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January 2005

Saturday
Jan 1
7:00 AM

Monthly Bird Survey at Maplewood Flats

Start the New Year off on the right foot! Drag yourself out of bed to join the Wild Bird Trust’s monthly bird survey! Meet at 8 am in the parking lot of the Pacific Environment Science Centre, 2645 Dollarton Highway. If the gate is closed, park adjacent to the highway. For details, please contact Janice Wilson, Bird Survey Coordinator: 604-987-5586….

Saturday
Jan 1
11:00 PM

Christmas Bird Count

Please note, this date has been changed since the November newsletter to avoid a conflict with the Vancouver area count. If you wish to participate, please sign up with Mike Griffin 604-942-5326. Potluck supper will be held at Liz Thunstrom’s following the close of the count.

Tuesday
Jan 11
6:30 PM

MONTHLY MEETING: "Invertebrates At-Risk in BC" by Jennifer Heron (aka The Bug Lady)

Jennifer Heron will give a slide presentation on some of BC’s threatened bug and insect species, highlighting species in the Garry Oak ecosystems, South Okanagan Similkameen and Lower Mainland regions. Jennifer is an Invertebrate Species-at-Risk Specialist with the BC Ministry of Water, Land and Air Protection. Currently, she is responsible for devising recovery plans for over a dozen endangered species….

Friday
Jan 28
11:00 PM

Birding with Larry Cowan at DeBoville Slough

Join Larry Cowan and VNHS members for a half-day birding field trip to DeBoville Slough. The group will walk from DeBoville Slough to Minnekhada Park. Meet Larry at the parking area at Victoria and Cedar Drives in Port Coquitlam at 9 am. Contact Larry at 604-465-1402 or lawrencecowan@shaw.ca.

February 2005

Thursday
Feb 3
7:00 PM

Public Presentation at VanDusen Gardens on Arctic Ecology

Page Burt, an Arctic ecologist who has published “Barrenland Beauties, A Field Guide to Arctic Plants” and presently works at Bathhurst Inlet Ecotourism Lodge will present a slideshow entitled “Reading the Landscape of the Arctic Coast”. This event is held at the VanDusen Gardens. Phone the Garden at 604-878-9274 for additional information or click here.

Tuesday
Feb 8
6:30 PM

MONTHLY MEETING: Guest Speaker on Climate Change

BMN Monthly Meeting at Como Lake United Church, corner of Marmont and King Albert in Coquitlam. Guest speaker will be Ian Bruce from the Alpine Club on “Melting Mountains – Dealing with the Impacts of Global Warming”. Sponsored by the Alpine Club, David Suzuki Foundation and Mountain Equipment CoOp.

Wednesday
Feb 9
6:00 PM

Fraser River Discovery Centre Society’s Speaker Series

Matthew Evenden will be presenting “Contesting the Fraser: communities, coalitions, and the fish versus power debate” as part of the Fraser River Discovery Centre Society’s 5th annual speaker series. This talk will consider the voices of the debate: the community interests, the political connections and the social contexts. The Fraser River is the world’s most productive salmon river; it is…

Wednesday
Feb 9
6:30 PM

PMES AGM and Slide Presentation on Rocky Point's Purple Martins

At the Port Moody Ecological Society (PMES) Annual General Meeting on Wednesday evening February 9, the featured presentation will be by award-winning photographer, Kiyoshi Takahashi. He will describe the wildlife of the Tri-Cities area with a special focus on the purple martins and bats of the Shoreline Park. Last year, Takahashi, a Coquitlam resident, won an award from the BC…

Saturday
Feb 12
8:00 AM

Birding at Colony Farm with Larry Cowan

Join Larry Cowan and VNHS members for a morning outing to enjoy the raptors, waterfowl and other birds of Colony Farm. Meet in the parking lot at the end of Colony Farm Road, beside the Community Gardens. For more information, contact Larry at 604-465-1402 or lawrencecowan@shaw.ca. THERE HAVE BEEN RECENT CAR BREAK-INS HERE. DO NOT LEAVE ANYTHING THAT LOOKS VALUABLE

Saturday
Feb 19
9:00 AM

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: Nestbox Cleaning at Minnekhada

It’s that time of year again! BMN’s chickadee and swallow boxes in Minnekhada Park will be cleaned out and readied for this year’s occupants from 10-1 on Saturday, Feb 19. Meet in the Quarry Road parking lot. Contact Victoria (votton@sfu.ca or 937-5379) for more info. We will be assisted for part of the time by members of BMN’s Young Naturalists…

Saturday
Feb 26
9:00 AM

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: Nestbox Cleaning at the Shoreline Park

This will be a quick tour to clean out our chickadee and swallow nestboxes along the Shoreline Trail. 10 -12. Meet behind the Rec Centre. Contact Victoria for more info (votton@sfu.ca or 937-5379).

March 2005

Friday
Mar 4
11:00 PM

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: Nestbox Cleaning at Widgeon Park

Cleaning out BMN’s chickadee and swallow boxes in the Widgeon provides a great opportunity to see this fairly inaccessible park. We’ll start at 10 am and finish around 2 pm. Contact Victoria for more info (votton@sfu.ca or 937-5379).

Saturday
Mar 5
9:00 AM

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY -- Planting Event along Como Creek

Please join the Como Watershed Group (CWG) in its first planting event for spring this Saturday, March 5th at 10:00 a.m. Location Como Creek at Woolridge between the Lougheed and Trans Canada Highways in south Coquitlam. They will be planting on the east side of the creek near the bridge. Park at McFrugals and walk west to the creek along…

Monday
Mar 7
11:00 PM

MONTHLY MEETING: Guest Speaker Jennifer Heron (aka 'The Bug Lady")

At the March meeting, government biologist Jennifer Heron will give a slide presentation on some terrestrial insect species of BC. Her talk will focus on species that are under threat because they inhabit some of BC’s most threatened ecosystems, including the Lower Mainland region. Heron is an Invertebrate Species-at-Risk Specialist with the BC Ministry of Water, Land and Air Protection….

