Index of Toronto Field Naturalists’ Monthly Lecture Reports

Year

Issue

Lecture Title

Presenter

2017

Feb

Ecology of Wolves and Coyotes: Hybridization and Ecology in Ontario and North-Eastern North America

Justin Johnson, Graduate Student, Trent University

2017

Mar

Seeing the Forest for the Deer: Do reductions in deer disturbance lead to forest recovery?

Dr. Dawn Bazely, Professor, Dept of Biology, York University

2017

April

Protecting the Water, Nature and Communities of the Greater Golden Horseshoe

Joshua Wise, Green Program Manager, Ontario Nature

2016

Feb

Biomimicry: Learning from Nature’s Designs

Richard Aaron, Nature Educator

2016

Mar

Changes in the Flora of Rouge Park and Toronto

Gavin Miller, Biologist, TRCA

2016

April

Ontario’s Environmental Bill of Rights: A Citizen’s Toolkit for Change

Ellen Schwartzel, Deputy Environmental Commissioner of Ontario

2016

Feb

Biomimicry: Learning from Nature’s Designs

Richard Aaron, Nature Educator

2016

Mar

Changes in the Flora of Rouge Park and Toronto

Gavin Miller, Biologist, TRCA

2016

April

Ontario’s Environmental Bill of Rights: A Citizen’s Toolkit for Change

Ellen Schwartzel, Deputy Environmental Commissioner of Ontario

2016

May

Ontario’s Badgers

Josh Sayers, Ontario Badger Project

2016

Sept

Ontario’s Orchids: Perpetual Beauty Worth All Costs

Tom Shields, Southern Ontario Orchid Society

2016

Oct

Five Great Extinctions - Are we facing another?

Kevin Seymour, ROM

2016

Nov

Plant Exploration: The Search for Novel Floral Diversity

Spencer Barrett, U of T

2016

Dec

Toronto’s Urban Bird Programs

Emily Rondel, Bird Studies Canada

2015

Feb

What is Happening with Monarch Butterflies?

Donald Davis, Citizen Scientist

2015

Mar

Mosses, Moose’s and Mycorrhizas

Dr. Terry Carleton, recently retired from Faculty of Forestry, U of T

2015

April

What the *#&! Is a Bioblitz?

Shawn Blackburn, Programs Coordinator, Toronto

2015

May

Climate Change Effects on Pollinators

Dr. James Thomson and Dr. Sheila Colla, U of T biologists

2015

Sept

Toronto’s Urban Forests

Janet McKay, Executive Director, LEAF

2015

Oct

Your Pane is their Pain – Preventing Birds from Crashing into Windows

Michael Mesure, Executive Director, FLAP

2015

Nov

Ashbridge’s Bay: The Natural and Human History of a Wetland

Joanne Doucette, TFN member, naturalist, historian and author

2015

Dec

Roads, Citizen Science and the War on Science

Dave Ireland, Managing Director, Centre of Discovery in Biodiversity, ROM

2014

Feb

The Don River

John Wilson, former chair of the Task Force to Bring Back the Don

2014

Mar

The Sky Above: Another Aspect of Our Natural World

Paul Delaney, Astronomy Professor, York University

2014

April

In the Eye of the Beholder: Beauty in the Natural World

Kyle Horner, wildlife photographer and nature educator

2014

May

The Reluctant Twitcher

Richard Pope, long-time Toronto Ornithological Club member

2014

Sept

Sand Dune Conservation

Patrick Donnelly, co-founder, Lake Huron Centre for Coastal Conservation

2014

Oct

Migration in a changing world: a bird's eye view from geolocator tracking

Dr. Bridget Stutchbury, York University biology professor, Canada Research Chair in Ecology and Conservation Biology and author of The Bird Detective (2010) and Silence of the Songbirds (2005)

2014

Nov

Designing Toronto’s Open Spaces: Toronto’s Linear Networks

James Brown and Kim Storey, Brown and Storey Architects

2014

Dec

Origin of Modern Ecosystems

Dr. Jean-Bernard Caron, Curator of Invertebrate Paleontology at the ROM and Associate Professor, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and Department of Earth Sciences, U of T

2013

Feb

Ontario's Wild Bees

Laurence Packer, Melittologist and York University Professor of Biology and Environmental Studies

