Lynne Jordan, former President of the Cortes Island Museum, is writing a history of Whaletown. Her manuscript is already 300 pages long. In the first of a series of interviews about her research, Jordan describes the history behind Whaletown’s name.Continue reading How Whaletown got its name
“We haven’t found any, that’s really good news, but we’ve been very pleased to partner with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO). Hopefully, if we ever find them, we’ll be able to trap them out and stop them from harming the valuable habitat here,” explained Helen Hall, Executive Director of FOCI.Continue reading No European Green Crabs in the Discovery Islands, yet
The Friends of Cortes Island (FOCI) have a full slate of events this summer.
They started July with a tour of the off-grid agricultural oasis, Blue Jay Farm, followed by a low tide exploration of the natural and local history of Mansons Lagoon.
“They’ve gone really well, and we have these other six events coming up,” explained to Helen Hall, Executive Director of FOCI.Continue reading Things to do: Summer with FOCI
Close to 200 people gathered in the Village Commons, in Mansons Landing, to celebrate the opening of the new Rainbow Ridge Trail System. There were 177 ticket stubs for the door prize and some people wandered in after that. As it was a hot summer’s day, most of them clung to shade beneath trees, awnings and the main tent.
Rose and Brenda Hanson, from the Klahoose First Nation, opened the ceremony.Continue reading Opening of the Rainbow Ridge Trail System
Local naturalist George Sirk was sick for the Cortes Island Spring Bird Count earlier this month, so bird watchers had to rely on a new app to help them identify species. This new app, called Merlin, is one of many topics that he and Nancy Kendel, from the Cortes Island Museum, discussed with Cortes Currents.
The conversation started out with Kendel (NK) giving an overview:Continue reading Cortes Island 2023 Spring Bird Count & an app called ‘Merlin’