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!



Friday, 27 July, 2018

Bumblebee Workshop

A talk on bumble bees, including their conservation status, what you can do to help, and the Bumble Bee Watch citizen science program, will be held on Friday, July 27 at 7:00pm (Lunan Hall, St. Paul’s United Church).  

This will be followed on Saturday, July 28 by outings to search for and learn how to identify bumblebees in Thunder Bay in the morning and to Keith Wade’s rural Murillo property in the afternoon.  Meet at Boulevard Lake Park (parking lot just north of Algoma St N off Lyon Blvd W) for 9:30am Saturday.  If desired, arrangements can be made to meet for just the afternoon in Murillo.  

Bring insect field collection nets if available, water, and lunch. Closed toed shoes, long pants, hat, sunscreen, and bug spray recommended. For more information contact Victoria MacPhail at vmacphail(at)gmail(dot)com or Marian Childs at marianchilds(at)shaw(dot)ca 

This event is free to TBFN members and the public. Preregistration would be appreciated. Preregister here:


Monday, 24 September, 2018

Lake Superior National Marine Conservation Area and Preliminary Biological Surveys  

Join Doug Tate, Ecologist Team Leader with Parks Canada responsible for the Lake Superior National Marine Conservation Area. Doug will talk about the NMCA and describe the geography, the mandate and share some of the ongoing activities to document and understand the shoreline ecosystems and marine environment within its boundaries and how it relates to other conservation efforts on Lake Superior’s spectacular coast. Work in 2018 has focussed on biological inventory of islands and nearshore waters in Nipigon Bay, Rossport area, and islands south of Black Bay Peninsula.  An initial assessment of the arctic-alpine plant community of Lake Superior's north shore, as represented on the NMCA islands, will be featured.    


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.


Check back on this page through the summer as the next round of meetings are planned starting in September.


Past Talks

To view a list of past indoor lectures CLICK HERE