2013

Mar

Bats: A Lifetime Affair

Brock Fenton, bat expert and Professor, Western University

2013

April

Nature Where Plates Collide, North Pacific and Himalaya

Peter Money, geologist and TFN member

2013

May

Insect Life Cycles: How Insects Cope with Winter

James Kamstra, ecologist and environmental consultant

2013

Sept

Ecology of Breeding Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers

Doug Tozer, Ornithologist, Bird Studies Canada

2013

Oct

Painting Mammals from Life: Creating Colour Plates for Field Guides

Fiona Reid, Departmental Associate, Mammalogy, ROM and Author, Peterson Field Guide to Mammals of North America

2013

Nov

Natural Brazil

Peter and Frances Money, naturalists and TFN members

2013

Dec

The Flies We Despise: Reflections on the Wonderful World of Black Flies

Doug Curry, Senior Curator, Entomology, ROM, and Associate Professor, U of T

2012

Feb

Living with the Wild: Canada’s Early Naturalists and Their Animal Companions

Sharon Kirsch, freelance editor & writer

2012

Mar

Geologic Journey: Seven Months on the Road with the CBC

Nick Eyles, Professor of Geology, U of T, Scarborough

2012

April

Operation Migration: Safeguarding an Endangered Species

Joe Duff, Co-Founder & CEO, Operation Migration

2012

May

Gardening is for the Birds

Cynthia Brown, Stewardship Coordinator, Healthy Yard, TRCA

2012

Sept

The Urban Coyote

Lesley Sampson, Co-Founder, Coyote Watch Canada

2012

Oct

Two Billion Trees and Counting

John Bacher, author of Two Billion Trees and Counting: The Legacy of Edmund Zavitz.

2012

Nov

James Bay and Hudson Bay Birds

Jean Iron

2012

Dec

Ontario Reptiles & Amphibians

James Paterson, Ontario Nature Reptile and Amphibian Atlas Coordinator

2011

Feb

Spiders of Ontario: A Guide to the Identification of Common Species

Tom Mason, Curator of Invertebrates and Birds, Toronto Zoo

2011

Mar

Beyond Fur, Feathers & Flowers: the Underworld of Fins and Filter Feeders

Shawn Staton, Aquatic Biologist, Recovery Planning Coordinator, Species at Risk Program, Fisheries & Oceans Canada

2011

April

Tallgrass Prairie and Savanna Habitats of Southern Ontario

Gavin Trevelyan, former Eastern Coordinator for Tallgrass Ontario

2011

May

The Earth on Display: a Toronto View

Ed Freeman, geologist

2011

Sept

From Great Slave Lake to Svalbard: Travels in the Arctic and Subarctic

Peter Money, geologist, TFN member

2011

Oct

From Earthstars to Destroying Angels: Charismatic Mycoflora of the GTA

Richard Aaron, naturalist and TFN member

2011

Nov

The Dragonflies and Damselflies of Ontario

Colin Jones, Project Zoologist, National Heritage Information Centre, MNR

2011

Dec

Ontario’s Far North: An International Biodiversity Treasure

Justina Ray, Executive Director/Senior Scientist, Wildlife Conservation Society Canada

2010

Feb

Aiming High (and dry): Conserving Biodiversity on the Oak Ridges Moraine

Mark Stabb, Central Ontario Program Manager, Nature Conservancy of Canada

2010

Mar

Toronto’s Urban Forests

Dr. Andy Kenney, Faculty of Forestry, U of T

2010

April

Towards a Bar-coded World

Paul Hebert, Scientific Director, Canadian Barcode of Life Network and Director, Biodiversity Institute of Ontario, University of Guelph

2010

May

Disturbing the Disturbed: Using Biological Control to Recover our Invaded Forests

Sandy Smith, Dean of Forestry, U of T

2010

Sept

The Appalachians and Their Margins

Peter Money, TFN member, retired geologist, nature photographer and amateur naturalist

2010

Oct

The Piping Plover Project of Southern Ontario

Stewart Nutt, Coordinator of the project in Sauble Beach

2010

Nov

Thinking Big about Ecosystems, Evolution and Life

John and Mary Theberge, renowned wildlife ecologists and authors

2010

Dec

From Prickly Pears to Polar Bears: A Look Behind the Scenes of the ROM’s Biodiversity Gallery

