• Larissa and Kidston ready for take off.

    Mount Arrowsmith Helicopter Trip

    These past few days at MABRRI have been absolutely abuzz with energy, thanks to our wonderful visitors from the Striking Balance film crew! Striking Balance is an episodic documentary series aired on both the Knowledge Network and the TVOntario network that features a different Canadian UNESCO...

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  • Alex, Roxanne, and Ryan begin building the smokehouse.

    Snaw-Naw-As Garden

    This summer has been a good one for the Snaw-Naw-As Garden of Spiritual Healing. Located in Nanoose bay, a dedicated group of elders and community members have been hard at work growing a variety of fruits and vegetables as well as a number of traditional native plants such as Devil’s club....

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  • Beach day.

    Gold River trip

    The Village of Gold River, VIU's World Leisure Centre of Excellence, and MABRRI are working in collaboration to create a strategic tourism plan for the municipality. This plan is intended to help guide the Village of Gold River to develop their tourism sector in a way that helps the community...

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  • Creating their own compasses.

    VIU Grandkids' University

    Roxanne: Who doesn’t love spending good ol’ quality time with their grandparents! Grandkids University – Earth Explorers 2.0 – was a huge success! On the first day, Thursday July 5th, we (Kayla, Alex, Larissa, the grandkids, the grandparents, and myself) had so much fun learning so much cool...

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  • Mark and Brian getting ready for their dive.

    Bull Kelp Monitoring

    This past Thursday the MABRRI team headed out on Captain Ryan Fredrickson’s boat, “The Silver Bullet”, to check on our recently transplanted bull kelp plots in the Northumberland Channel as well as on the Winchelsea Islands. The water was flat calm when we arrived at the Marina, and with binoculars...

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  • A juvenile coho salmon found in one of the minnow traps!

    Minnow Trapping in Nanaimo

    Did you know that there is a five acre farm in the middle of Harewood? This farm is actually one of the last historical five acre farm parcels left in Nanaimo, therefore, there is a lot of interest to protect it. In order to do this, we have to assess the ecological value of the farm and the...

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  • Kidston and Ryan mapping on Cameron Lake

    Bathymetric Mapping on Cameron Lake

    On the Tuesday after Canada Day, Ryan and I went to Cameron Lake (one of the MABR’s many Amazing Places) to work on a bathymetric map. Thanks to first-rate weather, views, and company it felt like an extension of the long weekend! But we were also collecting important data. Bathymetric maps display...

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  • Brian Timmer explaining how to sample to the locals on Thetis Island.

    Forage Fish Habitat Monitoring Program – Thetis Island

    Everyone loves a beach day. Luckily for me, heading to the beach is “just another day at the office”. This past week, the MABRRI Forage Fish team took a trip to Thetis Island to explore the shorelines in search of forage fish eggs. Surf Smelt eggs, to be exact. These near-shore schooling fish are...

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  • Alan Cavin and Brian Timmer search for birds and other fauna on the property.

    Ecological Surveys at French Creek Estuary

    Alan: On June 15 a team from MABRRI, with support from members of the Friends of French Creek Conservation Society (FFCCS), spent the day at the French Creek Estuary in Parksville, BC conducting an extensive ecological survey.  They did this in order to better understand an undeveloped...

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  • The MABRRI team competing in the egg race.

    Parksville Spring Mini Event

    On June 9th the MABRRI team loaded up and headed to Foster Park in Parksville to get ready for the Spring Mini – the third consultation event for the Parksville Parks, Trails and Open Spaces Master Plan project. The Spring Mini was planned with the hopes of bringing community members to Foster Park...

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