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January 2009

Friday
Jan 2
11:00 PM

Tri-Cities Christmas Bird Count

This is the count that BMN is mostly involved with. Volunteers are needed. No experience is required, just a good set of eyes to spot the birds. Please contact Mike Griffin at 604-942-5326.

Potluck supper at Elaine’s HAS BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO SNOW.

Tuesday
Jan 13
6:30 PM

CLUB MEETING: Guest Speaker Ruth Foster on "An Ocean at Our Doorstep"

Guest speaker will be BMN member and award-winning environmental educator, Ruth Foster. Ruth will describe marine life in Burrard Inlet and surrounding areas, provide an overview of the eel grass enhancement project and solicit volunteers to assist with monitoring birds in conjunction with the eel grass project. Ruth’s slide show will touch on some of the projects she and Rod…

Tuesday
Jan 20
6:00 PM

Free Public Forum: The Gene Scene

Join GenomeBC for a fascinating series of talks and interactive sessions that will explore how the applications of genomics tools can create a better world. The first event is “Why Are Bees Disappearing & Could Poplar Trees Prove the New Biofuel?” Discover how genomics research is trying to solve the mystery of the disappearing honey bees. Bees are extremely important…

Saturday
Jan 24
8:00 AM

Birding with Larry at DeBoville Slough and Minnekhada

Join BMN’s Larry Cowan and members of Nature Vancouver for a half-day birding field trip to Coquitlam’s DeBoville Slough. This walk will run from DeBoville Slough to Minnekhada Park. Over the years, 59 species have been tallied on this outing. Come help move the list to the 60 plateau. Meet the leader at the parking area at Victoria & Cedar…

Saturday
Jan 24
12:00 PM

YNC EXPLORER DAY: Learn about Bears

Learn about bears with Drake Stephens from Bear Aware BC Have you seen a black bear before? We live in an area where bears are sighted quite often, sometimes right in our backyards. We will learn about our local bears during the first Explorer Day of 2009. Drake Stephens, Program Delivery Specialist of Bear Aware BC, will show us pictures…

Tuesday
Jan 27
3:30 PM

Free Public Lecture on "Salmon in the Great Bear Rainforest"

SFU Professor John Reynolds (and active BMN member!) will give a public lecture entitled “Salmon in the Great Bear Rainforest”. NOTE: John will give the same presentation as part of the Port Moody Ecological Society’s AGM on Feb 17th at 7pm in the PoMo Recreational Centre. Abstract: Salmon bring out the best and worst in us. At best, we value…

February 2009

Saturday
Feb 7
8:00 AM

Birding with Larry at Colony Farm

Join BMN’s Larry Cowan for a half-day birding trip with members of Nature Vancouver. Colony Farm in winter can provide interesting birding. The Farm is home to many over wintering raptors, sparrows, shrike and waterfowl. Meet the leader at the parking area at the east end of Colony Farm Rd. (by the Community Gardens) in Coquitlam at 09:00. 604 465-1402…

Tuesday
Feb 10
6:00 PM

Public Meetings on Bute Inlet Hydro Development

The Provincial and Federal governments have provided insufficient opportunities for public participation around Plutonic Power Corp’s proposed IPP cluster for the rivers of Bute Inlet. In response, Watershed Watch, in partnership with BC Creek Protection Society, Wilderness Committee, and Save Our Rivers, is holding public meetings in Vancouver and Victoria. Vancouver Feb. 10th at UBC Robson Square room C300, 7:00…

Tuesday
Feb 10
7:30 PM

CLUB MEETING: Guest Speaker Juan Jose Alava on Nature in the Galapagos

Our guest speaker this month is Juan Jose Alava, a research scientist from Ecuador and PhD candidate at SFU. He will give a slide presentation entitled “Galapagos Islands: Biodiversity, Conservation and Exploitation of Species”. Whether you have a particular interest in learning about the complexities of conservation in Ecuador, are curious about Darwinian marvels, or are just itching to see…

Thursday
Feb 12
11:00 PM

Great Backyard Bird Count

The 12th Great Backyard Bird Count, Feb 13-16, is sponsored by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the Audubon Society. For more inof, see the GBBC website. You can sign up to observe birds in your backyard for as little as 15 minutes or spend as long as you want in a local park or other area of your choice….

