Bamfield featured tonight on CBC’s Still Standing

by Amanda Kahn

Jeff Harris in Bamfield

Jonny Harris showcased Bamfield, B.C. in an episode of Still Standing, airing tonight at 9:30 PM PST. Image linked from the website of Still Standing.

In 30 minutes, the town of Bamfield will be featured on CBC’s comedy show Still Standing.  Jonny Harris visited Bamfield and met its wonderful residents, plus got a tour of the marine station.  You can watch the show online here.

Still Standing

Dr. Louis Druehl is one of many Bamfielders featured in Still Standing. Image from the Still Standing Facebook page.

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And now for something completely different

By Nicole Webster

Perhaps we are a little focused on invertebrates here, or perhaps this gorgeous weather has gone to my head, but I have a ‘treat’ for you for an Image Fest Friday.

Fish bones dried on the docks. Not that interesting. Can anyone ID the parts?

Fish bones dried on the docks. Not that interesting. Can anyone ID the parts?

Yeah, sorry, its poop. but whose?

Yeah, sorry, its poop. but whose?

That is clearly no bird poop. From the diameter I was thinking cat-sized.

That is clearly no bird poop. From the diameter I was thinking cat-sized.

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It was all over the docks, to the dismay of Janice who washed it all off. She also solved my mini mystery. Its river otter poop! It is regularly appearing on the docks, and I saw a couple playing there earlier in the year, so there may be some living nearby.

“Why Bamfield, BC is unique awesome and you should go there” – Bridgette Clarkson

A friend of mine has a wonderful blog. It is insightful, delightful and full of photos. Bridgette just completed a stint working as a public educator for BMSC, and described herself as a biologist and science education consultant.


Crashing Bull kelp (c) Bridgette Clarkson

In honour of World Oceans day (yesterday), she posted the 2nd part of her 3 part series about her time in Bamfield this year.

I strongly encourage you to check them out, if only for the breathtaking imagery.

Do check out some of her other posts like how to check marine forecasts, or her flickr stream.

Photo of the week: Recycled habitat

Hermit crabs aren't the only animals to inhabit old shells once they are abandoned!  How many different species of invertebrates can you see living in this one old clam shell?  Photo: D Ludeman

Hermit crabs aren’t the only animals to inhabit old shells once they are abandoned! How many different species of invertebrates can you see living in this one old clam shell? Photo: D Ludeman

Do you have any photos of Bamfield, old or new, that you want to post on the blog? Email us at bmscblog@gmail.com

Tides and Trails Market now owned by Huu-ay-aht First Nations

by Amanda Kahn

The Tides & Trails Market, the shop on the east side of Bamfield inlet (same side as the marine station), is under new ownership.  The Huu-ay-aht First Nations have purchased it and the cafe next to it.  The market carries a lot of fresh produce and is a convenient walk from the marine station.  It is also the first property in Bamfield purchased by the Huu-ay-aht First Nations, though they run other businesses such as the Pachena Bay Campground and in forestry.  I stopped in at the cafe this summer and the burger was tasty (and the fries were delicious!).  They serve daily specials that are sometimes so local that they’ve come right off of someone’s fishing boat.  Read more about the new ownership (as of April 2013) and check out the Tides & Trails Market and/or the cafe if you need groceries or a warm meal cooked by someone other-than-yourself while doing your research in Bamfield.

Tides and Trails Market

Catch the morning low tide, revive with a warm coffee or an ice cream.  Credit: A Kahn 2012