Indoor meetings are held on the third Monday of each month
(from September to April except December). Meetings start at 7:30 p.m., with the exception of the pot luck dinner.

UPCOMING MEETINGS (2018/19):

Monday, September 17, 2018
Annual Pot Luck Supper
Early start time: 7:00 p.m.

Please bring a main course or dessert large enough to feed at least 6-8 people. Please also bring your own dinnerware and mug or glass. Includes short presentations by club members.  Contact Don Morrison at 905-338-3520 if you wish to make a presentation.

Monday, October 15, 2018
Region of Halton Natural Heritage Systems

Speaker: Carolyn De Loyde — Ph.D. candidate, Queen’s University.
Natural areas on the landscape can help improve our well-being by providing us with opportunities to enjoy nature for its own sake as well as by providing us with a variety of services that we can enjoy as long as the natural areas remain on the landscape. Known as “ecosystem services” natural areas provide us with recreational opportunities, habitat areas for rare and endangered species, as well as providing clean water and regulating our changing climate. Carolyn’s talk will discuss natural areas within Halton Region and the ecosystem services they provide and explore how Halton’s natural areas can contribute to the well-being of our residents now and forever!

Carolyn De Loyde is studying the Region of Halton Natural Heritage Systems. You may be interested in joining her study and contributing your observations.

Monday, November 19, 2018
The Eye of the Beholder

Beauty in the Natural World is not always found in the obvious. Join well-known
photographer Kyle Horner for this sometimes humorous and light-hearted but always interesting presentation where we will re-examine our preconceived notions of beauty, and try to find it in some unlikely places!

Monday, January 21, 2019
The Owl Foundation — A fly-by-night organization?

Peter Thoem looks at the Vineland-based Owl Foundation and its work rescuing and
rehabilitating injured and orphaned owls. It started in the late ‘60s with Kay McKeever rescuing almost any injured or orphaned animal. Eventually she and husband Larry developed a focus on owls and other raptors. Now, fifty years later, the Owl Foundation with its three full-time staff receives and treats more than a hundred owls a year. The presentation looks at the mishaps (mostly man-made) that befall owls, the treatment and care they receive at the Owl Foundation, the foundation’s successes, and some losses. It looks at what was learned from the big Snowy Owl irruption in the Polar Vortex winter (2013/14) and the Great Gray Owl irruption of 2004. It includes many great photos of owls both while receiving treatment and unrestricted birds in the wild.

Monday, February 18, 2019
Stopping the Sixth Extinction needs to start a home:
A Canadian perspective on wildlife conservation

Halting this rapid loss of species is one of our planet’s greatest conservation challenges. We are currently witnessing what has been called the Sixth Extinction. Canadians often think about the species extinction crisis as something that's happening elsewhere. The plight of elephants, tigers and gorillas is well known to many Canadians. We absolutely need to save these species, but stopping the global extinction crisis needs to start at home. This presentation will explore the species we’ve lost in Canada and what is driving their extinction. It will also examine the species that we’ve managed to pull back from the edge of extinction and why their recovery should give hope to conservation.
Guest speaker, Dan Kraus, is a Senior Conservation Biologist with the Nature Conservancy of Canada’s (NCC) national office. He is an expert on Canadian biodiversity, conservation and landscape ecology. He has recently written reports on topics ranging from freshwater conservation to the natural capital of forests in Canada. Prior to NCC, Dan was an ecologist with Parks Canada and an environmental consultant.

Monday, March 18, 2019
A Botanists’s perspective

of an 890 Kilometer end to end thru hike along the Bruce Trail in springtime. Taking us on this amazing journey will be Mark Whitcombe, president of the Upper Credit Field Naturalists’.

Monday, April 15, 2019
Annual General Meeting and Members Night

Featuring presentations and displays (slides, art, photos, etc.) by members