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Keeping BC Gypsy Moth Free with Tim Ebata and Jennifer Heron – May 20, 2021

7 PM via Zoom   Tim will describe the ongoing efforts to keep the highly destructive gypsy moth (both European and Asian) from establishing in B.C.  He will discuss the biology, the known ecological and economic impacts, the integrated pest management options that have evolved since 1979 when GM was first treated in Kitsilano, and touch …

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Spring flora around Nanaimo with Caroline Josefsson – April 15, 2021

***A copy of the presentation PDF is available here: Spring Flora Around Nanaimo Nature Nanaimo’s next regular meeting will be held on Thursday, April 15th at 7 PM via Zoom. Our presentation will be:  “Spring flora around Nanaimo with Caroline Josefsson” An overview of the most abundant and charismatic spring flora that we encounter around town. At …

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Inter-relationships of Moose Population Health and Industrial Forestry with Dr. Roy Rea – March 18, 2021

Inter-relationships of Moose Population Health and Industrial Forestry:  Is anybody listening? With Dr. Roy Rea Moose populations in North Central British Columbia have declined 50-70% over the last 20 years, during the same period that salvage logging for pine and spruce beetle have been happening at unprecedented rates.  Moose biologists and managers, members of the public, and government officials are …

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VIU Bird Banding Project with Eric Demers – February 18, 2021

Nature Nanaimo meeting – Feb 18th, 2021 VIU Bird Banding Project: Engaging Students in Research The Vancouver Island University (VIU) Bird Banding Project has conducted bird monitoring and banding in the Nanaimo area since 2013. This project has been completely operated by over 180 dedicated VIU students and community volunteers who have dedicated over 14,000 volunteer hours to the project. So far, about 15,000 birds of more than …

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Purple Martin nest boxes at Buttertubs Marsh

Staffan Lindgren (based on information from Bruce Cousens and Bill Merilees) | February 9, 2021 For a PDF version of this document, click here. At our January Board meeting of Nature Nanaimo, the issue of Purple Martin nest box management at Buttertubs Marsh was discussed. I contacted Bruce Cousens and Bill Merilees for information, and …

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Inspired by Nature with Doug Fraser – January 21, 2021

Nature Nanaimo’s next regular meeting will be held on Thursday, January 21st at 7 PM via zoom. Our presentation will be “Inspired by Nature” with Doug Fraser.We are surrounded by an amazing diversity of living things. The adaptations of organisms can be both stunning, and puzzling. In this presentation, Doug will share numerous examples of …

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Nature Nanaimo Life Member: William James (Bill) Merilees

William James (Bill) Merilees, a prominent British Columbian naturalist, educator, activist, conservationist and author. Bill received his Bachelor’s Degree from UBC in 1964 majoring in Zoology and Botany He then spent some time traveling with friends and working in many interesting places. In Australia he was offered a position as Biologist at Macquarie Island, 2100 …

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Nature Nanaimo 2019-2020 President’s Report

The past year has been an eventful one for Nature Nanaimo and, by any measure, an unusual one. We began last fall with many wonderful routine monthly meetings and outings covering such topics as Birds of Vancouver Island, Killer whales and the Sharks of BC. We ended the calendar year with a wonderful holiday gathering and social. …

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Non-native organisms in Nanaimo

Staffan Lindgren | October 16, 2020 Note: This is a revised, updated and expanded blog, first published on my personal website https://wordpress.com/view/cinnabarreflections.wordpress.com A few years ago I attended a talk by Dr. Sarah Dudas at Vancouver Island University (VIU). She was discussing the impact of shellfish farming on biodiversity, particularly in her study area in Baynes Sound. In …

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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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Pollinators in Your Garden:  Not Just Bees! with Staffan Lindgren – Feb. 20, 2020

February 20th @ 7 PM – Beban Social Centre, Room 2: Over the past decade or two, it has become clear that insect pollinator populations are declining along with other insects. Large scale agriculture focusing on monoculture crops is to blame in part, but we can all share the responsibility as our demands for flawless …

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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 Bérubé 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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Whales in Our Waters with Aaron Purdy – January 16, 2020

Whales in Our Waters! Join Aaron Purdy to learn all about the whales in our waters! Aaron will discuss BC’s common cetaceans (whales, dolphins, and porpoises), the threats they face, and how Ocean Wise helps to mitigate these threats through research and conservation efforts. He will also describe how you can become a citizen scientist by acting as an observer for the BC Cetacean Sightings Network while out on …

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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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Sharks of British Columbia with Jackie King – Nov. 14, 2019

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 …

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Killer Whales of the Coast with Maureen Vo – October 17, 2019

Just a reminder that our next fabulous meeting is just a week away – Thursday October 17th.Nature Nanaimo presents: 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 …

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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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Unfolding Climate Science and Powering the Future with Erik Krough – May 16, 2019

    A review of the scientific method with an emphasis on the human element of problem solving and particular reference to the challenges of understanding complex natural systems like the Earth’s climate. The presentation emphasizes the central role of observation, measurement, imagination, critical thinking and reproducibility.  We will describe the physical basis radiant energy absorption …

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Harewood Plains – Nanaimo’s flowering jewel!

A Blog Post by Staffan Lindgren Click on Staffan’s blog post below to read about his recent visit to Harewood Plains and see his wonderful photographs of the flora which can be discovered at this hidden gem in Nanaimo, BC:Cinnabar Reflections – Harewood Plains – Nanaimo’s flowering jewel!

Club Project: Western Purple Martin Nest Boxes

Staffan Lindgren Purple Martins, Progne subis, are the largest swallows in North America. The Western Purple Martin subspecies, Progne subis arboricola, is distinct from its eastern cousin in several respects. It originally nested in available cavities made by Northern Flicker and other primary cavity nesters in snags. Due to on-going clear-cut forestry practices and agricultural …

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