Thanks to those members who contributed photos and materials. After enjoying a SISKA event or paddle, please consider sending a short (100-150 words) summary article; for more information, contact one of us
. If you would like to start a regular column, please let us know!
Alan Campbell (SISKA president) and Tony Playfair (editor)
PS: You can find SISKA on Facebook
at this link
PPS: SISKA has a Meetup
site for "impromptu" and other paddles organized by club members. For more details, go to https://www.meetup.com/SISKA-Meetup/
. To join this, you have to be a club member.
PPPS: You can find the SISKA newsletter archive here: http://goo.gl/VUkafR
Siska now has it's own Youtube channel HERE
. Most of our Zoom meetings have been posted there for your viewing anytime.
This Newsletter will now be published on the first of the month instead of the last day of the month. This allows all contributors to know that all submissions are taken until the last day of any month. Hopefully this simplifies things even better.
Upcoming SISKA Events
Sunday, March 07th, 2021 - 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM - Kayak Friendly Lodging
Thursday, March 11th, 2021 - 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM - Light Paddle - Cadboro Bay to Cattle Point or Willows Beach Paddle
Saturday, March 13th, 2021 - 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM - Strokes and Manoeuvres Refinement
Saturday, March 13th, 2021 - 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM - Fleming Beach to Fisgard Lighthouse Paddle
Saturday, March 13th, 2021 - 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM - Turning Strokes and Edging
Sunday, March 14th, 2021 - 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM - Intermediate Currents
Sunday, March 14th, 2021 - 10:30 AM to 4:30 PM - Relaxed Paddle - Cadboro Bay to Uplands and Oak Bay Marina Paddle
Sunday, March 14th, 2021 - 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM - Paddling Strokes
Thursday, March 25th, 2021 - 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM - Light Paddle - Cadboro Bay to Ten Mile Point Paddle
Saturday, March 27th, 2021 - 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM - Paddling Strokes
Saturday, March 27th, 2021 - 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM - Energizer Paddle - Oak Bay Marina to Gonzales Beach possibly via Trial Island Paddle
Saturday, March 27th, 2021 - 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM - Strokes and Manoeuvres Refinement
Sunday, March 28th, 2021 - 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM - Paddling with your legs
Sunday, March 28th, 2021 - 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM - Paddling in the Currents
Sunday, March 28th, 2021 - 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM - Braces
Monday, March 29th, 2021 - 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM - Edging and Strokes Tune-Up
Sunday, April 04th, 2021 - 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM - Relaxed Paddle - Brentwood Bay Ferry Wharf to Mackenzie Bight Paddle
Thursday, April 08th, 2021 - 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM - Light Paddle - Brentwood Bay Ferry Wharf to Todd Inlet Paddle
Friday, April 09th, 2021 - 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM - Paddle Strokes and Skills
Friday, April 09th, 2021 - 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM - Turning Strokes and Skills
Saturday, April 10th, 2021 - 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM - Wet Exits, Solo Re-Entries and Assisted Re-Entries
Saturday, April 10th, 2021 - 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM - Balance Skills
Friday, April 16th, 2021 - 8:30 AM to 12:00 PM - Planning for and Paddling in Currents
Friday, April 16th, 2021 - 1:00 PM to 4:30 PM - Re-Entry Skills
Saturday, April 17th, 2021 - 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM - Rolling - Beginners
Saturday, April 17th, 2021 - 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM - Rolling - Intermediate
Sunday, April 18th, 2021 - 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM - Rescues Session
Monday, April 19th, 2021 - 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM - Towing
Monday, April 19th, 2021 - 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM - Forward Stroke Polishing
Tuesday, April 20th, 2021 - 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM - Advanced Paddlers Workshop
Wednesday, April 21st, 2021 - 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM - Paddlers Workshop
Thursday, April 22nd, 2021 - 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM - Telegraph Cove to Gordon Head tour Paddle
Saturday, April 24th, 2021 - 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM - Paddling Strokes
Saturday, April 24th, 2021 - 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM - Island View Beach to D'Arcy Island Paddle
Saturday, April 24th, 2021 - 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM - Braces
Sunday, April 25th, 2021 - 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM - Strokes and Manoeuvres Refinement
Sunday, April 25th, 2021 - 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM - Turning Strokes and Edging
Community Events of Interest
These events are not formally supported by SISKA, but considered to be of interest to a significant number of our members.
Any member may request an event to be included in this section by sending a note to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Just a reminder that SISKA memberships expire on Dec 31. If you have already renewed Thank You.
SISKA has a great number of workshops, clinics and paddles planned for 2021 for our members.
SISKA gives a three month grace period for members to renew their membership. During that period we send out email notification to members that haven't renewed. As of the end of March emails will only go out to members that have renewed for 2021. So if you wish to be included in getting these emails you will need to renew.
SPRING TRAINING 2021 IS ALMOST HERE!
by Alan Campbell
Spring Training workshops begin in 2 weeks, so make sure you have reserved your spot to prepare for paddling. Here is the list showing spaces available as of Feb 28 – register through the SISKA website calendar.
Siska March General Zoom Meeting Info
by Fred Pishalski
March 24, 2021 - Save the Date!
Josh McInnes, Ecology of Transient (Biggs) Killer Whales
In the eastern North Pacific, three ecotypes of killer whale have been identified: resident, transient, and offshore.
Transient killer whales are apex predators that specialize in foraging for marine mammals. This specialization shapes all aspects of their ecology, from foraging and acoustics, to social structure and genetics!
Transient killer whales are distributed from Southern California to the Bering Sea, with many sub-populations being socially and geographically distinct. With changes in ocean ecosystems during recent years, there has been an increased interest in understanding how transient killer whales affect prey both directly and indirectly.
Josh McInnes is a marine ecologist and masters student at the University of British Columbia's Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries Marine Mammal Research Unit.
Josh grew up on Vancouver Island, British Columbia Canada where he has been studying and working with transient (Bigg's) killer whales for over a decade. He is currently working with his supervisor world marine mammal expert Dr. Andrew Trites to understand the population and community dynamics of the west coast transient sub-population.
In addition to his work with transients, Josh has traveled to remote locations off British Columbia, Washington, Alaska, California, Australia, and Antarctica to study killer whale popualtions. He currently lives in Victoria, British Columbia and is a seasonal resident of the Monterey Bay region of California.
So Please join Josh, March 24, 2021, as he outlines the natural history and ecology of transient killer whales in the eastern North Pacific.
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 836 3911 6985