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February 2019

Nature Guelph Wildflower Series: Phragmites Control: New Research suggests successful removal and control of Phragmites is possible.

February 20 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
John McCrae Public School Library, 189 Water Street
Guelph, ON ca
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Courtney Robichaud, PhD candidate University of Waterloo, will discuss successes and learning's from field research trials to remove and control Phragmites.

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March 2019

Mountsberg: Birds of Prey and Pancakes

March 10 @ 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Mountsberg Conservation Area, 2259 Millburough Line
Milton, ON L0P 1B0 Canada
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March can be a slow month for birding, so it never hurts to stack the deck!  Join birder Kyle Horner on a trip to Mountsberg Conservation Area to see the residents of the Raptor Centre, take in a presentation and visit Maple Town.  We'll explore the woods and reservoir for wild birds too, so don't forget your binoculars!  Please note that there will be an admission fee to enter the conservation area ($7.75 per adult), and you'll need a little…

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Nature Guelph Speaker Series: Climate Change, Ice and Polar Bears

March 14 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
OAC Centennial Arboretum Centre, OAC Centenial Arboretum Centre, College Avenue East
Guelph, Ontario N1G 2W1 Canada
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Nature Guelph Speaker Series - Martyn Obbard: In this talk Martyn will explore the evidence for effects of climate change on polar bears and address the question "Is there a tipping point for polar bears?" Dr. Martyn Obbard is an Emeritus Research Scientist with the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, and adjunct professor at Trent University (Peterborough, Ontario). He retired in 2016 after a 32-yr career with the ministry, including 27 in the research section studying black bears…

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Nature Guelph Wildflower Series: Annual Seed Workshop

March 20 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Free

Take home a tray planted with native plant species. Free for Nature Guelph members, $25 for others. University of Guelph Potting Shed Go west on the South Ring Rd. from Gordon St. Park in the lot numbered P 59 on your left at the end of the road. The Potting Shed is a small building to the right of the Biodiversity Centre.

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Aylmer WMA and Long Point for Tundra Swans and early migrants

March 24 @ 7:00 am - 4:00 pm
Wild Birds Unlimited (parking lot), 951 Gordon Street
Guelph, ON ca
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Every spring Tundra Swans arrive in Southern Ontario on their migration to their breeding grounds in the far north. The Aylmer Wildlife Management area is one of the more popular stops along the way for the Swans. The WMA has several ponds on the site where the local Naturalist club provides corn for the Swans to assist them on their trek. We will visit the site which has both indoor and outdoor viewing platforms to enjoy this spectacle. Depending on…

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April 2019

Nature Guelph Speaker Series: Eat, Prey, Love: the Secret Lives of Spiders

April 11 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Free

Photo by Sean McCann Nature Guelph Speaker Series - Catherine Scott: Spiders are among the most misunderstood animals with whom humans share this planet, but a glimpse into their world of ingenious silk traps, masterful masquerade, and dangerous liaisons will show that they are far more fascinating than fearsome. Catherine is a behavioural ecologist and arachnologist who studies sexual communication in spiders. She completed her MSc degree at Simon Fraser University and is currently a PhD student in Maydianne Andrade’s…

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Nature Guelph Wildflower Series: Fungi – Friend and Foe

April 17 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
John McCrae Public School Library, 189 Water Street
Guelph, ON ca
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Arborist Kyle McLoughlin will introduce us to the fungal world including the pathogenic and symbiotic relationships between fungi and plants. He will also cover basic ID of common mushrooms seen in the Carolinian Forest region of Southern Ontario.

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May 2019

Haldimand Bird Observatory at Ruthven Park, Cayuga

May 5 @ 7:00 am - 4:00 pm
Wild Birds Unlimited (parking lot), 951 Gordon Street
Guelph, ON ca
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Join birder Larry Staniforth as we visit one of the best equipped bird banding stations in Ontario. Located on the National Historical Site at Ruthven Park, the summer home of the Thompson family of newspaper fame. The park not only houses the banding station, but also has a few kilometers of walking trails which during spring migration is a magnet for birds heading north to their breeding territories. Also on the site is an expansive wildflower garden that in summer…

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Nature Guelph Speaker Series: Planet Madagascar: Building Sustainable Forest Communities

May 9 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
OAC Centennial Arboretum Centre, OAC Centenial Arboretum Centre, College Avenue East
Guelph, Ontario N1G 2W1 Canada
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Nature Guelph Speaker Series - Travis Steffens: Travis has been travelling to Madagascar since 2007 conducting research, guiding groups, leading expeditions, and running conservation projects. Travis will take you on a journey to this island of lemurs showing off one of the most diverse places on earth, hosting an incredible array of unique species. From lemurs to chameleons, Madagascar boast some amazing and weird wildlife. Travis Steffens is a Lemur Researcher, International Fellow of the Explorers Club, and founding Director…

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Nature Guelph Wildflower Series: Annual Spring Ephemeral Walk

May 15 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Free

Meet at the Zehrs Hartland Parking Lot, near Dollarama to carpool at 6:30 pm If not carpooling, meet at the Concession 4 entrance to Little Tract. Follow Downey Rd south, turn right onto Concession 4. The entrance with a sign and small parking area is just past Sideroad 10. Spring ephemerals literally “make hay while the sun shines”. Growing deep in the shade of the forest, these plants must flower, set seed and store food for the short six weeks…

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