PAST TALKS

Monday, November 26, 2018

Club members Ken and Connie Hartviksen  spoke to a full house on their passion for preserving nature through the  medium of photography (they are very good at it), and in this day and age how to ensure all naturalists follow their example in an ethical way, along with  the obligation to instil this on others as well. This was a very timely and important topic. Of course there were many images to enjoy and respect and the strong message for ethics came through loud and clear.

 

St. Ignatius student Logan Rooney represented our club (and the great north west) at the recent Ontario Nature Youth Council Summit in Orillia. The experience was well worthwhile and Logan presented tonight on the activities and leadership goals obtained. He is already working on these back home. He is pictured (centre R), standing beside father Paul, brother Hudson (far L) and mother Sherry Vantaa-Rooney (centre L). On the far right is science teacher and TBFN member Jean Hall-Armstrong, who was the driving force in recruiting Logan. The club is indebted to all.

St. Ignatius student Logan Rooney and family


Monday, October 22, 2018

Lakehead University grad student Hanna Dorval is pictured with program Director Gerry Racey after her presentation on lichens: The Diversity of Lichen Communities in Thunder Bay's Ouimet Canyon and environs. She is holding a specimen of Diploschistes Muscorum (a saxicolous species) found on a piece of talus in the canyon. 

The comprehensive talk highlighted her research protocols and results as well as providing a fine overview of the biology of these important mutualistic organisms in our eco-system. The talk was well received by the appreciative audience (Hanna led a recent field trip on lichens to Chippewa ridge as well.


Monday, September 24, 2018

Doug Tate, Ecologist Team Leader with Parks Canada for the Lake Superior Natural Marine Conservation Area, presented a comprehensive review on the definition (of the NMCA), geography (1/8th the size of all of lake Superior!), mandate, and current multitude of activities of this important organization. Doug emphasized the numerous partnerships with other nature protection organizations (including TBFN) and within his elegant PowerPoint, showed a number of important arctic disjunct species within the NMCA. Introduced by Gerry Racey and thanked by President Bruce Thacker (pictured with Doug), the audience appreciated Doug's important work with the NMCA.


Monday, April 23. 2018

John Walas (shown below on the right with club president Bruce Thacker) gave a presentation on Attracting, and keeping Butterflies and Pollinators in your Garden to an attentive audience. John talked about the elements that are necessary to sustain the areas that are in our control, providing an oasis for our indigenous butterflies, bees, and many other pollinators that inhabit our natural areas. He provided the rationale, as well as practical methods, practices and tips that allows our personal gardens, and yards to be destinations, waystations, and refuges for these very important insects and pollinators.


Monday, March 26, 2018

Mike Friday, a fisheries biologist with northwestern Ontario’s Biodiversity and Monitoring Unit, Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, delivered a presentation entitled Lake Sturgeon in the Kamistiquia River to a large and appreciative audience. Over the course of 18 years Mike has been studying  Lake Sturgeon (Acipenser fulvescens) in the lower Kaministiquia River. His talk included movement patterns, behaviour and life cycle requirements as well as management challenges faced by this ancient species living in the lower Kam. His talk presented a well rounded introduction to the species as well as specifics to this particular population from the perspective of an experienced researcher. Thank you, Mike!

 Mike Friday with a specimen of his favourite fish 


Sunday, 25 February, 2018

Annual Dinner Meeting-Current River Community Centre

Dr. Thomas Beery, resilience specialist from the University of Minnesota Sea Grant College Program, located in Duluth presented on the topic of Climate Change and Lake Superior. From current weather events to climate projections, what does climate change look like and feel like in northwestern Lake Superior? He combined the science of attribution, long-term climate modeling, and the everyday experiences of residents to illustrate the growing understanding of how climate change is affecting this area now and the effects that may be ahead. He gave examples of a no-regrets approach to climate adaptation that show what we can do today to make our lives better while also helping us prepare for future climate-related effects. He ended with the message that it’s important to remember that we can still have a positive effect on climate.

 Centre - Dr. Tom Beery

L to R - Bruce Thacker, Dr Tom Beery, Gerry Racey


Monday, November 27, 2017

The club was enlightened by a thorough presentation on Conservation Authorities 101, the work of the Lakehead Regional Conservation Authority. Co-presenting were Tammy Cook, Chief Administrative Officer and Ryan Mackett, Community Stewardship and Public Relations Officer. The talk covered the diverse activities of the LRCA including flood protection and watershed management (with relevant regs and legislation), conservation, education and stewardship activities. Ryan reviewed all of the current properties with good imaging et al. The partnership with TBFN is once again strong; we have common goals indeed...thanks to Tammy and Ryan for representing LRCA.


