Nature Field Trips

The Nature Field Trips on Fridays are an excellent opportunity to discover shoreline and forest ecosystems as well as Hornby’s unique geology.  These field trips are great fun for the whole family and will enhance your visit to our beautiful island.  Pre-registration is essential as space is limited.  For inquiries or to register, email hornby.naturalhistory@gmail.com. After Tuesday, July 3rd, email hornby.naturalhistory@gmail.com, call 250-335-1021, or come to the Centre. Ages 18 and under attend for free.

Summer 2018 Nature Walk Schedule

*FULL* “A Walk in Helliwell Park to See, Hear, and Appreciate Birds” with Art Martell, ornithologist.
Friday, July 13th, 8:00 am – 10:00 am, Helliwell Park.

We will meet at the head of the trail at 7:55 am, right next to the parking lot. The walk will be about 3 km and take about 2 hours. We will listen to and identify bird songs and try to see any birds that might cooperate. Art will provide information on local birds and answer questions. Bring binoculars if you have them. No dogs please. Please note, this walk will be cancelled if it rains. Space is limited to 10 participants. This walk is now full.

Art Martell is retired in the Comox Valley and has had a cabin on Hornby Island for over 25 years. He is the Volunteer Caretaker for the K’omoks Important Bird Area and is active in the Comox Valley Birders Group, BC Field Ornithologists, and Bird Studies Canada. Art was also a Regional Coordinator for the BC Breeding Bird Atlas. Before retirement, Art worked as a wildlife research scientist and manager with Canadian Wildlife Service and was the first Canadian National Coordinator for the North American Bird Conservation Initiative.  Art is a keen birder who enjoys birding locally, nationally and internationally.

*FULL* “A Walk in Helliwell Park to See, Hear, and Appreciate Birds” with Art Martell, ornithologist.
Friday, July 20th, 8:00 am – 10:00 am, Helliwell Park.

We will meet at the head of the trail at 7:55 am, right next to the parking lot. The walk will be about 3 km and take about 2 hours. We will listen to and identify bird songs and try to see any birds that might cooperate. Art will provide information on local birds and answer questions. Bring binoculars if you have them. No dogs please. Please note, this walk will be cancelled if it rains. Space is limited to 10 participants. This walk is now full.

Art Martell is retired in the Comox Valley and has had a cabin on Hornby Island for over 25 years. He is the Volunteer Caretaker for the K’omoks Important Bird Area and is active in the Comox Valley Birders Group, BC Field Ornithologists, and Bird Studies Canada. Art was also a Regional Coordinator for the BC Breeding Bird Atlas. Before retirement, Art worked as a wildlife research scientist and manager with Canadian Wildlife Service and was the first Canadian National Coordinator for the North American Bird Conservation Initiative. Art is a keen birder who enjoys birding locally, nationally and internationally.

*FULL* “A Journey Back in Time with the Fabulous Fossils of Hornby Island” with Dan Bowen and Betty Franklin, paleontologists.
Friday, July 27th, 11:30 am – 12:30 am, Savoie Farm Beach

Meeting place will be given via email. Please Note, make sure to bring water and appropriate footwear. The walk occurs on the beach and not on a trail. There is a steep stairway leading to the beach. The sun can be very hot and a hat and sun protection measures are recommended. No dogs please. Space is limited. This walk is now full.

Dan Bowen has been a member of the VIPS since 1992, a member of the Executive for 23 years, Vice-Chair four years, and Chair for the last 10 years. Dan has also been a director on the BCPA for over 10 years. As the field trip coordinator for 23 years, Dan has provided many exciting trips for the VIPS members. His contributions to the science of paleontology continues to add up, with many specimens donated to the Courtenay Museum.

*FULL* “Walking with Trees: Exploring the Forests of Hornby” with Kihan Yoon-Henderson, Natural History Centre Coordinator.
Friday, August 3rd, 10:30 am – 11:30 am, Helliwell Park.

We will meet at the head of the trail at 10:25 am, right next to the parking lot. Space is limited to 12 participants.

Kihan Yoon-Henderson is a 4th year student at UBC and returning summer coordinator for the Hornby Island Natural History Centre. “I’m looking forward to seeing both new and familiar faces at the Natural History Centre again this summer, and to be involved in the Hornby community for another season. I am currently completing my undergraduate studies in Human Geography at the University of British Columbia, and am passionate about environmental sustainability, social justice and community based organizing. In addition to this, this past year I was fortunate to go on exchange for a semester to Yonsei University in South Korea, as well as to travel and learn in other regions of Asia. As I have been coming to the Island since I was born, this position and the community involved means a great deal to me. It excites me to have the chance to explore Hornby’s incredible and rich natural history with all of you. See you in July!” This walk is now full.

*FULL* “Hornby Rocks!: Exploring Hornby’s Unique Geology” with John Cox, geologist. 
Friday, August 10th, 10:00 am, Sandpiper Beach.

We will meet at the entrance to the beach at 9:55 am. Please Note: Make sure to bring water and appropriate footwear. The walk occurs on the beach and not on a trail. The sun can be very hot and a hat and sun protection measures are recommended. The walk lasts about 1 1/2 hours (with an option to leave earlier after 1 hour). Space is limited. This walk is now full.

“Walking with Trees: Exploring the Forests of Hornby” with Kihan Yoon-Henderson, Natural History Centre Coordinator.
Friday, August 17th, 10:30 am – 11:30 am, Helliwell Park.

We will meet at the head of the trail at 10:25 am, right next to the parking lot. Space is limited to 12 participants.

Kihan Yoon-Henderson is a 4th year student at UBC and returning summer coordinator for the Hornby Island Natural History Centre. “I’m looking forward to seeing both new and familiar faces at the Natural History Centre again this summer, and to be involved in the Hornby community for another season. I am currently completing my undergraduate studies in Human Geography at the University of British Columbia, and am passionate about environmental sustainability, social justice and community based organizing. In addition to this, this past year I was fortunate to go on exchange for a semester to Yonsei University in South Korea, as well as to travel and learn in other regions of Asia. As I have been coming to the Island since I was born, this position and the community involved means a great deal to me. It excites me to have the chance to explore Hornby’s incredible and rich natural history with all of you. See you in July!”

 

Below are some images from past field trips.