The Cumberland Community Forest Society (CCFS) is presenting the next event in their ongoing CCFS Science Pub Series this Thursday February 21st at 7 pm at the Cumberland Masonic Hall! CCFS Science Pub: Weird and Wacky in the Woods – Sex, Evolution and Nature’s Strangest Dating Scenes is shaping up to be a titillating evening all about weird, wild and downright puzzling mating practices in nature.

Join guest biologists, ecologists and public educators for a night of fascinating multi-media and interactive presentations. From nuptial gifts and empty promises to asexual reproduction and bird polyandry, this Science Pub is shaping up to a fun one! Add to that live screen printing, taste and touch samples, door prizes, on theme beverages, great house music and more! CCFS Science Pubs are a boozy, sexy, nerdy good time!
 
Guest presenter Ross Vennesland lives in Vancouver where he works as an ecologist. Ross has always had a keen interest in evolution. And also apparently in sexual reproduction, having twice practiced it to fruition. During his harrowing journey through a life driven by sexual and evolutionary urges, Ross has pondered why we have sex. Is it just for a good time? Or is there a higher meaning?  
 
Joining Vennesland is Kimberly Dohms, PhD, who has been spying on birds and their behaviour for over 15 years, and still frequently questions everything she knows about them. She currently works as an ecologist for Canadian Wildlife Service in Vancouver where she’s surrounded by a flock of fellow bird nerds and passionate conservationists. Outside of bird nerding, you might find her dancing, in a yoga practice, being a feminist buzzkill, or reading dystopian fiction.  
 
Third on the presenter roster is Lyndsay Fraser. Formally, Lyndsay is the External Relations Advisor for the Comox Valley Regional District, script writer for SciShow on YouTube, and co-author of the book 100 Nature Hot Spots in British Columbia. Informally, she’s a nature nut, bird nerd, insect enthusiast, and burrito connoisseur.  
 
Admission is sliding scale $10-$20 per person with 100% proceeds supporting the Cumberland Community Forest Society and their current efforts to purchase and protect 226 acres of beautiful forest along Perseverance Creek. CCFS Science Pubs are proudly supported by Cumberland Brewing Company, Cumberland Village Works, Wayward Distillation House, Blue Moon Winery and Ciderworx, Beaufort Botanicals and Harmonic Arts. Doors open at the Masonic Hall at 7. Limited capacity so don’t wait too late and risk missing out! Presentations start at 730.  For more about the CCFS visit www.cumberlandforest.com
 
 
Meaghan Cursons

The Cumberland Community Forest Society (CCFS)