Wednesday
Mar 9
6:00 PM

Fraser River Discovery Centre Society's Speaker Series

“Moccasins to Gold: the History of Fort Langley” with lawyer and local historian, John Cherrington, at the Fraser River Discovery Centre in New Westminster. The birthplace of BC is not credited to Victoria or even New Westminster but rather Fort Langley holds this coveted distinction. Established in 1827 as a Hudson’s Bay Company trading post, Fort Langley was the first…

Friday
Mar 11
11:00 PM

CLUB HIKE: Trans Canada Trail

Come join us for our first hike of the year! On this moderate hike we will traverse the most westerly mainland section of the Trans Canada Trail (as far as Eagle Lake Road above Cypress Falls Park) and make use of residential streets, other trails and old roads to turn our ramble into a loop trip. En route we will…

Saturday
Mar 12
12:00 PM

Life After Pesticides -- A Free Workshop hosted by the City of Port Moody!!

This is a rare opportunity to hear author and organic pest-management expert, Dr. Linda Gilkeson, give an illustrated talk on how to have lovely yards, gardens and especially lawns, without resorting to pesticides. She will show why it is essential to correctly identify pests, know when to treat them, and the right way to use organic methods. The talk will…

Sunday
Mar 13
8:00 AM

Love those Birds! Boundary Bay "Birds on the Bay" Event

The Delta Naturalists host this free event for birders and their families. Learn to ID birds, then practice on a walk through Boundary Bay Park. Meet at Cammidge House, Boundary Bay Regional Park, Tsawwassen. No registration required. Note: the afternoon program to learn about invasive species has been cancelled. Many other wonderful events are planned for “Birds on the Bay”….

Sunday
Mar 13
9:00 AM

BMN Young Naturalists FIELD TRIP

The BMN Young Naturalists Club meets at Colony Farm to watch for herons and other wildlife. Contact organizer, Margaret Flaherty, for details (604-420-4701).

Friday
Mar 18
11:00 PM

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: Monthly Raptor Counts

Monthly raptor counts at various locations including both sides of Colony Farm. If you wish to help, contact Doug Charles (604-939-9571) or Mike Griffin (604-942-5326).

Friday
Mar 18
11:00 PM

'Nature Day' at Amsterdam Nurseries

Annual Nature Day and Native Plant Sale at Amsterdam Nurseries in Pitt Meadows. Probably from about 10am–3 pm. Local stewardship groups are invited to attend with displays. BMN will be there – this annual event is an excellent opportunity to network with the naturalists and stream stewards on the other side of the Pitt River! The nursery is located on…

Tuesday
Mar 22
11:00 PM

VNHS Field Trip to Eastern Vanc. Island for Herring Spawning and Seabirds

Bill Merrilees has invited BMN members to join his tour group of VNHS members on a trip to see herring spawning and seabirds. Board the BC Ferry at Horseshoe Bay for Nanaimo departing at 8:30 AM. On arrival at the Departure Bay Terminal, participants will board a chartered bus that will head “up island” towards Courtenay to view the herring…

Wednesday
Mar 30
11:00 PM

Photography Exhibit - Port Moody Arts Centre

As part of Port Moody’s Arts Festival, there will be a photography show entitled “Our Town, Our Talent”. One of the talented photographers invited to submit his work to this show is BMN’s Kiyoshi Takahashi. Opening reception: March 31st from 6 – 8 PM. Exhibit Dates: March 31st to May 1st Port Moody Arts Centre, 2425 St. John’s St For…

April 2005

Saturday
Apr 2
9:00 AM

VOLUNTEER with the Como Watershed Group - Planting

Please join the Como Watershed Group this Saturday April 2nd for their second spring planting session on Como Creek. The planting site is on the west side of Como Creek along Woolrdige Avenue, and they start at 10:00. You can access it by turning left on King Edward and heading east towards Carter Motor Sports or turning right off Schoolhouse…

Saturday
Apr 2
12:00 PM

BMN Young Naturalists FIELD TRIP

Join the BMN Young Naturalists Club to search for frogs, aquatic insects, meat-eating plants and other wetland wonders. We will also undertake to improve habitat at this wetland and learn about invasive species. Meet Elaine at the Chilko Road parking lot for Mundy Park off Mariner Way. Wear rubber boots and bring a magnifying glass if you have one. For…

Saturday
Apr 2
6:00 PM

Ian's Annual Slideshow

Come out and enjoy an evening of slides and snacks. Ian McArthur will present slides highlighting the past year of BMN and other hikes. Jack Bryceland will also be presenting slides from his outdoor adventures. Jack is a well known hiker, skier, author, and paddler. This is always a fun interactive time to see photos of wonderful places and have…

Thursday
Apr 7
7:00 PM

Free Public Lecture: Green Tea Ice Cream: Exploring Consumer Response to Green Buildings

As part of the City Program in Continuing Studies, SFU Harbour Centre offers a series of free public lectures on urban issues. Admission is free. As seating is limited, reservations are required. Call 604.291.5100 or email cs_hc@sfu.ca Venue: Simon Fraser University at Harbour Centre, 515 West Hastings, Vancouver Speaker: Jerry Yudelson, PE, LEED AP, BS, MS, MBA, Associate Principal and…

Sunday
Apr 10

CLUB HIKE -- Lynn Valley Big Trees

We’ve made a couple of trips up the east side of Lynn Valley; on this moderate hike we will explore the less-travelled West Side. We will begin on the Baden Powell Trail (picking up where we left off last year), walk a short stretch of the Grouse Mountain Highway, and then continue up the valley by way of skid road…

Tuesday
Apr 12
7:30 PM

MONTHLY MEETING: Guest Speaker on “Raptors and the Impact of Pesticides in the Fraser Valley"

BMN Monthly Meeting at Como Lake United Church, corner of Marmont Street and King Albert Avenue in Coquitlam. Guest Speaker will be John Elliott from the Canadian Wildlife Service who will talk about “Raptors and the Impact of Pesticides in the Fraser Valley". Elliott has been involved in a long-term project to monitor the causes of death and debilitation in…

Wednesday
Apr 13
7:00 PM

Fraser River Discovery Centre Society’s Speaker Series

“Vanishing British Columbia” by Michael Kluckner A good deal of stories to be told of British Columbia’s past are encapsulated in the historic small towns and rural areas that dot the roadsides of the land. But many of the rustic landmarks of these places have been lost with little of their history being recorded. Local writer, artist, and heritage activist,…

