Dr. Dave Preikshot is giving a talk on Wild Fins. (File photo)

Dr. Dave Preikshot is giving a talk on Wild Fins. (File photo)

Coming up in Cowichan: Wild Fins, coat drive

Donate warm coats for those in need

The Duncan Daybreak Rotary Coat Drive is on now until Nov. 15.

Billed as “warm hearts, warm coats”, the drive is accepting donations of adult and children’s warm coats, scarves, hats and mittens, which will be distributed by the Salvation Army.

Drop off locations include Greg’s RV Place (5267 Boal Rd.), Island Savings in the Duncan Mall (250 Trunk Rd.), RBC (395 Trunk Rd.), The Citizen newspaper (251 Jubilee St., Duncan), Discovery Honda on Bell McKinnon Road, Copycats (5777 Trans Canada Hwy.) and Sports Traders (354 Trunk Rd.).

Learn about Wild Fins this Thursday

Dr. Dave Preikshot will talk Wild Fins on Thursday, Oct. 24 in an event that is part of the WildWings Festival in support of the Somenos Marsh Wildlife Society.

Preikshot will educate and entertain on the topic of wild things with fins (a.k.a. Wild Fins). Listen to his insights and research into how the Cowichan watershed is changing over the years, and how its wild critters seek to survive and adapt. The session will be followed by a Q&A to delve deeper into the questions the audience is curious to explore.

Preikshot is an aquatic scientist with years of experience in the mud of Somenos Marsh and has amassed a collection of test tube stories from throughout the watershed that reflect the historical changes that our watershed is presently undergoing.

The WildWings Nature & Arts Festival is an annual series of events, established in 2009 by the Somenos Marsh Wildlife Society to coincide with the seasonal return of the iconic Trumpeter Swans, North America’s largest waterfowl, to the Cowichan Valley. The festival includes art events, talks by experts, hikes into special areas, bird and plant education and several Cowichan Tribes cultural events.

Preikshot’s talk runs from 7-8:30 p.m. at the VIU Cowichan Campus in Duncan, lecture hall 140.