SEANET blogger heads home, seabird conference goes on.

11 09 2010

Your SEANET blogger writes to you this late evening from SEATAC airport en route home to New Hampshire. I leave behind our own Dr. Julie Ellis who will remain at the World Seabird Conference until its bitter, bitter end (a day-long whale watch).

A grainy photo of Julie Ellis and Christa Mulder. It was nearly impossible to get closer--these two are like rock stars.

Julie is now free to enjoy both the conference and the majesty of Vancouver Island since she wrapped up her symposium yesterday. The symposium, entitled “Seabird Island Ecology and Restoration: a global synthesis” was co-convened by Christa Mulder, and was the culmination of a number of years of work by the SEAPRE (Seabird Islands and Introduced Predators) Network. That group, made up of ecologists, botanists, soil scientists, marine ornithologists and a motley crew of other sorts of scientists has been meeting and working diligently toward the ultimate goal of creating a book on the subject of seabird island restoration. It appears they are on the verge of success as their book is slated for publication.

The group also produced a DVD on the topic which is suitable for lay audiences of many ages and educational attainments, so if you or someone you know and love is a teacher, or any other interested party, the DVD is free and you can find out more by getting in touch with the SEAPRE folks through their website.

In other news from the World Seabird Conference, your blogger was most gratified to catch up with two Dead Bird Quiz superstars: John “Quick Draw” Stanton, and Mary “Dark Horse” Wright. Hope to see you both on the blog again soon!

The sunken garden at Butchart Gardens. Spectacular.

Finally, a confession. Your blogger bailed on the latter part of the conference program yesterday to visit the jewel in the crown of Vancouver Island: the Butchart Gardens. Though seething with noisy tourists who seemed to have little interest in gardens generally, the site was well worth the visit, and the day was flawless.

Next week, it’s back to the hard labor of the day to day SEANET grind, and, I hope a new Dead Bird Quiz. I will have to peruse your latest finds, Seanetters. Thanks for bearing with your blogger through a few weeks of irregular postings. We will be back on line from here on out!




One response

13 09 2010

Glad to read you had a good visit to The Butchart Gardens. When I read of your Dead Bird Quiz I thought you might be interested in a dead bird story of our own.

Mr. Butchart (whose wife Jennie had the vision for The Gardens) told his great grandson that they’d been in England and planned to take the Titanic back to North America. Shortly before their departure he received word from home that one of his favorite ornamental birds had died. As the bird had originally been obtained from Germany he decided to postpone their return voyage and head to Germany to obtain another bird. His wife waited on in England until he returned. So basically a dead bird saved the Butcharts.

Graham Bell
Public Relations
The Butchart Gardens

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