Hear scientist Lynne Quarmby discuss insights from Watermelon Snow

Comox Valley Nature is pleased to host the following free online lecture:

Title: Watermelon Snow – Science, Art, and a Lone Polar Bear
Speaker: Dr. Lynne Quarmby
Date: Sunday, April 18, 2021
Time: 7:00 p.m. PDT

This webinar is facilitated by the Canadian Society of Environmental Biologists and is open to the public (see the registration link below).

Dr. Quarmby’s talk is based on her recently released book Watermelon Snow: Science, Art, and a Lone Polar Bear, published by McGill-Queen’s University Press in October 2020.  The book combines science, an arctic expedition, the reality of climate change, and climate activism. The author presents a unique human and scientific perspective on climate change. The book has been described by a reviewer as: “one scientist’s rediscovery of what it means to live a good life at a time of increasing desperation about the future.”

Dr. Quarmby is a Professor in the Department of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry at Simon Fraser University. Her research is interdisciplinary and focuses on the interface of cell biology and ecology. One area of her research includes examining the single-celled green algae that grow on snow (snow algae) giving it a red, watermelon hue. The red hue reflects sunlight, increases the local temperature and results in increased ice melt. The algae are part of a community consisting of fungi, bacteria, viruses and other microscopic organisms living in a nutrient-poor, low-temperature environment.

“Seating capacity” for the talk is limited, and you will need to register in advance. You can check the computer requirements for attendees here.

Register here

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with instructions for joining the webinar.

If you are new to Comox Valley Nature, find out more about us here.

Although CVN lectures are free, donations of any size from non-members who attend are always appreciated ($4.00 is suggested).

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Recording available for talk on bear dens and logging

CVN members were invited to a talk hosted by the Canadian Society of Environmental Biologists on April 6 via webinar. The guest speaker was Helen Davis (Artemis Consulting) whose topic was Impacts of Forest Harvesting on the Supply of Bear Dens in Coastal BC.

If you missed this event or would like to see it again, the recording is now available here. To access it you will need to provide your name and email address.

For more information about this talk, see the announcement in our earlier post.

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Pileated Woodpecker experience

Bruce Moffat sent these great shots to the Birding Group on April 7.

“Shot these today at Rathtrevor Beach.” [Click a photo to enlarge it.]

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Spring wildflowers from Campbell River

From an email by Jocie to the Botany Group on March 30.

I’m sure you are all as glad as I am to see the first wildflowers of spring! Here are some highlights from a walk along Campbell River’s scenic Canyon Trail. [Click a photo to enlarge it.]

  1. Skunk cabbage or swamp lantern (Lysichiton americanum). You all know this one, but isn’t it impressive? Be sure to stop and admire it, and take in the scent of spring!
  1. Salmonberry (Rubus spectabilis). Crinkly pink-petalled flowers appear at the tips of shoots, before the leaves.
  1. Western sweet coltsfoot (Petasites frigidus var. palmatus). A lovely, though often overlooked plant that grows in wet places and roadside ditches.
  1. Pink fawn lily (Erythronium revolutum). The dappled leaves of the fawn lily are just as attractive as the nodding flowers. Pink fawn lilies flourish along the river floodplain.
  1. Red elderberry (Sambucus racemosa). Though not in bloom yet, red elderberry puts out twinned green shoots that are quite advanced compared to other shrubs. 
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