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CVVictoria NATURE: Salmon, Songbirds, Streams & more

Salmon, songbirds, streams and more

Learn about protecting vital ecosystems at the Nature Conservancy’s fourth annual Nature Talks night

It’s salmon spawning season, and if you’ve strolled around Goldstream Park lately, you’ll have a good sense of how this iconic west coast species ends—and begins—its life. But even if all you know about salmon is it makes for tasty sushi, you’ve got to hear what Dr. Morgan Hocking, a UVic researcher who’s got a lot of fascinating things to share about how salmon actually affect the health of entire ecosystems along the coast.

Hocking will speak in Victoria on Wednesday, November 18, along with three other naturalists at the Nature Conservancy of Canada’s fourth annual Nature Talks event. The talk will move from salmon streams to scenic vistas, with the Nature Conservancy’s Barb Pryce talking about the stunning landscapes of the Sage and Sparrow Conservation Area in the Okanagan-Similkameen. The Nature Conservancy has been working to restore ecosystems and species there, and Pryce will share photos and videos of the stunning landscape.

Another exceptional site in BC’s interior can be seen in the Darkwoods property, which is located in the Selkirk Mountains and three times the size of Salt Spring Island. Adrian Leslie, the Nature Conservancy’s conservation manager for the area, will speak about how planting native species helps to restore crucial parts of the ecosystem, and helps the forest become more resilient for future climate change events.

Finally, the bluebird of happiness seems to be coming back to the Southern end of Vancouver Island. While the Western bluebird vanished from the area in the mid-1990s, efforts to restore the Western bluebird to the Victoria area have been increasingly successful, and Kathryn Martell, of the Garry Oak Ecosystems Recovery Team, will talk about how these adorable little birds are making a comeback thanks to the help of local scientists, naturalists and conservation agencies like the Nature Conservancy of Canada.

Everyone is invited to the Nature Conservancy of Canada’s fourth annual Nature Talk event, which begin at 7:30pm on Wednesday, November 18 at the Oak Bay High School Theatre, 2121 Cadboro Bay Road.

Admission is by donation, and all proceeds go towards the Nature Conservancy of Canada’s conservation efforts in British Columbia.