Photography and Biodiversity: introducing iNaturalist

At our meeting on Wed. June 7, Lou Skinner, a volunteer with the Gabriola Land and Trails Trust (GaLTT), will be introducing our club to the iNaturalist app – a preview of a more in-depth, in-person workshop that GALTT will be offering later that month.

In addition to creating and maintaining trails on Gabriola, GaLTT also carries out conservation education and works to conserve areas of ecological interest on the island. One of GALTTS’ key initiatives is a campaign encouraging people to conserve native habitat and plant native species on their properties. For many people, that raises the question: what are native plants and animals?

In June GALTT will be offering an in-person workshop for the community on using the free app, iNaturalist, to help people identify the plants and animals around us. Through using the app, people can not only identify native species, but also have the opportunity to share their observations – thereby helping to build a research-grade database of biodiversity on Gabriola.

Most members of Gabriola Photography Club already have a deep connection with nature through our photography, and Lou says she expects we are good observers – so could be a huge help in creating this biodiversity knowledge.  

A Photo Journey (online)

The Toronto Camera Club has invited members of other CAPA groups, including Gabriola Photography Club, to enjoy “A Photo Journey”, their club’s annual public presentation and fundraiser. While the live version of the event takes place in Toronto, this year the club is also offering a virtual version, so photographers everywhere can enjoy it a few days later, online.

Five audio-visual presentations were created for the event by some of the Toronto club’s most talented, award-winning photographers. The three feature shows include an unforgettable wildlife safari in Kenya, an adventurous expedition to the Antarctic, and breathtaking underwater images from locations across the globe. In addition, this event will present two essays highlighting the boundlessness of creativity in photography.

A ticket to the event costs $15 and in the case of online tickets, gives you a 48-hour window to watch the presentations, on April 29 and 30.

Here’s where you’ll find all the info and how to get a ticket.

Earth Day 2023 on Gabriola

Earth Day celebrations will begin a day early on Gabriola this year – on Friday, April 21 – so that our local school children can participate. The Friday Earth Day events take place at the Commons.

Gabriola Photography Club will have a view-only booth (no sales) – a chance for members to display some of our recent photographic efforts. We’ll also be handing out flyers inviting others to join our club as new members. Please stop by to say hello if you’re in the Village.

If you’re a club member – or thinking about joining our club – and you’d like to help out at our booth, please let Sharron know.

The day’s schedule is as follows:

  • 10am – 11am – Set Up 
  • 11am – 1:45pm – Workshops and Outreach
  • 12:45 – 1:20pm – Earth Day Parade (led by Gabriola Elementary School) – everyone is invited to join the parade
  • 1:20pm – 2:00pm – The Kerplunks! Earth-loving music for all ages!
Photos of nature are hung all around a large sign inviting people to become a member of Gabriola Photography Club
From Earth Day 2022 on Gabriola