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Please note: Participants need to bring a lunch and wear appropriate footwear and outdoor clothing.
We encourage every hiker to lead one hike a year, which still leaves enough for those who wish to lead more.
|Tues Mar 19||Meet at 9:45 at Artspring or at 10:00 behind the concrete barrier at the top of Stewart Road.|
We will hike in Arnell Park for about 30minutes and then along the linear trail to Jennifer Road and back to the car. We will have lunch near Jennifer Road.
This is likely a shorter hike 2 to 2 1/2 hrs than we usually do,but we have to do as long as there is so much snow.
|Ron Hawkins will lead us on a short but scenic hike from Old Divide Road, through Blackburn Reserve, a southerly arc below the Yoga Centre then up Blackburn Rd. to Cranberry and back below towering ancient walls to Old Divide. No lunch stop. Back by noon. Meet at ArtSpring at 10:00 or at the intersection of Old Divide and Salt Spring Way at 10:15.||Meet at Centennial park at 10 am, then McEacherns will take us on a ramble.|
|Thurs Mar 21||The SSTNC is pleased to present: Dr. Michael Proctor, Grizzly Bear Ecologist. Title: Conservation of Grizzly Bears in BC. 7 - 9 pm at the SSI Public Library, 129 McPhillips.
Michael Proctor completed his PhD (2003) on Grizzly Bear Ecology. He is presently an independent research scientist and current lead researcher for the Trans-border Grizzly Bear Project in southern BC, Canada.
Michael works to inform conservation problems and solutions related to bears and large carnivores. He focuses on small threatened populations requiring higher conservation attention, including: population recovery, human-bear conflict reduction, community-based conservation, landscape genetics, population fragmentation,
connectivity and management, habitat use, bottom-up-top-down population dynamics, demographics, and trend monitoring.
He has spent his 20+ year career integrating and implementing conservation solutions to real world conservation problems including managing people and bears.
|Tues Mar 26||Susan Fussell will take us on a shorter hike up the north side of Burgoyne Bay to a lovely lookout for lunch. Meet at Artspring at 9:45 and Burgoyne parking lot at 10:00.||With Angie Trarup starting at 10:00 AM from Artspring we'll walk through Moat Park exiting at SS Pool, then along Atkins, to Lower Ganges, Booth Canal, Harrison, and Baker. Lunch at Baker Beach. Return the same route with variations along the way. Estimated time less than 4 hours.||Meet at Centennial then Ann will lead us around Mouat Park, back to town for lunch.|
|Thurs Mar 28||7-9pm at the SSI Library, 129 McPhillips Ave
Morgan Black, is a PhD candidate, and Hakai Scholar at the University of Victoria, she will present:
"Fish and invertebrates of ancient First Nations' Clam Gardens"
Morgan is researching the Ecology and Biodiversity of Ancient First Nations' Clam Gardens.
Habitats modified by humans are extensive the world over, and yet their effects on the local ecology are often poorly understood.
Clam gardens provide a unique example of a long-standing human-caused habitat modification, and therefore an excellent opportunity to research the effects on the plants and animals that live there.
|Tues Apr 2||Karen and Marc Munroe - Maxwell|
|Tues Apr 9||Leslie Gardiner - Bruce/Sullivan|
|Thurs Apr 11||7 - 9pm at the SSI Library.“Breaching the Peace: The Site C Dam and a Valley’s Stand Against Big Hydro” by Sarah Cox.
Sarah Cox is the B.C. Legislative Reporter for the magazine, The Narwhal. Breaching the Peace, is in the Top Ten longlisted for the 2019 George Ryga Award for Social Awareness.
The book chronicles the on-going fight by farmers and First Nations to protect the Peace River Valley from a large hydro dam. Sarah reveals the true costs and hidden dangers of a third dam on the Peace River with some of the richest soil in Canada. With painstaking research, she builds a picture of the destruction before the Dam is built or flooded. Sarah was born in Quebec, lived in Alberta and Ontario, many years as a journalist in Vancouver and Ottawa and now lives in Victoria.
|Tues Apr 16||Jenny and Nick - TBA|
|Tues Apr 23||Sue and Al Lehman - Tuam|
|Thurs Apr 25||7-9pm, SSI Public Library. "Going Wild-Rafting Yukon Rivers and a Trek along a Remote Portion of Vancouver Island", by Lo Camps, from Nature Trek Canada.Lo Camps and his partner Annemarie Linders are both biologists who have studied caribou in subarctic Canada. They have spent 20 years in northern Labrador and became well versed in wilderness travel. In 1992 they created Nature Trek Canada. This talk will take you to the Yukon and British Columbia to see the 2018 raft expedition on the Alsek, Tatshenshini and Bonnet Plume rivers. Also included is a wilderness trek along Nootka and the Tatchu peninsula with a National Geographic crew.||#colspan#.|
|Tues Apr 30|