Our Next Meeting

Insect-opia

Date: April 21st
Time: 7:00pm
Location: Our regular meeting location

This month's presentation will give us a glimpse into the diversity of insects in the Carolinian zone and their impact on the environment. Our speaker, Cara McCreary, will discuss native vs. invasive species, as well as beneficial vs. pest species, focussing on their effect on agriculture and natural habitats. She will also offer techniques for observing, monitoring, and collecting insects.

Cara holds a Master of Science degree in Environmental Biology from the University of Guelph. Her research focussed on the bean leaf beetle, a pest in the soybean sector of southwestern Ontario. She also has a Bachelor of Commerce degree and an Associate Diploma in Horticulture.

While completing her education, Cara ran a small landscaping business, worked in greenhouse/nursery industries, and was involved in several agricultural research projects through the University of Guelph Ridgetown Campus. As a former director for the Carolinian Canada Coalition, she has a keen interest in landscaping with native species and other conservation activities.

Come out and join us for this fascinating look at insects. Admission is free and all are invited.

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