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Lecture series puts nature in spotlight

Belleville Intelligencer,
September 7 2017

BELLEVILLE – Do bobcat and lynx live among us? What toll do roads take on wildlife? Why should you care about vernal pools?
These are a few of the interesting questions that will be explored in the Quinte Field Naturalist’s 2017 – 2018 Lecture Series beginning Monday, September 25 with “Around the Orient in 80 Birds”. The leader for this photographic journey will be expert birder, Tom Wheatley who has spent winters in Southeast Asia for years. He will highlight the region’s birds, their conservation status and explain how our actions here affect bird populations on the other side of the world.
Another program in the series will introduce a few of the hundreds of moth species that can be discovered right in your backyard. Some as colourful as butterflies; as fascinating as birds.

In January, renowned local naturalist Terry Sprague, will tell of the disappearance and return of the Bald Eagle as a nesting species in Price Edward County. In April, the series will wrap up with a presentation by Peri McQuay, passionate environmentalist and author of The View From Foley Mountain, about the 30 years her and her husband lived and worked at this conservation area; A Wing in the Door: Adventures With a Red-tailed Hawk: and, most recently, of Singing Meadow: The Adventure of Creating a Country Home.

The Quinte Field Naturalists is an affiliate of Ontario Nature and works locally for education and conservation of our wild species and wild spaces. Programs are held the fourth Monday of each month from September through April, except December at 7 p.m. at Sills Auditorium, Bridge Street United Church in Belleville. Programs are free and open to all. Refreshments are served. For more information, please contact Denice Wilkins at 613/478-5070 or visit www.facebook.com/QuinteFieldNaturalists.