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Ecological Perspective on the Thunder Bay Field Naturalists Area of Interest
October 28 @ 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
This special evening will focus on the Territorial District of Thunder Bay, which is the stated area of interest of the Thunder Bay Field Naturalists and which spans a vast and diverse area of land and water from the north shore of Lake Superior to the Albany River, and from Pukaskwa to Quetico. Gerry Racey will start with a description and discussion of what drives the ecology of this landscape and what makes it special and different from all other areas in Ontario. This perspective will go from global to local and address climate (and climate change), the geology, soils, forests and natural processes such as fire that shape our landscape and support the flora and fauna.
Later in the evening, the four members that represent TBFN on Local Citizens Committees: Peter Nicholas (Lakehead Forest); Mac Squires (Dog River Mattawin Forest); Rob Foster (Black Spruce Forest) and Gerry Racey (Armstrong Forest) will provide a brief overview of resource management issues being discussed among land managers and their perspective on those issues. Effective TBFN participation on these groups requires the representatives to collectively reflect the interests of the club. This part of the evening is an open invitation for an ongoing dialogue between all members and those that represent them on the Local Citizen Committees.
Throughout the evening, we encourage membership to share their thoughts, concerns and interests about this land and how the Thunder Bay Field Naturalists engage in the enjoyment and management of this landscape and its inhabitants. We would also love to hear whether there is an interest in visiting and experiencing some of the more far-flung features within our Area of Interest.