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Programs Exploring Cootes Paradise and the Nature of Hamilton

COOTES PARADISE: A Place Above All Others

Programs Exploring Cootes Paradise & the Nature of Hamilton

Sunday afternoons, Until December 1, 2019

Fischer Gallery, Art Gallery of Hamilton

Join staff and volunteers from Royal Botanical Gardens and the Hamilton Naturalists’ Club as they explore the amazing nature of Cootes Paradise and our city.


UPCOMING PROGRAMS

Sunday, October 20 at 2 p.m. • AGH Talk: City Centre BioBlitz with the HNC

Join HNC volunteer John Hannah and RBG’s Head of Education Barb McKean on a one-hour city-centre Bioblitz. Walking less than a kilometre, keeping our eyes on the skies and the ground, how many species will we find?

Meet near the Visitor Services desk; this program will take place outdoors, rain or shine so dress for walking about 1 km outdoors.


Sunday, October 22 at 12 p.m. • AGH Film Festival – Nature as Necessary Inspiration: A Guided Hike

This multi-faceted afternoon begins with a guided hike through Cootes Paradise, led by artist Reinhardt Reitzenstein, and David Galbraith, Head of Science at the RBG. Presented as part of In Residence: REITZENSTEIN and Cootes Paradise: A Place Above All Others.

The hike is followed by a screening of Becoming Animal at the Art Gallery of Hamilton at 3:30 pm. Tickets for the film can be found here.


Sunday, November 3 at 2 p.m. • AGH Talk: HAM’s Amazing Local Plants with the HNC

HAM is the three-letter international code for the Herbarium at Royal Botanical Gardens. Containing over 60,000 pressed plants, it documents the science and ecology work that has gone on at RBG for decades. Nadia Cavallin, RBG Field Botanist, and Joseph Mentlik, Botany Intern, will provide a look at the wild and wonderful plants of Cootes Paradise, from micro to macro views of plants selected from HAM.


Sunday, November 10 at 2 p.m. • AGH Talk: Water, Land, Wings and a Cliff: Birds Along the Niagara Escarpment with the HNC

Join Bruce Mackenzie, a Past President of the Hamilton Naturalists’ Club and Director of the Club’s Bird Study Group, and explore the escarpment’s environments and their birds over the last 200 years or so. Traversing two of Canada’s forest zones this UNESCO Biosphere Reserve hosts many unique habitats for wildlife, especially in Hamilton: the biodiversity capital of Canada.


Sunday, November 17 at 2 p.m. • AGH Talk: Sounds of Hamilton’s Natural Spaces with the HNC

Over the last year, the Hamilton Naturalists’ Club has been using bioacoustic monitors to listen to what’s making sounds in our local natural spaces. Join HNC’s field events director, Rob Porter, and hear the discoveries that just a small number of volunteers have made from the thousands of hours of recordings.


Sunday, November 24 at 2 p.m. • AGH Talk: Talking Turtles with the HNC

Join staff and volunteers from Royal Botanical Gardens and the Hamilton Naturalist’s Club as they explore the amazing nature of Cootes Paradise and our city.

Cootes Paradise is recognized nationally as an IMPARA (Important Area for Reptiles and Amphibians). Our reptile list includes six turtle species: five of these are native species that are in decline, while the sixth is a problem – an invasive introduction from the southern US. Join an RBG naturalist, and explore the world of turtles with the help of two hard-shelled friends.


Sunday, December 1 at 2 p.m. • AGH Talk: Making Cootes a Paradise Again with the HNC

Join staff and volunteers from Royal Botanical Gardens and the Hamilton Naturalist’s Club as they explore the amazing nature of Cootes Paradise and our city.

In 1826, its rich biodiversity resulted in Cootes Paradise being described as, “….a place above all others yet known in Canada…” In 1974, Cootes Paradise was declared dead, its wetlands degraded by 150 years of human abuse. Royal Botanical Gardens is working to restore balance to this significant Great Lakes coastal wetland; find out how this work is done with the help of Jennifer Bowman, RBG’s Aquatic Ecologist.