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.
The 2017-18 meeting season has now ended. Details of our 2018-19 schedule will be posted as they become available.
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.
PREVIOUS MEETINGS (2017/18):
Monday, October 16, 2017
Natural History of Svalbard High Arctic
Speaker: Jean Iron — birder, wild life surveyor, and nature tour leader.
Svalbard is a group of Arctic islands halfway between Norway and the North Pole with glacial ice covering more than half its land mass. Come and explore this remote and spectacular wilderness for Ivory Gulls, various alcid species, Polar Bear, Walrus, Reindeer, and arctic wildflowers. Svalbard has some big surprises too. You’ll love this adventure.
Monday, November 20, 2017
A journey into the woods: Understanding Lyme disease ecology in Ontario
Guest speaker: Dr. K. Clow, postdoctoral fellow at the Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph
We will explore the key ecological factors associated with the blacklegged tick and Lyme disease in Ontario. Emphasis will be placed on the role of habitat, climate and wildlife for the establishment and spread of this emerging disease. Participants will be provided with practical knowledge on how to protect themselves from blacklegged ticks, while still enjoying the great outdoors.
Monday, January 15, 2018
Citizen Science and the Ontario Reptile and Amphibian Atlas
Guest speaker: Ontario Nature Staff
Citizen Science is a new name for an old idea – collecting observations that contribute to collective knowledge. Ontario Nature’s citizen science program connects our 30,000 members to citizen science projects across the province, including the Ontario Reptile and Amphibian Atlas (atlas). The atlas is an Ontario Nature-led citizen science project that maps the distribution of reptiles and amphibians across the province, over time, and has data dating back to the 1900s.
Monday, February 19, 2018
Environmental Changes – The Role and Consequence of Human Activity
Speaker: Bill McIlveen
Major changes in the composition and arrangement of the natural environment have always taken place; however, human activity has brought about tremendous upheaval in the environment in recent times. The topics covered in this presentation include a review of some significant changes brought about by the spread of many types of organisms purposefully or accidentally introduced to our part of the world. The list includes new animals, new plants, new pests and diseases, new species used in agriculture and even organisms (e.g. diseases) that affect humans as well.
Monday, March 19, 2018
Guest speaker: Bill Pratt
This is a 3-part AV presentation (Arctic Dreams, Algonquin Wild, and the Yukon) that was featured at the Canadian Camera Conference in Ottawa in 2017. Presented by its creator, outstanding nature photographer, Bill Pratt.
Monday, April 16, 2018
Annual General Meeting and Members Night
Featuring presentations and displays (slides, art, photos, etc.) by members