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What's New

February 1, 2019 - Publication Alert: Wildlife Afield Vol. 14, No. 1
December 1, 2018 - Publication Alert: Wildlife Afield Vol. 12, No. 2
February 14, 2018 - Publication Alert: Wildlife Afield Vol. 13, No. 1&2

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Wildlife Afield Vol. 16:1&2

Seabird Colonies of British Columbia
Haida Gwaii

       480 pages, click here for contents                    Photo by Jared Hobbs

This second volume of the seabird catalogue presents the status and historical changes of seabird breeding populations at all known colonies in Haida Gwaii. It includes seabird memories of the Haida people, reports from early geological and anthropological expeditions, and information gathered by numerous institutions, independent observers, graduate students, and wildlife consultants. Those have been compiled to provide a history of visits and known changes at each colony site where seabirds have been known to nest in the Haida Gwaii archipelago. Introductory sections describe persons and institutions that have contributed to our knowledge of seabird breeding populations in the area. There is also a review of previous impacts and current threats to nesting populations, including those from human disturbance, commercial and recreational fishing, and native and non-native predators. Of great conservation concern for the seabirds of this archipelago is the continued spread of introduced rats and raccoons to the colony islands.

 As with the first volume, this work is not just a valuable reference document. The volume begins with a 10-page tribute to Rudi Drent, whose early concern for nesting seabirds in British Columbia and his enthusiasm inspired this present treatise. In addition to the scientific text, this volume is lavishly illustrated with over 600 photographs and drawings. Wildlife artist Mark Hobson has generously donated seven paintings of coastal themes that are added as coloured inserts. Also scattered throughout the text are numerous anecdotes that detail fascinating aspects of the lives of nesting birds or the vivid memories of the authors and other contributors.

 This second of the four-volume compendium is the product of decades of work, dedication, and commitment to the conservation of breeding seabirds in British Columbia by authors Michael Rodway, Wayne Campbell, and Moira Lemon. Upcoming volumes to be published in Wildlife Afield: Volume 3 will present detailed histories of seabird populations nesting at BC colonies along the outer mainland and Vancouver Island coasts; Volume 4 concerns the seabird colonies in the Salish Sea.

Copies are being mailed to members and are also available from the Biodiversity Centre for Wildlife Studies without a membership for $55 CDN (postage included; all proceeds to BCFWS).

  Order your copy today                             Purchase by cheque                                                              

                                       

*****

 

 

Wildlife Afield, Volume 14, Number 1


80 pages, click here for contents

 The Quintessential Naturalist

 A new biography, Naturalist and Cloud Watcher, is now available on the life and accomplishments of long-time BC naturalist David Stirling. The book chronicles David’s early subsistence life in Athabasca, Alberta; two years of wanderlust on a motorcycle with his wife exploring Australia; developing the successful BC Parks nature interpretation program; mentoring hundreds of aspiring young naturalists; and in retirement leading wildlife tours to all the world’s continents. He attributed his 97-year life to good genes and following the advice of Ralph Waldo Emmerson who wrote, Adopt the pace of nature; her secret is patience.

The publication, written by long-time friends Wayne Campbell and Barbara Begg, also includes reminiscences of ten friends and a comprehensive list of over 200 articles by David, many of which were published in Victoria Naturalist and BC Naturalist. David authored six books as well.

The 80-page book has four coloured inserts highlighting David’s life and contains hundreds of black-and-white photographs and sketches. It costs $20.00 (including postage) to cover production and postage expenses.

The book is available from the Biodiversity Centre for Wildlife Studies online at www.wildlifebc.org (PayPal) or by cheque at BCFWS, 3825 Cadboro Bay Road, PO Box 55053, Victoria, BC V8N 6L8.

