Biosecurity on Haida Gwaii? Come learn more!

Laskeek Bay Conservation Society is excited to be taking part in an upcoming event hosted by Bird Studies Canada on Oct. 14th - Haida Gwaii Bird Day!

Invasive species threaten many creatures that make Haida Gwaii a renowned, important, biologically diverse area, and are one of the main causes of bird extinctions worldwide. Come join us for an interactive day revolving around seabirds and what is happening on Haida Gwaii to protect them. 

We'll be leading kids activities all day, so bring your whole family!

Our lead biologist Vivian Pattison will also be speaking during the afternoon, and will be there with leaders from the CHN, Bird Studies Canada, Haida Gwaii Museum, and Gwaii Haanas/Parks Canada. Discussions surrounding biosecurity can help us tackle the issues that threaten seabirds and their breeding colonies, where 1.5 million individuals breed here on Haida Gwaii. 

Open to everyone (and it's free)!



Join us for Science Literacy Week!

This September, we're excited to be taking part in Science Literacy week - a cross-country celebration of science in Canada! After a fantastic 28th field season on East Limestone Island, we're using this week as an opportunity to share our love for seabirds with youth, and to promote some of the incredible research, led by researchers and citizen scientists, happening on Haida Gwaii. There will be activities for all beginning on September 17th, and wrapping up on the 24th.

Exploring the Life of a Bird. Sunday September 17th (Old Massett Youth Centre) and Sunday September 24th (Skidegate Youth Centre) from 9am - 3pm, with lunch provided.

This full day is designed to engage youth (grades 5 - 8) in the life of a bird. Join us for the day to explore the journey of a bird from egg to adulthood, exploring diversity and environmental issues along the way. Please e-mail to register, as spaces are limited.

Celebrating Science on Haida Gwaii. Tuesday September 19th (Performing House, Haida Heritage Centre) from 7pm - 8:30pm. Refreshments provided.

This evening will celebrate scientific research happening on Haida Gwaii through a series of short presentations. Local researchers and citizen scientists will talk about their research, their findings, and what the process has meant to them along the way.

We are extremely grateful to the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada for their support.

Arthropod Appreciation: A report from Kalene, Limestone Island Student Intern May 2017

Each summer, a team of interns joins our crew on East Limestone Island for a month at a time. While the goal for this initiative is to provide these undergraduate students with field-based learning experiences, they quickly become essential parts of our team on the island. Kalene Lilico, our first inter, spent the month of May on Limestone and wrote this beautiful post capturing the experience. Than you so much Kalene for your contributions and energy. You're very missed!

Growing up in the lovey but land-locked Alberta, my exposure to the ocean and all the intriguing organisms depending on it were limited to occasional family holidays. Slowly but surely I’ve been delving into the oceanic world more and more since I moved to Victoria 3 years ago, but never have I had the opportunity to be so completely enveloped by it than my time on Limestone.

From a bumpy skiff ride on our first day in, to intertidal explorations and sealion haul-out counts, I have developed a love for the ocean greater even than my love for the mountains! Although it’s not fair to pick favorites, some oceanic critters fascinate me more than others.  Despite tough competition from the tenacious fluff-ball of an ANMU chick, the salty, stinging anemone, and the roaring sealions (making it evident how they were named), I found arthropods just a little bit more intriguing.

I had ample opportunity and was encouraged by Viv and Morgan to get to know some of the critters that are often overlooked for the admittedly cuter birds and mammals. As the month progressed, I wound up finding notes from people in camp who had captured (or stunned) a beetle or spider to save for me to look over later! I was very appreciative of my fellow biology nerds who would crowd around as we looked at mites or mandibles on a beetle, or psuedoscorpions on bird skulls. I was more than lucky to be in such interested and knowledgeable company.  My curiosity surrounding the critters in the area was fostered in other ways as well; mini bird ID quizzes, bird handling skills, and burrow exploration during the ANMU census only served to increase my rapidly growing interest in seabirds and all the species intricately intertwined with them. Needless to say, Limestone has me hooked and I can’t wait for another opportunity to get back!

We hire interns in March each year, and the internship is available for accreditation through Simon Fraser University. Join our mailing list to receive notice about upcoming opportunities and deadlines.

Limestone Logs 2017

Welcome to our 28th Field Season of research and monitoring on East Limestone Island!

The Limestone Logs are a series of newsletters sent out every two weeks from East Limestone Island Field Station. Check back every few weeks to see what animals we've been encountering, to read more about our wildlife research methods, and to hear fun stories from our interns, volunteers, and school group visitors! So far we have updates on Ancient Murrelets, Whales, Pigeon Guillemots, Cassin Auklet's, Sea Lions, and more! Read our first Limestone Log of 2017 here.