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!

Upcoming Talks

Monday, April 24, 2017

The Wolverine – Ontario’s Wilderness Weasel, Neil Dawson, Wildlife Assessment Program Leader, Northwest Biodiversity and Monitoring Unit, OMNRF

Yes, Virginia, we do have wolverines in Ontario! Join Neil Dawson as he discusses everything wolverine (except X-men). Learn why wolverine fur is the preferred trim for parka hoods in the Arctic. Where are wolverine found in Ontario? What is their status? Learn about the ecology, past and current research in Ontario, and recovery activities for this captivating member of Ontario’s fauna.

Monday,  September 25, 2017

History and Practices of the Claude Garton Herbarium, and Future of the Herbarium in the 21st Century,  Emma Lehmberg, Curator, Claude Garton Herbarium and Lada Malek, Professor Emeritus, Biology Department, LU

In its 50th year, the Claude Garton Herbarium has been a part of Lakehead University’s Biology department since 1967 and has a collection of 110 000 vascular plants as well as 14 950 mosses, lichens, and hepatics. Beginning with Claude Garton’s collections in the 1910s, the specimens provide a comprehensive picture of the changing distributions, populations, and species that make up the Thunder Bay regional flora. Acting curator Emma Lehmberg and professor emeritus Lada Malek will speak about the history, practices, and future of the herbarium in the 21st century.    

Monday, November 27, 2017

If I Could Fly Like A Raven; A Birds-eye Portrait of Ontario’s Far North, Gerry Racey, retired OMNRF

Join Gerry Racey as he takes you on an aerial pictorial tour of Ontario’s Far North from the Hudson Bay Coast to the conifer forests of the boreal shield and the peatlands of the James Bay Lowlands. This is a landscape few of us will get to experience for ourselves. It is a land of beauty and a land of resources. It is the ancestral home of indigenous peoples. Thought provoking images provide an opportunity to discuss implications of an uncertain future, and better appreciate historical context. Throughout will be an exploration of ecological features, processes and functions. There will be an attempt to briefly identify and place contemporary issues in context.

Check back here as more programs and speakers are confirmed.

Past Talks

To view a list of past indoor lectures CLICK HERE