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Invited Speakers

Category: Invited Speakers

Invited Speakers

Mark Koleszar – “Geological tales of Iceland”

by Andrew Bryant, 17 Oct 2019. Mark recently completed his Masters thesis at the University of Iceland, entitled “Flat-topped volcanic edifices in Vonarskarð, Central Iceland, and on the Kolbeinsey Ridge“.   You can learn more about his research here, or read his full thesis here. Geology is one thing.  Iceland is something else. Over the course … Continue reading Mark Koleszar – “Geological tales of Iceland”

Mike Demuth – “Cold Matters: Cryospheric Change and Related Hydro-ecological Functioning”

by Tom Koleszar, 26 Sep 2019. Mike is an Emeritus Research Scientist in Glaciology and Cold Region Environments who lives part-time in Lund.  Mike’s talk introduced us to Earth’s cryosphere and then focussed on mountain glaciers.  More can be learned about the cryosphere here. We learned a great deal about how to measure glaciers and … Continue reading Mike Demuth – “Cold Matters: Cryospheric Change and Related Hydro-ecological Functioning”

Barbara Sherriff “Moai and volcanoes of Easter Island…and Patagonian glaciers”

by Andrew Bryant, 23 May 2019. The Club’s very own Barbara Sherriff, well-known for her globetrotting adventures, recently returned from another epic voyage – this time to Easter Island and the glaciers of Patagonia! Always the consumate educator, Barbara provided a hugely informative and highly amusing talk, deftly switching from tidbits about geology (did you … Continue reading Barbara Sherriff “Moai and volcanoes of Easter Island…and Patagonian glaciers”

Jeff Belcher “B.C. Wildfires: past and future”

by Andrew Bryant, 25 Apr 2019. Jeff Belcher works for the BC Wildfire Service.  He spent the first ten years working in the interior of the province out of Williams Lake and Alexis Creek.  He grew up in Courtenay, so made the move to Powell River just over a year ago to be closer to … Continue reading Jeff Belcher “B.C. Wildfires: past and future”

Steve Gordon – “Goats, grizzlies and goshawks: adventures of a habitat biologist”

by Andrew Bryant, 21 Mar 2019. Steve works for the B.C. Ministry of Environment as a “Habitat Biologist” based out of Nanaimo.   He prefaced his talk as “not to be interpreted as expressing government policy”…and then told his story.  And what a story it is.  He’s served variously as a “Land Use Planning Biologist”, “Ecosystem … Continue reading Steve Gordon – “Goats, grizzlies and goshawks: adventures of a habitat biologist”

David Hancock – “Understanding the lives of Bald Eagles”

by Andrew Bryant, 28 Feb 2019. David has spent most of his life studying west coast and arctic wildlife, but is most well-known for his work with Bald Eagles, beginning with his pioneering population surveys during the early 1960s while a graduate student at UBC. Although a world travelor, published author and interested in all … Continue reading David Hancock – “Understanding the lives of Bald Eagles”

Jason Leane – “Citizen Science And The Discovery Of Novel Fungal Species”

by Andrew Bryant, 21 Feb 2019. Jason Leane is not a scientist – he works as a technologist at Brooks Secondary – but citizen-scientist he most assuredly IS.  So a lifelong interest in science and biology has translated into a most unusual and interesting hobby…and a fascinating talk for us! In a nutshell, the advent … Continue reading Jason Leane – “Citizen Science And The Discovery Of Novel Fungal Species”

David Bedry – “Nature photography: basics and more”

by Andrew Bryant, 19 Jan 2019. Long-time club member and skilled photographer David Bedry provided an informative look at “getting it right” when creating images…no matter what gear you use. He began with a 1979 Kodak film called The Beginnings of Photographic Composition.  If that sounds dated or dull, well…trust me it wasn’t!  Indeed, it was solid … Continue reading David Bedry – “Nature photography: basics and more”

Andrew Bryant – “The operation was successful (sort of): reintroducing Burrowing Owls, 1989-90”

Juvenile Burrowing Owl at Osoyoos, 1989 - Andrew Bryant

by Lois Bridger, 22 Nov 2018. Andrew provided a humorous look at the hands-on, and sometimes very labour-intensive methods needed to reintroduce a species.   The Burrowing Owl (Athene cunicularia) is one of only four species officially listed as “endangered” or “threatened” under the BC Wildlife Act.  They were considered “extirpated” from the province by the late 1970s. … Continue reading Andrew Bryant – “The operation was successful (sort of): reintroducing Burrowing Owls, 1989-90”

Jackie Hildering – “Lessons learned from killer whales”

A Mother Hunting T140 in pursuit of a Pacific White-Sided Dolphin. Mammal-eating Killer Whales diverged from other populations ~700,000 years ago. ©Jackie Hildering; themarinedetective.ca

by Andrew Bryant, 2 Nov 2018. Jackie Hildering (aka “the Marine Detective“) of the Marine Education and Research Society packed the Senior’s Centre with her dynamic talk about orcas, and how they’ve changed us. With a mixture of history, science and irony, Jackie delivered a powerful talk indeed. I was astounded to learn, for example, … Continue reading Jackie Hildering – “Lessons learned from killer whales”

