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    Forage Fish Sampling - Halloween Night

    One of the many reasons I wanted to become a Student Research Assistant for the Forage Fish Spawning Habitat Monitoring Project at MABRRI was to gain more experience and knowledge sampling on beaches for forage fish! So far, this position has done just that! On the night of Halloween, Chrissy,...

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    Wetland Mapping - October 4th and 25th

    One of my favourite things about working at MABRRI is the opportunity to help with a variety of the different ongoing projects. On October 4th and 25th I joined Haley, Jess, and Alanna on trips to Gabriola Island for the Wetland Mapping project. The goal was to map some of the wetlands on the...

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    On the Table Event for the 17 Sustainable Development Goals

    On September 27th 2019, Courtney Vaugeois, Jenica Ng-Cornish, other MABRRI staff members, and I hosted an On the Table event in the Master of Community Planning (MCP) Lab on the VIU campus. On the Table is an initiative, first introduced by the Vancouver Foundation, which brings people together...

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    Bull Kelp Documentary for Environment Climate Change Canada

    On July 26th 2019, Cassy Twiname, Alanna Vivani, and I began filming for what would be a documentary on MABRRI’s Bull Kelp Monitoring and Enhancement Plots in the Salish Sea project. Firstly, we gathered our audio and visual equipment and drove to Neck Point Park. Upon arrival, we began filming...

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    Gold River Parks Inventory

    Day 1: On July 29th Graham, Sarah, Courtney, and I headed up to beautiful Gold River to meet with Village Staff and complete an initial parks inventory for the Gold River Parks and Trails Master Plan. It was a gorgeous day that gave us high spirits and led to an amazing day in the sun while we...

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    SDGs in Powell River

    The main focus of my work at MABRRI this summer has been helping Courtney, one of MABRRI’s Project Coordinators, on the VIU and the UN Sustainable Development Goals project. The MABRRI team started this project last year by looking at what VIU is doing to achieve the 17 Sustainable Development...

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    Grandkids University

    On July 4th and July 5th the Grandkids University (GKU) was held at VIU! Mandy Hobkirk and I had the fun opportunity to help with activities run by Jessica Craig, the Geography Department’s Technician, for the future GKU Geography graduates. GKU is for children ages 7 to 13 and features two days of...

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    MABR Amazing Places GeoTour

    On Friday, June 28th, Courtney, Alisha, Michelle, and I completed the MABR Amazing Places GeoTour. This was a great opportunity to take, Alisha, one of our new staff members on a tour of the Mount Arrowsmith Biosphere Region. It was also great for me to see all 10 of the Amazing Places, as part of...

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    Ma'Qa'th Food Program

    Every Tuesday afternoon, a food bank program called Ma'Qa'th Food Program is hosted at the Snaw-naw-as Health Centre, adjacent to the Garden of Spiritual Healing, which was constructed by the MABRRI team in collaboration with Snaw-naw-as First Nation. I am fortunate enough to help facilitate the...

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    Westwood Farm Stream Adventure

    On Tuesday, June 11th, Alanna, Colby, and I visited the beautiful Westwood Farm and Cathers Lake to continue water monitoring and plant identification. Westwood Farm is 48 gorgeous acres of meadow bisected by the Millstone River and Sabiston Creek. We plan to do minnow trapping and water monitoring...

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