Ticks and Lyme Disease
Speaker: John Burnett, Niagara Region Public Health
Date: September 18
Time: 7:00 pm
Location: Our regular meeting location

The topic for the first meeting of our new program series is both timely and important. Stories about ticks and Lyme disease have been in the media for most of the spring and summer, warning us to take precautions when exploring the outdoors.

The bacterial disease is transmitted through a bite by the blacklegged tick, also known as the deer tick. Sometimes the bite will be marked with a red bulls-eye type rash, but not always. This can make it very difficult to determine whether the bite is from a tick carrying the disease bacteria or from another species of tick.

For many years, Lyme disease went undiagnosed because its symptoms mimic those of more common illnesses, such as Fibromyalgia or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. If caught in its early stages, it can be successfully treated with a regime of antibiotics. If left undiagnosed until its later stages, it can be devastating.

Our speaker on September 18th is John Burnett, Team Leader with the Niagara Region Public Health Department. He is supervisor of Vector Borne Disease programs, where he has oversight of the Department's response to the emergence of ticks & Lyme disease in the Niagara Region. He will give us the facts and dispel any myths surrounding the disease. Don't miss this opportunity to learn more about Lyme disease and how to protect yourself and your family. Admission is free an all are invited to attend.

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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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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