Connecting people with nature in Ontario's Mississippi Valley

Arm Chair Travelers: Viewing Nature Vicariously

The Last Picture Show

All good things must come to an end and Arm Chairs Travelers is no exception. The third and last in this winter’s series will be this Friday, March 8, from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. in the Mississippi Mills Public Library Conference Room (155 High St, Almonte).


Karen and Bruce Thompson are back with a presentation on a two-month road trip from the Blue Ridge mountains south to North Carolina, then west through Tennessee, Kansas, Utah and Montana. Experiencing the awesome landscapes and fantastic fauna will chase away the winter blues and put you in the mood for spring travel.

Lydia Wong, a master’s student at the University of Ottawa, has titled her presentation “For bees or not for bees? Native and non-native floral hosts in an urban landscape.

Amidst the city roads, pavement, traffic, and buildings, urban areas can still be home to a surprising diversity of organisms. In particular, Toronto is home to 364 different bee species despite it being the largest city in our country. Bumblebees, sweat bees, carpenter bees, cuckoo bees and the like have all made habitats within the city’s residential gardens as well as in local parks and ravines. Lydia will talk about who these city bees are, what they do all day, and how we as city-dwellers can make our cities a welcoming place for bees.


Our third presenter, Michael Morash recently retired from a thirty-five-year career with local technology companies serving various technical and business roles. It was during that time and numerous trips around the world that he developed a passion for off-the-beaten-track travel. Since retirement with more time on his hands, Michael continues his off-the-beaten-track adventures with a focus on experiencing diverse world cultures, unique and textured landscapes and exotic and endangered species. Through all these travels his camera is not far from his side.

Michael will talk about his experiences and share photographs from a recent trip to the largest fjord system in the world, Scoresby Sund, Greenland.