Heather Harbord & Barbara Sherriff – “Heather and Barbara’s Trip to Tuktoyuktut”

by Andrew Bryant, 18 Oct 2018. Heather unfortunately couldn’t make it – but Barbara stepped up and gave a marvellous account of their epic trip to Tuktoyaktuk, N.W.T. via the Dempster Highway. What an adventure!  Barbara was funny, informative, and vivid.  I can only imagine what it would be like to encounter a “road closed” … Continue reading Heather Harbord & Barbara Sherriff – “Heather and Barbara’s Trip to Tuktoyuktut”

the Club – “Highlights of 2017-18”

by Andrew Bryant, 20 Sept 2018. We tried something a bit different for our AGM this year.  Rather than kick off the new Malanat-year by bringing in an outside speaker, we thought we’d take the opportuity to reflect on the year that’s been – and what a year it was! There were a total of 16 … Continue reading the Club – “Highlights of 2017-18”

Pat Trask – “Dinosaurs of Vancouver Island”

by Nancy Pezel, 7 June 2018. Pat’s interest in marine dinosaurs was sparked when his brother Mike (and 12 year-old daughter Heather) discovered a near complete skeleton of an 80 million year old long-necked plesiosaur.  It’s called Elasmosaurus. The new specimen made a big splash in scientific circles.  Just as it no doubt did in … Continue reading Pat Trask – “Dinosaurs of Vancouver Island”

Rick Harbo – “Tails of the midshipman”

by Andrew Bryant, 17 May 2018. After 36 years with Fisheries and Oceans Canada…well the word “retired” doesn’t seem to describe Rick very well at all! Author of numerous books including  Shells and Shellfish of the Pacific Northwest,  Whales to Whelks and Nudibranchs of the Pacific Northwest, Rick also served as a member of the … Continue reading Rick Harbo – “Tails of the midshipman”

Donna Moseanko – “Wildwood Queens”

Invited Speakers - Wildwood Queens 2018

by Michael Stewart, 19 Apr 2018. Donna Moseanko of “Wildwood Queens” gave a fascinating talk on the life of bees and their importance in our ecosystems. Donna became interested in bees after being mesmerized by a swarm at her bee keeping father’s home. After learning about keeping bees from him and then other beekeepers, she … Continue reading Donna Moseanko – “Wildwood Queens”

George Sirk – “The Raw, the Bleak and the Wonderful…the Vibrant Arctic”

by Andrew Bryant, 15 Mar 2018. Life-long naturalist, tropical specialist, guide, politician, broadcaster and raconteur, George Sirk is one of those rare individuals who’s just really hard to classify. Getting his start as a BC Parks Branch naturalist on Mitlenatch Island, George’s career has taken him from Papua New Guinea to Costa Rica, and from Baja California … Continue reading George Sirk – “The Raw, the Bleak and the Wonderful…the Vibrant Arctic”

Heather Harbord – “Epic Antarctica”

Peter the 1st Island, 13 Dec 2009

by Andrew Bryant, 22 Feb 2018. A scheduled speaker’s non-appearance threatened doom – until quick-witted Heather Harbord decided to take us all out instead – to Antarctica! So.  After a short pause, all went swimmingly well.  Penguins, orcas,  ice.  More penguins, more ice, and then, alas… the dreaded technical glitch… So we only got to see … Continue reading Heather Harbord – “Epic Antarctica”

Mark Sloan – “What can stable isotopes tell us about the decline of Marbled Murrelets?”

Adult Marbled Murrelet in winter plumage - R & N Bowers/Vireo

by Andrew Bryant, 25 Jan 2018. Mark Sloan now works as  a “First Nations Relations Advisor” for the BC Government, but once upon a time he spent his days (and nights) capturing Marbled Murrelets at sea – for science! These delightful robin-sized seabirds are noteworthy for a bunch or reasons.  Most of their population is … Continue reading Mark Sloan – “What can stable isotopes tell us about the decline of Marbled Murrelets?”

Pamela Zevit – “Diversity by Design”

by Andrew Bryant, 18 Jan 2018. Pamela Zevit works for the South Coast Conservation Program (SCCP).  Together with her colleage Tamsin Baker, Pamela came to speak to us about one of their latest initiatives – diversity by design. In a phrase, “diversity by design” refers to habitat restoration – and just like ecosystems, things quickly become … Continue reading Pamela Zevit – “Diversity by Design”

Duane Sept – “Wildflowers and edible plants of BC”

Pink Fawn Lily, Erythronium revolutum, flower

by Andrew Bryant, 23 Nov 2017. Duane came up from Sechelt to talk about wildflowers and other plants – some you can eat, and some you definitately should not! He’s an accomplished photographer, naturalist and author of an impressive number of natural history guides.  These include titles such as Common Wildflowers of BC, Trees of the … Continue reading Duane Sept – “Wildflowers and edible plants of BC”

