Upcoming Programs

See also events presented by the GN Medicine Hat Interpretive Program

September 2017

Cycling in Canada for Ethiopian School

Presented by: Vern Hyde

Date: Tue, Sep 26

Location: Police Point Park Nature Centre

Our speaker is Vern Hyde who in 2012 bicycled across Canada with 2 companions to raise money for a school in Ethiopia.

The presentation begins at 8:00 PM.  Prior to the presentation, GN has a business session from 7:00 to 7:45 PM followed by a 15 minutes social time with refreshments.

Previous Programs

June 2017

Biological Control of Weeds

Presented by: Karma Tiberg

Date: Tue, Jun 27

Location: Police Point Nature Centre

Karma Tiberg, Biological Control Technician, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, will  be  giving  a  presentation  on biological control of weeds using insects. In particular she will be talking about  biological  control  of  leafy  spurge  using Aphthona lacetosa.

This is also the Annual Summer Potluck Dinner, which begins at 6:00PM.  Please bring a dish of your choice to share with the group. It can either be a main course, a salad or a dessert. Also bring a plate, utensils and a  lawn chair (we will hold the get together outside, weather permitting). Coffee or tea will be available at the Centre.

May 2017

Pollination Program

Presented by: Dustin Zdan

Date: Tue, May 23

Location: Police Point Nature Centre

Dustin Zdan, Superintendent of the Connaught Golf Club, will outline their environmental programs they  have  put  in place including  Operation Pollinator.   Connaught  is  also  a member  of Audubon International  and  their  Co-operative Sanctuary  Program  for  Golf.   He  will  go  into detail  on the program’s progression.

The presentation begins at 8:00 PM.  Prior to the presentation, GN has a business session from 7:00 to 7:45 PM followed by a 15 minutes social time with refreshments.

April 2017

Prairie Species at Risk on Alberta’s Working Ranches

Presented by: Don Watson

Date: Tue, Apr 25

Location: Police Point Nature Centre

The presentation "Prairie species at risk on Alberta’s working ranches: Achieving recovery through monitoring & adaptive management" will be given by Don Watson, P. Biol. Stewardship Co-ordinator/Project Manager: Operations Grassland. Community (OGC), Alberta Fish and Game.

For almost 28 years of native prairie conservation, OGC has focused its efforts at local scales, working on relatively small parcels of land, and protecting or enhancing habitats for single species. Moving forward, we will not discard this approach (participating wherever there is urgent need, or high value); however, we  will  also  continue  in  our expansion  to  a  focus  on  broad-scale  opportunities.  While  a  small-scale approach  will  certainly  address  proximate  causes  of  the  threats  of  habitat  loss  and/or  degradation,  it cannot be the ultimate solution to reducing or eliminating these threats.

The presentation begins at 8:00 PM.  Prior to the presentation, GN has a business session from 7:00 to 7:45 PM followed by a 15 minutes social time with refreshments.

March 2017

Multiple Species at Risk

Presented by Rachel Whitehouse

Date: Tue, Mar 28

Location: Police Point Nature Centre

The March presentation will be by Rachel Whitehouse, Rangeland Agrologist, who will be making  a  presentation  on  MULTISAR (Multiple  Species  at  Risk). She  will  be giving  an overview of MULTISAR, who they are, what they do, along with some background history of how  they  started  and where  they  are  headed. She  will  describe  the  process  of  Habitat Conservation Strategy  and how it helps at risk species and will give some examples of the enhancements that have been done on private land.

Time: 8:00 PM, preceded by GN AGM at 6:30 PM.

February 2017

Parasitoid Wasps as Biocontrol Agents

Presented by: Sarah McPike

Date: Tue, Feb 28

Location: Police Point Nature Centre

The presentation will be given by Sarah McPike from the Maya Evenden research lab, University of Alberta.

The presentation begins at 8:00 PM.  Prior to the presentation, GN has a business session from 7:00 to 7:45 PM followed by a 15 minutes social time with refreshments.

January 2017

Straw Bale Gardening

Presented by: Sara Joan Armour

Date: Tue, Jan 24

Location: Police Point Park Nature Centre

Sara Joan Armour will discuss her experiences with straw bale gardens particularly emphasizing requirements for, and difficulties in, setting up this type of garden.

