Category: 2007-2008 Speakers

Dana Lepofsky – “Archaeology of the Coast Salish Region”

RECREATING ANCIENT TIMES: Dr. Dana Lepofsky, a Simon Fraser University archaeology professor who has a summer home on Lasqueti Island, explained the island’s archaeological heritage to Powell River Regional District officials.

by Heather Harbord, 19 June 2008 Dana Lepofsky is a professor of  archaeology from Simon Fraser University.  She, along with her students and members of Tla’amin (Sliammon) First Nation, have spent several years uncovering the past. Dana’s talk focused on the results of the Sliammon & Simon Fraser University Heritage and Archaeology Project.   This ambitious and ongoing effort is systematically creating a … Continue reading Dana Lepofsky – “Archaeology of the Coast Salish Region”

Kym Welstead – “Great Blue Herons”

Great blue heron, Powell River, B.C. - A. Bryant

by Sherri Wretham, 22 May 2008. Kym Welstead is an Ecosystem Biologist with the B.C. Ministry of Environment, and is based in Surrey. She spoke about the taxonomy, behavior, ecology and conservation status of Great Blue Herons.   Her talk highlighted the relationship between heron colony nesting performance and predation by bald eagles.

Wilf Schofield – “Bryophytes”

bryophytes in Beacon Hill, Victoria

by Heather Harbord, 8 April 2008. Dr.  Wilf Schofield of the UBC Botany Deptartment at UBC gave a presentation on bryophytes.  We had been trying to get him as a speaker for a couple of years but this time he made it. If you ever wondered about the moss and lichen family, Dr. Schofield had … Continue reading Wilf Schofield – “Bryophytes”

Nikki Wright – “Eelgrass”

Eelgrass bed - D. Ayers (USGS)

by Sherri Wretham, March 13, 2008. Nikki Wright is Executive Director of the non-profit SeaChange Marine Conservation Society, which designs and delivers programs focused on community based environmental monitoring, restoration, management and education. Nikki spoke about the importance, ecology and management of eelgrass communities, which are important for all manner of creatures. Including us!

Morgan Black – “Bats”

Myotis bat leaving roost - A. Bryant

by Heather Harbord, February 21, 2008. Morgan Black talked about Bats.  A nature lover since she could walk, at university she focused on biology, ecology and zoology.  Her undergraduate thesis project was on bats, specifically their habitat requirements in our climate.  Bats have become near and dear to Morgan, so she had begun volunteering her … Continue reading Morgan Black – “Bats”

Ernie Sellentin – “Invasive Plants”


by Sherri Wretham, January 24, 2008. Ernie Sellentin is Project Coordinator of the Coastal Invasive Plant Committee, a registered non-profit society. Ernie’s talk focused on invasive plant species typical of our area, such as the Giant hogweed (Heracleum mantegazzianum), Scotch broom (Sarothamnus scoparius), Himalayan blackberry (Rubus armeniacus), and numerous others such as Japanese knotweed (Fallopia japonica) or garlic … Continue reading Ernie Sellentin – “Invasive Plants”

Michael Jackson – “Wetlands”

Colour in the Okanagan - A. Bryant

by Heather Harbord, November 22, 2007. Dr.  Jackson is a limnologist with extensive expertise in freshwater ecology and a particular interest in invertebrate communities.  He is part of the the Acroloxus Wetlands Consultancy. Michael spoke on the broad range of his work, which has included studies of mosquitoes/West Nile Virus, sticklebacks on Texada Island, and the biological effects of … Continue reading Michael Jackson – “Wetlands”

Judy Watts – “Arctic and wildflowers”

Grise Fjord, NWT, 1979 - A. Bryant photo

by Heather Harbord, October 26, 2007.  Judy is a former nurse and administrator who spent 11 years working in the North for the territorial government before moving to Powell River.  She gave an inspiring talk about life in the arctic, particularly the wonderful wildflowers to be found there. The Powell River Peak published a nice … Continue reading Judy Watts – “Arctic and wildflowers”

Terry Taylor – “Mushrooms”

by Heather Harbord, September 27, 2007.   Terry Taylor has studied the ecology and flora, including the mushrooms and mosses of southern British Columbia, for several decades.  Terry is a member of Nature Vancouver,  the Native Plant Society of BC and the Vancouver Mycological Society. His talk concerned identification, taxonomy,  and even the infamous Piltdown mushroom, which … Continue reading Terry Taylor – “Mushrooms”