Hornby Island Natural History Centre

Category: Natural History Centre News


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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Hornby Island Bee Pollinator Report

In early October, fifteen widespread sites on Hornby Island of various sizes were surveyed for any insects which play a role in pollinating our trees, vegetables and flowers. Biologist Bonnie Zand completed specimen collection for the Ministry of the Environment’s Pollinator Survey, which…

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Weather and Climate Change Experiments

This summer the natural history centre was joined by several excellent environmental speakers. One of these was climatologist Ed Wiebe, a research associate in the School of Earth and Ocean Sciences at UVic and manager of the Vancouver Island School-Based Weather Station Network. As part…

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Student Tours

Earlier this summer a class from Saltspring Island visited the Centre as part of a Hornby Island tour. The visit was organized by their teacher Sarah Bateman. Sarah kindly sent us these photos. Below, Natural History Centre Steward Tina Wai leads…

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Summer Displays 2015

A gallery with some of our Summer 2015 displays. One week of summer hours still remains. Click on any photo to begin the slideshow.

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Nature Art

There is lots of new visitor art at the natural history centre this summer. Natural history visitors are always welcome to sketch and be inspired by nature! For an extensive list of creative nature activities to do at home with your kids,…

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Join us in Celebration

The Natural History Centre is starting the summer season with free tours open to the public. Join us from 3:30-4:30pm on June 23rd outside the school. As we celebrate new changes at the centre, we also reflect on the years gone by: 2015 is the…

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Big Tribune Shoreline Cleanup

On June 17th, we held a shoreline cleanup at Big Tribune Bay Beach with the Hornby School.  Students, parents, school staff, and volunteers combed through the driftwood, seaweed, and bushes for debris. It was a cool lovely morning at the beach after a morning rain…

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Summer 2015 Events Calendar

We are pleased to announce that the Summer 2015 Natural History Events Calendar is now available! From nature walks that focus on traditional plant knowledge to discussion on groundwater management, and from presentations on forest inhabitants to fun weather station demonstrations,…

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Planting Seeds of Knowledge

In Spring 2015, the Natural History Centre worked to develop our Ethnobotanical Native Plant Demonstration Garden. The garden was carefully tended to by Norma and Neil Wilson, making it easier to maintain and more clearly defined and inviting to visitors. Gardeners and gatherers have long sought…

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New Songbird in the Exhibit

The Exhibit now has a pair of Western tanagers! We recently obtained a female tanager who now sits with a male tanager in the exhibit. She is a timely addition as this spring and summer we are working to enhance our songbird display. The new display will tell…

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Student Salmon Release

On March 10th, volunteers from the Natural History Centre joined students, parents, and staff who set out on foot from the Hornby Island Community School to Beulah Creek for an annual salmon release. At the creek, the group transported chum…

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Celebrating 10 Years of Natural History!

This year Hornby Island Natural History celebrates ten years of sharing our natural treasures. Our collection began with a horned owl and a glaucous-winged gull in the 1980s. With the arrival of the beaver in the early 90s, the exhibit began to grow to the…

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