Birds of Japan - Presentation with Lyndon Penner

Dates & Times:
May 25, 1-2PM

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There are 619 species of birds found in Japan, with 13 of those species found nowhere else on the planet. The Japanese have adored birds for centuries and made them an important part of their art, culture, and heritage. Cranes dance on Japanese kimonos, Japanese paintings often feature songbirds, and Japanese poetry often compares landscapes or feelings to various kinds of birds. Join us for a fascinating and informative introduction to some of Japan’s most beautiful, unique, and wonderful feathered wildlife! Many of our well-known birds found here in Canada have close relations in Japan. If you are a birder or wildlife enthusiast, you won’t want to miss this presentation! 

Lyndon Penner 
Growing up on a farm in Saskatchewan, Lyndon began gardening at around three or four years of age. His earliest memories are of the garden. He was a fully committed and passionate perennial grower by the age of nine.

As a teenager, he started writing for the magazine 'The Saskatchewan Gardener', which became 'The Gardener for the Prairies'. He has also written for 'Gardens West' and 'Canadian Gardening'.

At the age of 20, Lyndon became the youngest person to ever teach horticulture at the University of Saskatchewan where he continues to teach and lecture to this day. He has also been a guest speaker and lecturer for the Olds College, the Calgary Zoo Botanic Garden, the University of British Columbia, the Ohkimaw Ohci Healing Lodge, the Galt Museum, Nikka Yuko, the Helen Schuler Nature Centre and city parks staff in both Calgary and Saskatoon. He has also written the text for two entire courses for the University of Saskatchewan and then taught them over a six week period. 

Lyndon does botanical interpretive work in Waterton Lakes National Park, Canada's wildflower capital, and the most botanically diverse region in Alberta.

Additional weekend programming:
  • May 24: Go Fridays
  • May 24 - 26, 1-5PM: Yukata Shumatsu
  • May 25 & 26, 11AM & 4PM Saturday & Sunday: Tea Ceremony Presentations
  • May 25, 1-3PM: Kite making in the garden  
  • May 25, 3-4PM: Taiko Drumming with Lethbridge Community Taiko Association 
  • May 26: Sumo Sumo Sundays