Connecting people with nature in Ontario's Mississippi Valley

Ontario Wild Cats: The Bobcat and the Canadian Lynx

Presented by Dr. Jeff Bowman

Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry

Thursday, November 21st, the Mississippi Valley Field Naturalists continues its 2019-2020 speaker series, “Over, Under and Through – A Closer Look at Nature” with our third speaker in the series Dr. Jeff Bowman.

Since the 1970s, the range of the lynx in Ontario has been shrinking; pulling back up to 175 kilometres further north. At the same time, the bobcat range is expanding northwards. To understand what’s happening between the lynx and the bobcat in Ontario and why, Jeff and his partners from Trent University and the University of Toronto are focusing their studies on two possible scenarios: The Canada lynx is pulling back from the southern edge of its range and the bobcat is taking advantage of milder winters to move farther north.

Jeff will present some results from the work including those generated by models based on fur harvest data and snow track surveys, genetic analysis and GPS tracking of both species.

Dr. Bowman is a Senior Research Scientist with the Wildlife Research and Monitoring Section of the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, and also an Adjunct Professor in the Environmental and Life sciences Graduate Program at Trent University.

He leads Ontario’s furbearer and small mammal research programs, and has expertise in population and landscape ecology, and landscape genetics. He has conducted research on many species and ecosystems, including work on fishers, martens, lynx, bobcats, wolverines, mink, wild turkeys, flying squirrels, and a variety of bat species.

 

Trent graduate student Samantha Morin with a juvenile bobcat under sedation for safe handling.

Our Nature Quiz will focus on Lynx and Bobcat.

Date: Thursday, November 21, 2019

Time: 7:00 p.m. for socializing & refreshments, 7:30 for program

Place: Almonte United Church Social Hall, 106 Elgin St., Almonte

Admission is free for MVFN members (check your membership card). There is an admission fee of $5 for non-members. No charge for youth 18 and under. We always welcome new members.

We hope to see you there!

 

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“Incredible Journeys: The New Science of Bird Migration”

Inaugural talk in the 2019-2020 nature Talks:

Over, Under and Through  –  A Closer Look at Nature

 

 

Pamela Stagg

 

“Incredible Journeys: The New Science of Bird Migration”

 

 

 

 

Thursday, September 19th, the Mississippi Valley Field Naturalists launches its 2019-2020 speaker series, “Over, Under and Through – A Closer Look at Nature”. Our first speaker in the series will be Pamela Stagg.

Pamela’s presentation “Incredible Journeys: The New Science of Bird Migration will focus on how citizen scientists, high tech scientists and researchers are combining their efforts to look into the mysterious and gruelling journeys that migratory birds take. When NASA, the Nature Conservancy and ordinary people, “citizen scientists”, collaborate to study and help conserve birds, the results are extraordinary.

For those who like to “read ahead”, the following link will introduce you to Ebird. The largest citizen-science project in the world.

Date: Thursday, September 19, 2019

Time: 7:00 p.m. for socializing & refreshments, 7:30 for program

Place: Almonte United Church Social Hall, 106 Elgin St., Almonte

Admission is free for MVFN members (check your membership card). There is an admission fee of $5 for non-members. No charge for youth 18 and under. We always welcome new members.

Please refrain from wearing scented products such as perfumes/colognes, hair products, cosmetics, and scented lotions while attending this event,

We hope to see you there!

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