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Lower Maitland – An Oasis of Green
Monday, October 28 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
The Presenter: Marcus Maddalena is originally from Niagara, and has always had a passion for the outdoors. This led him to the University of Waterloo, where he completed a B.E.S and M.E.S. in the Faculty of Environment. Most of his work and research has focused on his passions for wildlife ecology and species at risk conservation. Through the years, he has worked on several research or recovery projects for an array of species including Eastern Milksnake, Hog-nosed snake, Wood turtle, Snapping turtle, Cucumber Magnolia, Prothonotary Warbler, and White-tailed deer. He is currently the County Biologist for the County of Huron, Coordinator of a not-for-profit organization called the Huron Stewardship Council, and Chair of the Lower Maitland Stewardship Group.
The Presentation: The Lower Maitland River is an oasis of green in what is otherwise an intensive agricultural landscape. In this presentation, we will explore the history of the Lower Maitland, and discuss the conditions that allow a variety of unique species (both Arctic and Carolinian) to persist and in some cases thrive. We will work through an example of this using our ongoing research project on Eastern Hog-nosed Snakes in the Lower Maitland, examining their ecology and behavior, and the influence of human-caused stressors on their life history. Finally, we will discuss some of the work being undertaken to protect rare species and ensure future generations have the chance to experience this beautiful ecosystem.