Please stay healthy, stay safe, and stay tuned as the COVID-19 situation evolves throughout the year.

Nature Nanaimo continues to be active on Facebook, Instagram, and email: Please contact us at any time! We will be sharing ways to enjoy, to appreciate, and to help protect nature under these unusual circumstances.

UPDATE (FALL 2020):   OUTINGS and NATURE RAMBLES are back! See calendar below for event details and safety precautions. MONTHLY MEETINGS will now be hosted on ZOOM until further notice! Please join us!

Monthly Meeting on May 20, 2021:

Keeping BC Gypsy Moth Free

With Tim Ebata and Jennifer Heron

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 on some issues that make this program highly effective while being somewhat controversial. Jennifer will cover efforts to survey for rare and endangered lepidoptera in areas that may potentially be treated for gypsy moth to fully understand where conflicts could arise.

Tim Ebata grew up in Vancouver and went to UBC to study bugs and fish in the department of zoology graduating with a BSc in 1982 followed by a MSc from the faculty of forestry in 1986 in forest entomology.   He began his forest service career as the regional entomologist in Smithers from 1986 to 1995 then moved to HQ working on provincial level forest health projects and eventually became the Forest Health officer responsible for administering and coordinating the provincial forest health program.  He has been directly involved in gypsy moth eradication programs for 22 years prior to his retirement on April 1st of this year.

Jennifer Heron has been working on invertebrate conservation topics beginning with her MSc in 1998 studying ants in the Okanagan. She is currently the provincial Invertebrate Conservation Specialist with the B.C. Ministry of Environment. She works with other invertebrate specialists, conservation and stewardship groups to develop recovery-planning approaches and conservation status ranks to invertebrate groups and achieve common public outreach goals. Jennifer is also co-chair of the Arthropods Specialist Subcommittee for the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC).

New COVID-19 instructions for Outings & Nature Rambles

This is a mandatory policy, effective immediately. Out of respect for the health and safety of others:

  1. Pre-register on-line your intended participation in advance.
  2. The leader will have sign-in forms, a copy of an insurance waiver and informed consent document, and pen/pencil with hand sanitizer.
  3. On arrival at the designated venue, everyone must sign-in with full name and address (or email), to confirm their attendance and acceptance of the waiver.
  4. Members may bring non-member guests who can participate provided they take out a one-day membership, pay the fee, provide contact details and also sign the waiver.
  5. Everyone will be organised into groups with a max. size of 6 persons / group. 
  6. We will be keeping records of attendees as required for contact tracing purposes.

In addition, everyone must:

  • not attend if they have travelled outside of Canada in the last 14 days,
  • not attend if they have been sick or are feeling sick,
  • not attend if they have been in contact with someone who tested positive in the last 14 days,
  • not attend if they have had any of these symptoms in the past 10 days (fever, cough, difficulty breathing, sore throat, runny nose, loss of taste / smell, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea),
  • respect 2 meters social distancing, and
  • wear a mask at all times.