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Brant in the Bay with the Arrowsmith Naturalists – Mar. 31, 2019

Eight members from the Nature Nanaimo club ventured up to Parksville to experience part of the annual Brant Wildlife Festival. Hosted by the Arrowsmith club, Brant in the Bay featured a number of scopes that visitors could use to view a gaggle of Brant geese feeding in a sheltered coastal lagoon in Parksville Bay, at …

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When the Unexpected Happens: Impact of the Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease (RHD) Outbreak on VIU’s Feral Rabbit Population

VIU Science and Technology Lecture Series, March 27, 2019 Liz Gillis, Department of Resource Management and Protection, Vancouver Island University by Lance Nordstrom Dr. Gillis opened her lecture with an introduction to wildlife epidemiology, the science that seeks to understand the spread of disease in wild populations. She emphasized the challenges faced by researchers in …

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Milner Phenology

Nature Nuggets – Mar. 21, 2019 At the March 21st meeting, Kidston Short and Larissa Thelin from the Mount Arrowsmith Biosphere Region Research Institute (MABRRI) provided an overview of the Plant Phenology Research and Monitoring Project. This project is a collaborative effort between MABRRI, Milner Gardens and Woodland, the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations …

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Salish Sea Nearshore Habitat Restoration with Nikki Wright – Mar. 21, 2019

Nikki talked about the five-year nearshore habitat restoration work taking place within the Salish Sea funded by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, Pacific Salmon Foundation and the Sidney Anglers Association. Nikki works with others to take what has been learned locally about eelgrass and marine riparian restoration and supports other coastal communities in B.C. …

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VIU Bird Banding Project: Engaging Students in Research

VIU Science and Technology Lecture Series, March 20, 2019 Eric Demers, Department of Biology, Vancouver Island University by Lance Nordstrom Dr. Demers introduced his topic by describing the current status of breeding bird populations in Canada, noting that numbers have decreased 12% since 1970. About 40% of bird species are in decline. In particular, populations …

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Nature Ramble to Rathtrevor Beach – Mar. 9, 2019

Lance Nordstrom, with contributed photographs by Bob Harvey Braving a rather chilly wind, a dozen Nature Nanaimo members ventured out onto the mud flats at Rathtrevor provincial park to view migrating Brant and other shore birds, including Surf scoters, Glaucous-winged gulls, California gulls, Mew gulls, Dunlins, Mallards, Common goldeneye, Black oystercatchers and several other species. …

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Reading the Fossil Tea Leaves: New Perspectives from BC’s Eocene Floras

VIU Science and Technology Lecture Series, February 20, 2019 David Greenwood, Department of Biology, Brandon University by Lance Nordstrom Professor Greenwood presented a lively and entertaining lecture about ancient plant life in the Eocene epoch 56 to 40 million years ago. At that time the earth was much warmer, with no polar ice caps. Although …

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Nature Ramble to Morrell Nature Sanctuary – Feb. 2, 2019

On a sunny but slightly chilly morning, 15 Nature Nanaimo members gathered for a walk around the trails of Morrell Nature Sanctuary. Lance Nordstrom led us up the Tranquility trail towards Morrell Lake. A few minutes in a Barred Owl called its typical “Who cooks for you? Who cooks for you-all?” Shortly thereafter we heard …

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Western Purple Martin Recovery Program – June 8, 2018

A small group of members gathered outside the Oyster Bay Cafe at the Ladysmith Community Marina where we received an excellent education about the biology and conservation of our largest swallow from Bruce Cousens and Charlene Lee. There are opportunities for volunteer participation in this program, including building and servicing nest boxes. For more information …

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Milner Garden Phenology Tour – April 28, 2018

A small but intrepid group of Nature Nanaimoites met at Milner Gardens in Qualicum on Sat. April 28. The rain didn’t stop us from enjoying a tour of the Gardens and a presentation on phenology research being conducted jointly by the Mount Arrowsmith Biosphere Region Research Institute (MABRRI) and Milner through Vancouver Island University, and …

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