At each RDRN meeting we invite an expert in natural history or conservation to make a presentation and answer questions. This has been going on since 1973 and our list of presenters and topics is truly impressive!

Month Year Speaker Topic
Feb 1973 Dr. Craighead Grizzly Bears in Yellowstone
Mar 1973 David Spalding FAN and its Activities
Apr 1973 G. Fabris, E. Neufedl, F. Schutz Grouse
Jan 1981 Bary and Linda Parrington Paddling the Coppermine River
Feb 1981 Norah Lane Bluebirds
Mar 1981 Harvey Suckmaster Perception of Beauty in Banff National Park
Apr 1981 Brian Peters Old Kingdom of the Tibetan Plateau
Sep 1981 David Spalding The Buffalo’s Grandfather
Oct 1981 Bryan Shantz Beauties of Nature in Western Canada
Nov 1981 George Brybicin Beauties of Nature in Western Canada
Jan 1982 Earl Stamm Look at Habitat
Mar 1982 Faye Hallet Northern Canada Canoe Trip
Apr 1982 Jim Posey Native Flowers of Alberta
Oct 1982 Vivian Pharis Willmore Wilderness
Feb 1983 Glen Pearson Bird Photography
Mar 1983 Bill Glasgow Breeding Biology of Canada Geese at Dowling Lake
Mar 1984 Mike McIvor Photo Journey of the Rocky Mountains
Sep 1984 John Gunson Wolves
Oct 1984 David Cooper Role of the Media in Bringing Scientific Information to the Public
Nov 1984 Alan Yuill Nestbox Alberta Program
Sep 1985 Jim Butler Study of Birdwatchers at Point Pelee
Feb 1986 Rob McIntosh What you Can Do…..
Mar 1986 Dick Dekker North American Predators
Apr 1986 George Scotter Northern Parks
Sep 1988 Ben Gadd Grizzlies Need Friends Too
Oct 1988 Miles Scott Threatened and Endangered Species in Southern Alberta
Nov 1988 Grant Moir Red Deer’s Mosquito Control Program
Mar 1989 Kevin Van Tighem Ways of Seeing Rivers
Apr 1989 Betty Speirs Fossils
Sep 1989 Ralph Klein Minister of the Environment
Mar 1990 Ed Struzik Natural and Human History of Banks Island
Apr 1990 Robert Barclay Bat, Bats, Bats
Oct 1990 Glen Hvenegaard The Florida Everglades
Nov 1990 CPAWS Alberta’s Natural Areas
Feb 1991 Becky Sjare Taps, Knocks and Bells (Arctic marine biology)
Mar 1991 Phil Carson and Julie Austin May the Forest Be With You
Apr 1991 Robert Leech Spiders of the World
Sep 1991 Kenneth Eaglespeaker Blackfoot Bison Hunting Culture
Nov 1991 Charlie Bird Natural History of the Buffalo Lakes Area
Feb 1992 Bruce Turner Ducks and Geese in Alberta
Mar 1992 Gary Fabris Earthwatch Expeditions: Not Your Average Holiday
Apr 1992 Brian Reeves Crown of the Continent: Ecosystems Know no Borders
Sep 1992 Brian Keeting Wild Elephants of Africa
Oct 1992 Gail Michener Sex and the Single Squirrel: Mating Habits of Richardson’s Ground Squirrel
Nov 1992 Jenny Feich, Chris Junk Islands of Mystery (Queen Charlotte Islands)
Feb 1993 Dand and Gwen Woos Habitat of Burrowing Owls
Mar 1993 David Bethel Reptiles and Rain Forests
Apr 1993 Bob Danielson Roles of Mushroom-Forming Fungi in Alberta Forests
Sep 1993 Lu Carbyn Return of the Swift Foxes
Oct 1993 Lawrence Harder Not Just Another Pretty Face: The Function of Flowers
Nov 1993 Dwayne Smith, Colleen Biggs, Alan Hall Sustainable Agriculture
Feb 1994 Marilyn Pottage Alberta’s Forests, Wetlands and Special Places
Mar 1994 Loney Dickson Shorebird Conservation and Identification
Apr 1994 Don Beers World of Lake Louise
Sep 1994 Jim Butler The Failure of Ecotourism
Oct 1994 Peter Sherrington Highway of the Eagles
Nov 1994 Patricia Mitchell Ecology of Alberta Lakes
Feb 1995 Mike Gibeau Large Carnivores of the Southern Rockies
Mar 1995 John Acorn Butterfly Watching in Alberta
Apr 1995 Elisabeth Beaubein Alpine Wildflowers: Timepieces of Nature
Sep 1995 Brian Keating Alpine High LIfe
Oct 1995
Nov 1995 Ron Bjorge Return of the Peregrine to the Red Deer River Valley
Feb 1996 Don Wales Honey Possums of Australia
Mar 1996 Mel Lungle Rethinking Environmentalism – Do We Need the Perfect Banana?
