Our trip leader Kem Luther has stated that if we learn just20 of the common moss species in the area that we will recognize about 95percent of the moss plants we see in the woods around Victoria. Kem will showus most of the twenty to get us started. You must pre-register as the number ofparticipants will be limited to minimizehabitat damage and allow optimal exchange of information. So register early.You are encouraged to bring a hand lens if you have one and dress for theweather. Contact Agnes at thelynns at shaw.ca or 250-721-0634 for furtherinformation and to register.
Birder's Night: 31 Years of Birding with Tom Briggs
January 24, 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm Fraser Building, Fraser Bldg, Victoria, BC V8P 5C2, Canada
Things I Learned in 31Years of Birding with Tom Briggs— A Man I Never Met
David Fraser will bring us insights into changes in BC bird numbers, distributions and nomenclature gained from entering 31 years of bird notes from Victoria birders Tom and Gwen Briggs from 1959 to1990. Can you help solve the mystery of the appearing journals? We meet in Room159 of the Fraser Building, UVic at 7:30 p.m. Come early to socialize! Presentation begins after VNHS announcements and coffee. Everyone is welcome. Note: UVic parking is $3.
January 29, 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm Room 159, Fraser Building, University of Victoria
Microplastics in the ocean: what we know, and what we don't.
Garth Covernton is a PhD student at the University of Victoria studying microplastics. Tiny pieces of plastics smaller than 5 mm are an emerging threat to the ocean’s ecosystems, with ingestion now known to occur in animals ranging from small zooplankton to large baleen whales. The specific effects of microplastics on animals in the wild is still uncertain, yet scientists have shown negative impacts on animals which ingest high concentrations. This presentation will explore how microplastics get into our oceans, their impacts on marine animals, and discuss current work in BC, including by the research group to which Garth belongs: the Ecological Interactions Research Program, based out of Vancouver Island University and the University of Victoria.
We meet at 7:30 in Room 159, Fraser Building, University of Victoria. Everyone is welcome.