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…

Icebergs, Puffins and Whales, a presentation based on their trip to Newfoundland in 2017 by Arni and Dianne Stinnissen , April 4

  The Orillia Naturalists’ Club had tough weather for the 11 people on our first spring nature walk, on Tuesday, April 3. The weather for Arni’s Newfoundland presentation was even worse. Many club members were unable to travel to the meeting because of the freezing rain and high winds. Nevertheless there was a large turnout.…