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15 Apr

Save the Date! NANPS Spring Speaker Series

Butterflies by Jessica Linton

Date: Wednesday April 15, 2020, 7- 8:30 pm
Location: Multi-faith Centre (Koffler Building) University of Toronto, Toronto Ontario.

Jessica Linton is a Senior Biologist at Natural Resource Solutions Inc. (NRSI) with over 13 years of project management experience related to species at risk and pollinating insects. She manages a wide range of projects for NRSI that encompass scientific research, recovery planning, impact assessment, and developing conservation strategies. Her main area of expertise is butterfly ecology, although she has a strong general knowledge of other arthropods, especially pollinating insects, and other taxonomic groups. Jessica has a Federal Ministerial appointment to Canada’s Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC) Arthropod Species Specialist Subcommittee, she founded and Chairs the Ontario Butterfly Species at Risk Recovery and Implementation Team, and she is the President of the Toronto Entomologist’s Association. Jessica also leads annual ecotours to the Monarch overwintering grounds in Mexico for Worldwide Quest Nature Tours.

Jessica will talk about the biology of butterflies and the important roles they play in our natural environment. In this presentation you will learn about:
the fascinating biology of butterflies and their different life history strategies
ecosystem services butterflies provide
how to make your garden a functional habitat for butterflies 12 months of the year

NANPS member $15
Non-NANPS member $20
U of T / York U student free (with ID)

Details & registration will be available soon!


04 Mar

Save the Date! NANPS Spring Speaker Series

Wild Bees: Beauty and Importance by Dr. Laurence Parker

Date: Wednesday March 4, 2020, 7- 8:30 pm
Location: Multi-faith Centre (Koffler Building) University of Toronto, Toronto Ontario.

Laurence Packer is a Professor of Biology at York University where he has worked since 1988. He teaches Entomology and Biodiversity courses. His research is on bees. He and his students have published over 200 research papers on various topics including sociobiology, conservation, genetics, phylogenetics, biogeography and taxonomy, mostly of bees. His book “Keeping the bees” was published by HarperCollins and “Bees: a close-up look at pollinators around the world” with Sam Droege was published by Voyageur Press. He and his team have described over 170 new species of bees. The collection that he has started at York University now includes several hundred thousand specimens with examples from well over 100 countries and hundreds of new species awaiting description. He has been a member of the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada and the Natural Science and Engineering Research Council of Canada’s Evaluation Group for Ecology and Evolution (twice). His research has been funded by the latter organization as well as National Geographic, Genome Canada, the Weston Foundation, the Canadian Foundation for Innovation and by private donations.

NANPS member $15
Non-NANPS member $20
U of T / York U student free (with ID)

Details & registration will be available soon!