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Summer 2020 Programs Postponed Due To Covid-19

Every summer, we look forward to connecting with those who visit the Natural History Centre and participate in the Centre’s programs. Unfortunately, this year we won’t be holding our usual summer activities due to concerns about the health and safety of participants and volunteers.

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Taylor’s Checkerspot Butterfly Reintroduction at Helliwell Park

This March, Hornby Island Natural History Centre volunteers assisted wildlife recovery specialists with the release of 400 Taylor’s checkerspot butterfly caterpillars into Helliwell Park.

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A Message from the Hornby Island Natural History Centre on COVID-19

The Natural History committee sends our well wishes to everyone during these difficult and uncertain times. Amidst the growing coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic, we are thinking of our community and visitors both both near and afar.

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Natural History and the School Rebuild!

On December 6th, 2019, community members, parents, and children filled the Hornby Island Community Hall for the highly anticipated new school funding announcement. We were thrilled to learn that the Natural History Centre will be included “on site” in the rebuild!

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Community Enrichment Grant for “Birds and Books”

Natural History is excited to share that we have received a community enrichment grant for our proposed project: “Birds and Books: Displaying a Hornby Island Natural History Exhibit in the School Library.”

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Interview with Wildlife Photographer, barb biagi

Interview with barb biagi – Hornby Island wildlife photographer, Natural History Centre Steward, and wildlife rescue volunteer.

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Students and adults work together to help Helliwell

In late October, Hornby Island students removed nearly 500 Hairy Cat’s Ear weeds from three sites at Helliwell Park. They also planted 518 seedlings of three types of native grass, Woolly Sunflower and Yarrow that were grown by members of the Natural History Centre.

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Autumn Update from the Stewards

Despite not having a visitable location during summer 2019 after the fire, Hornby Island Natural History has remained busy: maintaining the collection in the temporary storage location, hosting the speaker series and nature walk programs, and connecting with the community at the Market.

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Student Activity: Planting Bulbs

As part of the Hornby School’s changing seasons theme, Natural History stewards worked with students on a bulb planting project. The intermediate class planted 210 bulbs of various types of narcissus on the bank along Sollans Road and in the plot in front of the school.

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