Wednesday, November 20, 2019

North Coast Marine Speaker Series returns next week, with the Rhinoceros Auklets of the North Coast the theme

Learn more about the Rhinoceros Auklet one of the unusual
seabirds  that can be found on the North Coast
as part of the fall Marine Speaker series

The fall session of the North Coast Marine Speaker series arrives next week, with a look at some of the marine life of Lucy Islands and the habitat of the spectacularly named Rhinoceros Auklet, a local seabird that calls the island home.

Tuesday, November 26th is the evening of the presentation, where Coast Mountain College biology professor Kirk Hart will help to remove the image in our minds of some kind of raging huge bird terrorizing Lucy Islands, an area of Chatham Sound which is recognized as a global nesting habitat for the Rhinoceros Auklets.

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Some of the themes that will be explored on the evening will be how the birds interact with the ocean and how they can be used to provide us with valuable information about the marine environment. He will also explain how human activity may be having an impact on their behaviour.

Professor Hart will also review some of the past and present seabird research that has taken place at the Lucy Islands Conservancy, as well as what is planned for the future.

Mr. Hart brings an extensive resume in the field of seabird ecology having explored a range of themes spanning such diverse locations as Labrador, Alaska and South Korea.

Tuesday night's presentation takes place in the Multi-purpose room of the Prince Rupert campus of Coast Mountain College, the evening's program starts at 7:30 PM

The speaker Series in Prince Rupert is a project of the North Coast Cetacean Research Initiative, if you would like to learn more about their work in the region contact Caitlin Birdsall by email at

For more items of interest on Community events on the North Coast see our archive page here.

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