The Boreal Forest of Northern Ontario
|Speakers:||Dr. Terry Carleton|
|Date:||Feb. 15, 2016|
|Location:||Our regular meeting location|
|Outing:||Fort Erie Waterfowl Tour|
|Date:||Feb. 14, 2016|
|Location:||Lakeshore Rd parking lot near Old Fort Erie|
Our February Annual General Meeting will begin with a short business agenda as part of our charitable status requirements.
Following the formal part of the meeting, Dr. Terry Carleton will give us an overview of the boreal forest and the important environmental role it plays in our lives.
The boreal zone is home to the largest remaining continuous closed-canopy forest, where the annual precipitation exceeds the drying power of the sun. As a result of this excess moisture, there are extensive lakes and wetlands throughout the region. This area is of prime importance in relation to the greenhouse effect and climate change because of its direct contact with the atmosphere. Although the diversity of both tree species and vascular plants is less than in southern Ontario, there is an abundance of moss and lichen species. Dr. Carleton will elaborate on these points, as well as others.
During his early years as a child in England, Dr. Carleton spent his summers exploring nature: damming streams, playing with frogs and fishing for sticklebacks. This interest grew into a passion during his teen years, leading him to pursue a degree in botany at the University Of London, followed by a M.Sc. in ecology at the University College of North Wales. He immigrated to Canada in order to study the virgin boreal forests of northeastern Ontario and western Quebec, obtaining a PhD from the University of Toronto. He joined the University of Toronto faculty in 1978 and just retired last summer. Currently, he lives in Dundas, Ontario, and has been an active member of the Hamilton Naturalists Club, serving on the Board from 2008 – 2013 as Conservation Director.
Plan to join us for this informative talk and discover the wonder of this beautiful region of our province.
All are welcome to attend our February Waterfowl Tour on Sunday, Feb. 14th , at 10 am. Bring your favourite Valentine and meet us at the Lakeshore Rd parking lot near Old Fort Erie. Dress warmly.
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