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Lighthouses Attract Birds!

It sounds impossible, but the very bright light emanating from a lighthouse at night attracts  birds. This happens on the most remote of lighthouses, some far out at sea. What interest would birds have in a lighthouse? Well sometimes it is because the light beacon attracts numerous insects which the birds feed upon. In other […]

Reprint – Electric Lights Alter Daily Rhythms

I wrote an article entitled I Love Nightshift awhile ago. It is true, and now I know why I felt so healthy working on the lighthouse – lack of electric lights! It may not be for all people, but it did work for me. Working the night shift was done mostly in the dark as […]

Reprint – “Stand” – An Adventure Documentary

  Stand – Power Teaser  [media url=”http://vimeo.com/52119128″ width=”400″ height=”350″] [private]http://lighthousememories.ca/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/Vimeo-.mp4[/private]  from b4apres media PLUS   STAND, presented by Quiksilver Waterman, will take viewers on a journey through the waters of B.C.’s west coast. Through the stories of an aboriginal high school class building their own stand-up paddleboards as a form of protest, the efforts of expedition stand-up […]

Weather Observing – a Large Part of the Job

Note:- How to obtain an up-to-date weather report from a BC lighthouse One of the duties on most of the lighthouse stations, and especially on McInnes Island, up to 2003, was the reporting of local weather (weather visible in the immediate area of the station) to Environment Canada (EC) – earlier called the Atmospheric Environment Service […]

Foghorns and the Changing Coastal Soundscape

 Foghorns and the Changing Coastal Soundscape Technology and politics are changing the tune of the maritime chorus April 20, 2012 | 3:46 PM | By Craig Miller and with thanks to Climate Watch Read the full text version of this story at KQED’s QUEST site. (more photos – retlkpr) East Brother Island, with the 19th-century lighthouse on the left and fog signal […]