Hornby Island Natural History Centre

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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. In the week leading up to the much-anticipated cleaning event, the group spent a…

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Natural History Landscapes

Last summer it was exciting to see the chocolate lilies blooming and spreading profusely along with the blue camas in the Ethnobotanical garden adjacent the school. The alpine strawberries with their small white flowers were taking over the paths, as were seedlings of the…

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Update from the Stewards

Hi everyone! As of January 2019, supporters have generously donated a total of $15,000 towards restoring and reestablishing the Natural History Collection. Thanks so much for all of your caring and generosity! We are closing the GoFundMe site but will…

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Christmas Fair

This year’s holiday fair was a great success. The diligent work of the natural history stewards and volunteers paid off – our table raised over $1,500 after expenses! We are fundraising for the care, cleaning, and restoration of the Natural History…

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Christmas Fair this Weekend!

The Hornby Island Christmas Fair is coming up this weekend and we are looking forward to share our fundraising items with everyone! This year, we are featuring some old favourites – rum balls and wildlife photo cards – along with…

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Thank you to the Quilters

We love our new banner! This summer the quilting group created this beautiful banner for the Natural History Centre. Our heartfelt appreciation to everyone who put it together including Eleanora Laffin, Una Keziere, Gayle Loban, and Christine Tamburri.

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Update from Natural History on Recent School Fire

As many of you have heard, there was a fire at the Hornby Island Community School early Sunday morning. The fire department and janitor were called by the school’s automatic alarm system at 3 am. Firefighters from Hornby and Denman…

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Important Groundwater Research on Hornby

Hornby Water Stewardship is looking for volunteers from across all parts of Hornby to take part in a groundwater research project to be conducted by Dr. John Cox (Kirk Road, Hornby and Mount Royal University, Calgary). Samples will be collected…

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Speaker Series: “Canada’s Glass Sponge Reefs”

Thursday, August 23rd, 2 pm – 3 pm, with Stephanie Archer, marine biologist. This presentation is part of the Expert Speaker Series. Admission is $5.00 per person. Youth 18 and under attend for free. Please enter through the Natural History Centre door at the…

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Nature Field Trip: “Walking with Trees”

Exploring the Forests of Hornby with Kihan Yoon-Henderson, Natural History Centre Coordinator. Friday, August 17th, 10:30 am – 11:30 am, Helliwell Park. We will meet at the head of the trail at 10:25 am, right next to the parking lot. This walk…

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Speaker Series: “Vancouver Island Marmot Recovery”

Thursday, August 16th with Adam Taylor, conservationist  Learn about the natural history of the Vancouver Island Marmot and efforts to recover this critically endangered species from the brink of extinction. Once, this marmot numbered fewer than 30 individuals in the…

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Nature Walk: “Walking with Trees”

Exploring the Forests of Hornby with Kihan Yoon-Henderson, Natural History Centre Coordinator. Friday, August 3rd, 10:30 am – 11:30 am, Helliwell Park. We will meet at the head of the trail at 10:25 am, right next to the parking lot. This…

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Speaker Series: “Exploring Pebbles, Rocks, and the Stories they Tell”

Thursday, July 19th with Eileen Van der Flier-Keller, geologist In this interactive presentation, Eileen will identify pebbles and rocks and explore the stories they tell. Dr. Eileen Van der Flier-Keller is a geologist and Teaching Professor in Earth Sciences at Simon Fraser…

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Richard Hebda Speaks on Climate Change and Adaptation

What measures can we take here on Hornby Island to adapt to the adverse effects of climate change? Climate change is here and evidence shows that the Earth is nearing a tipping point. For instance, as Dr. Richard Hedba stated,…

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BIOCRACY: Hornby Island and Climate Change

By Anthony Gregson The Islands Grapevine, June 7, 2018 Where climate change is concerned, it’s not news that we’re all in for it. Yet, somewhat shamefacedly, I came away from Dr. Richard Hebda’s lecture on Hornby Island and climate change,…

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Summer 2018 Events Calendar

We are pleased to announce that the Summer 2018 Natural History Events Calendar is now available! Join us in learning with experts passionate in the areas of marine biology, paleontology, geology, conservation, and ornithology. The Exhibit’s Summer hours of operation begin Tuesday, July…

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Welcome Back Summer Coordinator and Host – Kihan Yoon Henderson!

We are delighted to welcome Kihan Yoon-Henderson back to the Natural History Centre for her third year as the Summer Coordinator! Kihan has strong environmental, cultural, and social awareness combined with a powerful ability to communicate and inspire people. Kihan…

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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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