Connecting people with nature in Ontario's Mississippi Valley

Nature Talk September 16,2021. The Climate Emergency

Welcome to the ’21-’22 series of nature talks offered by the Mississippi Valley Field Naturalists.  The new theme of our talks for the coming year is “Human Interactions with the Natural World“.  Continuing, for at least the three upcoming talks, will be a Zoom presentation format.  This has allowed us to go further afield for some of our speakers, while also featuring some of our local experts in their fields.

Starting off the new season will be a timely presentation by Grant Linney.  In the words of Grant, once science unequivocally presents you with a problem (e.g., climate change), we must solve it. It’s not too late — yet.

Grant Linney is an actively retired outdoor and environmental educator. Trained by Al Gore in 2010 to become a Climate Reality presenter, he has now delivered more than 650 presentations on climate change, constantly updating his talks with the latest science.

As with previous nature talks, you must be a MVFN member in good standing. Reminder – the MVFN membership year extends from April 1 to March 31 of the following calendar year.  If you need to join or renew your membership, please go to our website in the JOIN US section and complete the membership form.

Here is the Zoom link for the September 16th Nature Talk
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85131290913?pwd=TVNKR1gyVi9yR2ZJcFlUNnYvU1dYZz09

Or, use the
Meeting ID: 851 3129 0913
Passcode: 667457

Date: Thursday, September 16, 2021
Time: 6:45 p.m. for socializing & familiarization with Zoom,

Nature Sightings: 6:50 p.m. Ken Allison will discuss any sightings sent to him before noon on the 14th or you could add them to our iNaturalist project.  Please add “MVFN Nature Talk Sighting” in the Notes section of the observation posting

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A Visual Tour of Some Notable Native Trees of Eastern Ontario – Nature Talk Feb 18th

 

 

 

We are pleased to announce our upcoming presentation of MVFN Nature Talks. On Thursday, FEBRUARY 18, 2021 we will continue with our theme of “Eye Wonder: The Magic and Mystery of Our Natural World”. The next speaker in our series is Owen Clarkin.  He will present, via Zoom,  “A Visual Tour of Some Notable Native Trees of Eastern Ontario”.

 

Owen Clarkin grew up near Russell, Ontario, and has been studying the trees of Eastern Ontario as a dedicated amateur since the age of 4. Since finishing a terminal degree in the natural sciences in 2012, he is more seriously exploring topics in tree identification and ecology from an Eastern Ontario perspective, together with a core group of colleagues. In addition to leading public nature hikes, Owen regularly contributes to local and worldwide plant identification
forums on social media.

Note: Due to the increasing popularity of our Nature Talks on Zoom, you must pre-register for this event and be a MVFN member in good standing. If you’re sure that you’ve renewed your membership for the 2020 year, or if you have your MVFN membership card handy and it says 2020, simply complete this form to register.

If you need to renew your membership, please go to our website in the JOIN US section and complete your renewal before February 13. Then register for the ZOOM presentation.

Date: Thursday, February 18, 2021
Time: :6:45 p.m. for socializing & familiarization with Zoom,

Nature Sightings: 6:50 p.m. Ken Allison will discuss any sightings sent to him before noon on the 17th or you could add them to our iNaturalist project.  Please add “MVFN Nature Talk Sighting” in the Notes section of the observation posting.

Place: A computer, tablet or phone near you

We look forward to seeing you online!

 

 

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Recording of January Nature Talk Available

Dear MVFN member,

A recording of the January Nature Talk by Micheal Runtz is available for viewing. Because we are only allowed to share it with members (not the general public) the recording is view only. You will not be able to download the file and save it. Please complete the form found here.

If you need to renew your membership, please go to our website in the JOIN US section. Then register to receive a link of the presentation.

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Algonquin Wild – January 21 Nature Talk by Michael Runtz

January 21 Nature Talk

We are pleased to announce our upcoming presentation of MVFN Nature Talks. On January 21, 2021 we will be beginning our new theme of “Eye Wonder: The Magic and Mystery of Our Natural World”. To kick things off we have a special guest – Michael Runtz, on ZOOM presenting:

Algonquin Wild

 

 

Few places offer a biodiversity as rich as that of Algonquin Provincial Park. For nearly five decades Michael Runtz has explored and documented the Park’s natural history. His lavishly illustrated presentation will explore the dynamic nature of Algonquin through the four seasons. A popular keynote speaker and media guest, Michael was the only Canadian featured in the TVO/NHK Japan’s Superteachers series.

Note: Due to the increasing popularity of our Nature Talks on Zoom, you must pre-register for this event and be a MVFN member in good standing. If you’re sure that you’ve renewed your membership for the 2020 year, or if you have your MVFN membership card handy and it says 2020, simply complete this form to register.

If you need to renew your membership, please go to our website in the JOIN US section and complete your renewal before January 16th. Then register for the ZOOM presentation.

Date: Thursday, January 21, 2021
Time: :6:45 p.m. for socializing & familiarization with Zoom,

Nature Sightings: 6:50 p.m. Ken Allison will discuss any sightings sent to him before noon on the 19th or you could add them to our iNaturalist project.

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Hidden Signals Nature Talk November 19th 2020

 

 

 

HIDDEN SIGNALS  

Some cryptic animals have conspicuous colour patches that are normally hidden from view but are displayed only when they are at risk of being attacked by a would-be predator.  These hidden signals appear to serve several functions.  In particular, they may startle a predator, causing it flee or at least think again.  When used in escaping prey however, the conspicuous signals may misdirect predator attacks and even make it harder for the prey to be found once they have settled.

Dr. Tom Sherratt from the Department of Biology at Carleton University will survey the use of hidden signals in the animal kingdom and provide evidence that they protect the prey from predators in the ways that have been hypothesized.   Tom will also show that large insect species tend to benefit from hidden signals much more than small ones and describe some experiments with a robotically controlled moth (“Robomoth”) to understand why this is so.

As we are still not able to meet in person, this Nature Talk will be on Zoom. To participate all you need to do is to click on this link or use the Meeting ID and Password.

Meeting ID: 850 8516 5770
Passcode: 655079
 
Date: Thursday, November 19, 2020
Time: :6:45 p.m. for socializing & familiarization with Zoom,

Nature Sightings: 6:50 p.m. Ken Allison will discuss any sightings sent to him before noon on the 19th or you could add them to our iNaturalist project.

Place: A computer, tablet or phone near you

We look forward to seeing you online!

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