Join this FREE VIRTUAL EVENT – this coming Sunday, May 16. Find Registration Details Below
Hosted by Kathryn Waugh and the Green Party of Canada, Niagara Falls
Posted May 10th, 2021 on Niagara At Large
Join our speaker Owen Bjorgan on Sunday May 16th at 11am for a FREE VIRTUAL photographic journey around the Niagara Peninsula, showcasing its biodiversity and ecological highlights.
This talk is a colourful, photographic journey around the Niagara Peninsula, showcasing its biodiversity and ecological highlights in an exciting way.
While celebrating the unique species and environments of our “big green backyard”, we will also touch on the conservation pressures these very areas face, and how we can further enjoy and protect nature as a community.
Time will be allocated to a Q and A period following the presentation.
NOTE: A Zoom Link will be provided closer to the event date for all those who have RSVP’d
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About Owen Bjorgan – Owen is a local from Niagara On the Lake, Ontario. He’s the owner and operator of Owen’s Hiking And Adventures since 2017, a local hiking tour company specializing in getting people outside to experience the Niagara’s peninsula’s incredible ecosystems.
He successfully solo thru-hiked the 890 km Bruce Trail on a 37 day expedition in 2014, raising over $27,000 for two local charities.
He has produced four “Hidden Corners” international nature documentaries, including work in Australia, Ecuador, Florida, and here in Niagara. Owen is an official Ted Talk speaker and 2 X recipient of the Paul Harris Fellow award from Rotary International.
When he graduated from the University of Guelph in 2016 with a Bsc. Biodiversity, he was a published scientific co-author and nature photographer. During this time he also fought to protect the Thundering Waters Forest in Niagara Falls. He currently writes a nature column for The NOTL Local, works for the school board as an outdoor educator, and is currently Vice Chair of Niagara On The Lake’s environmental advisory committee.
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A Brief Footnote from Niagara At Large reporter and publisher Doug Draper –
In 2016, when members of the former, disgraced Niagara Regional chair Al Caslin’s cabal dominated key board and administrative positions at the Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority, a highly controversial and scientifically dubious scheme was pushed to blow away provincially significant wetlands in the Thundering Waters Forest in Niagara Falls, Ontario – at a location inside a Niagara River watershed that remains an international “area of concern” in our Great Lakes – for one of Niagara Falls city council’s pet development projects, and grow new wetlands somewhere else.
This self-serving plan, dressed up as “bio-diversity offsetting, was ultimately scrapped here in the wake of strong public opposition, and also due to effective counter-arguments put forward by experts like Owen Bjorgan.
You can watch a video he produced in 2016, making the case against this bogus proposal, by clicking on the screen below –
Keep in mind, however, that plans supported by Niagara Falls Mayor Jim Diodati and a majority on his city council to allow urban development by a China-based corporation to move forward in the Thundering Waters Forest are still on the books.
The fight to save Thundering Waters Forest is far from over and may be lost if enough members of the public don’t stand up and say ‘NO’!
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