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 2024 Meetings


Meetings are held on the fourth Thursday of the month at St. Edmunds Church Hall, 407 Wembley Road, Parksville.
The September, October, April, May and June meetings begin at 7pm(doors open at 6:30pm)
The November, January, February and March meetings begin at 3pm(doors open at 2:30pm)
There is no meeting in December, but we hold a potluck on Christmas Bird Count Sunday.
There are no meetings in July and August, but we enjoy at least one picnic at Rathtrevor Park.


We respectfully acknowledge that we are meeting within the unceded traditional territories  of the Snaw-naw-as people and the Qualicum First Nation, the traditional keepers of these lands.

Today, many First Nations and Métis peoples continue to live, work and play here as do we. We intend to nurture better understanding and pursue opportunities for collaboration with our First Nations neighbours.

Arrowsmith Naturalists Members Meeting






The Arrowsmith Naturalists’ next meeting is on Thursday, May 23, 2024. St. Edmunds Church Hall, 407 Wembley Rd. Parksville. Doors open at 6:30pm for socializing; the meeting begins at 7pm. Hear about the recent BC Nature conference we hosted. Refreshments served.

The evening’s presenter will be Heather Ranson from the Greig Greenway Society.  This group led the opposition to the development of 800 units on a Greig Road property, much of which lies within the floodplain of the Englishman River.  Heather will show a short film about the area.  The amazing film about Hamilton Marsh will also be screened.  Both feature our own Lynne Brookes!
Did you see the aurora borealis?  Share your nature sightings with us.  See you next Thursday evening!

           Thursday June 27th  2024

General Meeting of the Arrowsmith Naturalists

Thursday, 7pm, doors open at 6:30pm.

St. Edmunds Church Hall, 407 Wembley Rd., Parksville

Speaker:  Sara Ellison



Snorkelling Adventures Around Vancouver Island and The Gulf Islands


The chilly waters of the Pacific Northwest might not be top of your snorkelling bucket list, but our oceans are chockfull of stunning wildlife.  Here, you can find some 30 species of seastars, giant anemones, fabulously coloured nudibranchs and of course the giant Pacific octopus.  Although BC is a well known scuba diving location, it is less appreciated that the vast majority of these species can be found in the inter-tidal and shallow sub-tidal zones that are accessible to snorkellers.  In this talk I will share my adventures and experiences, explaining the gear you need, the kinds of critters you will see and my personal top picks for places to go to see our wondrous wildlife.


Sara Ellison received her PhD in astronomy from the University of Cambridge.  After spending three years doing astronomy research at the European Southern Observatory in Chile, she moved to the University of Victoria to take up a Canada Research Chair.  Sara is an international leader in the field of galaxy evolution, with numerous honours and awards to her name, including the Rutherford Memorial Medal in Physics from the Royal Society of Canada.  She is also a keen athlete and world traveller, but having snorkelled all around the world, BC is her favourite place to go for a swim!  In 2023, Sara published “Snorkelling Adventures Around Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands: The Ultimate Guide”, which was a #1 bestseller on the BC booklist.  Sara will have copies of her book at the meeting for sale at a discounted price of $25.00 CASH ONLY, no other payments accepted.





Dates and times of future meetings:
May   23 7pm
June  27 7pm
Christmas Bird Count Potluck
( hall and kitchen) Dec. 17 4-8pm

      Thursday April 2024

General Meeting of the Arrowsmith Naturalists

Thursday, 7pm, doors open at 6:30pm.

St. Edmunds Church Hall, 407 Wembley Rd., Parksville

Speaker:  Catherine Babault

Presentation:  Vancouver Island Marmot, The World’s Rarest Marmot
Catherine Babault is a nature photographer in Courtenay, Vancouver Island.  She shares her passion for nature photography and conservation in her photo tours and workshops on the island, public presentations and photo books.  Catherine is the author of the book Vancouver Island Marmot, The World’s Rarest Marmot.  Her previous book Vancouver Island Wildlife, A Photo Journey won a Nautilus Book Award in the USA.  You can follow Catherine on the social network Mastodon: and watch her videos on YouTube.

Photographing wildlife is both challenging and rewarding. Compelling images are often the result of a thorough study of the subject and its environment.  When it comes to a rare species like the Vancouver Island marmot of which there are only 250 specimens in the wilderness, the quest for these photos requires a lot of determination and patience. In her presentation, Catherine will talk about her experience in photographing this rare marmot, some facts about the marmot and the efforts taken to save it from extinction.

Arrowsmith Naturalists

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Parksville, B.C.
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