Saturday
Feb 14
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! If you can help, please sign up at the meeting or contact Don Gillespie (604.942.7378). Meet at 10am in the parking…

Tuesday
Feb 17
7:30 AM

Update on Enhancement Projects along Coquitlam River

BC Hydro and their Bridge Coastal Program will provide an update of all the projects presently being conducted in the Coquitlam River to study and enhance fish habitat. Free and open to the public. To register, please contact Scott Allen at 604-528-3308.

8:30am – 4 pm

Tuesday
Feb 17
6:00 PM

Annual General Meeting of the Port Moody Ecological Society

The Port Moody Ecological Society which operates the Noons Creek Hatchery. Guest speaker will be fish specialist and SFU Prof. John Reynolds, who will present on “Salmon in the Great Bear Rainforest”. At the Port Moody Recreation Centre. Enter the main (old door), proceed up the stairs and to the left. Members of the public are most welcome.

Saturday
Feb 21
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.

Sunday
Feb 22
12:00 PM

Winter Farmers' Market in Port Moody

The Coquitlam Farmers Winter Market is held in Port Moody, in the Port Moody Recreation Centre, 300 Ioco Road. This is a great opportunity to purchase locally-grown produce, baked goods and crafts. Also on March 8th and 22nd.

From 1pm – 5pm.

Monday
Feb 23
6:00 PM

Parks Canada Speakers Series

“Habitat Restoration for Bighorn Sheep: Kootenay National Park” Bighorn sheep are a blue-listed species threatened by declining habitat in southeastern BC. A large herd occurs near Radium Hot Springs on the edge of Kootenay National Park. Life history and seasonal migrations are all part of this charismatic, mountain-dwelling species. Alan Dibb, wildlife biologist with Kootenay, Yoho, and Banff National Parks,…

Saturday
Feb 28
9:00 AM

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: Nestbox Cleaning at DeBoville Slough and Oliver Road

We hope to work on this project with Friends of DeBoville Slough volunteers. A morning of satisfying work is on offer here. If you can help, please call Don at 604.942.7378.

Saturday
Feb 28
12:00 PM

YOUNG NATURALISTS CLUB: Explorer Day in February

Leader: David Cook, Geologist/Biologist Location: Belcarra Regional Park Picnic Area We will explore the forest ecology, geology, intertidal biology and First Nations history of the area in and around Belcarra Regional Park, the gateway to the Indian Arm fjord. Meet David at 1:00 pm at the south end of the parking lot of the Picnic Area of Belcarra Regional Park….

Saturday
Feb 28
6:30 PM

Public Lecture: "Bird Migration in B.C. and Denmark"

The Scandinavian Cultural Society is hosting this public lecture by Mads Bunch of UBC. Mads has banded 25,000 birds to help discover the secrets of their migration. Mads will talk about bird navigation and the impact of global warming on their migration, plus new research on the critical role of Boundary Bay. Fine bird images from BC and Denmark are…

March 2009

Friday
Mar 6
1:30 PM

Public Lecture at SFU: "Out of Gas" by David Goodstein

The world will start running out of cheap oil some time in the next 10 or 20 years (if it hasn’t happened already). After that we could turn to heavy oil, coal and various other sources of fossil energy, but if we do we’ll be putting the climate of the planet in serious peril, and in any case we’ll probably…

Friday
Mar 6
6:00 PM

Public Lecture at the Vancouver Aquarium

Join the Vancouver Aquarium, the Raincoast Conservation Foundation, and the West Coast Environmental Law Association at the Vancouver Aquarium Theatre (Aquaquest Entrance) for a public lecture by author, scientist, and story-teller Riki Ott, PhD. Her latest book, ‘Not One Drop’, chronicles the Exxon Valdez disaster in Alaska and its lingering effects on the environment and on coastal communities. Dr. Ott…

Friday
Mar 6
11:00 PM

Metro Vancouver Parks Ideas Fair

Metro Vancouver Parks Ideas Fair at Pacific Spirit Regional Park for all Park volunteers throughout Metro Vancouver. At the UBC Longhouse. Details will be posted on the Metro Vancouver Parks website.

