Madagascar with Rev. Don Downer

18Feb2021

February Meeting of the Midland-Penetanguishene Field Naturalists on Zoom Guest speaker: Rev. Don Downer Topic: Madagascar

From 7.30 pm until 9.00 pm

At Zoom

FREE. To request an invitation to the Zoom presentation please contact mpfieldnaturalists@gmail.com

Midland-Penetanguishene Field Naturalists

February Meeting of the Midland-Penetanguishene Field Naturalists
on Zoom
Thurs. Feb. 18, 2021 7:30 PM
Guest speaker: Rev. Don Downer
MPFN member, Man of God, World Traveler and Professional Photographer
Topic: Madagascar
An Indri, Madagascar's largest lemur - one of the island's many endemic species Photo: Don Downer

Don't worry.  We won't be showing the Dreamworks animated film, but something even more interesting and entertaining!  Madagascar - the 8th Continent!

The composition of Madagascar's wildlife reflects the fact that the island has been isolated for about 88 million years. The prehistoric breakup of the supercontinent Gondwana separated the Madagascar-Antarctica-India landmass from the Africa-South America landmass around 135 million years ago. Madagascar later split from India about 88 million years ago, allowing plants and animals on the island to evolve in relative isolation.

As a result of the island's long isolation from neighboring continents, Madagascar is home to an abundance of plants and animals found nowhere else on Earth.  Approximately 90 percent of all plant and animal species found in Madagascar are endemic (meaning Madagascar is the only place in the world you will find them) including the lemurs, the carnivorous fossa and many birds. This distinctive ecology has led some ecologists to refer to Madagascar as the "eighth continent", and the island has been classified as a biodiversity hotspot.

Don Downer
A couple of years ago Don took his fellow MPFN members on a photographic trip to Costa Rica.  This time he will share his experiences in one of the world's most unique natural spaces, Madagascar.  He may also slip in a few slides from some other countries he visited in the southern part of Africa.  Don gets around!
 
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 If you would like to join us for the meeting or know of anyone else who would send an email request to mpfieldnaturalists@gmail.com and we will send the invitation to them with the link to join the meeting.