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, March 23, 2020 - CANCELLED

Polar bear social behaviour in southern Hudson Bay

Join us as Courtney Mondoux shares her research experience with polar bears of the southern and western Hudson Bay subpopulations. Her MSc research was conducted out of Trent University and was based on capture data from 1999-2013 for the southern and western Hudson Bay subpopulations of polar bears which include parts of Ontario, Manitoba, Quebec, and Nunavut.  She will talk about how polar bear individuals and groups, especially maternal groups, organize themselves when they come together on shore in the summer after the sea ice breaks up. On the sea ice, there is lots of space, but when polar bears come ashore they have to co-exist at a higher density.  Her talk will discuss family groups, influence of age, sex and reproductive status on distribution, even adoption of wild offspring.

 

Monday, April, 2020

Michipicoten Island Perspectives 

Join us for an entertaining and informative evening of exploring Michipicoten Island from a unique perspective. You will hear about the recent history of caribou; indigenous perspectives and a bit about our new Nature Reserves on the island. Gord Eason a retired MNR biologist and resident of Wawa will discuss why caribou were originally restored to the island, the growth of the population, the decline of caribou following wolf occupancy, and the subsequent transfers of caribou from the island. Leo Lepiano who works at the intersection of philosophy, art, ecology and politics, will provide an indigenous perspective on traditional use and significance of the island and its resources as well as a contemporary perspective on the island, the plight of caribou and how indigenous communities view the island as part of their traditional territory. The sub-title for Leos talk is “At the Crossroads: The Lake Superior Caribou and the Challenge for Conservation in the Anthropocene”. Sue Bryan will talk about the two Nature Reserves purchased by the Thunder Bay Field Naturalists and the site visits that have taken place. Each of the speakers will also share their vision of the future of Michipicoten Island, the plant and wildlife communities occupying it, and their vision of a desirable outcome regarding the future of caribou on Michipicoten Island and along the north shore of Lake Superior. The evening will conclude with a question and answer session and general discussion. 

 

This is the last of our indoor talks for this season. Check back on this page in late summer to see what is ahead for the coming season.


 

Past Talks

To view a list of past indoor lectures CLICK HERE