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Bowen Conservancy’s Marine Atlas wins 2021 Award of Excellence

Exploring Bowen’s Marine World — A Marine Atlas of Nexwlélexwem/Bowen Island has been awarded Interpretation Canada’s 2021 Silver Award of Excellence

The Marine Atlas project was launched early in 2019 to foster public awareness of local marine conservation issues, and to celebrate the recovery of the marine neighbourhood around us.

It tells the story of the plants and animals that live around Bowen’s shores and provides science-based input on important issues such as how climate change might affect Atl’ka7tsem/ Howe Sound’s marine webs, and how preserving extensive stretches of wild shoreline will positively impact the marine environment.

As well, it answers questions like “How long have the people of the Squamish Nation travelled Atl’ka7tsem to fish, harvest clams, and hunt seals and sea lion?”, and “Who are the local environmental stewards advocating for the things nature needs?”

Interpretation Canada is the professional association of the people who work to connect Canadians with our natural and cultural heritage through activities that encourage hands-on experiences, discovery, learning and stewardship. Each year Interpretation Canada’s Awards of Excellence honour the year’s best interpretive programs and projects.

The 2021 panel of judges was effusive in their comments about Exploring Bowen’s Marine World:

“Reviewing your Atlas got me jumped up. Got me excited and I hope others would feel the same way.”

“The stories put us into the island’s story and make us want to help. The pictures give us direction of what we can find in real life, not just on paper. And the examples of current citizen science provide us a means to undertake something.”

“Congratulations to your team and to the Bowen Island community for their activism.”

Exploring Bowen’s Marine World, produced by Len Gilday, Will Husby, Susan Munro, and Bob Turner, is now in its third printing, and may be purchased at Phoenix on Bowen in Village Square. You may also find it at the Bowen Island Public Library

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