“The Whales in Our Waters” Talk Rescheduled

After our first attempt to host a monthly talk as a webinar had technical problems and had to be abandoned, our speaker Aaron Purdy has kindly agreed to a new date. He will now present his talk, “The Whales in Our Waters: Conservation Through Citizen Science” on Sunday March 29, 2020 at 7:00 pm.

You need to register for the webinar using the following link:


A personalized email “ticket” will be sent to you with a link to the actual webinar and instructions for ensuring (in advance) that your computer is set up appropriately.

For more information about this talk and the speaker, see the original post.

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CVN COVID-19 Response (March 19)

Notice to CVN Group Chairs, Walk Leaders, and Work Parties       

The CVN Board met via the internet on March 17 to discuss a number of items including recommendations for CVN-sponsored activities. While these activities are important to CVN, we must follow all recommendations from public health officials to ensure the safety of our members, while allowing them to enjoy the known benefits of getting out into nature. Activities remain at the discretion of the leaders at this time, but are subject to change as the situation evolves. Please note these points:

  1. The groups should be fewer than 10 participants. If a large group shows up, perhaps splitting up would be better.
  2. Members who are sick or displaying any sign of the flu should refrain from participating, and the leader has the authority to ask a member to leave the group if there are any concerns.
  3. Members who have recently returned from outside Canada are being asked by the Canadian Government to self-isolate for 2 weeks. 
  4. “Social distancing” (healthy spacing) of 2 metres between participants is suggested. Watch for crowding on narrow paths. Spread out along the trails and do not bunch up when stopped.
  5. Carpooling is not recommended at this time.
  6. Work groups should distance themselves and take the other precautions as well.
  7. Non-member participation should be dissuaded. Day waivers will need to be signed for any non-members on the CVN activity.
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BCWF Workshop “Map Our Marshes” in June

BCWF Map Our Marshes workshop poster

CVN members may be interested in this free two-day workshop to be held in June by the BC Wildlife Federation. Here is their description:

“Wetlands can filter water, mitigate flooding, and provide critical habitat to hundreds of species. Unfortunately, wetlands are disappearing at an alarming rate and need our protection.”

“Come join us to learn about the different types of wetlands around Cumberland and how to map and protect them using technology such as GPS, Google Earth, and BC’s Community Mapping Network. No previous experience is necessary.”

For more information and to register, see http://bit.ly/2wKVhMD.

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CVN invites the public to learn about the whales in our waters

The Whales in Our Waters

Comox Valley Nature is pleased to host an online lecture by Aaron Purdy from the Ocean Wise Research Institute. The lecture entitled “The Whales in Our Waters: Conservation Through Citizen Science” is on Sunday March 22, 2020, 7:00 to 9:00 pm.

Given the current situation with the CoVid-19 virus, Comox Valley Nature has made arrangements to have a live, online webinar for Aaron’s presentation. To register, go to:


Computer requirements can be checked at:   


Priority will be given to CVN members. Free available seats will be allocated to non-members.  If you cannot get in, the session will be recorded and will be available later free of charge to the public on the CVN website.

Join Aaron Purdy to learn all about the whales in our waters. Aaron will discuss BC’s common cetaceans (whales, dolphins, and porpoises), the threats they face, and how Ocean Wise helps to mitigate these threats through research and conservation efforts. He will also describe how you can become a citizen scientist by acting as an observer for the BC Cetacean Sightings Network while out on your next coastal adventure. After this talk, you will have all the tools you need to jump in and do your part to protect BC’s cetaceans.

Aaron joined the Ocean Wise Marine Mammal Research team in 2019 as the Coordinator of the Southern Vancouver Island Cetacean Research Initiative (SVICRI). Through community outreach, research, and education, Aaron engages communities around Vancouver Island to increase awareness of cetaceans in our local waters, talk about the conservation issues they face, and what community members can do to help protect these iconic creatures. Aaron spent several years performing marine mammal and other charismatic megafauna research and is a skilled and experienced marine educator.

This is an excellent opportunity for the public to learn more about conservation efforts to protect the whales is our waters.

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