Mysterious, Marvelous Mammals
Speakers: Fiona Reid
Date: May 15
Time: 7:00 pm
Location: Our regular meeting location

Mammals are a passion for this month’s speaker, Fiona Reid. She has been showing them to tourists for several decades, in diverse lands from Brazil to Indonesia and Alaska to Venezuela.

An accomplished writer and artist, Fiona is the author /illustrator of Peterson’s Field Guide to Mammals of North America. She has also written & illustrated numerous other works, including, A Field Guide to Mammals of Central America and Southeast Mexico, The Golden Guide to Bats of the World, and Mammals of the Neotropics.

In addition to mammals, Fiona studies moths and nocturnal pollinators. Her backyard is a 26-acre patch of hardwood forest, ponds and swamp on the Niagara Escarpment, providing her with plenty of habitat to explore. She is particularly devoted to rodents and moths, "the nocturnal, misunderstood realm".

Fiona is a Departmental Associate in Mammalogy at the Center for Biodiversity and Conservation Biology at the Royal Ontario Museum.

Come join us on May 15th for a look at mysterious, marvelous mammals. As always, our meetings are open to the general public and we welcome any visitors, free of charge.

Video on Climate Change
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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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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Nature in Niagara
Spring 2017 issue of The Rambler is here!

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2016-2017 Program

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

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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