Deb Metsger, Assistant Curator, Natural History, ROM

2009

Feb

Greening the Zoo...from invasive plant control to geothermal monkey exhibits

David Ireland, Curator, Conservation Programs, Toronto Zoo

2009

Mar

Understanding the life cycle of Ontario’s hummingbirds

Cindy Cartwright, founder of the Ontario Hummingbird Project

2009

April

Your home and native garden: Creating beautiful natural spaces in the places where we live, work and play

Paul O’Hara, Blue Oak Native Landscapes

2009

May

After the Ice Age: The First Peoples of Ontario

Peter Storck, formerly of the ROM, and author of Journey to the Ice Age: Discovering an Ancient World

2009

Sept

The Natural Treasures of Carolinian Canada

Lorraine Johnson, editor of The Natural Treasures of Carolinian Canada: Discovering the Rich Natural Diversity of Ontario’s Southwestern Heartland

2009

Oct

The Importance of Parks

Ralph Toninger, TRCA, Land Manager, Tommy Thompson Park

2009

Nov

Sixty Years of Birding in Toronto

George Bryant, lifelong birder and longtime TFN member

2009

Dec

The Carden Alvar: A Rural Oasis

Ron Reid, Carden Program Coordinator, Couchiching Conservancy

2008

Feb

Toronto Waterfront Projects and Natural Habitats

Brenda Webster and James Roche, Waterfront Toronto

2008

Mar

Reptiles and amphibians of eastern North America

Sid Daniels, lifelong naturalist

2008

April

The Galapagos and Ballestas Islands

Peter Money, TFN member, retired geologist, nature photographer

2008

May

Flying whimbrels and soaring spirits: an examination of Presqu’ile and Petroglyphs Provincial Parks

David Bree

2008

Sept

No report

 

2008

Oct

Bird Research On Akimiski Island

Jean Iron, renowned Canadian birder

2008

Nov

Contemporary Evolution in Invasive Plants

Spencer Barrett, Professor, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, U of T

2008

Dec

Eighty-Five Years of TFN History

Helen Juhola and Pleasance Crawford

2007

Feb

Diamonds: where they form and how to find them

Dr. Dan Schulze, U of T at Mississauga

2007

Mar

Bon Echo, Sandbanks and Charleston Provincial Parks

David Bree, Park Naturalist, Ontario Provincial Parks: Presqu’ile

2007

April

From Chile to chillier (Patagonia to the Weddell Sea)

Peter Money, TFN member, retired geologist, nature photographer

2007

May

A Blast from the Past: Environmental Changes Recorded by High Arctic Lake Sediments and Organisms

Marianne S. Douglas, PhD, Professor in the Earth and Atmospheric Sciences Department, University of Alberta in Edmonton, and Director of the Canadian Circumpolar Institute.

2007

Sept

No report

 

2007

Oct

Adventures in a Palaeontological hinterland: Tropical reefs, giant trilobites and big white bears of the southern Hudson Bay basin

David Rudkin, Assistant Curator (Palaeobiology), Department of Natural History, ROM and Lecturer, Department of Geology, U of T

2007

Nov

Saving Canada’s Boreal Forest – the Case of the Woodland Caribou

David Pearce, Forest Conservation Officer, Wildlands League - a chapter of Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS)

2007

Dec

Migrating Songbirds: Canaries in the Coal Mine

Bridget Stutchbury, York University

2006

Feb

No report

 

2006

Mar

Ontario Nature’s Greenway

Steve Hounsell, President of Ontario Nature

2006

April

Evergreen Commons At The Brick Works

David Stonehouse, Manager, Common Grounds, Evergreen

2006

May

ONTARIO BREEDING BIRD ATLAS IN THE HUDSON BAY LOWLANDS

Mark Peck, Department of Natural History, ROM

2006

Sept

Conservation of Northern Boreal Forest Wildlife

Dr. Justina Ray, Director, Wildlife Conservation Society Canada

2006

Oct

Cannibalistic Spiders

Maydianne Andrade, Zoologist, U of T

2006

Nov

Cultural and Natural Heritage and Toronto’s Rivers

Ron Fletcher, author of The Humber: Tales of a Canadian Heritage River and Over the Don.

2006

Dec

The Ultimate Superorganism: The Honeybee

Gard Otis, Professor, Department of Environmental Biology, University of Guelph

2005

All

No reports

 

 

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