Couchiching Conservancy running some indoor events

Courtney Baker, Special to the Packet & Times

Come in out of the cold and join the Couchiching Conservancy for conservation fun. SUBMITTED

Come in out of the cold and join the Couchiching Conservancy for conservation fun. SUBMITTED

I know. It snowed. Some of us are elated, and we love to rub it in the faces of our friends who are displeased. And I know that normally we at The Couchiching Conservancy are telling you to get outside and get into nature and enjoy the beauty of the first snow fall... but today I am not going to do that to you. Today, in the spirit of 'give the people what they want' I am going to try to entice you to join us at two warm, cozy indoor events.

At The Couchiching Conservancy, we find that one thing people always want to know is what events are coming up. The events calendar on our webpage receives lots of traffic, special events like the Adam's Nature Reserve dedication on Oct. 30 are always well attended and the Passport to Nature is consistently full of enthusiasts. So it is with all of that in mind that I present our upcoming conservation dinner and the confessions of a crazed photographer.

The dinner is to celebrate our success and raise funds for our work. With our recent Black River Wildlands campaign gaining so much momentum and so much support from the community, we wanted to keep that momentum going and take advantage of a generous offer by Brewery Bay. Every year they support several local charities with a dinner. They offer their staff, their delicious food, space and entertaining expertise all to benefit the community. This is a wonderfully generous action and one that we recommend you take advantage of.

The dinner is to take place on Nov. 21. Four courses for $55 per person (with $50 of that going directly to The Couchiching Conservancy) by a fantastic local restaurant, what's not to love? Also, thanks to the generosity of the conservancy's membership and volunteers, we will have a silent auction table full of goodies. We have everything from hockey tickets to stained glass and we welcome you to come in and browse or bid from Nov. 16 to 21. Help us help the environment by participating. After all, it's comfortable, it's indoors and it's filling.

Our second event in the great indoors is a Passport to Nature event: 'The Confessions of a Crazed Photographer,è a funny and beautiful presentation by a fantastic photographer who has been published by National Geographic, Canadian Geographic, Forbes, Ontario Tourism and Lonely Planet, Ethan Meleg.

As an outdoor photographer, Ethan Meleg has crawled through mud, kayaked deep into swamps, endured -30 degree temperatures and hiked many kilometers at night (often carrying a heavy camera pack) to capture spectacular photos of nature. In this presentation, Meleg will share his insight into the inspiration, passion and knowledge that drives great nature photography. Illustrated by his favourite photos and stories, this light-hearted and humorous presentation is sure to entertain and inspire.

If you are interested in attending this event, please register with the Couchiching Conservancy through their events calendar online, or by calling 705-326-1620. The talk is free and takes place Nov. 18 at Lakehead University.

We hope to see you warm, snug and happy at these events!

Courtney Baker is the administrative assistant at the Couchiching Conservancy, a non-profit land trust dedicated to protecting nature for future generations. To learn more about conservation efforts in our area, visit

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