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February 17, 2020

Natural Selections Speaker Series 2020


The Ingersoll Library is once again partnering with the Ingersoll District Nature Club to offer four compelling lectures about environmental topics relevant to Oxford County. The series starts on Thursday, January 30 at 7:00pm with Professor Alan MacEachern, Dept. of History, Western University presenting on “A Brief History of Climate Change”. All lectures are FREE and open to all ages. No registration required.

Thursday January 30th @ 7pm
Professor Alan MacEachern, Dept. of History, Western University - “A Brief History of Climate Change”
Alan will be remembered from last year’s series, bringing more information on climate and its effect. A broad overview of the changes to climate over the decades gives a convincing picture of how climate is changing and why we shouldn’t ignore it. Dr. MacEachern is a faculty member in the Department of History and the Director of NiCHE (Network in Canadian History & Environment).

Thursday February 20th @ 7pm
John Enright - “Seeding the Butternut’s Future – Will Climate Change Impact Trees in Oxford County?”
Join us to hear John, a Certified Forester with the Upper Thames River Conservation Authority and Butternut Specialist.  He and other partners are working with the Forest Gene Conservation Association in managing a Butternut Seed Orchard in Oxford County just south of Innerkip.  Home to approximately 174 grafted butternut from across the province, shown to have some tolerance to butternut canker, the team works on reproduction in order to save tree genetics of this species-at-risk. This, along with his work with “assisted tree migration” to Oxford County, will shed light on work being done to save species and prepare for a hotter, drier climate in the future.

Thursday March 19th @ 7pm
Tim Arthur – “Wild Algonquin – What do we have to lose?”
Tim Arthur, a London-based birding and wildlife professional, brings years of experience in wildlife guiding, speaking engagements, as well as field work for Bird Studies Canada.  Tim notes his favourite place in Ontario is Algonquin Park, where he spends between 3 and 4 weeks every year canoeing, hiking, biking and snowshoeing all with a camera within reach.  He will speak to the array of wildlife in Algonquin and the pressures they face with climate change through his photos.

Thursday April 16th @ 7pm
Phil Holst – “Conserving it Forward - Why ‘green infrastructure’ matters”
Restoring local wetlands, conserving habitat and creating healthy, natural spaces that support biodiversity are key elements in Oxford's Community Sustainability Plan's environmental pillar. But it takes people like Phil Holst, vice-chair of Stewardship Oxford, chair of Reforest Oxford and a director at Ducks Unlimited Canada, to help make those goals a reality.  Phil has helped make possible 41 conservation projects in our broader local area. The latest of these: the 400-acre re-naturalization of Hodges Pond in Norwich Township.  As our climate continues to change, come learn why wetlands matter and how passion for nature can lead to remarkable conservation projects.