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General News · 5th March 2014
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The Cortes Island Museum & Archives Society (CIMAS) and Friends of Cortes Island (FOCI) Society invite you to learn about… coastal sand ecosystems.

Please join Tamsin Baker, Monday evening, March 17 at Manson’s Hall; doors open at 7pm; presentation begins 7:30pm.

Coastal sand ecosystems will be one of the ecological communities featured in the Museum’s upcoming natural history display this summer 2014: Species & Ecological Communities At-Risk on Cortes Island.

Along the South Coast of BC, you can find unique sand ecosystems on beaches, spits and dunes that are impacted by tides, storm surges and ocean spray. Because of their close proximity to the ocean, these areas support a wide range of interesting and endangered species and ecological communities. Recently, the South Coast Conservation Program ( has been raising awareness and encouraging stewardship of coastal sand ecosystems along the South Coast. The talk will give an overview on coastal sand ecosystems, why they are important, where you can find them, the species of interest and what you can do to help.

Tamsin Baker, MSc, has been involved with the South Coast Conservation Program (SCCP) since its inception in 2005. Since 2012, she has been the Stewardship Coordinator for the SCCP where she has been coordinating stewardship activities including landholder contact for Coastal Sand Ecosystems on the South Coast and Species at Risk in the Lower Mainland/Fraser Valley.

Any questions regarding this talk or for more information on species & ecological communities at-risk on Cortes Island, please call Sabina -6467.