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.

Free Lecture: Conserving Caribou — Matters of Space, Time, and ScaleDate: Feb 6, 2022 @ 14:30Meeting Location: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/86287657222?pwd=UWFFQVF3Q1ZPa1F6MnFlWlY5VHJydz09 - Caribou are a species of superlatives.  One of the most mobile pedestrians on the planet, this animal is also one of the most daunting challenges in conservation.  Across the North, most caribou populations are declining; caribou have vanished from one quarter of their historic range.  In this talk, Jim Schaefer will explore the natural history Read More

Visitors are always welcome and no admission fee is charged.

Upcoming Lectures

March 6, 2022 at 2:30 pm
Trumpeter Swans: Back in Ontario’s Ecosystem
Donna Lewis; Swan Keeper at Adena Springs North

April 3, 2022 at 2:30 pm
Mushrooms: an Introduction to Field Identification
Kathy Vatcher; Mycological Society of Toronto Course Instructor

May 8, 2022 at 2:30 pm
Restoring the American Chestnut in Ontario
Ron Casier; Chair, Canadian Chestnut Council