Big Trout Bay, ON (Photo by Costal Productions)

Big Trout Bay, ON (Photo by Costal Productions)

Nature Conservancy of Canada to host NatureTalks speaker series across Ontario, beginning in Thunder Bay

June 16, 2017
Thunder Bay, Ontario


Support for the series being provided by OLG

The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) is pleased to present NatureTalks, a speaker series featuring a variety of nature-related topics, at locations across Ontario.

Generously supported by Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG), this year’s speaker series will kick off in Thunder Bay, in conjunction with the unveiling of NCC’s newest Lake Superior north shore acquisition: Big Trout Bay. The last privately owned, undeveloped bay between Duluth, Minnesota, and Thunder Bay, Ontario, Big Trout Bay is located just minutes from the international border and 45 minutes from Thunder Bay, on the shores of Lake Superior in the Municipality of Neebing.

Held at the Valhalla Inn and open to the public, Friday’s talk will feature the success story of the peregrine falcon, one of the at-risk species found at Big Trout Bay.

Peregrine falcons, along with many birds of prey, fell victim to the toxic effects of DDT between 1950 and 1970 and populations were decimated. A decisive move to ban DDT in the early 1970s in Canada and the U.S., along with efforts such as captive breeding-and-release programs, have led to the species’ recovery. Although populations have bounced back, the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada currently lists three subspecies of peregrine falcon as special concern.

Friday’s talk will be given by Brian Ratcliff, a wildlife biologist for more than 35 years, who has conducted research projects on a variety of species at risk, including the piping plover and bald eagle. Ratcliff is the project coordinator of Project Peregrine, an initiative led by the Thunder Bay Field Naturalists, which monitors the recovery of the species in northern Ontario and has banded young peregrines at cliff nest sites for 21 years. An avid local birder, Ratcliff writes a regular birding column, "In Flight" for the Thunder Bay Chronicle Journal.

The NatureTalks speaker series is about building connections to nature and each other. Through this series, NCC will share stories of conservation to inspire and motivate others to be champions for nature. Several NatureTalks events are scheduled to take place across Ontario thanks to OLG’s generosity. 


“We are pleased that OLG has committed to supporting NCC by sponsoring our NatureTalks events. Connecting Canadians to nature, whether it be through Conservation Volunteers events, property hikes or educational series like NatureTalks, is important to the future of conservation in Canada.”
Dana Kleniewski, Director of Development & Communications, Nature Conservancy of Canada, Ontario Region.

“We are pleased to continue supporting Nature Conservancy of Canada’s conservation efforts, this time through their NatureTalks events.  This is an excellent follow-up to our support of last year’s successful Conservation Volunteer events at ten NCC conservation sites.” – Paul Pellizzari, Executive Director, Policy and Social Responsibility, OLG.


  • NCC will host three NatureTalks events in 2017, including one in Elgin, ON, and one in Cambridge, ON.

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