Speakers

Speaker Schedule

  • 24 Sep 2021; Doug Tozer; The Canadian Lakes Loon Survey
  • 29 Oct 2021; Samantha Knight; Monarch Butterflies
  • 26 Nov 2021; Glen Brown; Vulnerability of Ontario’s subarctic ecosystem to environmental change
  • 28 Jan 2022; Bree Walpole; Wild Pigs in Ontario
  • 25 Feb 2022; Luke Fuendling; Eastern Loggerhead Shrike – Butcher of the Alvar
  • 25 Mar 2022; Kyle Blaney; Trips in the Arctic
  • 29 Apr 2022; Sarah Jamieson; Role of European Starlings in the Decline of Red-headed Woodpeckers

Meeting Information

Currently our meetings are held online via Zoom. WBFN members receive emails with links and instructions. Please visit our Contact Page for further information.

Note that all regular indoor meetings have been cancelled due to COVID-19. During normal times we meet as follows:
Monthly meetings take place at the Cobourg Public Library, 200 Ontario St., Cobourg, typically during the last Friday of the month and starting at 7:30 p.m. Each meeting will start off with WBFN business, announcements and sightings, typically lasting 30 minutes. Approximately 1 hour is then devoted to our guest speaker. The final 30 minutes allows for meeting the guest speaker and visiting among members and guests. These meetings are open to the public and we encourage guests to introduce themselves.
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Speaker Topics & Descriptions

Friday, September 24, 2021, 7:30 p.m. (Online Zoom Meeting)
Speaker: Doug Tozer
Topic: The Canadian Lakes Loon Survey
Description: We recently used several decades of volunteer data from our Canadian Lakes Loon Survey to document and help explain mysterious declines over the years in the number of Common Loon babies raised to independence (i.e., loon “productivity”). Our analysis shows that Common Loon productivity has significantly decreased across most of southern Canada over the past several decades. Of course, the “million-dollar” question is why is loon productivity declining? In this presentation, Dr. Doug Tozer, Director, Waterbirds and Wetlands, Birds Canada, will overview information from a remarkable 35,000 breeding attempts by Common Loon pairs across the country, collected by over 4000 volunteers. Dr. Doug Tozer is Director, Waterbirds and Wetlands at Birds Canada in Port Rowan, Ontario. He did his undergrad at the University of Guelph and went to grad school at Trent University in Peterborough, Ontario. At Birds Canada, he leads the Great Lakes Marsh Monitoring Program, the Canadian Lakes Loon Survey, and the Long Point Waterfowl and Wetlands Research Program

Friday, October 29, 2021, 7:30 p.m. (Online Zoom Meeting)
Speaker: Samantha Knight
Topic: Monarch Butterflies, A tale of milkweed, migration, and management strategies
Description: The iconic Monarch Butterfly inspires awe in the public and scientists alike, yet populations have rapidly declined in the past few decades. In this presentation, Sam will share recent research from the Norris lab at the University of Guelph, including three studies she led highlighting the role milkweed, migration, and management strategies play in Monarch Butterfly conservation. Sam Knight manages the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC)’s Weston Family Science Program, the organization’s national research program. NCC is Canada’s leading not-for-profit land conservation organization. Prior to starting at NCC in 2019, she worked as a Monarch Butterfly researcher in Dr. Ryan Norris’s lab at the University of Guelph, where she also had completed her Master of Science degree studying Tree Swallow migration patterns. Born and raised in Calgary, Alberta, she recently settled in Halifax, Nova Scotia, after the multi-year layover in Guelph, Ontario.

Friday November 26, 2021, 7:30 p.m. (Online Zoom Meeting)
Speaker: Glen Brown
Topic: Vulnerability of Ontario’s subarctic ecosystem to environmental change
Description: Global warming is a threat to arctic biodiversity, yet little is known about the vulnerability of the subarctic ecosystem in northern Ontario. The region contains the largest wetland in North America, providing breeding habitat for many thousands of birds that migrate north each year. Our work is to clarify the roles of different pathways linking climate to wildlife and is intended to support development of conservation measures and sensitive monitoring indicators. Dr. Glen Brown is an Adjunct Professor at Trent University and Research Scientist at Ontario’s NDMNRF. Glen leads Ontario’s northern animal ecology research program, with research interests linking ecosystem processes, population dynamics, and individual behavioral strategies. He has conducted research on woodland caribou, moose, and habitat management for a suite of forest-dependent wildlife, including songbirds, mammals, and amphibians.

Friday January 28, 2022, 7:30 p.m. (Online Zoom Meeting)
Speaker: Bree Walpole
Topic: Wild Pigs in Ontario
Description: TBA

Friday, February 25, 2022, Annual General Meeting, 7:30 p.m. Join at 7 p.m. (Online Zoom Meeting)
A new Executive Board will be elected. A quorum of at least 25 members is required, so be sure to join the meeting.
Speaker: Luke Fuendling
Topic: Eastern Loggerhead Shrike – Butcher of the Alvar
Description: TBA

Friday, March 25, 2022, 7:30 p.m. (Online Zoom Meeting)
Speaker: Kyle Blaney
Topic: Trips in the Arctic
Description: TBA

Friday, April 29, 2022, 7:30 p.m. (Online Zoom Meeting)
Speaker: Sarah Jamieson
Topic: Role of European Starlings in the Decline of Red-headed Woodpeckers in Ontario
Description: TBA

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