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  1. 1. & saturna island marine research education society
  2. 2. VANCOUVER BELLINGHAM VICTORIA CANADA USA SATURNA ISLAND VANCOUVER ISLAND OLYMPIC PENINSULA SOUTHERN GULF ISLANDS SAN JUAN ISLANDSHARO STRAIT STRAIT OF GEORGIA PUGET SOUND STRAIT OF JUAN DE FUCA ROSARIO STRAIT Saturna is a Southern Gulf Island positioned right in the center of the Salish Sea, on the international boundary between Canada and the USA. It’s within the urban triangle of Vancouver, Victoria and Bellingham. salish sea BRITISH COLUMBIA WASHINGTON STATE
  3. 3. CABBAGE ISLAND WINTER COVE LYALL HARBOUR FERRY LANDING BOOT COVE VINEYARD MT. WARBURTON PIKE BROWN RIDGE EAST POINT NARVAEZ BAY MT. DAVID MT. ELFORD FIDDLERS COVE PLUMPER SOUND STRAIT OF GEORGIA BOUNDARY PASS MT. FISHER BREEZY BAY TAYLOR POINT CACTUS POINT MONARCH HEAD MURDER POINT ECHO BAY TUMBO CHANNEL TUMBO ISLAND saturna island Saturna is 31 sq. km. of rugged, mountainous land. About half is designated park and much of the surrounding water is a proposed national marine conservation area.
  4. 4. our visionTo establish a marine research centre and educational programme on Saturna Island and contribute to the understanding and stewardship of our natural environment.
  5. 5. our mission 1. to attract scientific research and educational programmes to Saturna through partnerships with universities, aquariums, parks, scientists, educators and other environmental organizations 2. to be a center for marine research and education, to encourage the development of citizen science and environmental stewardship 3. to bring all people closer to an understanding of and appreciation for the intricate web of our marine ecosystem through presentations, workshops and hands-on experiences
  6. 6. our goals 1. ORGANIZE MOBY DOLL ORCA SYMPOSIUM 2. ESTABLISH A SCIENTIFIC ADVISORY GROUP 3. OFFER MARINE EDUCATION PROGRAMMES 4. INSTALL HYDROPHONE & WEBCAM 5. SECURE STRATEGIC ALLIANCES 6. EXPLORE POSSIBILITIES FOR A MARINE RESEARCH FACILITY ON SATURNA
  7. 7. MOBY DOLL ORCA SYMPOSIUM Work closely with the Saturna Heritage Society to organize a whale symposium that brings together prominent orca researchers from 1964 to today. Celebrate the aware- ness that Moby Doll brought us and all that we have learned about orcas in 50 years.
  8. 8. ESTABLISH SCIENTIFIC ADVISORY GROUP Assemble a group of scientists who can advise on the needs and basic requirements for in-the-field research. Develop short and long-term programs in cooperation with the scien- tific community. Initiate ways that Saturna residents can participate in citizen science.
  9. 9. 3ESTABLISH PRESENTATION SERIES Create an ongoing public environmental education program with experts in their fields. In 2013, the goal is for 4 unique presentations.
  10. 10. 4 INSTALL HYDROPHONE AND WEBCAM at East Point in conjunction with the Fog Alarm Building for an enhanced land-based orca viewing experience and greater public engagement. Make it universally available on a website.
  11. 11. 5 SECURE STRATEGIC ALLIANCES Approach scientists, aquariums, universities, Parks Canada and other related parties to partner in a research and education facility on Saturna Island.
  12. 12. EXPLORE POSSIBILITIES FOR A MARINE RESEARCH FACILITY Work closely with our strategic partners to develop a program and location plan for a research centre. Be the liason between the scientific and Saturna communities.
  13. 13. fund raising SHORT TERM 1. start up costs 2. Moby Doll orca symposium ONGOING 3. presentation series 4. hydrophone and webcam 5. research and education programme development LONGTERM 6. large-scale funding through universities, governments, private and corporate foundations and philanthropists
  14. 14. raise awareness raise funds 1. Moby Doll Symposium 2. Scientific Advisory Group 3. Presentation Series 4. Hydrophone & Webcam 5. Strategic Alliances 6. Marine Research Centre SHORTTERM • Start up Costs • Moby Doll Orca Symposium LONGTERM • Large-scale funding for Research Centre through universities, governments, foundations, philanthropists overview ONGOING • speaker series • hydrophone & webcam • research & education programme development SATURNA ISLAND MARINE RESEARCH& EDUCATION SOCIETY • create structure • establish society • research potential
  15. 15. why saturna?
  16. 16. our environment
  17. 17. gulf islands national park & marine conservation area Almost 50% of Saturna Island is within the Gulf Islands National Park. Most of the waters surrounding the island are within the proposed National Marine Conservation Area. This is one of the most ecologically at risk natural regions in southern Canada. It supports a rich and diverse group of species and habitats.
  18. 18. southern resident orcas East Point, on Saturna Island, is one of the best places in the Pacific Northwest to observe the orcas from land, up close and personal. From May to October, whales from J, K, and L pods, transient orcas, minke and the occasional humpback swim along our shore on their feeding route between the Strait of Juan de Fuca and the Fraser River.
