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Monthly Meeting Speaker Series

RDRN holds monthly meetings between September and April. The meetings are held at Kerry Wood Nature Centre, on the fourth Thursday of the month, starting at 7:00 p.m. Meetings feature interesting and engaging speakers who share their knowledge and expertise about nature and conservation-based topics. There is no charge and non-members are welcome.

Speaker Series Library

The Monthly Meeting – Speaker of the Month has been enjoyed since 1973 and our list of presenters and topics is truly impressive!

2024AprJustine Doll & Tory BlanchardBee a Community Scientist and Understanding Plant-Pollinator Interactions in Alberta
2024MarRed Deer Polytechnic Bio Students - Felix Beever, Meghan Heistad, Isaiah Johanson, Isaiah Johnson, Meggie MacKenzie, Kayde McMullen, Sanjana Sharma and Abbey Van HeuvelPresent Fascinating Wildlife Ecology Findings
2024FebWes OlsonThe Evolution of North American Bison
2023NovLisa VerbiskySoil Characteristics in the Context of Land Reclamation
2023OctDr. Margo PybusAvian Influenza: A New Chapter in an old Book
2023SepCathy Steele & Myrna PearmanRDRN's Nature Central program Summary with Cathy Steele and Exploring Svalbard Norway with Myrna Pearman
2023AprDr. Glynnis HoodCan Beavers turn Parachutes into Umbrellas?
2023MarRed Deer Polytechnic Bio Students - Jaden Griffiths, Payton Baltzer, Allicia Irwin, Jennine Baughman, Kira Weddell and Terese McNabb Present Fascinating Wildlife Ecology Findings
2023FebCharity BriereWhat's the Buzz Red Deer? Bumbling Through Understanding Urban Bee Ecology
2022NovDanika SchrammThe Birds and The Genes: How events of the past and present shape the genetics of bird populations
2022OctDr. Ken FryPollination and Climate Change: What are the impacts and what can we do about it?
2022SepGraeme Gissing & Dr. Natalia LifshitzNature Central: Celebrating our Wild Alberta Parklands
2022AprDr. Gabriela IbarguchiArctic Seabirds as Sentinels of Change
2022MarDr. Erin BayneThe Beauty of Bird Song: How and why birds sing and how sound is being used to make better conservation decisions.
2022FebDr. Emily StuddIs something screaming? Uncovering the secret lives of boreal mammals with technology.
2021NovMyrna PearmanBeauty Everywhere – Celebrating Nature in our own Backyards
2021OctDr. Dale LeckieThe Scenic Geology of Alberta
2021SepDr. Heather AddyFungi in the environment: from decomposition to the “wood-wide web”
2021AprDr. Robert BarclayBats Are Amazing – but are facing several conservation challenges
2021MarZach DempseyThe Lancet Liver Fluke, Invasive Parasite
2021FebDr. Randy Arsenault25 Years in Africa: Ecology, Music and Education
2020FebDr. Andrew DerocherTrouble at the Top: Polar Bears in a Warming Arctic co-sponsored Red Deer College held at the College Room 2602
2020MarApril MartinigGoing the Distance: The local vacancy game and how it changes dispersal of Red Squirrel CANCELLED
2020OctApril MartinigGoing the Distance: The local vacancy game and how it changes dispersal of Red Squirrel Virtual Zoom Meeting
2020NovDr. Russell MartelCascading Ecological Effects of Sea Otter reintroduction and kelp forest recovery Virtual Zoom Meeting
2019FebDr. Fabien MavrotMonitoring Health in a Decling Muskox Population: Challenges and Solutions in the Remote Artic
2019MarSusanne MainmentNatural History of Hummingbirds and how to band them
2019AprDr. Natalia LifshitzTree Swallows – Feathers and Pollution SPEAKER NOT AVAILABLE
2019AprCarol Kelly & Judy Boyd & Otis the OwlMedicine River Wildlife Centre Update on new Building
2019SepZach DempseyPhylogeography of the Terrestrial Mountain Land Snail, Oreohelix
2019OctDr. Sandra BlackNarwhal: In a Time of Change (Banquet)
2019NovDr Natalia LifshitzTree Swallows – Feathers and Pollution
2018FebElly KnightBirds of the Unknown: Ecology & Conservation of Nightjars in Canada
2018MarPhil CurrieCurrent Research on Alberta Dinosaurs at the U of A
2018AprilWes OlsonThe Ecological Bison
2018SeptSandra MacDougallWhy did the deer cross the road?