Apr 1996 Don Beers Jasper – Robson: A Taste of Heaven
Sep 1996 George Newton Castle Wilderness: Last Jewel in the Crown
Oct 1996 Richard Roth Communities and Wildlife in Africa: Conflict or Compromise
Nov 1996 Curtis Stobeck DNA Fingerprinting: Wildlife Applications
Feb 1997 Dorothy Hill Parental Care by Male Chestnut-collared Longspurs
Mar 1997 Tracy Tarves Isolation at Macquarie Island
Apr 1997 Grant Moir Biodiversity Through Habitat Preservation
Sep 1997 Terry Thormin Collecting Insects in Tropical America
Oct 1997
Nov 1997 Tery Neraasen The Alberta Conservation Association
Feb 1998 Lisa Takats Croaks and Trills: Introduction to Alberta Amphibian Ecology and Studies
Mar 1998 Ian Corn Forest Ecosystems
Apr 1998 Gilbert Proulx Weasels and “Moles”
Sep 1998 Ben Gadd Wonder of the Rockies
Oct 1998 Vivian Pharis Bighorn Wildland: The Gentle Giant
Nov 1998 Brenda Dale Calling all Birders
Feb 1991 Ray Allen Wildlife in East Africa
Mar 1999 David Dickson Fifty Years of Natural History Photography
Apr 1999 Bruce Drysdale Bears and Belugas
Sep 1999 Clio Smeeton Return of the Swift Foxes to the Canadian Prairies
Oct 1999 Richard Thomas Alberta’s Neotropical Migratory Birds
Nov 1999 Peter Hoven Organic Farming, the Environment and the Family Farm
Feb 2000 Kim Burley Water Quality Studies in Gaetz Lakes Sanctuary
Mar 2000 Ed Karpuk, Terry Krause Landscapes and Integrated Management Plan of the Red Deer River Valley,
Apr 2000 Rob Langair To the Nearest Approximation, All Animals are Insects
Sep 2000 John Acorn The Nature Nut
Oct 2000 Lorne Fitch Cows and Fish Program
Nov 2000 Carol Kelly Medicine River Wildlife Centre
Feb 2001 Margo Pybus Animals Commonly Living in the Landscapes of Alberta
Mar 2001 Myrna Pearman, Ted Pike NatureScape Alberta, Creating and Caring for Wildlife Habitat at Home
Apr 2001 Lorna Allen Assessing Protected Area Significance
Sep 2001 Kevin Van Tighem Sharp Teeth in Cattel Country: Grizzly Bears in Southwestern Alberta
Oct 2001 Dave Mayhood Conserving Lakes, Streams and Spings of the Rocky Mountain East Slopes
Nov 2001 Jul Wojnowski Bird Monitoring at Canada’a Northernmost Observatory
Feb 2002 Page Burt Arctic Plants: Adaptaion to Life at the Edge
Mar 2002 Susan Hannon A Bird’s Eye View of Boreal Forest Fragmentation in Alberta
Apr 2002 Elisabeth Beaubien Spring Wildflowers: the Fun of Plantwatching
Sep 2002 Chris Fisher Having Some Fun With Nature
Oct 2002 Lu Carbyn Wolf Predation in North America
Nov 2002 Jin Lange Raptors of Alberta: Identification for Beginners
Feb 2003 Robert Groeneveld, Tamaini Snaith Watershed of the Rockies
Mar 2003 Gail Michener Upstairs: Downstairs: Year in the Life of Richardson’s Ground Squirrels
Apr 2003 Chris Ford Return of the Native: How Wild Flowers can Make You a Better Gardener
Sep 2003 Fred Schutz Half a Century of Enchanting Observations on the Blindman River
Oct 2003 Suzanne Bayley Water Quality, Development and Climate
Nov 2003 Mark Hebblewhite Ecology and Conservation of Wolves and Elk in the Eastern Slopes of Alberta
Feb 2004 Lisa Priestley Barred Owls in Alberta and Implications for National and Provincial Volunteer Owl Monitoring Programs
Mar 2004 Doug Collister Monitoring Neotropical Migrant Bird in Canada and Costa Rica
Apr 2004 Leslie Main Johnson Learning About the Land: Ethnobotanical Research with First Nations
Sep 2004 Peter Sherrington That Which Hath Wings Shall Tell the Matter: Learning From Eagles
Oct 2004 Kelly Cooley Eco-terrorists: Invasive Plants Terrorize Alberta Ecology
Nov 2004 Brian Van Hezewijk Plant Cells: Cosy Little Homes or Life-long Prisons”
Feb 2005 Brad Stelfox Alberta’s Boreal Forest: A Landscape in Transition.
