Hornby Island Natural History Centre

Category: Videos


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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Otter-Gate! Sweet Video of River Otter Family

It was earlier in the spring that we noticed we had a new resident living under an out building ..first we smelled her..phew! Then we saw her…a big, lovely otter returning from our pond with duckweed on her back making…

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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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Clever Corvids: The Northwestern Crow

This month’s featured treasure is our Northwestern crow, pictured above. This species lives along the BC and Alaskan coast, while a similar species, the American Crow, lives in the BC interior. Crows are generalist scavengers, eating marine invertebrates, other bird’s…

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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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Nature Walk – Cedar: Tree of Life (Video)

In this video, the Natural History Centre’s 2015 Summer Coordinator Willow Hunt-Scott discusses the First Peoples practice of mindfully pulling cedar bark. This video was taken on the “Cedar: Tree of Life” nature walk.

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The Mighty Mosasaur

Each month this blog will be featuring a natural “treasure of the month”. The featured object for March is a mosasaur fossil that was found on Hornby Island. The mosasaur–an extinct marine mammal whose distant relatives are snakes and monitor lizards such as the Komodo Dragon–was discovered by…

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