Hornby Island Natural History Centre

Category: Natural History Centre News


Nature Walk – “Hornby Rocks!”

Tuesday August 2nd, 11:00 am – “Hornby Rocks!” Exploring Hornby’s Unique Geology 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 Natural History of Killer Whales in BC”

August 4th: “A Natural History of Killer Whales in BC” In this presentation, Eva Stredulinsky will illuminate the natural history of killer whales in BC: from their past exploitation, to fascinating studies that have shed a light on their social, mating and foraging…

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Nature Art Tent Schedule

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“Art, Naturally” – Summer Art Program Begins!

We are excited to introduce Art, Naturally, a new summer-long collaborative program for children between the Hornby Island Arts Council and the Hornby Island Natural History Centre. The program takes place on Wednesdays and Fridays from 12:00 – 3:00pm (see…

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Nature Walk – “Walking with Trees”

Tuesday July 19th, 10:30am  – “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….

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Speaker Series – “Gone Batty – Living with Bats”

July 28th: “Gone Batty – Living with Bats – Working Together for Bat Conservation on the Northern Gulf Islands” Jenny Balke, Denman Island biologist and conservationist, admits to being batty because bats need our help. Back by popular demand, Jenny will…

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Natural History Fundraiser with Bob McDonald

On Saturday June 4th, Hornby residents and visitors packed the Community Hall for a colourful talk on space with science speaker extraordinaire Bob McDonald of CBC’s Quirks and Quarks. In this fundraising event for the Natural History Centre, Bob presented on Canadian Spacewalkers, the…

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Local Wildlife Cards for Purchase

We now have beautiful wildlife cards by local photographer Barb Biagi available for sale at the Natural History Centre. The cards of Hornby Island wildlife feature hummingbirds (including the image above), a young barred owl, and a young eagle.  We will also have…

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Upcoming Events

Natural History’s Summer 2016 Events Calendar is now available!  Join us for nature walks that explore Hornby’s diverse ecology ~ and illuminating talks on bats, whales, raptors, and native plants that inhabit our island and region! Our Thursday Expert Speakers Series is held in the Community School…

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Membership Draw: Win a Boat Tour!

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 4th, during the event with Bob McDonald….

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Beach Cleanup Day

As part of their Earth Day activities, the Hornby Island School held a beach cleanup at Big Tribune Bay. Natural History Centre volunteers joined the group and helped lead learners in the cleanup. Sadly, there were many bags of garbage…

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Hornby Pollinators Workshop

On March 5th the HINHC hosted a Pollination Workshop for the public with forty people in attendance at the New Horizons facility. We were fortunate enough to have six biologists who shared their knowledge of Hornby pollinators, and their ever…

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Students Build Bee Houses

Hornby Island students worked with the guidance of Natural History volunteers to make their own bee homes. A “bee house” provides an important shelter young for bees. Since many native bee species are wood dwelling, yet unable to make their own nesting holes, caring humans can provide…

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Bob McDonald: “Canadian Spacewalkers”

On Saturday June 4th, you are invited to join us for an evening with Bob McDonald, the host of CBC’s Quirks and Quarks  and award winning science journalist and author, as he relates the stories of Canadian Spacewalkers. This event will…

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Student Activity: What makes a good display?

In our exhibit, we are often brainstorming ways to capture the imaginations of our visitors and provide valuable education through well-thought out displays. This February we got to share this process with each class at the Hornby Island Community School, where we are located. The…

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Seasons Greetings to All

Warmest winter wishes this holiday season!

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Students Create Wreaths and Plant Dyed Fabrics

This December, Hornby Island students produced some beautiful wreaths and plant dyed fabrics as part of our student education program. First, several students participated in plant dyeing. They wrapped various native plants (salal, oak, huckleberry, lichen, etc.) and seaweed in fabric.  After…

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Christmas Fair 2015

We had a wonderful time tabling in the entrance of the school during this year’s Christmas Fair. Congratulations to Christine Tamburri from Hornby Island, the winner of our 2015 getaway package draw! Our birds in holiday hats taken by Barb Biagi at…

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NIDES Student Visit

This October a group of North Island Distance Education Students visited the Natural History Centre. The group participated in a tour followed by a variety of hands-on activities. We enjoyed their enthusiasm and look forward to see them again next…

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Request for Specimens

In order to develop our collection and educational displays, the Natural History Centre is asking locals for assistance in obtaining animals who have died of natural causes and are in good condition for taxidermy. How you can help If you…

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