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March 11 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Hamilton Naturalists Club presents Dr Bill McIlveen, retired Senior Terrestrial Toxicologist with the Ontario Ministry of the Environment. We are aware that we surrounded by various habitats both natural and man-made. We may accept that some components represent desirable items (e.g. crop plants, livestock, garden plants). But we may also be dismayed when a new pest such as the Emerald Ash Borer appears on the scene. This effect is particularly evident when its appearance is sudden, it affects our own properties, or if it is highlighted in the news media. Over time, the importance of the new feature becomes lost to memory or the loss of some component goes unnoticed by the general public. The presentation will consider a list of changes that includes new (alien) animals (fish, mammals, reptiles, birds, insects), many new plants, new pests and diseases, new species used in agriculture and even organisms (e.g. diseases) that directly affect humans as well. Some native species have disappeared from the landscape, some species have emerged as invasive problems following their introduction, and some have been re-introduced. Free. All welcome. Royal Botanical Gardens Headquarters 680 Plains Rd W Burlington. Meet & greet at 7 pm. Contact Lou firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or website http://hamiltonnature.org/ . Bring your mug for coffee/tea or cider.