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317 Highland Road East, Kitchener, Ontario  N2M 3W6


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April 28, 2014

General Meeting

404/Rotary Centre
510 Dutton Drive, Waterloo, Ontario
7:30 - 10:00 p.m.

Presentation Topic

Bumble Decline
by
Sheila Colla

 

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About the Presentation
Meet the Bumblebees: Learn to recognize and help conserve local species of these important pollinators.  Sheila will present her current findings on the threats to bumblebees and how people can help conserve them during this crucial time.

About the Presenter
Sheila Colla, Ph.D. was the first to document the decline of native bumblebees in our  region, leading to the Rusty-patched Bumblebee being listed as Endangered in Canada and in Ontario.   She currently works at Wildlife Preservation Canada to bring the Rusty-patched bumblebee and other at-risk pollinators back from the brink of extinction.  She is co-author of A Field Guide to the Bumblebees of North America, Princeton University Press (2014).

 

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Future Meeting Information

 

May 26, 2014

Annual General Meeting

404/Rotary Centre
510 Dutton Drive, Waterloo, Ontario
7:00 - 10:00 p.m.

Ferral Cats and Songbirds: A Dilema
by
David Gascoigne

Plus
Our 2014 AGM Plant Exchange
(see below)

 

 

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About the Presentation
One of the great crises in nature at the present time is the precipitous decline in our songbirds. Some migratory species have declined by as much as 90% over a short period, and their status gives cause for both alarm and concern. David Gascoigne will discuss this phenomenon and attempt to bring a little clarity to an issue which does not always lend itself to simple solutions.

About the Presenter
David Gascoigne has been interested in birds one way or another since the age of eight. At that time, like many other boys of the day, he collected eggs, an activity that was illegal but certainly not enforced and no one perceived it as bad at the time. David’s interest in birds has never waned and he continues as an avid birder, becoming more enthusiastic about birds with each passing day. A world traveller in search of birds, David has birded on every continent except Antarctica, most recently in Ethiopia. David studied ornithology at Trent University in Peterborough and completed the Seminars in Bird Biology at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

AGM Plant Exchange Information
Please bring your donated plants (preferably, but not necessarily, native) for exchangeat our 2014 Annual General Meeting. Place them outside the exterior hall doors and be sure to label your treasures.  Everyone is welcome to help themselves.  Thanks to all in advance!  A great way to add to and share some of your garden treasures with fellow naturalists and finish off another great year!!!

 

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More Future Meeting Information

September 22, 2014 - Mark Nash - The Canadian Peregrine Foundation
Additional topics for 2014-15 to announced in the near future

 

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General Information

Meetings are held from September to May, on the fourth Monday of the month with the exception of December when a special (social) meeting is scheduled.  If the fourth Monday is a holiday, the meeting is scheduled for the third or the fifth Monday.  Our meetings are free and visitors are always welcome.  A special presentation is usually a part of each regular meeting.

 

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Meeting Dates for 2013-2014

September 23 October 28 November 25 December 9
January 27 February 24 March 24 April 28
May 26      

 

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Location

All meetings are held at the Wing 404/Rotary Centre, Dutton Drive, Waterloo, Ontario.

 

Directions

The Wing 404/Rotary Centre is located on the right as you approach the end of Dutton Drive.  Dutton Drive is a short street that runs off the north side of Weber Street West between Albert Street and Northfield Drive.

 

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Time

All regular (general) meetings begin at 7:30 p.m., except the December Social Meeting (6:00 p.m.) and the Annual General Meeting in May (7:00 p.m.)  All meetings are scheduled to end by 9:30 p.m. as we need to vacate the hall before 10:00 p.m.

 

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Meeting Format

The first hour is usually used for general business including the welcoming of new members and guests, and a time when those present (young and old, novice and experienced) share recent sightings of animals, plants and other natural phenomena.

 

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General Meeting Minutes

You may access the approved minutes of the KWFN General Meetings by clicking on the active links below.

 

2012 - 2013 General Meeting Minutes

September 2012    October 2012    November 2012

January 2013    February 2013    March 2013    April 2013    May 2013


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2011-2012 General Meeting Minutes

September 2011    October 2011    November 2011
January 2012    February 2012    March 2012    April 2012    May 2012

  

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2010-2011 General Meeting Minutes

May 2011


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Information Regarding Past Presentations

A summary of the feature presentation at a general meeting is usually published in the subsequent newsletter, The Heron.

At times, due to space limitations in, the summary printed in The Heron is an edited version.  The full text of each presentation summary is available at the link given below.

We appreciate the effort that our volunteer recorders put into the preparation of these summaries.

Also, we appreciate that Michael Frind is currently hosting these documents on his server.

To access the presentation summaries click Go to Michael Frind.

 

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