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, September 23, 2019

Confessions of a Natural History Photographer

Join us for an entertaining talk by Stephen J. Krasemann, a noted nature photographer.  Stephen has had a long and distinguished career as a photographer including assignments from Time-Life, Audubon, NationalWildlife and National Geographic magazines. He has worked as the publicity photographer for the Walt Disney movie, Never Cry Wolf, spent over two years following mountain lions for German GEOmagazine and recorded the continued demise of African wildlife for Newsweek. His photographs have appeared in myriad advertisements for liquors, fashion products, environmental companies and have been published in every major natural history publication worldwide. In addition, he has received both Picture­ of the Year and Wildlife Photographer of the Year awards.

Join Stephen as he shares his experiences in pursuing great nature shots and talks about some of his memorable adventures.


Monday, October 28, 2019

Ecological Perspective on the Thunder Bay Field Naturalists Area of Interest

This special evening will focus on the Territorial District of Thunder Bay,, which is the stated area of interest of the Thunder Bay Field Naturalists and which spans a vast and diverse area of land and water from the north shore of Lake Superior to the Albany River, and from Pukaskwa to Quetico. Gerry Racey will start with a description and discussion of what drives the ecology of this landscape and what makes it special and different from all other areas in Ontario.  This perspective will go from global to local and address climate (and climate change), the geology, soils, forests and natural processes such as fire that shape our landscape and support the flora and fauna. 

                  Later in the evening, the four members that represent TBFN on Local Citizens Committees: Peter Nicholas (Lakehead Forest); Mac Squires (Dog River Mattawin Forest); Rob Foster (Black Spruce Forest) and Gerry Racey (Armstrong Forest) will provide a brief overview of resource management issues being discussed among land managers and their perspective on those issues. Effective TBFN participation on these groups requires the representatives to collectively reflect the interests of the club. This part of the evening is an open invitation for an ongoing dialogue between all members and those that represent them on the Local Citizen Committees.       

Throughout the evening, we encourage membership to share their thoughts, concerns and interests about this land and how the Thunder Bay Field Naturalists engage in the enjoyment and management of this landscape and its inhabitants. We would also love to hear whether there is an interest in visiting and experiencing some of the more far-flung features within our Area of Interest. 


Monday, November 25, 2019

Bird Trends in the Thunder Bay Area

Join with us to learn about and celebrate three projects related to bird monitoring and conservation in the Lakehead.  Thunder Bay Field Naturalists have supported over the years Project Peregrine, the Thunder Cape Bird Observatory and the Christmas Bird Count. This support has come in terms of financial support and countless volunteer hours.  Brian Ratcliff will describe the background and achievements of Project Peregrine, which has achieved its objective of helping bring Peregrine falcons back from the brink. Al Harris will highlight the achievements of the Thunder Cape Bird Observatory, and especially the trends detected from this significant monitoring effort that is contributing to a broad understanding of local and regional trends in migratory and resident bird population health. Finally, as we approach the Christmas Bird Count (CBC) season, Bill Greaves and Nick Escott will share the longer-term trends revealed in the local and regional CBC data and some of the highlights from this long-running citizen science project. You will hear about plans for this year and how you may get involved.


Continue to check back on this page as more talks are added for the coming season.


Past Talks

To view a list of past indoor lectures CLICK HERE