Dr. Steve Windels has worked as a wildlife biologist at Voyageurs National Park in Minnesota since 2003, where he oversees wildlife monitoring, man-agement, and research for the park. He has studied many components of the southern boreal forest ecosystem including beavers, muskrats, grey wolves, moose, bald eagles and common loons. Dr. Steve Windels was re-cently honoured with the 2023 Distinguished Moose Biologist Award at the 55th North American Moose Conference and Workshop. Steve will share stories of the amazing wildlife he has observed over these 20 years.
Hear updates and perhaps be inspired to join some of the many projects undertaken by TBFN volunteers such as the Christmas and other Bird Counts, City Nature Challenge, Eastern Bluebird Project, Gray Fox Project, Great Ca-nadian Birdathon, Thunder Cape Bird Observatory, and the Nature Reserves.
Red, orange, yellow-green, and mineral grey. Leafy, powdery, shrubby, and crusty. Lichens are both eye-catching and astoundingly diverse. This talk aims to break down lichen biology and identification for those without micro-scopes and laboratories. The region boasts and incredible diversity of unique lichens, and we will cover which boreal, temperate, tropical, and arctic-alpine species you might get a chance to see while out exploring.
*Cyanobacteria (blue-green algae) – Nathan Wilson will give an update on the status and recognition of cyanobacteria (blue-green algae) and how to report suspected sightings of it in Thunder Bay District.