Buffleheads Day kicks off Nature Canada project

The return of the Bufflehead is an annual event, representing one of the many migratory bird species that call Shoal Harbour their home.

  • Oct. 15, 2015 9:00 a.m.

A Bufflehead duck.

SIDNEY — When the punctual Bufflehead ducks return to Roberts Bay this month, they will be greeted by B.C.’s Lieutenant-Governor and representatives of the Friends of Shoal Harbour and Nature Canada.

The return of the Bufflehead is an annual event, representing one of the many migratory bird species that call Shoal Harbour their home.

This year, a ceremony was held Thursday, Oct. 15 at 11 a.m. at the beach access at the east end of Ardwell Avenue in Sidney (at Resthaven Drive). The event not only welcomed the ducks back for the winter, but kicked off a series of  events.

Lt.-Gov. Judith Guichon and representatives of Nature Canada will, on Friday, Oct. 16, announce the official start of a Naturehood initiative in Sidney.

In brief, NatureHood encourages people to recognize, to enjoy and to protect the natural spaces and their inhabitants, not just in remote, relatively pristine areas but close to home, where they live.

At approximately 9:45 a.m. on Oct. 16, Guichon will address students at an assembly at Parkland Secondary School.  Her Honour is particularly keen on engaging young people and helping them develop a broader understanding of environmental issues. The public is invited, however seating may be limited.

That evening, at 7 p.m., there will be an illustrated public lecture at St. Paul’s United Church on Malaview Avenue in Sidney.

The topic will be the life and times of John Macoun (1831 -1920), a potato-famine Irishman who by means of hard work and a passion for botany, boot-strapped his way to become Dominion Botanist to the Canadian Geological Survey. Macoun retired to Sidney, where he continued to botanize. He was buried initially in the cemetery of Holy Trinity Church in North Saanich but because of his service to Canada, he was reinterred in Ottawa.

The lecture will be given by Macoun’s biographer, Professor of History Emeritus W.A. Waiser of the University of Saskatchewan.

For more details, visit shoalharbour.wordpress.com.

 

— with files from the Friends of Shoal Harbour

Just Posted

Midway will open early at the 2019 Saanich Fair

This year the fair will pilot a “sneak peek” and the main stage will feature April Wine

Cross-examination begins for Oak Bay dad accused of killing daughters

Andrew Berry is charged in the deaths of six-year-old Chloe and four-year-old Aubrey in 2017

Camosun mechanical engineering project solve real-world problems

Showcase included projects that confound conventional wisdom, garner industry interest

Arenas, fitness centre ready for action after significant flood at Saanich recreation centre

Library branch, archives remain closed after Thursday night flood

Speculation tax forces sale of Oak Bay’s ‘Tulip House’

Bob and Jan Fleming selling their retirement home famous for its thousands of tulips

B.C. sockeye returns drop as official calls 2019 ‘extremely challenging’

Federal government says officials are seeing the same thing off Alaska and Washington state

Expanded support to help B.C. youth from care attend university still falling short

Inadequate support, limited awareness and eligibility restrictions some of the existing challenges

Ethnic media aim to help maintain boost in voting by new Canadians

Statistics Canada says new Canadians made up about one-fifth of the voting population in 2016

Dog attacked by river otters, Penticton owner says

Marie Fletcher says her dog was pulled underwater by four river otters in the Penticton Channel

POLL: Should there be a ban on gas-powered leaf blowers?

We’ve all heard them, and most likely cursed them under our breath.… Continue reading

Greater Victoria wanted list for the week of Aug. 23

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

Wife charged in husband’s death in Sechelt

Karin Fischer has been charged with second-degree murder in the death of her husband, Max

B.C. Hydro applies for rare cut in electricity rates next year

Province wrote off $1.1 billion debt to help reverse rate increase

Most Read