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2017 Christmas Bird Count

On a very rainy Sunday, December 17, 2017, thirty-five bird enthusiasts attended the CBC – Christmas Bird Count Day, sponsored by the Cortes Island Museum, Audubon Society and Bird Studies Canada. In the heavy at times and continuous rain, with water covered eye glasses, binoculars and cameras, it was difficult to spot and recognize birds. […]

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The Man Called Nakatsui – by Mike Manson

Childhood memories are some of the best. As a young boy I spent my summers on Cortes. It was before the days of ferries and power. We stayed in our little shack on the beach and when the evening darkness came I would ask my father to tell me stories of the olden days. My […]

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Doris Hope – by Tara Warkentin

I never met Doris Hope. I was born in 1998, and she passed away in 2000. However, during the summer of 2017 as the museum summer student, I have gotten to know her. “Hope’s Refuge,” her transcript of life in the Cove, stories from her friends, the “Refugees,” bring Doris to life. Boats were central […]

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Erratics – by Christian Gronau

A Brief Survey of Cortes Island Beach Rocks DEFINITION: erratic (er-rat’-ic) n. A rock fragment carried by glacial ice, or by floating ice, deposited at some distance from the outcrop from which it was derived, and generally though not necessarily resting on bedrock of different lithology. Size ranges from a pebble to a house-size block. Bates […]

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Dalias – Heritage Garden

Dalias – Living History — The Heritage Garden at the Cortes Island Museum The Heritage Garden in late summer and fall — a transition season. Here are some plants that will reliably provide bloom and colour in the garden at this time. Dahlia species were first introduced from Mexico to Europe in the 1800s. A […]

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Orcas in Von Donop Lagoon, ca. 1949 – by Lynne Jordan

Like a number of families in the 1940s, the Herrewigs were a logging family living on their camp floats in Von Donop Creek (now called Von Donop Inlet) on the northwest of Cortes Island. Violet Herrewig and Amy McKenzie remember in 1949 when five blackfish (that’s what everyone on the coast called killer whales/orcas in […]

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Peony – Heritage Garden

Peony – Living History – The Heritage Garden at the Cortes Island Museum Early summer in the garden – peonies, roses, lilies and lavender – a wonderful season for colour and fragrance. One of the first flowers to bloom in the early summer are peonies. The selections in the Heritage Garden were introduced in the […]

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Refuge Cove: Moving with the Tide

Our new exhibit Refuge Cove: Moving with the Tide celebrated its opening on June 24th, 2017, as Ken Hanuse of Klahoose First Nation drummed a welcoming song.  Ken also sang the Woman’s Warrior Song to honour Judith Williams, the exhibition curator.  Introduced by Bonnie MacDonald, Judith thanked many people including her class of Curatorial Trainees, […]

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Nature Notes – by George Sirk

Hi to everyone who is interested in the arrivals of different species to our area. And not just birds! (but mostly!) But let’s start with our feathered dinosaurs… Spring migration is just ramping up. That includes the species that travel through our coastal flyway on their way to their northern nesting areas and the ones […]

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A Song Inside a Seed

Dancing Wolf A Song Inside a Seed Spring tickles our island ground despite Winter’s late embrace of snowfalls and close calls and toques still in place Writers sharing as they expound through the ancient grace of expressing with the alphabet and between time and space – So good the readings from all the creatives who coalesced […]

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The Biggest Moon of All – by Christian Gronau

(All photographs are the author’s unless indicated otherwise.) We all have seen and marvelled: Lewis’ Moon Snail (Neverita lewisii), just as a shell and even more so in the flesh, is a very impressive marine snail indeed. Difficult to imagine, but the large body of this snail can be withdrawn into the shell completely. It […]

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Beverly Anne Mathews

On the morning of February 4th, Beverly Anne Mathews (nee Horrex) 86, peacefully passed away at her home with children Sheril, Jeannie, and Richard Mathews by her side. Bev grew up in Enderby B.C., daughter of Nora and Charles Horrex.  She attended and completed Normal School in Victoria (1947-48), and took her first teaching job […]

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