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April 2015

Saturday
Apr 25
8:30 AM

Birding with Larry along Port Coquitlam's Northern Dykes

Join Larry Cowan and members of Nature Vancouver for a half-day birding field trip to Port Coquitlam’s Pitt River Dyke from the Fremont Reclamation area (just north of Lougheed Hwy.) to the parking area at DeBoville Slough. This field trip covers some excellent dyke-side habitats. We will be on the lookout for Spring migrants. Meet in the parking lot adjacent…

Saturday
Apr 25
9:00 AM

'Signs of Spring' Nature Walk around Como Lake

Join BMN members Liz Thunstrom and Lori Austin for a guided walk to view Spring at Como Lake in Coquitlam. The walk is one km, totally flat, and wheelchair-accessible. Bring your binoculars and dress for whatever weather the day brings. Meet in the south parking lot (off Gatensbury). Walk will last about 1.5 hours. For more info, call Liz at…

Saturday
Apr 25
10:00 AM

Western Sandpiper Migration Event - Second Annual "Peep-In"

Come on out to Roberts Bank in Ladner (South Delta) on the morning of Saturday April 25 from 10am on, to celebrate the unique spectacle of the Western Sandpiper Migration. Roberts Bank is a critical stop on the Pacific Flyway. There are few such stopping places for the Western Sandpipers on their long journey north from Central and South America,…

Saturday
Apr 25
12:00 PM

Volunteer Opportunity: Shoreline Trail Clean Up

The Group Force of Nature Alliance is hosting a creek clean up for Noon’s Creek in Port Moody and what better time to make the world a better place than Earth Day Weekend. This will get the area ready for the Fingerling Festival on May 2nd. Please RSVP to let them know you will be there. 12pm – 3pm Shoreline…

Sunday
Apr 26
11:00 AM

Wildlife Rescue Association's EarthFest

The Wildlife Rescue Association hosts their annual EarthFest event, this time on their grounds on the south shore of Burnaby Lake. The Colony Farm Park Association (but not BMN) will be there with a display and children’s wildlife puzzles. Please park in the parking lot for the rowing pavilion and take the free shuttle to their site. Tours will also…

Sunday
Apr 26
11:00 AM

Goodbye Chums Salmon Fry Release

Release salmon fry into Kanaka Creek, visit the hatchery in KANAKA CREEK REGIONAL PARK, see displays, play games and make crafts.
Meet at Bell-Irving Hatchery on 256th St, south of Dewdney Trunk Rd.
Information: 604-530-4983
11 am – 3 pm
Presented by Metro Vancouver and Kanaka Education and Environmental Partnership Society.

May 2015

Saturday
May 2
11:00 AM

Fingerling Festival at Noons Creek

The annual Noon’s Creek Hatchery Fingerling Festival at Noons Creek and the Port Moody skating arena. Help to release young chum into Noons Creek and view displays from 50 environmental groups in the lower mainland. Enjoy the music, children’s activities, food, and fun! BMN will be there with our displays and children’s puzzles.
From 11am-3pm

Sunday
May 3
1:00 PM

Creative Cafe at Minnekhada Lodge

Join the Minnekhada Park Association for creative activities, and discover Minnekhada Park’s natural and cultural history.
1 – 4 pm in The Lodge.
Information: www.minnekhada.ca

Sunday
May 3
1:00 PM

Heritage Walk among the Buildings of Riverview Hospital - Mental Health Week

Join Don Gillespie and other members of the Burke Mountain Naturalists for a special free guided tour of the outside portions of the heritage buildings at Riverview. The tour will last about two hours, depending on weather and walkers’ preference. Dress for the weather, and wear comfy shoes or boots. Walks go rain or shine. Dogs on leash are welcome….

Tuesday
May 5
7:00 PM

"Hiking in the TriCities - Educational Session" $8.00

This is a presentation sponsored by the City of Coquitlam. Registration (512637) is required. Come out and enjoy an evening of slides while learning about local places to hike and how to be prepared. Do you know what ten essential items you should have in your pack? Ian McArthur will present slides of hikes in Coquitlam and other local areas….

