Hornby Island Natural History Centre

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Vote for the Vancouver Island Elasmosaur!

Exciting news from the Courtenay and District Museum and Palaeontology Centre! Their elasmosaur, which was discovered in Courtenay, has been shortlisted in a competition to become an official provincial symbol. Click to Here Vote. The voting period will close November 23,…

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Summer 2018 Photos

Check out this cool footage from Dr. Archer’s presentation of a young glass sponge reef taken just east of Hornby Island! Thank you to the speakers and nature walk leaders for sharing their knowledge and supporting the Natural History Centre: Stephanie…

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New Specimen Acceptance Policy

The Natural History Centre is now only accepting seabirds for taxidermy in the collection. Specifically, we will take any seabird specimens in suitable condition* EXCEPT the following (which we already have): Glaucous-Winged Gull, Belted Kingfisher, Great Blue Heron and Western…

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Heritage Potato Observation Study

At a recent talk on climate change and adaptation, Richard Hebda, former curator of Earth History and Botany at the Royal BC Museum, gave out heritage potatoes for audience members to plant in their gardens. The two varieties distributed were…

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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 2017 Photos

View photos from our Summer 2017 nature walks and speaker series.

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Nature Activities

A young naturalist is someone who loves exploring and learning about nature. Sound like you? Then read on! Whether you are in the woodlands or the urban environment, wildlife can always be found. To be a young naturalist means that you desire…

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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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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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