The presentation begins at 8:00 PM.  Prior to the presentation, GN has a business session from 7:00 to 7:45 PM followed by a 15 minutes social time with refreshments.

December 2016

Annual Potluck

Date: Sun, Dec 18

Location: Police Point Nature Centre

Following the Christmas Count there will be a windup Potluck Dinner at the Nature Centre at 5:30 PM. 

Please bring a dish of your choice for everyone to enjoy, as well as a plate and cutlery. This is a fun event with reports of the day’s sightings and activities and of possible misadventures.

November 2016

Hiking the Appalachian Trail

Presented by: Kris Samraj

Date: Tue, Nov 22

Location: Police Point Park Nature Centre

Kris  Samraj  hiked  the  entirety  of  the  Appalachian Trail (AT) in 2002 giving him the title, “Thru Hiker”, a badge of honour for backpackers.

The AT is a 2,100 mile (3,360 kms) wilderness trail that runs  from  Springer  Mountain,  Georgia  to  Mt. Katahdin, Maine. The first of the world’s ultra long distance  backpacking  trails,  the  AT  has  a  long  and storied  history.   The  trail  follows  the  ridge  of  the Appalachian  Mountains,  one  of  the  most  ancient mountain  ranges.   The  trail  goes  through  national parks  and  state  forests  including  the  Great  Smoky Mountains (greatest biodiversity in the USA) and the White  Mountains  (some  of  the  highest  recorded wind speeds on land at 231 mph).

But more than anything the  AT  travels through the backyard of  America, sometimes  literally. As much as  wilderness  is  a  part  of  the  trail  experience,  the people  who  live  along  the  way  is  what  makes  it special.

The presentation begins at 8:00 PM. Prior to the presentation, GN has a business session from 7:00 to 7:45 PM followed by a 15 minutes social time with refreshments.

October 2016

Livestock Grazing Effects on Biodiversity

Presented by: Hyland Armstrong

Date: Tue, Oct 25

Location: Police Point Park Nature Centre

The  ultimate  goal  is  to  illustrate  how  livestock  grazing  alters biodiversity. To accomplish this, I found it was necessary to focus on the ecological aspects of livestock grazing. Consequently, this presentation  introduces  the  ecology  of  landscapes,  plants communities and plants. The talk has the following sections:

  • Section 1. A brief discussion about biodiversity and range health;
  • Section  2. Examples  of  the  landscapes  I  managed and the wildlife associated with these landscapes; 
  • Section  3. A  brief  discussion  about  the  interaction between wildlife and livestock;
  • Section 4. A discussion about the impact of grazing on  energy  flow  in  a  plant  community, individual plants,  plant  succession  and  biodiversity.  I  know these  are  complex  subjects,  but  I  use  models  that illustrate  these  complex  issues  in  a  simple  to understand manner; 
  • Section 5. A brief discussion about managing livestock behavior.

The final part involves a discussion about managing sage grouse habitat and elk winter habitat. I will summarize the goals, the participants, the grazing strategy and the results of the projects.

The presentation will be given by Hyland Armstrong, MSc in Range Management, Ret. The presentation starts at 8:00 PM.  Prior to the presentation, GN has a business session from 7:00 to 7:45 PM followed by a 15 minutes social time with refreshments.

September 2016

Alberta’s Aquatic Invasive Species Program

Presented by: Tanya Rushcall

Date: Tue, Sep 27

Location: Police Point Park Nature Centre

Alberta’s  Aquatic  Invasive  Species  Program  has  advanced  from  being nonexistent  to  a  comprehensive  provincial  program  that  has  achieved broad-based  public  and  stakeholder  support  in  a  short  amount  of  time. 

While  there  are  many  aquatic  invasive  species  (AIS)  that  pose  a  risk  to Alberta waters, quagga and zebra mussels(Dreissena rostriformis, Dreissena polymorpha)  are  a  significant  concern  due  to  the  threats  they  pose  to water  conveyance  infrastructure  and  the  aquatic  environment.  Alberta  is home  to  the  most  irrigation  infrastructure  in  Canada,  and  this  is  a  very tangible threat. An economic impact assessment estimates annual costs to Alberta in the event of an invasive mussel infestation to be more than $75 million. While the initial focus was dreissenid mussels, it is now multi-taxa in scope.  