*****


Wildlife Afield Vol. 13:1
&2

Seabird Colonies of British Columbia
A Century of Changes


298 pages, click here for contents                      Photo by Jared Hobbs

This seabird catalogue will surprise you – it is not just a valuable reference document. In addition to the scientific text, with an exhaustive compilation of 631 published and unpublished sources, are almost 300 photographs and drawings that document the private lives of seabirds and the field experiences of the surveyors. Two provincial artists donated eight paintings of coastal themes that are added as coloured inserts. Also scattered throughout the text are numerous shaded inserts that include fascinating aspects of the lives of nesting birds and vivid memories of the authors. Some anecdotes like A Life Lesson to Remember and Lost in a Fog Bank relate events that could have turned out differently!

Authors Michael Rodway, Wayne Campbell, and Moira Lemon have brought to fruition five decades of work in this updated seabird catalogue for British Columbia. They have a combined 127 years of seabird experience and have visited all colonies at least once and some many times.

This introductory 298-page volume provides an overview of nesting seabirds in British Columbia, including survey history and methods, provincial population summaries, species accounts, threats, and conservation measures. Three subsequent volumes, also to be published in Wildlife Afield, will present detailed histories of every known seabird colony in BC.

Copies are being mailed to members and are also available from the Biodiversity Centre for Wildlife Studies without a membership for $40 CDN (postage included; all proceeds to BCFWS)

Order your copy today                               Purchase by cheque

                                                  

*****

 

Wildlife Afield, Volume 10, Number 2

GLENN RODERICK RYDER: An Old-School Naturalist
by R. Wayne Campbell and Phillip S. Henderson

The story of Glenn's fascinating and challenging life

Possibly for the first time in British Columbia an ordinary, non-professional naturalist has been honoured with a detailed account of his contribution to awareness of nature and science and for his conservation efforts.

Chris Siddle, Vernon


178 pages, click here for contents

Copies have been mailed to members and are also available from the Biodiversity Centre for Wildlife Studies without a membership for $25 CDN (postage included; all proceeds to BCFWS)

 Order your copy today                              Purchase by cheque

                                                         

 *****

 

The Legacy of a Pioneering Biologist, Educator and Conservationist

Ian McTaggart-Cowan

To order your copy click here           

This second volume of the seabird catalogue presents the status and historical changes of seabird breeding populations at all known colonies in Haida Gwaii. It includes seabird memories of the Haida people, reports from early geological and anthropological expeditions, and information gathered by numerous institutions, independent observers, graduate students, and wildlife consultants. Those have been compiled to provide a history of visits and known changes at each colony site where seabirds have been known to nest in the Haida Gwaii archipelago. Introductory sections describe persons and institutions that have contributed to our knowledge of seabird breeding populations in the area. There is also a review of previous impacts and current threats to nesting populations, including those from human disturbance, commercial and recreational fishing, and native and non-native predators. Of great conservation concern for the seabirds of this archipelago is the continued spread of introduced rats and raccoons to the colony islands.

As with the first volume, this work is not just a valuable reference document. The volume begins with a 10-page tribute to Rudi Drent, whose early concern for nesting seabirds in British Columbia and his enthusiasm inspired this present treatise. In addition to the scientific text, this volume is lavishly illustrated with over 600 photographs and drawings. Wildlife artist Mark Hobson has generously donated seven paintings of coastal themes that are added as coloured inserts. Also scattered throughout the text are numerous anecdotes that detail fascinating aspects of the lives of nesting birds or the vivid memories of the authors and other contributors.

This second of the four-volume compendium is the product of decades of work, dedication, and commitment to the conservation of breeding seabirds in British Columbia by authors Michael Rodway, Wayne Campbell, and Moira Lemon. Upcoming volumes to be published in Wildlife Afield: Volume 3 will present detailed histories of seabird populations nesting at BC colonies along the outer mainland and Vancouver Island coasts; Volume 4 concerns the seabird colonies in the Salish Sea.

Copies are being mailed to members and are also available from the Biodiversity Centre for Wildlife Studies without a membership for $55 CDN (postage included; all proceeds to BCFWS).