• Brian Timmer and Chrissy Schellenberg help teach how to sample for forage fish eggs.

    Forage Fish Spawning Habitat Monitoring Program – Gabriola Island

    On May 26, Brian, Haley, Graham, and I travelled to Gabriola Island to collect beach sediment samples for our Forage Fish Spawning Habitat Monitoring Project. Samples were taken from beaches that followed our predictive mapping, which indicates suitable habitat for successful forage fish spawning....

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  • MABRRI 2018 Summer Orientation 1

    MABRRI 2018 Summer Orientation

    On May 7th and 8th the summer Research Assistants came together for the first time for MABRRI orientation. The first day began with introductions and reviewing expectations then ended with chasing waterfalls. The Project Coordinators took us to two of MABR’s Amazing Places: Little Qualicum Falls...

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  • Roxanne Croxall (left) and Rachelle Shearing (right) present their poster at CREATE 2018

    Garry Oak Ecosystem Mapping project at VIU CREATE

    On the 12th of April, Roxanne Croxall and I got to present at the 2018 CREATE Conference at Vancouver Island University. This event provides students with an opportunity to showcase their research. We got to present and engage with the VIU community about the Garry Oak Ecosystem (GOE) mapping...

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  • Ucluelet Public Engagement Weekend 1

    Ucluelet Public Engagement Weekend

    From March 8-10th, as part of the public engagement process for the Ucluelet Official Community Plan (OCP) Revisions, the MABRRI team, in partnership with the District of Ucluelet and VIU’s Master of Community Planning program held a comprehensive weekend of events including two open houses, a...

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  • Forage Fish Spawning Habitat Monitoring 1

    Forage Fish Spawning Habitat Monitoring

    Over the past year, Project Coordinator, Haley Tomlin and the MABBRI team have been working on putting together a forage fish monitoring program. As a biologist in training, I got pretty excited when I found out this project was in the works. When it was announced that Phillip Dionne from the...

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  • Elders Lunch with Snaw-Naw-As First Nation

    Elders Lunch with Snaw-Naw-As First Nation

    On November 16, a couple of student researchers had the opportunity to attend an Elder’s Lunch with the Snaw-Naw-As First Nation. We are working with MABRRI to develop workshops for sharing knowledge on community gardening. As the community garden is a project for the Snaw-Naw-As First Nation we...

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  • Canada C3 Visit 1

    Canada C3 Visit

    Early this morning adventurous passengers of Canada C3's 143-day voyage crossed the stormy waters of Nanoose Bay to be greeted by Snaw-Naw-As First Nation and the Mount Arrowmsmith Biosphere Region Research Institute (MABRRI) team. After a heartfelt welcome from Councillor Lawrence Mitchell and...

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  • Wetlandkeepers Course 1

    Wetlandkeepers Course

    During the weekend of July 14-16 MABRRI student researchers, Maria Kawahara, Curtis Rispin, and Lauren Shaw participated in a Wetland Keepers Course facilitated by Michele Jones and the British Columbia Wildlife Federation (BCWF). The course took place at North Island College in Campbell River and...

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  • Wetlandkeepers Course

    Wetlandkeepers Course

    The BC Wildlife Federation partnered with Greenways Land Trust in Campbell River, BC to host a Wetlands Keeper course free of charge and open to the public. Wetlands are important ecosystems that are disappearing in BC and urgently needs community protection. In 2016, MABRRI started a wetland...

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  • Bull Kelp Sampling 1

    Bull Kelp Sampling

    The perks of working with MABRRI were on full display on Friday June 9th when myself, Ryan and Maria launched The Silver Bullet (Ryan’s boat) from Schooner Cove in Nanoose. We set out to locate and sample bull kelp in the Salish Sea, which has been disappearing along the coast of south east...

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