Photo credit: Ocean Wise


Comox Valley Nature is pleased to host a public lecture. Join Sarah Patton for an illustrated talk entitled: “The Whales in Our Waters”. The lecture is at 2:00pm Thursday May 30, 2019 and will start after introductions in the Denman Island Community Hall, 1196 Northwest Road, Denman Island. This lecture provides an excellent opportunity for the public to learn more about the threats facing whales in our waters and what local citizens can do to help to protect them.

Sarah Patton is a Research Biologist with Ocean Wise’s Marine Mammal Research Program, and Coordinator of its Southern Vancouver Island Cetacean Research Initiative (SVICRI). Ocean Wise’s Marine Mammal Research Program has conducted conservation-oriented research on killer whales, belugas and other marine mammals since the mid-1980s. The program focuses on long-term studies of marine mammal populations in BC, and works across multiple science-based platforms to understand and mitigate the threats they face.

Sarah’s experience in her field includes nearly 20 years working on marine research and conservation within governments in Canada, Australia, and the USA, with several Canadian and international non-profits, and within academia. She holds a Master’s degree in Marine Conservation Biology from James Cook University in Australia, which she took as a Rotary International Academic Ambassador representing Eastern Canada, an undergraduate degree in Marine Biology from Dalhousie University, and a Diploma in Adult Education. In her spare time, Sarah is an avid outdoorswoman and naturalist, and an active member of Maritime Search and Rescue Station #35 in Victoria.

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

Founded in 1966, it is one of the oldest environmental societies on the North Island.  Meetings and lectures of the Comox Valley Naturalists Society are held on the third Sunday of most months at the Florence Filberg Centre, 411 Anderton Ave., Courtenay.  Meetings and guided walks are open to the public, including children and youth.  Lecture is free, though a $4 contribution from non-members is appreciated. New memberships are always welcomed.

Anyone interested in this lecture or participating in CVNS activities can also contact us at the website  


David Innes

VP, Comox Valley Nature