Comox Valley Nature is pleased to host an online lecture by Dr. Lynne Quarmby. The lecture entitled Watermelon Snow – Science, Art and a Lone Polar Bear is on Sunday April 18, 2021, 7:00 – 9:00pm.

        Given the current guidelines for Covid-19 prevention, Comox Valley Nature has made arrangements to have a live, online webinar for Lynne’s presentation. To register, go to:

         Lynne Quarmby will be presenting her recently released book “Watermelon Snow” published by McGill University.  She presents a unique human and scientific perspective on climate change. It has been described by one reviewer as: “one scientist’s rediscovery of what it means to live a good life at a time of increasing desperation about the future.”

          Dr. Quarmby is a Professor in the Department of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry at Simon Fraser University. Her research is interdisciplinary and focusses on the interface of cell biology and ecology. One area of her research includes examining the single-celled green algae that grow on snow (snow algae) giving it a red, watermelon hue. The red hue reflects sun light, increases the local temperature and results in increased ice melt. The algae are part of a community consisting of fungi, bacteria, viruses and other microscopic organisms living in a nutrient poor, low temperature environment. Dr. Quarmby’s recent book combines science, an arctic expedition, the reality of climate change and climate activism.

          This is an excellent opportunity for the public to learn more about the human and scientific perspective on climate change.

           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 (these activities are temporarily suspended and will resume after the pandemic).  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 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:

David Innes

Comox Valley Nature