A second presentation (unfortunately no photo, but see February 2018 Newsletter) was a presentation by Sir Winston Churchill Collegiate & Vocational Institute students Aliya Demidovich and Sharran Sekhon, representing TB District at the annual Ontario Nature Youth Summit Conference at Couchiching Lake in September 2017. Their presentation very much corroborated the TBFN club's support for youth leadership in our common goals; they are already following up with environment action activities here and have joined the ON Youth Council. Also to be thanked was Mr. Doug Jones, their teacher/facilitator from the school.

 

Left to right: Bruce Thacker, Tammy Cook, and Ryan Mackett


Monday, October 23, 2017

As advertised, Gerry Racey, retired OMNRF, presented: If I Could Fly Like A Raven; A Birds-eye Portrait of Ontario’s Far North. This covered a large territory literally and figuratively. The aerial views were dramatic and the ecology of this amazing territory was brought to life by the accompanying discussion. The club thanks Gerry for a unique learning experience.

Gerry Racey 


 

Monday, September 25, 2017

The History and Practices of the Claude Garton Herbarium, and Future of the Herbarium in the 21st Century was presented by  Emma Lehmberg, Acting Curator, Claude Garton Herbarium and Lada Malek, Professor Emeritus, Biology Department, LU. - This spirited presentation put everyone up to date on the history and practice of this outstanding herbarium collection at Lakehead University.

 

Left to right: Gerry Racey, Lada Malek, Emma Lehmberg, Bruce Thacker


Monday, April 24, 2017

 

Neil Dawson (right) is pictured with fellow biologist and club program chair Gerry Racey (left) following his presentation on THE WOLVERINE-Ontario's Wilderness Weasel. The talk thoroughly covered all aspects of the biology, ecology, and even common misconceptions of the iconic ammal. The lively Q&A period was testament to the considerable interest emanating from Neil's talk. Many thanks, Neil.


Monday, March 27, 2017

 

Dr. Rob Mackereth (center), is pictured following his presentation on methyl mercury dynamics and the ramifications on fish and other populations. Connie Hartviksen thanked Dr. Mackereth and spoke of her concerns from the vantage point of the Dog River Mattawin forest, and club program director Gerry Racey introduced our guest to a packed house.


Sunday, February 26, 2017

Annual Dinner Meeting-Current River Community Centre

Dr. Phil Fralick of Lakehead University presented to an appreciative audience of about 120 on the development of the world atmosphere in geologic time with correlation to rock formations in our area. He is pictured with TBFN President Bruce Thacker (left) and TBFN board member Sandy Barro, who thanked Dr Fralick and presented the print of Thunder Cape Bird Observatory shown here as a token of the club's appreciation. An enjoyable evening was had by all.


Monday, November 28, 2016

 

Dr. Len Hutchison is pictured with Dr. Linda Rintamaki following his presentation on Truffles and Truffle-Like Fungi entitled Life underground.


Monday, October 24, 2016

 

Four (count them!)presenters tonight: Gary Davies on Nature Conservancy of Canada, Mallory Vanier on Ontario Nature's Reptile and Amphibian Atlas, Anirudh Shahi on the ON Youth Summit and Council in Orillia, and Emily Kerton (Senior Scientist at Science North) on the Northern Nature Trading program (does not include the beauty she is holding): Science North in partnership with our host, Mary JL Black Library. 


Monday, Sept. 26, 2016

Kathy Sakamoto on The Impact of Sea Lamprey Control on the Ecosystem of the Black Sturgeon River and Dr. Ashley Thomson on the Species at Risk and Invasive Species Handbook of Resolute Forest Products 

Dr. Thomson (centre left) and Kathy Sakamoto (centre right) are pictured with Bruce Thacker and Connie Hartviksen (who thanked our guest speakers). Thanks to all.


Monday, April 25, 2016

Jim Bailey and Jean Hall-Armstrong -

Lake Superior North Shore Remedial Action Plan (RAPS) initiatives

 

 

 Jim Bailey (above) with an important topic for TBFN members.

Co-presenter Jean Hall-Armstrong (below), vitally interested in clean water, seen here in Alaskan paradise.


Monday, March 28, 2016

Christine Drake -

Pukaskwa National Park - A Wilderness Sustained on Lake Superior

 

 


Sunday, February 28, 2016 at Current River Community Centre

Annual Dinner Meeting with Deanna Ford -

Bird Collisions and the Fatal Light Awareness Program

 

David Legge with Deanna Ford


Monday, November 28, 2015

Dr.Stephen Hecnar - 

An Introduction to the Amphibians and Reptiles of Northwestern Ontario 

 

 Steve Hecnar (L) is thanked by Walt Kuch (R)


 

Monday, October 24, 2015

Greg Brumpton and Bill Addison- 

Meteor Showers: the Worst Day in Thunder Bay's History

 

Greg Brumpton (L) holding specimen and Bill Addison (R)


Monday, September 28, 2015

Dr. Allan Gilbert -

The history and activities of Thunder Cape Bird Observatory

 

 

 Allan taking a break from TCBO and birding with another beloved creature.