Whale Project Update: Fundraising Success – Well on our way!

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We are happy to report that hanks to the incredibly enthusiastic and generous support of individuals and businesses in our community, all 156 whale bones have been sponsored.   We still have about $8000 left to raise for this project and are looking for support to complete the project,   Our staff and volunteers are now hard at work preparing bones for articulation. The Underwater Harvesters Association became the lead sponsor and the articulation will be known as the Underwater Harvesters Association Grey Whale Exhibit. A number of the UHA members also sponsored individual bones!  We have been truly overwhelmed by the enthusiasm that has been shown for this project. Read the rest of this entry »

Grey Whale exhibit one step closer as remains exhumed from Beecher Bay

Yup, we did it – check out our preliminary timelapse above. and more information below Read the rest of this entry »

Raise a Whale Project surpasses halfway point!

Original Beaching

We’re past the half way point on our fundraising campaign for our Raise and Whale and Inspire Generations Project! Read on for our press release and learn about some of our great donors! Read the rest of this entry »

Oysters 101: An Evening of Oyster Fun for Oyster Lovers SOLD OUT!

Fanny Bay Oysters with Horseradish Mignonette
Join us at the Deep Bay Marine Field Station for an evening of oysters and oyster lore. Did you know that the ancient Greek Naturalist Pliny the Elder was an oyster farmer? That Napoleon ate oysters before battle? Why oysters are considered an aphrodisiac? That there were as many oyster bars in Victoria in the late 1800’s as there are today? That beds of oysters were “discovered” in Comox in 1866? What makes a great oyster and how do you shuck one? What makes a great oyster wine? Part educational seminar, part cooking class, part oyster bar, this casual evening will be all fun! Read the rest of this entry »

Help us choose our 2014 T-Shirt! Update we have a winner! Ferryn Nowatzi

Help support the Field Station and art students by voting for this year’s 2014 (Second) Annual T-shirt design destined to become a collector’s item!

Visual Arts Professor Gregory Ball  and his great Arts 295 Printmaking 2 students did a class competition for this years T-shirt that we will sell to support public education at the Field Station.  We’re going to give the winner a $150 gift certificate for art supplies at the VIU bookstore, plus fame and glory!

We picked our favourite designs and have them below (in no particular order).  Take a look and give us your opinion by VOTING in the POLL at the BOTTOM OF THE POST.  You can click on any design to view it larger.  Contest closes at 1630 Friday April 25  !  We’ll announce results Monday Morning the 28th!  Thanks for playing!

Fine print – designs may be modified or further developed in discussion with winner to correct typos add the name of the Field Station or other editorial comments.
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Whale Project Update – $10,000 milestone made!

We made our first $10,000 milestone on fund raising for our Grey Whale Project today with the generous sponsorship of a mandible (jaw) bone.  Read on for an update on the media and the project.  Other notable Sponsorships have included Grieg Seafoods who bought both Scapulae (shoulders). Read the rest of this entry »

Unlocking coastal B.C.’s blue carbon opportunities – We sign important MOU with BC Government and Project Watershed

Blue Carbon MOU signing 13.04.09

We had a cool windy day up on the Comox estuary with our great friends at Project Watershed as we signed a three way Memorandum of Understanding between ourselves (VIU), Project Watershed and the BC Government (via, Ministry of Environment and the Climate Action Secretariat to work together to investigate “Blue Carbon” and its role of estuaries in sequestering carbon.

Above: “Project Watershed’s Dr. Paul Horgen, Minister of Environment Hon. Terry Lake and VIU President Dr. Ralph Nilson sign MOU at Courtenay Estuary. Read the rest of this entry »