The  AIS  Program  includes  the  following  elements:  watercraft  inspections, monitoring,  education,  response,  and  legislation  &  policy.  Mandatory watercraft  inspections  are  conducted  throughout  the  province. 

The Fisheries (Alberta) Act was amended in 2015 to allow for a more robust approach to management –  including a prohibited AIS list. Two educational campaigns  focused  on  behaviour  change  and  social  marketing  have  been implemented. Monitoring for invasive mussels has been initiated in over 60 lakes  and  reservoirs  annually.  Response  plans  have  been  developed  and implemented  for  emergency  readiness.   Alberta  has  now  emerged  as  a leader in AIS prevention in Canada.

The presentation will be given by Tanya Rushcall, Aquatic Invasive Species Technician at Alberta Environment, Edmonton. The presentation starts at 8:00 PM.  Prior to the presentation, GN has a business session from 7:00 to 7:45 PM followed by a 15 minutes social time with refreshments.

June 2016

Annual Potluck Dinner

Date: Tue, Jun 28

Location: Police Point Park Nature Centre

This  is  always  a  fun  event  and  a  great  time  to  meet  fellow  members,  to  swap nature stories, and the food is always great. Please bring a dish to share, main course,  salad  or  dessert.   Also bring  your  own  plate,  cutlery,  and  a  lawn  chair (we will hold the get together outside; weather permitting). Coffee or tea will be available at the Nature Centre.  Dinner starts at 6:00PM.

May 2016

Canoe to New Orleans

Presented by: Dominique Liboiron

Date: Tue, May 24

Location: Police Point Nature Centre

Dominique  Liboiron  left  Eastend,  Saskatchewan  in  a  canoe  and paddled to New Orleans with his uncle’s ashes. This was as a way to  honour  his  late  uncle  and  to  raise  awareness  about  heart disease. 

After  8  months  and  3270  miles  (5232  kms), Dominique arrived in the city his uncle loved and spread his ashes. 

The  1  1/2  hour  presentation  is  engaging  and  funny. Dominique blends his journalism and teaching experience to his hobby  of  storytelling.  The  result  is  an  ability  to  talk  about  his experience with clarity and humour.

Dominique  takes  you  along  on  his  8-month wilderness odyssey  and  describes  the  plants,  insects  and  animals  he  saw along the way. Join Dominique as he starts in Eastend at 3000 feet of elevation and descends the entire watershed to the sea. Along the way, you’ll see:

  • The unspoiled grasslands of the Frenchman River Valley and its inhabitants, both plant and animal. 
  • The meandering Milk River as it strolls past stately cottonwoods.
  • The dramatic scenery of the Missouri River, a landscape of unique species unseen in Canada. 
  • The  Mississippi  River’s  hardwood  forests  that eventually  give  way  to  the  marsh grass and salt water of the Gulf of Mexico – an area which is teeming with bird life. 

Anyone interested in nature is sure to enjoy hearing about Dominique’s wilderness adventure. 

Canoe to New Orleans received extensive coverage in newspapers, radio and television. It was the subject of a CBS feature which aired before the Super Bowl and was seen by millions of viewers. 

The presentation starts at 7:45 PM.  Prior to the presentation, GN has a business session at 7:00 to 7:30 PM followed by a 15 minutes social time with refreshments.

April 2016

All About Amber

Presented by: Dr. Ted Pike

Date: Tue, Apr 26

Location: Police Point Nature Centre

What is amber and where does it come from? 

Where do we find it? 

Why is Alberta’s amber special?

What  do  they  tell  us  about  Alberta  79  million years ago?

Answers will be provided to these questions, and to any questions you  might have about amber. 

Samples of Burmese amber (Burmite) will be available for participants to examine. If you have samples of amber you would like verified, simple methods of testing will be described.

