Biodiversity Galiano News

Toward a Flora and Fauna of Galiano Island

In 2020 our community will formalize the results of the last century of biodiversity research on Galiano Island, BC, with a data paper summarizing the island's flora and fauna. The proposed data paper will summarize over 30,000 occurrence records...

Pacific Marine Life Surveys (1968–2018)

Andy Lamb, author of Marine Life of the Pacific Northwest, and Donna Gibbs, a research diver with Ocean Wise, have been diving the waters around Galiano Island since the 1960s. Recently we received a massive influx of over 18,000 occurrence records from...

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,...

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...

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...

Bioblitz Galiano 2017 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

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 considered...

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...

Mystery amidst a Sylvan Pool

Outside the rain is pouring, reminding me of a certain ephemeral pool that exists only during the wetter time of year. Surrounded by cedar, this seasonal wetland lies beneath the canopy of a grove of trembling aspen, rising up from the midst of an old-growth woodland...

Of rare butterflies and mosses rarer still

Last May Galiano Island was visited by a couple of bryologists and an entomologist—all in one day! How often do you get serious students of mosses and liverworts together with those who study insects? Present on island were bryologists Olivia Lee and Steve Joya from...