A Steller Sealion’s Diet

A Steller Sealion’s Diet

On Canoe Islets, a set of near-shore rocks off the southeast coast of Valdes Island, a large colony of Steller sealions (Eumetopias jubatus) can be found congregating during winter months. I had the chance to witness this spectacle up close the other year, on a boat...
Spring 2017 Bee Survey Preliminary Results

Spring 2017 Bee Survey Preliminary Results

In the spring of 2017, with the support of melittologist Lincoln Best, Galiano community members participated in a coordinated effort to document the bees of Galiano Island. Our surveys took place during the months of April through to July and yielded a total of 628...
Island Earth

Island Earth

Step out onto the Planet. Draw a circle a hundred feet round. Inside the circle are 300 things nobody understands, and, maybe nobody’s ever really seen. How many can you find? —Lew Welch Lew Welch had a good point. Though even on this scale he vastly underestimated...
Bioblitz Galiano 2017 Preliminary Results

Bioblitz Galiano 2017 Preliminary Results

Through the month of May 2017 Galiano Islanders joined regional experts on a mission to document the island biodiversity. Surveys were conducted island-wide, covering a vibrant spectrum of marine, terrestrial and freshwater ecosystems of critical conservation concern...
A Curious Crop

A Curious Crop

The 20th of July was another in a long string of hot days, and so, naturally, I was watering the garden. The garden in question was on a strip of ALR land within the Galiano Conservancy’s Ken and Linda Millard Learning Centre, but the soil could hardly be...
Mining for Moths

Mining for Moths

The diversity of insects is truly astounding. Not just the sheer number of different beetles, moths, wasps, grasshoppers and everything else but also the vast array of habitats and reproductive strategies they use. One example of an unusual life strategy is exhibited...