Trinidad Nature Adventure & Holiday Pot Luck
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When the winter winds of December chill you to the bone, take a break from the cold and visit the sunny island of Trinidad with us during our December meeting and Pot Luck Supper. Those attending will be whisked away to this Caribbean destination with a virtual nature tour conducted by Margaret Pickles.
Margaret is a well-known member of Niagara's naturalist community and has been our guest speaker on several occasions. She is currently a science professor at Niagara College where she teaches chemistry, biology and other nature-related courses. She is also known as the 'Bug Lady' because of her enthusiasm for sharing interesting facts about insects. Last year, she introduced a new course at the College, Bugs Among Us, which gives an overview of insects in society. Margaret is an active member of the Niagara Falls Nature Club and, until recently, editor of her club's newsletter.
In April of 2012, Margaret led a group of fellow nature lovers from the Niagara Falls Nature Club on an adventure to explore the flora and fauna of Trinidad. The group stayed at the Asa Wright Nature Center in the Northern Mountain Range and took day trips to see various habitats and the birds that live in them. They also went to Matura Beach to see the Leatherback Turtles lay their eggs. This was a return trip for Margaret, but seeing it through the eyes of a birder was a new experience. Her presentation captures the highlights of this memorable trip and will be a great addition to our festive evening of food and fellowship. Don't forget to bring a place setting and your favourite pot luck dish to share.
The Bert Miller Nature Club will be hosting a butterfly festival at the Stevensville Conservation Area Saturday, September 21st from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. There will be environmental displays, live butterfly releases, hikes, workshops, native plant sales, kids' activities, and a barbecue and community planting event. There is a 2-page butterfly observation activity to download for citizen scientists to participate in. This family friendly event is free. Bring your own refillable water bottle. The Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority and the Fort Erie Conservation Club are sponsors of this first time festival.
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