Events & Meetings

General Information

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! Annual General Meeting may be an exception. 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 events@mfnc.ca.  

Event Information:

  • Tue
    06
    Oct
    2020

    Comparative Diversity

    7:30 pmZoom Meeting

    Our Presenter:

    Art Goldsmith, a long-standing member of the MFNC, worked at Parks Canada and Environment Canada for many years. As part of the Biodiversity Convention Team, he assisted in the establishment of the UN Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity. His boyhood interest in nature developed into an understanding of and lifetime commitment to ecology and conservation.

    The Presentation:

    The comparative diversity tour will begin on the east and west coasts of Canada, Alaska, and Yukon, where species are adapted to the varying ecosystems, including many birds which we sometimes see migrating. Species similar to those in our area, and some species we never see are also featured. On our travels, we'll see how diversity tends to skyrocket as we go south and into nearshore marine ecosystems. Speciation is of great interest to ecologists and there are some great courses at Carleton and Queen's if you wish to go deeper into the topic.

    European species also show so many similarities, and differences. The similarities point to our continents being joined at some point. We will venture to Spain, where some astonishing efforts are being made to conserve biodiversity. Photos of key and noteworthy species will be presented.

    The last part of the presentation will take us from the more biodiverse American south back home along the Atlantic coast and inland to our Great Lakes/St. Lawrence Region where the Eastern Flyway for migrating birds is featured. We will also enjoy seeing ecological changes as one goes from South to North. Just for fun, and because it is something I only know about because of Michael, Bergmann's rule will be explored.

    Biography:

    Art Goldsmith is a long standing member of the MFNC and worked at Parks Canada and Environment Canada for many years, particularly with the Biodiversity Convention Team where he assisted in the establishment of the UN Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity. This is very boring as Art said!

    Art’s boyhood interest in nature developed into an understanding of ecology and conservation. His career in Parks and Environment Canada occasionally interfered with his studies of wilderness. However, Art is now dedicated to his own conservation and ecological studies and his exploits can now be followed at: artnatureculture.blogspot.com.