February 27, 2017 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm 48.465291, -123.316512 (Rm 159, Murray and Anne Fraser Building, University of Victoria)
Ecology of Salmonids in Estuaries Around the World
Biologists have long marvelled at how anadromous salmonids fish that pass from rivers into oceans and back survive, as they migrate between these two very different environments. Based on his recent book published by UBC Press, Colin Levings will present an overview of our current knowledge of how salmonid species around the world are adapted to estuaries. He will also discuss the wide diversity of estuary types found on many continents. His book will be available for sale.
We meet in Room 159 of the Fraser Building, UVic at 7:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome. Note: UVic parking is $3.
March 5, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm 48.491103, -123.338433 (Mount Douglas Parking Lot)
FIELD TRIP (LEVEL 2)
We will wander the waterfront areas from Mount Douglas to Dallas Road to check for early flowers. Maybe the big-leaf maple will be starting to leaf out. The Orange-crowned Warbler likes to check for bugs about then and perfectly blends in with the new foliage and flowers. We’ll stop by a spot to see if the salmonberry is out and maybe we can find a newly arrived Rufous Hummingbird checking out these flowers. Also hopefully the delicate satin flowers will be out in an area right near the water. We’ll even try to see if some cactus still grows in between the cracks of a huge rock in one of the little known parks. It is probably too early for the rare Sanicula arctopoides (which has the magical common name “Footsteps of Spring”) but you’ll know where it is so you check back in a couple of weeks. You never know what we’ll find in a sheltered spot to give us a taste of what is to come. Bonus is that we can check out the water birds at the same time. Meet at 10:00 a.m. at the Mount Douglas parking lot off Cordova Bay Road near the washroom building. Contact Agnes at thelynns at shaw.ca or (250) 721-0634 for more information.
Natural History Night: Species of special concern.
March 14, 2017 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm 48.465313, -123.315545 (Room 159, Fraser Building, University of Victoria)
Stewardship for Local Species of Special Concern: Blue-grey Taildropper Slugs and Western Painted Turtles
Biologists Kristina Oaks and Christian Engelstoft, working with Habitat Acquisition Trust (www.hat.bc.ca), will be sharing insights into the natural history, efforts towards conservation of, and research on two intriguing native species. Come to learn about the unexpectedly charismatic blue slug and Vancouver Island’s turtle, as well as what’s being done to better understand and protect these incredible animals in our region.”
We meet at 7:30 p.m. in Room 159 of the Fraser Building at the University of Victoria. Everyone welcome. Note: UVic parking is $3.