Spring Lecture Series March & April 2015

This spring’s series wilsea among usl focus on a new publication of significance to all of us who live and work around the Salish Sea.

The Sea Among Us presents a comprehensive study of the Strait of Georgia in all its aspects: geology, First Nations, history, oceanography, fish, birds, mammals, invertebrates and plants; the book is a sweeping overview of the waterway.

During the 8 part Thursday night series the contributing authors will share their expertise and contribution to this insightful book.

Come early to check out our aquariums and touch tanks and join us for dinner.   Each week’s lecture will offer a different themed menu: Seafood, Mexican, Italian, Greek, Japanese and more.  Tickets include admission to the station.

Lectures: 7:00pm Advance ticket only  $10

Dinners: 5:30pm Reservations required  $15

Call 250 740 6611 to reserve

Tickets Available at:

Deep Bay Marine Field Station, Bowser
Salish Sea Market, Bowser (After Feb 26.)
Court Yard Cafe, Qualicum Beach (After Feb 26.)

Lecture Schedule


Thursday March 5th – Dr. John Clague
How did the Strait of Georgia originate – The geologic story of our inland sea


An image-rich presentation describing how our south-coast landscape formed. Focusing on the past 30,000 years, from the beginning of the last Ice Age to today.

John Clague is Shrum Professor of Science and Director of the Centre for Natural Hazard Research at SimonFraser University.  His professional expertise is in the areas of glacial geology, natural hazards, and climate  change. John has published more than 300 papers and several books on these topics.  He is a fellow of The Royal Society of Canada.

Dinner: West Coast Style from the Sea – Deep Bay Famous Baked Oysters, Maple cedar Baked Salmon, Whipped Potato and Sunchoke, Clam Chowder, Fresh Bannock Bread, Garden Greens, Nutty Grain Salad & a selection of Sweets


Thursday March 12th – Dr. Richard Beamish
The Strait of Georgia and it’s Fishes

Winds, sunlight, tides and Frdick beamishaser River flows combine to make the Strait of Georgia extremely productive. The productivity supports, perhaps 10 to 12 billion fishes, including well-known species such as Pacific salmon and herring and 215 other less well- known species. This is a presentation about the fishes that live in the Strait of Georgia and how they are doing.

Dr. Richard Beamish, C.M., O.B.C, Ph.D.,D.Sc., F.R.S.C. is an Emeritus Scientist at the Pacific Biological Station in Nanaimo, B.C. where he served as the Head of the Groundfish Section and Director from 1980-1993 until he retired in 2011.
His research interests have included new methods of ageing fish that included the discovery that many species of fish were much older than previously thought, and discovery of a new lamprey species. He has authored a number of papers on the effects of climate on fish populations and was one of the first scientists to write about climate regimes and regime shifts. He has published over 350 articles.

 Dinner: Indian Feast – Seafood Mulligatawny or Lentil Coconut Soup, Crunchy Poppadum, Curried Butter Chicken, Rice Pilaf, Spicy Lamb KoftasTomato Cucumber Salad with Yogurt Sauce and Mango Chutney, Mango Cheesecake, Chocolate Pistachio Truffles


Thursday March 19th – Dr. Terry Glavin

More information coming soon.

Dinner: Hungarian – Beet Borsht with Dill Crème Fraise, Fresh Bread, Hand Pinched Onion Cheddar Perogies, Local Pork and Mushroom or Goulash with buttered Egg Noodles (Vegetarian), Big Fresh Salad choice of Dressings, Pickled Cucumber and Onions and a selection of Sweets


Thursday March 26th – Dr. Doug Bertram

More information coming soon.

Dinner: Mexicano Fish, Pulled Pork or Grilled Veggy Soft Tacos, Chicken Tortilla soup, Fresh Cornbread, Rice Pilaf
Refried Beans, Green Salad, Mexican Chocolate Pots de Crème, Cinnamon Shortbread, Dipped Strawberries.


Thursday Apr 9th – Dr. Rick Harbo
Whelks to Whales.  Marine life of the Strait of Georgia- Past, Present and Future

“Marine life of the Swhelks to whales_final cover_CMYKtrait of Georgia- past, present and future”. A look at the incredible marine life, including cold water corals, invasive species, species at risk, and some of the shellfish fisheries of the Salish Sea. There will be some shells and other samples to examine.

Rick Harbo worked as habitat protection and resource management biologist for Fisheries and Oceans Canada, for 36 years.  Now retired, he volunteers as a Research Associate at the Royal BC Museum.

Rick is an avid photographer and has written numerous field guides, including Tidepool and Reef , Whelks to Whales and Shells and Shellfish of the Pacific Northwest.  His underwater and topside  photographs can be found in textbooks worldwide.

