General InformationClub meetings are the first Tuesday of every month except July and August at 7:30 p.m. at the Arnprior Curling Club, 15 Galvin St., Arnprior (by the Fairgrounds). Guests welcome: $5 per meeting – Students welcome to attend for Free! Guests are also welcome on field trips and will be asked to make a contribution of $5 to our club. (Students are free.) Please register beforehand and always check this website for updates before heading out on a field trip. NOTE: If you join a field trip, be aware that other participants may take your picture, accidentally or intentionally. So the photo may end up on the mfnc.ca or other websites. It’s a normal part of sharing field trip fun and information. If you don’t want your photo used this way, tell the trip leader or the field trip coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tue01May20187:30 pmArnprior Curling Club, 15 Galvin Street, Arnprior, ON
Alex Sutton, a Ph.D. candidate with the Department of Integrative Biology, University of Guelph, has always been interested in wildlife. He has focused his attention on studying population dynamics of bird populations by conducting research across North and Central America.
Gray jays are an enigmatic bird of the Canadian boreal forest that is well adapted to not only survive, but thrive in harsh winter conditions. Since 1964, gray jays have been studied in Algonquin Provincial Park and this research has provided insight into their life history, behaviour and more recently about how their populations respond to climate change. This presentation will provide an overview of what we have learned from over 50 years of research studying gray jays living on the edge.
Alex has always been interested in wildlife and the outdoors, but became especially interested in birds after beginning his B.Sc. in Zoology at the University of Guelph. This interest developed into a focus on studying population dynamics of wild populations by working on many research projects across North and Central America. He is currently a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Guelph interested in understanding climatic and demographic drivers of population dynamics of Gray Jays in Algonquin Provincial Park.
Leader: Mary Marsh
Host: Linda Sewell
We will have a leisurely walk through the beautiful trails of Linda's property. Here we should find a great variety of the ephemeral flowers of spring, before they disappear in early summer when the tree leaves shade the forest floor. Bring a hand lens and wildflower guide if you have them. Binoculars would also come in handy since there should be time to listen and look for birds. Be prepared for biting insects with appropriate clothing. The walking is fairly easy but wear sturdy shoes. Specific details for meeting and parking will be given to registrants. Register at email@example.com
Tue05Jun20187:30 pmArnprior Curling Club, 15 Galvin Street, Arnprior, ON
Gabriel Blouin-Demers is a Full Professor in the Department of Biology at the University of Ottawa. His main research efforts aim at explaining variation in density of animals across space and the evolutionary maintenance of polymorphism. He works mostly on reptiles, but has published on all vertebrate classes and on insects.
What is a reptile? What are the turtles, snakes, and lizards of Ontario? What is their conservation status? What are the main threats facing reptile populations? How can we help conserve reptile populations? These are the main questions Dr. Blouin-Demers will try to answer during his presentation.
Gabriel Blouin-Demers obtained his B.Sc. from McGill University in 1996 and his Ph.D. from Carleton University in 2001. After a brief postdoctoral fellowship at The Ohio State University, he was hired at the University of Ottawa in 2002 where he currently is a Full Professor in the Department of Biology. His main research efforts aim at explaining variation in density of animals across space and the evolutionary maintenance of polymorphism, but he is also interested in conservation. He works mostly on reptiles, but he has published on all vertebrate classes and on insects. More information is available on his lab website: http://mysite.science.uottawa.ca/gblouin/labo.html.