Hornby Island Natural History Centre

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Citizen Science: Spot and Record Taylor’s Checkerspot Butterfly Larvae

BC Parks has put a call out for volunteers to spot and record butterfly larvae at Helliwell Park on Hornby Island. In particular, the little black Taylor’s checkerspot larvae on the plantain plants that they love to feed on. If…

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Students Aid in Taylor’s Checkerspot Butterfly Recovery Project

On October 27, Hornby Island students planted native plants along Helliwell Provincial Park’s bluffs to support the island’s rare Garry Oak ecosystem.

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Meet Michelle Willard of Mighty Museum

Meet Michelle Willard, Museum Consultant and Specialist! The Natural History Centre is excited to be working with Michelle Willard of Mighty Museum to envision the future of our Centre and its reopening. Michelle holds a Master of Arts in Anthropology…

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Planning for the Future

The Natural History Centre is thrilled to acknowledge recent grants from HICF, HICEEC, CVCF, and MAP that support our Centre’s short and long-term visioning and reopening process.

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New Totes Available

Natural History totes featuring a lovely crow design by Stevi Kittleson and made locally by Leslie Richards and Shirley Wyndam are now for sale at Fibres and Beulah Creek Nursery. They are $25 each (cash only please).

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Summer 2020 Programs Postponed Due To Covid-19

Every summer, we look forward to connecting with those who visit the Natural History Centre and participate in the Centre’s programs. Unfortunately, this year we won’t be holding our usual summer activities due to concerns about the health and safety of participants and volunteers.

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Taylor’s Checkerspot Butterfly Reintroduction at Helliwell Park

This March, Hornby Island Natural History Centre volunteers assisted wildlife recovery specialists with the release of 400 Taylor’s checkerspot butterfly caterpillars into Helliwell Park.

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A Message from the Hornby Island Natural History Centre on COVID-19

The Natural History committee sends our well wishes to everyone during these difficult and uncertain times. Amidst the growing coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic, we are thinking of our community and visitors both both near and afar.

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Natural History and the School Rebuild!

On December 6th, 2019, community members, parents, and children filled the Hornby Island Community Hall for the highly anticipated new school funding announcement. We were thrilled to learn that the Natural History Centre will be included “on site” in the rebuild!

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Interview with Wildlife Photographer, barb biagi

Interview with barb biagi – Hornby Island wildlife photographer, Natural History Centre Steward, and wildlife rescue volunteer.

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Students and adults work together to help Helliwell

In late October, Hornby Island students removed nearly 500 Hairy Cat’s Ear weeds from three sites at Helliwell Park. They also planted 518 seedlings of three types of native grass, Woolly Sunflower and Yarrow that were grown by members of the Natural History Centre.

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Autumn Update from the Stewards

Despite not having a visitable location during summer 2019 after the fire, Hornby Island Natural History has remained busy: maintaining the collection in the temporary storage location, hosting the speaker series and nature walk programs, and connecting with the community at the Market.

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Student Activity: Planting Bulbs

As part of the Hornby School’s changing seasons theme, Natural History stewards worked with students on a bulb planting project. The intermediate class planted 210 bulbs of various types of narcissus on the bank along Sollans Road and in the plot in front of the school.

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Nature Walk – Hornby Rocks!

On August 13th, join Dr. John Cox for a nature walk called “Hornby Rocks! Exploring Hornby’s Unique Geology” at Sandpiper Beach. Please email hornby.naturalhistory@gmail.com to register.

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Speaker Series – “Changing Wildfire Regimes” with Kendrick Brown

Join us Thursday, August 1st for a talk with Kendrick Brown, paleoecologist, on Changing Wildfire Regimes. Dr. Brown will look at changing wildfire regimes in British Columbia and beyond in response to changes in climate, vegetation, and human activity. New Horizons Centre, 2:00 pm. $5 per adult. Free for youth 18 years and younger.

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Speaker Series – The Geology and Paleontology of Hornby Island

Join us on July 25th for a talk about the Geology and Paleontology of Hornby Island! Dan Bowen and Betty Franklin of the Vancouver Island Paleontological Society – VIPS will discuss the fossil story of marine life in our ancient ocean.

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Speaker Series – Microplastics in our Local Waters

On July 10th, join us in learning about what is happening with plankton and microplastics in our local waters. Dorrie Woodward, a Denman Island based marine conservationist, will present at Hornby Island’s New Horizons Centre, 2 pm.

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Summer 2019 Calendar

We are pleased to announce that the Summer 2019 Natural History Events Calendar is now available! Please note: Although we have speakers and nature walks, the Natural History Centre is closed for summer 2019.

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Join Us for Hornby Wild! Nature Weekend

Mark your calendars for the Hornby Wild! Nature Weekend – May 31st & June 1st.

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A Labour of Love – Natural History Collection Gets Careful Decontamination and Cleaning

After months of preparation a dedicated team met for three days to clean the Natural History collection that had sustained soot damage from the school fire.

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