Saturday
Mar 7
8:00 AM

Birding with Larry at DeBoville Slough and Minnekhada

Join Larry Cowan for a birding trip to Coquitlam’s Deboville Slough with members of Nature Vancouver. This walk will go from Deboville Slough to Minnekhada Regional Park, and birders will be on the lookout for early Spring migrants. This stetch has seen 70 species counted over the years. Meet the leader at the parking area at Victoria & Cedar Drives…

Saturday
Mar 7
9:00 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…

Tuesday
Mar 10
7:30 PM

MARCH CLUB MEETING: Birder Larry Cowan on Birding in Ecuador

Our "guest” speaker this month will be BMN member and birder-extraordinaire, Larry Cowan on birding in Ecuador. Ecuador is a birdwatcher’s paradise, with around 1600 species that can be seen in that small country. Compare this number with the 915 or so species that occur in all of North America and it’s clear that a trip to Ecuador by anyone…

Wednesday
Mar 11
7:00 PM

Sustainability Debate: Revisiting Limits to Growth

UBC Continuing Studies is hosting public dialogues on the challenge of building a sustainable future. For info, please click here. One session is a debate between WILLIAM REES, Professor, UBC School of Community and Regional Planning; Director, UBC Centre for Human Settlements and MARK JACCARD, Professor, SFU School of Resource and Environmental Management. TOPIC: Revisiting Limits to Growth: Are there…

Wednesday
Mar 11
7:00 PM

Leonardo DiCaprio’s Film: “The 11th Hour”

Kwantlen Polytechnic’s ‘School of Horticulture’ and ‘Green Ideas Network’ present the 6th of their monthly series of environmental evenings at Kwantlen’s Langley campus. On March 11th, they will be showing Leonardo DiCaprio’s award-nominated 2007 environmental documentary that summarizes the urgency of many issues and shows that we can make a difference by acting now: “The 11th Hour”. 20901 Langley By-pass,…

Friday
Mar 13

Social Justice Film Festival

This event is held at Trinity United Church, 2211 Prairie Ave in Port Coquitlam, and is a great opportunity to see some films that you’ll never find in Blockbluster-type stores. For a complete listing of films, please click here.

Saturday
Mar 14
9:00 AM

Workshop for "A Vision for the Coquitlam River"

People interested in helping to develop a vision and goals for the Coquitlam River are invited to attend a workshop at Coquitlam City Hall in the Council Chambers. Ongoing issues include impacts from gravel mining and potential impacts on vital wetlands and tributaries flowing through the proposed Riverwalk housing development opposite the gravel mines. Lunch provided. Please register by phoning…

Saturday
Mar 14
10:00 AM

Free Workshop on Wildlife Trees

Metro Vancouver Parks and the Wildlife Tree Stewardship Program offer a workshop on identifying, monitoring and protecting wildlife trees at Deas Island Regional Park. Free; register by phoning 604-432-6359 or email programs.info@metrovancouver.org.

from 10am-noon.

Sunday
Mar 15
9:30 AM

Free Public Walk: Great Blue Heron Walk at Colony Farm

New Event! BMN co-hosts a Great Blue Heron Walk at Colony Farm for members of the public. Meet at the end of Colony Farm Road. We will also be distributing a new brochure on the great blue herons of Colony Farm. This nature walk will repeat on Saturday, March 21 and is intended for people of all ages.

Sunday
Mar 15
1:00 PM

Riverview Public Tree Walk - 1st of Season

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…

Tuesday
Mar 17
7:00 PM

TriCities 'Run-of-River' Public Information Evening

A group of local residents are organizing this event to inform others about the complex issues around ‘Run-of-River’-type power. Broadcaster Rafe Mair (spokeman for SaveOurRivers Society) and Joy Foy from the Wilderness Committee will be speaking.

Free.

Douglas College (1250 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam)

Lecture Hall Room A1470

Thursday
Mar 19
7:00 PM

Friends of DeBoville Slough Meeting

The Friends of DeBoville Slough meet at the Pinetree Community Centre in Coquitlam. Join members to help plan events for the spring and summer. All welcome. For more info, see the FODBS website.

Saturday
Mar 21
9:30 AM

Free Public Walk: Great Blue Heron Walk at Colony Farm

New Event! BMN co-hosts a Great Blue Heron Walk at Colony Farm for members of the public. Meet at the end of Colony Farm Road. We will also be distributing a new brochure on the great blue herons of Colony Farm. This 2 hr nature walk is intended for people of all ages.

