Metchosin Talk and Walk Series

Welcome to the Metchosin Talk and Walk website.

Until the fall of 2018, the Talk and Walks (102 of them over a twelve-year period) were organized by Moralea Milne. Since then, the Metchosin Biodiversity Project, which Moralea helped to start and which runs the Metchosin BioBlitzes and MycoBlitzes, has been organizing the Talk and Walk series. Click here to view a list of all the talk and walks speakers to date.

Upcoming Talks:

Given the current concern over the coronovirus pandemic, the Metchosin Biodiversity Project will be suspending the Talk and Walks until the situation allows us to resume.

Metchosin Challenge at St. Mary’s Church

St Mary’s church is again hosting the Metchosin Challenge. A challenge to the community to live in a sustainable way, respecting our environment and the people who live in it.

This year the content is particularly relevant to the work of the Metchosin Biodiversity Project and include several people who have been part of our Talk and Walk series. We thought that you might like to know more about the event.

The sessions happen at the New St Mary’s church at 7 PM on Thursdays. The speakers are for this year are:

Feb 27th Paige Erickson-McGee – Invasive plants in your Garden and how to conquer them

March 5th Rich McCue – Conserving energy One Home at a time

March 12th Claudia Copley -Wild about Gardening – How to garden to preserve native insects

March 19th – Derek Wullf – Grafting fruit trees to preserve historic genetic stock and citrus farming

March 26th — Dave Lovekin – The practicalities of renewable (solar) power

April 2nd – Fiona Hammersley Chambers -Preserving our genetic heritage by preserving Seeds

Bilston Creek Watershed T&W Event

On Valentine’s Day, 2020, a large crowd gathered in the Council Chambers of the District of Metchosin for Talk and Walk #117. It was a home-grown event, with Metchosin residents Nitya Harris and Kym Hill talking about the Bilston Creek watershed and their long involvement with the Bilston Creek Watershed Protection Association.

 

 

Nitya
Kym

For the Saturday walk part of the event, Kym and Charles Hill invited everyone to their to see some restoration work on the Bilston Watershed.

Charles and Kym had some cut branches of native willows (Hooker’s willow, Salix hookeriana, and Pacific willow, Salix lucida) for people to take home.  We walked down to where Bilston Creek crossed their property. Kym showed us some of the wildlife, Charles showed us how to plant willows to stabilize the creek banks.

Hooker's willow wands

Dr. Cara Gibson talk on insects and fungi

On Nov 8, Dr. Cara Gibson kicked off the annual Metchosin MycoBlitz (the seventh annual event) with an amazing talk on the way mushrooms and insects interact.  

Insects and fungi, as Cara pointed out, are both underdescribed groups.  When you ask about the interactions between groups with question marks around them, you get even more question marks!

 

A packed audience turned out to hear the talk.

Participants brought in boxes of mushrooms for everyone to see. Ai Linh and Juliet were among the members of the South Vancouver Island Mycological Society who turned up to hear the talk and to chat with visitors about the different kinds of mushrooms.

Dr. Gibson stayed around after the talk to field questions from members of the audience.

For more about the next day’s MycoBlitz forays, see the Metchosin Biodiversity Project’s report on bioblitz events.

Cara Gibson on Insects and Mushrooms

The seventh Metchosin MycoBlitz will take place on Friday and Saturday, November 8-9, 2019.

The MycoBlitz doubles as November’s Metchosin Talk and Walk event. Please join us Friday November 8, 2019, 7:00 pm, for a talk by Dr. Cara Gibson, an expert on the relationships between insects and fungi. The talk, as usual, will be at the Metchosin Municipal Hall Council Chambers. See the attached poster for more information on the talk.

The Saturday Walk part of the Talk and Walk will be the Metchosin MycoBlitz. The November 9 MycoBlitz will start at the parking lot of the Metchosin Municipal Hall, 4450 Happy Valley Road (just behind the Fire Hall) at 9:00 am. A number of mycology specialists will be on hand to lead us to several Metchosin locations. At these locations the experts will do field identification and collect samples of mushrooms for table display and further study. Everyone is invited to join one of these forays–the only requirement is a desire to know more about mushrooms. The more eyes on the gorund, the more mushrooms we find. (Rain or shine, so dress appropriately. Kids always welcome, but please leave Fido at home.)

The foray groups will return to the Municipal Hall by noon. At 12:10 pm, guests are invited to attend a mini-film fest at the nearly Metchosin Firehall. Bring a brown bag lunch (popcorn, coffee and tea will be provided) and eat it while you watch a Nature of Things episode on Fungi.  After the film, walk back to to the Council Chambers and see, from 2-4 pm, the immense bounty of Metchosin fungal species that the expert have laid out and labeled for our Metchosin inventory of species.

Metchosin Talk and Walk — Leah Ramsay — dragonflies — Fri, Sept 6, 2019

Our first Metchosin Talk/Walk for the 2019/2020 season is coming up on Friday, Sept 6, 2019, 7:00 pm, at the District of Metchosin Council Chambers.  Join us to hear CDC’s Leah Ramsay talk about “Damsels and Warriors: the Dragonflies of BC.”   

On Saturday, Sept 7, 10 am, Leah will join us to net and identify a few dragonflies. Metchosin location to be announced.

Next Talk and Walk: Oct 4: Metchosin’s own Anna Hall on Dolphins.

Nikki Wright’s Presentation — June 14, 2019

On Friday, June 14, 2019, Nikki Wright of SeaChange came to Metchosin to address the Talk and Walk group. A rapt audience listened to her talk about the importance of eelgrass beds, the meadows of the sea, in maintaining ocean diversit

We still have eelgrass beds in Metchosin, Nikki explained. But they are threatened.  About 13% of Metchosin’s 46 kilometres of shoreline has undergone serious anthropogenic modification.

Nikki spoke about the work that is being done through SeaChange to restore some of the compromised eelgrass beds along the Salish Sea.

Metchosin Talk and Walk — Nikki Wright — Eelgrass — June 14, 2019, 7:00 pm

Our last Talk/Walk for the summer is coming up on Friday, June 14, 2019, 7:00 pm, at the District of Metchosin Council Chambers.  Join us to listen to one of the area’s great presenters: Nikki Wright of SeaChange will be with us to talk about “Changing Times for Eelgrass and Nearshore Marine Habitats.”  Humble eelgrass is the foundation for much of our intertidal sea life. 

No Saturday walk this time.

Next Talk and Walk: September 6: Leah Ramsay, Dragonflies.