Oct 26: Marine Atlas Open House

Come and tell us your stories!

Do you have an experience along Bowen’s shores that you want to share? Perhaps with a friendly seal? Or a beautiful sea star? Maybe a heron catching a fish?

Or maybe you have questions. Like, why are people so excited about the discovery of glass sponge reefs in Howe Sound? Why did we have so many sea lions along Bowen shores last April? What is the black duck that winters along Bowen shores in flocks of hundreds? How did First Nations harvest from the sea? Have the first salmon arrived at the Causeway yet?

If you have stories or questions, we want to hear them. The Bowen Island Conservancy is hosting an Open House for its Bowen/Nexwlélexm Marine Atlas Project.

When: Saturday, October 26, from 1:00 – 3:00 pm

Where: Room 2, Bowen Island Community School

Everyone, small to tall, is invited to drop in (you don’t have to come for the entire time; it’s an open house!).

Why an Open House?

The goal of the Marine Atlas project is to engage Bowen Islanders in a greater awareness, celebration, and stewardship of our shores and nearby marine waters. The Atlas is pulling together local and scientific knowledge to create resources that empower us to know, care, and better steward of our local marine realm.

The two hour Open House is an opportunity for you to give us your input for the Atlas, and to ask questions. We will have 7 different activity centers that you can explore. There will be:

  1. A “Big Map” where you can post a story about an experience you’ve had along our shores
  2. A place to explore the draft Marine Atlas chapters, and test your knowledge with a special Quiz
  3. 4 focus tables, each hosted by island experts: (birders, salmon people, intertidal life biologist; divers)
  4. A movie about marine life along Bowen shores.

At the Open House you can talk with some of Bowen’s best naturalists about our local marine life. Our birders team can answer your bird questions, and tell you best places to see our local marine birds. Bowen Island Fish and Wildlife Club members can tell you which are Bowen’s salmon streams, whether this year’s salmon run started, how the salmon hatchery works, and about the Salmon in Schools program. Well-known biologist Will Husby will have a microscope to explore with you the tiny critters from our shores. Adam Taylor, Bowen’s favorite diver, will be there with stories, photos and maybe even movies of octopus, glass sponge reefs, and other secrets of the deep. And Bob Turner, local film maker, will be showing a new movie of Bowen’s marine wildlife.

We hope you will join us during the afternoon. Everybody is welcome!

We are very grateful to the Bowen Island Community Foundation, and several private donors, for their funding support for our Marine Atlas project.