Sunday
Apr 17
1:00 PM

Public Walking Tour of Riverview's Heritage Trees

Experience the legacy of BC’s first Botanical Garden — a treasure-trove of trees, many of them over 90 years old and allowed to grow to their full potential. The walk begins at 1 pm at the front door of the Henry Esson Young Building (follow Holly Drive, turn up hill onto Oak Crescent then turn right onto Kalmia). The tours…

Wednesday
Apr 20

VNHS Field Trip to Honeymoon Bay Wildflower Reserve - Lake Cowichan

Bill Merrilees has invited BMN members to join his tour group of VNHS members on a trip to the Honeymoon Bay Wildflower Reserve. Board the BC Ferry at Tsawwassen fo Duke Point (Nanaimo) departing at 7:45 AM. On arrival at Duke Point, participants will board a chartered bus for Honeymoon Bay. Cost is $25 per person (bus charter only). Bring…

Sunday
Apr 24
1:00 PM

Public Walking Tour of Riverview's "Backyard" Area and Finnie's Garden

The spectacular Arboretum is not the only thing to see at Riverview. The “backyard” contains the natural features of the lands — native trees, streams, birds and wild flowers. Finnie’s Garden is an excellent example of Naturescape in Action. This 2 acre site is the result of work done by residents during the 1950’s under the direction of Art Finnie….

Wednesday
Apr 27
6:00 PM

Nature Walk at Colony Farm with Brownie Group

BMN will take a local Brownie Group on a nature walk at Colony Farm. Leader is Mr. Mike.

May 2005

Tuesday
May 3
7:00 PM

GVRD Public Consultation on Building a Sustainable Region

You can participate in workshops about the GVRD Parks/Greenway Plan, Air and Water Quality Management Plans. To register, please phone 604-451-6596. Copies of these plans are available at www.gvrd.bc.ca or by phoning 604-451-6596. Let’s show the GVRD we care about sustainability by participating in these workshops! Registration starts at 6:30; the meeting will commence at 7 pm. Tuesday, May 3…

Saturday
May 7

BMN FIELD TRIP to Newcastle Island with Bill Merilees

Vancouver Island naturalist Bill Merilees will lead us on a day trip to Newcastle Island, a small marine park located in Nanaimo harbour. The plan is to leave on the 8:30 AM ferry from Horseshoe Bay (as foot passengers), arriving at Departure Bay in Nanaimo 1 hr and 35 mins later. Bill will meet us there with transportation from the…

Saturday
May 7

Fingerling Festival at Noons Creek

Port Moody Ecological Society hosts its annual Fingerling Festival at Noons Creek and in the Skating Rink at Port Moody. As usual, this will be a fun event featuring a salmon release, interactive displays about salmon and the environment, activities for all ages, raffles and food. Help release young chum salmon into Noons Creek. The BMN Young Naturalists Club will…

Saturday
May 7
6:00 AM

"Dawn Chorus" at Maplewood with Al and Jude Grass

Meet at the double-gates opposite the Crab Shop (just before 2645 Dollarton Highway, North Vancouver). Walk goes rain or shine, from 6 am – 8:30 am. No dogs, leashed or unleashed. For more info, call 604.924.2581.

Saturday
May 7
1:30 PM

Fraser River Walking Tours

To describe a river as having a mouth might seem a bit odd, but every river has one. In addition, the mouth of a river is conversely located at its base rather than near its beginning. The mouth of the Fraser River opens wide at the Strait of Georgia to consume the tides of the Pacific Ocean. The tidal effect…

Sunday
May 8
1:00 PM

Mother's Day Magnolia Time - Public Walking Tour of Riverview's Trees

Experience the legacy of BC’s first Botanical Garden — a treasure-trove of trees, many of them over 90 years old and allowed to grow to their full potential. The walk begins at 1 pm at the front door of the Henry Esson Young Building (follow Holly Drive, turn up hill onto Oak Crescent then turn right onto Kalmia). The tours…

Tuesday
May 10
7:30 PM

MONTHLY MEETING: "Seabirds of the Scott Islands" by Biologist Greg Mallette

At the May meeting of the Burke Mountain Naturalists, Greg Mallette, a Habitat Planner with the Canadian Wildlife Service, will present a slide show on the diverse populations of seabirds that breed on the Scott Islands off the northern tip of Vancouver Island. These uninhabited islands provide ideal nesting habitat for a variety of coastal seabirds. The Scott Islands presently…

Saturday
May 14
10:00 AM

"Birding by Ear" with Al Grass at Maplewood Flats

Join naturalist Al Grass at Maplewood Flats for a free 2 hour walk to enjoy the spring bird songs. Meet at the Sanctuary office. 2645 Dollarton Highway, North Vancouver. Please, no dogs. Trails are suitable for all ages and are wheelchair accessible (no wheelchair accessible washroom).

For more information, call 604.924.2581.

Saturday
May 14
1:00 PM

PUBLIC WALK Hosted by Colony Farm Park Association

Join members of the Colony Farm Park Association for a free public Heritage Walk, Nature Viewing and a Garden Tour all down at the Farm. Activities will commence from the grassy field adjacent to the parking lot at the end of Colony Farm Road. Watch local papers for further announcements.
Walk will take place from 1-4 pm.

Saturday
May 14
1:00 PM

Free Public Heritage Day Tours at Colony Farm

Join the Colony Farm Park Association, BMN and other partners for free public Heritage Day Tours at Colony Farm. Join guided walks at 1 and 2:30 pm to tour the proposed restoration of old bunkhouse as a community center. At 3:30 pm, join Don Gillespie, representatives from Kwikwetlem First Nation and Douglas College for a nature walk to view the…

Sunday
May 15

CLUB HIKE - Blue Mountain

We have been up Blue Mountain once before, but on this moderate hike we will travel, in part, a different route. We will hike through lush second growth forest, enjoy the fine summit view and revisit a lovely trailside lake. Round trip distance is about 23 km (14.3 mi) but the elevation gain is just 520 m (1700 ft). Hikers…

Sunday
May 15
10:00 AM

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: Invasive Plant Removal

Help native plants regain territory by joining other volunteers to remove non-native plants at a Weed Buster work party in Burnaby Lake Regional Park on Sunday, May 15 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Lunch and tools supplied. Wear sturdy shoes, long pants and sleeves, and bring drinking water. Volunteers will help pull out English ivy and Scotch broom on…

Tuesday
May 17

BC Elections Day

Please vote for the candidate of your choice and the type of electoral system you wish to have.

