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Fine food, music and feathered friends highlight PEPtBO fall fund-raiser

An evening of fine food, music and feathered friends highlight the Prince Edward Point Bird Observatory fall fundraising dinner this year.

Queen’s University’s Dr. Stephen C. Lougheed, will share his photographs and experiences, while speaking about the “power of birds in nature to inspire students to a deeper understanding of evolution, ecology, and the profound impacts humans are having on global diversity.”

Dr. Lougheed is Professor, Biology and Environmental Studies, Baillie Family Chair in Conservation Biology, and Director of Queen’s University Biological Station.

A geneticist by formal training, Dr. Lougheed holds degrees in molecular biology and evolutionary genetics. Despite the intensive lab focus of his research, his real passion over many decades has been nature and teaching field biology.

“The Queen’s University Biological Station (QUBS), where I have taught for 25 years and been director for eight years, is a wonderful platform for immersing students in natural history,” said Lougheed. “I have been privileged to have taught over 50 university field courses, about half at QUBS, and the remaining ones spanning East Africa (eight times), Middle America (10 times), Argentina and Chile (four times), and China (seven times).

“In all of these, regardless of theme or region, I use birds as a touchstone for exploring biogeography, adaptation, speciation, the current biodiversity crisis, and the dire need for conservation action.”

The fundraiser, this year being held at The View Restaurant at the Picton Golf Club, features dinner, music by Rita di Ghent, chances to win big and small and Lougheed’s presentation.

The evening supports PEPtBO’s migration monitoring and reporting activities, aligned with its caretaker role in the South Shore Important Bird and Biodiversity Area (IBA).

The View Restaurant is in the Picton Golf and Country Club, 734 County Road 49. The event opens at 6 p.m. for drinks and silent auction. A buffet dinner featuring boneless stuffed chicken and fresh baked Atlantic salmon begins 7 p.m. (vegetarian and gluten-free options offered).. The evening also features a raffle draw for a $5,000 prize in support of stipends for young banding assistants. The presentation and question period follows.

Tickets: $85 per person (charitable donation tax receipts will be issued in the amount of $45 per ticket.)

Online ticket orders at They are also available at the bird observatory. For information, contact Cheryl at 613-849-7743 or email

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