2018Oct.Dr. David M.BirdFeathering One’s Nest (cosponsored by EBF, KWNC and RDRN)
2018OctDr, Dale LeckieRocks (Banquet)
2018NovMirjam BarruetoThe Bigger the Better: Large Landscape Wolverine Research in Southern Alberta and BC
2017FebKathreen RuckstuhlOf Bighorn Sheep and Research
2017MarCory OlsonOur Backyard Bat and the Emerging Role of Community-led Conservation
2017AprilIan Wilson & Jacinthe LavoieWaterton Wild
2017SeptJanine HigginsBattling Aquatic Invaders
2017OctLu CarbynEncounters with wolves and swift fox (Banquet)
2017NovBradley PetersAlberta Lake Management
2016FebCorey ScobieFrom Burrowing Owls to Passenger Pigeon: Tales from a Conservation Biologist Turned Museum Curator
2016MarSally StuartSonograms
2016AprIan Wilson & Jacinthe LavoieWildflowers of Banff
2016SeptMichael DawePreservation of a Green and Pleasant Land (Banquet)
2016OctGilbert ProulxDo Predator Bounties Work?
2016NovBrianna LorentzWinter Muskrats
2015Jan.Dorothy HillThe Evolution of Parental Care in birds
2015FebElyse WilliamsThe Alberta Biodiveristy Monitoring Institute: Monitoring the status and trends of biodiversity and human footprint
2015MarDon WalesDiversity Contrasts: Iceland and Greenland
2015AprAlexandria FarmerBees
2015MayGordon CourtFalconry and Owls
2015SeptMyrna PearmanInspiration of Bluebirds
2015OctDr. Heather ProctorThe Mighty Mites
2015NovDr. Lu Carbyn100 Years in the life of a Central Alberta Forest
2014FebLinda and Peter KershawThe Proposed CANOL Heritage Trail, Northwest Territories: a wilderness backpacking experience with a twist
2014MarDr. Jocelyn HudonProject Sapsucker: a window into an overlooked hybrid zone in Western Alberta
2014AprJason UngerA Seismic Legacy: Public Land Management Policies in Alberta
2014SeptGerald RomanchukChasing 200 (bird species)
2014OctDavid ColtmanUsing DNA to study the ecology, conservation and management of Alberta Wildlife
2014NovDorothy Hillhad to cancel because of weather
2013FebGeoff HolroydThe Decline of Burrowing Owls is not a Mexican problem
2013MarDr. James CahillBehaviour in Plants
2013AprKevin Van TighemGrizzlies and the Headwaters
2013SepJerry HaighMoose
2013OctKevin Van TighemThe Homeward Wolf
2013NovMirjam BarruetoWolverines…shrinking spaces for a wilderness wanderer
2012FebCollen McPheeNature Conservancy of Canada
2012MarAndrew NikiforukEmpire of the Beetle
2012AprErin CameronEcosystem Engineer invades the Boreal Forest
2012SepAl Batt
2012OctJames GlacierAnts of Alberta
2012NovKerry NugentInvasion of the Trout Snatchers
2012DecGlen ChiltonAttack of the Killer Rhododendrons
2011FebLisa and Chuck PriestlyOwls in Alberta/Important Bird Areas
2011MarPhil FrenchInside the Box
2011AprErin BayneSilent Boreal Fores
2011SepBen GaddIcefield Bunnies, Gulible Bees, and Why the Tallest Mountain Isn’t
2011OctWayne NelsonTurkey Vultures in East Central Alberta
2011NovRobert LongairHunting the Elusive Elephant Wasp
2010FebGabby and Seth YatesThe Lynx Cycle
2010MarCarol PattersonEcotourism: From Costa Rica to Central Alberta
2010AprAndrew NikiforukReforming Alberta's Careless Petre Stae
2010MayGordon CourtReturn of the Peregrine: Management and Recovery of the Peregrine Falcon in Western Canada
2010SepEd StruzikThis Hour Has 55 Million Years
2010OctJoyce GouldWillmore Wilderness Park
2010NovDave PrescottSpecies at Risk in Alberta
2009FebMeet the Species
2009MarJim PotterCavity-Nesting Waterfowl Nestbox Program
2009AprCarol Kelly Judy BoydAre You My Mother? Fostering Wild Orphans to Wild Families
2009SepKen FryWinging It: Trials and Tribulations of Dating in the Insect World
2009OctSteve HerreroDiscoveries About Bears
2009NovGlynnis HoodHow Beavers Fought the Drought and Won
2008FebMeet the SpeciesMeet the Species
2008MarVance BuchwaldFish and Riparian Health
2008AprGerald RomanchukHangin' Out With Hawk Owls
2008SepJohn AcornAlberta Ladybugs: Alien Invasion or Benign Ecological Reshuffling?
