Date: Monday December 10, 2018
Speaker: Dr. David Galbraith
Topic: The Roots that Grow Deep: Trees, Heritage & Conservation
While we often think of cultural heritage and natural heritage as separate topics, they share something very important. They are all about the stories we can tell based on the environment around us.
Whether we are telling stories about our own history or that of nature, these stories become richer and deeper when we can bring into them direct evidence of the past.
Trees can be considered as essential components of both the natural and cultural heritage of an area. We’ll see what stories we can tell about trees in our area, combining the fields of natural and cultural heritage to seek a deeper understanding of the importance of nature in urban areas.
Dr. David Galbraith is Head of Science at Royal Botanical Gardens. He studied wildlife biology at Guelph and Queen’s universities, completing his doctoral dissertation on ecology of Snapping Turtles and Wood Turtles.
He joined RBG in 1995 to bring conservation projects together among botanical gardens across Canada. In 2006 David was appointed head of the science department, overseeing the library, archives, and herbarium, research staff, and use RBG’s resources by outside researchers.
Since 2007 he has led the development of the Cootes to Escarpment EcoPark System, a natural lands park alliance in Hamilton and Burlington, in part for which he was named Hamilton Environmentalist of the Year in 2010.
Free. All welcome. Meet & greet at 7 pm. Contact Lou email@example.com for more information.
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.
Monthly meetings can also been seen on our calendar along with other HNC events.
Date: Monday, November 12, 2018
Special speaker: Tyler Schulz, Deputy Environmental Commissioner of Ontario
Topic: Ontario’s Environmental Bill of Rights
Tyler Schulz, Deputy Environmental Commissioner of Ontario, will provide an overview of Ontario’s Environmental Bill of Rights. He will also discuss topics from the recent annual reports, with an update of the government’s progress on environmental protection and greenhouse gas emissions reductions.
The Environmental Commission of Ontario is a bridge between the public and the government on environmental issues.
Tyler Schulz is the Deputy Environmental Commissioner of Ontario. Tyler provides leadership and management oversight of the office of the Environmental Commissioner of Ontario (ECO), and provides support and strategic advice to the Commissioner and staff on a variety of issues.
Tyler is passionate about educating, and helping Ontarians use, their public participation tools under the Environmental Bill of Rights. Previously, Tyler worked at the ECO as the Director of Operations, providing oversight, support and advice on issues concerning administration, customer service, public education and information technology. Before that, Tyler worked at the ECO as a Senior Policy & Decision Analyst, focusing on wildlife management, waste diversion and increasing Ontarians’ awareness of their environmental rights.
Tyler completed a M.Sc. and Ph.D. at Dalhousie University, first studying seal evolution, and then sperm whale communication. During graduate school, Tyler realized his passion was to work in the civil service as an “environmental ombudsman,” standing up for people’s rights and empowering them to achieve environmental protection.
More about the Environmental Bill of Rights is available https://eco.on.ca/blog/the-environmental-bill-of-rights-your-environment-your-rights-is-now-available-in-cree-oji-cree-and-ojibwe/
Date: Monday, September 10, 2018
Speaker: Rudy Fectau
Topic: Plants and Archaeology in Ontario: A 5,000 years history of plant use
Date: Monday, October 15, 2018
Speaker: Kriss Gandier
Topic: Fungi – The Fifth Kingdom