A Naturalist in Africa

Club member Linda Wells will do a special illustrated presentation on her recent wonderful trip to Africa. Areas visited include the South Africa Fynbos, a Tanzania safari in 4 parks, and Kenya at the great Sokoke Forest on east coast for an expedition to the birds, and snorkel and scuba (newly licensed location). Do not miss this presentation!

Skylarks

A club member review of these birds in Canada and around the World. Larks are passerine birds of the family Alaudidae. All species occur in the Old World, and in northern and eastern Australia. Only one, the Horned Lark, is native to North America. Habitats vary widely, but many species live in dry regions. Skylarks will be discussed on the west coast by Mary Pape with literary references.

Kawartha Turtle Trauma Centre

Special Guest Presentation. Club members will enjoy this presentation by this non-profit wildlife hospital that specializes in providing medical and rehabilitation care to Ontario’s native turtles. Once healed these turtles are released back into their natural habitat. KTTC also provides an outreach program to promote healthy turtle populations and stewardship. Presentation arranged by club member Mary Pape.

Shrikes

A members’ presentation on Shrikes. These unique bird species in Southern Ontario; the endangered Loggerhead shrike in the and the Northern shrike in the winter are native species have amazing physical adaptations and exciting life histories.

Club Annual Meeting & Club Executive elections: Nominations can be made for positions, but ask the nominee before the meeting.

Fracking

A members’ presentation on the controversial practice of fracking in the oil business. What is it? How does it work? Where is it used and what is its impact on the environment?

Christmas Season Party

Members will gather for a special social evening of fun, conversation, camaraderie and cheer. We will again be fortunate to gather at the home of Dr. George and Joyce Burrows at their house. This is a Pot Luck food event. Please RSVP!

Nature Hiking

An afternoon adventure in a Regional Forest location in the South Lake Simcoe area. Actual details of the trip will depend on weather and existing conditions. Meet at Coffee Time, Highway 48 south of Baldwin at 1:00 p.m. Dress for the weather. Phone Paul at 905-722-8021 if you plan to participate.

Mothing

Plan to take part in one popular naturalist activity. Mothing is a special evening outing to search and find moths in our area to identify. The activity is growing everywhere and in England where it has become quite the rage. Club member Mary Green, and husband Gerry have offered their property and experience to introduce members in the past to the activity. We would meet at the Greens’ at 8:00 p.m. Phone Mary at 705-437-1262 to confirm for participation. Members will be advised by e-mail of details and developments if/when a date is arranged.