Students from local schools have been visiting East Limestone Island annually since 1991. In small groups, they spend part of a day in the seabird colony with one of our staff learning the biology of the Ancient Murrelet. Then at night, the students sit in small supervised groups at designated points along the shoreline, where the 2 day old chicks are “funnelled” through a small gate on their way to sea to join their parents. Students assist with catching and weighing the lively chicks, recording information and releasing the chicks at the shoreline. This is an essential part of completing our monitoring work – but is also a life-changing educational experience for the students.
Since 1990, we have hosted over 90 school trips from 5 local schools – totaling over 800 students, teachers and chaperones. Over the years, we have touched most of the families on Haida Gwaii. Our program is regularly mentioned at high school graduations and in yearbooks as a highlight of the student experience. A number of our students have gone on to study biology and some have returned to volunteer and work for us as young graduates.
Education is another large part of LBCS programs both at the Limestone Field Camp and in town. The most exciting educational opportunities are the hands-on field research available on Limestone Island. Commercial tour boats and other interested boaters stop by for guided day time interpretative tours (with prior notice) . School groups and volunteers are the only visitors allowed to participate in the night time research work. Students stay overnight in our visitor’s cabin and volunteers and staff are housed in tents.
Away from the field camp LBCS' educational program publishes scientific results, makes presentations in local schools, runs a speakers series on many natural history topics, has displays in the Haida Gwaii Museum, shares information with other study groups and generally passes the word about the steadily developing body of knowledge coming out of Laskeek Bay.