“Spring flora around Nanaimo with Caroline Josefsson”
An overview of the most abundant and charismatic spring flora that we encounter around town.
At an early age, Caroline Josefsson became indoctrinated by her grandmothers to be interested in plants. At the Swedish University of Agriculture, in her native Sweden, she pursued an undergraduate degree in Horticulture and Biology. For her doctorate, at the University of Washington in Seattle, she studied gene deregulation as a consequence of hybridization in the plant model system Arabidopsis. Caroline joined the Biology department at Vancouver Island University in 2009. At VIU, she teaches Botany and Plant Biology, as well as courses in genetics and biochemistry. Outside of work, Caroline has a deep interest in the Garry oak ecosystem and native plant propagation.
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!
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:
- Pre-register on-line your intended participation in advance.
- The leader will have sign-in forms, a copy of an insurance waiver and informed consent document, and pen/pencil with hand sanitizer.
- 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.
- 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.
- Everyone will be organised into groups with a max. size of 6 persons / group.
- 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.