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.
Wednesdays at 6:30pm at the Huron Feathers Presbyterian Centre
Monday, June 19, 2017 at 6:30pm, at Huron Feathers Presbyterian Centre, Sauble Beach
Piping Plover Along the Flyway: A Full Life-cycle Story
Presentation by Todd Pover, Nesting Bird Project Manager, Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey
Join Biologist Todd Pover for a presentation that will cover research, conservation, and education about the Piping Plover along its entire life-cycle. He will discuss the breeding program in his home state of New Jersey, efforts in the Bahamas, and other regions to increase knowledge about wintering habitats and extending protection there. He will also discuss an international initiative involving students across borders through a Sister School program!
Wednesday, June 28, 2017 at 6:30pm, at Huron Feathers Presbyterian Centre, Sauble Beach
What Lays Under These Waters: Lake Sturgeon in the Great Lakes
Presentation by Lloyd Mohr Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (recently retired)
Lake Sturgeon is the largest, oldest living freshwater fish found in Canadian waters, ranging throughout Ontario and residing in all of the Great Lakes. Often called a “dinosaur of our waters,” this large yet docile species has been revered, immortalized, exploited and harassed for centuries. By reviewing its history, we can hopefully preserve its future.
Wednesday, July 5, 2017 at 6:30pm, at Huron Feathers Presbyterian Centre, Sauble Beach
The Changing Ecology and Fish Communities of Lake Huron and Georgian Bay
Presentation by Arunas Liskauskas Management Biologist, Upper Great Lakes Management Unit, MNRF
The Lake Huron aquatic ecosystem has experienced profound changes to the composition and dynamics of its fish communities. Most of these recent changes are a consequence of the continued introduction of invasive exotic species which have altered food webs, affecting the most minute plankton species as well as top predatory fishes. We will review the historic legacy of changes in the lake and highlight contemporary developments that range from tentative steps towards native species recovery to the ongoing proliferation of exotic species, habitat alteration and climate change.
Wednesday, July 12, 2017 at 6:30pm, at Huron Feathers Presbyterian Centre, Sauble Beach
Birds and Ecology Along Lake Huron Shore
Mark Wiercinski, Biologist, 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.”
Wednesday, July 19, 2017 at 6:30pm, at Huron Feathers Presbyterian Centre, Sauble Beach
Sauble’s Super Survivors: Piping Plovers Prop Talk
Have you been wondering what has been going on with the Piping Plovers at Sauble Beach this summer? Learn about the challenges, successes, and continuing story of the Sauble Beach Piping Plovers of 2017 with a presentation and interactive display. Be sure to bring your questions and some binoculars in case you would like to say hello to some of the stars of the season!
Wednesday, July 26, 2017 at 6:30pm, at Huron Feathers Presbyterian Centre, Sauble Beach
Beaches: A Lot More than Sand
Presentation by Peter Middleton, Educator, Nature Travel Guide, former 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. Sometimes we do not see our beaches in the same way, however, as they are a vacation destination not always associated with “wilderness.” Let Peter shift your perspective to see the beach not only for its sandy surface, but for what lives beneath and upon it. Learn about the intricate interactions between the resilient species that are able to survive in the extreme conditions on the beach. You’ll never be able to look at a beach in quite the same way again!
Wednesday, August 2, 2017 at 6:30pm, at Huron Feathers Presbyterian Centre, Sauble Beach
Coastal Ecosystems and Turtles
Presentation by Tineasha Brenot, The Lake Huron Centre for Coastal Conservation
Did you know that 7 out of Ontario’s 8 turtle species are classified as species at risk? Our turtles are not only amazing reptiles, but they are integral to our coastal ecosystems! Turtles scavenge on dead fish, consume large amounts of aquatic vegetation reducing plant biomass, and create channels through vegetation that fish and amphibians use. The presence of turtles indicate healthy ecosystems, as they play an important role in the transfer of nutrients from water to land. Our turtles are in trouble though, as their travels during breeding seasons can often result in road mortality. Join us to learn more about these incredible reptiles and their role along Ontario’s lakes and aquatic ecosystems!