Tuesday
Mar 24
1:00 PM

The 2009 International Year of Astronomy at SFU - Free Public Talk

SFU is joining the world to celebrate the 2009 International Year of Astronomy (IYA), which commemorates the 400th anniversary of the year in which Galileo turned a telescope on the heavens, and revolutionized humankind’s view of the cosmos! The goal for IYA outreach at SFU is to engage the public in the wonders of science in general, and of astronomy…

Thursday
Mar 26
7:00 PM

Free Seminar on Pesticide-Free lawns and Gardens

The City of Port Moody is hosting a free seminar on how to take a natural approach to maintaining your lawn and garden. At the Inlet Theatre at City Hall.

Registration by phone: 604-469-4556

Thursday
Mar 26
7:30 PM

NatVan Evening Program: "Riverview Horticultural Garden and John Davidson"

Sue Haberger of the Riverview Horticultural Centre Society is giving a talk on Riverview to members of Nature Vancouver, entitled “Riverview Horticultural Garden and John Davidson”. John Davidson was the founder of the Vancouver Natural History Society, was also the creator of BC’s first botanical garden at Essondale (now called Riverview Hospital) in Coquitlam. Many of the trees he planted…

Saturday
Mar 28

CLUB HIKE: Burnaby Scenic Trail

We will begin the hiking year with an easy to moderate walk along the 5.5 km (3.5 mi) Burnaby Scenic Trail between Bates and Kensington parks. We should have good views of the North Shore mountains, from The Lions to Golden Ears and its neighbours. We will also enjoy second-growth forest with its remnant cedar stumps. We will vary our…

Saturday
Mar 28
8:30 PM

EARTH HOUR 8:30-9:30 pm

Please turn off your lights to reduce electricity consumption, contemplate the splendour of the night sky with good friends, and start to minimize your impact on the earth.

April 2009

Saturday
Apr 4

Ian’s Annual Slide Show

Come out and enjoy an evening of slides and snacks. Ian McArthur will present slides highlighting the past year of BMN and other adventures in the local area. As a bonus Ian will have slides of BMN’s past twenty years put to music. This is always a fun interactive time to see photos of wonderful places and have some great…

Tuesday
Apr 14
7:30 PM

CLUB MEETING: Guest Speaker on the Evolution of Canada's Western Mountains

Ever wondered why there are mountain ranges along the western edge of North America? Why are they here (and not elsewhere in Canada)? How were they formed and when? To learn the answers to these questions and more, join the Burke Mountain Naturalists when they host a slide presentation by author and scientist Jim Monger. Monger has been a research…

Saturday
Apr 18

O.W.L.'s Annual Open House

The Orphaned Wildlife Rehabilitation Society (OWL) holds its annual Open House this Saturday and Sunday from 10 am until 3 pm. For those who haven’t attended before, it is the only time where the public is able to tour “behind the scenes” and get a better insight at what OWL does. Some areas such as the medical room, inside interim…

Sunday
Apr 19

CLUB HIKE: Soames Hill Regional Park

This outing has it all: a ferry crossing, a walk along the waterfront, a circuit through second-growth forest, and a climb of a mini-mountain. Other highlights include a huge surviving Douglas-fir and splendid views of Gibsons and Howe Sound. Roundtrip distance from Langdale is approximately 11 km (6.8 mi) with an elevation gain of 260 m (850 ft). We will…

Sunday
Apr 19
1:00 PM

Free Walking Tour of Riverview's Trees

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…

Wednesday
Apr 22

EARTH DAY: School Tree Plantings in PoMo

The City of Port Moody is supporting native plantings at two elementary schools. Please join them and students at either of two sites. Along Stoney Creek in the Ailsa greenbelt near Glenayre Elementary, Grade 4 and 5 students will be planting at 10 am, 11 am, 1:30 pm and 2 pm. The students at Mountain Meadows Elementary will be planting…

Wednesday
Apr 22
7:00 PM

Public Consultation - Metro Vancouver's Liquid Waste

Metro Vancouver seeks your input at the Executive Plaza Hotel, 405 North Road, Coquitlam on how we can improve the manner in which we treat and deal with liquid waste (i.e., sewage). Improvement is definitely needed as we do little more than remove solids at some sewage treatment plants and dump what remains into one of the greatest salmon-producing rivers…

Thursday
Apr 23
7:00 PM

Public Lecture: "A Plea for the Bees' Needs"

Continuing Studies in Science at Simon Fraser University is pleased to invite you to a free public lecture, “A Plea for the Bees’ Needs: Pollinator declines and how to encourage backyard biodiversity” presented by Dr. Elizabeth Elle, Associate Professor and Associate Chair, Biological Sciences at Simon Fraser University on Thursday, April 23, 2009 at 7:00 pm at Simon Fraser University,…

Saturday
Apr 25

Invasive Plant Removal in Port Moody

Students from the Centennial Secondary Aquatic Conservation Team will be removing invasive species and planting native trees and shrubs along Suter Brook on the Onni site in Port Moody (opposite the main Fire Hall). Join Ruth Foster and students to improve habitat in this area. For times, check back here closer to the event date, or call Ruth.

