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Sydenham Field Naturalists 37th Annual Spring Banquet

April 13 @ 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm



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🌿 Presentation: “The Mysteries of the Wood Wide Web”

It is believed that the only form of extensive communication in our world is the internet. Yet, millennia before Vinton Cerf and Robert Kahn envisioned the internet, nature had already perfected the Wood Wide Web.

Join us for an evening of exploration as Mike Kent, a seasoned naturalist and educator from southwestern Ontario, unravels the secrets of nature’s communication center. From seemingly small fungi to the humongous activity below ground, Mike will take you on a journey into underground networks where agreements are forged in a complex web of friendships, rivalries, and business relations.


  1. Challenge your perceptions of communication and forests.
  2. Unveil the hidden wonders of nature’s networking prowess.
  3. Explore life’s marvels globally and locally with Mike’s unique touch.

Don’t miss this opportunity to witness the fascinating tales woven within the roots of the Wood Wide Web!

🎤 Guest Speaker: Mike Kent

  1. A seasoned naturalist with a rich background in ecology and geography from the University of Guelph.
  2. Diverse roles: Park Naturalist at Ontario’s Killbear and Algonquin Provincial Parks, Tour Manager at Monteverde Butterfly Gardens in Costa Rica, and Arborist with the City of Sarnia.
  3. Passionate about insects, fungi, and often-overlooked organisms.
  4. Actively volunteers with Lambton Wildlife and the City of Sarnia Environmental Advisory Committee.
  5. Trip Leader for Quest Nature Tours, leading expeditions globally, from Madagascar to Pelee.

In essence, Mike Kent revels in exploring and sharing the marvels of life. His unique touch involves putting bugs on his face for added excitement, showcasing his commitment to making the exploration of nature an unforgettable and thrilling experience for all.

But that’s not all – our banquet is more than just a feast for the senses. As we explore the secrets of the Wood Wide Web, we’re also gearing up for some exciting fundraising events! 🌳 Your valuable contributions will play a crucial role in supporting Sydenham Field Naturalists’ ongoing efforts in nature conservation preservation and education. Together, let’s make a positive impact on our local environment and biodiversity!

Join us for a captivating evening of exploration, fundraising, and connecting with like-minded individuals. Reserve your spot now for an unforgettable night supporting nature.

Tickets Can be purchased on or before April 7th 2024

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Don’t miss out on the opportunity to immerse yourself in the magic of nature. We can’t wait to share this memorable experience with you!


April 13
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Sydenham Field Naturalists


Hidden Hills Golf & Country Club
25393 St. Clair Road
Dover Center, Canada
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