2008OctAndrew DerocherPolar Bears in a Changing Climate
2008NovCathy GillAnimal Crossings in Banff National Park
2007FebGordon CourtOwls, Owlers and Owling in Alberta
2007MarNaomi and David DelafieldVoyage to the Bay
2007AprJen BeverlyPrescribed Burning and the Use of Fire
2007SepPhil FrenchRed Deer River Journey
2007OctLu PieningMushrooms of Alberta
2007NovDon WalesPaddling the Arctic
2006FebTerry Krause, Dawn CarrTaking Inventory of our Parks Through Science and Research
2006MarSteven HrudyFrom Walkerton to Kashechewan
2006AprCherry DoddGrow Wild! Growing Native Plants in Your Yard
2006SepStuart HoustonHBS Naturalists, Turkey Vulture Tagging
2006OctSophie CzetwertynskiEffects of Industrial Access and Hunting on the Behaviour and Demographics of Black Bears
2006NovWes OlsonA Photographic Journey Through Bison Society
2005FebBrad StelfoxAlberta's Boreal Forest: A Landscape in Transistion.
2005MarStan BoutinWoodland Caribou in Alberta: Are They Doomed?
2005AprKris KendellCelebrating Alberta's Amphibians
2005SepRobert BarclayBeauty and Biology in the Deserts of Southern Africa
2005OctCheryl ChetiewiczHabitat Selection and Movement Patterns of Cougars
2005NovMary GriffithsCoalbed Methane: Where is it Going and What can We do About it?
2004FebLisa PriestleyBarred Owls in Alberta and Implications for National and Provincial Volunteeer Owl Monitoring Programs
2004MarDoug CollisterMonitoring Neotropical Migrant Bird in Canada and Costa Rica
2004AprLeslie Main JohnsonLearning About the Land: Ethnobotanical Research with First Nations
2004SepPeter SherringtonThat Which Hath Wings Shall Tell the Matter: Learning From Eagles
2004OctKelly CooleyEco-terrorists: Invasive Plants Terroize Alberta Ecology
2004NovBrian Van HezewijkPlant Cells: Cozy Little Homes or Life-long Prisons"
2003FebRobert Groeneveld, Tamaini SnaithWatershed of the Rockies
2003MarGail MichenerUpstairs: Downstairs: Year in the Life of Richardson's Ground Squirrels
2003AprChris FordReturn of the Native: How Wild Flowers can Make You a Better Gardener
2003SepFred SchutzHalf a Century of Enchanting Observations on the Blindman River
2003OctSuzanne BayleyWater Quality, Development and Climate
2003NovMark HebblewhiteEcology and Conservation of Wolves and Elk in the Eastern Slopes of Alberta
2002FebPage BurtArctic Plants: Adaptaion to Life at the Edge
2002MarSusan HannonA Bird's Eye View of Boreal Forest Fragmentation in Alberta
2002AprElisabeth BeaubienSpring Wildflowers: the Fun of Plantwatching
2002SepChris FisherHaving Some Fun With Nature
2002OctLu CarbynWolf Predation in North America
2002NovJin LangeRaptors of Alberta: Identification for Beginners
2001FebMargo PybusAnimals Commonly Living in the Landscapes of Alberta
2001MarMyrna Pearman, Ted PikeNatureScape Alberta, Creating and Caring for Wildlife Habitat at Home
2001AprLorna AllenAssessing Protected Area Significance
2001SepKevin Van TighemSharp Teeth in Cattle Country: Grizzley Bears in Southwestern Alberta
2001OctDave MayhoodConserving Lakes, Streams and Springs of the Rocky Mountain East Slopes
2001NovJul WojnowskiBird Monitoring at Canada'a Northernmost Observatory
2000FebKim BurleyWater Quality Studies in Gaetz Lakes Sanctuary
2000MarEd Karpuk, Terry KrauseLandscapes and Integrated Management Plan of the Red Deer River Valley
2000AprRob LangairTo the Nearest Approximation, All Animals are Insects
2000SepJohn AcornThe Nature Nut
2000OctLorne FitchCows and Fish Program
2000NovCarol KellyMedicine River Wildlife Centre
1999MarDavid DicksonFifty Years of Natural History Photography
1999AprBruce DrysdaleBears and Belugas
1999SepClio SmeetonReturn of the Swift Foxes to the Canadian Prairies
1999OctRichard ThomasAlberta's Neotropical Migratory Birds
1999NovPeter HovenOrganic Farming, the Environment and the Family Farm
1998FebLisa TakatsCroaks and Trills: Introduction to Alberta Amphibian Ecology and Studies
1998MarIan CornForest Ecosystems
1998AprGilbert ProulxWeasels and "Moles"
1998SepBen GaddWonder of the Rockies
1998OctVivian PharisBighorn Wildland: The Gentle Giant
1998NovBrenda DaleCalling all Birders
1997FebDorothy HillParental Care by Male Chestnut-collared Longspurs
1997MarTracy TarvesIsolation at Macquarie Island
1997AprGrant MoirBiodiversity Through Habitat Preservation
1997SepTerry ThorminCollecting Insects in Tropical America
1997NovTery NeraasenThe Alberta Conservation Association
1996FebDon WalesHoney Possums of Australia
1996MarMel LungleRethinking Environmentalism - Do We Need the Perfect Banana?