Mar 2005 Stan Boutin Woodland Caribou in Alberta: Are They Doomed?
Apr 2005 Kris Kendell Celebrating Alberta’s Amphibians
Sep 2005 Robert Barclay Beauty and Biology in the Deserts of Southern Africa
Oct 2005 Cheryl Chetiewicz Habitat Selection and Movement Patterns of Cougars
Nov 2005 Mary Griffiths Coalbed Methane: Where is it Going and What can We do About it?
Feb 2006 Terry Krause, Dawn Carr Taking Inventory of our Parks Through Science and Research
Mar 2006 Steven Hrudy From Walkerton to Kashechewan
Apr 2006 Cherry Dodd Grow Wild! Growing Native Plants in Your Yard
Sep 2006 Stuart Houston HBS Naturalists, Turkey Vulture Tagging
Oct 2006 Sophie Czetwertynski Effects of Industrial Access and Hunting on the Behaviour and Demographics of Black Bears
Nov 2006 Wes Olson A Photographic Journey Through Bison Society
Feb 2007 Gordon Court Owls, Owlers and Owling in Alberta
Mar 2007 Naomi and David Delafield Voyage to the Bay
Apr 2007 Jen Beverly Prescribed Burning and the Use of Fire
Sep 2007 Phil French Red Deer River Journey
Oct 2007 Lu Piening Mushrooms of Alberta
Nov 2007 Don Wales Paddling the Arctic
Feb 2008 Meet the Species Meet the Species
Mar 2008 Vance Buchwald Fish and Riparian Health
Apr 2008 Gerald Romanchuk Hangin’ Out With Hawk Owls
Sep 2008 John Acorn Alberta Ladybugs: Alien Invasion or Benign Ecological Reshuffling?
Oct 2008 Andrew Derocher Polar Bears in a Changing Climate
Nov 2008 Cathy Gill Animal Crossings in Banff National Park
Feb 2009 Meet the Species
Mar 2009 Jim Potter Cavity-Nesting Waterfowl Nestbox Program
Apr 2009 Carol Kelly Judy Boyd Are You My Mother? Fostering Wild Orphans to Wild Families
Sep 2009 Ken Fry Winging It: Trials and Tribulations of Dating in the Insect World
Oct 2009 Steve Herrero Discoveries About Bears
Nov 2009 Glynnis Hood How Beavers Fought the Drought and Won
Feb 2010 Gabby and Seth Yates The Lynx Cycle
Mar 2010 Carol Patterson Ecotourism: From Costa Rica to Central Alberta
Apr 2010 Andrew Nikiforuk Reforming Alberta’s Careless Petre Stae
May 2010 Gordon Court Return of the Peregrine: Management and Recovery of the Peregrine Falcon in Western Canada
Sep 2010 Ed Struzik This Hour Has 55 Million Years
Oct 2010 Joyce Gould Willmore Wilderness Park
Nov 2010 Dave Prescott Species at Risk in Alberta
Feb 2011 Lisa and Chuck Priestly Owls in Alberta/Important Bird Areas
Mar 2011 Phil French Inside the Box
Apr 2011 Erin Bayne Silent Boreal Forest
Sep 2011 Ben Gadd Icefield Bunnies, Gullible Bees, and Why the Tallest Mountain Isn’t
Oct 2011 Wayne Nelson Turkey Vultures in East Central Alberta
Nov 2011 Robert Longair Hunting the Elusive Elephant Wasp
Feb 2012 Collen McPhee Nature Conservancy of Canada
Mar 2012 Andrew Nikiforuk Empire of the Beetle
Apr 2012 Erin Cameron Ecosystem Engineer invades the Boreal Forest
