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Naturalists on the 'Net: Learning to Navigate iNaturalist and eBird
January 26, 2019to April 13, 2019
WORKSHOP – Naturalists on the ‘Net:  Learning to Navigate iNaturalist and eBird
Instructor: Patrick Jackson, Ontario Master Naturalist Program instructor
Date: Saturday, April 13th, 10a.m.
Session Starting Location: Room 2015, Simcoe Hall, Lakehead University, Orillia Campus.
Description: The first winter workshop will be led by Lakehead University's own Patrick Jackson, an alumni and naturalist from Orillia who has been a fixture in the Ontario Master Naturalist program.  Participants will not only learn about different organizations across North America that gather natural history data, but delve into iNaturalist and eBird, learning the various functions and applications of each.  We will discuss the importance of contributing personal observations to such efforts, in terms of how your information and experiences can contribute to local, regional, provincial, national, and global conservation efforts and initiatives. 
 
After ensuring everyone is comfortable using their accounts in these two programs, we will work together to set up, complete, and review a mini Scout Valley Bioblitz, learning how to effectively capture observations, photos and data using a variety of methods (smartphone apps, submission of field notes to online databases, etc.). Digital cameras, smart phones, or tablets are recommended, but tablets will be provided to those who do not have their own devices.
 
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Ontario Benthos Biomonitoring Network: Family Identification course
February 19, 2019to February 21, 2019
The Ontario Benthos Biomonitoring Network (OBBN), which is coordinated by the Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks, is an aquatic macroinvertebrate
biomonitoring network for Ontario’s lakes, streams, and wetlands.
This course will focus on family level identification. 
 
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Uncovering the Truth: Investigative Journalism in the Age of 'Fake News' (five part series)
February 27, 2019to March 27, 2019
This is the second lecture series in Lakehead's Third Age Learning initiative, a partnership between the Office of Community Engagement and Lifelong Learning (CELL) and the Third Age Network (TAN).  Subscriptions which include all five lectures are $59 plus HST, which includes weekly lectures, refreshments, and facilitated discussions. 
This will take place on Wednesday mornings from February 27th until March 27th, 9:30-11:30a.m., at St. Paul's Centre in Orillia.
Please check our website at www.lakeheadu.ca/tal for information on specific speakers and their topics as it becomes available.
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Nature in a New Light: Learning to Sketch and Paint as a Naturalist
March 30, 2019to March 30, 2019
WORKSHOP 3 – Nature in a New Light: Learning to Sketch and Paint as a Naturalist  
Instructors: Marlene Bulas, Wildlife artist, and Bob Bowles, Coordinator of the Ontario Master Naturalist Program
Date: Saturday, March 30th, 10a.m.                       
Session Starting Location: Room 2015, Simcoe Hall, Lakehead University, Orillia Campus.
Description:  This winter workshop will encourage you to see nature in a new light, as you learn how to capture the beauty of the natural world on canvas with wildlife artist Marlene Bulas and wildlife illustrator Bob Bowles. In class, we will discuss how one begins to capture key elements through sketching, and the importance of this to a detail-oriented engagement with nature.  After doing some introductory sketches of nature objects like pine cones, acorns and conifer boughs, we will work on landscape scenes, starting with pencil skeleton sketches and then filling these in with acrylics. Learn the secrets and techniques that wildlife artists use to capture beautiful nature drawings.
 
Participants should bring a sketchbook, pencil, and eraser.  Painting supplies will be provided. Beginners are welcome, and more experienced artists will also be encouraged to develop specific skills throughout the class. 
 
You will be amazed to discover how the creation of artistic representations heightens your attention to detail and encourages us all to appreciate nature in new ways! 
 
 
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The '60s: The Decade that Changed the World? (three part series in Bracebridge)
April 04, 2019to April 18, 2019
This is a three-part lecture series presented by Lakehead's Office of Community Engagement and Lifelong Learning and CFUW Bracebridge.  Subscriptions, which include all three lectures, are $39 plus HST, which includes weekly lectures, refreshments, and facilitated discussions. 
This will take place on Thursday mornings from April 4th until April 18th, 9:30-11:30a.m., at Knox Presbyterian Church in Bracebridge.
 
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Ontario Master Naturalist Program Spring Certificate Program (Orillia)
May 11, 2019to June 16, 2019

Saturday, May 11 to Saturday, June 16, 2019
The Spring 2019 OMNP program includes eight modules. 

Please note that modules may be moved or modified based on instructor availability.

Module Topics and Dates 

MODULE 1 – Geology and Anthropology - Sat. May 11

MODULE 2 – Mammals and Species at Risk - Sun. May 12

MODULE 3 – Botany and Spring Ephemeral Wildflowers - Sat. May 25

MODULE 4 – Ontario Bird Species - Sun. May 26

MODULE 5 – Amphibians and Reptiles - Sat. June 1

MODULE 6 – Invasive Species - Sun. June 2

MODULE 7 – Wetlands, Water and Fishes - Sat. June 15

MODULE 8 – Insects and Other Invertebrates - Sun. June 16

BIOBLITZ (optional) – partnership with Georgian Bay Islands National Park - Sat. June 22

Fee: $499 (plus HST)

What's included:

  • Approximately 40 hours of classroom and field-based instruction.
  • A waterproof notebook and pencil for field notes.
  • A x10 hand lens including a UV light and an Ontario Master Naturalist Program lanyard.
  • A package of course material pertaining to every module in the form of study notes, fact sheets, and other written information supporting the content of the module.
  • A connection to an incredible community of avid naturalists with a keen interest in learning.
Cancellation Policy: In the case of cancellation, we will offer a refund up to three weeks prior to the start of the program. An administration fee of $50 will apply.
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Ontario Master Naturalist Program Summer Certificate Program (Thunder Bay)
July 14, 2019to July 21, 2019

Sunday, July 14 – Sunday, July 21, 2019

Please note that modules may be moved or modified based on instructor availability.

Module Topics & Dates

MODULE 1 – Geology and Anthropology of Thunder Bay District - Sun. July 14

MODULE 2 – Flora of the Thunder Bay District - Mon. July 15

MODULE 3 – Mammals of the Thunder Bay District - Tues. July 16

MODULE 4 – Amphibians and Reptiles of Thunder Bay District - Wed. July 17

MODULE 5 – Birds of the Thunder Bay District - Thurs. July 18

MODULE 6 – Insects and other Invertebrates of Thunder Bay District - Fri. July 19

MODULE 7 – Water, Wetlands and the First Nations and Métis Peoples of the Thunder Bay District - Sat. July 20

BIOBLITZ (Optional) - Sun. July 21

Fee: $499 (plus HST)

What's included:

  • Approximately 40 hours of classroom and field-based instruction.
  • A waterproof notebook and pencil for field notes.
  • A x10 hand lens including a UV light and an Ontario Master Naturalist Program lanyard.
  • A package of course material pertaining to every module in the form of study notes, fact sheets, and other written information supporting the content of the module.
  • A connection to an incredible community of avid naturalists with a keen interest in learning.
Cancellation Policy: In the case of cancellation, we will offer a refund up to three weeks prior to the start of the program. An administration fee of $50 will apply.
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