Join us on Zoom as TBFN member and guest speaker Emir Vidgen delights us for a retrospective talk on a solo sailing expedition across the Atlantic Ocean and back. This visual presentation will highlights some of the challenges of this solo expedition, and the exploration of island stops. A short presentation by Gene Kent on Future for Fridays will open the evening talk.
This workshop is a joint event for TBFN Members and Nature Explorers with Technology (NEWTs).
Connie has extensive experience in photography of many genres, but her passion is photographing wildlife and wild spaces. She has had numerous images published in regional, national and international magazines and you may have seen some of her images on the Thunder Bay Field Naturalists Facebook page. You may also wish to browse her own photography FB page at Connie &; Ken Hartviksen Photography.
In this workshop, Connie will walk you through her preparation and techniques for taking dynamic photographs of wildlife out in the field as well as a brief discussion of the post exposure process. If you wish, bring along whatever device you use to take photographs for some practical hands-on experience.
Come Join Us: Saturday, March 5th at 10 a.m., at Lakehead University Centennial Building Room #3010A. Park anywhere on campus, but Lot 5 is closest. The Centennial Building may be locked, so you will be met in the Agora (main entrance of Lakehead University) prior to 10 a.m.
We are pleased to announce that the speakers have been confirmed. A presentation will be made by Brian Ratcliff, Allan Gilbert and Susan Craig, entitled “The Rhythm of Birding in Thunder Bay District”. The presentation, in play form, will tell how birders engage in their passion through the seasons, with humorous stories about the 2021 Brian Moore Trophy competition. A slideshow will accompany this passionate camaraderie of our local Thunder Bay birders.
Join Keith Wade on Saturday April 23rd for a walk around the Mission Marsh area to observe early spring migrants, with special focus on those waterfowl species that may be present. Meet in the LRCA Mission Marsh parking lot for this family friendly event at 8:45 a.m. The outing will go to 12:00 noon. However, participants can leave at any time for other planned activities. Dress warmly and wear waterproof boots. Parking is $5.00 per car or a current Explore Card purchased from the Lakehead Region Conservation Authority. Contact Keith at (807) 935-3092 the week of the outing to confirm attendance.
Join us as Dr. Matthew Scrafford, Conservation Scientist with Wildlife Conservation Society Canada, shares his unique insight into wolverine biology, behaviour and conservation challenges across the boreal forest of North America. Dr. Scrafford will describe his work near Red Lake, Ontario and Rainbow Lake, Alberta where he has used GPS collars to track wolverine movement, foraging, and survival in industrial landscapes. He also will discuss how this work has informed habitat management for the species. His research in Alberta was featured on the CBC Nature of Things documentary “Wolverine: Ghost of the northern forest”.
After Dr. Scrafford’s talk, there will be a short presentation on the City Nature Challenge 2022 (CNC) along with a demo on how to use iNaturalist.
This guided "family friendly" walk will take place at Mills Block Forest at 8:00 pm. We will look and listen for frogs and evening songsters. Meet at the Mills Block Forest Conservation Area parking lot. Wear waterproof footwear and warm clothing. Bring a flashlight. Contact George Holborn at 622-2113 to confirm. Parking is $5.00 per car or a current Explore Card purchased through the Lakehead Region Conservation Authority.
Join Marian Childs for a walk through the area of the tree plantation. The hike will include a view of early spring flowers including the prairie crocus.
Meet at 9:00 am at the tree farm. Once at the tree farm, meet by the second parking area near the administration building.
Contact Marian Childs at 577-1324 to register or if you have any questions.
Visit the Pearson wetland by canoe. Join us as we paddle up the river to the small lake with the floating mat shoreline. We will lift over two beaver dams, listen for birds, and look for signs of otters, turtles, and waterfowl. Songbirds are plentiful along the river and we will stop for a side trip hike to the talus slope. Weather permitting and if participants are interested, we may walk from the lake across the floating mat into the black spruce forest on the north shore of the lake. Should we decide to do that, participants should be prepared for wet feet and legs. The outing would be the entire morning concluding in mid-afternoon. Bring a lunch. Both the talus slope visit and a possible walk across the floating mat represents a moderate to high level of exertion.