The high point of each monthly meeting is listening to a guest speaker.
All members are encouraged to suggest speakers whom they believe their fellow members would enjoy. Typical topics might include:
- Salt Spring issues
- Environmental concerns
- Writers and books
- Contemporary Canadian or global issues
All probus meetings for 2020 have been CANCELLED due to Covid-19
February 11, 2020
Susan Benson on her artistic work
The talk will be based on Patricia Flood’s book about Susan’s work with additional production photos and photographs of the production process which is often a mystery to the public for productions built on a large scale for companies such as the Stratford Festival, Canadian Opera Company, San Francisco Opera Company, and the many major theatre, opera and ballet companies which she has designed for in Canada, the US, the UK and Australia.
March 10, 2020
It is with great pleasure that we welcome back Matt Miller from University of Victoria. Matt’s talk is on:
“Pterrific Pteropods and the Terrible Tale of Ocean Acidification”
Pteropods are the most beautiful and fascinating snails you’ve never heard of! Commonly called “sea butterflies”, these tiny planktonic marine snails spend their entire life in the water column swimming using two “wings”. Pteropods are important for two main reasons: they are a major food source for other marine organisms, and they contribute significantly to the biological carbon pump that helps regulate our climate. Studies have indicated that pteropods may be negatively impacted by ocean acidification dissolving their shells. If pteropods disappeared, the effects would be seen both throughout the food web and the biogeochemical cycles of the ocean. This talk will highlight the bizarre and wonderful biology of the pteropod Limacina helicina, and explain how ocean acidification may be threatening them along with many other marine species.