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January 2008

Tuesday
Jan 8
6:30 PM

MONTHLY CLUB MEETING: Bird Photographer, Damon Calderwood

Guest presenter will be bird photographer and Port Coquitlam resident, Damon Calderwood who will show his stunning photography of birds from western North America. His beautiful book, “Flights of Fantasy”, prints and cards will be available for sale. We have our fingers crossed that the winter weather that evening will make for good travelling so that all BMN members will…

Wednesday
Jan 9
6:00 PM

Free Info Session - Master Organic Gardening Course

The Master Gardener Course is a comprehensive introduction to organic gardening, and is suitable for home gardeners and landscape professionals alike. For more information on the course, please click here. The course itself is offered through Burnaby Adult & Continuing Education.

7:00 pm – 8:00 pm. Burnaby Central School, 4939 Canada Way, Burnaby, B.C.

Wednesday
Jan 9
6:30 PM

"The Great Blue Heron - A Coastal British Columbia Icon"

This is another free presentation in the Parks Canada Speaker Series. The Great Blue Heron is an iconic symbol of the Pacific coast of Canada. Residing in wetlands, on the seashore and even in farmer’s fields, this species is a potent symbol of the value of ecosystem conservation. Join us to learn about the life history and conservation status of…

Sunday
Jan 13
8:00 AM

Winter Farmers' Market in Coquitlam

Monthly Coquitlam Farmers Winter Market in the Centennial Room of the Poirier Community Centre in Coquitlam. This is a great opportunity to purchase locally-grown produce, baked goods and crafts.

From 9 am – 1 pm.

Monday
Jan 14
6:30 PM

"Wings of Change: How Volunteers Chart Coastal Bird Trends"

The Delta Naturalists present “Wings of Change: How Volunteers Chart Coastal Bird Trends” — a talk by Pete Davidson of Bird Studies Canada.

7:30 p.m. Monday January 14 2008
Cammidge House, Boundary Bay Regional Park (Tsawwassen)
Free
Guests welcome. Refreshments.
Info: 604-948-5149

Monday
Jan 14
6:30 PM

Free Public Lecture: Clive Doucet on Urban Planning and Climate Change

As many people live in cities today as populated the entire planet in 1950. Eighty percent of the planet’s greenhouse gases are created by these energy-intensive urban centres. Ottawa City Councillor Clive Doucet, author of Urban Meltdown, believes the key to creating climate change solutions resides with cities. Clive Doucet is an urban activist, well-known journalist, best-selling author, and the…

Thursday
Jan 17
6:00 PM

Friends of DeBoville Slough Meeting

Friends of DeBoville Slough meet in Room 4 at the Pinetree Community Centre in Coquitlam. New members always welcome. There may be an opportunity to view the text for the new kiosk that will soon be installed at DeBoville Slough (supported in part with funds from BMN). For more info on FoBS, see their website.

Thursday
Jan 17
6:00 PM

Free Public Lecture: Climate Change in Canada’s North

Dr. Eddy Carmack, recipient of the 2007 Massey Medal, is an internationally respected expert on the Arctic Ocean and climate change. He will discuss what we may expect in the future in the sub-Arctic and Arctic Oceans surrounding Canada as the result of climate change, including impacts on biodiversity, resources and people living in the North today. A senior research…

Wednesday
Jan 23
10:30 AM

Waste Management - Future of the Region Sustainability Dialogue

Here’s another Metro Vancouver Public Forum: Waste Management – CENTRAL NORTHEAST. Our economy’s booming, our population’s growing and so is our waste. How do we minimize generation of solid waste in the region, maximize reuse, recycling and energy recovery from solid waste and manage residuals? 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Inlet Theatre 100 Newport Drive, Port Moody Including Presenters: Brock…

Wednesday
Jan 23
4:30 PM

Privatization of Public Power in BC - A Panel Presentation and Discussion

This Forum is hosted by the New Westminster & District Labour Council, and is open to affiliates, delegates and the community. The Panelists Will Be: John Calvert is an associate professor at Simon Fraser University where he teachers public policy. He has a PhD from the London School of Economics in political science and an MA from the University of…

Saturday
Jan 26
8:00 AM

Birding with Larry Cowan at DeBoville Slough and Minnekhada

Join Larry Cowan and members of Nature Vancouver for a half-day birding field trip to Coquitlam’s DeBoville Slough / Minnekhada Regional Park. The walk will start at the head of DeBoville Slough, go along the Pitt River and into Minnekhada. Over the years, Larry has tallied 58 species but failed to add any new species on last year’s walk. Come…

Saturday
Jan 26
12:00 PM

YNC EXPLORER DAY: The Bug Museum in New Westminster

BMN Young Naturalists are going to become entomologists during their visit to this special local zoo. YNC members will wear lab coats and use clipboards to study the invertebrates on display (insects, scorpions, spiders, millipedes, centipedes and other bugs). Bug Lab staff will be available to answer questions and describe how naturalists can become involved with invertebrate conservation in BC….

Saturday
Jan 26
7:15 PM

Free Public Lecture: Why diversity matters in nature and culture

Dr. Nancy Turner, OBC, and UVic Distinguished Professor will be addressing the Vancouver Institute.

Lecture Hall No. 2 in the Woodward Instructional Resources Centre, University of British Columbia.

For more info, please click here.

Sunday
Jan 27
12:30 PM

Book Launch: "Spotted Owls - Shadows in an Old Growth Forest" by Jared Hobbs

This is a new book with photos by Jared Hobbs (a biologist and photographer based in Victoria, BC) and text by Richard Cannings. There will be three multi-media presentations led by Jared Hobbs, which will take place at 1:30, 2:30 and 3:30 in the Theatre in the Sky, Grouse Mountain Chalet. Jared will be available between presentations for book sales…

February 2008

Saturday
Feb 2
11:00 AM

"Keep BC's Rivers Public!" -- A Rally at the Gallery

DAYTIME (NOON to 4PM): Rally at the Vancouver Art Gallery: ROBSON STREET SIDE Speakers, music, theatre. Come and make your voice heard. Keep BC’s Rivers Public! EVENING: A TOWNHALL STYLE OF MEETING 7pm Ukrainian Auditorium, 154 East 10th Ave SPEAKERS LIST: Chief Stewart Phillip Grand Chief of the Union of BC Indian Chiefs Tom Rankin, Save Our Rivers Society Professor…

Tuesday
Feb 5
6:00 PM

Free Speaker Series (Part 1) - Global Warming: More than hot air?

This is the first of a series of positive talks hosted by Voters Taking Action on Climate Change focused on refreshing our commitment to action and reaching out to others. Global Warming: More than hot air? Dr. David Chapman, professor of geophysics at the University of Utah and renowned speaker on global warming, reviews the scientific evidence that climate change…

Saturday
Feb 9
8:00 AM

Birding with Larry Cowan at Colony Farm

Colony Farm Regional Park in winter can provide interesting birding. The Farm is home to many over-wintering raptors, sparrows and waterfowl, and we often find a Northern Shrike at this time of year. This half-day trip is organized by the Nature Vancouver group, and BMN members are welcome to come along. Meet leader Larry Cowan in the parking area at…

Sunday
Feb 10
8:00 AM

Winter Farmers' Market in Coquitlam

Monthly Coquitlam Farmers Winter Market in the Centennial Room of the Poirier Community Centre in Coquitlam. This is a great opportunity to purchase locally-grown produce, baked goods and crafts.

From 9 am – 1 pm.

Monday
Feb 11
5:30 PM

BMN YOUNG NATS CLUB: "Flights of Fantasy" Slide Show by Damon Calderwood

Damon Calderwood, bird photographer, actor, educator and Port Coquitlam resident, will show BMN Young Naturalists his stunning photography of birds of Western North America. The Young Naturalists will will learn how to identify different bird species using Damon’s photographs (and stuffed specimens that he hopes to borrow from the Cowan Vertebrate Museum at UBC) in preparation for the Great Backyard…

Tuesday
Feb 12
6:30 PM

MONTHLY CLUB MEETING: SFU Professor John Reynolds on "Declining Fish Stocks"

Guest speaker will be SFU Professor and BMN member, John Reynolds, on fish species at risk and why it is so hard to get effective protection for them.
At Como Lake United Church, corner of Marmont Avenue and King Albert Street in Coquitlam.

Thursday
Feb 14
6:30 PM

Free Public Lecture: Killer Whales as Sentinels of Pollution in the Strait of Georgia

The emergence of a new conservation threat at the top of the coastal food web in the Strait of Georgia and Puget Sound has recently become evident. Dr. Peter Ross, a Research Scientist with Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Institute of Ocean Sciences in Sidney and SFU, will provide an overview of the types of persistent toxic chemicals found in killer…

Saturday
Feb 16
9:00 AM

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: Nestbox Cleaning at Colony Farm Regional Park

Join our intrepid team of eager spring-cleaners as we spend a morning repairing and adding clean wood shavings to all the nest boxes at Colony Farm. We always find a few surprises in these boxes…come and see for yourself! For more info, please call Don at 604.942.7378.