Thursday
May 7
7:00 PM

Summer Evening Botany Walk - Shoreline Park in PoMo

Join other BMN members for a series of evening botanizing walks. Seven gentle walks are planned for Thursday evenings over the summer months, all starting at 7 PM. There is no leader for these walks. Instead, we’ll learn how to identify plants from each other and from our guidebooks. The walks will go rain or shine. No need to register…

Saturday
May 9
11:00 AM

'Science Rendezvous' at SFU

You and your family are invited to the Burnaby campus of SFU on Saturday, May 9th for “Science Rendezvous and Astronomy Day”. There’s an exciting day lined up full of interesting things to see and do involving science and astronomy. Interactive activities, crafts, a science show and talks on the Apollo missions and the Northern Lights will appeal to everyone….

Saturday
May 9
1:00 PM

International Migratory Bird Day Celebrations at Colony Farm Park

Join the Colony Farm Park Association for displays, kid’s activities, a history tour at 1 pm and birding walks at 2:30 pm. Look for the tents at the end of Colony Farm Road. Free.
1 – 4 pm
COLONY FARM REGIONAL PARK

Sunday
May 10
1:00 PM

Mother's Day Walking Tour of the Magnificent Trees at Riverview

Join the Riverview Horticultural Centre Society for a special free Mother’s Day tour of the heritage trees at Riverview. Walks are led by a volunteer arborist, and last about two hours, depending on weather and walkers’ preference. Dress for the weather, and wear comfy shoes or boots. Walks go rain or shine. Children to adults welcome. Dogs on leash are…

Tuesday
May 12
7:30 PM

MONTHLY MEETING: A Photographic Tour of Nature in Botswana

Our guests this month are David and Diane Reesor, who have travelled the globe for decades and continue to produce astonishing photography of the wildlife of exotic places. This presentation will show photographic highlights of their trip to Botswana and include images of the local people, colorful birds, hunting dogs, big cats teaching their cubs to navigate in the river…

Saturday
May 16
9:00 AM

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: Knotweed Removal at DeBoville Slough

Join the Friends of DeBoville Slough for the first knotweed removal session of 2015. Almost a decade of hand-weeding by dedicated volunteers has made a remarkable difference in the extent of the knotweed problem at the Slough. 9am-noon.
Saturday
May 16
11:00 AM

Forest Fairy Gathering at Burnaby Lake Regional Park

Visit the “Gnome Depot” to get construction material for your fairy home. Enjoy free face painting. Fairy attire welcome.
Meet at the Burnaby Lake Nature House, 4519 Piper Avenue, off Winston St

11 am – 3 pm

A free family event hosted by Metro Vancouver Parks.

Monday
May 18
8:00 AM

BMN HIKE: Cypress Lake and Eagle Ridge Traverse

On this moderately strenuous hike we will traverse Eagle Ridge from Westwood Plateau to Buntzen Lake, stopping along the way at Cypress Lake. We will pass by a couple of fine viewpoints on Eagle Ridge: White Rock and West View. White Rock Lookout offers a nice view of the Cypress Lake Plateau and Fraser Valley beyond. West View, also called…

Wednesday
May 20
6:00 PM

HIKE: Miller Ravine & the Chines $5.00

This is a hike sponsored by the City of Coquitlam. Registration (512633) and signed waiver form is required. A member of the Burke Mountain Naturalists will guide a trip through the lush upper section of Miller Ravine while taking time to enjoy nature. The group will then descend into the steep forested area of the Chines before regaining elevation to…

Wednesday
May 27
6:00 PM

HIKE: Lower Slopes of Burke Mountain $5.00

This is a hike sponsored by the City of Coquitlam. Registration (512636) and signed waiver form is required. A member of the Burke Mountain Naturalists will guide a trip on a variety of forested trails in Pinecone Burke Provincial Park while taking time to enjoy nature. The group will travel on undulating trails taking in the reappearing spring vegetation in…

