March 15, 2020 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Rotary Room
Florence Filberg Centre, 411 Anderton Ave.
Cancelled due to COVID 19 Whales In Our Waters: CVN public lecture

        Comox Valley Nature is pleased to hosta public lecture by Aaron Purdy from the Ocean Wise Research Institute. The lecture entitled “The Whales in Our Waters:Conservation Through Citizen Science”.

        Join Aaron Purdy to learn all about thewhales in our waters. Aaron will discuss BC’s common cetaceans (whales,dolphins, and porpoises), the threats they face, and how Ocean Wise helps tomitigate these threats through research and conservation efforts. He will alsodescribe how you can become a citizen scientist by acting as an observer forthe BC Cetacean Sightings Network while out on your next coastal adventure. Afterthis talk, you will have all the tools you need to jump in and do your part toprotect BC’s cetaceans.

         Aaron joined the Ocean Wise MarineMammal Research team in 2019 as the Coordinator of the Southern VancouverIsland Cetacean Research Initiative (SVICRI). Through community outreach,research, and education, Aaron engages communities around Vancouver Island toincrease awareness of cetaceans in our local waters, talk about theconservation issues they face, and what community members can do to help toprotect these iconic creatures. Aaron spent several years performing marinemammal and other charismatic megafauna research and is a skilled andexperienced marine educator.

          This is an excellent opportunity forthe public to learn more about conservation efforts to protect the whales isour waters.

           ComoxValley Nature is a non-profit society affiliated with BCNature, consisting only of unpaid volunteers. CVN fulfills its educationalmandate by hosting monthly lectures, organizing free weekly guided hikes for members, and a free monthly walk open to the public.  Comox Valley Nature also supportsspecialized groups (Birding, Botany, Marine & Shoreline, Conservation,Garry Oak Restoration, Wetland Restoration, Photography and Young NaturalistsClub) which have separate monthly activities. Membership in BC Nature and Comox Valley Nature is $30 per adult or fora family.

          Foundedin 1966, it is one of the oldest environmental societies on the NorthIsland.  Meetings and lectures of theComox Valley Naturalists Society are held on the third Sunday of most months atthe Florence Filberg Centre, 411 Anderton Ave., Courtenay.  Meetings and guided walks are open to thepublic, including children and youth. Lecture is free, though a $4 contribution from non-members isappreciated. New memberships are always welcomed.

          Anyoneinterested in this lecture or participating in CVNS activities can also contactus at the website http://comoxvalleynaturalist.bc.ca/