Club 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.
Leader: Michael Runtz
Meet: in the parking lot of the Metro Store, 375 Daniel Street, Arnprior. Park close to the road. We will carpool from there.
We will look for raptors, geese and ducks at the head pond of the Madawaska River and then explore various other areas around Arnprior in search of local and migrant birds.
Sat04Nov20176:00 pmSand Point Golf Club
Tue07Nov20177:30 pmArnprior Curling Club, 15 Galvin Street, Arnprior, ON
Lynn Gillespie is a Research Scientist in Botany at the Canadian Museum of Nature and an Adjunct Professor of Biology at the University of Ottawa. Her research focuses on the systematics and evolution of flowering plants, especially grasses, spurges and Arctic plants. Lynn completed her BSc at Carleton University and her PhD at the University of California, Davis.
Flowering plants have evolved to become the most diverse and abundant group of plants. Dr. Gillespie will give an overview of the diversity and evolution of flowering plants and explore why they have become so successful. She will also discuss how new ways of studying plants are changing our understanding of their evolution and hence their classification. Examples will include some from our local flora and others from her lab’s research on grasses and spurges.
Lynn Gillespie is a Research Scientist in Botany at the Canadian Museum of Nature and an Adjunct Professor of Biology at the University of Ottawa. Her research focuses on the systematics and evolution of flowering plants, especially grasses, spurges and Arctic plants. Lynn completed her BSc at Carleton University and her PhD at the University of California, Davis. She has conducted fieldwork around the world, including South America, southeast Asia, Madagascar, Australia, and the Canadian Arctic.
Tue05Dec20177:30 pmArnprior Curling Club, 15 Galvin Street, Arnprior, ON
Michael Runtz, an Arnprior native, is one of Canada’s best-known naturalists, nature photographers, and natural history authors. He is with the Department of Biology at Carleton University where he teaches an ever popular course in Natural History.
Beavers are greatly misunderstood animals. Their ability to cut down trees and flood land puts them in a less than favourable light in many peoples’ eyes but these attributes endow beavers with the power to create entire ecosystems. This highly visual presentation will explore the fascinating life of beavers and the important roles they play in the lives of other animals as diverse as dragonflies and moose.
Michael Runtz, an Arnprior native, is one of Canada’s best-known naturalists, nature photographers, and natural history authors. A birdwatcher since the age of five, he has lived, breathed and worked with nature all his life. A dynamic communicator, he is equally at home in the television or radio studio, lecture hall or classroom. Since its inception, more than 45,000 students have signed up for his Natural History course at Carleton University. Michael, who also hosted an international television series Wild by Nature, is in great demand as a speaker for groups as diverse as outdoor educators, professional biologists, schoolchildren, and naturalists’ clubs both in Canada and abroad.
Eleven books on a diverse array of natural history subjects bear the stamp of Michael’s passion, knowledge and stunning photography. These include: Moose Country, The Explorer’s Guide to Algonquin Park, Beauty and the Beasts: The Hidden World of Wildflowers, The Howls of August: Encounters with Algonquin Wolves, Natural History, and, his most recent, Dam Builders: the natural history of beavers and their ponds. Michael’s award-winning photographs (three first place finishes in national photo contests), and natural history columns have graced the pages of numerous Canadian and American magazines and newspapers - nearly 2,000 nature columns with topics ranging from near-microscopic Snow Fleas to towering Moose bear his name.
Michael is also well known for his educational and conservation efforts, for which he has received numerous awards, including an Outstanding Service Award from the Federation of Ontario Naturalists, three University Teaching Achievement Awards (the first to receive that many) and a Lifetime Achievement Award from Carleton University, and The Distinguished Public Education Award from the Canadian Council of University Biology Chairs.