Mushroom art cards available

On May 15, the new 2022 Mushroom Art Card set is available for purchase. A project by Metchosin Foundation and Metchosin ArtPod, the boxed set of 36 heavy-cardstock 4″ X 6″ cards features the work of three dozen (mostly local) artists on the card faces.

The cards depict locally common mushrooms. On the back of each card is a description of the mushroom by the authors of the new Mushrooms of British Columbia. More information about the cards is on the Metchosin Biodiversity site.          

 

The mushroom art cards will be launched at a Bilston Creek Farm event. You are invited to attend (details below). At the event, you can: hear mushroom stories from Kem Luther and Andy MacKinnon; visit the mushroom show-and-tell table; ask the naturalists your burning mushroom questions; and bring a mushroom along and have it identified. While you are there, wander the grounds looking for the 36 hidden mushroom illustrations, tick them off on your personal mushroom checklist, then enter your finished list in a draw for prizes!  Visit Bilston Farm’s gift shop featuring locally-harvested lavender- and honey-infused treats and other local hand-made items. Purchase a refreshing drink from Bilston’s outdoor drink stand. Pick up your own art card deck (selling for $25 each) and perhaps even get your favourite artists to autograph their mushrooms! 

Why: Art Nature Cards 2022: MUSHROOM Deck “Unveiling” and Artist Appreciation Event
Where: Bilston Creek Farm, 4185 Metchosin Road, Metchosin, BC
When: Sunday 15 May, 12:00-2:30pm.
Who: Artists, families and friends, members of Metchosin Foundation, Metchosin ArtPod, and the general public
What to bring: Weather-appropriate clothes, a camera, a blanket to sit in the orchard and eat your pizza, a vexing mushroom!
What not: Please, outside food is not allowed on the premises during weekend events.

The event is free and family friendly. RSVP on Eventbrite.

The mushroom art card launch coincides with the summer opening of Bilston Creek Farm’s outdoor pizza oven. If would like to enjoy a pizza at this event, be sure to prebook it online at bilston.ca. Bilston will be making (pre-ordered) pizza until 5:30 pm on Sunday.

2019 Marine Day with the CRD

It was a beautiful day at Witty’s Beach for Marine Day 2019. The Metchosin Biodiversity Project partnered with the CRD to plan and host it. Metchosin Foundation came to the event with a booth.

Over 350 people showed up at the beach between 11 am and 2 pm to participate in the program. The CRD Parks staff, out in force, had events such as beach seining, face painting, and scuba divers bringing up sea creatures.  The Metchosin Biodiversity Project sponsored two walks, one with Joel Ussery to look at estuary plants, one with Sean Rangel to look at sea creatures and seaweeds. 

A number of people stopped by the Metchosin Foundation booth to look at the displays and talk with the Directors.  Nicole Lalonde, Morgan Freeman, and Kem Luther (wo)manned the booth.

Andrew Simon talk and iNaturalist bioblitz

On May 10/11, the Metchosin Biodiversity Project hosted a combination Walk and Talk and BioBlitz.  Andrew Simon, one of the region’s experts on bioblitzes, did a talk on Friday night on “Backyard Biodiversity.” 

The next morning, a group of about 15 people met with Andrew and Scott Gilmore (insect specialist from Lantzville) to do a biological inventory of Metchosin Wilderness Park.

Picture by James Holkko. Left to right: Caroline and Mike Bailey, Andrea Rangel, Jochen Moehr, Sean Rangel, Scott Gilmore, Bev Hall, James Holkko, Marcia Waterway, Shelly O’Conner, Kem Luther, Andrew Simon, Lise Gagnon, Ron O’Connor.

Unlike previous Metchosin BioBlitzes, this event was organized around the widely-used iNaturalist bioblitz software. Mike Fischer helped to prepare participants for the event by running a one-hour training session on Friday, before Andrew’s talk.

Many of the participants at the Saturday bioblitz brought their smartphones in order to record their observations.  Some of them brought cameras, planning to upload the pictures to iNaturalist at a later time.

 

Happy hours in Metchosin Wilderness Park. Pictures by James Holkko. Select to enlarge.

Six of the bioblitz participants made, and uploaded to iNaturalist, about 225 observations of approximate 140 different species.  You can view the iNaturalist project additions for the day on the iNaturalist project site. (Key to observers: carolinemetchosin is Caroline Bailey, mwaterway is Marcia Waterway, fmgee is Scott Gilmore, chlorophilia is Andrew Simon,  bioblitz4242 is Sean Rangel). The observation added about 20 new species to the 2600+ already in the Metchosin Biodiversity database.

Except for those by Sean, the day’s observations were almost all from Metchosin Wilderness Park. Sean and Andrea went to Weir’s beach later in the day and made algae observations.

A selection of species from the day:

Metchosin Earth Day 2019

On Sunday, April 14, 2019, the Metchosin Biodiversity Project joined with the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Victoria and Habitat Acquisition Trust to celebrate Earth Day in Metchosin

Despite a cool wind and occasional sprinkles, about 170 eager adults and children joined the 30 volunteers to enjoy music, BBQ hot dogs, nature hikes, crafts, games, and plant scavenger hunts.

Music for the event was by the fantastic Bald Eagles, a Victoria combo composed of musician/naturalists. (click to stop and start video)

Three organizations, Habitat Acquisition Trust, the Boys and Girls Club, and the Metchosin Foundation, had displays for the visitors to browse.