Classes, Talks, Announcements, and Past Publications

Photo by Rhona McAdam
Over the past few years, I have given talks in the following places (in no particular order):
Saturna Island                            Mayne Island
Saltspring Island                        Duncan
Nanoose                                    Nanaimo
Courtenay                                  Qualicum
Victoria                                      Metchosin
Sooke                                        Sidney
Mill Bay                                     
Williams Lake
Whitehorse                                Edmonton
Saskatoon                                  Waskesiu
If you would like me to give a presentation for your organisation, contact me at
2014/2015 Upcoming Classes, Presentations and Other.
November 13, Victoria Geneological Society VGS. I'm giving a presentation on the ghost town of Anyox, B.C. Doors open at 7pm at Gordon Head United Church, 4201 Tyndall Avenue
November 15, Vancouver Island University, Duncan Campus V.I.U. brocure. Mason Bee Cocoon Cleaning Workshop. 12-3.
November 29, Greater Victoria Compost Education Centre Adult Workshop. Mason Bee Cocoon Cleaning Workshop. 2-4.
February 14, Saltspring Island Seedy Saturday . Saturday, February 14, 2015 10 am to 3 pm held at the Farmer’s Institute, 351 Rainbow Road, Salt Spring Island
February 16, Cowichan Valley Rockhounds. Presentation on the ghost town of Anyox, B.C. Doors open at 7pm, Duncan United Church 246 Ingram St.
February 22, Down to Earth Down To Earth Garden and Nusery. A presentation on native bees followed by a "build-a-bee-condo" class. Sunday, February 22, 2015, 11 am to 3 pm held at 1096 Derrien Place, Metchosin off Happy Valley Road. Call 250 391 9366 to register.
February 28, Greater Victoria Compost Education Centre Adult WorkshopsNative Pollinators of Vancouver Island. 2-4.
March 7, Comox Valley Seedy Saturday Comox Valley Seedy Saturday. Presentation on "Climate Change and Native Pollinators".
March 8, Duncan Seedy Sunday Seedy Sunday 2015. I'll have a display booth on native bee diversity.
March 14, Cobble Hill Seedy Saturday, 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM. I'll have a display booth on native bee diversity.
March21, Vancouver Island University, Duncan Campus V.I.U. brocure. Cavity Nesting Mason Bees Workshop. 12-3
A fter the class, a small group of us installed a bee barn and condo on the Jubilee Garden's work shed in Duncan.
April 18, Get Ready, Get Local Vancouver Island Get Ready Get Local.Presentation on "Native Pollinators in Our Local Food Systems", 11:15.
April 21, Cowichan Lake Bloomers Garden Club Cowichan Lake Bloomers Garden Club . Presentation on "Coevolution of Flowering Plants and Native Bees", 7:00.
May 13, Gorge Tillicum Urban Farmers GTUF, 7:00. "Climate Change and Native Pollinators".
May 31, Swan Lake Nature Sanctuary, "Bee Day" Bee Day. 12:00-3:00. I'll be having an information kiosk for those that want to know about our native bees to compliment the honey bee display.
June 13, Mill Bay Garden Club Mill Bay Garden Club, "The Secret Life of Bees". 10:00. A little class outside demonstrating the different strategies that bees perform when pollinating plants.
June 13, Merridale Cidrey Merridale Cidre Events, "Using Native Bees For Pollinating Fruit Orchards". 1:30 for a short talk on native bees, and focusing on cavity nesting bee species found in the orchard from the pollination stations that I have set up there.

June 20, Vancouver Island University V.I.U. 2015 Summer Brochure, "Mud Nymphs and Aerial Dragons". 12-3:00 presentation on the lifecycle of dragonflies with a short field trip to a local wetland afterwards.

July 3, Scout Island Nature Sanctuary, Williams Lake, BC, Scout Island Nature Centre. I'll be giving a presentation on "Coevolution of Flowering Plants and Native Bees" 7:00-9:00.
July 4, Scout Island Nature Sanctuary, Williams Lake, BC, Scout Island Nature Centre. A field trip around the lovely grounds of Scout Island where the nature centre is situated.
July 7, Victoria Horticultural Society Events Calendar. Effects on Native Bees Caused By Climate Change.  Garth Homer Centre 7:30.

July 8, Shawnigan Lake Museum Shawnigan Lake Museum . Coevolution of Flowering Plants and Native Bees. 1:00.
July 17-18, Saturna Island Bioblitz Gulf Islands Bioblitz 2015. I'll be volunteering my time and entomological expertise for this weekend on Saturna Island.
July 24-26, Bee Taxonomy Course. 2015 NATIVE BEE TAXONOMY COURSELearn to identify native bees to genus level in a lab with identification keys using a dissecting microscope. Instructor Lincoln Best from York University Packer Lab will be the lead instructor for this course intended for budding citizen scientist interested in learning about the finer details of native bee identification. Participants will be making a collection of native bees prior to the course and then spend the next three days learning about native bee morphology, curating specimens, and how to go through identification keys to properly label each bee to its genus. Some basic understanding of biology is highly recommended and each student will have access to entomological curating equipment in the Shawnigan Lake School biology laboratory in Shawnigan Lake. There will be more details to come and the final cost will be posted soon. Those interested can contact the co-facilitators for this course - Ted Leischner ( or Gord Hutchings (
Photos from past presentations and past classes
Fun at Qualicum Beach Seedy Saturday. photos c/o C. Young.












Okay, I just finished this presentation and class, and it was really fun. I got picked up by boat from Lyall Harbour, Saturna and taken over to Horton Bay, Mayne Island. Guess what I forgot - my flashdrive for my powerpoint presentation. Back to chalk and board for this one. After lunch we built boxes and after lots of laughs and bent nails, smiles all around. Thanks Mayne Island Conservancy and Lauren Underhill for organising a great event. Super! I hope to do the same on the rest of my Gulf Islands - Hello Galiano, Pender and Saltspring?
Photo by T. Austin









Past Publication
To order copies, you can contact Nature Saskatchewan at 1-800-667-4668. They're working at getting it into Chapters/Indigo and McNally Robinson in Saskatoon. I will have limited copies at my dragonfly classes, presentations and book signings which I'm giving throughout northern B.C., Yukon and Alberta for July and August 2011. They're $24.95.
"Dragonflies and Damselflies in the Hand: An Identification Guide to Boreal Forest Odonates in Saskatchewan and Adjacent Regions." , by G. Hutchings and D. Halstead. edited by Anna Leighton, published by Nature Saskatchewan.
Hutchings, G. (Gordon), 1960-
Dragonflies & damselflies in the hand : an identification guide to boreal forest odonates in Saskatchewan and adjacent regions / G. Hutchings and D. Halstead. -- Regina : Nature Saskatchewan, 2011.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN 978-0-921104-25-4
1. Dragonflies--Prairie Provinces--Identification 2. Damselflies--Prairie Provinces--Identification 3. Odonata--Prairie Provinces--Identification
I. Halstead, David Alan, 1955- II. Nature Saskatchewan. III. Title. IV. Title: Dragonflies and damselflies in the hand.
QL520.2 P7 H88 2011     595.7'3309712     1105
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