Indoor Lectures

Thunder Bay Field Naturalists meet on the fourth Monday of September, October, November, January, March and April at Lunan Hall, St. Paul's United Church, 349 Waverley Street, Thunder Bay. Take the sidewalk to the left of the main church entrance.

Please note that meetings begin promptly at 7:00 p.m. so that we will finish early enough to have time to socialize over tea and coffee after the presentation.

Non-members are welcome.  A small donation at the door to help defray hall rental costs is always appreciated.

If you have a particular topic you would like to see presented or know of someone with a presentation that would be of interest to our club, please bring this to the attention of the gdracey(at)tbaytel(dot)netprograms organizer. Thank you!



Monday, 22 October, 2018

Lichens in and around Ouimet Canyon

Come join Hanna Dorval, a graduate student at Lakehead University, as she shares her explorations of lichen communities in and around Ouimet Canyon. Although often overlooked, lichens are everywhere. These composite, epiphytic organisms have the talent of thriving in places where nothing else can live or grow. However, some species are found exclusively in only the oldest undisturbed forests. A unique community of lichens exists around Lake Superior and in the Thunder Bay District. The size of Lake Superior is responsible for creating microclimtaes found nowhere else in the region and, as a result, arctic-alpine and coastal species of lichens can be found scattered along the lakeshore and within the surrounding forest. Ouimet Canyon Provincial Park holds a similarly unique microclimate, as do many of the canyons found in the Dorion area. Her research has allowed her to explore and document the lichen community found within the canyon and forested area within this park. Her work increases our understanding of lichen biogeography in the Thunder Bay area and provides a baseline understanding of the lichen communities in this area against which future changes may be measured.

Monday, November 26, 2018

Wildlife and Wild-space Photography From A Naturalist’s Perspective

Join Connie and Ken Hartviksen as they present “Wildlife and Wild-space Photography From A Naturalist’s Perspective”. Connie and Ken Hartviksen are Naturalists first, photographers second, and TBFN club members. As well, Connie has managed the TBFN Facebook page for the last 4 years where she shares many of her wildlife and wild-space images.

This talk will explore the use of photographic equipment as a natural extension of the Naturalist’s tool kit. In addition to enhancing and enriching the observation of flora and fauna, the camera has the potential to capture context, species behaviour, interaction between species, in addition to taxonomic features that can be scientifically verified even by a novice. While much can be said in favour of the use of photographic equipment, it’s use also raises ethical issues and concerns.  These topics will be explored through the use of examples and demonstrations during this interactive session.

Note that tickets for the Annual Dinner in February will be available for purchase at this meeting. Cash or cheque only please.

Monday, January 28, 2019

Annual General Meeting and Membership Slide Night

The TBFN Annual General Meeting will be held prior to the slide presentations. The business of the meeting will be to elect members to the Board of Directors, to hear a financial report, and to appoint the auditor. Most of the business is a required formality and shouldn't take much time. It is important for paid up members to attend and participate in this function of the club. An agenda for the AGM will be emailed to current members beforehand.

Memberships for 2019 and tickets for the Annual Dinner in February will be for sale at this meeting. 

Members are invited to share their favourite nature-related photographs from the past year. Each presenter is asked to limit their contribution to a maximum of 10 photographs or a maximum of 7 minutes. Please contact Gerry Racey (gdracey(at)tbaytel(dot)net) by January 17 of your interest in presenting some slides and the general subject matter.  Bring your photographs or presentation on a memory stick to have them loaded on the computer prior to the meeting.  If your presentation requires special software you will have to bring your own computer (please notify Gerry Racey). Presenters should plan on arriving 15 minutes before the 7:00 meeting start time.

Sunday, 24 February 2019

Annual Dinner Meeting

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Check back on this page as further talks are arranged for this season.


Past Talks

To view a list of past indoor lectures CLICK HERE