Hornby Island Natural History Centre

Category: Natural History Centre News


Summer Job Opportunity

The Hornby Island Natural History Centre is seeking a Host/Coordinator for eleven weeks from June 18th through September 1st. This position is suited for students in the areas of Environmental Studies, Biology, Education, or related fields, with excellent communication and…

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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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Halloween Animal Art: Owls and Bats

In the spirit of Halloween, the younger students visited the Natural History Centre for a bat and owl activity. It was a great opportunity to let the kids really observe while learning interesting facts about these fascinating creatures. The students…

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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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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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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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Fall – Spring Hours

From September-June, the Natural History Centre is open on Thursdays from 12:30pm – 3:30pm, excluding most holidays. Tours are also available by appointment. To book a tour, please email hornby.naturalhistory@gmail.com or phone Tina at (250) 335-2853.

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Fossil Fun with the Stewards

On a fossil-focused day at the Hornby Island School, the primary students took the opportunity to visit the Natural History Centre and nurture their inner paleontologist. The students were given a tour of the mosasaur and giant ammonite fossils and other fossil…

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A Day of Taxidermy for New Songbird Display with Laurel Bohart

Laurel Bohart, the Natural History Centre’s long-time taxidermist, recently spent a couple days at the Centre helping us choose and prepare birds for the new small bird display. Laurel will take several birds back to her home on Cortez Island…

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Exhibit Display Upgrade

Changes are coming to the Natural History Centre! We are very excited to have received a British Columbia | Canada 150: Celebrating B.C.’s Communities Contributions to Canada grant for upgrading and developing our displays and infrastructure in the Exhibit. Thanks…

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Membership Draw 2017

Sign up for a membership with the Natural History Centre and be entered to win a boat tour with Hornby Island Diving! The draw will be held at the Community Hall on June 10th, during the event with Bob McDonald….

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Seasons Greetings

Warmest winter wishes from the Natural History Centre! Please note that we area closed for December and will reopen with regular hours when the school opens in January 2017.

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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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Summer 2016 Photos

View photos from our Summer 2016 programming including nature walks, speaker series, and nature art tent activities.

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Summer Farmers Market 2016

This summer we had a weekly table at the local farmers market with several natural history members representing throughout July and August. They enjoyed connecting with everyone who stopped by to say hello, and to see which bird had joined…

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Speaker Series – “Raptor Awareness”

August 18th: “Raptor Awareness” Join the Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society (MARS) accompanied by an educational ambassador raptor in this presentation for all ages about raptor awareness in the Comox Valley. Some birds who have been rescued cannot be safely returned back to the wild…

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Speaker Series – “Indigenous Food Systems”

August 11th: “Indigenous Food Systems” Sharon Niscak will share traditional ecological wisdom with a focus on the traditional plants and foods that are part of our regional environment. Indigenous food systems provided a variety by understanding the seasonal cycles and by utilizing…

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