Dr. Ted Pike is a long time Alberta naturalist with particular interest in insects. He has published some  30 articles on Alberta insects and fossils  found in amber from Alberta and has had hand in two books: Alberta Butterflies and Naturescape Alberta. Between 1989 and 1995 Ted completed a Ph.D. on the importance and meaning of the Grassy Lake amber deposit. He lives in Calgary with Betty,  his  very  tolerant  wife  of  41  years.   Besides  being  fascinated  with  insects,  Ted  teaches  at  William Aberhart High School and dotes on his two grandsons.

The presentation starts at 8:00 PM.  Prior to the presentation at 8:00 PM, GN has a business session at 7:00 to 7:45 PM followed by a 15 minutes social time with refreshments.

March 2016

Fire Management in Waterton National Park

Presented by: Scott Murphy

Date: Tue, Mar 22

Location: Medicine Hat Public Library

Note:  This  meeting is being held at the MH Library beginning at 6:30PM, in the Honour Curry Room.  At 7:00PM we will break for the Library’s  Winter Speaker Series: Fire Management in Waterton National Park with Scott Murphy. After the presentation the AGM will be reconvened.

February 2016

Insects in Amber

Presented by: Shane Leuck

Date: Tue, Feb 23

Location: Police Point Nature Centre

Unfortunately Shane was ill last month but is making his presentation this month.

Two photos of insects in amber were on the front page of the January Chronicle. 

The presentation starts at 8:00 PM.  Prior to the presentation at 8:00 PM, GN has a business session at 7:00 to 7:45 PM followed by a 15 minutes social time with refreshments.

January 2016

Insects in Amber

Presented by: Shane Leuck

Date: Tue, Jan 26

Location: Police Point Nature Centre

Alternately Dave McKenzie will speak on migrating Dragon Flies.

The presentation starts at 8:00 PM.  Prior to the presentation at 8:00 PM, GN has a business session at 7:00 to 7:45 PM followed by a 15 minutes social time with refreshments.

December 2015

Annual Potluck

Date: Sun, Dec 20

Location: Police Point Nature Centre

Following the Christmas Count there will be a windup Potluck Dinner at the Nature Centre at 5:30 PM. 

Please bring a dish of your choice for everyone to enjoy, as well as a plate and cutlery. This is a fun event with reports of the day’s sightings and activities and of possible misadventures.

November 2015

Update on Greater Sage Grouse

Presented by: Joel Nicholson

Date: Tue, Nov 24

Location: Police Point Nature Centre

Joel Nicholson, Alberta Environment and Parks, Medicine Hat, will provide an update on Greater Sage Grouse. He will discuss population monitoring results and highlight information gained from a recent translocation of birds from Montana to southeast Alberta.

The presentation starts at 8:00 PM.  Prior to the presentation at 8:00 PM, GN has a business session at 7:00 to 7:45 PM followed by a 15 minutes social time with refreshments.

October 2015

Monarch Butterfly

Presented by: Jan Scott

Date: Tue, Oct 27

Location: Police Point Nature Centre

Jan will be talking about her work with the Monarch Butterfly.

The presentation starts at 8:00 PM.  Prior to the presentation at 8:00 PM, GN has a business session at 7:00 to 7:45 PM followed by a 15 minutes social time with refreshments.

September 2015

Drought Proofing and Beavers

Presented by Rob Gardner

Date: Tue, Sep 22

Location: Police Point Nature Centre

Rob will discuss the role of the beaver in the prairie ecosystem.

The presentation starts at 8:00 PM.  Prior to the presentation at 8:00 PM, GN has a business session at 7:00 to 7:45 PM followed by a 15 minutes social time with refreshments.

June 2015

Annual Potluck Dinner

Date: Tue, Jun 23

Location: Police Point Nature Centre

This annual event starts at 6:00PM.  Please bring a dish to share of your choice; either a main course, salad or desert. Also bring a plate and utensils and a lawn chair (we will hold the get together outside; weather permitting). Coffee or tea will be available at the Centre.

May 2015

Hiking the Coast to Coast (C2C) Trail

Presented by: Ian and Angela Turner

Date: Tue, May 26

Location: Police Point Nature Centre

In August, 2103, Ian and Angela Turner hiked from St. Bees on the Irish Sea to Robin Hood’s Bay on the North Sea: a 320 kilometer walk across Northern England

The presentation starts at 8:00 PM.  Prior to the presentation at 8:00 PM, GN has a business session at 7:00 to 7:45 PM followed by a 15 minutes social time with refreshments.

