Connecting people with nature in Ontario's Mississippi Valley

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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Circling the Midnight Sun – Oct 22 MVFN Nature Talk

 

 

 

 

 

 

October’s Nature Talk will feature Dr. James Raffan and his presentation originally planned for our Spring Gathering.

PRESENTATION:

Inspired by Sir George Simpson’s overland circumnavigation of the northern hemisphere in the 1840s and latterly by Sir Michael Palin’s epic journeys from pole to pole and around the world at the equator, and concerned that the North too often lives in public consciousness as an unpeopled wilderness, in 2012, James Raffan headed north to 66.6ºN and turned right—travelling along the Arctic Circle through Greenland, Iceland, Scandinavia, Russia, Alaska and back to Canada.  Along the way James met resilient people on the raw edge of climate and cultural change whose inspiring stories were distilled and amplified into a bestselling book and powerful presentation called, Circling the Midnight Sun: Culture and Change in the Invisible Arctic.

James Raffan is that marvelous amalgam: the soul of a poet, the stage-presence of a born raconteur, and the painstaking accuracy of a professional historian.  When he makes a presentation his photos captivate you, taking you to another time and place. He interweaves imagery, music, and storytelling in a way that is engaging, entertaining, and in a wonderful way quite educational. He has the relaxed stage presence of an experienced entertainer and leaves the audience always wanting one-more-story.

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: 817 5300 5964
Passcode: 832795

Date: Thursday, October 22, 2020
Time: :6:45 p.m. for socializing & familiarization with Zoom, 7:00 for program
Place: A computer, tablet or phone near you

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Thinking Differently About Water

 

 

 

 

Nature Talk -Thursday, September 17th

Ian Douglas

Water Quality Engineer, City of Ottawa

When you open your tap, have you ever wondered: where the water comes from?

How did it get here?  What exactly is in it?  What controls its look, taste and feel?  Drawing on observations made during a 30-year career in water quality, engineer Ian Douglas will explore the pursuit of safe drinking water, the importance of source water, and a behind-the-scenes look at what happens in a water treatment plant.  The presentation will conclude with a discussion of some current challenges and issues in drinking water.

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 and use the Meeting ID and Password.

Meeting ID: 833 2756 8028
Passcode: 963369

Date: Thursday, September 17, 2020
Time: :6:45 p.m. for socializing & familiarization with Zoom, 7:00 for program
Place: A computer, tablet or phone near you

We hope to see you there!

 

When you open your tap, have you ever wondered: where the water comes from?

How did it get here?  What exactly is in it?  What controls its look, taste and feel?  Drawing on observations made during a 30-year career in water quality, engineer Ian Douglas will explore the pursuit of safe drinking water, the importance of source water, and a behind-the-scenes look at what happens in a water treatment plant.  The presentation will conclude with a discussion of some current challenges and issues in drinking water.

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 and use the Meeting ID and Password.

Meeting ID: 833 2756 8028
Passcode: 963369

Date: Thursday, September 17, 2020
Time: :6:45 p.m. for socializing & familiarization with Zoom, 7:00 for program
Place: A computer, tablet or phone near you

We hope to see you there!

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Inspiring Canada – by canoe

 

 

Join your MVFN friends, and other ‘kindred spirits’,
Thursday June 18th @ 6:45 pm

Dr. James Raffan is going to help MVFN launch the 2020 padding season with a presentation on the Canadian Canoe Museum.

The Canadian Canoe Museum in Peterborough, Ontario, has stewarded, for the last 20 years, the world’s largest collection of canoes, kayaks and paddled watercraft. Indeed, The Senate of Canada has declared the museum as being “a cultural asset of national significance.” Whether you’ve visited the Museum or not, James’ presentation will undoubtedly share fascinating insights and stories concerning the evolution of this unique window on our shared Canadian heritage…including up-to-date news about the ongoing new museum re-location project!

James, currently Director of External Relations for The Canadian Canoe Museum, has been a part of the museum since its inception, having held a number of roles including, most recently, the Director of Development and Director Emeritus.

The meeting will ‘officially begin’ at 7 pm sharp with a few introductory comments. James’ presentation will be approximately 50 minutes with an additional 15 minutes allotted for Questions. Therefore, the session will ‘officially’ conclude by 8:15 pm

Now that we have some experience with Zoom we are happy to welcome non-members. Please feel free to invite other friends who might be interested by simply forwarding this invitation to them!
To participate all you need to do is to click on the link below and use the Meeting ID and Password.

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89283616641?pwd=TDJQNU5uNTgrYllEMUhhaHVERm05Zz09

Meeting ID: 892 8361 6641
Password: 596890

Date: Thursday, June 18, 2020
Time: :6:45 p.m. for socializing & familiarization with Zoom, 7:00 for program
Place: A computer, tablet or phone near you

Hope to see you all there!

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Thinking Differently About Water

 

 

 

 

Ian Douglas

Water Quality Engineer, City of Ottawa

When you open your tap, have you ever wondered: where the water comes from?

How did it get here? What exactly is in it? What controls its look, taste and feel? Drawing on observations made during a 30-year career in water quality, engineer Ian Douglas will explore the pursuit of safe drinking water, the importance of source water, and a behind-the-scenes look at what happens in a water treatment plant. The presentation will conclude with a discussion of some current challenges and issues in drinking water.

Date: Thursday, March 19, 2020

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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