COVID-19 update: Our monthly meetings have resumed — on Zoom! See below for schedule.
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.
Monday, October 5, 2020
Annual General Meeting
Monday, October 19, 2020
Speaker: Vince Filteau
Monday, November 16, 2020
Following in the Footsteps of John Muir
Speaker: Robert Burcher
An evening of insight into the life of the celebrated naturalist John Muir who lived in Meaford from 1864 to 1866. Using botanical references Robert was able to determine Muir’s path from Meaford south to Trafalgar Road then west to Dundas.
Monday, January 18, 2021
1. Tour of RBG
Speaker: Barb McKean
Wrapped around the westernmost tip of Lake Ontario is an oasis of green quite unlike any other. Royal Botanical Gardens (RBG) encompasses 11 square kilometres (2, 700 acres) of Carolinian forests, Niagara Escarpment cliffs, remnant prairies, shimmering wetlands, and some of Canada’s most breathtaking gardens. Its location in the middle of the Golden Horseshoe makes RBG a magnet for people as well, and each year over 800,000 visitors enjoy a wide variety of experiences, from exploring some of RBG’s 50 curated plant collections to taking part in education programs, or hiking on 27 kilometres of trails. Barb McKean, RBG’s Head of Education, will Zoom us around RBG on a short virtual trip to explore its trails and nature sanctuaries.
2. Tour of Australia
Speaker: Don Morrison
Australia is a vast country full of a variety of curious landforms and wildlife. Don will take us on a short tour of what he considers the eight wonders of Australia.
Monday, February 15, 2021
Speaker: Michael Runtz
Talented presenter, photographer, author and educator, Michael Runtz returns by popular demand via Zoom.. Algonquin Park is world famous for its unique blend of northern and southern flora and fauna. Michael Runtz has explored the Park’s natural history for nearly 50 years, and his highly visual presentation, replete with his award-winning photographs, will reveal the reasons for this diversity, as well as provide an intimate look at the natural history highlights that occur through the seasons.
Monday, March 15, 2021
Lake Erie: what do the birds tell us?
Speaker: Doug Tozer
We hear most about the influence of recent changes in Lake Erie on humans, especially harmful algal blooms and safe drinking water. It is also important to keep in mind the many complex ecological processes negatively impacting Great Lakes waterbirds and other wildlife. This presentation by Birds Canada’s Director, Waterbirds and Wetlands will overview what the current conditions in Lake Erie mean for the numerous bird species that depend on the lake for nesting and migration, including information collected on the issue by hundreds of Citizen Scientists.
Monday, April 19, 2021
Annual General Meeting and Members Night
Featuring presentations and displays (slides, art, photos, etc.) by members