April 2015

Ferruginous Hawks in Southern Alberta

Presented by: Janet Ng

Date: Tue, Apr 28

Location: Police Point Nature Centre

North America’s largest hawk, the Ferruginous Hawk, is an iconic species found in the prairies. Ferruginous Hawks are voracious eaters and excellent hunters, where a family can clean up 500 gophers in a single summer. Come learn more about their natural history, conservation and recovery, and current research that is taking place near Medicine Hat.

The presentation will be given by Janet Ng, Ph. D. Candidate, Dept. of Biological Sciences, University of Alberta

The presentation starts at 8:00 PM.  Prior to the presentation at 8:00 PM, GN has a business session at 7:00 to 7:45 PM followed by a 15 minutes social time with refreshments.

March 2015

Elk Management in the Cypress Hills

Presented by: Peter Swain

Date: Tue, Mar 24

Location: Mecicine Hat College

The presentation will be given by Peter Swain, District Manager of the Cypress Hills Provincial Park, in the Crowfoot Room of the Medicine Hat College.

The presentation starts at 8:00 PM.  Prior to the presentation, GN will hold its Annual General Meeting (AGM) from 6:30 to 7:45 PM followed by 15 minutes of socializing time.

February 2015

Swift Fox Research

Presented by: Carolyn Prentice and Lacey Hebert

Date: Tue, Feb 24

Location: Police Point Nature Centre

Carolyn Prentice grew up in South Surrey, BC and went on to study Biology at the University of British Columbia, with a focus on marine biology. Her previous work has included guiding educational tours in the intertidal zone, studying marine ecology on Vancouver Island and more recently working for the Calgary Zoo’s Centre for Conservation and Research studying black-tailed prairie dogs and black-footed ferrets in Grasslands National Park. This winter she is part of the Calgary Zoo’s field team surveying swift foxes across southern Alberta and Saskatchewan.

Lacey Hebert grew up in a small town in Quebec and moved to Montreal for College and University. She has a Wildlife Biology degree from McGill University, and since then has worked on all sorts of projects including one with eastern wolves in Algonquin Park and coyotes in central Nevada. For the past two summers, she has been involved with the Calgary Zoo’s black-footed ferret and black-tailed prairie dog project. She is now a field technician on the zoo’s swift fox population survey.

The presentation starts at 8:00 PM.  Prior to the presentation at 8:00 PM, GN has a business session at 7:00 to 7:45 PM followed by a 15 minutes social time with refreshments.

January 2015

Prairie Species at Risk

Presented by: Francois Blouin

Date: Tue, Jan 27

Location: Medicine Hat Public Library

“Ranchers, Cattle and the Prairie Species at Risk: an Essential Ecosystem to Support!” will be presented by Francois Blouin via Video Conferencing from the Pincher Creek Library: Francois presents a glimpse into wildlife species and ranchers dependent on prairie grassland. The mixed grass prairie of southern Alberta is an amazing natural landscape, providing habitat for many unique species and a sustainable living for the ranchers who manage the land.

The presentation begins at 7:00PM in the basement of the Medicine Hat Public Library

There will be No Business Meeting this month prior to the Presentation.

November 2014

Galapos - Part 2

Presented by: David Gue

Date: Tue, Nov 25

Location: Police Point Nature Centre

David’s slide and movie presentation of his visit to the Galapagos was so very well received by attendees last month and therefore, by special request, he has agreed to complete his presentation this month.

The presentation starts at 8:00 PM.  Prior to the presentation at 8:00 PM, GN has a business session at 7:00 to 7:45 PM followed by a 15 minutes social time with refreshments.

October 2014

From the Galapagos Islands to Estonia

Presented by: David Gue and Martha Munz Gue

Date: Tue, Oct 28

Location: Police Point Nature Centre

The Indoor Program will be a Members Night with Dave Gue giving an interesting presentation on his recent trip to Galapagos Islands and Ecuador & Martha on her trip to Estonia.

