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Under the Influence at Dinosaur Park – A Free Artist Talk with Heidi Bergstrom

WhenMar 14, 2021 02:00 PM PST
WhereZoom call – register here

The Victoria Palaeontology Society with Studio H Canada International Artist Residency and Xchanges Artists’ Gallery and Studios present a Free Artist Talk with Heidi Bergstrom.

Dinosaur Provincial Park in Alberta is one of the most important UNESCO World Heritage sites in Canada, and the largest late Cretaceous (75 million years ago) find in the world (so far). They say, “if you drop your hat and don’t find a fossil, then you’re not in Dinosaur Park”. The bioreserve is the source of bones and fossils for the Royal Tyrell Museum in Drumheller, some 170 kms north west of the park, but bones from this area have been collected since the late 19th century and can be found in several major museums in the USA.

While the park provides great interest for dinosaur and fossil hunters, palaeontologists, and all kinds of scientific and geologic researchers, some contemporary artists are also fascinated by this place. Heidi Bergstrom is one of those artists who, after discovering the Drumheller region in the early 1980’s has been deeply influenced by this land and its history in her art since then.

In this talk, Heidi will share her knowledge of the park, her creative work and plans for artistic and cultural research in the park.

Please note: this event will be streamed on Facebook live and recorded for future sharing and viewing on social media such as YouTube and websites.

A Zoom account is not required to attend the talk.

First VicPS General Meeting Online: Jan 21, 2021

On Thursday, January 21, at 7:30pm PST, VicPS will host its first online meeting. We’ll be using the Zoom platform. Paid up VicPS members will receive the Zoom meeting details via email before the meeting time.

In this first meeting, Carol Lowen and Jerri Wilkins will share their experiences exploring some private properties on the Saanich Peninsula, including site photos and a virtual show-and-tell of the few specimens collected.  If you have specimens from the Peninsula or nearby islands, or you’re aware of published papers on that area, bring them along, contribute to the show-and-tell…we welcome your participation!

We all expect this initial use of Zoom for a general meeting to go smoothly. After all, most people have been using some form of videoconferencing since March of 2020, if not earlier, for work and to keep in touch with friends and family. That said, please be patient should we experience delays helping any participant who experiences a technical hiccup.

CANCELLED: Canadian Society of Vertebrate Palaeontology 2020 Meeting

COVID-19 update: Meeting Cancelled. This June’s meeting at the RBCM has been cancelled because of Covid-19. We hope to have an update in the fall about next year’s symposium, and people should check https://csvp.ca/ or follow our CSVP’s social media channels for updates.

The 2020 meeting of the Canadian Society of Vertebrate Palaeontology will be hosted by the Royal BC Museum (RBCM), located in downtown Victoria, BC. This event will take place June 6-8, 2020. Please see this circular for details about the event.

Please note that student registration costs have been reduced since the first circular was published.

Oral presentations will be held in the museum’s Newcombe Conference Hall, with poster sessions and breaks in the newly renovated Learning Centre.

Registration deadline is March 15, 2020. You must be registered to submit a presentation or a poster abstract. Full details are in the circular linked above.

AGM March 18: Cancelled Due to COVID-19

UPDATE: Like the Fossil Fair, our AGM and monthly meeting has now been cancelled due to the COVID-19 precautions. No plan to reschedule the meeting until things improve health-wise. The AGM may be held online or via email to meet Society Act rules; more news when we know for certain.

There is no field trip scheduled for March. Stay healthy and practice “social distancing”!

Our Fossil Fair has been postponed/cancelled due to COVID-19.

Our AGM is scheduled for March 18 and it is important that we have a good turnout for election of officers. Our meeting numbers and the relatively large classroom in which we meet suggest we may all keep the health-maintaining recommended “social distance” from each other.

Please respond by email to Tom Cockburn regarding whether or not you will attend the meeting.

Following our AGM, our speaker is Grant Keddie, Archaeology Curator, RBCM.  Grant’s topic is to be announced.

VicPS Meeting May 15

For Wednesday’s meeting, May 15, 2019,  Dr. Ken Marr, Royal BC Museum Curator of Botany, will speak on the topic: New plant discoveries from Northern BC’s Alpine.  

Ken’s presentation will cover images of the landscapes in which he and his Royal BC Museum colleagues have collected rare plants, common plants and a pseudoflower. He’ll also talk about a puzzling gap in the distribution of several species and what we are learning from DNA markers about the migration of several species.

He will provide many images of flowers and some fossils!

See you at 7:30 pm in the Cornett Building, Room A120, UVic.

VicPS Meeting April 17

Our speaker is Dr. Henry Choong, RBCM Curator of Invertebrates, who will speak on the topic: Hydroid Biodiversity – an overview of hydrozoan diversity at the Royal BC Museum.  He will present an overview of hydroid biodiversity and discuss the challenges of hydrozoan taxonomy.  He will highlight some of his recent work on the biogeography and long-distance dispersal of hydroids.

See you at 7:30 pm in the Cornett Building, Room A120, UVic.

VicPS Meeting March 20

The agenda for the Wednesday, March 20 meeting includes our AGM and election of officers and directors.  We plan to move through this quickly, so we may enjoy the presentation from our speaker.

Our speaker is Dr. Gavin Hanke, Curator of Vertebrates, Royal BC Museum and the topic is Thelodonts – the Forgotten Fish.  Thelodonts are a class of extinct Paleozoic jawless fish with distinctive scales instead of large plates of armor.

See you at 7:30 pm in the Cornett Building, Room A120, UVic.