Rick recently contributed a chapter and images for the popular book, The Sea Among Us. The Amazing Strait of Georgia.

Dinner: Opa! Greek Night – Mezza Plate with Humus and Flatbread, Eggplant Dip, Olives, and Tzatsiki, Spanakopita, Chicken or Salmon Souvlaki, Lemon Potatoes, Greek Salad, Honey Baklava, Lemon Tartletts


Thursday Apr 16th –Stewart Muir
Strait of Georgia 2115: A Historian Reflects on What the Next 100 Years Will Bring

Stewart Muir is Executive Director of the Resource Works Society, a Vancouver-based non-profit organization.  In April 2014 with the founding of the Vancouver-based Resource Works Society, Stewart Muir set out to create a values-based conversation about the natural-resource economy and make it accessible to all British Columbians. The movement now has thousands of followers and is poised to meet ambitious growth targets in 2015.

Stewart is a prominent commentator in the news media on resource issues.   As an author, public-process specialist,historian and public intellectual he has an international perspective based on years working and studying in countries including Australia, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom and Hong Kong.  Early in his career he was an editor and publisher of community newspapers in rural British Columbia and Alberta.

A co-author of the recently published The Sea Among Us: The Amazing Strait of Georgia from Harbour Publishing, Stewart has a master’s degree focused on environmental history from the University of British Columbia.  He spent eight years as a director of The Nature Trust of British Columbia, which conserves BC’s biological diversity through securement and management of ecologically significant lands.

Dinner: Japanese Izakaya – Assorted Sushi, Tuna Tataki, Handmade Pork Gyoza with Ponzu sauce, Soba Noodle Salad, Sesame Beans, Seaweed Salad, Green Tea Brulee, Assorted Cookies


Thursday Apr 23rd – Dr. Andrew Trites
Marine Mammals Among Us

Eleven species of seals, sea lions, porpoises, dolphins and baleen whales live in the Strait of Georgia, but most go unseen and unrecognized by most people who walk its shores. The lecture will help to demystify the secret lives of our marine mammals, and will explore our changing relationship with them.

Dr. Andrew Trites is a Professor and Director of the Marine Mammal Unit at the University of British Columbia’s Fisheries Centre.  He has been studying marine mammals in the North Pacific for over 30 years. His research program spans the fields of nutrition, ecology, physiology, behavior, anthropology and oceanography; and furthers the conservation and understanding of marine mammals. He led the Blue Whale Project to display the world’s largest freely suspended skeleton at the UBC Beaty Biodiversity Museum—and recently published a book chapter on marine mammals in The Sea Among Us: The Amazing Strait of Georgia.

Dinner: Italiano Pasta Night – Antipasti Platter, Salami and Olives, Fresh Focaccia, Grilled Vegetable Platter, Marinated Buffalo Mozzarella, Baby Greens with Toasted Hazelnut Lemon Dressing, House Made Fresh Linguine with Pesto Cream Sauce or Traditional Bolognese, Roasted Free-Range Chicken Ballantine, Tiramisu Cups, Fresh Fruit


Thursday Apr 30th – Dr. Paul Harrison
Is There a Link Between Nutrients and Fish? How Plankton Make the Connection

The Strait of Georgia is a very productive region for commercial fisheries.  This lecture will explain what special characteristics make the Strait so productive and explain how the supply of nutrients are linked to fish production. The key to the link is the plankton (small microscopic single-celled algae – the ‘grass of the sea’ and the small animal plankton – the ‘insects of the sea’). You will be amazed at how beautifully designed these microscopic organisms are under a microscope. See a world of beauty that you miss with your naked eye when you look at a glass of seawater.

Dr. Harrison obtained his PhD from the University of Washington (Seattle) in biological oceanography and he is now an Emeritus Professor at the University of British Columbia (Vancouver). His research has focused on the microscopic primary producers (the ‘grass of the sea’) that feed the whole food chain all the way up to fish. Harrison has investigated the productivity in the Strait of Georgia, and conducted large-scale iron fertilization experiments in the North Pacific. Later in his career, he spent 10 years in Hong Kong where he worked on red tides, dead zones, and the role of the ocean in reducing global warming and climate change. Harrison has won several awards for his research and teaching.

Dinner: Traditional Prime Rib Roast  AAA Prime Rib Roast, Fresh Yorkshire Pudding, Mashed Garlic Potatoes, Roasted Cauliflower and Broccoli, Spinach Caesar Salad, Apple Pie with Rosemary Caramel Sauce and Chantilly Cream.


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