A number of websites relating to the election are now appearing:

Friday
May 20

Streamkeepers Annual SEP Conference

The Streamkeepers Annual Salmon Enhancement Program (SEP) Conference at Squamish at the North Vancouver Outdoor School have organized a terrific program to keep you busy the entire long weekend. $35 registration (before May 1). Check here for all the details.

Saturday
May 21

Fraser River Walking Tours

To describe a river as having a mouth might seem a bit odd, but every river has one. In addition, the mouth of a river is conversely located at its base rather than near its beginning. The mouth of the Fraser River opens wide at the Strait of Georgia to consume the tides of the Pacific Ocean. The tidal effect…

Saturday
May 28
8:30 AM

Birding with Larry Cowan at DeBoville Slough

Join Larry Cowan and VNHS members for a half day birding trip to DeBoville Slough. The walk will continue along the Pitt River and end in Minnekhada Park. Meet at the intersection of Victoria and Cedar Drives in NE Coquitlam. Bring water and a snack. Contact Larry at 604-465-1402 or lawencecowan@shaw.ca.

Saturday
May 28
9:30 AM

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: Invasive Plant Removal at DeBoville Slough

Join the Friends of DeBoville Slough, BMN and other community stewards for a weed-whacking on both the north and south dikes. We will attempt to remove some of the highly invasive Japanese knotweed with the help of the City. Yummy refreshments provided by Wesbild. Watch local papers for more details. This project has been successfully funded with a Ministry of…

Sunday
May 29
1:00 PM

Special Children's Walk of Riverview's Heritage Trees

Introduce your children or grandchildren to BC’s first Botanical Garden — a treasure-trove of trees, many of them over 90 years old and allowed to grow to their full potential. The walk begins at 1 pm at the front door of the Henry Esson Young Building (follow Holly Drive, turn up hill onto Oak Crescent then turn right onto Kalmia)….

June 2005

Saturday
Jun 4

Fraser River Walking Tours

To describe a river as having a mouth might seem a bit odd, but every river has one. In addition, the mouth of a river is conversely located at its base rather than near its beginning. The mouth of the Fraser River opens wide at the Strait of Georgia to consume the tides of the Pacific Ocean. The tidal effect…

Saturday
Jun 11

Annual “Art in the gARTen Tour”

The Annual “Art in the gARTen Tour” in Coquitlam where the public can enjoy the work of local artists in several natural settings throughout the City. In previous years, this event has included Riverview (Finnie’s Garden), Colony Farm and the wonderful backyards of several BMN members. Watch local papers for additional information.

Saturday
Jun 11
8:15 AM

Birding with Larry Cowan at Colony Farm

Saturday, June 11 at 8:15 pm: Join Larry Cowan and VNHS members at Colony Farm for a half day of birding. Expect to see Lazuli bunting and green heron. Meet in the parking lot at the end of Colony Farm Road. Contact Larry at 604-465-1402 or lawencecowan@shaw.ca.

Saturday
Jun 11
10:00 AM

"Martins Ospreys and More!" Nature Walk with Al Grass at Maplewood Flats

Join naturalist Al Grass to enjoy a summer morning at Maplewood. Meet at the Sanctuary Office for this 2 hour walk. Goes rain or shine. No dogs, leashed or unleashed.

Saturday
Jun 11
10:00 AM

"Welcome Home, Purple Martins" Day at Maplewood

This event runs from 10:00 am to 12:30 pm. Guided nature walk at 10 am, interpretive lecture at Osprey Point, viewing tent and display. No dogs, leashed or unleashed. For more info, call 604.924.2581.

Tuesday
Jun 14
7:00 PM

MONTHLY MEETING: Evening Nature Walk and Party at Riverview

It’s far too nice to be indoors, so BMN will complete our monthly meetings for the spring session with an evening nature walk at Riverview to be concluded with refreshments in Finnie’s Garden. Please, note the slightly earlier start time! Meet on the uphill side of the Henry Esson Young Building. For more information, call Victoria at 604.937.5379.

Saturday
Jun 18

Fraser River Walking Tour

To describe a river as having a mouth might seem a bit odd, but every river has one. In addition, the mouth of a river is conversely located at its base rather than near its beginning. The mouth of the Fraser River opens wide at the Strait of Georgia to consume the tides of the Pacific Ocean. The tidal effect…

Sunday
Jun 19
1:00 PM

Father's Day Walking Tour of Riverview's Heritage Trees

Experience the legacy of BC’s first Botanical Garden — a treasure-trove of trees, many of them over 90 years old and allowed to grow to their full potential. The walk begins at 1 pm at the front door of the Henry Esson Young Building (follow Holly Drive, turn up hill onto Oak Crescent then turn right onto Kalmia). The tours…

Sunday
Jun 26
1:00 PM

Public Walking Tour of Riverview's "Backyard" Area and Finnie's Garden

The spectacular Arboretum is not the only thing to see at Riverview. The “backyard” contains the natural features of the lands — native trees, streams, birds and wild flowers. Finnie’s Garden is an excellent example of Naturescape in Action. This 2 acre site is the result of work done by residents during the 1950’s under the direction of Art Finnie….

July 2005

Thursday
Jul 7
7:00 PM

Free Nature Walk at Maplewood Flats

Join Al and Jude Grass for a nature walk at Maplewood Flats in North Vancouver. Meet at the Sanctuary Office, 2645 Dollarton Highway (2 km east of Second Narrows Bridge), North Vancouver. Walk goes rain or shine, from 6 am – 8:30 am. No dogs, leashed or unleashed. For more info, call 604.924.2581.

