Monday February 6
Time: 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Location: Knox Crescent Kensington and First Presbyterian Church, 625 Godfrey Avenue, NDG
The Gault Nature Reserve on Mont Saint-Hilaire, a Biological Field Station
The Gault Nature Reserve, 40 km south east of Montreal, was acquired by McGill University in 1958 and covers an area of 1,002 hectares. Geologically it is interesting as it rises to a height of 414 metres out of the St.Lawrence River plain. It has a mixed habitat of forest, lake, streams and wetlands. More than 120 species of birds, about 40 species of mammals and an astonishing number of plants (600 species of vascular plants) have been observed at the Reserve. As a biological field station, the main mission is to support academic and research activities at the Reserve and in Montérégie. The current research interests of professors and students working at the reserve are aquatic ecosystems, land use changes, forest corridors, insects, ecosystem services and climate change. Come and visit this magical oasis so close to the huge metropolitan area of Montreal!
David Maneli has a B.A. in Wildlife Biology from McGill (2003) with a special interest in botany and ecology . He also has an M.A. from UQAM. Working on a project, with the Ecological Monitoring and Assessment Network (EMAN), on stream macroinvertebrates at the Gault Nature Reserve was life-defining for him and he has worked there since 2009. As the Conservation and Academic Affairs Administrator, he liaises with all levels of government and is responsible for the academic and research activities at the reserve.