Meetings

Upcoming Meetings

All Meetings start at 7:30 p.m. at the York Region Police Building Meeting Room (Baseline Road between McCowan and Civic Centre Road) unless noted otherwise.

  • Tue
    11
    Apr
    2017
    7:30pm - 9:30pmYork Regional Police, 3 District, Community Meeting Room, 3527 Baseline Road, Georgina

    The milkweed plant is now well-known for its importance to Monarch butterflies. But it was not long ago that it was known as a pest plant and noxious weed. We will take a detailed look at this actually beautiful wildflower in our area, and consider recent efforts to encourage its introduction and expansion in Ontario as a grassland prairie meadow plant species. Club members research and presentation.

  • Tue
    14
    Mar
    2017
    7:30pm - 9:30pmYork Regional Police, 3 District, Community Meeting Room, 3527 Baseline Road, Georgina

    Mining of rock, ore and precious stones is an activity well known to Canadians. Infact it is responsible for much of our historical and contemporary wealth. Much of this activity occurs in Canada but also and increasingly in other countries in the world by Canadian Mining companies. This meeting will be a broad brush look at mining and practices and what impact this activity has on natural ecosystems, wildlife, water and other things here in Canada and abroad. Club members research and presentation.

  • Tue
    12
    May
    2015

    As the Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority completes its Policy Review focusing on wetlands, many of our (SLSN) comments in the process with Ecojustice Lawyers have been incorporated into the new Policy, assuming the LSRCA Board passes it. However, SLSN noted the absence of drainage feature guidelines or sufficient policy to ensure the protection of unconfined and non-apparent valley features, particularly protection of streams in drainage. In addition to protecting wetlands, protection of these headwater areas are crucial to ensuring the long term sustainability of the watershed. Headwaters provide a multitude of functions and alterations to these features can cause adverse impacts on both aquatic and terrestrial integrity in the watershed. This meeting will report on this problem in our area. P.H.

  • Tue
    14
    Apr
    2015

    The night sky in the autumn is occasionally alive with turning, swirling colours in Georgina. We will investigate research and report on the Aurora Borealis here and in the far north. If anyone has good pictures please bring them to the meeting. Member researched and presentation evening.

  • Tue
    13
    Jan
    2015

    The night sky in the autumn is occasionally alive with turning, swirling colours in Georgina. We will investigate research and report on the aurora borealis here and in the far north. If anyone has good pictures please bring them to the meeting. Member researched and presentation evening.

  • Tue
    11
    Nov
    2014

    As the winter sets in some arctic birds arrive in our area. Snowy owls come down from the arctic some years. What do they do in their arctic homes, why, when and how do they come south. Member researched and presentation evening.

  • Tue
    11
    Nov
    2014

    Club members Hessel and Mary Pape will present an illustrated talk on this unique wild place, its history, natural heritage and future. Don’t miss this presentation about this mysterious islands off the east coast of Canada.

  • Thu
    23
    Oct
    2014

    Sue Chan will present current knowledge regarding neonicotinoids pesticide use in Canada. Don’t miss this must see presentation! Everyone welcome. There will be a small silent auction and baked goods for sale as in past years. Club members please donate few, but unique auction items. Paid up Club members reserve seats with $5.00 donation by September 20. Non-members $15. as space allows. At this point, the event this year will be at our regular meeting place, York Region Police Building Meeting Room (Baseline Road between McCowan and Civic Centre Road). Limited seating. Phone Carol 705-437-2993 or Mary 705-437-1262 for further information.

  • Tue
    09
    Sep
    2014

    Paul Harpley will review current research for members.

    Old Growth Forests : These forests are remnants of the once extensive, deep, and dark mature tree forests that once were widespread in Southern Ontario pre-European settlement. Members will research and report on them in the province and in our local area. Member researched and presentation evening.

  • Tue
    10
    Jun
    2014

    Club members Carol McDermott and Pat Stanojevic recently completed a Tour of South Africa visiting many areas of natural and cultural heritage. They will take us on a travelogue of their journey at the meeting. Do not miss this presentation!

  • Tue
    13
    May
    2014

    As the migratory birds arrive, and our Canadian birds that spend the winter here come into our area, they are preparing to nest and have young. Bird houses are one thing we can do to attract them to our properties and help them be successful. Hear and see what diversity there is in making and installing bird house. Bring some examples of them to the meeting. Member researched and presentation evening.

  • Tue
    08
    Apr
    2014

    Our birds and mammals have evolved physical adaptations, behaviour strategies and skills to survive the coldest and snowiest winter weather that Southern Ontario can deliver. Hear some of the ways Chickadees to Snowshoe hares and more do this. Member researched and presentation evening.

  • Sat
    01
    Feb
    2014
    Fri
    28
    Feb
    2014

    Call Paul Harpley to Register 905-722-8021. Date to announced later. Organized by Paul Harpley.

  • Tue
    14
    Jan
    2014

    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!

  • Wed
    01
    Jan
    2014
    Fri
    31
    Jan
    2014

    Call Paul Harpley to Register 905-722-8021. Date to announced later. Area 10 organized by Paul Harpley.

  • Sun
    29
    Dec
    2013

    The Annual Count this year is an official Audubon Society and Bird Studies Canada Count. Call Paul Harpley to Register 905-722-8021. Coordinated by Paul and Debra Harpley.

  • Sun
    01
    Dec
    2013
    Tue
    31
    Dec
    2013

    Date and details to be announced.

  • Tue
    12
    Nov
    2013

    What is happening to our native bees and to the important Honey Bee? This is a subject of vital importance to us all. We will review the natural history of bees and explore the current status of them in Ontario and what we can do to help them now and in the future. Member researched and presentation evening.

  • Tue
    08
    Oct
    2013

    Ghost Cat of the high Himalayas. Adventurer and photographer Albert Wierenga will present on an expedition he was a member of, to visit the high country habitat of the elusive Snow Leopard. Don’t miss this must see presentation! Everyone welcome. There will be a small silent auction and baked goods for sale as in past years. Club members please donate few, but unique auction items. Club members reserve seats with $5.00 donation by September 20. Non-members $15 as space allows. The event this year will be at our regular meeting place, York Region Police Building Meeting Room (Baseline Road between McCowan and Civic Centre Road). Limited seating. Phone Carol 705-437-2993 or Mary 705-437-1262 for further information.

  • Tue
    10
    Sep
    2013

    Important earth building geologic features and subjects of ancient and modern human disasters. Also myth and stories of volcanoes are still little known. Even in the 19th and 20th Century volcanoes were the subject of literature and the news from Krakatoa to the Jules Verne book “A Journey to the Centre of the Earth” to Mount St. Helens in our time, volcanoes continue to hold our imagination. Member researched and presentation evening.

  • Tue
    21
    May
    2013

    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.

  • Tue
    09
    Apr
    2013

    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!

  • Tue
    09
    Apr
    2013

    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.

  • Tue
    12
    Mar
    2013

    Mammals, Fish and Herpetiles. Club members will research for presentations on these animal groups in Ontario, and studying ecological implications of their presence.

  • Tue
    12
    Feb
    2013

    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.

  • Tue
    08
    Jan
    2013

    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?