NatureTalks: Bird's-Eye View
How technology is changing the way we track wildlife across the globe
Thursday, June 7, 2018
Doors open at 7 p.m. / presentation starts at 7:30 p.m.
Creemore Station on the Green
10 Caroline Street E.
Join the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) in Creemore, Ontario, for an exciting glimpse into the future of wildlife tracking.
Hear from expert scientists from NCC, Bird Studies Canada and the Natural Heritage Information Centre about how new technology is providing us with more information than ever before about bird migration and habitat needs. Learn how an army of citizen scientists are helping biologists track and record birds across the globe via their cell phones, and find out how you can join the movement. Stick around after the talk to sample some delicious beer, compliments of Creemore Springs Brewery.
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Stuart Mackenzie began exploring the natural world while still in the womb, and has been birding since the age of two. He is the migration program manager at Bird Studies Canada (BSC) and is responsible for the Motus Wildlife Tracking System, Long Point Bird Observatory and aspects of the Canadian Migration Monitoring Network. He has an MSc. in biology and decades of experience conducting, coordinating and managing monitoring and research projects on a wide variety of species. He is the president of the Ontario Bird Banding Association and chair of the North American Banding Council.
Mike Burrell has been birding and been interested in nature since he was old enough to hold a pair of binoculars, as he grew up outside of Waterloo, Ontario, with his parents and three siblings. He holds a bachelors of science and master of science degrees from Trent University and the University of Toronto. He has conducted field work around the province with private industry, Bird Studies Canada and the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry. Mike works as a zoologist at the Natural Heritage Information Centre, tracking rare species in the province. He lives in Peterborough with his wife, Erica, and daughter, Abigail.
Kristyn Ferguson is acting director of conservation and program director for the Central Ontario – West at NCC, where she has worked in a variety of roles since 2007. Kristyn obtained her B.Sc. in environmental ecology from the University of Guelph and an MES in restoration ecology from the University of Waterloo. At work, Kristyn is passionate about invasive species control, conservation real estate and getting people into nature. In her free time, she enjoys cycling, cross-country skiing and stand-up paddleboarding, writing poetry and adventure travel. She lives in Guelph with her husband, Jeff, their rescue dog, Bailey, and her beloved electric car, "Sparky.”