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General News · 24th March 2014
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Mark your calendars… April 4 & 5; Community Mapping.
The 2014 D.I.E.M. (Discovery Islands Ecosystem Mapping) project’s citizen science workshops continue.

*Fri. April 4 on Cortes Island
10 – 12 am Whaletown Commons; GPS Field Session
2 – 4 pm Linnaea Education Center; GPS Computer Tutorials
7 – 9 pm Linnaea Education Center; Community Mapping and the CMN

*Sat. April 5 on Quadra Island
9 – 11 am Quadra Community Center; GPS Field & Computer Tutorials
11 – 12 am Quadra Community Center; Community Mapping & CMN

Bring your personal GPS, USB cable and laptop if you have them, otherwise we’ll share!
Our focus will be on the use of the Garmin GPSMAP62, which will be provided, on a loan basis, for DIEM users collection of future field observations.
By donation; donations used to cover presenters’ transportation costs to the Islands.
Contact Sabina with any questions and/or to confirm participation; 250 935 6467.

D.I.E.M. is delighted to host community mapping pioneers: Brad Mason, recently retired from Fisheries & Oceans Canada and Don Chamberlain of Comox Valley’s Project Watershed.
Brad and Don will talk about their initiatives in community mapping and the Community Mapping Network (CMN), a B.C. collaboration of mapping and inventory specialists – including government, NGO’s and community groups that promote the planning of sustainable communities.

D.I.E.M. will be inviting Islanders to assist us in collecting field observations to begin collation of an inventory of species & ecological communities at risk in the Discovery Islands. To do that, we will need you to be able to give us an accurate GPS waypoint, when you happen upon that red-legged frog or northern goshawk!

So, in addition to mapping tales, Brad and Don will be offering a basic refresher in the field use of GPS and some computer GPS tutorials. We have them for the full day Friday, April 4 on Cortes Island and the full morning Saturday, April 5 on Quadra Island.

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