Straitwatch North is up and running in Alert Bay, yay!
Our first few events have been very successful:
Oceans Day in Port Hardy was fantastic, there were over 400 kids! The weather was perfect: sunny and no wind…wind is a big factor when you have brochures and paper crafts laid out everywhere. The children were very keen to learn about the whales and the ‘Be Whale Wise’ guidelines. There were many things to keep the children busy from a huge orca puzzle and ‘Be Whale Wise’ mazes to humpback puppets and whale tail magnets but I think the favorite was the orca dorsal fin & humpback fluke matching activity! The kids really enjoyed the matching games, some of them were really fast…the north island definitely has some future marine biologists in the making.
Our next event was Oceans Day in Sointula, which was also a big success! It was a beautiful sunny day which brought out more people than they have ever had….it’s great to see more and more people interested in our Oceans! Living Oceans Society had many crafts and face painting set-up for the kids so the Straitwatch booth was busy with adults taking in as much marine mammal information as they could before heading out on the water for the summer. There were still many kids interested in the puzzle and once again the matching games were a big hit!
Our next step is to visit the marinas on the north island and educate the many boaters that are keen to get out on the water…hope to see you around!
Written by Robson Bight Marine Warden Coordinator Marie Fournier.