Andrew Bryant – “Sidehill gougers & sea monsters: one biologist’s journey”

Talk delivered to the Malaspina Naturalists, Powell River, 19 Oct 2017 - Andrew Bryant

by Heather Harbord, 19 Oct 2017. Our very own Dr. Andrew Bryant came to tell a story – or more accurately, a whole bunch of stories – about his work with endangered species. In “Follow the money”, newly-graduated Andrew does just that.  He passed up a low-paying “dream job”, instead becoming a park naturalist, answering damn fool questions from … Continue reading Andrew Bryant – “Sidehill gougers & sea monsters: one biologist’s journey”

Frank Ritcey – “What’s the connection? How to stay safe while figuring it out”

Frank Ritcey at work

by Andrew Bryant, 12 Oct 2017. Frank Ritcey grew up in the wilds of Wells Grey Provincial Park, and now divides his time between serving as Provincial Coordinator for WildSafe BC, host for CBC-Radio, and hunting wild creatures with camera. He returned to Powell River to share more of his wonderful images and stories.  This time … Continue reading Frank Ritcey – “What’s the connection? How to stay safe while figuring it out”

Alison Bird – “Earthquakes of Coastal BC”

by Andrew Bryant, 14 Sept 2017. Alison Bird works as Earthquake Seismologist for Natural Resources Canada, and is based in Saanich.  Our club, in partnership with the Powell River Regional Emergency Program (PRREP), invited her to come talk to us about her area of expertise – earthquakes – and she graciously obliged. Beginning with the … Continue reading Alison Bird – “Earthquakes of Coastal BC”

Tom Koleszar – “Hidden treasure in the attic: our local alpine”

by Andrew Bryant, 22 June 2017. Intrepid hiker, geologist, and Club President Tom Kolesar took us on a vicarious exploration of the high alpine in our own backyard – and what a fine view it was!  Using images spanning years and multiple adventures, Tom shared his experiences on many of our local mountains. He structured … Continue reading Tom Koleszar – “Hidden treasure in the attic: our local alpine”

Don Hare – “Invasive Plants”

by Andrew Bryant, 12 May 2017. The mission of the Invasive Species Council of BC is to provide information, and resources, to combat the many threats posed by exotic plants and animals.  Don Hare is their Executive Director, and travelled to Powell River to speak mostly about invasive plants specific to our area. Many are aware of … Continue reading Don Hare – “Invasive Plants”

Jessica Baynton – “Island Raptors: the science and art of falconry”

by Andrew Bryant, 20 April 2017. Jessica Baynton has one of those weird and wonderful jobs that us mere mortals can only marvel at.  As a biologist employed by The Raptors, she spends her days flying various birds-of-prey.  Yes, you read that correctly. Using gloves, twine, whistles, radios, and traditional skills from the age-old practice of falconry, … Continue reading Jessica Baynton – “Island Raptors: the science and art of falconry”

Richard Dewey – “Tides, currents, and sailing the coastal waters of BC”

Why we sail - R. Dewey

by Andrew Bryant, 18 March 2017. Dr. Richard Dewey is Associate Director and head of research at Ocean Networks Canada, based at the University of Victoria.   He’s conducted oceanographic research throughout the Pacific from Japan to California, and along the B.C., Alaskan, and Arctic coasts. Long-time sailer and resident of the Pacific Northwest, he’s particularly interested … Continue reading Richard Dewey – “Tides, currents, and sailing the coastal waters of BC”

Terry Brown & Jude Abrams – “Whopping whales and wee fish”

by Andrew Bryant, 19 January 2017. Noted amphibiographers Terry Brown and Jude Abrams travelled all the way from Okeover Inlet to speak about some creatures we hold dear, those whopping big humpback whales – and the herring, anchovies and krill that whales (and many others) depend upon. Using videos, sound clips and stories, Terry and … Continue reading Terry Brown & Jude Abrams – “Whopping whales and wee fish”

Neil Hughes – “Ethiopia: a birding extravaganza”

by Andrew Bryant, 17 November 2016. Long-time club member, professional forester, and die-hard birder, Neil entertained us last year with his talk about spring migration in the eastern Mediterranean.  Although he’s moved away from Powell River and now calls Victoria home, Neil made a special trip back to share his latest amazing adventure – to Ethiopia! … Continue reading Neil Hughes – “Ethiopia: a birding extravaganza”

Rick Page – “Urban deer: they’re here to stay”

Black-tailed deer in a Powell River backyard - Andrew Bryant

by Andrew Bryant, 20 October 2016. Having previously worked on geese in Ontario, caribou in Spatzisi, and the moose and wolves of Isle Royale, Dr. Rick Page recently visited to share his considerable knowledge and experience of “urban deer“. Deer are are beautiful and impressive creatures, but bring problems to the urban landscape.  Without natural predators … Continue reading Rick Page – “Urban deer: they’re here to stay”