2018/2019 Events

Meetings are held at 7:30pm  at Beban Park Recreation Centre, 2300 Bowen Road.

May 9, 2019.   Heather Klassen, Larissa Thelin & Jessica PyettHow the Seasons change –Mt Arrowsmith Biosphere Reserve & Phenology research at Milner Gardens & Woodland.

Heather Klassen is a Coast Area Research Vegetation Ecologist for the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations, and Rural Development (MFLNRORD). Currently, she works on biogeoclimatic ecosystem classification and mapping, and other forest ecology research projects, investigating impacts of shifting climate and disturbance regimes on forest ecosystem structure and function, and integration into ecosystem classification and natural resource management. Heather has worked on climate change related project since 2009, and has been involved in the Coastal Forest Plant Phenology Research and Monitoring Project since it was initiated in 2016.  Larissa Thelin is MABRRI’s Assistant Research and Community Engagement Coordinator. She has been involved with MABRRI since January 2017 when she was hired on as a work-op studentJessica Pyett is one of MABRRI’s Senior Research Assistants. She recently graduated from VIU’s Geography program, specializing in Natural Resource Management.   

Plant phenology studies the timing of seasonally reoccurring events such as bud break, flowering, fruit development, and leaf drop. To understand how climate change will impact local vegetation growth and development, the Coastal Forest Plant Phenology Research Project was initiated in 2016. Key members of the project will give you an overview of the project, as well as talking about other projects in the Mount Arrowsmith Biosphere Reserve. This project depends on volunteer involvement and through this presentation, the project partners hope to convince you to join their dedicated volunteer team!

June 8, 2019.  4 PM  Wind-Up Party hosted by Susan & Art Lightburn.

Don’t forget to bring cutlery, plates, cup or glass, a potluck dish that you love to make and share;  a chair to relax on and a beverage of your choice.
Pork tenderloin, coffee, tea and punch will be provided

September 12, 2019.  Sue & Garth Wedemire.  Gardens in Wales

September 27 – 29, 2019 ARS Fall Conference, Parksville
Click here to go to conference page on MARS website

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