Hornby Island Natural History Centre

Category: Events


Local Climate Change Presentation with Dr. Richard Hebda

A very special speaker will be joining us at the Hornby Island Community Hall on June 1st. Long time BC climate researcher Dr. Richard Hebda will give a presentation called “Climate Change, Ecosystems, and Adaptation for the Future of Hornby…

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Spring Birding with Art Martell and Daniel Donnecke

The Natural History Centre recently held our first spring birding event. On April 6th, Art Martell and Daniel Donnecke gave presentations on the island’s local forest and shore bird residents. In “Learning Bird Songs”, Art introduced our ears to the…

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Hornby Island Spring Birding Event, April 6th and 7th

On Friday, April 6th and Saturday, April 7th, we will be joined by two local experts to celebrate, enjoy, and learn about our shoreline and forest birds, while connecting with other birdwatching enthusiasts. We hope you can join us for…

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Plant Propagation at Helliwell

The Natural History Centre has been assisting with a plant propagation project at Helliwell Park. Last spring, the stewards each grew a variety of native plant species at their homes for the project. Finally, the time came to plant them…

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Helliwell Park Bird Walk with Art Martell

About eighty people gathered to catch a glimpse of some of the forest and shoreline birds at Helliwell Park. We sought, listened, and enjoyed their presence under the guidance of Art Martell. Art is an ornithologist and keen birder locally,…

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Summer 2017 Photos

View photos from our Summer 2017 nature walks and speaker series.

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Lessons Learned from Killer Whales: A Talk with Jackie Hildering

  Join us for this must-see, inspirational presentation on Lessons Learned from Killer Whales. Presenter Jackie Hildering is an acclaimed educator who will trace back the human social evolution with Killer Whales, discussing how these whales are powerful indicators of…

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Speaker Series: “Sea otters – A very natural history”

Thursday, August 17th with Jane Watson, marine biologist Sea otters, prized for their thick fur, were hunted to extinction in British Columbia in a commercial fur trade that started in the late 1700s and lasted until sea otters were protected…

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Nature Walk – “A Tidal Investigation”

Tuesday, August 15th – “A Tidal Investigation”: Exploring Hornby’s rich shoreline ecosystem This walk will be led by Kihan Yoon-Henderson, summer host/coordinator at the Hornby Island Natural History Centre. Pre-registration is essential as space is limited to 12 participants for each walk. For inquiries…

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Bird Walk – Hearing, seeing and enjoying our local birds

Thursday, August 10th with Art Martell Meet at Helliwell Provincial Park at 9:00 am.  The walk will be about 3 km. and take about 2 hours.  Bring binoculars if you have them. No dogs please. Art Martell is retired in the Comox…

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Nature Walk – “Walking with Trees”

Tuesday, August 8th, 10:30 am  – “Walking with Trees” Exploring the forests of Hornby This walk will be led by Kihan Yoon-Henderson, summer host/coordinator at the Hornby Island Natural History Centre. Pre-registration is essential as space is limited to 12 participants for each walk. For…

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Speaker Series – “A preview of the upcoming Total Solar Eclipse”

July 27th: “A preview of the upcoming Total Solar Eclipse, August 21, 2017” John Nemy, public astronomer from Island Stars Observatory on Hornby island, BC, will present a show about eclipses and the upcoming Total Solar Eclipse. Learn how to safely observe your…

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Nature Walk – “Hornby Rocks!”

Tuesday, July 18th, 10:30 am  – “Hornby Rocks!” Exploring Hornby’s unique geology This walk will be led by Dr. John Cox, geologist, and Kihan Yoon-Henderson, returning summer host/coordinator at the Hornby Island Natural History Centre. $10 per person. Free for ages…

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Speaker Series – “Hornby Island: 75 Million Years in the Making”

July 20th: “Hornby Island: 75 Million Years in the Making” From an early age, Sandy McLachlan has been captivated by the majesty of Hornby Island and the hidden world locked in stone beneath the waves of her shimmering shores. Over 120 years of beach…

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Nature Walk – “Walking with Trees”

Tuesday, July 11th, 10:30 am  – “Walking with Trees” Exploring the forests of Hornby This walk will be led by Kihan Yoon-Henderson, summer host/coordinator at the Hornby Island Natural History Centre. Pre-registration is essential as space is limited to 12 participants for each walk. For…

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Summer 2017 Events Calendar

We are pleased to announce that the Summer 2017 Natural History Events Calendar is now available! This year’s topics include Hornby Island fossils, the upcoming Total Solar Eclipse (and what to expect on Hornby), a Helliwell Park Bird Walk, and Sea Otters!…

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Bob McDonald Makes Waves at the Community Hall

Bob McDonald of CBC’s Quirks and Quarks recently gave a lively and educational talk at the Hornby Island Community Hall. He was back on the island offering another generous fundraising event for the Natural History Centre. The talk “Gravitational Waves and…

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“Gravitational Waves and Other Weirdness” with Bob McDonald

On Saturday, June 10th, we are excited to welcome back Bob McDonald, the host of CBC’s Quirks and Quarks and award-winning science journalist and author, for a presentation on “Gravitational Waves and Other Weirdness in the Universe”. This event will…

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Humpback Comeback!

What a great evening! After a huge storm and 18 hour power outage on Hornby Island, the power came on just in time to accommodate the 126 islanders who came out to hear Jackie Hildering speak on humpback whales at the Community…

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Humpback Comeback! A talk with Jackie Hildering

On Friday October 7th, join us at the Community Hall for a talk on the Humpback Comeback! Jackie Hildering will provide an informative and entertaining discussion on Humpback Whales and the research of the Marine Education and Research Society. Please…

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