The Extraordinary Biodiversity Value in Metchosin with Andy MacKinnon January 17, 2019 at 7:00pm at UVIC, Hosted by the Native Plant Study Group WHERE: UVic, MacLaurin Bldg, Rm D-288 in D-Wing Andy MacKinnon is a forest ecologist who lives in Metchosin B.C. Since December 2014 he’s also served as a Councillor in Metchosin. Until his retirement in 2015, he worked for the B.C. Forest Service for three decades, mostly on B.C.’s coast, where he was responsible for ecosystem classification and mapping and a program of forest ecology research focused on old growth structure and composition, effects of climate change, and B.C.’s native plants and fungi. Andy has also been involved in defining and implementing ecosystem-based management in Haida Gwaii and the Great Bear Rainforest. He has co-taught rainforest ecology field courses in Bamfield (for the University of Victoria) and Haida Gwaii (for UBC). Andy is co-author of six best-selling books about plants of western North America. He’s an Adjunct Professor at Simon Fraser University, and a Professional Forester and Professional Biologist in BC. Andy was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Science degree by Simon Fraser University in 2013. He’s President of the South Vancouver Island Mycological Society, and enjoys drinking good whisky and playing mandolin. Cost: Members: FREE (Membership $25/yr) Non-Members: drop-in by donation Students: FREE Notes: $3.00 for parking at UVic Along with a friend, you are welcome to bring - Any and all questions about native plants or native plant gardening for our experienced group of native plant gardeners - Loonies/toonies for treats and tea at the refreshment break - Box to carry home lots of native plants & seeds available by raffle $1 for 1 ticket or $2 for 3 tickets - Travel mug or coffee mug for refreshments - Potted and labelled native plants or items of interest for the raffle - Some cookies or other shareable treats for 3 free draw tickets! SCHEDULE: 7:00-7:30 Meeting, Question Jar and Announcements 7:30-7:45 Refreshment Break + Chatting 7:45-8:45 Presentation by Speaker (includes questions) 8:45-9:00 Plant Raffle Note: If you would like to attend the full meeting please arrive for 7:00, if you would like to attend the presentation only please arrive during the refreshment between 7:30 and 7:45.