UPCOMING EVENTS

CLUB MEETINGS:

  • October 17th, 2019 – “Killer Whales” with Maureen Vo
  • November 14th, 2019 – “Sharks of BC” with Jackie King & Annual General Meeting 

CLUB OUTINGS:

  • September 28th – Beechey Head Hawk Watching
  • September 29th – Nature Ramble at Morrell Sanctuary followed by Jinglepot Pub

OTHER CLUB ACTIVITIES:

  • December 7th – Party! Details to follow.

October 17 @ 7 PM – Beban Social Centre, Room 2:

Killer Whales of the Coast

This interactive presentation, by Maureen Vo, provides an in-depth look at the history and rich culture, language, and ecotypes of the iconic killer whales of the Pacific Northwest. In addition, the current challenges and conservation efforts will be highlighted with discussions on recent news stories. Maureen will also discuss what we can do to help these amazing animals.

Maureen is the Executive Director of the Ripple Coast Society – a non-profit organization helping people understand and connect with the habitats and wildlife of British Columbia’s treasured coastline. They provide hands-on educational programs and experiences with the ecosystems and wildlife of coastal British Columbia to help create lifelong respect and appreciation of nature.

Maureen holds a Master’s degree in Marine Biology and computer engineering and over 7 years in hands-on science and nature education. Growing up in BC has allowed her to fully embrace the rich history, culture and diversity of life embedded in the land, waters and wildlife. 

 

November 14th @ 7 PM – Beban Social Centre, Room 2:

Sharks of British Columbia

Sharks! The very word conjures up images of dangerous, large, ferocious creatures with voracious appetites. For the vast majority of sharks this image couldn’t be farther from the truth—most sharks are cautious and placid, and many live in waters that exclude them from human contact. Did you know that sharks inhabit the waters off British Columbia? You might be surprised to discover that fifteen species of sharks have been observed off British Columbia.  There is so much about sharks that makes them fascinating – come learn about the biology of the sharks of BC, and about some of the research that has helped to supply our knowledge of this extraordinary group of animals.

Dr. Jackie King is a Research Scientist with Fisheries and Oceans Canada at the Pacific Biological Station in Nanaimo.  She is head of the Canadian Pacific Shark Research Lab which conducts research on all chondrichthyans (sharks, skates, and ratfish) that occur in British Columbia.  Her research includes age determination, population dynamics, distribution and migration and conservation.  Her program also runs the BC Shark Sightings Network.  She has co-authored the first ever field guide to sharks and skates of BC, which will be published this winter by the Royal Museum of BC.

Link to Canadian Pacific Shark Research Lab: www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/sharks

Link to Shark Sightings Network: www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/SharkSightings

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