Michael Runtz has spent more than five decades exploring Algonquin Park. This presentation, based on his newest book, is a visual extravaganza that explores the natural history of this world-famous park through the four seasons.
Michael Runtz, an avid birdwatcher since the age of five, has spent decades exploring Algonquin Park by canoe and foot, and has worked there as an interpretive naturalist in Algonquin for a total of 11 seasons spanning four decades. Additionally, Michael has written more than 1,000 newspaper and magazine natural history articles, including his current weekly column Nature’s Way. Michael’s previous 11 books include the widely acclaimed Dam Builders: the natural history of beavers and their ponds. Michael hosted the international television series Wild by Nature, and currently teaches at Carleton University where his highly visual teaching style has attracted more than 50,000 students to his natural history courses.
Michael has received numerous awards including the Council of Canadian University Biology Chairs Distinguished Public Science Education Award and the Carleton University Lifetime Achievement Award. A popular keynote speaker and a regular guest on radio and television, Michael was the only Canadian featured in the TVO/NHK Japan 2001 Superteachers series that profiled such notables as Jane Goodall and Nelson Mandella.
The entrance fee of $5.00 per person, a donation or sponsorship helps cover costs. Children are free. For more information contact Ray Wellman at (613) 848-7697, infohastingsstewardship.ca or hastingsstewardship.ca