MERS Marine Naturalist Workshop

June 2 to 4, 2017 - Marine Education and Research Society workshop on BC's whale species and seals, sea lions, dolphins, porpoises and otters too! Intensive training for those working (or hoping to work) as whale watch naturalists, kayak guides, park staff, or others interested in gaining a deeper knowledge of the natural history and conservation of BC's marine mammals. Bring sharp pencils and lots of notepaper! A certificate of participation will be provided to those who attend the full 2.5 day workshop. Aim of the workshop is to enable more people to inform and inspire marine mammal conservation.

**Please note that the 2017 workshop is now full. We are currently taking names for the waiting list, in case of any cancellations. Contact us at mersociety(@)gmail.com if you would like to be added to this list.

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Location

Campbell River, Marine Heritage Centre (Thulin room)

Cost

$250/person for 2.5 days. Space limited. Spot secured with a $125 deposit. All proceeds go to the work of the Marine Education and Research Society. To pay securely via Paypal, use the drop-down list and button below. Full payment due on May 5th.

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Presenters

Researchers and educators from the Marine Education and Research Society: Christie McMillan, Jackie Hildering, Caitlin Birdsall and Leah Thorpe. Click here for background on presenters.

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Tentative Program

Friday June 2

10 to 12:30 (1x15 minute break and 1 activity)

  • Introductions
  • The Value of Being a Marine Mammal Naturalist (includes tips on effective interpretive delivery)
  • Marine Biodiversity of BC - from plankton to giants
  • Classification of Marine Mammals
Lunch break (please bring a bag lunch)

1:30 to 5:30 pm (2x15 minute breaks and 1 activity)
  • Dolphins and Porpoises - natural history and conservation concerns
  • BC Killer Whale Populations - natural history and conservation concerns

Saturday June 3

9:00 to 12:30 (1x15 minute break and 1 activity)

  • Sea Otters - natural history and conservation concerns
  • Seals and Sea Lions - natural history and conservation concerns
  • Minke Whales - MERS research
  • Grey Whales - natural history and conservation concerns
Lunch break (please bring a bag lunch)

1:30 to 5:30 pm (2x15 minute breaks and 1 activity)
  • The Return of Giants - MERS research into Humpback Whales
  • Building Your Naturalist Toolkit - resources and how to use them effectively
  • Part 1 - Man vs. Marine Mammal - summary of the complex human history with marine mammals
Optional activity: 6:30 PM Dinner and drinks at the Riptide Marine Pub. Reservations not necessary. We will confirm numbers attending on the first day of the workshop.

Sunday June 4

9:00 to 1:00 (1x15 minute break + 1 activity)

  • Part 2 - Man vs. Marine Mammal
  • Identifying Marine Mammals in the Field
  • Feedback and presentation of certificates




All photos on this site provided by and (c) Jared Towers, Christie McMillan, Jackie Hildering, and Heidi Krajewsky, unless otherwise indicated. Photos are not to be used without permission.