A Visit to Colombia
Speakers: Marcie Jacklin
Date: Sept 19
Time: 7:00 pm
Location: Our regular meeting location

Greetings to all our friends and members of the Bert Miller Nature Club. We hope you enjoyed the summer and are looking forward to a new season of interesting programs.

At our September meeting, we will visit some of the natural areas of Colombia, where Club member, Marcie Jacklin, spent two exciting weeks in February and March of 2015. Accompanied by local guides and several birding friends, she visited a number of nature reserves, searching out birds and enjoying the beautiful scenery. They arrived in Bogota and then flew to Medellin, located in the Aburra Valley in the Andes Mountains. The group used this as a base for day trips to the Starfrontlet Reserve, the Rio Blanca Reserve and the Tangaras Reserve. From Medellin, they then flew north to Santa Marta for the final leg of their journey.

Birding highlights for Marcie were the stunning looks at Antpittas and Hummingbirds. Antpittas are a family of neo-tropical birds found in Central and South America. They are forest birds that tend to feed on insects at or near the ground, specializing in ants. The incredible scenery was also breathtaking. During the course of the trip, Marcie saw or heard 475 bird species. About 150 were "lifers".

Some of you may remember Marcie Jacklin's and Tim Seburn's presentation on Kenya, which captivated us with the beautiful images of the wildlife and landscape of this country. Her presentation on Colombia will give us a colourful view of another exotic locale with its amazing natural environment. Marcie's personal anecdotes and stories will add more enjoyment to the evening.

Plan to join us for a fascinating visual journey to this beautiful country. Members of the public are always welcome. Don't forget our annual outing to Shagbark Nature Park on Saturday,, Oct. 1st, 10 am for a lovely walk through the woods. Bring gloves and a garbage bag to help with any clean-up along the trail. Meet in the parking lot on Burleigh Rd.

For a complete listing of programs and outings for the coming year, click on the 2016-2017 Program link located on this page.

The Messenger

Don't miss this free screening of The Messenger, a new documentary by award-winning filmmaker Su Rynard (Dream Machine, Kardia). It chronicles the struggle of songbirds worldwide to survive in turbulent environmental conditions brought about by humans and argues that their demise could signify the crash of the ecosystems globally, akin to the disappearance of honey bees and the melting of the glaciers. Reserve your free ticket by contacting the Fort Erie Public Library for your preferred screening time and location.

Video on Climate Change
Butterfly Festival

The Bert Miller Nature Club Proudly Presents a Butterfly Festival!

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Lake Erie Coast Project
Lake Erie Coast Project

Read an update on this year's activities on this important Shared Project between MNR and the our Club.

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Spring 2014 issue of The Rambler is here!

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Card-Carrying Members Eligible for Discounts at Local Businesses!!!

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Lyme Disease

Ontario Public Health Division fact sheet on Lyme Disease.

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2016-2017 Program

The 2016-2017 Program and Membership form are now available.

Latest Meeting Report

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Our Shared Concern
The 10 Melbourne Principles

The increasing conflict between human activities and the biosphere is unsustainable – the climate is changing, biodiversity is decreasing, habitats are being lost and most ecological systems have been significantly altered. If human society is going to prosper in the future, we must immediately adopt ecologically sustainable practices. In 2002 the U.N. Environmental Program proposed the "Melbourne Principles" as a guide to an equitable and sustainable future. In 2009 the Region of Niagara incorporated these principles into the Regional Policy Plan. The Bert Miller Nature Club is now asking that everyone in the environmental community become familiar with the Melbourne Principles and insist that they be applied in their communities as the standard of practice.

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