Saturday
Apr 25
8:45 AM

Birding with Larry at DeBoville Slough / Minnekhada

Join members of Nature Vancouver and BMN’s Larry Cowan for a half-day birding field trip to Coquitlam’s DeBouville Slough & Minnekhada RP . This area is a breeding site for Osprey and Green Heron. Townsend’s Solitaire is always possible at this time of year and was last seen on our 2007 outing. Meet the leader at the parking area at…

Sunday
Apr 26
10:00 AM

Wildlife Rescue's 30th Anniversary Celebration: EarthFest

Wildlife Rescue in Burnaby will be hosting a fun-filled free event for the whole family a the Burnaby Lake Rowing Pavilion (3676 Kensington Avenue, Burnaby) from 10 am – 3 pm. See wildlife releases, build nest boxes and check out community group exhibits, plus stewardship activities, games and prizes. BMN will be there with one of our displays and with…

Sunday
Apr 26
1:00 PM

Free Walking Tour of Riverview's "Backyard"

Celebrate Earth “Week” by joining Don Gillespie for a tour the natural wonders of Riverview’s “Backyard” and Finnie’s Garden. Dogs on leash are 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…

May 2009

Saturday
May 2
11:00 AM

Fingerling Festival at Noons Creek in Port Moody

The annual and ever-popular Port Moody Ecological Society Fingerling Festival at Noons Creek in Port Moody. Come and help to release young chum salmon into Noons Creek so they can begin their journey to the Pacific Ocean. Visit displays from over 40 environmental groups and learn what you can do to live with a smaller ecological footprint. Enjoy the music…

Sunday
May 3

CLUB HIKE: Chineside Traverse

We are retracing our footsteps from a trip we did late last year along a rarely traveled route in Coquitlam’s and Port Moody’s backyard. This is a great time of year to see nature’s new growth, which should include trilliums and a variety of ferns on this local trail. This traverse will surprise participants as we take in many community…

Thursday
May 7
7:00 PM

Public Meeting on 'Run of River' Hydro with Rafe Mair

This is a free public information meeting hosted by the Save Our Rivers Society. The main speaker will be Rafe Mair, spokesperson for SORS. BMN’s Elaine Golds will also speak about the myths of “run of river” power. The third speaker will be Joe Foy from the Wilderness Committee. Starts at 7 pm in the Pitt Meadows Heritage Hall (12460…

Saturday
May 9
9:00 AM

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: Knotweed Removal at DeBoville Slough

Join the Friends of DeBoville Slough for the first knotweed removal session of the season followed by a tasty lunch provided courtesy of Wesbild. Wear sturdy shoes and bring gloves if you have them. Tools (and some gloves) are available. New volunteers are always welcome.

From 9am to noon.

Saturday
May 9
9:00 AM

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: Knotweed Removal at DeBoville Slough

Join the Friends of DeBoville Slough, BMN and other community stewards for a morning of weed-whacking on the dykes. We will attempt to remove much of the highly invasive Japanese knotweed with the help of the City. Meet at DeBoville Slough, at Cedar Ave. & Victoria Drive Coquitlam. If you would like to volunteer please call Dave at 604-941-2498. Wear…

Saturday
May 9
10:00 AM

Annual Stoney Creek Great Salmon Send-Off

Join the Stoney Creek Salmon Association and others for their annual salmon release. Visit community environmental groups’ displays. On the grounds of Stoney Creek Elementary School (2740 Beaverbrook Crescent) Burnaby not far from the Cameron Library. Great for families!

Event runs from 10am-2pm.

