Jean Iron will address naturalists' club March 4
Arctic wildlife will be the topic of discussion when Jean Iron addresses the Orillia Naturalists' Club March 4. SUBMITTED PHOTO
Orillia Naturalists' Club's March 4 meeting will feature a presentation by Jean Iron.
The meeting will take place at the Orillia Museum of Art and History at 7:30 p.m. Members and non-members are welcome.
Wildlife of Arctic Canada, Iceland and Greenland will be Iron's topic of discussion.
In 2013 and 2014, Iron visited Iceland, James Bay, Nunavut and Greenland. Her presentation will show the diversity of habitats, birds, other wildlife and wildflowers found in those four areas of the North.
Iceland's seacoasts, spectacular mountain scenery, fine birdwatching and wildlife viewing, friendly people and excellent food create an ideal destination for keen naturalists. In early July, blooming Arctic wildflowers, breeding birds and rugged landscapes make Iceland distinctive.
In early August, Iron joined a crew doing shorebird surveys along Ontario's southwestern coast of James Bay to document the international importance of this subarctic stopover site to shorebirds. Abundant invertebrates in the vast tidal flats refuel the endangered rufa red knot and thousands of other shorebirds on their long southern journey.
In late summer, Iron will go to Nunavut and through the Northwest Passage in the Canadian High Arctic by ship to Greenland, seeing polar bears, walruses, whales, ivory gulls, seabird colonies and Arctic flowers.