MERS Marine Naturalist Workshops




Marine Education and Research Society workshop on BC's whale species and seals, sea lions, dolphins, porpoises and otters too! Intensive training for those working (or hoping to work) as whale watch naturalists, kayak guides, park staff, or others interested in gaining a deeper knowledge of the natural history and conservation of BC's marine mammals. Bring sharp pencils and lots of notepaper! A certificate of participation* will be provided to those who attend the full 3-day workshop. Aim of the workshop is to enable more people to inform and inspire marine mammal conservation. Cost is $300 per person. 

Registration for the 2019 MERS Workshops is now closed. Both workshops are full.
It is possible to sign onto a waiting list but please know that there are over 15 people already on each list. 

If you have any questions, please contact info@mersociety.org

*Regarding certificates:
North Island College students and some participating kayak guides will also undergo a written test. 

Workshop Day 1 

10 to 5:30 (2 x 15 minute breaks and a 1 hour lunch break) 

  • Introductions
  • Marine Biodiversity of BC - from plankton to giants
  • Classification of Marine Mammals 
  • BC Killer Whale Populations - natural history and conservation concerns
  • The Value of Being a Marine Mammal Naturalist #1 (includes tips on effective interpretive delivery)
Optional activity for Campbell River:  Dinner - details will be emailed. 

Day 2

9:00 to 5:30 (2 x 15 minute breaks and a 1 hour lunch break) 

  • Seals and Sea Lions - natural history and conservation concerns
  • Dolphins and Porpoises - natural history and conservation concerns
  • Minke and Fin Whales - natural history and conservation concerns
  • The Return of Giants - MERS research into Humpback Whales
  • Grey Whales - natural history and conservation concerns
Optional activity for Port McNeill:  Dinner - details will be emailed. 

Day 3

9:00 to 4:30 (2 x 15 minute breaks and a 1 hour lunch break)

  • Sea Otters - natural history and conservation concerns
  • Identifying Marine Mammals in the Field
  • Man vs. Marine Mammal - summary of the complex human history with marine mammals
  • Interpretation role play 
  • Feedback and presentation of certificates






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