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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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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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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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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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Using DNA to help conserve the Vancouver Island marmot with Jamie Gorrell – April 18, 2019

Note: Dr. Jamie Gorrell is a faculty member with the Department of Biology at Vancouver Island University. Jamie presented a similar version of his talk at the VIU Science and Technology Lecture Series on March 13, 2019. This report is a synthesis of both talks. Jamie introduced his topic with a brief discussion of extinction …

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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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