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General News · 13th February 2016
sabina leader mense
definition… SUBTIDAL – -that area of the marine environment which lies below the lowest tides and is always underwater

Friends of Cortes Island (FOCI) Society, in partnership with the Discovery Passage SeaLife Society, is offering Cortesians the opportunity to explore -hands on- some of the wonders of our local subtidal marine life!

As a part of FOCI’s ongoing Subtidal Biodiversity Program, FOCI invites you to join us on one of two educational field trips to SeaLife’s new saltwater Explorer Lab, at the Discovery Pier in Campbell River.
Subtidal Sunday, February 21, 2016 - Seniors & Adults
Subtidal Sunday, February 28, 2016 - Families (parents must accompany children)

$25.00 per person (half price for children) covers the cost of the Explorer Lab.
Payment due upon arrival at the lab. Your facilitator/ guide for the day will be Sabina Leader Mense, coordinator of FOCI’s Marine Stewardship Initiative. Space is limited so please sign up early! First come, first served. To sign up for a Subtidal Sunday, e-mail friendsofcortesgmail.com Questions? Call Sabina at 250 935 6467.

Our field trip day will look something like this…
We depart, on foot, on the 9:35 am ferry sailing from Whaletown Bay and arrive in Campbell River at 11:00. We then walk to the Explorer Lab at Discovery Pier; an easy 15’-20’ walk along the Campbell River waterfront. Upon arrival at the Explorer Lab, we will drop a plankton net in off Discovery Pier to check on the invertebrate menu flowing through Discovery Passage just before settling into our own packed lunches during an introduction to the lab. A collection of local subtidal animals, held in seawater tanks, will be the focus of our day’s attention; hands on in the wet lab, microscope observations in the dry lab and group observations of plankton, and more, around the big screen with live feed camera from the microscope… Wow! We’ll take you diving… without even getting you wet!
At the end of our afternoon in the lab, we will walk back to the Campbell River ferry in time to catch the 4:30 sailing, connecting with the 5:05 sailing out of Heriot Bay, arriving back in Whaletown Bay 5:50 pm. Transportation across Quadra with fellow Cortesians driving across; Quadra taxi as a backup. All ferry fares are participants responsibility.

You’ll return reciting… Strongylocentrotus droebachiensis, and impress everyone!