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Birds of the West Coast: A Natural History

Mark Maftei
Friday, April 27 @ 7:30pm
Darwin’s cafe at the Tofino Botanical Gardens
$5 at the door

The west coast of Vancouver Island consists of several unique habitats which collectively host one of the most diverse avian communities in Canada. From old-growth forest dwellers like the Pacific Wren to open ocean wanderers like the Black-footed Albatross, from year-round residents like the Black Oystercatcher to trans-continental migrants like the Western Sandpiper, the remarkable birds of this region reflect the richness and complexity of the overlapping marine and terrestrial ecosystems along our coast. The talk will serve as an introduction and overview to the relationship between birds and their environment, with examples of the amazing adaptations and life histories of some of the species which call the west coast home!

Mark Maftei’s passion for seabirds has taken him around the globe, from Ellesmere Island in the Canadian High Arctic to South Georgia Island in the Southern Ocean. Although he specializes in Arctic species, Mark’s recent work has focused on learning more about some of BC’s most interesting and enigmatic seabirds including rhinoceros and Cassin’s auklets – two species which breed and winter in our waters. Mark is currently the Executive Director of the Raincoast Education Society in Tofino, BC.

Photo: Mark Maftei