Discover Nature in Your City

Speaker Series

A series of talks being presented by:
Kitchener’s Natural Areas Program & Waterloo Region Nature.
These programs will inspire you to discover and experience nature in our community.
All programs are free and will be hosted by the Kitchener Public Library.
Registration Details:
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Urban Wildlife

Wednesday March 9, 2016 7-8:30 p.m.
(Central Library Branch, 85 Queen St. North, Kitchener)

Urban Coyote
Learn about turkeys, deer and coyotes as well as other common wildlife that is found living in the City of Kitchener. We will discuss the ecology of these adaptable species and share tips and strategies on how to better coexist and prevent any conflicts.
Speaker: Josh Shea
Josh is the Natural Areas Coordinator for the City of Kitchener where he works on environmental engagement, stewardship and ecological restoration projects. As a current part-time Master’s student at the University of Waterloo, he is studying urban ecology and the management of urban novel ecosystems.



Sex and the Single Bird

Wednesday April 13, 2016 7-8:30 p.m.
(Central Library Branch, 85 Queen St North, Kitchener)

Brown-headed Cowbird
Come and enjoy an interesting discussion of the mating systems of birds, both familiar and unfamiliar, with stories of fidelity, bigamy, polygamy, polyandry and variations of them all. Whatever indiscretions humans have exhibited, birds can match them all – without the sanction of morality, fortunately.


Speaker: David Gascoigne
David Gascoigne has a degree in business and has been studying and enjoying birds since the age of eight. He has studied ornithology at Trent University in Peterborough, ON and has completed the Seminars in Bird Biology at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. He has an ornithological library that would make most universities envious, and travels the world in search of the rare and unusual.


Gardening for Butterflies:

Attracting, rescuing and raising butterflies

Wednesday May 11, 2016 7-8:30 p.m. 
Central Library Branch, 85 Queen St. North, Kitchener).

Gardening for Butterflies - Thelma Beaubien
Thelma has been an avid gardener and photographer for forty years. Her gardens have evolved over that time. She will be introducing her new book where she writes about establishing a butterfly haven describing the best native and non-native plants that provide nourishment as well as host plants to provide for their cycle of life. You too will soon be gardening through the eyes of a butterfly.


Speaker: Thelma Beaubien
Thelma has received numerous awards for her photography including many national competitions. Her images have been published in several magazines and with a number of organizations including the City of Waterloo and its 150th Anniversary celebration book. The popularity of her audio visual shows had her presenting to many clubs and groups over the years and these shows were also included in the prestigious Burlington Visual Arts Festival. Thelma belongs to a number of clubs including the Waterloo Region Nature club where she initiated and co-ordinates the very successful Wonders of Nature Festival. Having nature at her door step provides an opportunity to share with others her first-hand experience.



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