Speakers

Speaker Schedule

  • 30 Sep 2022; Todd Farrell; The Northumberland County Forest – Your natural place in the County
  • 28 Oct 2022; Jenny Jackman and Gerry McKenna; Joint Working Group – Wesleyville
  • 25 Nov 2022; Mark Stabb, Conservation, connections and community: A Landscape Conservation Plan for Northumberland
  • 27 Jan 2023; Monica Fromberger, Piping Plover conservation in Ontario Parks – Darlington and Presqu’ile

Meeting Information

Starting in September 2022 WBFN meetings will be held at the Cobourg Public Library and online via Zoom. Members can choose either venue and if by Zoom, will receive emails with links and instructions. Please visit our Contact Page to request further 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 30, 2022, 7:30 p.m.
Speaker: Todd Farrell, Natural Heritage Manager
Topic: The Northumberland County Forest – Your natural place in the County
With more than 25 years of conservation experience monitoring and managing habitats across Ontario, Todd Farrell oversees the Northumberland County Forest in the role of Natural Heritage Manager. Established in 1924 and spanning over 5,500 acres, Todd will highlight the gem that is the Northumberland County Forest and its history, habitats, and management.

Friday, October 28, 2022, 7:30 p.m.
Speakers: Jenny Jackman and Gerry McKenna
Topic: Joint Working Group – Wesleyville
Description: WBFN members Gerry McKenna and Jenny Jackman will provide an overview of the activities of the Joint Working Group – Wesleyville; a joint group of the Willow Beach Field Naturalists and the Northumberland Land Trust. Their presentation will include a description of the ecological features that make Wesleyville important in our County, a synopsis of the surveys undertaken by volunteers of the two clubs, and some of the challenges in conserving these lands.

Friday, November 25, 2022, 7:30 p.m.
Speaker: Mark Stabb, Program Director for the Central Ontario East region of Nature Conservancy of Canada
Topic: Conservation, connections and community: A Landscape Conservation Plan for Northumberland
From Rice Lake to Lake Ontario and from the Ganaraska River Valley to the Trent Hills and beyond, Northumberland County has phenomenal habitat and landscape diversity. The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) and partners of the Rice Lake Plains Partnership (including the WBFN) have collaborated for 20 years to help conserve and steward this natural heritage. Originally focused on the hills and habitats of the Oak Ridges Moraine, the landscape plan that guided the partnership has recently renewed and greatly expanded. Mark Stabb, NCC Central Ontario Program Director, will present an illustrated overview of the landscape diversity of Northumberland and the highlights of the plan – known as the Rice Lake Plains-Lake Iroquois Plain Natural Area Conservation Plan. Come learn about some of the conservation opportunities, successes and challenges that lie ahead for your County.

Friday, January 27, 2023, 7:30 pm
Speaker: Monica Fromberger
Topic: Piping Plover conservation in Ontario Parks – Darlington and Presqu’ile
Piping Plovers were once locally extinct from the Great Lakes in Ontario. They returned in 2007 to nest at Sauble Beach, and later returned to the shores of Lake Ontario in 2015. Monica Fromberger, Piping Plover Biologist with Ontario Parks’ Southeast Zone, will provide an overview of conservation efforts for Piping Plover recovery in Ontario, with recaps of nesting seasons at Darlington and Presqu’ile Provincial Park.

This meeting can be attended in person at the Cobourg Public Library or by Zoom.
To attend in person, please register: Click here to register

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