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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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Plant Propagation Work Party

The Natural History Centre volunteers have been assisting with a native plant plant propagation project at Helliwell Park. In spring 2017, several volunteers each grew a variety of native plant species at their homes for the project. In the fall,…

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Plant Propagation at Helliwell

The Natural History Centre has been assisting with a plant propagation project at Helliwell Park. Last spring, the stewards each grew a variety of native plant species at their homes for the project. Finally, the time came to plant them…

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Speaker Series – “Indigenous Food Systems”

August 11th: “Indigenous Food Systems” Sharon Niscak will share traditional ecological wisdom with a focus on the traditional plants and foods that are part of our regional environment. Indigenous food systems provided a variety by understanding the seasonal cycles and by utilizing…

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Ethnobotanical Garden in Bloom

Our Ethnobotanical Native Plant Demonstration Garden is in bloom! The garden is located just outside our entrance at the Community School. Photos by Barb Biagi.

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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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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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Nodding Onion in Bloom

The natural history treasure of the month is the nodding onion (allium cernuum). You can see its long grass-like leaves topped by nodding umbels of pink flowers currently in bloom in our ethnobotanical garden. The herb is used for both medicinal and culinary purposes. When cooking, the…

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