Nature Talk Jan 20 2022 Key Biodiversity Areas

Mapping out Canada’s Most Important Areas for Wildlife



Happy New Year to all!  MVFN will begin the year with a nature talk which continues with our theme of “Human Interactions with the Natural World“.  Once again it will be a Zoom presentation format and we are pleased to announce our speaker: Dr. Peter Soroye from Wildlife Conservation Society Canada.

From bumblebees to birds, wildlife across Canada is feeling the threat of climate change and habitat loss.  One of the things we can do to protect wildlife is to identify and map areas that are important for threatened and rare species or ecosystems, biological processes for species, or ecological integrity.  This is where Wildlife Conservation Society Canada comes in: Key Biodiversity Areas (KBAs) are recognized as the places that most need protection.  And there is room for naturalist groups to play a key role. Join our nature talk to learn about some of the high-potential areas for KBA designation in Lanark County and the Ottawa Valley area, and how you can help contribute to conservation through this initiative.

Peter Soroye is the Key Biodiversity Area Assessment and Outreach Coordinator at Wildlife Conservation Society Canada, where he supports both research and communications for the Canadian KBA program.  Peter recently completed his Ph.D. at the University of Ottawa, where he studied the importance of community science for research and the effects of climate change and habitat loss on pollinators.  Peter grew up visiting Algonquin Park regularly, and while he’s a huge fan of everything wild, butterflies and bees hold a special place in his heart.

As with previous nature talks, you must be an 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.

Date: Thursday, January 20, 2022
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 18th 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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