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May 2019

Butterflies: Beauty on Wings

May 17, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Community Hall

Butterflies are beautiful, fascinating creatures and essential to biodiversity. Of 70 species on Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands, 18 are in trouble. Retired teacher, photographer and author, Mike Yip, shares his knowledge and gorgeous photos of butterflies with a focus on species to be…

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Butterfly Walk

May 18, 2019 @ 9:30 am - 11:00 am
Community Hall Parking Lot

Vancouver Island naturalist, photographer and author, Mike Yip, leads a walk to identify butterflies, explore their role in biodiversity, and deepen appreciation of these inspiring creatures. We'll meet at the Community Hall parking lot. To sign up, please e-mail  Limited to 15 participants with preference for PIFN members.…

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June 2019

CANCELED – More than Just a Pretty Beach: Critical Shoreline Habitats for Forage Fish

June 14, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Community Hall

Join PIFN as we welcome marine biologist, researcher and educator, Ramona de Graaf, for a presentation on forage fish. They may be small, but they're a big deal! As prey for hundreds of other species, super-abundant forage fish such as herring, smelt and capelin are the cornerstone of the marine food web. The need…

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CANCELED – Let’s Explore Pender’s Forage Fish Habitat

June 15, 2019 @ 9:30 am - 11:00 am

Marine biologist Ramona de Graaf will stay on to lead a walk to explore shoreline habitat for forage fish.  Ramona will give a demonstration of how the locals she has trained take samples of forage fish eggs using techniques she has developed over the years.  PICA has…

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August 2019

Sidney Spit: Shoreline Migration Field Trip

August 28, 2019

On Wednesday August 28 join us for a day of exploration of the Sidney Spit Marine Park.  We will take the 8 am ferry to Swartz Bay and then carpool to the passenger shuttle boat to Sidney Island where we will be greeted by numerous…

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September 2019

Whales in our Waters, Citizen Science and Whale Conservation Presented by: Aaron Purdy

September 13, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Community Hall

On Friday September 13 we are pleased to present Aaron Purdy from Ocean Wise with an illustrated talk entitled The Whales in our Waters. Aaron, who holds a Masters Degree in Marine Conservation, is is a Research Biologist with Ocean Wise's Marine Mammal Research Program,…

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Pedder Bay Bird Banding Station & Hawk Watch

September 20, 2019

Join us on September 20, 2019 for a visit to the Rocky Point Bird Observatory (RPBO) at their Banding Station at Pedder Bay followed by observation of migrating raptors at East Sooke Regional Park.  Pender Island Field Naturalists will car pool on the 7:45 am…

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October 2019

3rd Wed. Nature Walk

October 16, 2019 @ 9:30 am - 11:00 am
Brooks Point Regional Park

Join with us on a brisk fall morning, at 9:30 am October 16 ( meet at the main park entrance), to see the start of winter water bird reappearance at Brooks Point Park.  During the summer many of the water birds are not seen on Pender.…

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October 18, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Community Hall

Gregory Franklin will share his amazing photos and stories of one of his passions: Bears. All kinds of bears: black, Kermode, cinnamon, Grizzlies, pandas, honey bears and polar bears. Gregory has had a life-long love affair with these creatures, photographing them for over a dozen…

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November 2019

Field Naturalists birding field trip to the Lower Mainland

November 5, 2019 @ 7:00 am - 9:30 pm

For those avid birders or those that would like to learn from knowledgeable birders join us for our annual trip on November 5th to the lower mainland to see the fall migration of waterfowl and shorebirds. The date is subject to weather and last year…

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