Learning and Working in Environmental Conservation: One Student Looks Back

Author: Katie Kushneryk; Undergraduate student in UVic’s School of Environmental Studies   Last autumn, in November 2016, I had the opportunity to participate in ES 470 Advanced Field Study: Community and Regional Coastal-Marine Conservation. As an undergraduate student at the University of Victoria pursuing a double major in Environmental Studies and Marine Biology, this field […]

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Help Bats for Halloween

As Halloween approaches Images of scary, blood-sucking bats become common place in fall. This is the perfect time of year to join with the BC Community Bat Program, and the Little Brown Myotis Bat Project on Galiano Island to counter these bat myths and do something to help bats. “The conservation of bats in BC […]

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A final mountain top high five to celebrate lighter packs and all accessible broom being cleared!

Battling Broom on Mt. Sutil

The resilient and invasive Scotch broom (Cytisus scoparius) is back in full force this season, with flowers quickly coming into bloom in disturbed sunny sites across the island. Distinguished by its bright yellow flowers and woody stem, the perennial plant can have up to 3500 seed pods per individual, which when released, can travel up […]

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Annual Bat Count on Galiano Island

Volunteers for BC Bat Counts The Galiano Conservancy Association is seeking volunteers and bat colonies for the Annual Bat Count. This citizen-science initiative encourages residents to count bats at local roost sites. “Bat counts are a wonderful way for residents to get involved in collecting important scientific information” says biologist Mandy Kellner, coordinator of the […]

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Coastal Ecosystems at Risk

The Salish Sea is particularly rich in biodiversity, due to a combination of shelter from extreme storms and strong natural upwelling. The coastal ecosystems of this region support a large number of species, many of which are now at risk due to encroaching urban development, high marine traffic, and exploitation. Galiano Island sits in the […]

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