Rooted in History: Celebrating the Garry Oak Ecosystem

Starting: May 3rd 2017 — Ending: June 25th 2017

About

The Robert Bateman Centre is pleased to host the Garry Oak Ecosystems Recovery Team and their exhibit Rooted in History: celebrating the Garry Oak ecosystem.

The unique beauty of the Garry oak has inspired the imagination of many creative souls; but there is more to this story that needs a stage. In Canada, Garry oak ecosystems exist only on southern Vancouver Island, the Gulf Islands, and two areas along the Fraser River. Less than 5% of these ecosystems remain in a near-natural condition; they are in decline, mainly due to habitat loss as a result of land development. The Garry oak ecosystem supports over 100 species of plants and animals all at risk.

The exhibit will highlight, not only the beauty, but the plight of this endangered environment as seen through the eyes of various artists. Selected artists have created a two-dimensional works inspired by the Garry oak ecosystem. Their art will be displayed at the Robert Bateman Centre Gallery from May 3rd to June 25th. All works will be available for purchase and a percentage of the proceeds will be donated to the Garry Oak Ecosystems Recover Team to support their environmental work.

Join us as we raise awareness about the Garry Oak Ecosystems and inspire action for their conservation and restoration.

About GOERT 

The Garry Oak Ecosystems Recovery Team (GOERT) Society is a non-profit organization dedicated to the recovery of Garry oak and associated ecosystems in Canada and the species at risk that inhabit them.

The Recovery Team is made up of advisors brought together to coordinate the tasks of recovering Garry oak and associated ecosystems and their associated species at risk in Canada. Each member brings valuable expertise to the table, and most are affiliated with agencies already involved in GOE recovery. The team develops recovery strategies, evaluates the success of recovery efforts, advises responsible jurisdictions on recovery, and coordinates activities.

Learn more about their efforts at www.goert.ca 

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