Our docks, facilities, and access trails on Calvert Island are closed to visitors in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This closure extends to the shorelines of Pruth Bay, West Beach, and North Beach.
Free Hakai Institute Backgrounds for Zoom - Hakai Institute
Free Hakai Institute Backgrounds for Zoom
Life has suddenly become much more remote. Here are some free backgrounds to have your virtual meetings in style.
Like most organizations and businesses, the Hakai Institute has been operating remotely for the past couple of months. Remote working means countless meetings and discussions by video conference and I suspect we’re not alone in finding the virtual background feature in Zoom a source of entertainment and discussion (and a great way to hide our messy makeshift workspaces). To add a little levity in challenging times, we thought we’d share some images from our archives for you to use in your own meetings. Right click on the images and select “save as” to download.
Pacific spiny dogfish
A dogfish, a type of small shark, swims by a cluster of squid eggs on British Columbia’s Central Coast. Photo by Grant Callegari
Bull kelp’s last hurrah
This bull kelp, an annual algae, releases its spores—seen here in the dark patches on the fronds—as a final act before it is knocked free by a winter storm. Photo by Grant Callegari
Calvert Island bog
Prehistoric looking bogs—with their stunted shore pines, sphagnum moss, and Guinness-colored pools—cover large swaths of the outer coastal islands along British Columbia’s Central Coast. Photo by Shanna Baker
Raccoon forages in the intertidal
This raccoon brazenly forages in the intertidal during the day on Portland Island, British Columbia. A lack of predators means the raccoons on this island don’t need to rely on the cover of darkness. Photo by Shanna Baker
A precocious young harbor seal swims circles through a kelp forest on British Columbia’s Central Coast. Photo by Grant Callegari
Sunset on Quadra Island
Driftwood logs soak up the last of the light at a beach at the southern tip of Quadra Island, British Columbia, looking north toward Rebecca Spit. Photo by Grant Callegari
Shallows in sunlight
Algae in a wide variety of shapes and colors surround a giant green anemone. Photo by Grant Callegari
Sunset on Calvert Island
The last rays of the day illuminate a communications node near the summit of Mount Buxton, the highest peak on British Columbia’s Central Coast. Photo by Grant Callegari
Garry oak meadow
Garry oak meadows are iconic and culturally significant ecosystems in the Pacific Northwest. Photo by Shanna Baker
View from Quadra Island
Looking out across Heriot Bay, Quadra Island, toward the coastal mountains on the British Columbia mainland. Photo by Grant Callegari