Lectures

Each year TFN offers its members eight free Zoom talks by noted experts, exploring everything from nature in the city to global environmental issues. Recent lectures have included New Discoveries in Bird Migration (Dr. Bridget Stutchbury), The Secret Lives and Superpowers of Spiders (Catherine Scott), Toronto’s Water, Energy and Waste Systems (Mariko Uda), and Salamander-Eating Pitcher Plants (Patrick Moldowan). Talks are presented Sunday afternoons at 2:30 pm, from September to May with audience discussion time. Members can access Zoom links for upcoming talks on the “For Members” web page, where recordings of past lectures are also available.

Pre-pandemic, TFN lectures were held in Emmanuel College or Northrop Frye Hall on the University of Toronto campus (Victoria College), but our Zoom format will continue at least through May 2022.

Special Lecture: Restoring Cottonwood Flats in the Don ValleyDate: May 19, 2022 @ 19:00Meeting Location: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/86240037852?pwd=dSt0WnV5ZjRHRnYxTHFwTEpmejZUZz09 - Once home to a rockwool factory and municipal snow dump, Cottonwood Flats is now a unique parcel of meadow and wetland in the Don Valley, adjacent Crothers Woods. In this talk, Jason Ramsay-Brown will explore the long-term results of this restoration effort as described by the years of data collected by TFN’s Cottonwood Flats Monitoring Read More

Free Lecture: Restoring the American Chestnut in OntarioDate: May 08, 2022 @ 14:30Meeting Location: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/81796938776?pwd=SHpTdTBhWG9uZ3BmSkMvMWVDY1FMQT09 - American Chestnut was once common throughout North America but by 1940 the Chestnut was destroyed as a commercial species by Chestnut Blight.  Ron Casier, Chair of the Canadian Chestnut Council, is restoring an approximately twenty-acre woodlot on his farm for habitat to support Carolinian wildlife and to encourage endangered species.  This includes a one-acre research Read More

Visitors are always welcome and no admission fee is charged.

Upcoming Lectures

Sept 11, 2022 at 2:30 pm
Urban Bees and Biodiversity
Scott MacIvor; Assistant Professor, University of Toronto