  19. 19. Saturna Island is a place to observe a wide variety of species including: MARINE MAMMALS seals, steller sea lions, porpoise RAPTORS bald eagles, hawks, peregrine falcons, owls MARINE BIRDS cormorants, oyster catchers, shorebirds, sea ducks, migrating species INTERTIDAL INVERTEBRATES jellyfish, anemones, sea stars sponges, crustaceans, worms, molluscs & many more marine life
  20. 20. It’s also a place to study marine geology, plantlife and how it all interconnects. There is a variety of rocky and sandy beaches. One can find excel- lent examples of: SANDSTONE WEATHERING large tracts of alveolar erosion NATIVE VASCULAR PLANTS including arbutus & garry oak FUNGI, MOSSES & LICHENS thousands of species SEAWEEDS & SEAGRASSES kelp & eel grass beds marineecology
  21. 21. fresh&saline marshes
  22. 22. intertidalinvertebrates
  23. 23. marinebirds
  24. 24. raptors Mt. Fisher on Saturna’s south-west side is a protected area within the Gulf Islands National Park where eagles, hawks, owls peregrine falcons, osprey and turkey vultures can be observed and studied. It’s also on a migratory route with seasonal population fluctuations. The dry rocky terrain and mild winters are ideal nesting and hunting grounds for these birds.
  25. 25. Saturna Island is at the inter- section of nature conservancy and industry. All international marine traffic from Vancouver ports passes the island and on a clear day, oil refineries in Bellingham and Ferndale can be seen from East Point. Perhaps more than any other reason, our location in the Salish Sea makes this the ideal place to study the effects of human activities on marine ecology for a deeper under- standing of our intricate web. beauty & the beast
  26. 26. is there a place for all of us?
  27. 27. our community
  28. 28. saturna islanders With a permanent population of about 300 people, a remark- able number of things get accomplished on Saturna, mostly through industrious volunteer efforts. The island offers an alternative lifestyle and most people that stay feel an extraor- dinary connection to the natural marine environment.There’s an interesting mix of people from all areas of the arts includ- ing writers, painters, architects, designers, photographers, musicians, film producers, artisans, chefs and natural heal- ers. There are sailors and fishermen, house builders, trades- people, farmers, educators, professionals and business people. Most importantly, many citizens are willing to work hard for a new idea, initiating and completing unique projects which enrich the lives of those who live and visit here.
  29. 29. fog alarm building The Fog Alarm Building (FAB) was rescued from demolition, rehabilitated and turned into an interpretive centre focused on historical stories of Satur- na. It is located at East Point in the Gulf Islands National Park. Inside, many stories about the island are displayed on panels and in video format. It has an undisturbed view of Boiling Reef, where lots of marine life can be observed. It’s equipped with high-speed internet and can be a central place for scientific field work.
  30. 30. saturna ecological education centre
  31. 31. The Saturna Ecological Education Centre (SEEC) is an experi- ential, place-based ecological learning centre for students in Grades 11 and 12. The programs connect to the British Columbia education curriculum while encouraging learners to go deeper, immersing themselves in the natural world to feel, understand and act for the environment. A unique live- in campus in an off-grid setting on a working farm makes the experience truly life-changing for many of the students. Out- reach programs can be created to involve these students in research projects, opening them to future careers in science.
  32. 32. living green
  33. 33. recycling centre To lessen the impacts of trash, Saturna residents estab- lished a recycling centre more than 20 years ago. A shelter was built, compacting equipment purchased and a process- ing system put in place. With a little seed money, volunteer labour and a lot of ingenuity, the centre is highly successful. The centre also has a Free Store where residents can exchange things they no longer need. It’s a clear example of a community helping itself be environmentally responsible.
  34. 34. A number of years ago a group of residents decided to help bring chum salmon back to Lyall Creek. With support from Fisheries and Oceans Canada, volunteers began a program to incubate chum eggs in Lyall Creek and then release the young salmon into the ocean each spring. An im- passable culvert was replaced, in- stream and riparian area restored. Local elementary school children participate in stocking the creek each year with salmon fry. Lyall Creek is considered to be a benchmark for habitat restoration in the region. lyall creek salmon restoration
  35. 35. There is a wide network of maintained hiking trails and beach-front access paths throughout the island. From mountainous terrain and deep forest to grassy fields and sandstone beaches, there are trails that will take you to almost any place you would like to go. The trails are created and maintained by Saturna Parks and Recreation and Parks Canada. hiking trails
  36. 36. saturna facilities & services Saturna is a small community with limited commercial services, however all the essential elements are here. • high-speed internet connectivity • postal service with courier connection • daily ferry service to Victoria and Vancouver • private water taxi service • Seair Seaplanes scheduled flights to Vancouver • government dock with fuel facility • private marina • general store for provisions • pub, café, coffee bus, bistro • lodge, cottages and B&B accommodations • limited Parks Canada camping • meeting and banquet facilities • Community Hall & Recreation Centre • Volunteer Fire Department, Saturna Island Rescue and Health Clinic • community library and a book store plus a variety of other independent businesses and services
  37. 37. this project is good for saturna It’s an initiative that fits the values of the majority of residents – it utilizes our natural resources without altering them. It will help the marine environment in which we live and add vitality to our community. The ongoing economic spin-off will be important for Saturna businesses, bringing educational tourism and the daily activities of a research centre. THETIME IS RIGHT: The scientific community continues to be affected by government cutbacks and there is a need for more engagement in citizen science.
  38. 38. won’t you join us?
  39. 39. how can you help? Financial support, sponsorships and donations are gratefully accepted. Participate as a science advisor, volunteer, or a citizen scientist.
  40. 40. & saturna island marine research education society contact us SIMRES DIRECTORS Larry Peck, Chairman Bob Bruce Charles Reif Bill Schermbrucker Sue Syverson Sheila Wallace Maureen Welton saturnamarineresearch@gmail.com

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