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Local BIRD SONG tutorials on YouTube

Some fabulous YouTube tutorials to help learn local bird songs from Trudy!They are wonderfully informative and fun 🙂 Alison Watt and I did these Zoom meetings on spring song. These videos are in 4 parts. Obviously we aren’t movie stars or pros but some folks may enjoy if they are interested in birds.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=349WHl6NRowhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u1HzEvntP7ohttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M60VC3OdU5ohttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N8ajqv1vwJM

Recommended Reads – Rainy Days/Covid-19 Physical Distancing Activity, Part II

(This blog was first published on my site Cinnabar Reflections) Here is my second installment of books that I have enjoyed reading.  Nature’s Argonaut: Daniel Solander 1733-1782 by Edward Duyker. Melbourne: Miegunyah Press. 1998. 400 pages. Daniel Solander was the de facto naturalist on Cook’s first voyage, although Joseph Banks, who financed the trip, tends to get the …

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Recommended Reads – For Rainy Days/Covid-19 Physical Distancing Activity, Part I

Staffan Lindgren (This blog was first published on my site Cinnabar Reflections) As someone with “underlying health issues” and a compromised immune system, I feel that the Covid-19 pandemic has really thrown a spanner in the works of my spring activity-plan. I am sure that many naturalists are in a similar situation. Outdoor activity is …

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Nature Nanaimo meeting with Nanaimo Mayor Leonard Krog

February 26, 2020 On Friday February 21, Nature Nanaimo President Doug Fraser and Past President Staffan Lindgren met with Nanaimo Mayor Leonard Krog. The purpose of the meeting was to introduce our society to the Mayor, and to explore roles we can play to promote and facilitate mutual interests in the city. We had a good, …

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Asian Giant Hornets & “The B-Team”

February 6th, 2020 Bespoke Band of Beekeepers Beat Back the Bee-eating Beasties by Besieging their Burrowing Bunker Conrad BĂ©rubĂ© wrote up a brief description of how establishment of Asian Giant Hornets in Nanaimo was averted. This was published in the Newsletter Boreus published by the Entomological Society of British Columbia. Conrad has kindly given us …

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Meeting with Paul Manly, MP for Nanaimo-Ladysmith

December 20, 2019 Nature Nanaimo’s Board of Directors, Michael Stebbings, Carole Lee and Staffan Lindgren, met with Mr. Paul Manly, MP for Nanaimo-Ladysmith, on December 18 to introduce our organization and to discuss issues of mutual concern. We discussed a number of issues, e.g., the climate crisis, habitat protection, plastics pollution and the need for …

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President’s Perch: Looking ahead to another successful year.

The summer is drawing to a close, although you would be hard pressed to realize that given the near record temperatures the last few days. We have had another mild summer, but thankfully have been spared from smoke this year. That does not mean that the environment is not under severe stress. Salal and western …

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Anna’s Hummingbird Nest – Buttertubs Marsh, March/April 2019

A Photo Blog by Lynda Stevens We’re thrilled that Lynda has shared this remarkable experience with us. Please enjoy her following contribution: This spring I was fortunate to be able to observe an Anna’s hummingbird nest and to watch the growth of one of the chicks from egg to fledging. I first noticed the mother …

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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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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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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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