Thursday
Jul 7
7:30 PM

Linden Walk - Public Tour of Riverview's Heritage Trees

Have you ever enjoyed the lovely aroma of flowering Linden trees? Come and experience this at Riverview, BC’s first Botanical Garden. The walk begins at 7:30 pm at the front door of the Henry Esson Young Building (follow Holly Drive, turn up hill onto Oak Crescent then turn right onto Kalmia). The tour lasts for about 1 hour. Wear suitable…

Saturday
Jul 9

Porteau Bluffs & Beth Lake Hike

Here is a hike with something for everyone: good views, rushing creeks, and, as our destination, a blue-green jewel-like lake, spectacularly set beneath high rock-cliff ramparts. This moderately strenuous hike on the east side of Howe Sound will take us along Porteau Bluffs and up Phyllis, Furry, and Beth Creeks to not-to-be-missed Beth Lake. Roundtrip distance is approximately 20 km…

Saturday
Jul 9
10:00 AM

Como Watershed Group Walk

Join the members of the Como Watershed Group for an interpretive walk in the Como Creek Lowlands to learn about invasive plants and how they are impacting native fish and wildlife communities through invasion of local natural areas. This will also be an opportunity to look at the area and how it connects the Fraser Foreshore from New Westminster to…

Saturday
Jul 16

BC Parks Day Celebration at Cypress Provincial Park

We have been asked to hold an event to celebrate Parks Day
but our busy volunteers are typically enjoying their summer break this month! VNHS will hold a Parks Day celebration at Cypress Provincial Park in West Vancouver – so we encourage our members to join VNHS for this event. Watch our June newsletter for more details.

Sunday
Jul 17
9:30 AM

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: Hardhack-hitting at Deboville Slough

Join the Friends of DeBoville Slough, BMN and other community stewards for a morning of weed-whacking on the dykes. We will attempt to remove much of the highly invasive Japanese knotweed with the help of the City. Yummy lunch provided by Wesbild. This project has been successfully funded with a Ministry of Forests grant for Invasive Species Removal. Meet at…

Sunday
Jul 17
1:00 PM

Public Walking Tour of Riverview's Heritage Trees

Experience the legacy of BC’s first Botanical Garden — a treasure-trove of trees, many of them over 90 years old and allowed to grow to their full potential. The walk begins at 1 pm at the front door of the Henry Esson Young Building (follow Holly Drive, turn up hill onto Oak Crescent then turn right onto Kalmia). The tours…

Thursday
Jul 21
7:00 PM

Evening Nature Walk at Colony Farm

Back by popular demand! Join Al and Jude Grass for a nature walk at Colony Farm. Meet at he end of Colony Farm Road on the Coquitlam side. Walking will be flat and easy. For more information, please contact Victoria at votton@sfu.ca or 604.937.5379.

Saturday
Jul 23
10:00 AM

'Return of the Osprey' Festival at Maplewood Flats

Join this free annual celebration hosted by the Wild Bird Trust of BC. The following events are planned: * 10 am — Nature Walk (meet your guide at the WBT Office) * noon — Wildlife Images by John Lowman. Display opens in the lobby of the Pacific Environmnetal Science Centre (adjacent to the WBT Office) * 1 pm — Nature…

August 2005

Saturday
Aug 6
9:30 AM

Nature Walk at Campbell Valley Regional Park

Join Al and Jude Grass for a nature walk at Campbell Valley Regional Park. Following the walk, we are all invited to their nearby home for lunch in the garden. Please bring your own lunch and a chair. We will carpool from the Toys R Us Park & Ride departing at 8:30 am. The walk starts at 9:30. Meet at…

Saturday
Aug 13
10:00 AM

"Airborne Acrobats" Saturday Nature Walk with Al Grass at Maplewood Flats

Join naturalist Al Grass to enjoy a summer morning at Maplewood. Meet at the Sanctuary Office for this 2 hour walk. Goes rain or shine. No dogs, leashed or unleashed. Free.

Saturday
Aug 20

Elfin Lakes/The Gargoyles/Columnar Peak Hike

In all the years of doing club hikes, we’ve only once visited ever-popular Garibaldi Provincial Park. But this year we’ve decided to brave the crowds again and visit what is by any standards a truly magnificent place. On this moderate to moderately strenuous hike, we will visit Elfin Lakes, which are set at the end of an open ridge with…

Sunday
Aug 21
1:00 PM

Public Walking Tour of Riverview's Heritage Trees

Experience the legacy of BC’s first Botanical Garden — a treasure-trove of trees, many of them over 90 years old and allowed to grow to their full potential. The walk begins at 1 pm at the front door of the Henry Esson Young Building (follow Holly Drive, turn up hill onto Oak Crescent then turn right onto Kalmia). The tours…

Sunday
Aug 28
1:00 PM

Public Walking Tour of Riverview's "Backyard" Area and Finnie's Garden

The spectacular Arboretum is not the only thing to see at Riverview. The “backyard” contains the natural features of the lands — native trees, streams, birds and wild flowers. Finnie’s Garden is an excellent example of Naturescape in Action. This 2 acre site is the result of work done by residents during the 1950’s under the direction of Art Finnie….

Tuesday
Aug 30
7:30 PM

Mushroom Expert Gives Talk at UBC

The Vancouver Mycological Society and the UBC Department of Botany have arranged for David Arora (mushroom guru and author of Mushrooms Demystified and All That the Rains Brings and More) to come to Vancouver following his participation in a conference in Victoria. Date/Time: Tue Aug 30 7:30 pm (doors open 7:00 pm) Place: Lecture Theater 2000, Biological Sciences Building, UBC

September 2005

Saturday
Sep 3
8:00 AM

Wild Bird Trust Monthly Bird Survey of Maplewood Flats

All levels of birders are welcome to join the Wild Bird Trust monthly bird survey of Maplewood Flats Conservation Area, North Vancouver. This survey is conducted on the first Saturday of each month. Meet at 0800 in the parking lot of the Pacific Environment Science Centre, 2645 Dollarton Highway. If the gate is closed, park adjacent to the highway. For…

Saturday
Sep 10
9:00 AM

Birding at DeBoville Slough with Larry Cowan

Join Larry and members of the VNHS on a birding walk from DeBoville Slough to Minnekhada Regional Park. Species hoped for are southbound migrant warblers and sparrows, and possibly Green Heron and Sandhill Crane. Meet leader Larry Cowan in the parking area at Victoria and Cedar Drive in Port Coquitlam at 0900. Contact Larry at lawrencecowan@shaw.ca.

