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 would 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, March 27, 2017

The Impact of Boreal Forest Disturbance on Watershed Mercury Dynamics. Rob Mackereth, Research Scientist with the Center for Northern Forest Ecosystem Research, OMNRF

Mercury is a natural element occurring in air, water and soil, but environmental levels have increased over the past century primarily due to industrial pollution at a global scale. The organic form of mercury, methylmercury (MeHg), can bioaccumulate and biomagnify in aquatic food webs posing a risk to aquatic organisms and other animals that feed on them. In Ontario, most fish consumption advisories are due to mercury contamination. Disturbances such as forest management or forest fire have been shown to influence mercury in forests and in some cases increase the levels in aquatic systems. This presentation will discuss the complex processes involved in forest mercury dynamics, review some research on the issue for northwestern Ontario and beyond and discuss efforts by MNRF to develop best management practices during forest management operations which may help to reduce the mobilization of mercury, and other metals and nutrients, stored in forest soils.     

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.


Check back here as more programs and speakers are confirmed.

Past Talks

To view a list of past indoor lectures CLICK HERE