How about a scavenger hunt? This will be part of the activity packs that will be available for pick-up just prior to the festival. Stay tuned for more information.
Tuesday March 16, 2021
Tuesday Activity Suggestion - Scavenger Hunt
ON DEMAND - Storytelling with Roy Henry Vickers
Storytelling with Roy Henry Vickers is an elevating experience that transcends all cultural boundaries and brings a sense of peace and wonder to all who are fortunate enough to enjoy his many tales of life.
Roy has provided us with a video made specifically for the Whale Festival. He will walk through selected works, share stories of inspiration and give people a glimpse into the life lessons that he has learned and that his ancestors have passed on to him.
All who are lucky enough to take in this special video leave with a new found sense of appreciation for friends, family, nature, and all the little things that inspire us from day to day.
Stay tuned for a link to take you to this special video presentation.
Exploring the Big Blue with ROVs - Ocean Network Canada
Join Lauren Hudson of the Ocean Networks Canada K-12 Education Team to discuss this exciting new way of exploring our oceans. Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROV) go where humans can’t! Learn how Ocean Networks Canada uses these incredible machines for ocean exploration. This presentation is a great way to kick off the engineering design cycle project "ROV Drivers Wanted" where youth can try three challenges that exemplify how ROV technicians maneuver ROVs!
Lauren joined OCN as a K12 Education Coordinator in the summer of 2019 after spending 12 years as a classroom teacher and STEM coordinator. She is a teacher with a passion for science education. We have so much to learn about our incredible oceans, and Lauren believes that exploring and connecting with the ocean are foundational experiences that will drive us to take care of our planet.
Please register for this presentation here.
Salmon Forest Salmon People - Clayoquot Action
Salmon Forest Salmon People is an engaging one-hour talk which covers local conservation history as well as current environmental challenges. The imagery will leave you feeling immersed in beautiful Clayoquot Sound as you join Dan and Bonnie for this timely update with a Q&A to follow.
Dan’s deep roots in Tofino and on Tla-o-qui-aht territory offer a broad knowledge base on a range of challenges affecting socio-ecological systems in the area. The photos are beautiful and transport students to the territories and communities of the region (so much so you might forget you’re sitting in your bedroom on your laptop). This is a great opportunity for environmental studies students to see the content they learn in class being put into action real-time.
Southern Resident Killer Whale Research Project - Parks Canada
Southern Resident Killer Whales can be seen off the west coast of Vancouver Island, including areas within Pacific Rim National Park Reserve, right in our own backyard! However, with only 75 individuals remaining in the population, Southern Resident Killer Whales are currently listed as endangered under the Species at Risk Act.
Join Parks Canada Marine Ecologist, Jennifer Yakimishyn and Public Outreach Education Officer, Rachel Schoeler to learn more about the Southern Resident Killer Whale research project in Pacific Rim National Park Reserve and actions you can take to help protect this endangered species.
Stay tuned for information on how you can register for this presentation.
Grey Whales in Mexico - Jorge Urban
Take a journey down South, to the breeding grounds of the grey whale, as you spend an evening conversing with Dr. Jorge Urbán, an expert in gray and humpback whales of the Mexican Pacific. Whether you are curious to learn more about the 'friendly' behavior of our summer residents, or calf and cow relationships, or you are curious about the recent reports of unusual mortality events, Jorge will be answering your questions. This is a unique opportunity to experience the full circle of the grey whales migration and we hope you can join us.
Dr. Jorge Urbán is a Professor of the Department of the Coastal and Marine Sciences of the Autonomous University of Baja California Sur at La Paz, B.C.S., where he has worked for 30 years. He began his research on whales in 1982 when he initiated the first long term study on humpbacks in Mexico. Jorge has presented papers on this topic at more than 70 international meetings and has written more than 100 scientific publications about the great whales and dolphins of the Gulf of California. He has special interest in the fin, humpback, and gray whales, as well as beaked whales from the Mexican Pacific.