Lecture Series

Past Webinars

On Friday, March 19th, 2021 at 5:30-7:30 PM PST we co-hosted a FREE webinar with AWARE to give you An Inside Look at Forestry in BC and Whistler, an event designed to educate our community on best forestry practices and the realities of forestry in BC now and into the future.

From Intact Forests to Degraded Fibre Farms: a Story of Privatized Public Forests and How to Change the Story


Herb Hammond is a Registered Professional Forester and forest ecologist with over 30 years of experience in research, industry, teaching and consulting. In his talk Herb will discuss how BC has gone from intact forests to degraded fibre farms. He explains why we need to change the story from one of privatized corporate controlled “public” forests to ecologically and socially responsible public control of forests, including  community forest boards that make decisions based on protection and restoration of ecological integrity. He delves into the reasons that the corporate model has become entrenched in BC government, the problems it has caused for the forests and public, and why it’s better for the public interest to focus on forest protection, rather than exploitation. Within this ecological framework, he maintains that people who are close to the forest are more likely to make decisions favourable to the forest, and the broad public interest. He gives examples of where there is public control of public forests and how this model involves cooperative problem solving, accountability for those who operate in the forests, and priority given to the many benefits we receive from forest ecosystems. Biofuels have become the latest way to exploit forests. Herb also explains why burning wood to produce electricity is neither carbon neutral nor ecologically responsible and is only made possible by large subsidies both in BC where the wood pellets originate and at the locations where they are burned.


The Local Context & Changing the Sea to Sky Story​

Bob Brett is a local forest ecologist and professional biologist who has studied old forests for almost three decades. Tree cores he analyzed from over 1,000 trees showed that almost all uncut forests in Whistler are over 300 years old, with some 1,000 years and even older (published by AWARE as the Old Tree Map). He also studies Northern Goshawks, a raptor that requires old forest habitats and which is threatened by logging in Whistler. His report on local Northern Goshawks is available on the AWARE website. In his talk, Bob will provide local context about the forests around Whistler and the Cheakamus Community Forest and discussing how best to affect change in here in the Sea to Sky.

On Friday, October 16th, 2020 at 7:00 PM PST we hosted four live presentations for our Fungus Talks by Gurus:

An Enthusiasts Guide to Mushroom Picking - Learned do's and don't's by Veronica Woodruff


Veronica is a passionate nature enthusiast and will give a short talk on do's and don't's for beginners and experts alike.  

​Marvellous Microscopic World of Spores by Bryce Kendrick


Bryce will uncover the secrets behind the life cycle of fungi by examining their marvellous variety of spores. 

​Winners of the Fantastic Fungi Photo Contest


Announced by professional photographers Joern Rohde and Andy Dittrich


A Natural and Cultural History of Magic Mushrooms in BC by Andy MacKinnon and Paul Kroeger 


​Andy will explore the natural history of BC's magic mushrooms, and their role in the rapidly changing counterculture of the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s, and up to the present day.

On Saturday, October 17th, 2020 at 4:00 PM PST we hosted a Live cooking demonstration with Chef Bruce Worden:


Cooking and Preserving Wild Mushrooms with Chef Bruce Worden


Have you ever wanted some inspiration on how to prepare wild mushrooms in mouth-watering ways? Or wondered how to preserve mushrooms to use throughout the winter? Join Chef Bruce Worden as he shares his in-depth knowledge of everything having to do with foraging and eating mushrooms and preserving the wild. During this live virtual event Bruce will be sharing recipes and answering as many questions from the audience as he can. Bruce is the General Manager at Milestones restaurant in Whistler, Chef and mushroom guru.


Download the recipes here so that you can follow along or try it afterwards!

On Friday, September 18th, 2020 at 2:00 PM PST we hosted a Livestream for the Forest March BC - Whistler event featuring Sabrina Hinitz, Kristina Swerhun, and Bob Brett from the Whistler Naturalists, Georgina Dan of Lil'wat Nation from the SLCC, Claire Ruddy from AWARE & Arthur De Jong from the RMOW to discuss old-growth logging in Whistler and around the province of B.C.

On Thursday, June 25th, 2020 at 6:30 PM PST we hosted two live presentations for our BioBlitz Talks:

What are FUNGI all about? A report on their diversity by mycologist Bryce Kendrick

Bryce Kendrick has studied fungi for 67 years, published over 300 mycological papers and several books, and described more than 250 new taxa.  He specializes in the study of moulds and other microscopic fungi. He taught at the University of Waterloo for 30 years before retiring to Vancouver Island in 1994. He now works diligently at extirpating invasive alien plants like broom, gorse, Daphne and toadflax from ecologically sensitive areas in the Saanich Peninsula, assists his wife in her garden, reads widely, listen to a lot of music and does a lot of E-mailing.


The Fire of Life: metabolism and energy flow in animals and ecosystems by ecologist Jordan Rosenfeld

Jordan is an aquatic ecologist who lives in Vancouver. His childhood was spent in Ontario collecting bugs and falling into streams. He eventually blundered out to the west coast, where he studies the effect of habitat on ecological processes in streams and energetic constraints on fish distribution and abundance. His specific research is focused on modelling fish habitat, habitat requirements of fish species at risk, optimal stream flows, bioenergetic modelling of juvenile salmonid growth, and understanding how habitat structure affects energy flow in streams. In his spare time Jordan likes to sit on a couch watching TV.

"Metabolism has been called the fire of life because low-temperature oxidation of organic matter is what powers animal (and plant) life on planet earth. Although metabolic differentiation isn't obvious like wing shape or colour on birds and butterflies, it underlies much of global diversity."