Wild Algonquin: The Nature of a World Famous Park through the Seasons

  • May 02, 2022
  • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Zoom virtual lecture

        Michael Runtz 

Michael’s association with Algonquin Park spans nearly 50 years and includes working in the Park as an interpretive naturalist for 11 seasons.  Michael hosted the international television series Wild by Nature, authored and illustrated 14 natural history books including Algonquin Wild and, his latest, Wildflowers of Algonquin Provincial Park and The Explorer’s Guide to Algonquin Park, 4th Edition.  Additionally, Michael provided the images for the award-winning children’s book At Home with the Beaver.  Michael has written more than 1,100 natural history articles for newspapers and magazines (Nature’s Way was nearing its 30th season when Covid-19 cut it short).

Michael teaches Natural History and Ornithology courses at Carleton University where more than 56,000 students have taken his courses. His numerous awards include the Council of Canadian University Biology Chairs Distinguished Public Science Education Award, the Friends of Algonquin Directors Award, the Friends of Bonnechere Parks Directors Award, and several Carleton University Teaching Achievement Awards.

A popular keynote speaker and media guest, Michael was the only Canadian featured in the TVO/NHK Japan’s Superteachers series.  Visit Michael on Facebook at Nature by Runtz.

Wild Algonquin: The Nature of a World Famous Park through the Seasons

Michael Runtz has been associated professionally with Algonquin Park for fifty years, working as a naturalist, biologist, and documenting its flora and fauna with many of their images appearing in his 14 books.  This lavishly illustrated presentation takes an intimate look at the natural history highlights of the seasons, such as the autumn moose rut, late summer wolf activity, beaver dynamics, and winter finch activity, to mention a few.

This event is part of the Spring  2022 Speaker series. Register for the Spring 2022 Event Series.

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