Saturday
May 9
1:00 PM

International Migratory Bird Day at Colony Farm

This is International Migratory Bird Day and Colony Farm Park Association Partners-in-Park Day at Colony Farm Regional Park. Please drop by for birding tours at Colony Farm to discover what migrants have recently arrived, as well as the activities of resident birds. Visit BMN’s display on migratory birds and enjoy the children’s activities. Children will have an opportunity to pot…

Sunday
May 10
1:00 PM

Mother's Day Tree Tour at Riverview

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

Monday
May 11
7:30 PM

CLUB MEETING (on a MONDAY night!)

BMN Monthly Meeting (yes, on a Monday this month because our venue will be in use on Tuesday, the night of the provincial election). No guest speaker this month; instead, we’ll have number of our members make short presentations of topics of interest. We’re calling it “Member’s Night at BMN”. It will be lots of fun! In the hall of…

Tuesday
May 12

Provincial Election

Don’t forget to vote – this election also provides an opportunity to vote for STV which will allow candidates to be chosen by a new method rather than the first-the-the-post system. Democracy works best when we all participate. Please support the candidate of your choice with not only your vote but also with some of your volunteer time to help…

Thursday
May 14
8:45 PM

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: BatWatch at Colony Farm

Please join BMN and Metro Vancouver Parks staff at dusk at Colony Farm by the old buildings (end of Colony Farm Road off the Lougheed Highway) to watch and count the bats. We’d like to monitor our bat population this summer to see how, when and for how long the bats are using the bunkhouse. Please arrive about 10 minutes…

Saturday
May 16

DFO Salmon Enhancement Program Annual Conference

Stream stewards and hatchery volunteers from all over BC will be gathering in Maple Ridge for the annual DFO Salmon Enhancement Program Annual Conference. To learn more, click here.

Thursday
May 21
7:00 PM

Friends of DeBoville Slough's Annual General Meeting

Friends of DeBoville Slough Annual General Meeting at Pinetree Community Centre. For more info, call Dave at 604.941.2498 or email info@fodbs.org.

Friday
May 22

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: Toad/Amphibian Monitoring @ Minnekhada

An environmental consultant writes to BMN: "I have planned number of informal amphibian training sessions / surveys as part of my wanderings through the province for work over the next month, and plan on being in Minnekhada Park on May 22nd. If you can join me at this site and help with a survey or talk about the program please…

Saturday
May 23

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: Port Moody Eelgrass Transplant

Your help would be much appreciated in this work to restore eelgrass to Port Moody Inlet. An extensive meadow of this underwater plant once flourished along the shoreline of Port Moody and was a vaulable nursery for the chum and coho fry emerging from Mossom and Noon’s Creeks. It also supported numerous invertebrates, other kinds of fish and also many…

Saturday
May 23
8:30 AM

Birding with Larry at Colony Farm

This morning’s half-day birding field trip is to Colony Farm Regional Park. Our target species will be the Lazuli Bunting. Other species expected include Green Heron, Band-tailed Pigeon & Bullock’s Oriole. Meet the leader at the parking area at the east-end of Colony Farm Rd. at 08:30. Larry Cowan 604-465-1402. This trip is organized by Nature Vancouver. 8:30 am~12:30 pm…

Sunday
May 24

CLUB HIKE: Woodland Walk Trail Maintenance/Hike

We will be doing a public hike in June to celebrate the fourteenth 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…

Sunday
May 24
11:00 AM

Nature Tour of Belcarra Park

Forest Ecology, Geology & Intertidal Biology of Belcarra Regional Park An event by the Vancouver Natural History Society (Nature Vancouver). Take a hike with David Cook along the Admiralty Point / Burns Point Trail in Belcarra Regional Park to look at the forest ecology. On our return the tide should be low and we will walk along sections of the…

Sunday
May 24
1:00 PM

Children's Tree Tour 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. 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…

Thursday
May 28
9:02 PM

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: BatWatch at Colony Farm

Please join BMN and Metro Vancouver Parks staff at dusk at Colony Farm by the old buildings (end of Colony Farm Road off the Lougheed Highway) to watch and count the bats. We’d like to monitor our bat population this summer to see how, when and for how long the bats are using the bunkhouse. Please arrive about 10 minutes…

Saturday
May 30
12:00 PM

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: Coquitlam River Clean Up

Coquitlam River Clean Up needs volunteers to remove TVs, tires and other garbage. Garry Elgear of Riverside Fly & Tackle is organizing this cleanup along the banks of the Coquitlam River and is asking for volunteers to help out on Saturday, May 30 at noon. Call the shop at 604-944-2479 for more information. Here is a link to a newspaper…

June 2009

Tuesday
Jun 2
7:00 PM

Coquitlam Leadership Speaker Series - Mike Harcourt

This is part of a series of public lectures hosted by the City of Coquitlam. Environmental sustainability expert (and former Premier of BC) Mike Harcourt will speak during Earth Week 2009 on “Sustainable Solutions for One Fragile Earth”. · Challenges –population growth in cities · Unsustainable cities & communities · Limits on natural capital · Choices & consequences to planning…

Saturday
Jun 6
8:00 AM

PUBLIC HIKE: Woodland Walk Trail on Burke Mtn

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

Saturday
Jun 6
9:00 AM

Free Nature Walk to See the Lazuli Buntings at Colony Farm

Join Colony Farm Park Association, BMN and others for nature walks to enjoy the migratory birds of Colony Farm including the spectacular lazuli bunting. There will two walks, one at 9am and another at 3 pm. Walks will last for 1.5-2 hours and depart from the parking lot at the end of Colony Farm Road off the Lougheed Highway in…

Sunday
Jun 7
8:00 AM

Public Hike on Burke's Woodland Walk Trail

Due to a publishing error in various ads for this event, we are offering this hike on both June 6th and June 7th. To celebrate the fourteenth anniversary of the creation of Pinecone Burke Provincial Park, we will do an easy to moderate hike along the Woodland Walk Trail. This trip will be advertised as a public hike and we…

Tuesday
Jun 9
7:00 PM

CLUB MEETING: June evening in Finnie's Garden

By June, it will be too nice to be inside so we will gather at Riverview in Finnie’s Garden. If you wish to help with food, please contact Norma at 604-942-7378 who graciously hosts this event for us. Meet on the uphill side of the Henry Esson Young (HEY) Building. Riverview Hospital is located at 2601 Lougheed Highway, Coquitlam: To…

Thursday
Jun 11
9:15 PM

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: BatWatch at Colony Farm

Please join BMN and Metro Vancouver Parks staff at dusk at Colony Farm by the old buildings (end of Colony Farm Road off the Lougheed Highway) to watch and count the bats. We’d like to monitor our bat population this summer to see how, when and for how long the bats are using the bunkhouse. Please arrive about 10 minutes…

Saturday
Jun 13
9:00 AM

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: Knotweed Removal at DeBoville Slough

Join the Friends of DeBoville Slough, BMN and other community stewards for a morning of weed-whacking on the dykes. We will attempt to remove much of the highly invasive Japanese knotweed with the help of the City. Meet at DeBoville Slough, at Cedar Ave. & Victoria Drive Coquitlam. If you would like to volunteer please call Dave at 604-941-2498. Remember…

Sunday
Jun 14
1:00 PM

Riverview Public Tree Walk

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

Saturday
Jun 20
8:15 AM

Birding with Larry on the Pitt Meadows Dykes

We will spend a half-day exploring the Pitt Polder region of Pitt Meadows on this birding field trip. The Grant Narrow’s RP Nature Dyke will be our first stop. Highlights from our 2008 outing were Eastern Kingbird, Gray Catbird & Bullock’s Oriole. In June, in the Polder, expect the unexpected. Birds such as Veery, American Redstart, Yellow-breasted Chat and Baltimore…

Sunday
Jun 21
1:00 PM

Public Walk through Riverview's "Backyard"

Bring the whole family and join Don Gillespie for a tour the natural wonders of Riverview’s “Backyard” and Finnie’s Garden. Dogs on leash are 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…

Monday
Jun 22
6:30 PM

Translink Public Forum

Translink seeks your input at a Public Forum where you can provide input on how Translink can best to meet public transit needs in Metro Vancouver.

