EEB Seminar- October 26th

This week the department is pleased to welcome our very own Bob Montgomerie.

Discovering birds in the Great White North

Much of the early history of ornithology in Canada involved Arctic exploration. Drawing on reports from the 18th, 19th and early 20th centuries, I will tell stories about a half dozen expeditions to the Canadian Arctic that enriched our knowledge of birds and ornithology. Early expeditions searched for minerals and a northwest passage to the orient but often involved naturalists who studied birds along the way. Later expeditions simply wanted to find out where some poorly known species bred or to document the natural histories of uncharted territory where no European had ever traveled. Early naturalists and explorers in the Canadian Arctic often endured unimaginable hardship and tragedy in the pursuit of adventure and knowledge about the world and its wildlife. At the very least we should honour their memory by continuing to protect our natural heritage in the north.

The EEB Seminars run weekly, on Thursdays, in the EEB Lounge of the BioSciences Complex, Room 4338, from 12:30-1:30pm.