Thursday
May 28
7:00 PM

Summer Evening Botany Walk - Colony Farm Regional Park

Join other BMN members for a series of evening botanizing walks. Seven gentle walks are planned for Thursday evenings over the summer months, all starting at 7 PM. There is no leader for these walks. Instead, we’ll learn how to identify plants from each other and from our guidebooks. The walks will go rain or shine. No need to register…

Sunday
May 31
8:30 AM

BMN Hike: Buntzen Lake Loop

On this hike we will be making another trip to BC Hydro’s Buntzen Lake reservoir. This moderate hike will circle Buntzen Lake in a counter-clockwise direction walking on a well maintained trail. Highlights of the day will include a beautiful forest, lake views, and glimpses of Swan Falls. Roundtrip distance is 9.8 km (6 mi) with a cumulative elevation gain…

June 2015

Wednesday
Jun 3
7:00 PM

HIKE: Beginner Hiking Program to the High Knoll in Minnekhada Regional Park $20.00

These hikes are sponsored by the City of Coquitlam. Registration (512634) and signed waiver form is required. Have you ever wanted to hike to the top of the High Knoll in Minnekhada Regional Park, but did not know if you could do it? Here is a great four step program for you to gain confidence to accomplish your goal. The…

Thursday
Jun 4
6:30 PM

HIKE: Intermediate Hiking Program to Diez Vistas in Buntzen Lake Recreation Area $24.00

These hikes are sponsored by the City of Coquitlam. Registration (512635) and signed waiver form is required. Have you ever wanted to hike Diez Vistas in the Buntzen Lake Recreation Area, but did not know if you could do it? Here is a great four step program for you to gain confidence to accomplish your goal. Diez Vistas is Spanish…

Sunday
Jun 7
8:00 AM

BMN HIKE: Woodland Walk

To celebrate the twentieth anniversary of the creation of Pinecone Burke Provincial Park, we will do an easy to moderate hike along the Woodland Walk Trail. This trip will be advertised as a public hike and we are looking for people willing to help lead or assist a leader. On this outing we will travel through a lovely mature second-growth…

Sunday
Jun 7
1:00 PM

Creative Cafe at Minnekhada Lodge

Join the Minnekhada Park Association for creative activities, and discover Minnekhada Park’s natural and cultural history.
1 – 4 pm in The Lodge.
Information: www.minnekhada.ca

Thursday
Jun 11
7:00 PM

Summer Evening Botany Walk - Coquitlam River near Lions Park, PoCo

Join other BMN members for a series of evening botanizing walks. Seven gentle walks are planned for Thursday evenings over the summer months, all starting at 7 PM. There is no leader for these walks. Instead, we’ll learn how to identify plants from each other and from our guidebooks. The walks will go rain or shine. No need to register…

Saturday
Jun 13
9:00 AM

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: Knotweed removal @ DeBoville Slough

Join the Friends of DeBoville Slough as we continue to work on controlling Japanese Knotweed at DeBoville Slough. We meet at the kiosk on the north side of the slough. Wear sturdy footwear and dress for the the weather as we go rain or shine. Don’t forget water and sunscreen. We supply tools but bring your favourite hand pruners or…

Friday
Jun 19
6:00 PM

BMN CYCLE: Solstice Cycle

As a tribute to the end of spring and to celebrate one of the longest days of the year, we would like to offer an evening cycle trip on the PoCo Trail. This is a 26 km flat route circuit that takes in the Coquitlam River, Colony Farm, Fraser River, Pitt River, DeBoville Slough, and Hyde Creek. Meet at 6:00…

Thursday
Jun 25
7:00 PM

Summer Evening Botany Walk - Woodhaven Swamp

Join other BMN members for a series of evening botanizing walks. Seven gentle walks are planned for Thursday evenings over the summer months, all starting at 7 PM. There is no leader for these walks. Instead, we’ll learn how to identify plants from each other and from our guidebooks. The walks will go rain or shine. No need to register…

July 2015

Friday
Jul 3
6:00 PM

BMN HIKE: Lower Slopes of Eagle Ridge

On this hike we will visit the red communications tower on Eagle Ridge. This tower is visible from many areas of the Lower Mainland, and nearby there is a great lookout that offers expansive views. We will use a variety of mountain bike trails as well roads along the power lines on this evening hike. Roundtrip distance is 6 km…