The presentation starts at 8:00 PM.  Prior to the presentation at 8:00 PM, GN has a business session at 7:00 to 7:45 PM followed by a 15 minutes social time with refreshments.

September 2014

Ice Age Vertebrate Record in Alberta

Presented by: Dr. Chris Jass

Date: Tue, Sep 23

Location: Police Point Nature Centre

Dr. Chris Jass, Curator of Quaternary Paleontology,  Royal Alberta Museum, will give a feature presentation on the Ice Age vertebrate record in Alberta, including recent fieldwork in both caves and open-air settings across the province.

The presentation starts at 8:00 PM.  Prior to the presentation at 8:00 PM, GN has a business session at 7:00 to 7:45 PM followed by a 15 minutes social time with refreshments.

June 2014

Annual GN Potluck Dinner

Date: Tue, Jun 24

Location: Police Point Park Nature Centre

This fun social event starts at 6:00PM.

Bring a dish to be shared; either a main course, salad or dessert and bring your own cutlery, plates, cups/glasses and lawn chairs (if the weather co-operates). Coffee or Tea will be provided.

May 2014

Growing Alberta's Nature Network

Presented by: Petra Rowell

Date: Tue, May 27

Location: Police Point Nature Centre

Petra Rowell, Executive Director of Nature Alberta, will present an overview of the goals and activities of Nature Alberta (a federation of the natural history clubs of Alberta) with a discussion on the future directions of this organization to follow.

The presentation starts at 8:00 PM.  Prior to the presentation at 8:00 PM, GN has a business session at 7:00 to 7:45 PM followed by a 15 minutes social time with refreshments.

April 2014

Inside the Butterfly House

Presented by: Cindy Ciona

Date: Tue, Apr 22

Location: Police Point Nature Centre

Get behind-the-scenes and see how butterflies are raised.  The presentation will be given by Cindy Ciona, Manager of the Butterfly House.

The presentation starts at 8:00 PM.  Prior to the presentation at 8:00 PM, GN has a business session at 7:00 to 7:45 PM followed by a 15 minutes social time with refreshments.

March 2014

Living Dinosaurs in our Rivers

Presented by: Terry Clayton

Date: Tue, Mar 25

Location: Police Point Nature Centre

This presentation on Sturgeons will be given by Terry Clayton,  Senior Fisheries Biologist, South Saskatchewan Region, Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resources Development.

The presentation starts at 8:00 PM.  Prior to the presentation at 8:00 PM, GN has its Annual General Meeting from 6:30 to 7:45 PM followed by a 15 minutes social time with refreshments.

February 2014

Remember your Elephant

Presented by: Gordon Wright

Date: Tue, Feb 25

Location: Police Point Nature Centre

A country the size of Arkansas, Nepal is home to an incredible variety of diverse flora and fauna. This tiny Third World nation is only about 350 km, distance from north to south. From a southern “jungle” to the world’s highest of alpine regions in the north, a photographer can find-if the fog lifts- everything from Gharials in Chitwan to the Lhophophorous, in the Himalayan foothills. Yes, our Christmas season is a time for ubiquitous poinsettia to bloom in Nepal. But its also time to harvest oranges.

Gordon Wright will offer a few thoughts on travelling with a camera in Nepal and on enjoying the beauty of this magical country and its wonderful people too. And if perchance you should run into a rhino, it would be prudent to be sitting atop a bigger, better, beast. So Remember Your Elephant!

The presentation starts at 8:00 PM.  Prior to the presentation at 8:00 PM, GN has a business session at 7:00 to 7:45 PM followed by a 15 minutes social time with refreshments.

January 2014

Cougars in Elkwater

Presented by: Peter Swain

Date: Tue, Jan 28

Location: Police Point Nature Centre

Peter Swain, Cypress Hills Provincial Park Manager, will present an update on the status of the cougars in Elkwater. He is planning to show pictures and videos of the monitoring procedures used to track and record the cougar population in the Cypress Hills.  Since this topic should be of interest to the general public, please invite friends to come.

The presentation starts at 8:00 PM.  Prior to the presentation at 8:00 PM, GN has a business session at 7:00 to 7:45 PM followed by a 15 minutes social time with refreshments.

