Nature Outings

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The Early Morning Birding Walks are coming back this spring!  Details coming soon.
March 17, 2020 – WALK: A full day outing in nature, up Island, to Qualicum Beach area. For an early start, meet in the ferry line-up at Vesuvius at 7:30, to catch the 8:20 a.m. ferry. No car pooling in these times. Local and long-time naturalist Lynne Brookes will lead us first to beautiful Hamilton Marsh, a hidden gem of a wetland. Our next stop is the Heritage Forest for a 40 minute walk in a rare remnant of an old growth forest. Then, to the highlight, the Brant Geese Wildlife Festival at Seaside Nature Park. Following lunch on the beach we will join bird watchers for a feast of action – the Brant geese foraging on eel grass, and numerous other water fowl and shorebirds all feeding as the tide goes out. There will be a possible stop at Rathtreavor Beach on the way home to Crofton for the 4:50 p.m. ferry. Please come well stocked with snacks and a packed lunch as Lynne has designed a full day for us, with all three walks, easily accessible to all levels. Direct any questions to Kathleen Maser.

Bio for Dr. Lynne Brookes

Lynne’s lifelong passion for nature led her to study and share what she loves. She has taught courses in biology, ecology, environmental studies and teachers’ workshops in the U.S., Latin America, and Canada. Former president of an Audubon Society chapter she served as president of the Arrowsmith Naturalists from 2014-17. “Retired” on Mid-Vancouver Island, Lynne works as a volunteer teaching about native plants, ecology and wildlife friendly gardening for the VIU Elder College and provides programs and workshops at the North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre in Errington where she is a volunteer and board member. In 2015 she designed and developed the Dan’s Nook Wildlife Garden. From 2017 thru 2019 she worked on the development of the new Seaside Nature Park in Qualicum Beach which features a viewing pavilion, interpretive signage and native plant landscaping. Lynne and her husband, two dogs and small parrot live within ten acres of second growth in a house powered by grid-tied solar panels surrounded by wildlife gardens.


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