On Saturday, July 22nd Friends of Oliphant will be hosting our annual summer educational event “Our Underwater World” at the Oliphant Campers’ Church at 9:30 am. Jenna McGuire, Interpretation Coordinator at the National Park, Tobermory will speak about the “Underwater Worlds of Aquatic Life on the Bruce Peninsula”. In addition we are pleased to present a short film: “Turtles and Wetlands of Lake Huron” from the Lake Huron Centre for Coastal Conservation introduced by their Executive Director, Erinn Lawrie. Also a short presentation from long time local honey producer Brian Reis: “Felsenmeer Apiaries Howdenvale”
Please join us and our Emcee: Cliff Bilyea in learning more about what lies beyond our shores and beneath the waves. There will be time afterwards to entertain questions and as always, refreshments will be provided.
Please Note: 1.5 lb jars of this spring’s wild flower honey from local Howdenvale producer Brian Reis will be available for – Only $ 6.00 (cash)
Jenna McGuire: Interpretation Coordinator at the National Park, Tobermory
She grew up and still resides on the North Bruce Peninsula. Jenna went to high-school at Bruce Peninsula District school and has a degree in Wildlife Biology from the University of Guelph and a graduate certificate in Science Illustration from California State Monterey Bay. Having spent over a decade working for Parks Canada in Tobermory in ecological research and nature interpretation, she is passionate about learning about, teaching, and preserving traditional skills and knowledge. “I like to use my illustration and communication skills to record knowledge and teach others about nature and history.” – http://sundewcreations.com/
Erinn Lawrie: Executive Director – Lake Huron Centre for Coastal Conservation
Erinn joined the Lake Huron Centre for Coastal Conservation as Coastal Stewardship Coordinator in 2015, implementing the Centre’s stewardship and restoration programs along the Canadian shoreline of Lake Huron. She took over the role of Executive Director in 2017. She is a graduate of the Ecosystem Management Technology advanced diploma program at Fleming College, in Lindsay, Ontario. Her working career includes the Centre for Alternative Wastewater Treatment, Kawartha Conservation, and the Central Lake Ontario Conservation Authority. In addition she has an extensive list of volunteering experience including work in the Galapagos Islands. – https://www.lakehuron.ca/
A school teacher in Grade 7-8 introduced Brian to Bee Keeping and at age 13 Brian kept a hive in the backyard of his Stratford home. Brian has been producing honey for 60 plus years. At the peak of his Honey producing years Brian had 7 bee yards with 25 hives in each, scattered all over the Bruce Peninsula. His honey has been sold at the Wiarton Market, Sullivan’s Butcher shop, the Foodland in Southampton and the Valu-mart in Port Elgin. Brian has scaled back his honey production in recent years to just a few hives.