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  • 8 Feb 2017 7:30 pm

    BSG: The Ins and Outs of eBird
  • presented by Mike Harrison.  Launched in 2002 by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, eBird is an online database providing real-time information about bird distribution and abundance. As of November 2016, over 330,000 unique users have submitted over 26 million checklists, more than 366 million observations, and data for over 10,300 species to the program. Tips and hints on how users can submit their observations along with the various tools used to visualize data will be covered. Mike Harrison has been birding since he was thirteen, and his first ebird checklist dates from March 1985. Always interested in avian distribution, he first started using eBird in 2011. In 2015, he became an eBird reviewer for southern Alberta. Note that the meeting will be held on the 2nd Wednesday of the month.
  • 21 Feb 2017 7:30 pm

    From Ice to Salt and Back Again
  • ...600 million years of Earth's climate. Presented by Dr. John Harper, a research geologist and retired Professor of Petroleum Geology and Sedimentology. Dr. Harper will explain historical trends and the Earth’s pattern of oscillating between the two extremes of Glaciation and Evaporatization. He says that we presently live in an intergacial epoch of a series of Glaciation extremes but this is only a small percentage of the climate cycles experienced by the Earth. “Climate change is real, has continuously happened in the past, is happening now, and will continue so in the future. The scale of change and the timeframes involved are significantly greater than we experience for our short lifetimes. Knowing the facts we need to define the issues and determine how we can accommodate the changes which will inevitably happen.” If you wish to come prepared to debate these issues, here are some useful websites: http://billmoyers.com/2014/05/16/eight-pseudo-scientific-climate-claims-debunked-by-real-scientists/ http://www.skepticalscience.com/argument.php  This site also has a smartphone app you can download. http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/Features/GlobalWarming/page4.php If you wish to view Dr. Harper’s presentation in advance, you can find it here: https://www.friendsofscience.org/assets/documents/Harper_Climate_2016-05-10_FOS.pdf
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