Meetings

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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