1996AprDon BeersJasper - Robson: A Taste of Heaven
1996SepGeorge NewtonCastle Wilderness: Last Jewel in the Crown
1996OctRichard RothCommunities and Wildlife in Africa: Conflict or Compromise
1996NovCurtis StobeckDNA Fingerprinting: Willife Applications
1995FebMike GibeauLarge Carnivores of the Southern Rockies
1995MarJohn AcornButterfly Watching in Alberta
1995AprElisabeth BeaubeinAlpine Wildflowers: Timepieces of Nature
1995SepBrian KeatingAlpine HighLIfe
1995NovRon BjorgeReturn of the Peregrine to the Red Deer River Valley
1994FebMarilyn PottageAlberta's Forests, Wetlands and Special Places
1994MarLoney DicksonShorebird Conservation and Identification
1994AprDon BeersWorld of Lake Louise
1994SepJim ButlerThe Failure of Ecotourism
1994OctPeter SherringtonHighway of the Eagles
1994NovPatricia MitchellEcology of Alberta Lakes
1993FebDand and Gwen WoosHabitat of Burrowing Owls
1993MarDavid BethelReptiles and Rain Forests
1993AprBob DanielsonRoles of Mushroom-Forming Fungi in Alberta Forests
1993SepLu CarbynReturn of the Swift Foxes
1993OctLawrence HarderNot Just Another Pretty Face: The Function of Flowers
1993NovDwayne Smith, Colleen Biggs, Alan HallSustainable Agriculture
1992FebBruce TurnerDucks and Geese in Alberta
1992MarGary FabrisEarthwatch Expeditions: Not Your Average Holoday
1992AprBrian ReevesCrown of the Continent: Ecosystems Know no Borders
1992SepBrian KeetingWild Elephants of Africa
1992OctGail MichenerSex and the Single Squirrel: Mating Habits of Richardson's Ground Squirrel
1992NovJenny Feich, Chris JunkIslands of Mystery (Queen Charolette Islands)
1991FebBecky SjareTaps, Knocks and Bells (Arctic marine biology)
1991MarPhil Carson and Julie AustinMay the Forest Be With You
1991AprRobert LeechSpiders of the World
1991SepKenneth EaglespeakerBlackfoot Bison Hunting Culture
1991NovCharlie BirdNatural History of the Buffalo Lakes Area
1991FebRay AllenWildlife in East Africa
1990MarEd StruzikNatural and Human History of Banks Island
1990AprRobert BarclayBat, Bats, Bats
1990OctGlen HvenegaardThe Florida Everglades
1990NovCPAWSAlberta's Natural Areas
1989MarKevin Van TighemWays of Seeing Rivers
1989AprBetty SpeirsFossils
1989SepRalph KleinMinister of the Environment
1988SepBen GaddGrizzlies Need Friends Too
1988OctMiles ScottThreatened and Endangered Species in Southern Alberta
1988NovGrant MoirRed Deer's Mosquito Control Program
1986FebRob McIntoshWhat you Can Do…..
1986MarDick DekkerNorth American Predators
1986AprGeorge ScotterNorthern Parks
1985SepJim ButlerStudy of Birdwatchers at Point Pelee
1984MarMike McIvorPhoto Journey of the Rocky Mountains
1984SepJohn GunsonWolves
1984OctDavid CooperRole of the Media in Bringing Scientific Information to the Public
1984NovAlan YuillNestbox Alberta Program
1983FebGlen PearsonBird Photography
1983MarBill GlasgowBreeding Biology of Canada Geese at Dowling Lake
1982JanEarl StammLook at Habitat
1982MarFaye HalletNorthern Canada Canoe Trip
1982AprJim PoseyNative Flowers of Alberta
1982OctVivian PharisWillmore Wolderness
1981JanBary and Linda ParringtonPaddling the Coppermine River
1981FebNorah LaneBluebirds
1981MarHarvey SuckmasterPerception of Beauty in Banff National Park
1981AprBrian PetersOld Kingdom of the Tibetan Plateau
1981SepDavid SpaldingThe Buffalo's Grandfather
1981OctBryan ShantzBeauties of Nature in Western Canada
1981NovGeorge BrybicinBeauties of Nature in Western Canada
1973FebDr. CraigheadGrizzly Bears in Yellowstone
1973MarDavid SpaldingFAN and its Activities