Thursday April 1, 7:00pm – Dr. Paul Keddy, Enjoying Wild Nature in Lanark County: Thirty Green Gems

In this talk, Paul will introduce some of the wild landscapes of Lanark County, introduce some of the wild species that live here, and provide a list of our thirty most important natural areas that need to be protected. https://drpaulkeddy.com/conservation/lanark-county/

 

Summary of talk:
Human beings have an inherent need for wild landscapes and wild species. Even Jesus spent time in a wilderness. Lanark County is fortunate to still have wild places, including wetlands and forests. And, we have a remarkable array of wild species that depend on those wild spaces. Many among us already appreciate common wild species like great blue herons, river otters, loons and moose that we see in our travels around the county. However, we also have wild orchids, carnivorous plants, tree frogs, rare birds, and even rare butterflies. All of them depend upon wild places. In this talk, I will introduce some of the wild landscapes of Lanark County, introduce some of the wild species that live here, and provide a list of our thirty most important natural areas that need to be protected.
The speaker:
Dr. Paul Keddy is an international expert on wetlands, and has devoted much of his life to protecting wild places. He has written several award-winning scientific books, as well as a widely used text book on wetland ecology. He is also the author of a guide to the natural environment of Lanark County. Dr. Keddy has lectured widely, on topics including alligators in Louisiana wetlands, and biological diversity in Spain, but for MERA he intends to talk specifically about wild places closer to home: the thirty Green Gems of Lanark County.
You can visit his web page for Lanark County here:
https://drpaulkeddy.com/conservation/lanark-county/