On Thursday, March 29th, the Mississippi Madawaska Land Trust (MMLT) will hold its Annual General Meeting at the Mississippi Valley Conservation Centre near Carleton Place, beginning at 6:30 p.m. It’s always an opportunity to get together with like-minded friends and listen to a great speaker as well as conduct the Land Trust’s legislated business.

Dr. Goulet

This year we are fortunate to have Henri Goulet as our keynote speaker.  Dr. Goulet is a retired entomologist who worked for Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada for 33 years and continues on as Honorary Research Associate.  Decline in the Diversity of Insects is the topic of Dr. Goulet’s talk and his presentation will include an array of stunning photographs.

While most Ontario residents would not be sorry to see fewer mosquitoes, they seem to have escaped the decline.  However, there is some concern about the overall decline of diversity of insects.  Almost 40% of agricultural products are pollinated by insects other than bees.  The decline in flying insects is also thought to be related to a decline in insect-eating birds.

According to Dr. Goulet, it has become clear that there is a direct relationship with the diversity decline and the use of herbicides in corn and soybean crops in the Ottawa and Montreal region. Corn and soybeans are relatively new crops introduced respectively in the early 1970s and mid-1980s.

MMLT is currently celebrating its 15th anniversary.  It has legally protected 2,538 acres (1,027 hectares) of ecologically significant lands in eastern Ontario.  While faithful to its core land conservation mission, MMLT encourages public use of these wilderness properties for the documented physical, mental, educational, and spiritual benefits arising out of nature experiences.

The Mississippi Valley Conservation Centre is located at 10970 Highway 7 in Carleton Place.  Doors will open at 6 p.m. and the meeting begins at 6:30 sharp.  There will be a refreshment break following the AGM and Dr. Goulet’s presentation will begin at 7:30 pm.  Entrance for MMLT members is free and the presentation is $10 for non-members.