by Mississippi Valley Field Naturalists
On Thursday, February 19, 2015, the Mississippi Valley Field Naturalists (MVFN) present the fifth lecture of their 2014-15 series based on the theme “When A Tree Falls in the Forest, Does Anyone Hear?” Award-winning Carleton University educator Michael Runtz will be guest speaker for this presentation entitled “Environmental Threats to Avian Species”. The talk will take place in the Social Hall of Almonte United Church, 106 Elgin St., Almonte Ontario at 7:30 pm.
Runtz is a well-known biologist and naturalist, and author of many scientific articles, as well as award-winning books such as Wild Wings: The Hidden World of Birds, which features, as do several of Runtz’s books, his own spectacular photographic record of the natural world. A passionate and insightful observer of birds (and many wild creatures) since childhood, in addition to his work in the Carleton Biology department, Runtz educates and inspires the public to learn about the natural world; for example in his role as coordinator of the annual Pakenham-Arnprior Christmas Bird Count and his long-standing volunteer involvement, currently as President, with the Macnamara Field Naturalists Club.
Runtz states: “Rachel Carson was instrumental in preventing deadly insecticides from killing millions of birds. But today many other threats exist, some equally as insidious as DDT. This highly visual presentation will examine a few of the challenges that currently face our bird populations.” Runtz refers to Rachel Carson, author of the 1962 book Silent Spring which first brought to the world’s attention, the startling facts about environmental damage (particularly to birds) caused by pesticides. Birds continue to be threatened, but which threats would Michael Runtz consider the most important for birds today: environmental toxins both new and old? . . . habitat loss? . . . introduced predators? . . . or other threats?
Join MVFN for what promises to be an interesting and informative presentation. The presentation “Environmental Threats to Avian Species” will be held at the Almonte United Church, 106 Elgin St., Almonte, ON at 7:30 pm. Come with your questions about your favourite local species. Refreshments and discussion will follow the talk; there is a non-member fee of $5. For further information, please contact MVFN’s Program Chair, Gretta Bradley, at email@example.com. MVFN’s next outdoor program event will be a nature-photography themed outing on April 25th, and the Birding Committee is planning an Amherst Island Owling trip for February 28th. For these and other MVFN events, membership and club information anytime, please visit http://mvfn.ca.