Comox Valley Nature is hosting an online lecture by Dan Strickland.
The lecture, entitled 2020 Update on Paradise Meadows Canada Jay Research is on Sunday, Sept. 20, 7-9 p.m.
Given the current situation with the COVID-19 virus, Comox Valley Nature has made arrangements to have a live, online webinar for Dan’s presentation. To register, go to:
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Priority will be given to the CVN members. Free available seats will be allocated to non-members. If you cannot get in, the session will be recorded and will be available free of charge to the public on the CVN website.
The Canada jay has three recognizable races that all meet in British Columbia. The one in the mountains of Vancouver Island and the mainland coast is the most distinct and for 60 years was even considered to be a distinct species called the Oregon jay.
Strickland began a study of a population of these jays at Paradise Meadows in 2016 and in the last four years has learned that they are even more distinct than we realized, not only in appearance but also in their social organization and nesting. Dan will tell us what he has learned in this 2020 update on his work and speak about the possible restoration of these Pacific Coast birds to the status of separate species.
Strickland was born in Ontario and educated at the Universities of Toronto and Montreal. For 30 years he was the Chief Park Naturalist of Algonquin Provincial Park where he was responsible for the development of two world-class museums, a major publications program, a system of 17 interpretive trails and a summer program of hikes and slide talks on park human and natural history. As a side project he also carried on a behavioural study of colour-banded Canada Jays now in its 58th year and one of the longest-running studies of its kind in the world. Now, in retirement, he has expanded the scope of his Canada jay studies to include research into the race found in the coastal mountains of BC and the northwestern U.S.
This is an excellent opportunity for the public to learn more about the Canada jay populations in our area.
Anyone interested in this lecture or participating in CVNS activities can also contact us at the website http://comoxvalleynaturalist.bc.ca/