The Wild Turkey — Social Structure & Behaviour

Jenn Baici is an ecologist currently completing her PhD at Trent University in the Bowman Lab where she studies the social structure and behaviour of the Eastern Wild Turkey. Prior to this she studied biocontrol of invasive species at the University of Toronto in the Master of Forest Conservation (MFC) program.

The Wild Turkey — Social Structure & Behaviour

Jenn’s research interests include avian ecology, nesting behaviour, insect ecology, and human-animal conflict mitigation, although she’s nerdy about anything and everything to do with conservation biology. She hopes to apply her skills and knowledge to promote the conservation and preservation of earth’s amazing biodiversity, particularly undervalued and under appreciated species.

Jenn Baici, BSc Hons, MFC (She/Her), PhD Candidate,
Trent University Environmental and Life Sciences

Fiona Reid — MOTHS, the quiet pollinators you need to know

Fiona Reid will be telling us about moths that pollinate on Tuesday evening, April 30th at 7:00 P.M.  at our usual location in the Seniors Centre on Bythia Street in Orangeville.

Fiona Reid has been leading nature tours since 1986, showing ecotourists the mammals and other wildlife of diverse lands from Brazil to Indonesia, and Alaska to Venezuela.

An accomplished writer and artist, Fiona is the author and illustrator of A Peterson Field Guide to Mammals of North America. She has written and/or illustrated numerous other guides, including A Field Guide to the Mammals of Central America and Southeast Mexico, Bats of Trinidad and Tobago, The Wildlife of Costa Rica, a Field Guide, The Golden Guide to Bats of the World, Bats of Papua New Guinea, Mammals of the Neotropics (volumes 1-3), and several children’s books.

She is a Departmental Associate in Mammalogy at the Center for Biodiversity and Conservation Biology at the Royal Ontario Museum, in Toronto, Canada. Fiona is also President of Halton/North Peel Naturalist Club in Georgetown, Ontario.

Fiona lives on the Niagara Escarpment in southern Ontario with two children and an assortment of pets. She has always been fascinated with all aspects of nature, although her preference for mammals started early in life.

She studied biology at Cambridge University in England, and went to graduate school at Stony Brook, Long Island. Fiona slipped into scientific illustration work without any formal training, more on a whim than with a great deal of thought.

After illustrating several children’s books and a series of Neotropical mammal books, She decided to embark on writing and illustrating her own book on Central American mammals. This evolved into a crusade to find all the small mammal species and draw them directly from life. The book took much longer to complete than I had originally intended, but did enable me to develop my love and knowledge of obscure furry creatures. She is particularly devoted to bats, rodents and moths, the nocturnal, misunderstood realm.


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Using Geoscience for Decisions, Advice, and Accountability


  • Hailing from Caledon East, a passion for the Earth’s secrets led her to become a Hydrogeological G.I.T. certified by Professional Geoscientists Ontario.
  • Learn about the vital world of geoscience and how it shapes our communities.
  • Dig deep into hydro-geo-environmental investigations.
  • Understand how all of this relates to present concerns about groundwater in our Headwaters area.
Tuesday March  26, 2024, Orangeville Senior’s Centre 26 Bythia St
7:00 P.M.   Free admission.
Everyone welcome.
Refreshments provided (bring your own mug).

What lies beneath …

Most of us we have a very limited awareness, understanding and appreciation of ground water. Ground water sustains us and our natural communities, sometimes we unknowingly abuse it and we proudly brand where we live as the Headwaters Region. We are so fortunate to present Sarah Griffith a hydrogeologist who will take us on a journey below into the world of ground water here in the Headwaters Region. Sarah’s talk will focus on the importance of groundwater, how we need to give more consideration to managing groundwater and what we as citizens should know about wells, septic systems and other ways we impact ground water.

Unearth the role of geoscientists in the everyday growth of our communities. Dig deep into hydro-geo-environmental investigations and discover how regulated professionals help make well-informed decisions, from managing resources to preserving the environment. Explore the blending of science and decision-making, where geoscience provides a practical foundation for a responsible future, and find out how easy it is to spot geoscience projects in your neighbour!

Raised in Caledon East, Sarah Griffith is a Hydrogeological G.I.T. registered with Professional Geoscientists Ontario. After graduating from the University of Waterloo, she started a career in the Architecture, Engineering, and Construction industry where she uses hydrogeology and environmental science to help clients make decisions in the interests of the public. Beyond work, Sarah is dedicated to promoting earth science literacy and is enthusiastic about empowering communities with knowledge to understand both their environment and governing policies.


One More Thing:

Headwaters Nature is once again showing ourselves off at the Orangeville Lions Home & Garden Show at the ‘Ag Centre’ out on #5 Sideroad of Mono from Saturday, April 6, 2023 – 9:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M., and Sunday, April 7, 2023 – 10:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M.

We need volunteers to work together or along to be the greeters and enticers to show off our passions for the natural world.  You don’t need to any sort of expert — just a friendly and engaging person.  If this were to be your first time doing this, we’d pair you with someone who as done this volunteering before. We also need to update our poster board, the old pre-pandemic version of which is shown below.

If you have photos or posters or other items that could replace any or all of the items on this old board, please bring them to the N3 Nature Nerds meeting, or send them to 

Headwaters Nature old 2020 display

    Headwaters Nature old 2019 display
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