“There are no flying squirrels in Ontario” and other myths.

TFN is very pleased to host a lecture by Dr. Jeff Bowman on flying squirrels, a cryptic, nocturnal species with many interesting adaptations to their night time habits. Dr. Bowman will provide some insights into the natural history of flying squirrels, how and why his team studies these species, and the history of their research project. He will also speak about the distribution of Ontario’s two flying squirrel species, the northern and southern flying squirrel, the recent discovery of hybridization between these species, and the causes and consequences of this hybridization.

Dr. Jeff Bowman is a Senior Research Scientist with the Wildlife Research and Monitoring Section of the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, and also an Adjunct Professor in the Environmental and Life sciences Graduate Program at Trent University. He completed his Ph.D. at the University of New Brunswick in 1999, and has been with MNRF since August 2001. Jeff leads Ontario’s furbearer and small mammal research programs, and has expertise in population and landscape ecology, and landscape genetics. He has conducted research on many species and ecosystems, including work on fishers, martens, lynx, wolverines, mink, wild turkeys, flying squirrels, and a variety of bat species. He has led the Kawartha Flying squirrel Project since 2002

Doors open at 2:00 pm. Lecture is free and open to everyone, TFN members and non-members alike.

TFN lectures are held at Emmanuel College, Room 001, 75 Queen’s Park Cres E, just south of Museum subway station exit, east side of Queen’s Park. Accessible entrance second door south on Queen’s Park. Elevator inside to the right. Room 001 is one floor below street level. For information: call 416-593-2656 up to noon on the Friday preceding the lecture.

This event is part of our free monthly lecture series. TFN members enjoy advance notice of upcoming lectures and follow-up commentary in our newsletter. Not a member? Learn more about the benefits of membership now!

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The Toronto Field Naturalists wish to acknowledge this land through which we walk. For thousands of years it has been the traditional land of the Wendat, the Seneca, and most recently, the Mississauga of the Credit River. Today it is still the home to many Indigenous people from across Turtle Island and we are grateful to have the opportunity to be on this land.