December 2013

Christmas Bird Count Potluck Dinner

Date: Sun, Dec 22

Location: Police Point Nature Centre

Medicine Hat Christmas Bird Count during the Day.
Potluck Dinner: 5:30PM at the Nature Centre at Police Point Park. Please bring a dish of your choice; either a main course, salad or dessert (coffee will be provided). Also bring eating utensils and a plate. In addition to the door prizes and silent auction, there will be a wrap of the day’s count.

November 2013

Suffield FIRING Range

Presented by: Brent Smith

Date: Tue, Nov 26

Location: Police Point Nature Centre

Mr. Smith, from CFB Suffield, will talk about the impacts of frequent grass fires on our native grasses.

The presentation starts at 8:00 PM.

October 2013

River Conservation

Presented by: Van Tighem

Date: Tue, Oct 22

Location: Police Point Nature Centre

Our river’s health depends on the foothills far to the west. Kevin Van Tighem, retired Superintendent of Banff National Park, will discuss river conservation in light of the recently released draft South Saskatchewan River Regional Plan.

The presentation starts at 8:00 PM.

September 2013

Summer Nature Observations

Presented by: GN Members

Date: Tue, Sep 24

Location: Police Point Nature Centre

What Did You DoThis Summer?

Share your Natural Adventures during the past eight months!
Show up to 15 of your favourite summer slides: Don’t be shy!

Register with Rob At 403-527-2052
(A maximum of 6 presentations will be accepted)

The presentation starts at 8:00 PM.

June 2013

Annual GN Potluck Dinner

Date: Tue, Jun 25

Location: Police Point Nature Centre

Annual GN Potluck Dinner at the Interpretive Centre, 6:30PM. More information will be available in the June Chronicle.

Note: This event was cancelled due to the flood.

May 2013

Hidden World of Small(ish) Mammals

Presenter: Tim Schowalter

Date: Tue, May 28

Location: Police Point Nature Centre

Mr. Tim Schowalter, retired mammal expert, will reveal some of our rarely observed local mammals; using owls as field collectors.

The presentation starts at 8:00 PM.

April 2013

SEAWA - Our Watershed

Presenter: Bob Phillips

Date: Tue, Apr 23

Location: Police Point Nature Centre

Bob Phillips, SEAWA Director, will lead a roundtable discussion on our watershed and how naturalists can help bring the land and water together.

The presentation starts at 8:00 PM.

March 2013

The Zen of Fish and Watersheds

Presenter: Lorne Fitch, P. Biol.

Date: Tue, Mar 26

Location: Medicine Hat Public Library, Lower Floor

Have you ever touched a native trout? If you have, you’re lucky as they are in decline in Alberta. They are cool to the touch, wet and slippery. What you touch isn’t just a fish; it’s a living, wriggling history book, the embodiment of a landscape. The ripples that extend outward from a pebble dropped in a stream containing trout inevitably find us.

Fish exist beyond our range of vision in an environment alien to us humans. Remarkably they are marvellously well adapted to the watery medium they call home. The fish of the Eastern Slopes of western Alberta have adapted to a tough, rigorous landscape, but cannot cope with the scope and scale of changes created by humans over the last century. What has happened, and what is happening to native fish in the headwaters of Alberta rivers? Why would we, should we, care?

The presentation starts at 7:30PM following the Grasslands Naturalists Annual General Meeting, which starts at 6:30PM.

February 2013

Cypress Hills

Presenter: Chris Dodds

Date: Tue, Feb 26

Location: Police Point Nature Centre

Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park is looking at improving the trails system in the park. They are looking for feedback on what types of trails and experiences you would like to see in the Cypress Hills.

The presenter is Chris Dodds, Interpretive and Education, Coordinator, Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park

The presentation starts at 8:00 PM.

January 2013

A Primer on Provincial Parks, Natural Areas, Heritage Rangelands and More!

Presenter: Bill Dolan

Date: Tue, Jan 22

Location: Police Point Nature Centre

This is a presentation by Alberta Parks.  Bill Dolan is the Land and Resource Coordinator (Southern Area) at Alberta Tourism, Parks and Recreation.

