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The Kitchener-Waterloo Field Naturalists
317 Highland Road East, Kitchener Ontario  N2M 3W6

 

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The Kitchener-Waterloo Field Naturalists, while retaining this title as its incorporated name,
will gradually transition to the use of Waterloo Region Nature as its day-to-day operating name.

 


Programs Coordinator - Genie Berger


 

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January 26, 2015

General Meeting

Wing 404 RCAFA Rotary Adult Centre
510 Dutton Drive, Waterloo, Ontario  N2J 4A8
(Directions)

7:30 - 10:00 p.m.

The Importance of Ecological Corridors
by
Ken Dance

 

 

About the Presentation
The talk will explore the critical nature of landscape connections from the single hedgerow/fence row level to continental scale connections via river valley, lake and sea coasts.
 
Life forms addressed will include insects, birds, bats and others.
 
The geographic scope will range from Ontario's boreal forest, through the Carolinian zone into Arizona/Texas and further into Mexico.

About the Presenter
Ken Dance has been a birder for 50 years and has worked as a Biological Consultant for 37 years.  He has been a guest speaker at numerous naturalists' and service clubs, where he speaks about the role of humans in shaping historic and modern landscapes and the effects that this has on wildlife populations.
 

 

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February 23, 2015

General Meeting

Wing 404 RCAFA Rotary Adult Centre
510 Dutton Drive, Waterloo, Ontario  N2J 4A8
(Directions)

7:30 - 10:00 p.m.

Waynco Rehabilitation Project:
Restoring & Managing Waterloo Region's Prairie & Savanna Heritage

by
Graham Buck, Wayne Buck,
Pat Deacon, Larry Lamb

 

Presentation Information


About the Presentation
The presentation will place emphasis on the gravel pit properties, owned by Waynco, south of Cambridge (Galt) along Hwy 24 and within the Branchton swamp. History of our speakers’ involvement with this restoration effort will be highlighted, and other efforts in the the region will be mentioned as well.
 
Discover unique in Ontario prairies and savannas on the Galt and Paris moraines. Areas here have been brushed out, burned, and replanted over the past few decades. Watch the KWFN activities calendar in August/September of 2015, for field trip opportunities to see the amazing transformation resulting from the efforts spearheaded by this foursome and others.
 
Considering that as many as 75% of plant and animal species at risk in SW Ontario are associated with prairie and savanna habitats, this work is of great significance in preserving these precious habitats, and their species which are seriously declining in number. A good number of these species will be featured in the presentation.

Waterloo Region Nature (KWFN) has supported these restoration and management efforts financially, funding prescribed burns, and has presented Waynco with the club’s conservation award.

About the Presenters
Graham Buck

Species at Risk Biologist
Ministry of Natural Resources.
Wayne Buck
Waterloo Region Nature member
Owner of Nith River Native Plants
Editor of the Native Plant Nuts Column
in The Heron
Pat Deacon
Ecology Consultant for
Natural Resource Solutions
Larry Lamb
Regional Environmentalist,
(specializing in botany and ecosystem restoration)

 

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More Future Meeting Information

March 23, 2015
Peter Blush – Foraging

April 27, 2015
Tony Zammit - Significant Elements of Biodiversity within the Grand River Watershed

May 25, 2015

John L. Riley - will speak on several of the themes from his recent book, The Once and Future Great Lakes Country: An Ecological History. 

 

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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 2014-2015

September 22 October 27 November 24 December 8
January 26 February 23 March 23 April 27
May 25      

 

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Location

All meetings are held at the
Wing 404 RCAFA Rotary Adult Centre
510 Dutton Drive
Waterloo, Ontario  N2J 4A8

 

Directions

The Wing 404 RCAFA Rotary Adult 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.

More Detailed Directions
These directions are from Hwy 85, coming from either direction.  
Take the Northfield Drive exit.  
Go west on Northfield Dr W/Regional Rd-50.   0.7 km
Turn left onto Parkside Dr.
Parkside Dr is 0.2 kilometers past Kumpf Dr     0.5 km
Take the 1st left onto Weber St N/Regional Rd-8.
If you reach Glenelm Cres you've gone a little too far   0.5 km
Take the 1st left onto Dutton Dr.
Waterloo Catholic District School Board is on the corner.
Go to end of street.  The building is the last one on the right.
Lots of free parking.
Enter via the main entrance door and go to the room on right
Welcome!

 

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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.

 

2013 - 2014 General Meeting Minutes

September 2013    October 2013    November 2013

January 2014   February 2014    March 2014    April 2014    May 2014

 

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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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