537 Main Street, Glen Williams (Georgetown), and start at 7:30 pm.

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Past Speakers

  • March 10, 2020 – Local Insect Discovery
  • February 11, 2020 – Bill McIlveen
  • January 14, 2020 – Ontario Herptiles
  • November 12, 2019 – The Special Wetlands of the Hamilton Watershed
  • October 8, 2019 – Toxic Animals
  • September 10, 2019  – Tropical Nature
  • May 14, 2019 – Wetland Wildlife
  • April 9, 2019 – Mark Engstrom: Out of the Depths
  • March 12, 2019 – Catherine Scott: Eat Prey Love: The Secret Lives of Spiders
  • February 26, 2019 – Gary Hall: Practical tips to take your nature photography to the next level
  • January 8, 2019 – Laura Timms: little things that run the world
  • November 13, 2018 – Josh Sayers: Ontario Badgers
  • October 9, 2018 – Don Davis: Monarch butterflies
  • September 11, 2018 – Mark Stabb: Lake Iroquois
  • May 8, 2018 – Dr. Laurence Packer, An Inordinate Fondness for Bees
  • April 10, 2018 – Fiona Reid, Nature into Art:
    Painting Mammals from Life for Field Guides.
  • February 13, 2018 – Darryl Gwynne, Charles Darwin
  • January 9, 2018 – Kyle Horner, A New Life, A New Purpose – Using Non-releasable Birds to Affect Change

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