June Events

June 10-13 – Nature Salt Spring June Launch Extravaganza

** Registration is required for these events- Click Here for fill-able registration form

Friday, June 10

7-8:30 pm @ SSI Conservancy Building at Blackburn Lake (Limit 45)
** Slugs, Slime, and Suction – Nature Stories from the Salish Sea
Presented by David Denning, SSI Marine Naturalist

Saturday June 11

6:30–8 am @ Xwaaqw’um / Burgoyne Bay
Early Birds – All Skill Levels Welcome
with Guest Naturalists and Nature Salt Spring Naturalists

10:30 – noon @ Xwaaqw’um / Burgoyne Bay
** Xwaaqw’um Wetland Restoration Project and Stewardship, Past, Present and Future
with Stqeey’e Learning Society and John Millson

10:30 – noon @ SSIC Blackburn Lake
** Walk and Gawk – Insects and Plants w/ Darren and Claudia Copley

1:30 – 3:00 @ SSIC Blackburn Lake
A – ** Muddy Buddies – Pond Studies for Families w/Children
B – ** Using iNaturalist, Merlin, and eBird for Personal and Community Nature Studies – w/ Claudia and Darren Copley

7-8:30 pm @ SSIC Blackburn Lake (Limit 45)
** The Amazing Natural History of BC’s Insects, Spiders (and more) – A Special Nature Celebration presented by Darren and Claudia Copley, Royal BC Museum and Victoria Natural History Society

Sunday, June 12

7:00 am @ Xwaaqw’um / Burgoyne Bay
Early Birds – All Skill Levels Welcome
with Guest Naturalists and Nature Salt Spring Naturalists

8:00 – 9 am @ SSIC Blackburn Lake
** Bonkers about Birds! Birding for Families with Children
with Kathleen Maser & Jean Wilkinson, NatureKids BC Coordinators

9:00 – 11 @ Xwaaqw’um / Burgoyne Bay
** Nature Walk w/ Darren and Claudia Copley

1:30 – 3:00 @ SSIC Blackburn Lake
Forest Ecology Walk with Jeff Shatford
 Nature Journaling with Briony Penn

Monday, June 13

9:00 – 11 @ Fernwood Dock
** Shoreline Nature! – Purple Martins w/ Peter McAllister and Beach Explorations w/ David Denning & Pat Miller.

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Details of June Launch Events – June 10-13

Presentations

Nature Salt Spring is excited to announce two illustrated natural history talks at the SSI Conservancy Building at Blackburn Lake. Space is limited to 40 people and registration is required. For the health safety of all, masks are requested inside the building.

Slugs, Slime, and Suction – Nature Stories from the Salish Sea
Presented by David Denning, SSI Marine Naturalist. Friday, June 10, 7-8:30 @ SSI Conservancy, Blackburn Lake ($10 admin./Free for Nature Salt Spring Members)

The Amazing Natural History of BC’s Dragonflies Presented by Claudia Copley, Curator, Royal BC Museum. Saturday, June 11, 7-8:30 pm. @ SSI Conservancy, Blackburn Lake ($10 admin/Free for Nature Salt Spring Members)

Birding

No matter your skill level, from beginner to ‘seasoned’, you will find these naturalist-led birding walks valuable for improving/building your skills and interests in Salt Spring Island birds. Early Bird Birding will take place on both Saturday, June 11 and Sunday, June 12 starting at 6:30 am @ Xwaaqw’um / Burgoyne Bay.

Families with Children Events

As part of our NatureKids BC program to provide more nature connections for children and their families, we’ve organized two engaging activities on the June 11-12 weekend led by Kathleen Maser and Jean Wilkinson.

Muddy Buddies – Pond Studies for Families with Children with Kathleen Maser & Jean Wilkinson, Sat. June 11, 1:30 – 2:30 @ SSIC Blackburn Lake

Bonkers about Birds! Birding for Families with Children – with Kathleen Maser & Jean Wilkinson, is on Sunday, June 12 Only – Blackburn Lake. 8-9am.

Nature Walks

Join local and guest naturalists to explore the fascinating natural history in different Salt Spring habitats. Darren and Claudia Copley are Curators at the Royal BC Museum. Jeff Shatford is a Salt Spring – based Ecosystem Biologist and forest management/recovery specialist. Peter McAllister, David Denning, and Pat Miller are active Salt Spring naturalists and founding organizers of Nature Salt Spring.

Walk and Gawk – Exploring Nature w/ Darren and Claudia Copley (Special guest naturalists) – Two Nature Walks – 1) Saturday, June 11, 10:30 – noon @ SSIC Blackburn Lake and 2) Sunday, June 12, 9:00 am, @ Xwaaqw’um / Burgoyne Bay

Forest Ecology Walk with Jeff Shatford. Jeff will provide insights into the stories trees and forests tell, the natural recovery process and techniques for re-wilding your forested property with native plants. Sunday, June 12, 1:30 – 3:00 @ SSIC Blackburn Lake

Shoreline Nature! – Purple Martins w/ Peter McAllister and Beach Explorations w/ David Denning & Pat Miller. We’ll learn the natural history of the beautiful and melodic Purple Martins now recovering on SSI thanks to the Purple Martin Recovery Project. We’ll also explore the rocks and eel grass below the Fernwood Dock to find some fascinating sea life. Monday, June 13, 9:00 am – 11 @ Fernwood Dock