Tuesday
Feb 19
6:00 PM

Free Speaker Series (Part 2) - Global Warming: Spiritual Crisis and Opportunity

This is the second of a series of positive talks hosted by Voters Taking Action on Climate Change focused on refreshing our commitment to action and reaching out to others. Global Warming: Spiritual Crisis and Opportunity. Bruce Sanguin, Minister at the Canadian Memorial United Church and author of Darwin, Divinity and Dance of the Cosmos explores where we can find…

Wednesday
Feb 20
6:00 PM

Port Moody Ecological Society AGM and Guest Speaker

At the 2008 Port Moody Ecological Society Annual General Meeting the guest speaker will be Marvin Rosenau, a BCIT Fisheries Biologist and well-known protector of wild salmon habitat. He will speak on “The Heart of the Fraser – from Mission to Hope”. Members of the public are most welcome. Room C, Social Recreation Centre, 300 Ioco Road in Port Moody….

Wednesday
Feb 20
11:00 PM

Free Presentation: "The Changing Face of Our Oceans"

Dr. John Nightingale will describe the impacts climate change is having on oeceans and ocean life, and highlight the prbably impacts to come. He will discuss how climate change-cuased ocean impacts are related to each of us individually, and the role individuals must play to ensure a healthy vital aquatic environment for generations to come. Dr. John Nightingale is President…

Thursday
Feb 21
6:30 PM

"Invasive Plant Species: Their Importance and Use by Wildlife"

A free presentation by well-known naturalists Kevin Bell and Al Grass, hosted by Nature Vancouver. The ever-increasing removal of exotic plant species such as blackberry raises interesting questions on the use of exotic plants by wildlife and the damage done to wildlife habitat by removal of these species at inappropriate times. Large-scale removal of exotics and replacement with immature native…

Saturday
Feb 23
9:00 AM

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: Nestbox Cleaning at Minnekhada Regional Park

It’s true that spring cleaning never ends – so we will continue with our nest box cleaning at Minnekhada Regional Park. This could be a great opportunity to see flying squirrels…bring your camera! Meet in the Quarry Road parking lot, and be prepared to spend the morning outdoors. For more information, please call Don at 604.942.7378.

Saturday
Feb 23
9:00 AM

YNC CLUB: Nestbox Cleaning at Minnekhada Park

The BMN Young Naturalists will be observing the nestbox cleaning crews this morning at Minekhada Regional Park from 10:00am – 11:30am. Every spring, BMN cleans hundreds nestboxes in Colony Farm, Minnekhada Regional Park and Widgeon Reserve for the new breeding season. Without doubt, we will find something interesting in the boxes. Don’t forget to bring your camera. We will meet…

Sunday
Feb 24
8:00 AM

CLUB HIKE: Pitt Wildlife Management Area

We will begin a new hiking season with a moderate hike/walk in the Pitt Wildlife Management Area. We will walk mostly along the tops of dykes, including the Pitt River, Nature, and Mountainside dykes. This hike will feature stunning scenery and limitless opportunities for wildlife viewing. Our roundtrip distance, depending on route, will be at least 10 km (6.2 mi)…

Sunday
Feb 24
6:30 PM

VIMFF Earth Alive Series of Films on "Sustainability -- Our Common Future"

As part of the Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival, this is the opening night for a series of evening presentations of films shown at the H.R.MacMillan Space Centre (aka Planetarium), 1100 Chestnut Street, Vancouver. Doors open at 6:30 pm, start at 7:30 pm The theme of the evening is “Sustainability — Our Common Future.” Guest speakers are * Dr. William…

Monday
Feb 25
6:30 PM

VIMFF Earth Alive Series of Films

This is the second evening of films shown as part of the Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival at the H.R.MacMillan Space Centre (aka Planetarium), 1100 Chestnut Street, Vancouver. Doors open at 6:30 pm, films start at 7:30 pm * “Building my Earthship: From the Ground Up” presentation by Anna Cosentine: story of the time, energy, process and rewards of building…

Tuesday
Feb 26
6:30 PM

VIMFF Earth Alive Series of Films

This is the third evening of films shown as part of the Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival at the H.R.MacMillan Space Centre (aka Planetarium), 1100 Chestnut Street, Vancouver. Doors open at 6:30 pm, films start at 7:30 pm “Protecting B.C.’s Mountain Playground”, presented by the David Suzuki Foundation: a presentation on the impact of global warming on the mountains and…

Wednesday
Feb 27
6:30 PM

VIMFF Earth Alive Series of Films

This is the fourth evening of films shown as part of the Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival at the H.R.MacMillan Space Centre (aka Planetarium), 1100 Chestnut Street, Vancouver. Doors open at 6:30 pm, films start at 7:30 pm “The Oil and Water Project” multimedia show with films and discussions with world class kayaker and environmentalist Seth Warren on his crossing…

Thursday
Feb 28
6:30 PM

VIMFF Earth Alive Series of Films

This is the fifth evening of films shown as part of the Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival at the H.R.MacMillan Space Centre (aka Planetarium), 1100 Chestnut Street, Vancouver. Doors open at 6:30 pm, films start at 7:30 pm “The Great Bear Rainforest of British Columbia” with a presentation by Ian McAllister on one of the largest contiguous tracts of temperate…

March 2008

Saturday
Mar 1
8:00 AM

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: Nestbox Cleaning at Widgeon Reserve

Sometimes the swallows arrive here before we do! This event provides a rare opportunity to visit this beautiful Regional Park Reserve that is not yet open to the public. Meet at the Quarry Road parking lot for Minnekhada to carpool from there. Bring a snack or lunch as we must go through the locked gate together – we typically finish…

Saturday
Mar 1
1:00 PM

Social Justice Film Fest - Showing of "49 Megawatts"

This second annual Social Justice Film Fest takes place at Trinity United Church, 2211 Prairie Ave., Port Coquitlam. The festival starts at 7:30 pm on Friday Feb 29, and runs 10 am – 5 pm on Saturday March 1st. At 2pm, the film 49 Megawatts will be shown (31 mins). The film documents the building of the Ashlu power project…

Saturday
Mar 1
7:15 PM

Free Public Lecture: Sustainability -- What is it?

Professor David Suzuki — ecologist, educator, and activist — will be addressing the Vancouver Institute. on March 1, 2008 at 8:15 p.m.,

Lecture Hall No. 2 in the Woodward Instructional Resources Centre, University of British Columbia.

For more info, please click here.

Tuesday
Mar 4
6:00 PM

Free Speaker Series (Part 3) - Lessons for the Future from Canada’s Climate Policy Failures

This is the third of a series of positive talks hosted by Voters Taking Action on Climate Change focused on refreshing our commitment to action and reaching out to others. Lessons for the Future from Canada’s Climate Policy Failures. Dr. Mark Jaccard, professor in Resource Environmental Management at SFU and an award winning author of numerous books on climate and…

Friday
Mar 7
11:00 PM

“Ideas Fair” for Regional Park Volunteers

Colony Farm Park Association hosts the annual “Ideas Fair” for Regional Park volunteers at Colony Farm Park, Riverview and Riverside School. Watch our website for more details. Volunteers from Regional Parks across the lower mainland will have an opportunity to tour Riverview, hear a presentation from Sue Haberger on the history of Riverview and walk along the Coquitlam River with…

Saturday
Mar 8
9:00 AM

Free Family Walk at Maplewood with Al and Jude Grass

Eaters of Others – The Raptors of Maplewood Flats Conservation Area. 10am – Noon. Come and join the Wild Bird Trust’s Nature Walks with Al and Jude Grass at the Maplewood Flats Conservation Area. The walk will focus on the common Hawks, Eagles, and Owls. Free family event. Wheelchair accessible. Wild Bird Trust of British Columbia, 604-538-8774.

Sunday
Mar 9
9:00 AM

Winter Farmers' Market in Coquitlam

Monthly Coquitlam Farmers Winter Market in the Centennial Room of the Poirier Community Centre in Coquitlam. This is a great opportunity to purchase locally-grown produce, baked goods and crafts.

From 9 am – 1 pm.

Monday
Mar 10
7:30 PM

Public Talk: "Metro Vancouver's Endangered Species"

The Delta Naturalists present water ecologist Mike Pearson on Metro Vancouver’s Endangered Species; Free and all are welcome; refreshments.
Cammidge House, Boundary Bay Regional
Park (Tsawwassen)
For more info: 604-948-5149

Tuesday
Mar 11
7:30 PM

MARCH CLUB MEETING: Prof. William Rees "Eco-Footprints, Climate Change and Social (In)Justice"

BMN Monthly Meeting at Como Lake United Church, corner of King Albert Ave. and Marmont St. in Coquitlam. Guest speaker will be UBC professor, Bill Rees, who developed the ecological footprint concept to help people understand their impacts on the planet. This is bound to be a fascinating evening – come prepared to be shaken out of your complacency about…

Saturday
Mar 15

'Nature Days' at Amsterdam Greenhouses

Amsterdam Nurseries holds its 10th annual Nature Days and Native Plant Sale. Community groups are invited to attend with displays on Saturday. We will be there on Sunday, March 16th, with the BMN display, and will enjoy visiting with members of the Alouette Field Naturalists and other groups on the east side of the Pitt River. Event runs from 10…

Saturday
Mar 15
8:30 AM

Birding with Istvan at Deer Lake

Join Istvan Orosi and members of Nature Vancouver for a half-day bird walk around Burnaby Deer Lake Park to look for early migrants, overwintering passerines and waterfowl. Dress for the weather, wear hiking boots and bring a lunch. Meet the leader at the Royal Oak Ave. parking lot at 0830. (Note that entrance to this small parking lot can only…

Saturday
Mar 15
7:00 PM

Ian's Annual Slideshow

Come out and enjoy an evening of slides and snacks. BMN past-president Ian McArthur will present slides highlighting the past year of BMN and other adventures in the local area. As a bonus Ian will show some favourite slides put to music. This is always a fun interactive time to see photos of wonderful places and enjoy some delicious treats…

Sunday
Mar 16
1:00 PM

Free Public "Tree Walk" at Riverview Hospital

Join the Riverview Horticultural Centre Society for their first tree tour of 2008. Walks are led by a volunteer arborist, and last about two hours, depending on weather and walkers’ preference. Dress for the weather, and wear comfy shoes or boots. Walks go rain or shine. Children to adults welcome. Dogs on leash are also welcome. For more information, see…

Thursday
Mar 20
7:00 PM

Friends of DeBoville Slough Regular Meeting

Friends of DeBoville Slough meet at Pinetree Community Centre. New members always welcome. Come and help us plan an installation event for the interpretive signage. For more info, contact David at 604-941-2498.

Saturday
Mar 22
9:00 AM

Birding with Larry at DeBoville Slough and Minnekhada

Larry Cowan leads a half-day birding field trip with Nature Vancouver members to DeBoville Slough/Minnekhada Regional Park. He will be looking for early spring migrants. Sandhill Cranes are always a possibility with 3 being spotted on our 2006 walk. Meet at the parking area at Victoria and Cedar Drives in Port Coquitlam at 0900. We will position several cars in…

Saturday
Mar 22
10:00 AM

CLUB BIRDING TRIP to STANLEY PARK with Al Grass

Join legendary Al Grass for a winter nature walk at world-famous Stanley Park in downtown Vancouver. Meet at the stone bridge at Lost Lagoon (west end) where there is PAY parking at 10 am. The #019 bus stops on the east side of the lagoon. We’ll walk around the lagoon looking for interesting waterfowl, then head down to the beach…

Monday
Mar 24
1:30 PM

Birding for sleepyheads!

After you have eaten all those Easter eggs, join Kevin Bell and Nature Vancouver members for an afternoon walk to see what the changing season has brought to the Maplewood Flats Conservation Area in North Vancouver. There should be some newly arrived songbirds, maybe swallows, and a few lingering winter species. Meet Kevin in the parking lot of the Pacific…

Wednesday
Mar 26
7:00 PM

Free Public Lecture: "Working with Nature"

Heidi Hermary, author of Working with Nature, will discuss natural gardening issues for people who live in higher density housing. This program is hosted by the City of Port Moody. No registration required, general seating.

7:00 – 8:30 pm

Inlet Theatre, 100 Newport Drive, Port Moody

Saturday
Mar 29
9:00 AM

BMN YNC Explorer Day: A Morning with Nature in Deer Lake Park

Master birder Istvan Orosi will lead members of the Young Naturalists Club
on a walk through the wilder portions of Burnaby’s Deer Lake Park. For more
information, contact Noriko at 604-675-9031 or bmnync <at> gmail <dot> com.

9:00 am – 11:00 am.

Saturday
Mar 29
10:00 AM

Stanley Park: A Stroll into 20 Million Years of Geological History

Join David Cook and Nature Vancouver members for a walk along the recently opened Stanley Park seawall to view the rocks that make up the hill and peninsula of Stanley Park. We will walk into 20 million years of geological history when sand, silt and peat were laid down by rivers flowing off ancient coastal mountains during and after the…

Saturday
Mar 29
8:15 PM

Free Public Lecture: Air Pollution -- How We Treat the Atmosphere Like a Sewer

Professor Douw Steyn, Department of Earth and Ocean Sciences at UBC,
will be addressing the Vancouver Institute on March 29, 2008 at 8:15 p.m.

Lecture Hall No. 2 in the Woodward Instructional Resources Centre, University of British Columbia.

For more info, please click here.

April 2008

Monday
Apr 7
7:00 PM

BIEAP Hosts Public Comment Session on "Environmental Indicators Report"

BIEAP (Burrard Inlet Environmental Action Plan) hosts a public input session on their latest Environmental Indicators Report at the Firefighters Banquet Hall, 6515 Bonsor Street in Burnaby (near Metrotown). See the BIEAP website for more information. Anyone wishing to carpool should contact Elaine.

From 7-10 pm

Tuesday
Apr 8
7:30 PM

APRIL CLUB MEETING: Guest Speaker Derek Matthews, Master Bird-Bander

BMN Monthly Meeting at Como Lake United Church, corner of King Albert Ave. and Marmont St. in Coquitlam. Guest speaker will be Derek Matthews, a master bird-bander who will talk about his experiences and what can be learned from banding birds.

Monday
Apr 14
7:30 PM

Delta Naturalists' Meeting with Speaker on Sumas Prairie Trumpeter Swans and Lead Shot

Delta Naturalists present “Our Trumpeter Swans vs. Lead-Shot Poison in Sumas
Prairie”, an illustrated talk by Laurie Wilson,
Cammidge House, Boundary Bay Regional Park, Tsawwassen; free; guests welcome;
refreshments;
For info: 604-948-5149

Saturday
Apr 19
10:00 AM

Earth Day Celebration at DeBoville Slough

Join us and Friends of DeBoville Slough to unveil new interpretive signage on the new kiosk on the north side of the Slough. Following the unveiling, we will take dignitaries and guests on a short walk towards the Pitt River. We should expect to see hummingbirds, swallows and other early spring migrants.

Sunday
Apr 20
1:00 PM

Free Public Tree Tour at Riverview

Join the Riverview Horticultural Centre Society for a public tour of the glorious trees in a glorious season. This will be the “maybe magnolias” walk – these trees could be in full bloom if the spring weather cooperates. Dogs on leash are also welcome. For more information, see the Riverview Horticultural Centre Society’s website) or phone 604.290.9910. Meet on the…

Tuesday
Apr 22

'Environmental Film Festival' hosted by Green Ideas Network

Green Ideas Network, a local non-profit environmental organization, are hosting the 2nd Annual Environmental Film Festival and Student Video Contest as part of Surrey’s Environmental Extravaganza. The free screenings will take place April 22, 2008 (Earth Day) at Earl Marriott Secondary School (Wheelhouse Theatre) and April 24, 2008 at Simon Fraser University Surrey Campus (Theatre 2600). Doors open at 6:30…

Saturday
Apr 26
8:45 AM

Birding with Larry at DeBoville Slough and Minnekhada

Join BMN’s Larry Cowan and members of Nature Vancouver (formerly called VNHS) for a half-day birding field trip to Coquitlam’s DeBoville Slough & Minnekhada Regional Park. This area is a known breeding site for Osprey and Green Heron. Townsend’s Solitaire is always possible at this time of year. All three preceding species were seen on last year’s outing. Meet the…

Saturday
Apr 26
9:00 AM

CLUB HIKE: UBC Research Forest

Although we have made a number of excursions into the UBC Research Forest, we are still far from having explored every nook and cranny. On this moderate hike we will pay our first visit to Goose Lake, a sizeable body of water which straddles the Research Forest’s western boundary. We will hike along roads and trails, and may need to…

Saturday
Apr 26
10:00 AM

Como Watershed Spring Tour

Join the Como Watershed Group for a free guided interpretive walk in the Como Creek watershed. We will be starting at our headwaters, Como Lake and taking a leisurely stroll through nearby neighbourhoods to look at some of our community partnership projects done on private land and City property. It’s a great opportunity to get to know the watershed, its…

Saturday
Apr 26
10:00 AM

Hyde Creek Hatchery's 3rd Annual Open House

A fun event for the family. Coho smelt release, kids activities, education centre displays, hotdog BBQ, hatchery tours, face painting, CFUN Community Cruiser…and more.

Hyde Creek Education Centre and Hatchery, 3636 Coast Meridian, PoCo.
Call 604.461.FISH (3474) for more info.

10 am – 3 pm.

Saturday
Apr 26
12:30 PM

YOUNG NATURALISTS CLUB: Explore your Local Inlet - Boat Trip with Captain Rod MacVicar

Saturday, April 26th, 2008 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm As the weather gets warmer, the wildlife of Burrard Inlet gets more active and there’s no better way to observe these aquatic species than from a boat. Leaving Rocky Point Pier at 1:00 pm sharp and returning at about 2:30, BMN YNC will have a special opportunity to explore our closest…

Sunday
Apr 27

Burns Bog Celebration during Earth Week

The Burns Bog Conservation Society is hosting a celebration on the last day of Earth Week to celebrate Burns Bog. Location: Delta Municipal Hall, 6500 Clarence Taylor Crescent, Delta. Time: 1:45 to 4pm. Guest speakers, displays, videos and an opportunity to learn more about the “lungs of the Lower Mainland.” For more info on Burns Bog, click here.

Sunday
Apr 27
9:00 AM

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: Blackberry Control at DeBoville Slough

BMN members and the Friends of DeBoville Slough will undertake some blackberry control on the land set aside for wildlife next to a blueberry field. Several years ago, we replanted a portion of this site after the farmer mistakenly (?) cleared it for blueberries. While our plants are growing, in some places blackberry is threatening to take over. We will…

Sunday
Apr 27
1:00 PM

Free Public Tour of Riverview's "Backyard" and Finnies Garden

Tour the natural wonders of Riverview’s “Backyard” and Finnie’s Garden with Don Gillespie. Dogs on leash are also welcome. For more information, see the Riverview Horticultural Centre Society’s website) or phone 604.290.9910. Meet on the uphill side of the Henry Esson Young (HEY) Building. For additional information click here. Follow the banners through the Hospital site to the meeting place….

Wednesday
Apr 30
7:00 PM

Free Public 'Bear Aware' Seminar

Find out about bears at this informative seminar on bear aware strategies. Learn to be bear aware at home, in our neighbourhoods and on our trails. This program is hosted by the City of Port Moody. No registration required, general seating. 7:00 – 8:30 pm Inlet Theatre, 100 Newport Drive, Port Moody For more info on bears in PoMo, click…

May 2008

Saturday
May 3

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY -- Eelgrass Planting off Rocky Point

You can help whether you are 8 or 80… This is a great chance to get involved in a little project that will make a big difference to the health of the inlet. Eelgrass that was historically abundant in Port Moody is being replanted by volunteers to provide a highly productive nursery habitat for young salmon, dungeness crabs and many…

Saturday
May 3
8:30 AM

Spring Birding with Nature Vancouver Members in Everett Crowley Park

Spring birding walk in Everett Crowley Park in south east Vancouver. This park includes a mix of restored grassland, scrub and woodland habitats, plus a hidden wetland. Meet in the parking lot on the east side of Kerr Street, just south of 63rd Avenue at 8:30am (note new meeting place). Bill Kinkaid 778-329-1059. For more information about the park, see…

Thursday
May 8
7:00 PM

The Big Wild! at MEC Broadway store

Canada’s great wilderness is decreasing at an alarming rate. Less than 10% of our land and 1% of our water is protected. Join The Big Wild on May 8th at 7pm at the MEC Broadway Store to learn about the Big Wild and how you can get involved through a Big Wild Challenge. What:The Big Wild When: Appetizers served at…

Friday
May 9
6:30 PM

Paul Steeves' "Birds of BC" Photo Show - Opening Reception

Paul Steeves is an active volunteer at Wildlife Rescue and an avid bird photographer. Two of his shots of red crossbills appeared in the March issue of the BMN newsletter. Paul is having a photo show throughout May and June at Emelle’s Cafe (177 West 7th, 604-875-6551) and an opening reception on the evening of May 9th from 6:30 to…

Saturday
May 10
6:00 AM

"Dawn Chorus" at Maplewood Flats with Naturalists Al & Jude Grass

Join naturalists (and BMN members) Al and Jude Grass for a 2.5 hour walk at Maplewood Flats Conservation Area in North Vancouver (2645 Dollarton Highway) to enjoy the early morning music of the spring birds. Meet at the double gates near the entrance to the Conservation Area (opposite the crab shop). Al and Jude will lead another birding walk at…

Saturday
May 10
8:00 AM

CLUB HIKE: Diez Vistas Trail

One of the finest local low-elevation routes is the Diez Vistas Trail along the top of Buntzen Ridge. This route provides some sensational views over Indian Arm. Surprisingly, we have not done this trail in its entirety since July 1999, so a return visit is long overdue. On this moderate hike we will travel the length of the Diez Vistas…

Saturday
May 10
10:00 AM

The Great Salmon Send-Off at Stoney Creek

The Great Salmon Send-off hosted by the Stoney Creek Salmon Society at Stoney Creek Elementary School in Burnaby. Help more salmon kick their hatchery habit. BMN will attend with display and children’s puzzles.
Event runs from 10 am – 2 pm.

Saturday
May 10
1:00 PM

Celebrate 'International Migratory Bird Day' at Colony Farm

Join the Colony Farm Park Association when they host their annual Partners in the Park Event and celebrate International Migratory Bird Day. Fun for the whole family! The planned events are: 1 pm: Hedgerow Walk with Liz Thunstrom – learn why hedgreows are important for birds and the gardens, 2 pm: Community Gardens Stroll – explore the thriving community gardens…

Sunday
May 11
8:00 AM

Birding at Burnaby Lake with Nature Vancouver Members

Take a birding morning walk with Cathy Aitchison and other members of Nature Vancouver (formerly VNHS) along the trails at the southeast end of Burnaby Lake. This is an easy walk through the shrubby lakeside vegetation, opening out in places to view the lake. The large population of Wood Ducks should be in evidence as well as many nesting Tree…

Monday
May 12
7:30 PM

Delta Naturalists Mtg - "Easter Island: Collapsed Ecology,Collapsed Society"

The Delta Naturalists present Dr. Everett Mincey’s “Easter Island: Collapsed Ecology, Collapsed Society”.

Cammidge House, Boundary Bay Regional Park,
Tsawwassen

Refreshments; guests welcome; info: 604-948-5149

Tuesday
May 13
7:30 PM

MAY CLUB MEETING: Author Glen Stedham on 'African Wildlife Safari'

Our guest speaker will be BMN member and author, Glen Stedham, who will present a slideshow describing his African Safari. This will be followed by a showing of a short video on Finnie’s Garden produced by Niall Williams. Como Lake United Church, corner of Marmont Street and King Albert Avenue in Coquitlam.

Wednesday
May 14
8:10 PM

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: Colony Farm Batwatch - CANCELLED

Please join us at dusk at Colony Farm by the old buildings (end of Colony Farm Road off the Lougheed Highway) to watch and count the bats. Please arrive about 30 minutes before sunset. Sun sets at 8:40 pm. Continuing every 2nd Wednesday until early September. This is an interesting activity for the whole family. Wear warm clothing because you…

Friday
May 16

Bird Monitoring and Banding Workshop with Derek Matthews at Burnaby Lake

Derek Matthews was the guest speaker at BMN’s April club meeting. He is a master bird-bander and is conducting a series of workshops at the Burnaby Lake Avian Research Centre. This 3 day workshop is designed to be a fun-filled, action packed course that will enable participants to learn a great deal and take their interest in birds to the…

Saturday
May 17
8:30 AM

Birding with Larry at Colony Farm

This morning’s half-day birding field trip is to Colony Farm Regional Park with BMN’s Larry Cowan and members of Nature Vancouver (formerly VNHS). The target species will be the Lazuli Bunting! Other species expected include Green Heron, Band-tailed Pigeon and Bullock’s Oriole. Meet the leader at the parking area at the east-end of Colony Farm Rd. at 08:30. Return at…

Saturday
May 17
9:00 AM

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: Knotweed Removal at DeBoville Slough

Join the Friends of DeBoville Slough for an invasive plant control work party. Once again we will be working on controlling Japanese knotweed. Come out for a good workout and a fun social morning. Meet at the parking lot on the south side of the slough. Wear sturdy footwear and appropriate clothing for the weather. For more information call 604-941-2498…

Saturday
May 17
9:00 AM

YNC Explorer Day - Welcome Back, Hummingbirds!

Unfortunately, the number of participants for this trip is limited. The trip is now full. Learn about these “flying jewels” with master-bird-bander Roy Teo at Widgeon Regional Park Reserve on Saturday, May 17th, 2008, 09:00 am – 10:30 am Did you know that our most common hummingbird spends most of the year in Mexico and flies here every spring to…

Wednesday
May 21
8:45 PM

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: Colony Farm Batwatch

Please join us at dusk at Colony Farm by the old buildings (end of Colony Farm Road off the Lougheed Highway) to watch and count the bats. Please arrive about 30 minutes before sunset. Continuing every 2nd Wednesday until early September. This is an interesting activity for the whole family. Wear warm clothing because you will be standing still as…

Saturday
May 24
10:00 AM

Como Watershed Spring Tour

Join the Como Watershed Group for a guided tour in the Como watershed. The walk will be starting midway in the watershed at Como Creek at Rochester and taking a leisurely stroll through nearby neighbourhoods to look at some of the unique and special green assets the local creek corridors provide to the community. Tour goes rain or shine; please…

Sunday
May 25
1:00 PM

Children's Walk through Riverview's 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. Follow the banners through the site to the meeting place. The walk begins at 1 pm at the front door of the Henry Esson Young Building (follow Holly Drive, turn…

Wednesday
May 28
7:00 PM

Minnekhada Park Association Monthly Meeting

Minnekhada Park Association hold their monthly meeting at Minnekhada Lodge at the Park in NE Coquitlam. Light refreshments will be served. For more details, contact Mike Griffin (604 942 5326), MPA Chair. All welcome.

Friday
May 30

Biodiversity Blitz at SFU

SFU is going to having a 24 hour Biodiversity Blitz from May 30-31 from 7pm-7pm. The goal of the event is to ID as many (non-human) organisms on Burnaby Mountain and Barnett Marine Park in a 24 hour period as possible. Volunteers are needed! There will be volunteer groups for birds, insects, worms, plants and anything else that we can…

Saturday
May 31
8:00 AM

**Date Change** CLUB HIKE: Woodland Walk Trail Maintenance & Hike

We will be doing a public hike in June to celebrate the thirteenth anniversary of the creation of Pinecone Burke Provincial Park. To prepare for this, we need to check out the trail and do some brush clearing. It is an easy to moderate hike. This trail offers a lovely mature second growth forest with a beautiful waterfall. Some tools…

Saturday
May 31
9:30 AM

Don Luxton at PoMo Museum - "Maintaining Heritage Buildings"

Don Luxton is an architectural historian and great friend of BMN’s: he has documented the heritage values of buildings at Riverview and is a strong proponent of their preservation. On May 31st, from 9:30am to 3:30pm, Don will present a workshop entitled “How To’s of Maintaining a Heritage Home or Building”. He will guide the audience through the restoration of…

June 2008

Sunday
Jun 1
9:00 AM

Birding along the Pitt Meadows Nature Trail with Nature Vancouver Members

The group will follow the nature trail on the dyke from its main entrance by the headquarters – thru the mixed stand of deciduous trees following a circular route around the ponds and back to the trail head. Along the way in the dyked we may see a beaver and a scenic view of Pitt Lake to the north. Anticipate…

Saturday
Jun 7
9:00 AM

Environment Week Special: Lazuli Bunting Walk at Colony Farm

Celebrate Environment Week by viewing the beautiful lazuli buntings (and other species) at Colony Farm Regional Park, the best site in the lower mainland to see these colourful migratory songbirds. Both walks will be led by bird expert, Istvan Orosi from Nature Vancouver and the Colony Farm Park Association.

This tour goes again at 3 pm the same day.

Sunday
Jun 8
8:00 AM

Public Hike on Burke's Woodland Walk Trail

To celebrate the thirteenth anniversary of the creation of Pinecone Burke Provincial Park, we will do an easy to moderate hike along the Woodland Walk Trail. This trip will be advertised as a public hike. On this outing we will travel through a lovely mature second growth forest and view a beautiful waterfall. You should be prepared to cross a…

Tuesday
Jun 10
7:00 PM

JUNE CLUB MEETING: A Gathering in Finnie's Garden

This time of year, it’s far too nice to meet indoors so please join us for some refreshments and a pleasant evening in Finnie’s Garden at Riverview. This is a great opportunity to enjoy the awesome accomplishments of the volunteer gardening group that continues to enhance Finnie’s. We encourage people who can walk uphill to Finnie’s to park outside the…

Thursday
Jun 12
9:10 PM

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: Colony Farm Batwatch

Please join us at dusk at Colony Farm by the old buildings (end of Colony Farm Road off the Lougheed Highway) to watch and count the bats. Please arrive about 30 minutes before sunset. Sun sets at 9:10 pm. Continuing every 2nd Wednesday until early September. NOTE: EXCEPT THIS WEEK, WHEN THE BATWATCH OCCURS ON THURSDAY EVENING. This is an…

Saturday
Jun 14
9:00 AM

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: Knotweed Removal at DeBoville Slough

This is the second knotweed removal of the season at DeBoville Slough with Friends of DeBoville Slough. Equipment provided but please wear appropriate clothing. Once again, you can complete your morning of hard labour with a great lunch provided courtesy of Wesbild.

9 am – 1 pm

Sunday
Jun 15
1:00 PM

Father's Day Walk through Riverview's Trees

Bring the whole family for a tour of the majestic trees at Riverview – BC’s first Botanical Garden. Follow the banners through the site to the meeting place. 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 tour…

Friday
Jun 20

Bird Monitoring and Banding Workshop with Derek Matthews at Burnaby Lake

Derek Matthews was the guest speaker at BMN’s April club meeting. He is a master bird-bander and is conducting a series of workshops at the Burnaby Lake Avian Research Centre. This 3 day workshop is designed to be a fun-filled, action packed course that will enable participants to learn a great deal and take their interest in birds to the…

Saturday
Jun 21

Munro Lake Hike/Trail Maintenance

This is another day spent on Burke Mountain with more hiking than trail maintenance. Most of the work needed is on a short side trip to a wonderful viewpoint overlooking Minnekhada that we have been visiting for a few years, but if time allows we might go as far as Munro Lake. Roundtrip distance is 8 km (5 mi) with…

Sunday
Jun 22
1:00 PM

Backyard Walk at Riverview with BMN

Backyard Walk at Riverview with Don Gillespie. Explore the more remote corners of the Riverview Hospital grounds and enjoy the fabulous naturescaping in Finnie’s Garden. 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 tour lasts for about…

Wednesday
Jun 25
8:50 PM

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: Colony Farm Batwatch

Please join us at dusk at Colony Farm by the old buildings (end of Colony Farm Road off the Lougheed Highway) to watch and count the bats. Please arrive about 30 minutes before sunset. Sun sets at 9:20 pm. Continuing every 2nd Wednesday until early September. This is an interesting activity for the whole family. Wear warm clothing because you…

Thursday
Jun 26
7:00 PM

Gardening with the Earth in Mind: Eliminating Cosmetic Pesticides

This is a free presentation by the Earthwise Society and the Canadian Cancer Society, describing how to have a beautiful ecological garden without the harmful effects of cosmetic pesticides on our health and environment. It is being held on three dates: Thursday, June 26th 7:00pm – 8:30pm George Mackie Library (North Delta) 8440-112th Street, Delta Thursday, July 3rd 10:00am -…

Thursday
Jun 26
7:00 PM

Gardening with the Earth in Mind: Eliminating Cosmetic Pesticides

This is a free presentation by the Earthwise Society and the Canadian Cancer Society, describing how to have a beautiful ecological garden without the harmful effects of cosmetic pesticides on our health and environment. It is being held on three dates: Thursday, June 26th 7:00pm – 8:30pm George Mackie Library (North Delta) 8440-112th Street, Delta Thursday, July 3rd 10:00am -…

Thursday
Jun 26
7:30 PM

Special Evening "Linden Walk" at Riverview

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 at www.rhcs.org (click here) or phone 604.290.9910.

July 2008

Thursday
Jul 3
10:00 AM

Gardening with the Earth in Mind: Eliminating Cosmetic Pesticides

This is a free presentation by the Earthwise Society and the Canadian Cancer Society, describing how to have a beautiful ecological garden without the harmful effects of cosmetic pesticides on our health and environment. It is being held on two dates: Thursday, July 3rd 10:00am – 11:30am South Delta Library (Tsawwassen) 1321A 56th Street, Delta Monday, July 7th 10:00am -…

Monday
Jul 7
10:00 AM

Gardening with the Earth in Mind: Eliminating Cosmetic Pesticides

This is a free presentation by the Earthwise Society and the Canadian Cancer Society, describing how to have a beautiful ecological garden without the harmful effects of cosmetic pesticides on our health and environment. Monday, July 7th 10:00am – 11:30am Ladner Pioneer Library 4683 51st Street, Delta Sponsored in part by the Eco-Action Community Funding Program of Environment Canada and…

Wednesday
Jul 9
5:00 PM

Colony Farm Park Association AGM and BBQ at Colony Farm

The Colony Farm Park Association Annual General Meeting, BBQ, batwatch and brisk walk to the planted wildlife field at Colony Farm. Food should be available from approximately 5 pm and on. The AGM will start at 7 pm; the batwatch at 9:10. People interested in viewing the new growth in the wildlife field planted last year will have an opportunity…

Saturday
Jul 12

Mt. Killam Hike

On this outing we will combine a bit of seafaring to Gambier Island with a moderately strenuous hike up to one of the island’s high points, Mt. Killam. From the top we will have good views of the Howe Sound area. Roundtrip distance is 16 km (10 mi) with an elevation gain 844 m (2770 ft). Keep in mind that…

Saturday
Jul 12
8:15 AM

Birding with Larry at Colony Farm

Join BMN’s Larry Cowan and members of Nature Vancouver for a half-day birding trip at Colony Farm Regional Park. Our target species on this outing include Lazuli Bunting, Green Heron and Band-tailed Pigeon.Will the 2007 Indigo Bunting make a repeat visit to the Farm? Meet Larry at the parking area at the East end of Colony Farm Road at 0815….

Sunday
Jul 13
12:00 PM

Greendrinks in the Park - Lions Park, PoCo

Soaring fuel prices – Sustainability – Green Energy – Toxic-Free Homes – Climate change. These are only few topics that people that come to Greendrinks discuss amongst themselves. As a departure from regular monthly meetings in restaurants, pubs and other venues, Greendrinks have decided for the summer to bring the concept to the people that pass by. Of course our…

Saturday
Jul 19

Fraser Fest at Westminster Quay

Celebrate the Fraser River at the New Westminster Hyack Festival Association’s presentation of Fraser Fest. This annual family event brings together the public, community groups, cultural organizations, businesses, and a flotilla of working and historic vessels. Visit Metro Vancouver’s tent that will feature hourly shows about the Fraser River. Free, Westminster Quay. Sponsored by the GVRD. For more info, call…

Saturday
Jul 19
10:00 AM

'Creatures of the Not-So-Deep'

Join Metro Vancouver and Belcarra Beachkeeper volunteers to learn about the creatures exposed at low tide and living in the ocean nearby. Search for sea life on a beach walk, play a seashore game, see subtidal creatures at the pool on the wharf, and make an ocean creature craft to take home. Wear footwear that you can get wet and…

Sunday
Jul 20
1:00 PM

Riverview Heritage Tree Walk

Bring the whole family for a tour of the majestic trees at Riverview – BC’s first Botanical Garden. Follow the banners through the site to the meeting place. 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 tour…

Wednesday
Jul 23
9:00 PM

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: BatWatch at Colony Farm

Please join us at dusk at Colony Farm by the old buildings (end of Colony Farm Road off the Lougheed Highway in Coquitlam) to watch and count the bats. Please arrive about 30 minutes before sunset. The batwatch continues every 2nd Wednesday (typically) until early September. This is an interesting activity for the whole family. Wear warm clothing because you…

Saturday
Jul 26

17th Annual International Bog Days

Want to walk your dog? Sit on a log, or see a frog? Then come down to the Bog! International Bog Days are a great opportunity to tour the Bog, enjoy local performances, and check out interactive exhibits. On Saturday, July 26th, there will be tours of Burns Bog from 10:00am-3:00pm. On Sunday, July 27th from 10:00am-4:00pm, enjoy live entertainment,…

Sunday
Jul 27
1:00 PM

4th Annual Purple Martin Open House in Ladysmith

If you happen to over on Vancouver Island, drop into the 4th Annual Purple Martin Open House at the Ladysmith Maritime Society marina (follow the yellow signs) on July 27 from 1-5 pm. Wear something PURPLE to celebrate the success of the recovery program – from 5 breeding pairs in BC in 1985 to almost 650 in 2007 – visit…

August 2008

Wednesday
Aug 6

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: CANCELLED - BatWatch at Colony Farm

PLEASE NOTE: TONIGHT’S BAT-WATCH IS CANCELLED.

The next bat watch will be August 20 at 8:10 pm

Saturday
Aug 9
8:30 AM

Birding with Larry at DeBoville Slough and Minnekhada

Join BMN’s Larry Cowan for a birding trip with Nature Vancouver members to Coquitlam’s DeBoville Slough/Minnekhada RP. Expected species of note will be Bullock’s Oriole, Green Heron and Band-tailed Pigeon. Meet Larry in the parking area at Victoria & Cedar Drives in Port Coquitlam at 0830. Several vehicles will be positioned in the Minnekhada gravel parking lot off Quarry Rd….

Saturday
Aug 16
10:30 AM

'What Lies Beneath' - Learn about our Local Sealife at Belcarra Beach

Bring the kids and help the Belcarra 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 to protect local biodiversity. Wear footwear that you…

Sunday
Aug 17
1:00 PM

Riverview Heritage Tree Walk

Bring the whole family for a tour of the majestic trees at Riverview – BC’s first Botanical Garden. Follow the banners through the site to the meeting place. 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 tour…

Wednesday
Aug 20
8:10 PM

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: BatWatch at Colony Farm

Please join us at dusk at Colony Farm by the old buildings (end of Colony Farm Road off the Lougheed Highway) to watch and count the bats. Continuing every 2nd Wednesday until early September. This is an interesting activity for the whole family. Wear warm clothing because you will be standing still as the air cools at dusk. Be prepared…

Sunday
Aug 24
1:00 PM

Tour of Riverview's "Backyard"

Tour the natural wonders of Riverview’s “Backyard” and Finnie’s Garden with BMN’s Don Gillespie. Dogs on leash are also welcome. For more information, see the Riverview Horticultural Centre Society’s website) or phone 604.290.9910. Meet on the uphill side of the Henry Esson Young (HEY) Building. Follow the banners through the Hospital site to the meeting place. Riverview Hospital is located…

Friday
Aug 29

Bird Monitoring and Banding Workshop with Derek Matthews at Burnaby Lake

Derek Matthews was the guest speaker at BMN’s April club meeting. He is a master bird-bander and is conducting a series of workshops at the Burnaby Lake Avian Research Centre. Due to demand, he will be hosting two more workshops than he initially planned — this one in August and another in September. The 3 day workshop is designed to…

Saturday
Aug 30

Burke Summit and Beyond Hike

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

Saturday
Aug 30

Long Weekend of Trail Maintenance on Burke Mountain

The plan is to go on the hike above to Burke Summit and stay on the mountain to do trail maintenance the next two days. There is also the opportunity to join the crew for a single day. Depending on vehicles, we will drive as far up as we can and camp near the vehicles. For more information contact Ian…

September 2008

Wednesday
Sep 3
7:40 PM

**CANCELLED** VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: BatWatch at Colony Farm

  • This event has been cancelled due to lack of bats * Please join Metro Vancouver’s Alison Evely at Colony Farm to assist with a bat count. Park in the parking lot at the end of Colony Farm Road and join Alison around the two old buildings next to the parking lot. Be prepared for a few mosquitoes. This is…
Thursday
Sep 4
7:00 PM

City of PoMo Meeting on Proposed Gasification Plant

The City of Port Moody’s Environmental Protection Committee will discuss and listen to the public’s concerns about the proposed garbage gasification plant in Port Moody. This meeting will focus on the on-site environmental issues. Check the City website to confirm the meeting place – probably Inlet Theatre at City Hall or next door in the Social Rec Centre.

Saturday
Sep 6
1:00 PM

1st Annual Toy Wooden Boat Race on the Coquitlam River

Awhile ago, BMN was contacted by the Tri-City Men’s Resource Centre about their plans to hold a ‘rubber duck’ race on the Coquitlam. Since we were asked, we said that we would not support this idea because it sets a bad example of littering and creating more useless plastic items. Wooden toy boats were suggested as an alternative, this is…

Tuesday
Sep 9
7:30 PM

MONTHLY CLUB MEETING: Guest Speaker Dr. Marvin Rosenau on 'The Heart of the Fraser'

Guest Speaker will be fish biologist Dr. Marvin Rosenau who will discuss “the heart” of the Fraser River and describe why the section of the River between Mission and Hope has such high ecological significance. Dr. Rosenau who will talk about the unique challenges facing ‘The Heart of the Fraser’. For more info on this topic, please click here. At…

Saturday
Sep 13
8:30 AM

Birding with Larry at DeBoville Slough and Minnekhada

Join BMN’s Larry Cowan and members of Nature Vancouver for a birding trip to Coquitlam’s DeBoville Slough & Minnekhada RP. They will be searching for fall migrants. Recent highlights on previous outings have been Sooty Grouse in 2005 & Lewis’s Woodpecker in 2007. Meet Larry in the parking area at Victoria and Cedar Drives in Port Coquitlam at 0830. Several…

Monday
Sep 15
3:00 PM

Free Lecture at SFU: 'Managing without Growth: Slower by Design not Disaster'

You are cordially invited to attend ‘Managing without Growth’ by Peter Victor (see here), a very well known Canadian environmental thinker and professor in Environmental Studies at York University in Toronto. This is an opportunity to gain exposure to a different economic theory.
IRMACS Theatre (map) at SFU’s Burnaby Mountain campus

3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Saturday
Sep 20

Blue Mountain Hike

Although we have made a couple of trips on Blue Mountain, we have yet to exhaust its many attractions. Besides the summit views, these include lush second growth forest and a couple of sparkling lakes. On this moderate hike we will aim for the largest lake, which is some distance east of the summit. To reach the lake we will…

Saturday
Sep 20

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 local group to help with a riparian cleanup. To find a clean-up crew near you, plug your postal code into the search box on the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup’s website.

Saturday
Sep 20
8:30 AM

Birding with Josh and the Langley Field Nats at DeBoville Slough

Josh Inman started out as a BMN member, and then moved to Langley where he joined the Langley Field Naturalists. He’s showing off some of his old birding haunts to the Langley folks this Saturday. Meet at the corner of Cedar Dr. and Victoria Dr. in Coquitlam.

Saturday
Sep 20
10:00 AM

“A Day at the Farm Festival” on the Westham Island Herb Farm

Join members of the Delta Farm and Wildlife Trust for “A Day at the Farm Festival” on the Westham Island Herb Farm, 4690 Kirkland Road, Westham Island in Delta. Over 30 exhibitors are expected to be present including conservation groups and government agencies. While you are on Westham Island, remember to also visit the Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary and have…

Sunday
Sep 21
11:00 AM

Annual TREEFEST at Riverview!

Please join us for this year’s community celebration of Riverview’s magnificent trees and heritage buildings and help us to ensure the site remains protected and dedicated to mental health care. Be sure to visit spectacular Finnie’s Garden to enjoy all the work of the volunteers who maintain and enhance this special place. Activities at Treefest will include static and interactive…

Friday
Sep 26

Bird Monitoring and Banding Workshop with Derek Matthews at Burnaby Lake

Derek Matthews was the guest speaker at BMN’s April’08 club meeting. He is a master bird-bander and is conducting a series of workshops at the Burnaby Lake Avian Research Centre. Due to demand, he is hosting more workshops than he initially planned — and this is the last of these. The 3 day workshop is designed to be a fun-filled,…

Saturday
Sep 27
9:00 AM

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: Cleanup at DeBoville Slough

Join the Friends of DeBoville Slough for a Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup at the Slough. See the Friends of DeBoville Slough website for more info.
from 9-Noon

Sunday
Sep 28

BC Rivers Day

Celebrate BC Rivers Day at Port Coquitlam’s Peace Park on the lower Pitt River. BMN will be there with the BMN display and children’s activities. 12 pm – 4 pm.

Sunday
Sep 28
1:00 PM

Como Lake Watershed Festival

Celebrate BC Rivers Day at Como Lake with the Como Watershed Group (CWG). This year, CWG volunteers plan to have six Stations located around the lake trail, with each Station representing a different creek within the watershed and having specific information about that creek. There will also be displays and fun activities. The whole festival will be self-paced, so drop…

Sunday
Sep 28
1:00 PM

YNC September Explorer Day

The higher rainfalls and cooler weather of autumn make this the best time for observing and learning about mushrooms. Many of BC’s mushrooms have delightful common names that describe their appearance: angel wings, bird’s nests, fairy rings, orange peel, shaggy manes and puffballs, to name a few. One person who was fascinated by mushrooms at an early age is Terry…

October 2008

Thursday
Oct 2

Environmental Film Festival in Burnaby

Green Ideas Network is hosting its 2nd Annual Environmental Film Festival as part of the celebrations of World Rivers Day. This free event showcases two evenings of timely and award-winning documentaries on local, national and global issues affecting our environment. Come and view these solutions-based screenings aimed to create dialogue and stimulate action towards a sustainable future. Includes post-film discussions,…

Saturday
Oct 4

'More Power to You' Conference in Vancouver

The BC Citizens for Public Power presents: MORE POWER TO YOU, a provincial conference for community and environmental activists organizing to protect public power and wild salmon rivers in BC at the Simon Fraser University Harbour Centre in downtown Vancouver. Cost: $50 (includes lunch and resource binder). Presenters include BMN members Mark Haddock and Elaine Golds in addition to John…

Saturday
Oct 4
9:00 AM

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: Knotweed Removal at DeBoville Slough

Join the Friends of DeBoville Slough for the last knotweed removal session of the season. Meet at the kiosk on the north dyke a few steps away from the corner of Victoria and Cedar Drives. This may also be a good opportunity to see spawning salmon in Hyde or Cedar Creeks.
9 am-noon

Saturday
Oct 4
9:15 AM

Free Public Forum on Biodiversity in Stanley Park

Learn about the biological state of Vancouver’s Stanley Park in this day-long free symposium. There will be discussion
groups on forest management, invasive weeds, small invertebrates,
birds, and insects, plus a bus tour through the 2006 blow-down area of the forest.

Presentations on:

Saturday
Oct 4
6:00 PM

Community Dinner “For the Love of Local Food”

The Coquitlam Farmers Market is planning a Community Dinner “For the Love of Local Food” on October 4th at the Port Moody Recreation Complex. This dinner will be a spectacular buffet celebrating local food from the Coquitlam Farmers Market, prepared by Fred Soofi of Pasta Polo. Live music and a silent auction; make it an exceptional evening celebrating the community….

Sunday
Oct 5

Munro Lake Viewpoint & Dennett Lake Hike

While it is true that we hiked to the newly discovered Munro Lake Viewpoint last year, it is such a fine vantage point that making a return visit this year doesn’t seem too soon. On this moderately strenuous hike we will make our way to the viewpoint – with its fine prospects of Munro Lake and the Golden Ears group…

Wednesday
Oct 8
7:00 PM

Environmental Film Series at Kwantlen Poly-University

The Green Ideas Network is hosting a NEW environmental film series in partnership with Kwantlen School of Horticulture (Langley campus). Kicking off the series is “KING CORN!”
 
“KING CORN!” is about two friends, an acre of corn, and the American 
subsidized crop that drives our fast‐food nation. They try to follow 
their crop into the food system, but what they find raises questions 
about how we eat ‐ and how we farm.
 

Light refreshments and door prizes.

Auditorium. 20901 Langley By‐pass, Langley 

Doors open at 6:30 Film begins at 7:00 

Tickets at the door 

Adults $7.00  Students $5.00 
 
Register at 604‐599‐3311
 

Thursday
Oct 9
7:30 PM

Free Public Lecture on Global Warming presented by Andrew Weaver

Prof. Andrew Weaver is a leading climate scientist in Canada and internationally, and is a lead author on the latest IPCC reports. His talk is entitled “Global Warming: The scale of the problem and the path to solutions”. He will present ideas from his new book: Keeping our Cool: Canada in a Warming World which details projected climate impacts for…

Tuesday
Oct 14
7:30 PM

MONTHLY CLUB MEETING: Guest Speaker Anne Murray on "A Heritage Guide to Boundary Bay"

Guest speaker will be noted author and naturalist, Anne Murray, who will present a slide show on her new book, “Tracing our Past ~ A Heritage Guide to Boundary Bay”. In her presentation, Anne will provide a historical and ecological “tour” through the Fraser Delta – Boundary Bay landscape. Her new book is a companion to her popular previous book,…

Thursday
Oct 16

Simon Fraser Bicentennial Special Events

2008 marks the 200th anniversary of Simon Fraser’s epic journey down the mighty river that bears his name. Simon Fraser University is proud to uphold his name and recognize this milestone. These events are free and open to the public.

Thursday
Oct 16
1:00 PM

Free: Fall Forum & Open House of the Greater Vancouver Invasive Plant Council

Join the Greater Vancouver Invasive Plant Council (GVIPC) for an informative and interactive half-day event featuring Jennifer Goodridge from the City of Portland, Oregon presenting Portland Plant Lists: Native, Nuisance & Prohibited; Panel discussion on the disposal of invasive plant material in Greater Vancouver; GVIPC update & AGM; Opportunities for networking. When: Thursday, October 16, 2008, 1 – 5 PM…

Sunday
Oct 19

Coquitlam Lake View Trail Maintenance/Hike

This is one more day spent on Burke Mountain doing some necessary 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 8:00 am. Return at 4:00 pm. For more…

Monday
Oct 20
7:00 PM

Free Presentation by Michael Ableman: “Stepping Stones to Sustainability”

Enjoy a presentation by Michael Ableman on “Stepping Stones to Sustainability”. Ableman is an author, farmer and photographer who will talk about the inter-connections between agriculture, the community and the natural environment. Sponsored by Metro Vancouver Parks who are planning for some form of an Agricultural Sustainability Academy at Colony Farm Regional Park. At the Segal Graduate School of Business,…

Thursday
Oct 23
7:00 PM

The Coquitlam River Watershed Society's AGM

The Coquitlam River Watershed Society invites you to their Annual General Meeting. A full evening of interesting presentations is planned including reports from BC Hydro on the status on the Coquitlam dam and the Kwikwetlem Salmon Restoration Project and, from the City of Coquitlam, a report on the Aggregate Committee and the Coquitlam Watershed Plan Co-ordinator. Refreshments will be served….

Saturday
Oct 25
1:30 PM

Spider Hunt at Colony Farm

Al Grass will lead the BMN YNC on a spider hunt at Colony Farm and will tell us all about the amazing lives of spiders. The hunt will last about two hours. Here’s a message for you from Al: Autumn is one of the best seasons to look for spiders, especially the kinds that build the large orb (wheel-shaped) webs….

Sunday
Oct 26
11:00 AM

Salmon Come Home Festival at Hoy Creek

Join us at the Hoy Creek Hatchery to see Coho and Chum salmon returning to their home stream! This popular family event is held rain or shine and will include children’s activities, music and nature walks. BMN will be there with our display and children’s puzzles. The Hoy Creek Fish Hatchery is located in Hoy Creek Park, behind the City…

November 2008

Saturday
Nov 1
8:00 AM

Fall Parksfest 2008--Healthy Parks, Healthy People

This free annual event (formerly called ‘Super Saturday’) is Metro Vancouver’s way to recognize the efforts of Parks partners, volunteers and staff. It’s a day of inspiring presentations and practical workshops. Parks play a significant role in our physical, mental and spiritual health; in turn, our stewardship of parks can keep them healthy and diverse. This year’s program will focus…

Sunday
Nov 2

Chineside Traverse Hike

We will end the hiking year with a rarely traveled route in Coquitlam’s and Port Moody’s backyard. This traverse will surprise participants as we take in many community trails and some side roads linking Ranch Park, Harbour Village, Chineside, and Miller Ravine. Our trip on this day will be one way on foot with the return via public transit, so…

Saturday
Nov 8
8:00 AM

Birding with Larry at DeBoville Slough and Minnekhada

Join Larry Cowan and Nature Vancouver members for a half day birding trip to DeBoville Slough and Minnekhada Regional Park. Meet at the intersection of Cedar and Victoria Drives in NE Coquitlam. For more info, contact Larry at 604-465-1402 or lawrencecowan at shaw.ca.

Saturday
Nov 8
9:00 AM

Salmon Thrills at Noons Creek Hatchery

The swelling of Noons Creek after autumn rains is one of the cues that returning salmon use to tell them it’s time to start their difficult swim upstream to spawn. And it’s also time for us to be thrilled by this natural wonder and to welcome the salmon home after the 3 – 5 years they’ve spent out in the…

Tuesday
Nov 11
6:30 PM

MONTHLY CLUB MEETING: Guest Speaker is Photographer Ron Long on "Death Valley"

Join photographer Ron Long for an evening slideshow on the flora, fauna and geology of Death Valley. Straddling the California and Nevada border, Death Valley is the lowest, driest and hottest national park in the USA.

At Como Lake United Church, corner of Marmont Avenue and King Albert Street in Coquitlam.

Wednesday
Nov 12
6:00 PM

Coquitlam All-Candidates Forum

Municipal elections are coming soon, and the Coquitlam Civic League, Smart Growth BC and the Canadian Cancer Society are jointly hosting an all-candidates forum in the style of a ‘World Café.’ This is not the usual all-candidates meeting in the form of a panel. Rather, it’s an innovative and interactive forum in which citizens and candidates discuss the current issues…

Friday
Nov 14
11:00 PM

Municipal Election Day

Please vote for and support the candidates of your choice. Municipal governments make many decisions that have a direct impact on the quality of our lives and the level of local environmental protection. When voting for a long list of Councillors, remember that you are not required to vote for a full slate. Your vote is, in fact, more effective…

Friday
Nov 14
11:00 PM

Fraser Valley Bald Eagle Festival

The Fraser Valley Bald Eagle Festival is held at Silverdale Wetlands, Inch Creek Hatchery, Harrison Bay, Kilby Historic Store and 10 venues in surrounding areas. See fraservalleybaldeaglefestival for details. Guest speakers include David Hancock (birder and publisher) and Matt Foy (DFO fish biologist). Silverdale is the site of a controversial housing development discussed at very lengthy public hearings in Mission….

Friday
Nov 21
8:00 AM

Marine Conservation Caucus Workshop

From 9am-5pm, the Marine Conservation Caucus is holding a daylong workshop to discuss how stakeholders concerned about marine and fresh water issues can work more effectively together. At the Empire Landmark hotel in downtown Vancouver. A few spaces are still available; if you are interested, visit www.mccpacific.org to register (no charge but pre-registration is required).

Thursday
Nov 27
12:00 PM

Lecture at SFU: "Why Consumers Alone Can’t Save our Fish" by Jennifer Jacquet

Jennifer Jacquet is a Ph.D. student at UBC with Prof. Daniel Pauly’s Sea Around Us Project. Her dissertation focuses on the reconstruction of small-scale fisheries catches for six developing nations around the world as well as on the promotion of sustainable seafood in developed world markets. To see a pdf of a recent publication (Trade Secrets: Re-naming and Mislabelling of…

Saturday
Nov 29
8:30 AM

16th Annual BC Marine Mammal Symposium

This event is sponsored by the UBC Marine Mammal Research Unit and the Whale Watch Operators Association Northwest and is held from 9:30 am to 5:00 pm in the University of British Columbia Science Visualization Room Ground Floor, Aquatic Ecosystem Research Laboratory (AERL) 2202 Main Mall, Vancouver, B.C. Canada V6T 1Z4 Telephone: (604) 822-8181 Registration fee: Advanced: $0 (FREE if…

Sunday
Nov 30
9:00 AM

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: Blackberry Control along Como Creek

Join the Como Watershed Group for some light work along Como Creek in Coquitlam. When: Sunday November 30, start 10:00 am, rain or shine Where: Como Creek at Woolridge (between Hwy 1 and the Lougheed hwy) What: In 2002 the CWG received funding to undertake this habitat enhancement project along municipal park and protected area on Como Creek. Your helping…

December 2008

Saturday
Dec 6
9:00 AM

A Visit to the Wildlife Rescue Association in Burnaby

A Visit to the Wildlife Rescue Association in Burnaby – Saturday, December 6th, 2008 10:00 am – noon If you find a wild animal that has been injured, what can you do? Did you know there is a group of people who will care for such animals until they are better and can be released into the wild again? They…

Sunday
Dec 7
12:00 PM

Burnaby Lake Regional Park Christmas Nature Walk

Come on a brisk, guided winter walk along forest trails to discover wildlife and birds in the park. Then, return to the Nature House for delicious complimentary refreshments. Burnaby Lake Park Association volunteers will be on hand to answer questions about the park’s natural history. You can support the association by purchasing goodies at their Christmas bake sale table. Information:…

Monday
Dec 8
1:00 PM

“Speaking for the Salmon Series” Seminar at SFU

“Speaking for the Salmon Series” Seminar on Salmon and their Nutrients to examine the role played by salmon-derived nutrients (salmon carcasses, etc.) on fresh water and riparian ecosystems. Public welcome. At the Halpern Centre (Rm. 126), SFU Burnaby. Register by email (cs-science@sfu.ca). No charge. 2-4 pm.

Tuesday
Dec 9
6:30 PM

CLUB MEETING: AGM and Silent Auction

The BMN Annual General Meeting will be a very short session in which officers for the coming year will be elected. The main events at this meeting are Ian McArthur’s slide show of the ‘BMN Year in Review’ and the annual BMN Silent Auction. Auction items (mostly with a nature-theme) are donated by local businesses and BMN supporters, come in…

Saturday
Dec 13
11:00 PM

Christmas Bird Count for the Vancouver Area

Contact Adrian Grant Duff (604-263-7957) if you wish to volunteer.

Saturday
Dec 20
11:00 PM

Christmas Bird Count for the Ladner area

This count typically has the highest count in Canada. Contact Jude Grass (604-538-8774) if you wish to volunteer

Saturday
Dec 27
11:00 PM

Christmas Bird Count for White Rock and Surrey

Contact Viveka Ohman (604-531-3401) if you wish to volunteer.

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