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Guest Speaker: Victoria MacPhail
Did you know that there are about 500 species of bees in Ontario, alone? There are also many other types of flies, butterflies, moths, beetles and birds that pollinate. With the help of our guest speaker, Victoria MacPhail, we will learn about the different pollinators around us, their important role in nature and agriculture, and how we can attract and support them. Victoria will also introduce us to the new BumbleBeeWatch.org citizen-science website where those who are interested can help researchers find and track rare species with just a camera and an internet connection.
Victoria MacPhail is a Pollinators-a-Risk Initiative Biologist for Wildlife Preservation Canada. She has had extensive experience with many aspects of pollination, from plant breeding systems to insect identification and pollinator-friendly gardening. She has also served as the co-ordinator for the NSERC-Canadian Pollination Initiative network, as well as Co-chair and Director of Publicity and Outreach for Pollination Guelph.
This informative program will serve as a great prologue to our upcoming Butterfly Festival on Saturday, September 20th, from 10 am - 3 pm, at the Stevensville Conservation Area. There will be lots of displays, activities and games for kids, guided nature walks and more. Plan to join us for this family-friendly event.
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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.