CAITLIN BIRDSALL will speak this Sunday in Fanny Bay about what to do if you spot a cetacean.

Mammal sightings help protect species

Do you see marine mammals such as porpoises, whales and dolphins while you are spending time on or by the ocean?Those observations add to the richness of life in this part of Vancouver Island, but, if you take the time to report them to the BC Cetacean Sightings Network, they can also make a valuable contribution to marine science and species protection.  The diversity and complexity of marine life in the coastal waters off British Columbia is truly extraordinary. In fact, we are home to 23 species of cetaceans (whales, dolphins and porpoises) and four species of sea turtles.Seeing killer whales and other marine wildlife in their natural environment is a thrilling experience. However, some of the species that call our waters home are endangered or threatened.To aid conservation efforts, the Vancouver Aquarium, Fisheries and Oceans Canada and the Government of Canada Habitat Stewardship Program for Species at Risk have formed the BC Cetacean Sightings Network.Through reporting your sightings, you can help to prevent these mammals from facing further risk. For example, a downward shift in the number of sightings in an area known for frequent sightings can lead to detection of habitat-destroying elements. Caitlin Birdsall, research assistant for the BC Cetacean Sightings Network, will give a presentation at the Fanny Bay Hall at 2 p.m. this Sunday about marine mammal species common to this part of Vancouver Island, threats to these animals, and information on how you can participate in the sightings network.This event is sponsored by the Fanny Bay Community Association.  Admission is by donation. The Fanny Bay Hall is at 7793 Island Highway.For more information, leave a message at 250-335-2832.— BC Cetacean Sightings Network

Just Posted

19 Wing Comox welcomes new wing commander

Col. Dany Poitras assumed command of 19 Wing Comox

Pacific Salmon Foundation contributes $42,000 to Comox Valley wild salmon restoration projects

The Pacific Salmon Foundation announced it is contributing more than $42,000 to… Continue reading

Mount Washington zip line nearing completion

Once finished, the line will be the longest and steepest zip line on Vancouver Island

PHOTOS: Vancouver Island MusicFest revisited

This year’s lineup included Colin James, Tom Cochrane and lots more

Jets host peewee baseball tourney

The Comox Valley peewee A Jets baseball team is hosting a 10-team… Continue reading

Body, burning truck found near northern B.C. town

RCMP unsure if the two separate discoveries are related

Couple found dead along northern B.C. highway in double homicide

Woman from the U.S. and man from Australia found dead near Liard Hot Springs

UPDATE: West Kelowna fawn euthanized, not claimed by sanctuary

Gilbert the deer has been euthanized after a suitable home was not found in time

BC Wildfire Service warns wet weather no reason to be complacent

Fire risk currently low for much of B.C. compared to same time over last two years.

Bank of Canada lowers qualifying rate used in mortgage stress tests

Home sales softened last year after the federal government introduced new stress test rules for uninsured mortgages

Port Hardy RCMP cleared in arrest that left man with broken ribs, punctured lung: IIO

The IIO noted the matter will not be referred to crown counsel for consideration of charges.

B.C. man pleads guilty in snake venom death of toddler

Plea comes more than five years after the incident in North Vancouver

Trudeau says Ottawa open to proposals for B.C. refinery as gas prices soar

Prime minister says he knows B.C. residents are struggling and the federal government is open to ideas

Most Read