Thursday
Jul 9
7:00 PM

Summer Evening Botany Walk - Mossom Creek Hatchery Lane and Hatchery

Join other BMN members for a series of evening botanizing walks. Seven gentle walks are planned for Thursday evenings over the summer months, all starting at 7 PM. There is no leader for these walks. Instead, we’ll learn how to identify plants from each other and from our guidebooks. The walks will go rain or shine. No need to register…

Saturday
Jul 11
9:00 AM

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: Knotweed removal @ DeBoville Slough

Join the Friends of DeBoville Slough as we continue to work on controlling Japanese Knotweed at DeBoville Slough. We meet at the kiosk on the north side of the slough. Wear sturdy footwear and dress for the the weather as we go rain or shine. Don’t forget water and sunscreen. We supply tools but bring your favourite hand pruners or…

Thursday
Jul 23
7:00 PM

Summer Evening Botany Walk - Lower Marsh at Minnekhada

Join other BMN members for a series of evening botanizing walks. Seven gentle walks are planned for Thursday evenings over the summer months, all starting at 7 PM. There is no leader for these walks. Instead, we’ll learn how to identify plants from each other and from our guidebooks. The walks will go rain or shine. No need to register…

Saturday
Jul 25
6:00 AM

BMN HIKE: Skyline Trail

On this moderate hike in Manning Park, we will be start at the Strawberry Flats parking area and walk along an old fire access road through a lodgepole pine forest and through a flower meadow which contains strawberry blossoms and greening perennials in mid-July to August with a splash of bloom that attracts hummingbirds and butterflies. From here we will…

August 2015

Thursday
Aug 6
7:00 PM

Summer Evening Botany Walk - Burnaby Mountain Cleared Site

Join other BMN members for a series of evening botanizing walks. Seven gentle walks are planned for Thursday evenings over the summer months, all starting at 7 PM. There is no leader for these walks. Instead, we’ll learn how to identify plants from each other and from our guidebooks. The walks will go rain or shine. No need to register…

Saturday
Aug 8
7:00 AM

BMN HIKE: Bear Mountain

On this moderate to strenuous hike, we will ascend a modest summit near Harrison Hot Springs. Most of the hike is on an old gradual switchback road to ease the elevation gain. Great views of Harrison Lake, the upper part of the Fraser Valley, and the surrounding mountains are well worth the effort. The final viewpoint has been called “eye-popping.”…

September 2015

Saturday
Sep 12
7:00 AM

BMN HIKE: Mt. Gardner

Once again, we will combine seafaring and hiking, this time sailing for Bowen Island, where we will climb to its high point, Mt. Gardner. The climb to Gardner’s north summit (the south, though slightly higher, is treed) is moderately strenuous, and since we will have a return ferry to catch, we will need to maintain a reasonable pace. The payoff…

Saturday
Sep 26
5:00 PM

BMN HIKE: Burke South Summit & Pika Peak

This moderate to difficult hike is a must for keen hikers in the Tri-City area. We will travel on old logging roads through splendid second-growth forest and then on trails where we will experience the old growth of Burke Mountain. We will hear some of the history while enjoying the many waterfalls along the way. Once most of our elevation…

October 2015

Saturday
Oct 3
9:00 AM

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: Knotweed removal @ DeBoville Slough

Join the Friends of DeBoville Slough as we continue to work on controlling Japanese Knotweed at DeBoville Slough. We meet at the kiosk on the north side of the slough. Wear sturdy footwear and dress for the the weather as we go rain or shine. Don’t forget water and sunscreen. We supply tools but bring your favourite hand pruners or…

Sunday
Oct 4
8:00 AM

BMN HIKE: St. Marks Summit

We will revisit Cypress Provincial Park on this outing and hike a portion of the famous Howe Sound Crest Trail, starting from the scenic Yew Lake wetlands area and going as far as St. Marks Summit. On the way we will stop at the newly recreated Bowen Island Lookout, where, hopefully, we will have a great view of Howe Sound…

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