Comox Valley Nature is pleased to host an online lecture by Aaron Purdy from the Ocean Wise Research Institute. The lecture entitled “The Whales in Our Waters: Conservation Through Citizen Science” is on Sunday March 22, 2020, 7:00 – 9:00pm.

Given the current situation with the CoVid-19 virus, Comox Valley Nature has made arrangements to have a live, online webinar for Aaron’s presentation. To register, go to:

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7522842470023567873

Computer requirements can be checked at:

https://link.gotowebinar.com/help-system-requirements-attendees

Priority will be given to the CVN members. Free available seats will be allocated to non-members. If you cannot get in, the session will be recorded and will be available free of charge to the public on the CVN website.

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

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

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

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 http://comoxvalleynaturalist.bc.ca/

David Innes

VP, Comox Valley Nature