Saturday
Sep 10
9:30 AM

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: Knotweed Removal at DeBoville Slough

Join BMNers, Friends of DeBoville Slough, Hyde Creek Watershed Society and others for the final knotweed removal session (for 2005) at DeBoville Slough. As usual, great refreshments including lunch will be provided by Wesbild. If you have gloves and pruners (large or small), please bring them as only a limited supply of these critical items will be available. Please wear…

Sunday
Sep 11

CLUB HIKE: Burke Village-Munro Lake Trail

During the summer, we always offer a trip to the origin of our name. This year is no exception, as we traverse Burke Mountain on the Village Lake Trail. The day will start with a car shuttle to Quarry Road before the hiking begins. This moderate hike has most of the elevation gain in the first two hours and easing…

Tuesday
Sep 13
7:30 PM

September MONTHLY MEETING: An Evening Showcasing BMN

We will kick off our fall session with a special evening devoted to telling you all about BMN activities and volunteer opportunities! Our featured speaker will be Kiyoshi Takahashi who will provide a photographic overview of several projects he is involved with plus a slide show of the BMN spring trip to Newcastle Island. In addition, Ian and Mark will…

Wednesday
Sep 14
7:30 PM

Free Public Talk: Hikers vs. Grizzlies -- Avoiding Conflict in Banff National Park

This is the first in the Parks Canada Speakers Series for Fall 05. Hal Morrison will speak in the Alice McKay room of the Vancouver Public Library, downtown branch. Admission is free and all are welcome. Hal will talk about his work as a wildlife conflict specialist in Banff National Park, and focus specifically on research and management to protect…

Saturday
Sep 17
9:00 AM

Raptor Count at Colony Farm

Join Mike Griffin and others for the monthly raptor count at Colony Farm Regional Park. Mike’s tour will focus on all the birds observed, not just raptors (on our July 21 walk at Colony Farm, Mike led us straight to the Lazuli buntings which, one day later, departed for points south). Meet on the Port Coquitlam side of Colony Farm…

Sunday
Sep 18
11:00 AM

TREEFEST 2005 AT RIVERVIEW

The Super-Fantastic Annual TreeFest at Riverview co-sponsored by the Riverview Horticultural Centre Society, the City of Coquitlam, BMN and others. Don’t miss this opportunity to enjoy the glorious trees of Riverview in their fall splendour. In addition to tree tours, there will be a heritage building tour, live entertainment, childrens’ activities, a blackberry tea, art exhibit and sale, and much…

Thursday
Sep 22
7:00 PM

'The Friends of DeBoville Slough' Meeting

The Friends of DeBoville Slough meet at Pinetree Community Centre, Room 3 at 7 pm. New members always welcome!

Saturday
Sep 24

“Community of Life” Forum

In preparation for the fall municipal elections, the Society for Community Development plans to sponsor a “Community of Life” Forum. People active in the Tri-Cities community and those interested in running for office are especially invited to attend. Watch local papers for details.

Sunday
Sep 25
12:00 PM

BC Rivers Day Celebration

Celebrate BC Rivers Day at Peace Park in Port Coquitlam on the Pitt River (off the Mary Hill Bypass along Kebet Way). BMN will be there with displays and children’s activities. We will lead a nature walk along the Pitt River dike at 1 pm where we could see turkey vultures, cedar waxwings and other birds. Enjoy watching the working…

October 2005

Saturday
Oct 1

CLUB HIKE: Elk-Thurston

This moderately strenuous hike is one of the most popular trips in the Chilliwack area. An outing this time of year, should be rewarded with beautiful fall colours. If the weather is clear, the views are amazing of the south Chilliwack Valley and Cultus Lake area. Roundtrip distance to Mount Thurston is 15 km (9.3 mi) with an elevation gain…

Saturday
Oct 1
8:00 AM

Monthly Bird Survey at Maplewood Flats

All levels of birders are welcome to join the Wild Bird Trust’ monthly bird survey of Maplewood Flats Conservation Area, North Vancouver. This survey is conducted on the first Saturday of each month. Meet at 0800 in the parking lot of the Pacific Environment Science Centre, 2645 Dollarton Highway. If the gate is closed, park adjacent to the highway. For…

Saturday
Oct 1
9:00 AM

Birding at Colony Farm with Larry Cowan and VNHS

Colony Farm Regional Park will be the location of a half-day birding field trip hosted by the Vancouver Natural History Society (VNHS). There should be a good variety of late migrants and returning over-wintering species. Meet leader and BMN member Larry Cowan at the parking area at the east end of Colony Farm Rd. at 0900. Contact Larry at 604-465-1402…

Saturday
Oct 1
11:00 AM

Living Dinosaurs: The Fraser River White Sturgeon

The Fraser River Discovery Centre is hosting an educational day on the Fraser River white sturgeon to help bring awareness to this very unique and endangered species of fish. The event will explore initiatives in white sturgeon education, such as a new school program provided by the Fraser River Discovery Centre and the launch of lesson plans for elementary teachers…

Sunday
Oct 2

4th Annual Ghost-Town Day at Ioco

Join the Friend’s of Ioco Heritage Lawn Bowling Association as they celebrate the historic Ioco Town Site. Traditional square-dancing, kids’ games, lawn bowling, pie contest, entertainments and food. All are welcome. Event runs from 12 – 4 pm on the Lawn Bowling Green.

Sunday
Oct 2

Minnekhada Farm Open House

Historic Minnekhada Farm is normally closed to the public, so don’t miss this special opportunity to visit the farm, built in the 1930s by Lieutenant-Governor Eric Hamber. Walk around the buildings and imagine life in a different era as you try tasks typical of the time. Admire the restoration of historic structures done to date and learn about future plans….

