Board of Directors
Dear Members of the Nature Society
As the new President of the Nature Society, I look forward with enthusiasm to working with the executive and with the membership to see what we can do to preserve and enjoy the beauty of Nature. A big thank you to our retiring President, Patti Hennesey, for all her efforts during her terms in office.
Most of us have been complaining of the bitter cold during the past few weeks. But, despite the cold, Winter can be very beautiful. I never get tired of seeing a clear-blue sky, fresh snow and the sun shining on ice-covered trees. We are lucky to live in this part of the world where we can appreciate the seasonal changes. We are also fortunate not to be affected by extreme events such as hurricanes and forests fires. Let’s hope that this year, there won’t be a repeat of the flooding along the Ottawa River.
Last year marked the 40th Anniversary of the Nature Society. Thank you to all who participated in making it a memorable event. Another big occasion was the installation of the Osprey Platform in Voyageur Park. Thanks especially to Christine Brunet and to Maxime Cloutier for their efforts in making it happen. Hopefully we will soon see a breeding pair use the platform. To wind up the year, many members attended the Christmas Wine and Cheese Pot Luck. It was a really fun event and I would like to thank Claudia and Eric Deskin for being such wonderful hosts.
There’s much to look forward to in the next few months. In February, Bob and Peggy Pflug have generously offered once again to host the X-Country Skiing, Snowshoeing and Pot Luck event at their beautiful property and home. The exact date depends on the weather. It will be announced to the membership when the snow conditions are suitable. This is always a good time to get together and socialize so please plan to be there.
Our first meeting this year at the Vankleek Hill Collegiate will be on March 19 at 7 PM. We are fortunate to have as speaker, Stuart Robertson who, as most of you know, is a member of the Nature Society. Stuart has worked in most of the hamlets in Nunavut. This gives him the opportunity to get to know the people and to get out and enjoy the land. In addition to speaking on the Arctic, Stuart will also talk about the history of the Caledonia Springs Hotel.
On April 16, our guest speaker will Elaine Kennedy, a naturalist who has reached out to see, understand and get involved in many of the unknowns on our planet. Elaine will speak on her recent travels to Antarctica. It will be fascinating to contrast the polar regions, to see slides and videos and to hear about this remote part of the earth which few of us get chance to see.
I hope that there will be a big turn-out for these very interesting upcoming meetings. We will be very happy to welcome visitors and we encourage them to join us and to take out a membership.