Nature Restoration

Xwaaqw’um Watershed Restoration Project Demonstration w/ John Millson & Stqeeye’ Learning Society. An important Salt Spring restoration project at Xwaaqw’um / Burgoyne Bay will be the focus of this walk and talk. Learn about watersheds, restoration techniques and this model partnership project blending indigenous knowledge and scientific methods. Saturday, June 11, 10:30 – noon  @ Xwaaqw’um / Burgoyne Bay

Workshops

Using iNaturalist, Merlin & eBird for Personal and Community Nature Studies – w/Darren Copley. Darren developed innovative techniques to engage citizens in community science data collection using phone/tablet identification and recording Aps. He will share his experience and describe some of the amazing community science studies already in progress. Darren is the Environmental Education Coordinator for Saanich Municipality, teaches at UVic, and is a BC Museum Curator. Saturday, June 11, 1:30 – 3:00 @ SSIC Blackburn Lake

Nature Journaling with Briony Penn, Salt Spring Island geographer, researcher, artist, author and environmentalist. Briony will teach how to capture personal experience and understandings of the natural world through art and writing in a nature journal. ($10 Fee for materials) Sunday, June 12, 1:30 – 3:00 @ SSIC Blackburn Lake

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Email to daviddenningssi@gmail.com

 

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May 14: Climate History Talk with Dr. Steven Earle

On Saturday, May 15, join us for a free live presentation at 7:00 PM at the Salt Spring Library Program Room presented by Dr. Steven Earle. Dr. Earle will discuss portions of his new book – A Brief History of the Earth’s Climate: Everyone’s Guide to the Science of Climate Change. more here

 

 Geology and Biodiversity Beach Walks in mid-May:

May 14 – 11:00 am –  Nature Walk 1: Geology On A Seashore For Families with Dr. Steven Earle.  More info..

May 15 – 10:30 am – Nature Walk 2: Shore Geology for All with naturalist/educator, Dr. Steven Earle. more info…

May 16 – 10:30am  – Nature Walk 3 – Shoreline Biodiversity: Up Close and Personal with local marine naturalist, David Denning. more info…

April 23 Eagle Event!!

Join us April 23, 2022 for a special live presentation  “The Amazing Biology of Bald Eagles”, by Canada’s ‘Eagle Guy’ – David Hancock!

Live At:  Fulford Hall
Doors open at 6:30 (early Free event 6-6:30****)
Presentation time: 7:00-8:30
Admission $10 (Nature SS Members FREE)
Memberships available at the event! or sign up here. Masks required inside Fullford Hall for health safety reasons.

An exciting, live fund-raiser for Nature Salt Spring!

Island nature enthusiasts are in for a special treat on April 23 at Fulford Hall when David Hancock, one of Canada’s best–known wildlife biologists and science communicators presents live and in-person: The Amazing Biology of Bald Eagles.

Hancock has revolutionized our understanding of Bald Eagle biology through his decades of research, his scientific and popular writings, and his systems of nest monitoring, web cams, and live-tracking satellite and cell tags. His research has opened the door to people all around the world to participate in bald eagle citizen science by connecting to his Hancock Foundation website. Check out the eagle nest cams!

Hancock has dedicated his life to the study and popularization of wildlife biology. Author of several books about eagles and other wildlife, he publishes a large collection of nature-oriented books at Hancock House Publishing.

The event is sponsored by Nature Salt Spring (NSS),  and is both a fund-raiser and membership drive. Admission is $10/person or FREE to NSS Members. Memberships will be available at the door and will count toward your entrance. They are $30 (individual) and $40 (family). You can also sign up now here.

The talk at Fulford Hall, starts at 7:00 pm and doors open at 6:30. Please come early to help us create a smooth flow at the beginning of the event.

****If you are interested in a short talk about bald eagle nests , including viewing an inactive nest, be at the Hall at 6:00 pm for a free gawk and talk session. Families especially will enjoy this part.****

In the interest of health safety for all, masks are required INSIDE Fulford Hall. Seat spacing and building ventilation will also help reduce risks. We advise bringing warm clothing to the event. Please pass on this event if you have any concerning symptoms.

Bumble Bees Zoom Talk, March 16

Announcing a Virtual Zoom Presentation
Wednesday, March 16, 7:00
Presented by Biologist/Author Syd Cannings

The Buzz On BC Bumble Bees

Join us by Zoom on Wednesday, March 16 at 7:00 pm for a fascinating illustrated talk about local bumble bees presented by one of Canada’s best-known biologists and nature writers, Syd Cannings. This free virtual presentation – The Buzz in BC Bumble Bees – is co-sponsored by Nature Salt Spring and the Salt Spring Island Conservancy.

Anyone who loves nature or food will want to tune in. Syd will summarize the amazing biology of bumble bees and introduce us to six common Salt Spring bees. At least one quarter of all North American bumble bee species are facing some risk of extinction, and Syd will explain why; how bumble bee extinction would affect us; and what we can do to help them – essential knowledge for all nature lovers and gardeners!

Syd Cannings is a Species at Risk Biologist for the Canadian Wildlife Service in Whitehorse, Yukon, where he works on everything from bumble bees to bears. He also serves on the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC). He previously served as curator of the insect collection at the University of British Columbia, and Program Zoologist at the B.C. Conservation Data Centre.

Syd is the co-author of highly-popular natural history books: British Columbia: A Natural History; The New B.C. Roadside Naturalist; and Geology of British Columbia: A Journey Through Time.

Syd will be introduced by Claudia Copley, Entomology Collections Manager at the Royal BC Museum and Field Trip Coordinator for the Victoria Natural History Society.

Register for this free March 16, 7:00 pm virtual (Zoom) presentation by emailing Debra Cobon at debra@saltspringconservancy.ca.