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Comox Valley Nature discusses seed-based restoration at its next meeting

Kristen Miskelly of Satinflower Nurseries (inset) will present a webinar titled ‘Seed-based Restoration for Urban Settings on Vancouver Island’ on Sunday, Feb. 18.

Comox Valley Nature and the Canadian Society of Environmental Biologists are co-hosting an online lecture on seed-based restoration for urban settings.

‘Seed-based Restoration for Urban Settings on Vancouver Island’ will be led by Kristen Miskelly of Satinflower Nurseries on Sunday, Feb. 18, at 7 p.m.

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Reducing barriers to restoration is one of the goals of Satinflower Nurseries. Over the last 10 years, the nursery has produced native seeds and worked to encourage their use on southern Vancouver Island, including in urban areas.

Miskelly will discuss how native seeds can be used to enhance biodiversity and create drought-tolerant spaces in our neighbourhoods and cities. She will share project examples like green roof, septic fields, and urban meadows. The talk will also highlight aspects of small-scale native seed production.

Miskelly (MSc) is a biologist who specializes in the flora, ecology, and restoration of ecosystems of southern Vancouver Island and Gulf Islands. She owns and operates Satinflower Nurseries, a native plant nursery and consulting business that provides native plants, seeds, biological consulting, and public education/outreach. She provides ecological consultation, project planning, and implementation of various native planting projects and is a sessional lecturer at the University of Victoria in the schools of ecological restoration, biology, and environmental studies.

This is an excellent opportunity for the public to learn more about urban restoration using native plants. The lecture is free, though a $4 contribution from non-members is appreciated. New memberships are always welcomed.

Comox Valley Nature is a non-profit society affiliated with BC Nature, consisting only of unpaid volunteers. CVN fulfills its educational mandate by hosting monthly lectures, organizing free weekly guided hikes for members, and a free monthly walk open to the public (these activities were temporarily suspended during the pandemic). Comox Valley Nature also supports specialized groups (Birding, Botany, Marine & Shoreline, Conservation, Garry Oak Restoration, Wetland Restoration and Photography) which have separate monthly activities. CVN also published a Newsletter three time per year.

Membership in BC Nature and Comox Valley Nature is $30 per adult or for a family. For more information, visit

Founded in 1966, it is one of the oldest environmental societies on the North Island. Meetings and lectures of the Comox Valley Naturalists Society are normally held on a Sunday of most months. However, we are currently transitioning from hosting presentations by online webinars to in-person meetings, some of which may be offered as hybrid in-person/online. Meetings are open to the public, including children and youth.

Anyone interested in this lecture or participating in CVNS activities can also contact us at the website: