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January 2006

Sunday
Jan 1
11:00 PM

Tri-Cities Annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count

Please contact local area coordinator, Mike Griffin (604-942-5326), if you wish to help. Some of our regular leaders such as Larry Cowan will be unable to participate this year so Mike really needs additional volunteers for the count this year.

Tuesday
Jan 10
6:30 PM

BMN MONTHLY MEETING:

BMN Monthly Meeting at Como Lake United Church, corner of King Albert Avenue and Marmont Street in Coquitlam. The featured speaker will be BMN member, Cleone Todgham, who will speak about enjoying nature and her other adventures in Africa during her trip there this past spring.

Friday
Jan 20
11:00 PM

Discover Mud Bay Park in Surrey

Learn about the birds that make Mud Bay Park home. Join a local naturalist as part of the City of Surrey’s monthly walks.
Contact: Surrey Parks Recreation and Culture, Environmental Programs 604-501-5121 or email: environment@city.surrey.bc.ca. For more info, click here. Event runs from 9-11 am.

Saturday
Jan 21
12:00 PM

YOUNG NATURALIST CLUB -- "Birds in Winter"

Gay Mitchell and Mark Johnston will guide a short nature walk to discover how birds survive in winter. The walk will be followed by an indoor activity where the children make a small bird feeder to take home. If the weather is bad an art activity will replace the walk. Gay Mitchell is a local artist and an art teacher….

Sunday
Jan 22
11:00 PM

Voting Day for the Federal Election

Vote for the candidate of your choice but, please, vote!! Democracy works only when citizens participate.

Thursday
Jan 26
6:30 PM

“Dragons and Damsels: An Introduction to Dragonfly Watching” by Dr. Rob Cannings

Dr. Rob Cannings, Curator of Entomology, Royal British Columbia Museum will give a presentation on “Dragons and Damsels: An Introduction to Dragonfly Watching”. At the auditorium of the H.R. MacMillan Space Centre, 1100 Chestnut Street, Vancouver. Sponsored by the Vancouver Natural History Society. Contact Program Coordinator, Jude Grass (604-538-8774) for more info.

Thursday
Jan 26
6:30 PM

Parks Canada Speaker Series: Gwaii Haanas: "From Blockades to Rediscovery"

What has happened since the 1985 blockades on Lyell Island? Kii7iljuus (Barbara Wilson) will share the story of Gwaii Haanas, from confrontation to cultural renaissance, through the creation of Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve and Haida Heritage Site. As Cultural Liason Specialist for Parks Canada, Barbara is responsible for conservation of the old Haida villages within Gwaii Haanas, and enlightening…

Saturday
Jan 28
8:00 AM

Birding with Larry Cowan at DeBoville Slough

Join Larry Cowan and members of VNHS for a half-day birding trip in Coquitlam. The walk will take them from DeBoville Slough along the Pitt River dykes and into Minnekhada Park. This is a fairly long, but easy, walk. Bring water and a snack or lunch. Meet the leader at the parking area at Victoria and Cedar Drives in Port…

Saturday
Jan 28
9:00 AM

BMN's Community Connections Winter Walk

Discover the historic railway grade down the steep east escarpment of the Coquitlam River, walk through the proposed Riverwalk housing development as we meander past several wetlands and small streams on the east side of the Coquitlam River. Leader will be Don Gillespie who has been keeping his watchful eye on this remarkable area for over fifty years. Meet at…

February 2006

Wednesday
Feb 1
6:00 PM

Talk on Great Blue Herons at PoMo Ecological Society's AGM

The featured presentation at the Port Moody Ecological Society’s Annual General Meeting will be a slideshow by Iain Jones, naturalist with Bluewater Adventures, a local company that offers coastal ecotours. The Great Blue Herons found along the coast of BC are a unique subpopulation of herons, which, unike their counterparts elsewhere in Canada, do not migrate each winter and are…

Saturday
Feb 4
9:00 AM

BMN's Community Connections Winter Walk

Community Connections Winter Walk through Riverview Hospital Grounds and Colony Farm Regional Park. We will invite members of the public to join us on this half–day walk. We will meet at the parking lot at the Red Bridge in Port Coquitlam where Pitt River Road crosses the Coquitlam River. The parking lot is on the north and east side of…

Wednesday
Feb 8
6:00 PM

The Landscape of the Arctic Coast: A Slideshow by Paul vanPeenen

Coquitlam NOW photographer, Paul vanPeenen will share his photographs and knowledge of the magnificent Arctic Coast, including an exciting trip down three major Arctic rivers: the Black, Coppermine and Mackenzie Rivers. At the Inlet Theatre, in Port Moody City Hall, from 7:00 – 8:30 pm. Please call the Port Moody Library to register for this free event (604-469-4577).

Saturday
Feb 11
9:00 AM

“Ducks, Everywhere a Duck, Duck” at the Serpentine Wildlife Area

Learn about the history of the Serpentine river and habitat management. A 30 minute presentation followed by a 1.5 hour walk around the wildlife area. Meet at the Ducks Unlimited trailer in the Serpentine Wildlife area, 14334 – 44 Ave., Surrey. From King George Highway, turn West onto 44th Ave. (next to Art Knapps Nursery). Sponsored by Ducks Unlimited Canada….

Saturday
Feb 11
12:00 PM

YNC Event: Visit to O.W.L. Facilities in Delta

O.W.L. (The Orphaned Wildlife Rehabilitation Society) rehabilitates and releases injured and orphaned birds, specializing in raptors. The visit will include 45 minutes of structured classroom instruction, including a 20 minute video and meeting an owl. Another 45 minutes will be a tour of the permanent resident birds, at the outdoor cages. Burke Mountain Naturalists will make a special presentation to…

Monday
Feb 13
6:30 PM

Parks Canada Speakers Series: Margarita James on "Yuquot: Where the wind blows in all directions"

Join Margarita James as she shares her great knowledge of Yuquot, ancestral home of the Mowachaht-Muchalaht First Nation. Rich in culture and history, Yuquot has always been the centre of their social, political and economic world. Later it became an important site of early contact between First Peoples, and explorers from Britain and Spain. Today it is a National Historic…

Tuesday
Feb 14
6:30 PM

BMN MONTHLY MEETING: Photographer Ron Long on the Nature and Geology of South Africa

Tuesday, February 14 at 7:30 pm: A BMN meeting may not be the most romantic place to be this evening but, please, bring your sweetheart to hear our BMN presentations! Guest speaker will be photographer Ron Long, who will present a slideshow on the flora, fauna and geology of South Africa.

Thursday
Feb 16
6:30 PM

VNHS (Botany Section) Meeting and Presentation

The Vancouver Natural History Society’s Botany Section meets at the Vancouver Museum, 1100 Chestnut Street, Vancouver. Guest speaker will be David Brownstein on “Botanical Collectors and BC Conservationists, 1890-1930”. David is a PhD candidate at UBC who has been researching BC’s first Provincial Botanist, John Davidson. John Davidson began Western Canada’s first botanical garden on the present-day Riverview site.

Saturday
Feb 18
8:00 AM

Elgin Heritage Bird Walk with Lynn Pollard

View winter wonders by the Nicomekl River and practice your ID skills. Meet in the park’s west parking lot off Crescent Road, between 136 Street and 35 Ave., Surrey. Sponsored by Surrey Parks, Recreation and Culture. Info: 604-501-5121. From 9-11am

Saturday
Feb 18
8:30 AM

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: Nestbox Cleaning at Minnekhada

Nest box cleaning at Minnekhada Park. Yes, it’s spring-cleaning time! We will be joined for the first two hours by a troop of Girl Guides. Volunteers are most welcome…many hands make for light work. We may catch of glimpse of flying squirrels as we clean the owl, or it that, squirrel boxes. Phone 604-937-3483 to register or simply show up…

Thursday
Feb 23
6:30 PM

“Saving the Fraser River: Can it be Done?” by Dr. Michael Church

Dr. Michael Church is a Professor in the UBC Department of Geography. At the auditorium of the H.R. MacMillan Space Centre, 1100 Chestnut Street, Vancouver. Sponsored by Vancouver Natural History Society. Contact Program Coordinator, Jude Grass at 604-538-8774 for more info.

Saturday
Feb 25
8:30 AM

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: Nestbox Cleaning along the Shoreline Trail

Nest box cleaning at the Shoreline Park in Port Moody. Because of construction behind the skating rink, this year, we will meet in front of the Recreation Centre and probably divide into 2 working groups. For more information, please call Elaine at 937-3483.

Saturday
Feb 25
9:00 AM

Nature Outing: "Raptors Revealed: Hawks, Owls and Eagles"

Discover Raptors up close and in the wild by visiting the OWL rehabilitation centre and exploring the Boundary Bay dyke with naturalists Al and Jude Grass. Meet at OWL Centre classroom, 3800 72nd Street, Delta. Please bring lunch, a drink and binoculars (optional). Time: 10 am – 2 pm Host: OWL and Vancouver Natural History Society Cost: Admission by donation…

Sunday
Feb 26
8:00 AM

BMN HIKE: Lynn Valley to Mosquito Creek

Come join us for our first hike of the year! We will travel on the next leg of the Baden Powell Trail (picking up where we left off two years ago) by starting in Lynn Valley and going as far as Mosquito Creek. We will make a side trip to scout out remaining specimens of old growth fir and cedar…

March 2006

Thursday
Mar 2
6:30 PM

VNHS Guest Presentation on "Ecology and Conservation of Birds in Alpine Areas"

Dr. Kathy Martin from UBC will talk about the ecology and conservation of birds that depend on habitat found in alpine areas. At the MacMillan Space Centre, 1100 Chestnut Street, Vancouver. For more information, contact Jude Grass 604-538-8774.

Monday
Mar 6
11:00 PM

Ian's 40th Birthday

Our youthful president turns 40 today! If you happen to see him, wish him a happy year ahead with his bride-to-be Deanna!!

Friday
Mar 10
11:00 PM

Lower Mainland FBCN Meeting at Riverview

BMN will host the lower mainland FBCN meeting at Riverview. We will enjoy a walk around the grounds over lunch. We encourage any interested BMN members to attend this meeting to learn more about some of the issues the Federation deals with. Also, Jude Grass, our present FBCN director would like to step down from this position (so that she…

Sunday
Mar 12
8:30 AM

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: Nestbox Cleaning at Widgeon Reserve

This annual nest box cleaning provides an opportunity to visit this wonderful area on the shores of the Pitt River which is normally closed to the public. We will meet at the Minnekhada Park Quarry Road Parking lot at 9:30 am and carpool through the private portion of the road and locked gate. Please note, we must enter and leave…

Tuesday
Mar 14
6:30 PM

BMN MONTHLY MEETING: Biologist Michael Hart on "Sea Stars of British Columbia"

Guest speaker will be SFU biologist, Michael Hart, who will describe sea stars, one of the marine invertebrates found in the waters of the Pacific Northwest. He will describe some of their reproductive strategies and how they have evolved during glaciation events. Meeting at Como Lake United Church on the corner of King Albert Avenue and Marmont Street in Coquitlam….

Thursday
Mar 16
6:00 PM

Natural Wonders – A Speaker Series on the Parks of BC: "The West Coast Trail"

Mountain Equipment Coop Vancouver is hosting a free speaker series for 2006. In collaboration with Parks Canada, BC Parks, and CPAWS (The Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society), MEC is introducing a “Natural Wonders” monthly series. Each month, a different speaker will come to the Broadway MEC (130 West Broadway) to share the latest information, photos, and planning tips on the…

Thursday
Mar 16
6:00 PM

Friends of DeBoville Slough Meeting

Friends of DeBoville Slough meet to elect their first Board of Directors and finalize details for upcoming events at the Slough. This active group includes a number of BMN members; more are always welcome! Annual membership fee, $10. At Pinetree Community Centre – inquire at desk for room number.

Thursday
Mar 16
11:00 PM

Sustainability & You Event

Are you curious about “sustainability”? Then join 30 Days of Sustainability¹s biggest event, ­ the Sustainability and You Marketplace, a three-day conscious consumer show & celebration happening this weekend in the heart of Vancouver at UBC Robson Square. It¹s a showcase of all things local and sustainable: fresh food, live music, local fashions, “how-to” workshops, keynote speakers, films on sustainability…

Friday
Mar 17
11:00 PM

Amsterdam Nurseries Nature Days

Amsterdam Nurseries holds its 8th annual Nature Days and Native Plant Sale. Community groups are invited to attend with displays on Saturday. We will be there with the BMN display and enjoy visiting with our colleagues on the east side of the Pitt River. On Dewdney Trunk just before Harris Road in Pitt Meadows.

Saturday
Mar 18
11:00 PM

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: Scotch Broom Bash at DeBoville Slough

The Friends of DeBoville Slough will hold a broom (Scotch, that is) bash on the north side of the Slough. More details in March newsletter or phone David Mounteney (604-941-2498). Volunteers welcome!

Sunday
Mar 19
12:00 PM

Free Public Tree Walk at Riverview Hospital

Riverview Horticultural Centre Society presents the first walk of the 2006 season. See the spectacular heritage trees in Western Canada’s first Botanical Garden. Meet for all walks at Henry Esson Young (HEY) Building, 2601 Lougheed Highway, Coquitlam: To reach HEY building take Holly Drive through the hospital grounds, then go uphill on Oak Crescent, and the HEY is on your…

Thursday
Mar 23
6:30 PM

Parks Canada Speaker Series: "Seagrass meadows - important habitat for fish diversity"

Dr. Cliff Robinson, a marine scientist with Parks Canada, will present his research on the conservation of fish diversity in seagrass meadows associated with 3 National Park Reserves on the British Columbia coast. Find out why fish use seagrass, and why you should be concerned about the degradation and destruction of seagrass. When: 7:30 pm, Thursday March 23, 2006 Where:…

Saturday
Mar 25
8:00 AM

Birding with Larry Cowan at Minnekhada and DeBoville Slough

Join Larry Cowan and VNHS members for a half day birding trip to DeBoville Slough and Minnekhada Park. Contact Larry at 604—465-1402 or lawrencecowan@shaw.ca. Meet at the intersection of Victoria and Cedar Drives at the head of DeBoville Slough

Sunday
Mar 26
8:30 AM

YOUNG NATURALISTS CLUB: "Signs of Spring" Walk -- !!CANCELLED!!

This event has been cancelled. For more information, please call Margaret at 604 420-4701.

April 2006

Saturday
Apr 1
6:00 PM

Ian McArthur's Annual Slideshow

Come out and enjoy an evening slides and snacks. Ian McArthur will present slides highlighting the past year of BMN hikes and other adventures in the area. The evening is co-sponsored by the Riverview Horticultural Centre Society, and will be held on the Riverview grounds in the Henry Esson Young building. Please bring your own mug. For more information, directions…

Wednesday
Apr 5
8:00 PM

Local Historic Photographs - A Scenic Tour of What Things Used to Look Like

Dudley Booth presents “A Journey Back in Time” of historic photographs from the 19th and early 20th century at Port Moody’s Inlet Theatre. Phone 604-931-2008 to register. This is Booth’s 2nd presentation and will include some new photographs. Don’t miss this! Not only are the photos themselves fascinating, but so is the story of how the photos came to be….

Saturday
Apr 8

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: Knotweed Removal at DeBoville Slough

It’s time to tackle this invasive species again. Contact David Mounteney (604-941-2498) for details. Our challenge this year will be to keep the areas eradicated last year under control without the use of pesticides. What we accomplish at DeBoville could become a standard for the province if we are successful! Volunteers still required.

Saturday
Apr 8

CLUB HIKE: Grouse Mtn. Sky Ride to Mosquito Creek

We will travel another leg of the Baden Powell Trail (completing the trail from Deep Cove to Grouse Mtn. Sky Ride) by starting at the Sky Ride and going as far as Mosquito Creek. This moderate hike will keep your attention with its undulating trail and steep sections. If time, energy, and creek levels allow, we will go off trail…

Saturday
Apr 8
10:00 AM

Maplewood Flats Nature Walk with Naturalist Al Grass

Join legendary Lower Mainland naturalist (and BMN member), Al Grass, for a 2 hour walk at Maplewood Flats Conservation Area in North Vancouver (2645 Dollarton Highway) to enjoy the rites of spring in the bird world. Meet at the Sanctuary office. Al requests no dogs, leashed or unleashed, please. Rain or shine.

Saturday
Apr 8
1:00 PM

YOUNG NATURALISTS CLUB: North Shore Search & Rescue's Hug-a-Tree Presentation & BEAR Education talk

This is a joint Burke Mountain and Vancouver YNC event to be held on the Planetarium grounds. The Hug-a-Tree and Survive program teaches children how not to become lost in the woods, what to do if they become lost and how they can help searchers find them. There will be a 20 minute video presentation and every child will receive…

Sunday
Apr 9
1:00 PM

Free Public Tree Walk at Riverview Hospital

Riverview Horticultural Centre Society presents the first walk of the 2006 season. See the spectacular heritage trees in Western Canada’s first Botanical Garden. Meet for all walks at Henry Esson Young (HEY) Building, 2601 Lougheed Highway, Coquitlam: turn off Holly Drive at Oak to Kalmia. To reach HEY building take Holly Drive through the hospital grounds, then go uphill on…

Tuesday
Apr 11
7:30 PM

BMN MONTHLY MEETING: "Birds and Mammals of Peru"

BMN Monthly Meeting at Como Lake United Church in Coquitlam, corner of King Albert Ave. and Marmont Street. Guest speaker will be Lee Harding on the Birds and Mammals of Peru. Take Five presentation by Elaine Golds on ecotourism and conservation issues in Belize and Guatemala. Meeting at Como Lake United Church on the corner of King Albert Avenue and…

Thursday
Apr 20
7:00 PM

Natural Wonders – A Speaker Series on the Parks of BC: "The Bowron Lakes"

Mountain Equipment Coop Vancouver is hosting a free speaker series for 2006. In collaboration with Parks Canada, BC Parks, and CPAWS (The Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society), MEC is introducing a “Natural Wonders” monthly series. Each month, a different speaker will come to the Broadway MEC (130 West Broadway) to share the latest information, photos, and planning tips on the…

Saturday
Apr 22
10:00 AM

Hyde Creek Watershed Society's Open House

Celebrate the opening of the new education centre and Hyde Creek hatchery building. Go on a tour, learn about the life cycle of salmon in Hyde Creek, and watch a salmon fry release. Check out displays, programs and children’s crafts. Enjoy a BBQ (nominal fee). For more info, contact Linda Dore (ledore@shaw.ca). 3636 Coast Meridian Road, Port Coquitlam from 10…

Saturday
Apr 22
10:30 AM

Earth Day. Show that you care for the environment. . .

. . . by attending the public consultation for the Gateway Project and twinning of the Port Mann Bridge at the Poirier Library from 10:30 am – 1:30 pm. Ask if this project will do a better job of reducing greenhouse gas emissions than would providing expanded public transit services. Ask about any potential impacts on wildlife habitat at Colony…

Sunday
Apr 23
1:00 PM

YOUNG NATURALISTS CLUB: Tour of Wildlife Rescue Centre

Liz Thunstrom will give the YNC a tour of the centre and some of the current patients. We’ll learn about * Threats to urban wildlife * Oil spills * Wildlife in distress Located on the south side of Burnaby Lake. For more information on Wildlife Rescue, click here. Pre-registration is necessary. To preregister or for more information on this trip,…

Sunday
Apr 23
1:00 PM

Public Walking Tour of Riverview's Backyard

Tour Riverview Hospital Finnie’s Garden and natural areas with BMN’s Don Gillespie. It may be time to enjoy the lilacs! Meet for all walks at Henry Esson Young (HEY) Building, 2601 Lougheed Highway, Coquitlam: To reach HEY building take Holly Drive through the hospital grounds, then go uphill on Oak Crescent, and the HEY is on your right on Kalmia…

Sunday
Apr 23
1:30 PM

Interspiritual Gathering to Bless the Salmon as They Head to Sea

Join people of different faiths as we offer our combined blessings to the young salmon that have travelled down the local rivers and are preparing for their epic ocean journey.

Vanier Park (behind the Maritime Museum near Kitsilano Beach, Vancouver)

Rain or Shine – all welcome

Tuesday
Apr 25
7:00 PM

Port Coquitlam’s Volunteer Awards Presentation

This year, BMN nominated long-time member Dave Bennie for the PoCo Environmental Award. Dave is an active volunteer with several groups including Maple Creek Streamkeepers and Noons Creek Hatchery. To be held at Terry Fox Secondary School. There will be awards, refreshments, and door prizes.

Thursday
Apr 27
7:00 PM

Bear Aware Seminar in Port Moody

Every year in our region, bears come into conflict with humans resulting in risk to human safety, property damage and destruction of bears that could have remained wild and healthy had they not been attracted into our communities. The objective of the City’s ongoing Bear Aware program is to work in coordination with the Provincial Conservation Officer Service to reduce…

Saturday
Apr 29

O.W.L.'s Annual Open House

Mark your calendar for April 29th and 30th (10:00 am to 3:00 pm daily) for O.W.L.’s Annual Open House. For these two days only, you can tour the entire facility, from the exam room to the pre-release cages not normally open to the public. Tour behind the scenes and visit the Intrepretive Centre and Gift Area. For more information, see…

Saturday
Apr 29

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: Egg hunt and broom removal at Colony Farm

At Colony Farm Regional Park, we will search for amphibian eggs in the sheep paddock area at 10 am in the morning and do a Scotch broom removal from 1-3 pm in the afternoon. Bring your lunch if you want to stay for both events. Volunteers are needed! Training provided. Wear your wellies! Park in the first parking lot beside…

May 2006

Wednesday
May 3
9:00 AM

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: Tree Planting at Colony Farm

Join volunteers at Colony Farm (north Wilson Farm, PoCo side) to plant trees in the wildlife areas adjacent to the First Nations Reserve. Recent clearing on Reserve lands are removing valuable wildlife habitat. The goal is to plant trees that will help to replace this habitat and, eventually, provide a visual screen from construction on First Nations land. We encourage…

Thursday
May 4
4:30 PM

"A Contract with Nature?" An Evening with Michel Serres, author of ''The Natural Contract''

The Environmental Citizenship Working Group of SFU’s Institute for the Humanities presents this free lecture. Segal Centre, SFU Harbour Centre Lecture and discussion: 4:30 – 6:30 Reception: 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. Free and open to the public. However, reserved seating is recommended. Call (604) 291-5100 or e-mail cs_hc@sfu.ca to reserve. This discussion will be conducted in both French and English….

Saturday
May 6
11:00 AM

The Annual Fingerling Festival

The Annual Fingerling Festival sponsored by the Port Moody Ecological Society at the Noons Creek Hatchery and Port Moody skating rink. Help release baby chum salmon into Noons Creek and visit a variety of environmental displays. This year, Bobs and Lolo will be the featured entertainment at noon and 2 pm. This Vancouver group sings catchy children’s songs on a…

Sunday
May 7
9:00 AM

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: Knotweed removal at DeBoville Slough

The Friends of DeBoville Slough and the City of Coquitlam are inviting volunteers to join them on Sunday, May 7th at 9:00 a.m. for a morning of weed-whacking on the scenic dykes of DeBoville Slough. They will be removing several thickets of highly invasive Japanese knotweed and need your help! Equipment will be provided, but please bring hand loppers, pruners…

Tuesday
May 9
7:00 PM

MONTHLY MEETING: Como Lake Nature Walk

Our BMN monthly meeting will take the form of a guided walk around Como Lake. Meet in the south parking lot. We will have our revised BMN Como Lake Brochure hot off the press. Following a short walk around the Lake, we will walk over to Liz and Doug’s nearby backyard for refreshments. Note earlier starting time: 7:00 pm, not…

Wednesday
May 10

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: Bat Monitoring at Colony Farm

The GVRD wishes to monitor the bat populations at Colony Farm and is looking for volunteers to assist every other Wednesday at Colony Farm. If you are interested, please phone GVRD Parks, Central Area Office 604-520-3520 and ask for Alison or Karin. (See also June 7 regarding a tentative teaching session with bat expert David Nagorsen). Starts 30 minutes before…

Thursday
May 11
7:00 PM

Slide show on the Shoreline Park by Elaine Golds

This talk is part of series to introduce new Port Moody residents at Klahanie to significant local environmental features. At the Canoe Clubhouse on the Klahanie Development site in Port Moody. Contact Elaine for details (604.937.3483 or egolds@sfu.ca).

Saturday
May 13

International Migratory Bird Day

The second Saturday of May marks this special day to celebrate the arrival of thousands of birds to their northern nesting grounds. Please join us for events at Colony Farm or Stoney Creek in Burnaby or Maplewood Flats in North Vancouver or anywhere else outdoors to enjoy many aspects of nature.

Saturday
May 13
10:00 AM

Maplewood Flats Nature Walks with Naturalist Al Grass

Join legendary Lower Mainland naturalist (and BMN member), Al Grass, for a 2 hour walk at Maplewood Flats Conservation Area in North Vancouver (2645 Dollarton Highway) to enjoy the music of the spring birds. Meet at the Sanctuary office. Al requests no dogs, leashed or unleashed, please. Rain or shine. Earlier that same morning, Al will lead a 2.5 hour…

Saturday
May 13
10:00 AM

"Salmon Send-Off" at Stoney Creek

Stoney Creek Salmon Society invites members of the public to help them release juvenile salmon into Stoney Creek in Burnaby. BMN will attend with display. This event runs from 10am-2pm, on the grounds at Stoney Creek Elementary School on Beaver Brook Crescent in Burnaby. Contact Carole Edwards (604.420.8822 or caroleedwards@shaw.ca) to confirm details or if you wish to assist with…

Saturday
May 13
1:00 PM

“Partners in Park” Event at Colony Farm

Visit displays to learn more about restoration plans for the two remaining heritage buildings. View the new bat houses constructed by BMN volunteers. Enjoy the community gardens. Take a guided tour to the wetland restoration project or help plant trees on the Wilson Farm. There will be several opportunities to experience some of the many attributes of this wonderful park….

Thursday
May 18
7:00 PM

Friends of DeBoville Slough First Annual General Meeting

Please join the Friends for their inaugural AGM at Pinetree Community Centre, Coquitlam. David Mounteney, former BMN newsletter editor is doing an outstanding job as Vice President, Deane Perkins has volunteered as Acting Treasurer, several other active BMN members also volunteer with FoDBS. It’s great to have these cross-connections with BMN.

Saturday
May 20

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: Raptor Count at Colony Farm

For many years, BMN members have participated in the Lower Mainland’s raptor program on the 3rd Saturday of every month. If you are interested in joining, please contact Doug at 604-939-9571 or Mike at 604-942-5326.

Sunday
May 21
1:00 PM

Free Public Tree Walk at Riverview Hospital

See the spectacular heritage trees in Western Canada’s first Botanical Garden. This is one of a series of walks hosted by the Riverview Horticultural Centre Society. Meet for all walks at Henry Esson Young (HEY) Building, 2601 Lougheed Highway, Coquitlam: To reach HEY building take Holly Drive through the hospital grounds, then go uphill on Oak Crescent, and the HEY

Wednesday
May 24
8:56 PM

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: Bat Monitoring at Colony Farm

The GVRD wishes to monitor the bat populations at Colony Farm and is looking for volunteers to assist every other Wednesday at Colony Farm. If you are interested, please phone GVRD Parks, Central Area Office 604-520-3520 and ask for Alison or Karin. (See also June 7 regarding a teaching session with bat expert David Nagorsen). Starts just before 9 pm…

Thursday
May 25
7:00 PM

EAGLERIDGEBLUFFS EVENING hosted by SFU

Here is a great opportunity to understand what the fight is about. As part of their free lecture series Speaking of Science, Simon Fraser University is presenting an evening of information on Eagleridge Bluffs. “What’s up on the Bluffs? The unique ecology of Eagleridge Bluffs and Larsen Creek wetlands” will be a panel discussion exploring various aspects of the bluffs….

Saturday
May 27
9:00 AM

Birding with Larry Cowan at Colony Farm

Join members of the Vancouver Natural History Society and the Langley Field Naturalists as expert-birder Larry Cowan guides a birding field trip to Colony Farm. The species anticipated are Lazuli Buntings (we hope!), Green Heron and Bullock’s Oriole. Meet at 9 am in the parking lot of the Community Gardens. For more info, please contact Larry at
lawrencecowan@shaw.ca.

Saturday
May 27
1:00 PM

YOUNG NATURALISTS CLUB: Visit to the Marine Education Centre

Rod MacVicar will give introduce us to the wildlife (most of it microscopic!) aboard the floating lab at Reed Point, Port
Moody. Click here for more information. Pre-registration is necessary. To preregister or for more information on this trip, please call Margaret at 604 420-4701.

Saturday
May 27
8:00 PM

"Earth Tones" -- A Choral Concert Celebrating the Earth

The Beata Vocal Ensemble presents “Earth Tones” at St Timothy’s Anglican Church, 4550 Kitchener St, Burnaby. $15 adult, $10 senior/student, children under 12 by donation. Partial proceeds to BMN. BMN members will attend with our display and we have been invited to make a 10-15 min presentation on our club’s activities.

Sunday
May 28
8:00 AM

CLUB BOAT TRIP UP INDIAN ARM

Leaving from Rocky Point Pier at 8am sharp, returning at about 2pm. A unique opportunity to view flora, fauna, pre-contact pictographs, Twin Island Marine Park, Thwayte’s Landing (the newest Provincial Park in Indian Arm) and more, with naturalist and BMN member Rod MacVicar as our guide. Contact Barb Sherman (604-939-6511 or barb23@gmail.com) for more details and to reserve your seat…

Sunday
May 28
9:00 AM

Free One-Day Cycling Skills Course for Adults

If you’d like to ride your bike more but don’t feel confident in your skills, this is the place for you. The Vancouver Area Cycling Coalition is offering a free one-day cycling skills course for adults in Port Moody on Sunday, 28 May. For more details, click here or contact Bonnie Fenton, Program Co-ordinator, at 604-734-1385 or bikeskills@vacc.bc.ca. *Learn to…

Sunday
May 28
1:00 PM

Free Children’s Tree Walk at Riverview

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 2006

Saturday
Jun 3

DeBoville Slough Day

Details posted shortly.

Sunday
Jun 4
8:00 AM

Public Walk on Burke to Celebrate Environment Week

Celebrate Environment Week by joining BMN and members of the public on our annual Woodland Walk in Pinecone Burke Provincial Park, now 11 years old. Join us for an easy 7 km hike with 200 meter elevation again to a beautiful waterfall and old-growth Douglas fir. BC Parks have no funds to provide bridges so be prepared to rock-hop across…

Wednesday
Jun 7
9:10 PM

Training for Volunteer Bat Monitors at Colony Farm

GVRD Parks plans to set up a teaching session on bat monitoring with bat expert David Nagorsen for interested volunteers at Colony Farm Regional Park. If you are interested, please phone GVRD Parks, Central Area Office 604-520-3520 and ask for Alison or Karin. Starts at 9:10 pm at Colony Farm.

Saturday
Jun 10

CLUB HIKE with VNHS Members

Hike to Munro and Dennett Lakes with VNHS members. Don Gillespie will assist leader Bill Kincaid. Meet at the BC Parks Quarry Road trailhead parking lot (3.1 km beyond the Quarry Road parking lot entrance to Minnekhada Regional Park. Bring lunch, water and wear appropriate gear. Contact Don (604-942-7378) for more details.

Saturday
Jun 10
9:00 AM

Free Birding Tours at Colony Farm

Join Istvan Orosi and Colony Farm Park Association members for birding tours at Colony Farm. We won’t be satisfied until we see those beautiful lazuli buntings for which the Farm is famous! Meet at the end of Colony Farm Road in the parking lot.

Saturday, June 10 at 9 am and again at 3 pm.

Saturday
Jun 10
10:00 AM

Guided Nature Walk at Maplewood Flats

From 10 am-12:30 pm: Welcome home the purple martins and ospreys at Maplewood Flats Conservation Area in North Vancouver (2645 Dollarton Highway). Join members of the Wild Bird Trust for a guided nature walk, an interpretive lecture at Osprey Point plus displays.

Tuesday
Jun 13
7:00 PM

BMN MONTHLY MEETING -- Evening Nature Walk 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.

Sunday
Jun 18
1:00 PM

Walking Tour of Riverview's Heritage Trees

Riverview Tree Walk “Crazy about Trees” with the Riverview Horticultural Centre Society members. Meet on the uphill side of the HEY Building. Contact Norma (604-942-7378) for more details.

Tuesday
Jun 20

Coquitlam's 'Recreation Off-Road Cycling Strategy' - Public Input

The City of Coquitlam is seeking input on bike trails on City-owned lands & future bike adventure parks.

Time: 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Location: Coquitlam City Hall, Lobby

3000 Guildford Way,

Coquitlam, BC

For more information please contact:
604-933-6069.

Refreshments will be served.

Tuesday
Jun 20
6:30 PM

Barnston Island: Public Info Session

The Agricultural Land Commission will hold a
Public Information Meeting to discuss the
possibility of removing 1100 acres (85% of the
Island outside of Katzie Reserve) of Barnston
Island from the Agricultural Land Reserve. At
the Sheraton Guildford Hotel in Surrey. Please
attend and express your point of view. Click here for more information.

Wednesday
Jun 21
9:17 PM

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: Bat Monitoring at Colony Farm

The GVRD wishes to monitor the bat populations at Colony Farm and is looking for volunteers to assist every other Wednesday at Colony Farm. If you are interested, please phone GVRD Parks, Central Area Office 604-520-3520 and ask for Alison or Karin.

Starts just after 9 pm at Colony Farm Regional Park.

Saturday
Jun 24
8:15 AM

Birding with Larry Cowan at Pitt Meadows

Join Larry Cowan and VNHS members for a half-day birding trip to the Pitt Meadows Dike (Swan-E-Set loop). Meet Larry at 8:15 in the parking lot of McDonald’s on the SW corner of Lougheed Highway and Harris Road in Pitt Meadows. Contact Larry at 604-465-1402.

Saturday
Jun 24
10:00 AM

Free Nature Walk in the Sanctuary at Hastings Park

The Hastings Park Conservancy host a free nature walk in the Sanctuary at Hastings Park. Meet at the north-east corner of the Sanctuary, rain or shine, on Saturday, June 24th, 2006 at 10 am for a walk that will last about 2 hours. Bring binoculars if you have them, to help to spot the site’s 100th bird species! There is…

Sunday
Jun 25
9:30 AM

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: Chilliwack Butterfly Count

Join the Chilliwack Field Naturalists on their Chilliwack Butterfly Count. This is the 11th annual count for the North American Butterfly Association (NABA). The count will take place on Sunday June 25. If the weather is unsuitable that day, it will be done on the following Sunday (July 2). If you would like to participate, meet at 9:30am at the…

Sunday
Jun 25
1:00 PM

Riverview's Backyard -- A Hike Led by Don Gillespie

Join tour guide, Don Gillespie, for a BMN
Backyard Walk through the higher elevations of
the Riverview Hospital Grounds. Meet at 1 pm
on the uphill side of the Henry Esson Young
Building. Phone 604-942-7378 for details.

Wednesday
Jun 28
7:00 PM

Minnekhada Park Association's 2006 AGM

Join the MPA for their Annual General Meeting at the Park Lodge. Snacks and other refreshments served. For more info, call 604.520.6442.

Thursday
Jun 29
7:30 PM

SPECIAL EVENING WALK AT RIVERVIEW: Linden Trees

Join the Riverview Horticultural Centre Society
for the annual Linden Tree walk on the
Riverview Hospital Grounds. Enjoy the lovely scent of these flowering trees as evening falls. For more information, see the RHCS website or phone 604.642.7378.

July 2006

Thursday
Jul 6
5:30 PM

Colony Farm Park Association's AGM

Colony Farm Park Association will hold their Annual General Meeting at Colony Farm on the grass next to the parking lot at the end of Colony Farm Road. Refreshments will be served and the meeting will be kept as brief as possible. Please join us for a pleasant evening in a wonderful place. Linger a little longer and watch for…

Saturday
Jul 8
8:00 AM

CLUB HIKE and TRAIL MAINTENANCE ON BURKE MT

Trail Maintenance on the South Slope Trail. This is a day spent on Burke Mountain doing some much needed trail maintenance. We hope to get as far as Hourglass Lake. Roundtrip distance is approximately 14 km (8.7 mi) with an elevation gain of 765 m (2500 ft). We will meet at 8:00 am and return at 4:00 pm. For meeting…

Saturday
Jul 8
8:15 AM

Birding at Colony Farm with Larry Cowan

Join Larry Cowan and VNHS members for a half-day birding trip at Colony Farm Regional Park. The target species on this outing include Lazuli Bunting, Green Heron and Band-tailed Pigeon. Meet Larry at the parking area at the east end of Colony Farm Road at 0815. Contact Larry at 604-465-1402 or lawrencecowan@home.com .

Sunday
Jul 9
9:00 AM

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: Knotweed Removal at DeBoville SLough

The Friends of DeBoville Slough and BMN will be weeding once again. We are keen to demonstrate that knotweed can be kept under control without the use of herbicides and, so far, so good. All volunteers are invited to come and enjoy a morning of moderate exercise and great camaraderie. Tasty refreshments will be provided by Wesbild. Please wear sturdy…

Sunday
Jul 16
7:00 AM

CLUB HIKE: Mount Mercer

The Chilliwack Valley will be the destination for this day. We have timed the hike to take in the beautiful wildflowers on the open slopes. From the summit there are fine views of many of the valley’s spectacular peaks. This is a strenuous hike to the summit, but an easier day is possible while still taking in some of the…

Sunday
Jul 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
Jul 22
8:00 AM

CLUB HIKE AND TRAIL MAINTENANCE ON BURKE MT

Trail Maintenance on the Coquitlam Lake View Trail This is another day spent on Burke Mountain doing some much needed trail maintenance. We will make it to the trail’s end where Coquitlam Lake and Colony Farm are within view. Roundtrip distance is approximately 9.4 km (5.8 mi) with an elevation gain of 580 m (1905 ft). We will meet at…

Sunday
Jul 23

Free Nature Walk at Minnekhada with the VNHS

Viveka Ohman of the Vancovuer Natural History Society is leading a birding trip to Minnekhada Regional Park in Coquitlam. The variety of habitats in the park provides good birding opportunities and spectacular views as well. They will be looking for Western Tanagers, various woodpecker species, vireos, flycatchers and more. Bring a lunch, water, snacks and footwear suitable for rocky trails….

August 2006

Monday
Aug 7

"No Plastic Bag Day in B.C."

The first ever “No Plastic Bag Day in B.C.” on B.C. Day, August 7 initiated by the Green Club, sponsored by Diana Mau & Choices Markets Here are some alarming statistics about plastic bags: – It may take about 100 years to break down plastic bags – Canadian use 55 million new plastic bags a week, that is about 2…

Saturday
Aug 12

Dennett Lake Hike

Over the years, we’ve hiked most of the trails on Burke, except for one, the trail between the Village-Lake Trail and Dennett Lake marked with blue diamonds. This year, we will make up for this by climbing to Dennett Lake by the usual route, and then descending via the “Blue Diamond” and Village-Lake trails before rejoining our original trail. This…

Thursday
Aug 17

Insects in the City – Paintings and Insect Art by Tiko Kerr

Showing at the Amelia Douglas Gallery, 4th Floor, Douglas College, 700 Royal Ave., New Westminster. Gallery Hours 10am-7:30pm M-F, Saturday 11am-4 pm. Reception – September 7 from 4-7pm.

Saturday
Aug 19

Trail Maintenance on the Village-Lake Trail

This is another day spent on Burke Mountain doing some much needed trail maintenance. This is the trail linking the Ski Cabin Village to the Munro Lake Trail. Roundtrip distance is approximately 12 km (7.5 mi) with an elevation gain of 825 m (2700 ft). We will meet at 8:00 am and return at 4:00 pm. For more info contact…

Sunday
Aug 20
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
Aug 26
12:30 PM

What Lies Beneath -- Sealife at Belcarra Regional Park (FREE)

Have you ever wondered what lies beyond your gaze in the shallow ocean water? Help Beachkeepers and a local biologist catch, observe and release sea creatures collected by a beach seine net. Get a close look at the mysterious, undersea animals that call Belcarra Beach their home. Learn why marine and beach ecosystems are important and what you can do…

Sunday
Aug 27
1:00 PM

Public Walking Tour of Riverview's Backyard

Join tour guide, Don Gillespie, for a BMN
Backyard Walk through the higher elevations of
the Riverview Hospital Grounds and a tour of
delightful Finnie’s Garden. Meet at 1 pm on the
uphill side of the Henry Esson Young Building.
Phone 604-942-7378 for details.

September 2006

Saturday
Sep 2
9:00 AM

Birding with Larry Cowan

Join Larry Cowan and VNHS members for a birding trip to DeBoville Slough and Minnekhada Regional Park. Meet at the intersection of Victoria and Cedar Drives in Port Coquitlam (entrance to DeBoville Slough). Contact Larry at 604-465-1402 or lawrencecowan@shaw.ca.

Saturday
Sep 9
9:00 AM

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: Knotweed Removal at DeBoville SLough

Join the Friends of DeBoville Slough for a final knotweed removal session of the year. As always, refreshments will be courtesy of Wesbild and good company provided by all. Wear gloves and appropriate footwear to work on the steep dike slopes. Contact David Mounteney for more info (604.941.2498 or burkemtnman@shaw.ca).

From 9 am-noon, approximately.

Sunday
Sep 10

CLUB HIKE: Levette & Hut Lakes Hike

North of Squamish will be the starting point of this hike. This moderate hike will take us through a forest carpeted in salal, with some rocky outcrops giving us wonderful views of the Tantalus Range. The distance will be covered on a combination of old road and trail. The lakes are sometimes busy because of their warm water, but there…

Tuesday
Sep 12
7:30 PM

MONTHLY MEETING: Guest Speaker Holly Middleton on "American Dippers"

BMN will kick off the fall season with a monthly meeting at Como Lake United Church in Coquitlam. Guest speaker will be Holly Middleton, a graduate student from SFU, on American dippers. There will also be a short slide-presentation by Elaine Golds on the history of BMN (as will be presented to the FBCN FGM at the end of the…

Friday
Sep 15

Naturalists' Weekend at Tofino Botanical Gardens

Join expert birder Rob Butler and local naturalists Jen Pukonen and Josie Osborne on a weekend adventure exploring one of the jewels of the Clayoquot Sound UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. The Tofino Mudflats is an estuarine ecosystem just outside of Tofino, an internationally significant migratory stopover for shorebirds and among the top ten most critical wetlands for wintering waterfowl on Canada’s…

Saturday
Sep 16

The Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup

Given that September is a very busy month for us, we will not host a shoreline cleanup. Instead, we encourage our members to join another group to help with a riparian cleanup.

Sunday
Sep 17
11:00 AM

North Shore Natural Gardens Tour -- Free

The 8th Annual North Shore Natural Gardens Tour
a free, self-guided tour of beautiful ornamental and edible gardens maintained using environmentally sustainable gardening techniques. Guidebooks will be available in September in North Shore garden centres, or may be downloaded from here.

Runs from 11-4

Contact: Elizabeth Leboe, Community Programs Coordinator, North Shore Recycling Program (604) 984-9730 leboee@dnv.org

Sunday
Sep 17
12:00 PM

13th Annual TREEFEST on the Riverview Hospital Grounds

Please join us this year for a variety of events on the spectacular Riverview Hospital grounds. A Blackberry Tea will be served in Finnie’s Garden – come and see the recent landscaping. This year, there will be a book signing by John Vailland, author of the prize-winning “Golden Spruce”. As always, volunteers are needed to make this day a success….

Thursday
Sep 21
7:00 PM

Friends of DeBoville Slough Meeting

Friends of DeBoville Slough meet at the Pinetree Community Centre. New members always welcome!

Sunday
Sep 24
8:00 AM

"Jog for the Bog" hosted by the Burns Bog Society

Burns Bog Conservation Society hosts this annual family event of 5K and 10K. Proceeds go to the education programs of the Burns Bog Conservation Society. These include their Wetlands in Suburbia Summer Day Camps, tours, development of education material. Registration 8:am, run starts at 9am. The event is held on BC Rivers day to showcase the relationship between healthy bogs…

Sunday
Sep 24
12:00 PM

BC Rivers Day Celebration

Join BMN, the City of Port Coquitlam and others to celebrate BC Rivers Day at Peace Park (next to Kebet Way off the Mary Hill Bypass) along the Pitt River in Port Coquitlam. BMN will lead a nature walk at 1 pm along the dike.

From noon to 4 pm.

Thursday
Sep 28

FBCN Fall General Meeting

Weaving Nature and Communities Together – The Burke Mountain Naturalists are hosting the Federation of BC Naturalists fall general meeting. Participants will be meeting to discuss and decide FBCN business and to enjoy a variety of activities and seminars showcasing the Tri-Cities’ natural history. See your BC Nat magazine or elsewhere on this website for details. Many volunteers will be…

October 2006

Saturday
Oct 7
9:00 AM

Fall Birding at Colony Farm with Larry Cowan

Join Larry Cowan and members of the Vanc Natural History Society for a half-day walk around Colony Farm Regional Park looking for fall migrants. Meet at the parking area at the far (east) end of Colony Farm Road (near the community gardens) at 9 am. Contact Larry at 604-465-1402 or lawrencecowan@shaw.ca for more information. Free.

Tuesday
Oct 10
7:30 PM

MONTHLY MEETING: “Interactions between Great Blue Herons and Bald Eagles”

BMN Monthly Meeting at Como Lake United Church, corner of Marmont and King Albert in Coquitlam. Guest speaker, Iain Jones, from SFU will talk about “Interactions between Great Blue Herons and Bald Eagles”. Jones, who is completing his thesis in Wildlife Ecology at Simon Fraser University, will describe his research work on the behaviour of great blue herons with particular…

Thursday
Oct 12
7:00 PM

Wildlife Use of Colony Farm

The Colony Farm Park Association is holding a meeting to document wildlife use of the fields and watercourses at Colony Farm. If you have any critical observations to submit (sites frequently used by species of concern, etc.) and wish to attend, please phone Elaine at 604-937-3483 for more information.

Saturday
Oct 14

UBC Research Forest Hike

Once again, we will make a fall trip to the nearby Research Forest. On this moderate hike we will partly reprise last year’s underattended outing. We will revisit the Peggy Helm Shelter, from which one can view the whole sweep of the Fraser Valley, and then push deeper into the forest as far as beautiful Loon Lake. Roundtrip distance is…

Saturday
Oct 14
9:00 AM

One-Day Symposium on Aquatic Entomology

The Entomological Society of BC is presenting a one-day symposium which will bring together experts from BC and Washington State, who represent academia, the government, and private industry, to discuss current topics in AQUATIC ENTOMOLOGY. The symposium will be of interest to ESBC members, as well as environmental consultants and fisheries researchers. Members of the general public are also welcome…

Saturday
Oct 14
9:00 AM

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: Planting at Noons Ck

Riparian planting at the Noons Creek Hatchery. If you can spare a couple of hours, please join members of the PoMo Ecological Society and City staff for some planting of native trees and shrubs around the rearing pond and stream. Dave Bennie has promised to serve all the volunteers a pancake brunch once we have completed our task. Because of…

Saturday
Oct 14
1:00 PM

Public Lecture: “Understanding Climate Change and our Watersheds”

“Understanding Climate Change and our
Watersheds” a presentation by climatologist
Bill Taylor at the Lower Seymour
Conservation Reserve in the Learning Lodge.
By donation (suggest $7.50 adults, $4
seniors).

Saturday, Oct. 14 from 1-3 pm.

Sunday
Oct 15
1:00 PM

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: Planting near Poirier Library

Don’t put your spade away – bring it to the Poirier Community Planting Event in Coquitlam. Construction has taken longer than anticipated on this site – around the Poirier Library, etc., west side of Laurentian Crescent between Winslow and Lemax. This will be the big day when we finally get chance to plant the BMN Red Cedar – an honour…

Sunday
Oct 15
1:00 PM

Free Walking Tour of the Arboretum at Riverview

This tree Tour on the Riverview Hospital Grounds is sponsored by the Riverview Horticultural Centre Society. The provincial government is finally ready to install new and informative tree tags so you may be able to view some of these tags. Meet on the uphill side of the Henry Esson Young Building. For more info, see the RHCS website.

Tuesday
Oct 17
7:30 PM

Parks Canada Speakers Series: "Almost Gone: Remains of Cannery Villages"

The Parks Canada Speakers Series at the Vancouver Public Library is starting another season. These events are free and all are welcome. The first event will be “Almost Gone: Remains of Cannery Villages”. This 26-minute documentary juxtaposes the remains of cannery villages on the BC Coast with memories of people who once lived and worked there. Florence Debeugny will present…

Saturday
Oct 21
10:00 AM

Free Public Nature Tour at DeBoville Slough

Join the Friends of DeBoville Slough and BMN as we conduct a public nature walk at DeBoville Slough. Meet at the intersection of Victoria and Cedar Drives. We will probably see some early winter waterfowl, and if the day is clear, will get fabulous views of the nearby mountains. This is an easy walk along the dykes, suitable for children….

Saturday
Oct 21
1:00 PM

“What’s in your Drinking Water” -- A presentation by the GVRD

A presentation to describe the various ways in
which GVRD drinking water is treated to
make it safe to drink by GVRD staff at the
lower Seymour Conservation Reserve in the
Learning Lodge. By donation (suggest $7.50
adults, $4 seniors).

Saturday, Oct. 21 from 1-3 pm

Sunday
Oct 22

Trail Maintenance on the Dennett Lake Trail

This is another day spent on Burke Mountain doing some much needed trail maintenance. Most of the work needed is between Munro Lake and Dennett Lake. Roundtrip distance is 10 km (6.2 mi) with an elevation gain of 860 m (2830 ft). We will meet at 8:00 am and return at 5:00 pm. For more info contact Ian at imcart@telus.net…

Thursday
Oct 26
7:30 PM

Public Presentation: "Why are We Losing our Foodlands in BC?"

Is there still time to preserve our agricultural lands in the Lower Mainland and why is the Agricultural Land Reserves (ALR) program failing us? This presentation is part of the Vanc Natural History Society’s Evening Speakers Program, held in the Auditorium of The H. R. MacMillan Space Centre, 1100 Chestnut Street, Vancouver. These programs are free and open to the…

Saturday
Oct 28
12:30 PM

Hands-On Scientist Series: Great Blue Herons at Burnaby Lake

Join wildlife researcher Iain Jones and long-time heron colony monitor Dalyce Epp for a look at the current issues surrounding this species at risk. Iain and Dalyce will share the findings of the latest research on the life history of herons, and their tumultuous relationship with bald eagles. Find out how scientists gather information and do some of your own…

Sunday
Oct 29
10:00 AM

'Salmon Come Home' Festival on Hoy Creek

The Hoy/Scott Creek Watershed Society are preparing to welcome the salmon home to Hoy Creek on Sunday October 29, 2006 from, 11:00am – 3:00pm at the Hoy Creek Fish Hatchery. The Hatchery is located on Hoy Creek, adjacent to the City Centre Aquatic Complex at the corner of Pinetree and Guildford Way. Activities include: * Children’s Entertainment * Nature Walks…

November 2006

Thursday
Nov 2
6:00 PM

Rivershed Society of BC Celebrates its 10th Anniversary with "Salmonpeople" Performance

Peter Donaldson is bringing his hit one-man show SALMONPEOPLE to the people of the Lower Mainland. This show is not only great theatre, but the right tool at the right time to get more citizens thinking about sustainable prosperity. For more info, see the RSBC website. Thursday, November 2, 2006 7:00 PM James Cowan Theatre, Shadbolt Cere for the Arts…

Saturday
Nov 4
7:00 AM

'Super Saturday Event' by GVRD Parks

GVRD Parks hosts this annual event with workshops and guest speakers of interest to Park volunteers. Free registration includes breakfast and lunch. Open to all GVRD Park Association members (BMN is a member of the Colony Farm Park Association so this includes you). Please register by October 20 by phoning 604-432-6359 or faxing in the form if you have one….

Saturday
Nov 4
8:00 AM

Birding with Larry Cowan at Minnekhada

Join Larry Cowan and VNHS members for a half-day birding trip to Minnekhada and Addington Marsh. Meet in the Quarry Road parking lot at 9 am. Contact Larry at 604-465-1402 or lawrencecowan@shaw.ca for more information.

Saturday, November 4 at Minnekhada Regional Park

Saturday
Nov 4
9:00 AM

YOUNG NATURALIST CLUB -- "Spider Walk" with Al Grass

Autumn is spider time, when we see large 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 more about the lives of spiders as we walk…

Saturday
Nov 4
11:00 PM

Trans Canada Trail through the Tri-Cities Hike

We’ll keep things close to home for our last hike of the year. Most of us have walked—may even regularly walk—sections of the Trans Canada Trail in the Tri-Cities; here’s an opportunity to walk the trail in a continuous way from one boundary of the Tri-Cities to the other. We will cover approximately 20 km (12.5 mi) with very little…

Sunday
Nov 12
10:00 AM

Hyde Creek Salmon Festival

The Annual Hyde Creek Salmon Festival at the Hyde Creek Recreation Centre (at 1379 Laurier Street in Port Coquitlam). BMN will be there with displays, along with other stewardship groups. By this time, there should be lots of salmon in the creek. Please join us for this fun and informative event. Watch local papers for additional info. From 11 am…

Tuesday
Nov 14
6:30 PM

MONTHLY MEETING: Guest Speaker Anne Murray on "What's So Special About Boundary Bay?"

Vancouver naturalist and winner of the Queen’s Golden Jubilee award for nature conservation Anne Murray will give a slide presentation on the the wildlife and habitats of Boundary Bay. Anne is the author of a new book on this area, “A Nature Guide to Boundary Bay”. This book contains over 170 colour photographs by Dr David Blevins that illustrate the…

Thursday
Nov 16
6:00 PM

Friends of DeBoville Slough Meeting

Friends of DeBoville Slough meet at the Pinetree Community Centre in Coquitlam. New members are always welcome! Please join us to help plan a new kiosk at DeBoville, nature walks and ongoing initiatives for invasive knotweed control. See the Friends of DeBoville Slough website or phone David Mounteney (604-941-2498) for more info.

Saturday
Nov 18
10:00 AM

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: Native Plant Planting at Oakdale Park

The Oakdale Heritage Society in partnership with the City of Coquitlam invites you to join in the Oakdale Park native planting event on Saturday, November 18th. This event will be held from 11am – 2pm at Oakdale Park on Tyndall Street. The south – east side of the park will be enhanced with native trees, shrubs and perennials to fill…

Saturday
Nov 18
1:00 PM

YOUNG NATURALIST CLUB -- "For the Birds" is **CANCELLED**

This event has been cancelled

Sunday
Nov 19
12:00 PM

Free Birding Walk at Maplewood Flats

Join Kevin Bell and members of the VNHS for an afternoon birding walk around the Maplewood Conservation Area. There should be a good assortment of ducks and other waterfowl, plus lots of perching birds in the woodland and shrubbery. Meet Kevin in the parking lot of the Pacific Environmental Science Centre off the Dollarton Highway, at 13:00. Contact Kevin at…

Friday
Nov 24
11:00 PM

FBCN (now 'BC Nature') Lower Mainland Regional Meeting

FBCN (now renamed BC Nature) Lower Mainland Regional Meeting in Chilliwack. Contact Jude Grass (judegrass@shaw.ca or 604 538 8774) for details.

Friday
Nov 24
11:00 PM

The 11th Annual Harrison Bald Eagle Festival

This very successful event started out as a popular annual BMN field trip organized by April Mol in the early 1990s. In the first few years of the Eagle Festival, BMN members continued to trek out to Harrison with displays and children’s activities to lend our support. This event provides a great opportunity to see eagles, swans, spawning salmon and…

Saturday
Nov 25
9:00 AM

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: Invasive Plant Removal along MacDonald Ck

Join the Como Watershed Group to remove invasive plants and watch for salmon on lower MacDonald Creek at Booth Avenue and Myrnam Street. Park along Myrnam. See the Como Watershed Group’s website for more details.

10 am-1 pm

Saturday
Nov 25
9:00 AM

Free Nature Walk in the Sanctuary at Hastings Park

Join members of the Hastings Park Conservancy on a nature walk through the sanctuary led by naturalist Adrian Grant Duff. So far, 99 species of birds have been documented on this site; maybe the 100th will be spotted on this tour! The walk will be approximately 2 hours long and is free of charge. Parking is also free for the…

December 2006

Sunday
Dec 3
11:00 PM

Art Exhibit at Evergreen

“Shifting Views”, the 10th Anniversary Exhibition at the Evergreen Cultural Centre (1205 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam) features local artists including BMN member, Gay Mitchell. See the Evergreen’s website for details.

Monday
Dec 4
6:30 PM

Parks Canada Speakers Series: "Stanley Park: Vancouver's Best Kept Secret"

This is another is the free series hosted by Parks Canada. Discover some of the outstanding but little known historical features of
Vancouver’s Stanley Park with Lyle Dick, West Coast Historian and author of Muskox Land (winner of the 2003 Innis Prize).

Alice MacKay Room, Central Library,
350 W. Georgia, Vancouver

Saturday
Dec 9
8:00 AM

Birding Trip with Larry Cowan

Join Larry Cowan and members of the VNHS for a morning outing to look for raptors and wintering waterfowl in the Pitt Meadows area. Meet the leader at the McDonalds on the SW corner of Lougheed Highway and Harris Road at 09:00. Contact Larry at 604-465-1402 or lawrencecowan (AT) shaw (DOT) ca.

Tuesday
Dec 12
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 the Wildlife Rescue Association located in Burnaby, election of 2007 Executive and slide show by Ian McArthur on the activities of the past year. Calendars ($14) from the Western Canada Wilderness Committee may…

Saturday
Dec 16
11:00 PM

Vancouver Area Christmas Bird Count

Unfortunately, this conflicts with the count in our own area. Contact Jude Grass (judegrass (AT) shaw (DOT) ca or 604 538 8774) for details.

Saturday
Dec 16
11:00 PM

BMN Christmas Bird Count!

It’s being held earlier than usual this year, but don’t let the busy time of year deter you from participating in this annual count of our local birds. Use it as an excuse to get outdoors and have some fun! Phone Mike Griffin if you wish to volunteer 604-942-5326. On the day of the count, please remember to submit your…

Friday
Dec 22
11:00 PM

Ladner area Christmas Bird Count

Contact Jude Grass (judegrass (AT) shaw (DOT) ca or 604 538 8774) for details.

Saturday
Dec 23
9:00 AM

Free Nature Walk in the Sanctuary at Hastings Park

Join members of the Hastings Park Conservancy on a nature walk through the sanctuary led by famous naturalist Al Grass. So far, 99 species of birds have been documented on this site; maybe the 100th will be spotted on this tour! The walk will be approximately 2 hours long and is free of charge. Parking is also free for the…

Friday
Dec 29
11:00 PM

White Rock and Surrey (and Langley) Bird Count

Contact Jude Grass (judegrass (AT) shaw (DOT) ca or 604 538 8774) for details.

Saturday
Dec 30
11:00 PM

“Shifting Views”, the 10th Anniversary Exhibition at the Evergreen Cultural Centre

Ongoing to January 13: “Shifting Views”, the 10th Anniversary Exhibition at the Evergreen Cultural Centre (1205 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam) features local artists including BMN member, Gay Mitchell. See here for details.

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