Monday
Oct 3
7:30 PM

Parks Canada Speakers' Series: "Making Waves: Marine Protection in Canada & Around the World"

Nicholas Irving and Laani Uunila, two of Parks Canada’s marine specialists, will take you on a trip around the world – examining marine protection in Australia, New Zealand, Italy, and Canada. Find out how Parks Canada is working to protect the ocean in your backyard and learn what you can do to help. Alice MacKay Room, Lower Level, Central Library…

Saturday
Oct 8
10:00 AM

Public Nature Walk at Maplewood Flats

On the second Saturday of each month, you are welcome to join the Wild Bird Trust’ Nature Walks at Maplewood Flats Conservation Area. Meet at 1000 in the parking lot of the Pacific Environment Science Centre, 2645 Dollarton Highway. If the gate is closed, park adjacent to the highway. For details, please contact Janice Wilson, Bird Survey Coordinator: 604-987-5586

Tuesday
Oct 11
7:30 PM

October CLUB MEETING: "The World of Spiders" by Al Grass

Autumn is spider time, when we see plate-sized spider webs delicately strung between branches in the garden and field. But why is this? What are spiders doing the rest of the year? Join one of the Lower Mainland’s great naturalists, Al Grass, as he explores the amazing world of spiders. Learn about their biology, behaviour and favourite haunts. Al’s slide…

Sunday
Oct 16
1:00 PM

Public Walking Tour of Riverview's Heritage Trees

Experience the legacy of BC’s first Botanical Garden — a treasure-trove of trees, many of them over 90 years old and allowed to grow to their full potential. The walk begins at 1 pm at the front door of the Henry Esson Young Building (follow Holly Drive, turn up hill onto Oak Crescent then turn right onto Kalmia). The tours…

Saturday
Oct 22
9:30 AM

YNC: Nature Walk around Lafarge Lake

Mike Griffin and Mark Johnston will lead a walk around the lake to look at waterfowl, migrants, returning residents and autumn flowers. Meet at the tennis court parking lot, located at Pipeline Road and Guilford at 9:30am. Washrooms are available.

Please phone Margaret at 604 420-4701 if you plan to come to this event.

Saturday
Oct 22
7:00 PM

GVRD Hands-On Scientists Event: Barn Owls of Minnekhada Park

Join wildlife biologist Lorraine Andrusiak for an in depth look at the lives of this species at risk. During a slide show, Lorraine will share her many years of experience studying these beautiful and mysterious night time predators. Find out what scientists learn when dissecting owl pellets, then take one apart yourself. Finally, do some behavioural research of your own…

Sunday
Oct 23

Return of the Salmon - Kanaka Creek Regional Park

Witness the return of spawning salmon to Kanaka Creek at this Maple Ridge fall classic, held at the 240th Street fish fence in the park. The sights and sounds of splashing salmon amidst the golden fall colours make this a unique and unforgettable experience. To get to the fish fence from Dewdney Trunk Road, turn south on 240th Street, follow…

Sunday
Oct 23
10:00 AM

Volunteer Opportunity: Native Tree & Shrub Planting at DeBoville Slough

The Friends of DeBoville Slough, BMN and others will be planting the large area that we removed knotweed from on the northside, below the stand of cottonwoods this Sunday, October 23rd from 10am to 2pm. This event will go unless there is torrential rain. Please come prepared. Meet at the DeBoville Slough parking lot at 10am. If possible please let…

Sunday
Oct 30
10:00 AM

Hoy Creek Salmon Come Home Festival

Join the Hoy Creek Streamkeepers Group as they welcome home the returning salmon to this Coquitlam stream. All sorts of family fun – food, children’s activities, displays and spawning salmon to watch. BMN will have a display here, and will lead a short nature walk along the creek. Event runs from 11 am – 3 pm at the Hoy Creek…

November 2005

Saturday
Nov 5
7:00 AM

Monthly Bird Survey at Maplewood Flats

All levels of birders are welcome to join the Wild Bird Trust’ monthly bird survey of Maplewood Flats Conservation Area, North Vancouver. This survey is conducted on the first Saturday of each month. Meet at 0800 in the parking lot of the Pacific Environment Science Centre, 2645 Dollarton Highway. If the gate is closed, park adjacent to the highway. For…

Saturday
Nov 5
11:00 PM

CLUB HIKE: UBC Research Forest

Once again we will end the year with a hike in the UBC Research Forest. This time we will be on hiking trails rather than roads virtually the whole way. Our highpoint will be Peggy Helm’s Shelter, which sits atop a knoll affording fine views of Golden Ears and, in the other direction, the whole sweep of the Fraser Valley….

Tuesday
Nov 8
6:30 PM

November CLUB MEETING: "Where Have All the Sandpipers Gone?" by Andrea Pomeroy

Many shorebird populations are showing worldwide decline. A number of reasons for this decline have been proposed, such as habitat loss, human disturbance, pollution, climate change and natural predators. SFU researchers working with Western Sandpipers in the Boundary Bay area have found that sandpipers strike a complex balance between foraging for food in the Bay’s mudflats and avoiding the danger…

Wednesday
Nov 9
11:30 AM

GVRD "Species at Risk" Workshop

GVRD Parks hosts a Species at Risk Workshop aimed towards educators (including people who lead nature walks, etc.) at Minnekhada Lodge in Coquitlam. Guest speakers will be biologists Dave Fraser and Ross Vennesland from the BC Ministry of Environment. Free. Refreshments provided. To register, phone 604-432-6359 (spaces may still be available). This is apparently the first in a series that…

Thursday
Nov 10
3:30 PM

Public Lecture at SFU: "Five-Dimensional Stories About Nature"

THE PRESIDENT’S FACULTY LECTURE AT THE HALPERN CENTRE is entitled “Five-Dimensional Stories About Nature” and is presented by Dr. Joseph E. Taylor III of the Department of History and Department of Geography at SFU. Thursday, November 10, 2005, 4:30 p.m. Reception follows Abstract: North Americans are confronted with abundant evidence of the ecological decline of the seas. Fisheries are imploding,…

