Are Mosquitoes More Dangerous Than They Used To Be?
Speaker: Dr. Fiona Hunter
Date: November 20
Time: 7:00 pm
Location: Our regular meeting location

West Nile Virus, Zika Virus, Yellow Fever – these mosquito transmitted diseases can have serious consequences. As a result of climate change, new species of biting insects are making their way north, creating concern about the transmission of disease. Recently, two mosquitos, the Asian Tiger and the Yellow Fever, were found in the Windsor area.

Dr. Fiona Hunter, a professor and researcher at Brock University, will give us an overview of the data she and her students have collected. Throughout her academic career, she has focused on biting flies: black flies, mosquitos, deer flies, horseflies and no-see-ums.

When West Nile Virus first appeared in Ontario, there was an urgent need for mosquito surveillance and identification, as well as for viral testing of mosquitos. Initially, this was all done as research at Brock University. After 2004, Fiona's spin-off company, Entomogen, Inc., became a service provider for many health units and First Nations communities across Ontario. The company continues to hire students each summer for West Nile mosquito identification and viral testing.

In 2012, Brock University opened a Containment Level 3 lab for studying live West Nile Virus-infected mosquitos. Currently, Fiona and her students are using the lab to study Zika-infected mosquitos to understand what makes one species a competent vector and another a non-competent vector.

Bring your questions and find out the latest research on this important topic.

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Butterfly Festival

Butterfly & Pollinator Festival

  • Sunday, June 11, 2017
  • 11 am – 3 pm
  • Free Admission
  • Stevensville Conservation Area

Join us on Sunday, June 11th, from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., at the Stevensville Conservation Area, 2555 Ott Rd., Stevensville, for the third Butterfly Festival in the Fort Erie area.

Plan to spend a fun filled day learning all about butterflies and other pollinators. There are plenty of activities for everyone to enjoy, such as nature hikes, native plant sale, and displays.

The little ones will also be kept busy with creative crafts and games. A new addition this year is a Story Walk called "Ask Me" by Bernard Waber and Suzy Lee. A walk in nature while reading this picture book mounted on story boards will delight one and all.

Join Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority's Deanna Lindblad for a talk on the topic "No Space is Too Small" at 1:00 p.m. Find out how to do small "restoration" work in your backyard pollinator garden.

The Fort Erie Conservation Club will also have soup, sandwiches, water, tea and coffee for sale for hungry visitors.

Entrance to this family friendly event is free, so be sure to bring the kids.  The Butterfly Festival is sponsored by The Bert Miller Nature Club, the Fort Erie Conservation Club, the Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority, and volunteers from various organizations in Niagara.

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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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Lyme Disease

Ontario Public Health Division fact sheet on Lyme Disease.

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2017-2018 Program

The 2017-2018 Program and Membership form are now available.

Nature in Niagara
Spring 2017 issue of The Rambler is here!

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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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