Monthly presentations from naturalists, researchers and members
Every month from September through May, we invite a special guest to present on natural history, scientific research and travel topics. The Speaker Series Showcases are held at Cité des Rocheuses. Everyone is welcome to attend – the Speaker Series Showcases are free for Nature Calgary members and $5 for non-members (payable at the door). To suggest a speaker or topic please call John McFaul at 403-289-9517 or contact us.
Past Events › Speaker Series
Adventures with the earliest amphibious arthropods: human history and ancient ecology Speaker: Dr. Robert MacNaughton The earliest evidence of animals leaving the water to move about on land comes from fossilized arthropod trackways in the Cambrian of eastern North America. Such trackways were first recognized and collected in the late 1840s at Beauharnois, near Montreal. The collected trackways made their way to the United Kingdom, to be described by Sir Richard Owen, the anatomist best remembered today for coining the term…Find out more »
Can drones help save our bird populations? Drones: A New Tool for Bird Research and Conservation The use of small unmanned vehicle systems (UVS; aka drones) is rapidly evolving as wildlife biologists and managers all over the worldadopt them for conducting population surveys, tracking radio-tagged animals, sensing and observing animals in sequestered or dangerous places, mapping and monitoring wild habitats, and deterring poachers. This naturally includes avian species. In the last ten years, Dr. David Bird and his students and…Find out more »
Oceanbridge: Connecting to our oceans and rivers through youth engagement How the program is engaging youth across Canada to actively participate in waterway and ocean health and education. Speaker: Hannah Lucas I grew up in the UK and graduated from Plymouth University with a degree in marine biology and a passion for the natural environment and educating others about it. I moved to Calgary in October, just in time for the winter, and in March was offered a place on…Find out more »
Tall Tales, Long Lenses This remarkable book recounts many of Marriott's favourite stories and photos from his most memorable wildlife encounters in some of Canada's spectacular locales. It's a fascinating autobiographical account of being in the right place at exactly the right times, from his one-day love affair with a pine marten to his lifelong quest to find monstrous male grizzly bears like Frank the Tank. Marriott takes you through two decades of his tallest tales and showcases many of…Find out more »