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Monthly Public Meetings of the Hamilton Naturalists’ Club

The Hamilton Naturalist’s Club meets monthly, September through May, usually on the second Monday of each month. Meetings are held at 7:00 PM, at the Royal Botanical Gardens, 680 Plains Rd West, Burlington. Parking is free. We begin with socializing. The formal part of the meeting begins at around 7:30 pm.


HNC Monthly Meeting at RBG headquarters (Photo: Stephanie Lechniak-Cumerlato)

Monthly meetings can also been seen on our calendar along with other HNC events.

Date: Monday, September 10, 2018

Speaker: Rudy Fectau

Topic: Plants and Archaeology in Ontario: A 5,000 years history of plant use

Join ethnobotanist Rudy Fectau as he presents his research on plant remains from sites in the Burlington, Hamilton and Brantford area. Plants can tell us the story behind local environmental conditions, the importance of agriculture, and the uses of various kinds of plant products.
Both cultivated species (maize, bean, squash, sunflower, and tobacco) and a wide variety of native plants show the spread of plants through time and space, prehistoric technology, and the economic systems of local people. Free. All welcome. Meet & greet at 7 pm.
Contact Lou lou.mitton628@gmail.com for more information.
Rudy Fecteau has been conducting archaeobotanical research in Canada since 1976, completing several hundred reports describing plant remains from more than 300 sites that include pre-contact, Euro-Canadian and environmental sites across Canada, Ohio, Michigan and New York State. He holds an undergraduate degree in Anthropology from the University of Toronto and an M.A. in Historical Geography from York University. He has recently been appointed as ‘Visiting Scientist’ in the Palaeoethnobotany Lab in the Department of Archaeology, McMaster University. He is currently working on several archaeobotanical projects down in his dungeon in Greensville where he lives with his wife Margaret Ann and several dozen squirrels, a peanut-eating rabbit, blue jays, sparrows, red bellied woodpeckers and the odd deer and fox.

Date: Monday, October 15, 2018

Speaker: Kriss Gandier

Topic: Fungi – The Fifth Kingdom

Join Kriss Gandier to learn about the fascinating world of wild mushrooms and other edible wild foods.
Find out about the best ways to learn and methods used to identify mushrooms, as well as information about mushroom preparation and preservation for culinary purposes.
Free. All are welcome.
Meet & greet at 7 pm. Contact Lou lou.mitton628@gmail.com for more information.
Kriss Gandier has been foraging for mushrooms her entire life, originally in Thunder Bay. She has been a member of the Toronto Mycology Club for over 20 years and has led forays in Cambridge and Kitchener. She currently harvests mushrooms and other wild foods for high-end restaurants including Langdon Hall.