Beth Gilhespy, past CEO of the Bruce Trail Conservancy and geology enthusiast, will take the audience on a 450 million year old journey to explore the geology of the Niagara Escarpment. Using images, rock and mineral samples, and stories of her adventures on the Escarpment, Beth will provide a comprehensive and entertaining overview of the Escarpment’s formation, how it has changed over time, and its landscape today.
Our December 2020 webinar featured Toby Thorne, Program Coordinator for the Native Bat Conservation Program at the Toronto Zoo. Toby’s talk began with the fascinating and diverse world of bats as a whole, before narrowing in to the species found in Ontario, why they deserve our attention, and some of the projects being undertaken by the Toronto Zoo’s Native Bat Conservation Program to expand our understanding.
The Mottled Duskywing is an endangered butterfly that is restricted to southwestern Ontario and southeastern Manitoba. This species is associated with some of the rarest ecosystems in Canada, such as oak savannas, oak and pine woodlands, tall grass prairies, and alvars with early successional habitat where its larval host plants (Ceanothus spp.) occur. The Mottled Duskywing […]
Rachael Derbyshire will share her stories from the field and preliminary results of her work as she studies the Canada lynx, a keystone species with population cycles that closely follow those of snowshoe hare, including how lynx behaviour changes how they cope with periods of low hare availability and other environmental factors. Building upon previous […]
May 13, 2019: In July 2018, Jessica and Richard drove the Dempster Highway to Inuvik and the new highway from Inuvik to Tuktoyaktuk. The Dempster is a highway in name alone. Both the Dempster and the new highway to Tuk are prone to washouts, landslides, mud that makes the road turn to grease and dry spells that turn the road surface into a dust bowl and a hardpan. It is such a challenge to drive that it is recommended that a heavy duty vehicle equipped with one or more spare tires, a jerrycan of extra fuel and damage insurance, be used.
April 8, 2019: Despite having the greatest diversity of reptiles in Canada, it can be a challenge finding them in Ontario. Our elusive and sometimes stigmatized snakes and turtles face many challenges themselves. What?s being done to help them? Alison will share her knowledge and experiences from the field with a little help from her reptile education ambassador, Noodle.