Activities

Wednesday, February 6, 2019 ADVANCES IN DNA SEQUENCING: How we will assess WaterQuality in the future. Speaker: Dr Tom Edge, Adjunct Professor, Department of Biology, McMaster University

    Chances are if you watch television or spend any time on social media you will have heard something about DNA testing. Many people are exploring their ancestry by using this technology.  The Orillia Naturalists’ Club learned how advances in DNA sequencing expertise is currently used to explore and monitor microbial water quality. Dr.…

Parasitic Invertebrates of Local Parks, Wednesday Jan 2, 2019 by Phil Careless

On January 2nd the Orillia Naturalists were squirming in their seats as Phil Careless passed a preserved bedbug around and presented his talk on “Bizarre Interactions and Partnerships of Parasitic Invertebrates of Local Parks.” Phil describes himself as a “Mechanic of the Environment.” He is endlessly curious about nature and the more he learns the…

AN INTRODUCTION TO MOLECULAR PHYLOGENETICS PRESENTED BY Dr. Troy McMullin from the Canadian Museum of Nature in Ottawa

On Thursday May 10, 2018 at Grant’s Woods, Couchiching Conservancy’s meeting room, Division Rd, Severn Twp How are things related to each other? Most of us have come to think of DNA as the final answer, but Troy stressed that many DNA analyses are just one   tool for classification and  identification and should be added…