Speakers

Speaker Schedule

  • 25 Sep 2020; Josh Sayers; Have you seen Ontario’s elusive Badger? (Online Zoom Meeting)
  • 30 Oct 2020; Lesley Sampson; Insights into Coyote/Human Dynamics (Online Zoom Meeting)
  • 27 Nov 2020; Toby Thorne; Toronto Zoo’s Native Bat Conservation Program (Online Zoom Meeting)

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 25, 2020, 7:30 p.m. (Online Zoom Meeting)
Speaker: Josh Sayers
Topic: Have you seen Ontario’s elusive Badger?
Description: Biologist Josh Sayers, leader of the Ontario Badger Project, a conservation program to save the grizzled grey creatures, calls them “ghost-like” because they are nocturnal, few people ever see them. Plus, they have a huge range that they move within every few days. One badger around Tillsonburg, Ont., called 32,000 hectares home.
Originally from rural Lambton County, Josh has spent the last 15 years or so working across North America and the Caribbean on a variety of research and conservation projects studying a wide range of mammals and birds. His primary focus for much of the last decade has been the Ontario Badger Project, which he started along with his wife Danielle Ethier, and Chris Kyle of Trent University.

Friday, October 30, 2020, 7:30 p.m. (Online Zoom Meeting)
Speaker: Lesley Sampson
Topic: Insights into Coyote/Human Dynamics
Description: Lesley Sampson’s research and practice center on canid behavior and nonlethal coexistence methodologies. She is consulted across North America and abroad, facilitating human-wildlife conflict resolution and outreach. Her extensive fieldwork experience has included collaborations with both scientific and government agencies, working with the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, local governments, community scientists, and researchers from Queen’s, Manitoba, Toronto, and Guelph Universities.

Friday November 27, 2020,7:30 p.m. (Online Zoom Meeting)
Speaker: Toby Thorne: bat researcher at the Toronto Zoo
Topic: Toronto Zoo’s Native Bat Conservation Program
Description: When I met that first bat I could not have imagined that I would end up at the Toronto Zoo working on a program to conserve them. The zoo’s Native Bat Conservation Program is part of our commitment to conservation excellence, and particularly the Canadian species in our backyard. bats in North America need all the help they can get. In the past decade several million bats have died because of White Nose Syndrome — a fungal disease introduced from Europe. There are eight resident bat species in Ontario, half of which are now listed as endangered. Bats are also threatened by habitat loss, wind turbines and urbanization.A difficulty with conserving bats is our poor understanding of many aspects of their ecology and needs. Addressing knowledge gaps for bats is a large part of the zoo’s bat program.

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