Red Deer River Naturalists events in April

By Red Deer River Naturalists
April 10, 2018 - 6:56am

The Red Deer River Naturalists are inviting the public to take part  in some of their upcoming free programs. 

Upcoming events include:

Red Deer River Naturalists Insect Focus Group

April 18 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Kerry Wood Nature Centre        

The event is open to the public and admission is free.

You do not have to be a member to attend.

Topic:  The Orthopteroid Complex and the True Bugs

An order of insects that comprises the grasshoppers, crickets and their relatives. 


Red Deer River Naturalists Speaker of the Month

The event will be held April 26 at from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the Kerry Wood Nature Centre

The speaker is Wes Olson.

Topic: The Ecological Bison

Bison once occupied most of North America and they had complex interactions with almost every other bird, mammal, amphibian and reptile that shared their ecosystem.

With stunning photographs of bison across their historical range, this presentation highlights some of these fascinating relationships and explores the keystone role that bison continue to play in maintaining healthy landscapes wherever they are found.

Wes Olson has had a life-long association with wild places and wildlife.

He worked for several years as a Wildlife Technician for the Yukon Government and then, after a stint at the Banff School of Fine Arts in 1981, began a career with Parks Canada as a National Park Warden.

He focused on bison management in Banff, Waterton Lakes, Elk Island, Prince Albert and Grasslands National Park, where he retired in 2012.

This long history with bison and the spectacular natural areas they occupy has given Wes an international reputation for his knowledge about both plains and wood bison. Wes has combined his extensive scientific knowledge about bison with his wife Johane’s photography to create compelling stories about this charismatic animal.

For further information contact Red Deer River Naturalists at 403-347-8200


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