The Pacific and American Marten: the Taxonomic Relationship between the two BC-dwelling Species. Also: Nature photography by Catherine Babault

The Pacific and American Marten: the Taxonomic Relationship between the two BC-dwelling Species. Also: Nature photography by Catherine Babault

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Date(s) - 25/Feb/2021
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

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The Pacific and American Marten: the Taxonomic Relationship between the two BC-dwelling Species. Also: Nature photography by Catherine Babault.  

Nature Vancouver scholarship winner (2020, graduate studies) Christopher Stinson will present his research on the range and overlap of the two species of marten in BC, the Pacific marten (M. caurina) and American marten (M. americana). Chris is using Beaty Biodiversity museum specimens and employing 3D photogrammetric techniques to determine the differences in skull morphometrics across BC, and the two species distributions and contact zone.  Chris’s presentation will also touch on marten natural history, taxonomy, and fun facts about these cutest of forest dwelling hunters.

Chris Stinson has worked at the Beaty Biodiversity Museum for 14 years, starting off as a volunteer and is now the Lead Curatorial Assistant looking after the mammal, reptile, and amphibian collections.  Chris grew up on Rainy Lake outside Fort Frances, Ontario and has been inseparable from all things animal-related ever since he can remember. Having moved to Vancouver in 1997 and completed an undergraduate degree at UBC, Chris is now working on a MSc through the Wildlife Coexistence Laboratory under Dr. Cole Burton in the UBC Faculty of Forestry.

Nature photographer Catherine Babault will present images of fauna and flora taken on Vancouver Island and mention some species of special concern such as sea otters, the Western toad and Steller sea lions. Catherine is the author of Vancouver Island Wildlife, a Photo Journey. Her artwork is exhibited at Le Centre culturel francophone, in Vancouver, until 4 March 2021.

This presentation will be aired via Zoom Video Conferencing. On the Monday preceding the event, Nature Vancouver members will receive the Zoom link in the weekly e-News. To join the talk on Thursday, click on that link after 7:15 pm. The talk will begin at 7:30 pm. Non-members are welcome and should Email laura@NatureVancouver.ca well in advance to register for the link.

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