The Beach Talk lecture series is being offered to give greater context to all that goes on around the Piping Plovers. To understand why this species is endangered and how we can help in their recovery, we should strive to understand their habitat, the other species that reside in the same area and indeed, our own behaviours. Fortunately, these informed speakers have agreed to share their time and knowledge for the mutual benefit of the birds and the general public. Please join us this summer for what should prove to be some very enjoyable presentations.

Tuesdays at 7pm at the Sauble Beach Community Centre


Saturday, June 11, 2016 at 9:30 am, at the Sauble Beach Community Centre

Piping Plovers: Getting to Know Our Rare Visitors

Presentation by Stew Nutt, former Piping Plover Volunteer Coordinator

Gain a glimpse of the passion that the return of the Piping Plovers in 2007 has kindled for one naturalist who has watched over these endangered birds since their return. Our first Volunteer Coordinator helped inspire unsurpassed volunteer effort and his work behind the scenes continues to this day.


Tuesday, July 5, 2016 at 7:00 pm, at the Sauble Beach Community Centre

Plover Habitat: The Dynamic Beach and Dune System of Sauble Beach

Presentation by Keith Brownlee, Friends of Sauble Beach (FOSB)

Learn how the beach environment works, it’s dynamic nature, how the dunes are formed including the role of the beach plants, wind, wave action, changing water levels and the influence of climate change. Conservation strategies and the reasons behind them will be discussed including erosion controls, and public education.


Tuesday, July 12, 2016 at 7:00 pm, at the Sauble Beach Community Centre

Birds Along Lake Huron Shore

Presentation by Mark Wiercinski, advanced birder

Gulls and Piping Plovers may command the most attention of folks around Sauble Beach but there is a lot more happening along the shores of Lake Huron and up the Bruce. One does not need to be an avid birdwatcher to be aware that there is abundant birdlife present and passing through our area; but hearing an advanced birder sharing his insights will increase one’s appreciation of why this area is held in such high regard by bird watchers. ”I always fit in a lot of biology of birds. Birds are just too cool… way too many interesting adaptations and behaviors… so it is easy to observe a bit and learn a bit and still have a blast.”


Tuesday, July 19, 2016 at 7:00 pm, at the Sauble Beach Community Centre

Plover Habitat: Microbead Plastics, a Growing Danger in Our Water

Presentation by Rhiannon Moore, Coastal Outreach Specialist
The Lake Huron Centre for Coastal Conservation

Plastic pollution is an emerging issue that not only our world’s oceans but also our Great Lakes are facing. This presentation will explore the emerging issue of plastic pollution in Lake Huron, and the impacts that plastics (including industrial spills, littered food containers, improper waste management, cigarette butts, and microbeads found in many cosmetic products) have on Species at Risk such as Piping Plovers, other birds, fish, and turtles.


Tuesday, July 26, 2016 at 7:00 pm, at the Sauble Beach Community Centre

Responsible Nature Photography: Tips and Techniques to Capture the Beauty of the Natural World

Presentation by Kerry Jarvis, photographer, naturalist, author, gardener, and traveller

The digital world has put a camera in almost everyone’s hands. Kerry Jarvis will share his tips and techniques on capturing the natural world with your camera: whether it be in your own yard, local parks or around the world. Shooting wildlife, plants or natural landscapes is not about getting that great shot at all costs. It involves being ethically responsible for the safety and respect of the natural world. Join Kerry as he shares his stories and images on how to be an ethical and compassionate nature photographer.


Tuesday, August 2, 2016 at 7:00 pm, at the Sauble Beach Community Centre

A Walk on the Wild Side: Nature on the Bruce

Presentation by Peter Middleton, educator, nature travel guide, Director of Ontario Nature

“Wild thing, I think I love you”. The words of a popular 1960s song by The Troggs express how many feel about the wildness in our backyard, the Bruce Peninsula. Respected biologist and educator, Peter Middleton will recreate his many walks on the wild side as only this noted orator can. With further apologies to The Troggs… his images and words will make your heart sing.


Tuesday, August 9, 2016 at 7:00 pm, at the Sauble Beach Community Centre

The Evolution of an Ecological Ethic

Presentation by David McLeish, recently retired Lake Manager, Upper Great Lakes Management Unit, Ministry of Natural Resources & Forestry

This presentation will explore the colonization of the planet, including land and water, by humans, in the context of our relationship with its finite resources, how we have chosen to exploit them and how our environmental and ecological ethics continue to evolve.