Comox Valley Nature is pleased to host an online lecture by Jackie Hildering. The lecture entitled “The Return of Giants!” is on Sunday October 18, 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 Jackie’s presentation. To register, go to:

https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Nb7JnwBITIGRjEp10Eh4Xw

The fortunate increase of Humpbacks along BC’s coast is a game changer for vessels of all sizes. It is essential for boaters to know how unpredictable Humpbacks can be. They are often oblivious of boats and do not have the biosonar/echolocation of toothed whales like Orca. They can suddenly surface after long dives and are often moving in unpredictable patterns whereby, if it is assumed that they are travelling in a straight line, risk of collision is increased. The preliminary results of MERS research also indicate how severe a threat entanglement is with ~50% of the Humpback Whales having scarring from entanglement. These are the survivors. Most whales who die from collision or entanglement sink to the bottom of the ocean.

Join the webinar to learn about the wonder of Humpbacks and about how to reduce threats to both whales and boaters.

Jackie is a cofounder of Humpback Whale Researcher & Education and is the Communications Director for the Marine Education & Research Society. Jackie taught biology and administered international schools in the Netherlands for 14 years and since returning to BC in 1999, has worked as a marine naturalist and naturalist trainer striving to create positive environmental change. Her work has included being the local Department of Fisheries and Oceans Education Coordinator, Communications Director for the SOS Marine Conservation Foundation and Community Liaison for the ‘Namgis First Nation’s KUTERRA land-based salmon farm. She uses her underwater photography and storytelling as “The Marine Detective” to increase awareness of the biodiversity, mystery and fragility of life in the NE Pacific Ocean. For Jackie’s full bio, please visit https://www.mersociety.org/team.

This is an excellent opportunity for the public to learn more about the humpback whales in our area.

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 normally held on the third Sunday of most months at the Florence Filberg Centre, 411 Anderton Ave., Courtenay. However, we are currently hosting presentations by online webinars. Meetings and guided walks are open to the public, including children and youth. The lectures are 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