Hornby Island Natural History Centre


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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Unusual Hornby Resident! A Yellow-headed Pileated Woodpecker

This rare yellow-headed Pileated Woodpecker lives by the Shire on Hornby Island. They are so unusual that local bird expert, Art Martell, says it’s the first he has seen. According to Art, it is likely a genetic mutation that will probably not…

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Bird Walk – Hearing, seeing and enjoying our local birds

Thursday, August 10th with Art Martell Meet at Helliwell Provincial Park at 9:00 am.  The walk will be about 3 km. and take about 2 hours.  Bring binoculars if you have them. No dogs please. Art Martell is retired in the Comox…

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Speaker Series – Plight of our Forest Birds

August 6: Art Martell, “Changes in Abundance of Some of our Common Forest Birds” Join Art Martell, ornithologist and Important Bird Area Caretaker, to learn about the phenomenon of forest bird disappearance. Presentation begins at 2:00 pm at the Hornby Island Community School. Enter through the…

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