See Update below!
The Lone Pine Land Trust is continuing its partnership with the Northumberland Land Trust in sponsoring an annual Speakers Series. This year the Speakers Series will be held at Venture 13 at 739 D’Arcy Street Cobourg, ON. The speaker events will take place on the third Thursday of January, February, and March at 7pm.
We have a very exciting line-up of speakers.
Allie Anderson • January 17
Allie is a PhD candidate from Trent University who has been working on the James Bay Shorebird Project. Her PhD research examines flexibility in shorebird migratory strategies related to stopover diet, habitat use, departure flights, and migration.
Dianne Saxe, the Environmental Commissioner of Ontario • February 21
Prior to her appointment, Dianne was one of Canada’s most respected environmental lawyers. She has 40 years of unparalleled experience writing, interpreting, and litigating Ontario’s energy and environmental laws. Dianne was appointed ECO in 2015. In 2018, the government cancelled her position. Visit http://eco.on.ca for information on the Environmental Commissioner of Ontario.
Monique Aarts and John Urquhart, Blazing Star Environmental • March 21
Blazing Star Environmental has been working locally over the past year looking at natural habitats for specific species, particularly reptiles and amphibians. The focus for their project has been Durham Region and Northumberland County due to the rapid pace of growth in the area. Fortunately, a considerable amount of connected natural habitat exists in the area. This same area is an obvious data gap for reptile and amphibian species at risk (SAR). Blazing Star Environmental has teamed up with local conservation groups to find and protect any undiscovered populations of reptiles and amphibians before it is too late. They will present their findings from the past year of study in the 2 regions.
Update: A summary of this year’s speaker series
The Lone Pine Marsh Land Trust once again partnered with the Northumberland Land Trust to offer an inspiring speakers’ series in January, February and March. In order to accomodate a growing number of attendees, the talks were held at Venture 13 on Darcy St. in Cobourg.
The 2019 series was a great success. In January, Alexandra Anderson from Trent University presented her research on migration strategies of shorebirds using James Bay shoreline as a stopover site. In February, Dianne Saxe,
the former Environmental Commissioner of Ontario, presented on the state of the Environment in Ontario and shared ideas on how citizens could become more engaged to make a difference environmentally. Finally in March, Blazing Star Environmental presented their findings on populations of amphibian and reptile species at risk in Northumberland County.
All speakers keenly shared ideas on how we could improve the environment and/or contribute to conservation within Northumberland County and Canada. They inspired us and also challenged us to do more!
We value the partnership with the Northumberland Land Trust and look forward to the continued success of our speakers’ series which will launch again in January of 2020. Stay tuned through the web site and future newsletters for the speakers’ series program for next year.