Kuula is a platform that allows you to take virtual tours by exploring a series of 360° photo spheres. Just click anywhere in the image and drag, and you can look around! If you see an icon, click on it, and a small window with text, a picture, and/or a video will pop up. To navigate to the next sphere, look for the ‘Forward’ and ‘Back’ arrows on the screen – alternatively, you can simply click on the slides at the bottom of your window to jump around. This tour currently features photospheres captured on June 26th 2021 (before restoration activities) and on November 19, 2021 or December 3, 2021 (after restoration activities) in the west branch of the Chrystal Creek Watershed at the Millard Learning Centre. The tour has been curated by Lisa Angstadt, Kelsey Day, and Adam Huggins. Enjoy the tour!
“Acknowledging our Shared Territory” is a short film featuring local Indigenous leaders that delves more deeply into the subject of Territorial Acknowledgments. Although the film focuses on Galiano Island, it provides perspectives that are relevant to communities across Turtle Island. Galiano Island is the unceded, shared, and asserted territory of the Penelakut, Lamalcha, Hwlitsum, Lelum Sar Augh Ta Naogh, and other Hul'qumi'num speaking peoples, as well as the ceded territory of the Tsawwassen First Nation. Directed by filmmaker Richard Wilson, and supported by the Galiano Conservancy Association (GCA), in partnership with the Access to Media Education Society (AMES), we see this film as a conversation starter, and hope it stimulates further discussion, home-work, and action for change.
Robin Annschild is a wetlands restoration expert and owner of Rewilding Water & Earth, Inc. Stuart Callison is a Galiano resident and skilled machine operator with the Galiano Excavating Company.
Adam Huggins is the Restoration Coordinator at the Galiano Conservancy.
Sara Yeomans, Eric Hagen, and Olivia Cavanagh were the seasonal Restoration Technicians in 2021 for the Galiano Conservancy.
Keith Erickson is the former Executive Director of the Galiano Conservancy, and the R.P. Biologist for the project.
Chessi Miltner (pictured with Elsa) is the Executive Director of the Galiano Conservancy.
The BC Wildlife Federation's Wetlands Education Program has been instrumental in the implementation of this project. Pictured here are participants in the 2021 Wetlands Institute, hosted at the Millard Learning Centre.
The Restoration of Natural Systems program has supported the project through the capstone projects of RNS students, and contributions by students from Eric Higgs' field course at the Millard Learning Centre. Pictured here is the July 2021 class.Wetland Photosphere...
Burlap sacks make an excellent, biodegradable weed-suppression material for the first 2-3 years after establishing plants from nursery stock or cuttings. Unless we are fencing a site, we also use stucco wire to create 4 foot cages to protect the plants from deer browse until they become tall enough to withstand it. Thanks to Oughtred Coffee for supplying us with their sacks!
This road was constructed right where the original creek flowed down into Chrystal Cove. Despite the presence of a large culvert, this road still floods every year. It will need to be removed to allow full restoration of the watershed.