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Nature in the City Series begins in January

The city of London is all about habitats.  While most of the landscape is configured for human uses, wildlife also requires suitable habitat.  Living space for non-human residents is available in protected areas, pocket-sized natural settings, public parks and private properties.  This series of talks presents a sampling of London’s wild species and the places they call home.

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January 15
URBAN BEAVERS: Admirable Engineers or Annoying Nuisances?
London’s adaptable beavers cut trees and dam watercourses in locations of their choosing.  Outdoor educator Tom Purdy explains how local beavers make a living and provides insight into the ways of these enterprising but not-always-welcome neighbours.

January 22
FERNS AND THEIR ALLIES: Feathery and Fascinating
Tucked away in shadowy glades and damp corners, ferns, horsetails and their relatives add beauty and diversity to wild spaces.  UWO botanist Jane Bowles describes local species and reveals the secret of how this ancient group of flowerless plants keeps on truckin’ through time.

January 29
BACKYARD BIRDS: Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?
Any season, but especially winter, can be greatly enriched by welcoming a colourful array of wild birds to your backyard.  Local birder Gail McNeil reviews the roster of potential visitors.  She also offers practical tips for attracting avian guests, both migrant and resident, to your yard.

February 5
TURTLE TALES: Tracking an Elusive Quarry
Turtles by nature are wary.  Will Lyons, teacher and turtle fan, slithers through mud, water and undergrowth to encounter the private lives of London’s turtles.  He shares his adventures, as well as some truly amazing video footage.  Now, who was it who said turtles move slowly?

February 12
GREEN ROOFS: A Cool Overhead Trend
As cities expand and green spaces shrink, the idea of rooftop gardening becomes increasingly appealing.  Kees Govers of LiveRoof Ontario explains the rationale, benefits, challenges and how-to’s of transforming urban roofs into cooling oases where growing things reign supreme.

February 19
WESTMINSTER PONDS: Legacy of Glaciers
At 250 hectares, Westminster Ponds – Pond Mills Environmentally Significant Area is London’s largest natural area.  Naturalist Dave Wake introduces this special place and its remarkable diversity – rich history, kettle ponds, woodlands, meadows, unusual species and much more.

All talks are from 7:30-8:30 pm

Central Library
251 Dundas St -
Wolf Performance Hall

Families are welcome!
(with children 10 and up)
Free admission!
2 hours free validated parking in
Citi Plaza during Library hours

Co-sponsored by
Nature London
London Public Library