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Darwin Day 2014: A Celebration of the Evolution of Owls!

Come out and celebrate Darwin Day by getting up close and personal with owls! Learn about the biology, evolution, and conservation of owls with expert James Duncan. James will introduce you to the mysterious lives of these nocturnal creatures using an entertaining combination of multimedia, owl impressions, owl parts and a live male Long-eared Owl (Nemo). Since the 1980s Dr. Duncan has given hundreds of owl presentations to over 10,000 people around the world, from pre-school kids to university classes to retirees. Bring your camera or video camera and try to capture Nemo as he flies over your head!

James Duncan, born in Montréal, Québec, obtained a Ph.D. in 1992 from the University of Manitoba for research on the Great Gray Owl. He worked as a conservation zoologist for the Saskatchewan and Manitoba Conservation Data Centres[masked] after which he took on the role of Manager of the Manitoba Biodiversity, Habitat and Endangered Species Section of the Wildlife Branch. Currently, James is the Director of the Wildlife Branch of Manitoba Conservation where he is active in local, national and international biodiversity conservation initiatives including species at risk. He has researched owls for over 30 years and has published scientific papers, books and symposium proceedings on owls from around the world. He is also an adjunct professor at the University of Manitoba and the University of Winnipeg where he supervises graduate research students who study owls. James claims that his job is simply a way to support his obsessive habit of studying owls with his wife and fellow zoologist, Patsy. Together they have banded over 2,000 owls in Manitoba.


(Bottom picture: holding an adult female Great Gray Owl captured for banding and release near Hadashville, Manitoba, Canada.)

5:30 pm: Meet and greet.

6:00 pm: Short business announcements.

6:15 pm: Dinner (if you choose). Note: because of the owl, we cannot have food in the meeting room. We will be eating in the main dining room for this meeting

7:00 pm: Speaker.

7:45 pm: Q&A with the speaker.

As always, the meeting is free to attend but you can choose to purchase dinner and/or drinks from Aalto's (most of us do). Members of HAAM can also borrow a book from our extensive atheist/humanist library, and are eligible to attend our Round Table discussions and Book Club meetings. We hope you'll join us! Membership is affordable and goes toward our outreach activities in the community.


Charity of the Month for February: Manitoba Wildlife Rehabilitation Organization

If you'd like the charity to send you a receipt for your charitable donation we'll have envelopes available at the meeting; put your donation inside the envelope and write your return address on the outside. If you don't mind donating and not getting a receipt we'll make the donation for you.


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  • Todd De R.

    Very enthuiastic and knowledgable presenter, learned lots!

    February 16, 2014

  • Geeta

    It was my first and it was fabulous!

    February 16, 2014

  • Geeta

    I'm a guest and bringing two along with me. Is there a fee?

    February 14, 2014

    • Dorothy S.

      no, every one is welcome. we 'pass the hat' to collect enough to pay the room rental, but that's voluntary

      February 15, 2014

  • Mandy W.

    Where do we meet? Just inside the door or...? Will there be signage?

    1 · February 12, 2014

    • Cheri F.

      There's an electronic sign in the lobby that scrolls through all the events and which room they're in. I think for this one we're in K, which is next to the washrooms, right behind the notice board.

      1 · February 12, 2014

  • Marit

    Can I bring 3 guests?

    1 · January 30, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    This should be a hoot!

    1 · January 10, 2014

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