Buzz About Bees
With Juliette Arsenault
Come and learn about the life cycle of the European Honeybee (Apis mellifera). Beekeepers Ray Martin and Juliette Arsenault will discuss the different roles within a beehive as well as describe the nectar-collecting process and how bees communicate with each other and transform nectar into honey. They will also discuss factors that are contributing to colony collapse disorder (CCD). As a participant, you will enjoy honey tasting and an opportunity to plant seeds to attract pollinators to your own backyard!
Ray and Juliette are beekeepers who also manage an eco-friendly pest management company and offer unique insight into the bees vs. pesticides debate. They are always happy to discuss bees and pollinators, their roles in the ecosystem and how to preserve and protect them.
Ray has an honours Environmental Biology degree from the University of Guelph and currently holds 4 Ontario pesticide licenses. Juliette is a Fleming grad from the Ecosystem Management and Urban Forestry programs and teaches about trees and sustainable pest management at Frost Campus.
Falconry: A Traditional Sport in a Modern World
With Zachary Steele
What is modern falconry and how can it relate to wildlife management? Zachary Steele will explain how birds are used in wildlife management and how falconry is conducted and regulated in Ontario. Assisting Zack will be a Harris Hawk, and Red-tailed Hawk. These animals will serve as ambassadors to help teach about practicing falconry in a modern age.
Zach is a graduate of the Fish & Wildlife Technology program and has been fortunate enough to work for many agencies and organizations, including Fleming College, which fueled his passion for falconry, and the process of training a bird of prey to pursue wild game. Currently, Zach is working as a Wildlife Control Officer at Pearson Airport, where he practices falconry to help manage both migratory and resident species in a highly urbanized environment.
Logging into Mushrooms
With Dane Somogyvary
Adventure into the mysterious kingdom of fungi with Dane Somogyvary. Learn about the important roles that fungi play in the ecosystem – from facilitating soil development in terrestrial environments, to supporting nutrition and medicines for human populations. Finally, learn how to grow mushrooms in your own backyard and inoculate a log for your first fall harvest!
Dane is an alumnus of the Ecosystem Management Technician Program at Fleming College and a crew lead with Toronto Region Conservation Authority. His fascination with the unusual has fueled his exploration of mycology and he is passionate about sharing it with others.
Incredible Invertebrates! With Dr. Braden Evans
Parasitic worms eating insects from the inside out? Giant hissing cockroaches from Madagascar? This workshop will introduce you to the incredible diversity of insects and their relatives. Come and get your hands dirty with Dr. Braden Evans, or feel free to look on as an observational participant, as we discuss the extraordinary world of invertebrates. In addition to exploring insect diversity, Braden will also discuss the economic value of arthropods and how they can be used as biological control agents in agroecosystems and home gardens without the use of chemical pesticides.
Braden Evans is an entomologist and professor of environmental economics, ecology, and communications at Fleming and Seneca Colleges. His research interests focus on resistance management and biological control of insect and mite populations.
Random Acts of Green
With Jessica Correa
Come and be inspired to reduce your greenhouse gas emissions through behaviour changes. Why? Because climate change is everyone’s problem – and we all can be part of innovative and creative solutions. Jessica is on a mission to prove to people that seemingly small daily choices make large collective impacts, so that we can all make a difference where and when we can - starting now.
Jessica is the CEO and Founder of Random Acts of Green, Inc. She is an expert in sustainability, environmental education and mindful lifestyle eco-choices, while working to raise public awareness about how to take climate action. This workshop will explore the key areas in growing sustainable habits and how to encourage others to shift their choices to provide a better quality of life and minimize carbon emissions.
Seeds for the Future
Seeds for the future. Seed banks are the future! Climate change, human expansion and natural disturbance is slowly destroying our food crops and plant biodiversity. One way to combat this is through saving seeds! Learn the What’s, Why’s and How’s of seed saving and become a part of this important movement to protect the future of our plant species and crops.
With Ron Hill
Fleming College’s Salmonid Hatchery specializes in producing commercial rainbow trout for the food industry while also rearing Atlantic salmon to support restoration efforts on Lake Ontario and brook trout for small scale local project. Sign up for an interactive tour that will give guests an up-close view inside hatchery operations and provide information on sustainable farming practices and fishery rehabilitation.
Ron Hill graduated from Vancouver Island University with a specialization in fisheries and aquaculture in 2009. He has 10 years of hands on aquaculture experience at a variety of hatcheries in British Columbia and here at Fleming College. He has been with the college since 2015, focused on updating practices and equipment as well as supporting the aquaculture program.
Jon Carter has been in the aquaculture industry since 1993 after graduating from the University of Guelph in Marine and Aquatic Biology. He has worked as an Operations Manager and Fish Health Biologist for salmon farming companies on the west coast of Vancouver Island, a Production Coordinator for fish restoration efforts with the Alberta government, and a Systems and Resource Manager for an Aquaculture Pharmaceutical company on PEI. He decided to return 5 years ago to Ontario and share his knowledge and experiences with the newly developed Aquaculture Program here at Fleming College where he is the Professor and Program Coordinator.