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General News · 18th August 2012
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Weekend Schedule; hot off the press!

Whaletown Commons BioBlitz
Whaletown Commons, Cortes Island
August 18 & 19, 2012

… an opportunity to learn about biodiversity!!!!

Here it is folks… the Bio Blitz schedule for this weekend.
Come one, come all; join in the fun and support the Commons!!!!!!!
All activities start & end at Commons Central, located immediately off of
Whaletown Road at the entrance to the Whaletown Commons.

Saturday, August 18, 2012

• 12 pm Crystal Clear Creeks with Cutthroat Trout
Join Christine & Cec Robinson for an introduction to the biology of cutthroat trout and the local salmonid monitoring program; live traps and live specimens.
• 1 pm Whaletown Commons Society – the Vision
Join Lovena Harvey, Whaletown Commons Society director, for an overview of the vision of the Commons as Regional District Park.
• 2 pm Known Unknowns and Unknown Knowns
Join Oliver Kellhammer for a lively discussion of the ecology of the Commons; cover the bases from herbivore, carnivore to detrivore.
• 3 pm Species-at-Risk/Creature Feature; red-legged frog
Calling all nature detectives (optimum ages 6-12!) to locate the blue-listed red-legged frog. Prizes for every frog documented!
• 4 pm Moss Mania in the Commons
Join Frank Boas, bryologist/ aka moss man, for a new way of looking at mosses and learning just how many species grow on a single maple tree!
• 5 pm Mycorrhizal Mysteries Unveiled
Join Conrad Dombrowski, a really fun-guy, for a look at the fungi… sprouting in the Commons and their relationships to the forest.
• 6 pm Microscopes and Stereoscopes
Try your hand at the dissecting microscope for viewing local objects of nature & work the stereoscope for an aerial 3D view of the Commons.
• 7 pm Evening Birdsong
Join local naturalists for a pleasant evening walk through the Commons documenting the local fauna of birds; don’t forget your binoculars!
• 8 pm The Crespuscular Walk!
Join Dave Nagorsen, bat specialist, for a walk in the Commons at dusk to scout for bats and learn about the electronic monitoring program in place for the night.
• 9 pm–12 am Things that Go… Whoosh, Hoot and Bump in the Night
Join Sabina Leader Mense for the night watch in the Commons…. If you dare!

We will be on the lookout for flying squirrels, pygmy owls and scurrying shrews.
Bring flashlights and a friend to hang onto!

Sunday, August 19, 2012

• 6 am The Dawn Chorus
Join George Sirk for an early morning bird walk through the Commons. A silent walk with a concerted focus on inventorying bird presence by their calls… shhhh
• 9 am Whaletown Commons Society – the Vision
Join a Whaletown Commons Society director, for an overview of the vision of the Commons as Regional District Park.
• 10 am G is for Green; the colour of Gaia’s glorious garden
Join Liz Richardson for a walk through the Commons documenting the species of plants present; from the towering old-growth cedars to the dainty foam flowers.
• 11 am Species-At-Risk/Creature Feature; arboreal snails!
Calling all nature detectives to locate these red-listed arboreal snails; the size of a pin head and located on moss covered maple tree trunks. Snail sleuths arise!

• 12 pm The Grand Tally of Species
Join the Bio Blitz team in tallying up the list of species documented in the Whaletown Commons this weekend and send along your endorsement for the Whaletown Commons becoming Cortes Island’s next Regional District Park!
• 7:30 pm Go Batty!
Join Dave Nagorsen, BC mammal and bat specialist, for a power point presentation on the bats of BC at Manson’s Hall.

The Whaletown Commons, close to the heart of many a Cortes Islander, is destined to be Cortes Island’s next Regional District Park. The Cortes community, through the Strathcona Regional District, has an offer on the table to purchase these local forest lands from present owner, Island Timberlands.

The Whaletown Commons land base is biologically rich and to celebrate the biodiversity of the Commons, we are hosting the first ever BioBlitz!

A BioBlitz is an intense period of biological surveying which records the diversity of living species in a designated area.

We are inviting biologists, who specialize in the identification of various fauna & flora, to join our local team of biologists & naturalists in an intense 24 hour time frame starting at 1200 noon on Saturday, August 18 and running through to 1200 noon on Sunday, August 19.

We are inviting the community of Cortes to join us as participants: accompanying the biologists on their field work, manning Commons Central where the tally of species will be building and joining in the general festivities!!!!
Come one, come all and celebrate this place we hold so dear to our hearts… the Whaletown Commons.

The Whaletown Commons BioBlitz is sponsored by, On the Ground, the mapping & inventory ally of the Wildstands Forest Alliance. Questions? Sabina -6467