Speakers

Speaker Schedule

  • 27 Sep 2019; Amanda Tracey; Brighton Wetlands
  • 25 Oct 2019; David Geale; Butterflies of South America
  • 29 Nov 2019; Kathryn Peiman; The Return of the Atlantic Salmon
  • 31 Jan 2020; Elora Grahame; Decline of Whip-Poor-Will and The Nighthawk
  • 28 Feb 2020; Gail Fraser; Bad Reputations: Cormorants and Conservation
  • 27 Mar 2020; Jeff Bowman; Flying Squirrels in Ontario
  • 24 Apr 2020; Josh Sayers; Ontario Badger Project
  • 29 May 2020; WBFN Members; Varied short presentations by members

Meeting Information

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 27, 2019, 7:30 p.m.
Speaker: Amanda Tracey
Topic: Brighton Wetlands
Description: Join guest speaker Amanda Tracey PhD, Coordinator of Conservation Biology for Central Ontario-East with the Nature Conservancy of Canada to look back on the first season of stewardship work at the Brighton Wetland property. This 223 acre property is a mix of lush coastal wetlands and agricultural fields that is home to many interesting plant and animal species. From Phragmites management to breeding bird surveys and even some grassland restoration work, Amanda will share the details of all of the interesting discoveries and challenges from the 2019 field season.

Friday, October 25, 2019, 7:30 p.m.
Speaker: David Geale
Topic: Butterflies of South America
Description: Since 2000, David has guided bird and butterfly tours in Peru and other Andean countries, especially Colombia. His knowledge of South American birds always impresses clients and he has become one of the region’s most popular guides. Recently he has taken a keen interest in butterflies and is quickly becoming an expert on Andean species. Starting in 2018 and carrying on through to 2019, he began to run more tours in South America’s biggest country – Brazil! The variety of butterflies is astounding and in 2018 he visited the Pantanal and the Amazon. In early 2019 he was seriously smitten by the beauties of the Atlantic Rainforest.
David splits his time between Canada, where his family is located, and South America.

Friday, November 29, 2019, 7:30 p.m.
Speaker: Kathryn Peiman
Topic: The Return of the Atlantic Salmon
Description: Join guest speaker Dr. Kathryn Peiman Program Coordinator of the Ontario Federation of Angler and Hunter’s Lake Ontario Atlantic Salmon Restoration Program since 2018. She has worked with birds and fish throughout her career and completed her MSc at the University of Guelph, PhD at UCLA, and was a Postdoctoral Associate at Macquarie University (Australia) and Carleton University (Ottawa).

Friday, January 31, 2020, 7:30 p.m.
Speaker: Elora Grahame
Topic: Decline of Whip-Poor-Will and The Nighthawk
Description: TBA

Friday, February. 28, 2020, 7:30 p.m. – Annual General Meeting – Doors open at 6:30, meeting starts at 7:30. Come early to enjoy a social time prior to the meeting and browse the offerings of the Silent Auction.
Speaker: Gail Fraser
Topic: Bad Reputations: Cormorants and Conservation
Description: TBA

Friday, March 27, 2020, 7:30 p.m.
Speaker: Jeff Bowman
Topic: Flying Squirrels in Ontario
Description: TBA

Friday, April 24, 2020, 7:30 p.m.
Speaker: Josh Sayers
Topic: Ontario Badger Project
Description: TBA

Friday, May 31, 2019, 7:30 p.m.
Speakers: WBFN Members.
Topic: Member’s Night Presentations.
Description: TBA

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