Sep 2012 Al Batt
Oct 2012 James Glacier Ants of Alberta
Nov 2012 Kerry Nugent Invasion of the Trout Snatchers
Dec 2012 Glen Chilton Attack of the Killer Rhododendrons
Feb 2013 Geoff Holroyd The Decline of Burrowing Owls is not a Mexican problem
Mar 2013 Dr. James Cahill Behaviour in Plants
Apr 2013 Kevin Van Tighem Grizzlies and the Headwaters
Sep 2013 Jerry Haigh Moose
Oct 2013 Kevin Van Tighem The Homeward Wolf
Nov 2013 Mirjam Barrueto Wolverines…shrinking spaces for a wilderness wanderer
Feb 2014 Linda & Peter Kershaw The Proposed CANOL Heritage Trail, Northwest Territories: a wilderness backpacking experience with a twist
Mar 2014 Dr. Jocelyn Hudon Project Sapsucker: a window into an overlooked hybrid zone in Western Alberta
Apr 2014 Jason Unger A Seismic Legacy: Public Land Management Policies in Alberta
Sept 2014 Gerald Romanchuk Chasing 200 (bird species)
Oct 2014 David Coltman Using DNA to study the ecology, conservation and management of Alberta Wildlife
Nov 2014 Dorothy Hill had to cancel because of weather
Jan. 2015 Dorothy Hill The Evolution of Parental Care in birds
Feb 2015 Elyse Williams The Alberta Biodiversity Monitoring Institute: Monitoring the status and trends of biodiversity and human footprint
Mar 2015 Don Wales Diversity Contrasts: Iceland and Greenland
Apr 2015 Alexandria Farmer Bees
May 2015 Gordon Court Falconry and Owls
Sept 2015 Myrna Pearman Inspiration of Bluebirds
Oct 2015 Dr. Heather Proctor The Mighty Mites
Nov 2015 Dr. Lu Carbyn 100 Years in the life of a Central Alberta Forest
2016 Feb Corey Scobie From Burrowing Owls to Passenger Pigeon: Tales from a Conservation Biologist Turned Museum Curator
2016 Mar Sally Stuart Sonograms
2016 Apr Ian Wilson & Jacinthe Lavoie Wildflowers of Banff
2016 Sept Michael Dawe Preservation of a Green and Pleasant Land (Banquet)
2016 Oct Gilbert Proulx Do Predator Bounties Work?
2016 Nov Brianna Lorentz Winter Muskrats
2017 Feb Kathreen Ruckstuhl Of Bighorn Sheep and Research
2017 Mar Cory Olson Our Backyard Bat and the Emerging Role of Community-led Conservation
2017 April Ian Wilson & Jacinthe Lavoie Waterton Wild
2017 Sept Janine Higgins Battling Aquatic Invaders
2017 Oct Lu Carbyn Encounters with wolves and swift fox (Banquet)
2017 Nov Bradley Peters Alberta Lake Management
2018 Feb Elly Knight Birds of the Unknown: Ecology & Conservation of Nightjars in Canada
2018 Mar Phil Currie Current Research on Alberta Dinosaurs at the U of A
2018 April Wes Olson The Ecological Bison
2018 Sept Sandra MacDougall Why did the deer cross the road?
2018 Oct. Dr. David M.Bird Feathering One’s Nest (cosponsored by EBF, KWNC and RDRN)
2018 Oct Dr, Dale Leckie Rocks (Banquet)
2018 Nov Mirjam Barrueto The Bigger the Better: Large Landscape Wolverine Research in Southern Alberta and BC