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.
Sun25Mar20187:00 pmArnprior/Pakenham area
Leader: Michael Runtz
Meet: in the Metro store parking lot, 375 Daniel St., Arnprior. Park opposite the store but close to the road. We will carpool from there.
Michael will lead us to several locations where we can expect to find owls. Target species are: Barred Owl, Northern Saw-whet Owl and Eastern Screech-Owl. Along the way we will learn about the ecology and behaviour of these beautiful and fascinating birds. Dress very warmly; we will be standing outside for periods of time. Bring a flashlight and binoculars if you have them. The duration of this event will depend 0n the length of time it takes to find our target species. Register at email@example.com
Tue03Apr20187:30 pmArnprior Curling Club, 15 Galvin Street, Arnprior, ON
David Sharpe is a research scientist at the Geological Survey of Canada in Ottawa, specializing in the glacial geology of Canada. He has worked in many areas of the country including the Oak Ridges Moraine in southern Ontario and the Ottawa region.
We will review the origin and nature of glaciation in Canada, including insights into a number areas in which we have details of glacial landforms and sediments. Then, we will review the application of this knowledge to mineral exploration, groundwater investigations and other applications to land use and construction. We will also introduce an exciting new idea that, in addition to the glaciers, much of the glaciated Canadian landscape has been modified by very large glacial floods that discharged from under the continental ice sheets. Finally, the highlights of glaciation in the Ottawa valley will be reviewed.
David Sharpe is a research scientist at the Geological Survey of Canada in Ottawa, specializing in the glacial geology of Canada as applied to mineral exploration and hydrogeology. He has worked in many areas of the country including Arctic Canada, the barren lands, prairies and most parts of Ontario, including the Oak Ridges Moraine and the Ottawa region. He has degrees in geology from the universities of Toronto, Colorado and Ottawa. He has been an adjunct professor at the universities of Waterloo and Ottawa, where he has also taught courses in glacial geology.
Leaders: Dr. Troy McMullin and Dr. Lynn Gillespie
Meet: 1740 Pink Road, Gatineau
Troy and Lynn, both research scientists at the museum, have been presenters at our club. They will take us on a tour of the collections at the Natural Heritage Campus of the Canadian Museum of Nature. Parking is free. Everyone must check in with security and if arriving early tell the guards you are there on the MFNC outing and give the names of the trip leaders above. Register at firstname.lastname@example.org See below for some background information about the facility:
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.
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.