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Creative Spaces 2016

On Sunday, June 25, many visitors had a chance to visit Cortes gardens and studios. Owl Cottage – Diane Daly and Ray Grout Art Studio & Gallery – Christer Ekstrom Old Schoolhouse Gallery – Sadashi Inuzuka and Melanie Boyle Lisa Gibbons Studio Heritage Garden – Cortes Island Museum Fair haven Gardens – Laura Ellingsen Sea […]

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An Early Father’s Day Present – by Mike Manson

This past weekend we booked ourselves onto a wonderful overnight trip aboard the Misty Isles, a locally owned boat that offers charters and excursions. The first day we headed to Mitlenatch Island, an 88 Acre rocky island that my grandparents homesteaded on in 1898. Today the island is owned by BC Parks and is a […]

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2016 Spring Bird Count

On Saturday May 7, 2016, nineteen enthusiastic birders including some families, joined together to conduct the annual CIMAS sponsored Spring Migration Bird Count.  On this day participants toured different spots on Cortes Island, listening for bird song and observing bird activity.  This count differs from the Christmas Bird Count in that only species are counted […]

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The Northwestern Toad – by Christian Gronau

(All photographs are author’s, unless indicated otherwise.) Once known as Bufo borealis, then corrected to Bufo boreas, now changed to Anaxyrus boreas, it’s still the same, one and only, (North) Western Toad to be encountered in our area (including Vancouver Island). Kingdom: Animalia Phylum: Chordata Class: Amphibia Order: Anura Family: Bufonidae Genus: Anaxyrus Species: A. […]

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“Nothing Ever Happens in February” – by George Sirk

“Nothing ever happens in  February”…bird-wise…a quote from Michael Shepard, my ancient birding friend. He says this because every migrant, whether latitudinally or altitudinally,  has stopped moving – for the most part. Winter has set in and the birds that wanted to get away to lower elevations or southern climes have done so. The ones that […]

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Living With Wasps – by Christian Gronau

Spheksophobia, a panic-inducing fear of Wasps, is one of the more widespread (and unpronounceable) phobias out there among humans, whose exaggerated instinct of self-preservation occludes all higher naturalist’s functions, such as trying to identify who is buzzing around the dinner table and who is nesting under the eaves of the house … All Wasps are […]

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