YFBTA Symposium - April 23rd, 2016




Donald A. Weidl


Don was born in Broadview, Sask. and at age 11, submitted his first spring bird migration list to Manley Callin, a well-known bird expert from Fort Qu’appelle.  Over the next decade, with Manley as his mentor, Don continued to hone his interest in bird watching.

Don pursued a career in environmental consulting and over a 30-year period, he conducted environmental assessments, which included many bird surveys over western Canada and the Northwest Territories.

Don retired in 2012 and moved back to Broadview, where he enjoys birdwatching every day and travelling to exotic birding areas.

Presentation: 'Intermediate Birding'



David Halstead

David is an aquatic biologist and entomologist with a lifelong fascination for dragonflies.  His interest stems from childhood explorations in the foothills of Alberta and the Interlake regions of Manitoba.

He now resides at Emma Lake, Saskatchewan with his wife Leanna, and continues his quest to unravel the mysteries of these incredible insects.

Dave is a Natural
Resources Technology Instructor at Saskatchewan Polytechnic in Prince Albert and a Sessional Lecturer in Biology at the University of Saskatchewan.

Presentation: 'Dragonflies'
Colin Laroque

I grew up in Saskatoon in the Riversdale area and attended Bedford Road high school, and went to the U of S for my undergraduate degree in Physical Geography.  I then went to the University of Victoria and completed my MSc. and PhD. degrees studying Pacific coast environments and becoming a tree-ring scientist. While at UVic, I started to teach in both the Department of Geography, as well as in the Restoration of Natural Systems program. I then moved to Edmonton for a postdoctoral term and taught a course at U of A too.
It was in Edmonton that I was offered my first tenure track position at Mount Allison University in New Brunswick. We moved to the east coast and while there, I created the Mount Allison Dendrochronology Lab (MAD Lab) and continued to st
udy treed areas in all different environments in Atlantic Canada. The MAD Lab was very successful and we worked on many interesting project through the years (see www.madlabsk.ca). We became known as one of the main tree-ring labs in Canada, and conducted many types of tree-ring research from coast to coast to coast. After ten years though, I jumped at the chance to move back home to Saskatoon and I started in the Soil Science department in January 2014.

The U o
f S was very helpful in assisting me to move my lab back to Saskatchewan.  We saved the name MAD Lab, but altered its meaning, and borrowing the words from plains Cree, adapted it to the Mistik (meaning wood or tree), Askiwin (meaning time or year), Dendrochronology Lab.  The new MAD Lab is trying to continue our long-standing tradition of top quality research, while having as much fun as we can.
At home, I have a son and identical twin daughters and my wife and I recently purchased a house in Saskatoon and are happily settling back into life in 'Toon town.

Presentation: 'Tree Rings'

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