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A special event in Victoria

Nature Talks: Coastal Connections

Nature Talks: Coastal Connections

Join us on Friday November 21 in Victoria for a special evening to celebrate the wonder and nature of the Pacific Coast.

Nature Talks:
Coastal Connections

Friday November 21
6:30 p.m. reception
7:30 p.m. talks

St Ann's Academy Auditorium, 835 Humboldt Street, Victoria

Admission is by donation.
RSVP to or 250-479-3191

This evening will feature a lively assortment of music and short talks that will inspire, delight and inform.

With musicians Dave Kilbank, Cali Massey and Paul Bezooyen.

Our presenters:

Nancy Turner, ethnobotoanist

Nancy Turner

Conserving Knowledge: Indigenous practices and approaches to plant management and conservation

Distinguished Professor and Hakai Professor in Ethnoecology at the University of Victoria, Nancy Turner is an ethnobotanist whose research integrates the fields of botany and ecology with anthropology, geography and linguistics, among others. She has worked with First Nations elders and cultural specialists in northwestern North America for over 40 years, collaborating with indigenous communities to help document, retain and promote their traditional knowledge of plants and habitats, including indigenous foods, materials and medicines, as well as language and vocabulary relating to plants and environments.

Andy MacKinnon, research ecologist

Andy MacKinnon

Subterranean: The secret life of forest fungi

Andy MacKinnon is a forest ecologist with the BC Forest Service and an Adjunct Professor at Simon Fraser University. His job responsibilities include ecosystem classification and mapping and forest ecology research for British Columbia's coast. A scientist who also loves to write, Andy has published numerous field guides on plant ecology and identification, including the well-known Plants of Coastal British Columbia.

Megan Adams, research scientistMegan Adams

Our Shared Path: Bears and people in Rivers Inlet

Megan Adams is a PhD candidate with the Applied Conservation Science Lab at the University of Victoria, where she studies the intersection of human governance systems and ecological system. Her work with the Wuikinuxv Nation on BC's Central Coast is focused on bear-salmon-human systems, specifically habitat and resource connectivity for coastal grizzly bears.

Tim Ennis, West Coast Program Manager, NCC (Photo by NCC)Tim Ennis

Currents of Conservation: NCC's West Coast Program

Tim Ennis is the Nature Conservancy of Canada's (NCC's) west coast program director. With a passion for the conservation and restoration of endangered species and ecosystems, Tim has lead some of NCC's most ambitious restoration projects, such as the reclamation of a former industrial site in the Campbell River Estuary and the revitalization of the Cowichan Garry Oak Preserve in Duncan. 

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