December 2012

Christmas Bird Count Potluck Dinner

Date: Sun, Dec 16

Following the Christmas Bird Count, there will be a Potluck Dinner at the Police Point Interpretive Centre at 5:30 PM (bring a dish of your choice, main course, salad or a desert as well as plates and cutlery; coffee will be provided). After the meal, a summary of the days discoveries will be recounted. Also a very short business meeting will be conducted.

November 2012

Fur and Feathers in China

Presenters: Elaine and Milt Spitzer

Date: Tue, Nov 27

Location: Police Point Nature Centre

A presentation by members Elaine and Milt Spitzer on their 2011 bird and animal quest to the Tibetan Plateau in the Qinghai Province of western China in May/June 2011.

Presentation at 8:00 PM

October 2012

Baby's Breath

Presenter: Jenna MacDonald

Date: Tue, Oct 23

Location: Police Point Nature Centre

Jenna MacDonald, Medicine Hat Parks and Recreation Department will make a presentation which will cover a brief discussion about Alberta’s Weed Control Act and why the changes were made in 2010. We’ll talk about the invasive species that have escaped cultivation in Medicine Hat and those that have great potential to escape in the future. And of course we’ll talk about the current Baby’s Breath infestation.  Presentattion starts at 8:00 PM.

September 2012

Monitoring at Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park Pilot Project 2010-2011

Presenter: Yousif Attica

Date: Tue, Sep 25

Location: Police Point Nature Centre

Yousif Attica from the Calgary Bird Banding Society presented an informative and interesting talk about the Cypress Hills bird observatory which is currently in its third year of operation.  Yousif covered topics that included mist nesting, banding details, education, trends and volunteering. He included many photographs during his one-hour presentation and left us in awe of this program and its benefits.  Presentation at 8:00 PM.

May 2012

The Future Game

Presenter: Selena Mclean-Moore

Date: Tue, May 22

Location: Police Point Nature Centre

This program Will be facilitated by Selena Mclean-Moore of the Alberta Treasury Board and Enterprise.

This is a hands-on activity to 'create' a green community in this scenario based program. Gain a better appreciation of why regional planning is important.

Time: 7:30 PM, preceded by GN General Meeting at 7:00 PM.

April 2012

Alberta Turkey Vultures

Presenter: Wayne Nelson

Date: Tue, Apr 24

Location: Nature Centre, Police Point

Mr. Nelson is a retired Fish and Wildlife Researcher and will be talking about his experiences with, and studies of, Turkey Vultures particularly relating to nesting activities in abandoned farm buildings in east-central Alberta.

Time: 8:00 PM, preceded by GN General Meeting at 7:00 PM.

March 2012

Kainai Studes at Red Crow College on the Blood Reserve

Presenter: Ryan Heavy Head

Date: Tue, Mar 27

Location: Police Point Nature Centre

Ryan is Director of Kainai Studes at Red Crow College on the Blood Reserve and a regular columnist for Nature Alberta Magazine and he and his wife Adrienne are also caretakers of the Beaver Medicine Bundle, which embodies the original treaty between human beings and animals of the Upper Saskatchewan and Missouri watersheds. In this presentation Ryan will discuss Blackfoot perspectives on ecology and current efforts to renew a traditional phonological science community through research practices associated with the Beaver Bundle.

Time: 8:00 PM, preceded by GN General Meeting at 7:00 PM.

February 2012

Return of the Bison

Presenter: Garth Glass

Date: Tue, Feb 28

Location: Police Point Nature Centre

Mr. Glass has shared his grassland with bison for twelve years. He will discuss their behavior, and compare them to cattle. Arrive early to view the Nature Centre's display of bison inspired art.

Time: 8:00 PM, preceded by GN General Meeting at 7:00 PM.

January 2012

Canadian Badlands

Presenter: Jody Lamb

Date: Tue, Jan 24

Location: Police Point Nature Centre

Tourism and the Environment A Match made in Heaven?

Hear how Jody Lamb, Regional Manager of the Canadian Badlands Ltd. thinks our local tourism can both support and benefit from a vibrant natural environment.

Time: 8:00 PM, preceded by GN General Meeting at 7:00 PM.


Keep watching for more programs.

Phone the Nature Line (403) 529-6225 for more information.