Sunday
Nov 13
12:00 PM

Hyde Creek Salmon Festival

Hyde Creek Salmon Festival at the Hyde Creek Recreation Centre, 1379 Laurier Avenue, Port Coquitlam, 11:00am – 3:00pm. This is a great way to view spawning salmon just outside the Rec Center. The event is mostly indoors where it’s warm. There are fish dissections, environmental displays, concessions face paintings and many other children’s activities. Burke Mountain Naturalists will lead a…

Monday
Nov 14
6:30 PM

Free Public Lecture: "The Paradox of Fire: Balancing Risk and Regrowth in Canada's National Parks"

This is another of the Parks Canada Speaker Series held at the Vancouver Public Library. Fire is an important ecological process and a destructive force that can threaten park facilities and adjacent lands. Rob Walker is a Fire Specialist with13 years experience managing burns in national parks. He will explore the different faces of fire and describe the approach that…

Thursday
Nov 17
6:00 PM

LSCR Evening Lecture Presentation: "Sustainability and Drinking Water"

Don’t miss the final Evening Lecture Presentation of the Lower Seymour Conservation Reserve (LSCR) on Thursday, November 17, 2005. The topic is Sustainability and Drinking Water, presented by Jennie Moore, Division Manager GVRD Strategic Initiatives, CAO s Office and Stan Woods, Senior Engineer GVRD Regional Utility Planning Division, Policy & Planning. Jennie Moore will outline the GVRD Sustainable Region Initiative…

Friday
Nov 18
11:00 PM

Municipal Voting Day for Mayors, Councillors and School Boards throughout BC

Please take time to inform yourself of the issues and vote for the candidates of your choice! BMN has circulated a questionnaire to all candidates running for Mayor and Council in Coquitlam (only). Copies of completed questionnaires are available at the BMN November monthly meeting or can be picked up from Elaine (phone 604-937-3483).

Friday
Nov 18
11:00 PM

Fraser Valley Eagle Festival

Did you know that this event in the Mission and Harrison Lake area started as a BMN field trip over a decade ago? Check with the Mission Chamber of Commerce for details. For many years, BMN members continued to drive out to Harrison for the day to provide volunteer help with activities.

Saturday
Nov 26
8:00 AM

Birding with Larry Cowan and VNHS at Minnekhada

Join Larry Cowan and VNHS for a half-day of birding in Minnekhada Regional Park and Addington Marsh. This area is home to many over-wintering waterfowl in the ponds and raptors over the fields and marsh. Meet Larry at the Minnekada West parking lot off Quarry Road at 0900. Contact Larry at 604-465-1402 or lawrencecowan@shaw.ca. Visit the GVRD Minnekhada Park web…

Wednesday
Nov 30
6:00 PM

Slideshow of Early Local Photographs

BMN member Wilda Booth will present a slide show of her father’s photographs of scenes from the early 1900s taken throughout the lower mainland. At the Inlet Theatre in Port Moody. Watch local papers for details.

Wednesday
Nov 30
6:30 PM

Mark Angelo's “Riverworld” Presentation

An evening presentation by Mark Angelo on “Riverworld” – the wonder and conservation of the rivers of the world – at the Shadbolt Centre in Burnaby. Tickets are $10 each will be used to support BC Rivers Day. Phone the box office at 604-205-3000 for more info or click here.

December 2005

Saturday
Dec 3
8:30 AM

BMN Winter Walk -- Hoy Creek Corridor

Join us for a few hours on a BMN Winter Walk to explore the Hoy Creek riparian corridor. Our leaders will be Mark Johnston and Niall Williams, both of whom live in the area and walk there frequently. Meet in the Eagle Ridge parking lot (off Runnel, which parallels the Barnet Hwy) just west of Landsdowne. We will walk a…

Sunday
Dec 4
12:00 PM

“Christmas Nature Walk” at Burnaby Lake

How do plants and animals prepare for winter? Join Burnaby Lake Park Association volunteers on a guided “Christmas Nature Walk” along the park’s forest trails to discover winter wildlife. Learn about the challenges faced by overwintering birds, and discover how plants face the cold. After the walk, return to the Nature House for refreshments. Park Association volunteers will be on…

Tuesday
Dec 6
6:30 PM

Parks Canada Speaker Series: "Living on the Edge: Bats and other unusual wildife in Gwaii Haanas"

Haida Gwaii, also known as the Queen Charlotte Islands, is a remote island archipelago on the north coast of British Columbia. The southern portion of the islands is protected in Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve and Haida Heritage Site. Guest speaker Doug Burles has worked as a biologist in these “Islands of Beauty” since 1989. Doug will share stories and…

Saturday
Dec 10
9:00 AM

Free Walk with Al Grass at Maplewood Flats - "Winter Visitors"

Join naturalist Al Grass at Maplewood Flats for a free 2 hour walk to spot wintering birds. Meet at the Sanctuary office. 2645 Dollarton Highway, North Vancouver. Please, no dogs. Trails are suitable for all ages and are wheelchair accessible (no wheelchair accessible washroom).

For more information, call 604.924.2581.

Tuesday
Dec 13
6:00 PM

MONTHLY MEETING: AGM and Silent Auction

Burke Mountain Naturalists Annual General Meeting at Como Lake United Church, corner of Marmont Street and King Albert Avenue in Coquitlam. Silent Auction to raise funds for BMN and OWL, election of 2006 Executive and slide show by Ian McArthur on the activities of the past year. Cards ($2.50 each) and Calendars ($14) from the Western Canada Wilderness Committee may…

Saturday
Dec 17
11:00 PM

Vancouver Area Christmas Bird Count

This count includes Maplewood Flats Conservation Area. Recorders, observers, feeder watchers and interested citizens are welcome to participate on the count. The post-count evening will be held in the gymnasium of St Mary’s Church, 37th Avenue and Larch Street in Vancouver starting at 5 pm. The evening will include dinner. Following the species tally, the famous Bird Quiz will be…

Monday
Dec 26
11:00 PM

Ladner Christmas Bird Count

If you would like to be an area leader, a recorder, driver, spotter of feeder watcher in the South Richmond and Delta areas, please contact Jude Grass (604-538-8774 or judegrass@shaw.ca). You do not have to be an expert birder. The post-count gathering includes species tally and dinner at the Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary starting at 5 pm.

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