Category: 2012-2013 Speakers

Doug Corrin – “Mountain pine beetles”

Mounatin pine beetle dult and larvae - BC Forest Service

by Andrew Bryant, 18 April 2013.  Doug Corrin is Professor of Forestry at Vancouver Island University in Nanaimo.  He spoke about the biological adaptations of the mountain pine beetle, and how they enabled it to become the largest insect epidemic in North American history. Doug also discussed how recent weather patterns, and past firefighting efforts, have contributed to this … Continue reading Doug Corrin – “Mountain pine beetles”

Eileen Van Der Flier-Keller – “The rock story”

Comox glacier - A. Bryant photo

by Andrew Bryant, 21 March 2013 Dr. Eileen Van Der Flier-Keller is a geologist from the School of Earth and Ocean Sciences at the University of Victoria, and the author of A Field Guide to the Identification of Pebbles.   She really likes rocks!   Her talk illustrated how time and enormous pressures have combined to produce the unusual geology of … Continue reading Eileen Van Der Flier-Keller – “The rock story”

Terry Thormin – “Dragonflies of Vancouver Island”

Tule bluets (Enallagma carunculatum) ovipositing - T. Thormin

by Sherri Wretham, 28 February 2013.  Terry Thormin spoke to us about the Dragonflies of Vancouver Island.   Did you know that there are 41 species of dragonflies on Vancouver Island?  We didn’t. Terry spoke on the biology, behavior and habitat of Dragonflies.   He illustrated his talk with some of his excellent photographs, many more … Continue reading Terry Thormin – “Dragonflies of Vancouver Island”

Rob Crookshank – “Forest Fire!”

by Sherri Wretham, 31 January 2013.  Rob Crookshank, a resident of Powell River and an Air Attack Officer for the Ministry of Forests, spoke about current trends in fire activity in B.C., and about how the Ministry is trying to manage the situation. He described new approaches to wildfire control using Power Point and video.  He’s been … Continue reading Rob Crookshank – “Forest Fire!”

David Bedry – “Nature Photography”

White Fawn lily (Erythronium montanum) - D. Bedry photo

by Sherri Wretham, 29 November 2012.  David gave a presentation on nature photography.  As his presentation was sure to wet the appetite of many in the audience to dust off their own cameras, David followed up by leading a subsequent field trip. David covered many of the basics that we often forget about, including the relationship between f-stops … Continue reading David Bedry – “Nature Photography”

Rob Southcott, Bob Perry and Murray Jones – “Hiking the North Powell Divide”

Hiking the North Powell Divide - Anonymous (Powell River Peak)

by Andrew Bryant, 25 October 2012.  Rob Southcott, Bob Perry and Murray Jones presented “In the footsteps of the greats”, a tale of their impressive hiking adventure along the North Powell Divide.  They, together with Murray’s son Kevin, spent eight days route-finding and hiking the 50 kilometres from just south of the top of Toba Inlet, all the … Continue reading Rob Southcott, Bob Perry and Murray Jones – “Hiking the North Powell Divide”

Derek Kyostia – “Coastal grizzlies”

Coastal grizzly with salmon - J. Scarrow

by Andrew Bryant, 27 September 2012.  Derek Kyostia is a full-time interpretive naturalist who divides his time between the grizzlies of coastal BC, polar bears in the Arctic, and penguins in Antarctica.  Rough life! Subscribing to the philosophy of conservation through co-existence, Derek strives to educate the public on bears, and bear safety.  His goal is to benefit bears … Continue reading Derek Kyostia – “Coastal grizzlies”