NatureTalks: Life in Freshwater Country
Thursday, August 24, 2017
Doors open at 7 p.m. / Presentation starts at 7:30 p.m.
The Opinicon, Elgin, ON
On August 24 at the newly renovated Opinicon Resort in Elgin, Ontario, Dan Kraus, national conservation manager with the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC), will lead a talk titled Life in Freshwater Country: Status, trends and conservation needs of Canada's lakes, rivers and wetlands. Canadians have more fresh water than almost every other nation on Earth. Despite this abundance, some parts of Canada are faced with water quality and water security issues that impact the health of ecosystems and our quality of life. Using maps and visuals that highlight the biodiversity and issues in our aquatic systems, Dan will share global and national perspectives on Canada's fresh water, and what we all must do to protect and conserve our most essential natural resource. Following Dan’s presentation, Dr. Gary Bell, NCC’s eastern Ontario program director, will speak about NCC’s conservation efforts in eastern Ontario, focusing particularly on wetlands and watershed conservation work across the Frontenac Arch.
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Dan is the national conservation biologist with the Nature Conservancy of Canada. He is an expert on Canadian biodiversity and conservation, and has recently written reports on topics ranging from aquatic habitat connectivity to the natural capitals of forests. Dan co-authored Biodiversity Conservation Strategies for all four Canadian Great Lakes, and prepared the first conservation assessment on Great Lakes islands. He is a member of the Species Survival Commission with the International Union for the Conservation of Nature and is currently part of team that is identifying key areas for conserving freshwater biodiversity in Canada. Dan often shares his stories about nature and the importance of conservation through NCC’s Land Lines blog, and his articles have appeared in media across Canada. Prior to joining NCC, Dan worked with Parks Canada and as a senior ecologist for an environmental consulting group. He lives with his family in the headwaters of Bronte Creek in southern Ontario, where he enjoys chopping wood and raising happy chickens.
Dr. Gary Bell
Gary Bell (Photo courtesy of Gary Bell)
Gary is the program director for eastern Ontario with the Nature Conservancy of Canada. He is a native of Ontario and holds degrees from Queen’s University and Carleton University. His research work on bat biology led to post-doctoral studies at UCLA and a teaching and research fellowship at Boston University, but, in 1987, he forsook academia and joined The Nature Conservancy (TNC), a US-based global conservation organization. In Southern California, his work with a broad coalition of conservation partners received a President’s Environment and Conservation Challenge Award Citation from President George H. Walker Bush in 1991. Later, as director of conservation science in New Mexico, he was responsible for conservation planning across a large portion of the southwest. He also led an interdisciplinary team in TNC’s Global Habitat Assessment. In 2006, he returned to his native Canada to take on his current position with NCC, where he has been involved in conservation planning and land securement and has negotiated the purchase of approximately 5,000 acres of priority conservation properties in the Frontenac Arch and the Ottawa Valley. Gary has published widely in the scientific press on the biology of bats and on the biology and control of invasive species.