6:30-9 pm at the Evergreen Cultural Centre, Coquitlam, 1205 Pinetree Way in Coquitlam

Thursday
Jun 25
9:20 PM

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: BatWatch at Colony Farm

Please join BMN and Metro Vancouver Parks staff at dusk at Colony Farm by the old buildings (end of Colony Farm Road off the Lougheed Highway) to watch and count the bats. We’d like to monitor our bat population this summer to see how, when and for how long the bats are using the bunkhouse. Please arrive about 10 minutes…

Sunday
Jun 28
9:30 AM

Mary Macaree Memorial Walk

Mary Macaree, who died just before the publication of the latest edition of 109 Walks, was a longtime member of the British Columbia Mountaineering Club. This book came together with the help, encouragement, and dedicated enthusiasm of friends and family who knew how important its completion was to Mary. Mary and her husband David were avid outdoor adventurers and spirited…

July 2009

Thursday
Jul 9
9:16 PM

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: BatWatch at Colony Farm

Please join BMN and Metro Vancouver Parks staff at dusk at Colony Farm by the old buildings (end of Colony Farm Road off the Lougheed Highway) to watch and count the bats. We’d like to monitor our bat population this summer to see how, when and for how long the bats are using the bunkhouse. Please arrive about 10 minutes…

Sunday
Jul 12

Destination Maillardville Challenge 2009

Cyclists – Walkers – Runners – Voyageur Canoeists: ’Destination Maillardville’ is an event planned for the Maillardville Centennial (1909-2009). The activity will highlight the discovery of Maillardville’s heritage while walking, cycling, and paddling Voyageur canoes from points outside this French community. The cyclists and walkers will be starting from points along the Trans Canada Trail. Those in Voyageur canoes will…

Thursday
Jul 23
9:04 PM

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: BatWatch at Colony Farm

Please join BMN and Metro Vancouver Parks staff at dusk at Colony Farm by the old buildings (end of Colony Farm Road off the Lougheed Highway) to watch and count the bats. We’d like to monitor our bat population this summer to see how, when and for how long the bats are using the bunkhouse. Please arrive about 10 minutes…

Saturday
Jul 25

International Bog Days at Burns Bog

International Bog Days are happening again at Burns Bog on July 25th and 26th. International Bog Day began in Scotland 13 years ago to celebrate the world’s bogs. This day raises awareness about the benefits of bogs and the need to protect and conserve these precious ecosystems. International Bog Days are a great opportunity to tour Burns Bog, enjoy local…

Saturday
Jul 25
9:00 AM

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: Knotweed Removal at DeBoville Slough

Join the Friends of DeBoville Slough and other community stewards for a morning of weed-whacking on the dykes. We will attempt to remove much of the highly invasive Japanese knotweed with the help of the City of Coquitlam. Meet at DeBoville Slough, at Cedar Ave. & Victoria Drive Coquitlam. For more info, please call David at 604-941-2498. Wear sturdy footwear…

August 2009

Thursday
Aug 6
8:44 PM

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: BatWatch at Colony Farm

Please join BMN and Metro Vancouver Parks staff at dusk at Colony Farm by the old buildings (end of Colony Farm Road off the Lougheed Highway) to watch and count the bats. We’d like to monitor our bat population this summer to see how, when and for how long the bats are using the bunkhouse. Please arrive about 10 minutes…

Saturday
Aug 8
8:30 AM

Birding with Larry on the Pitt Polder Dykes

Join Larry Cowan and members of Nature Vancouver on this half day birding field trip to the dykes in the north section of the Pitt Meadows Polder region. The trip will follow the dyke top from Grant Narrows RP to the bend in Neaves Rd. locally know as Dieter’s Corner. This will be a repeat of the very successful June…

Thursday
Aug 20
8:19 PM

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: BatWatch at Colony Farm

Please join BMN and Metro Vancouver Parks staff at dusk at Colony Farm by the old buildings (end of Colony Farm Road off the Lougheed Highway) to watch and count the bats. We’d like to monitor our bat population this summer to see how, when and for how long the bats are using the bunkhouse. Please arrive about 10 minutes…

Saturday
Aug 22

First Annual Art in the Park Festival at Minnekhada Lodge

Inspire your senses at this event! Take a scenic walk through the park to historic Minnekhada Lodge. Be delighted by a wide range of artists work. Enjoy music, be entertained by performers, explore charming gardens, indulge your tastebuds at the outdoor cafe, go on a guided nature walk, create a craft in the children’s area and attend a workshop. Free…

Sunday
Aug 23
1:00 PM

Walking Tour of Riverview's "Backyard"

Bring the whole family and join Don Gillespie for a tour the natural wonders of Riverview’s “Backyard” and Finnie’s Garden. Dogs on leash are 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…

September 2009

Tuesday
Sep 8
7:30 PM

MONTHLY CLUB MEETING: Guest Speaker Dr. Rob Butler on 'The Bute Inlet Expedition'

Join BMN members on the first club meeting after the summer break. Our guest speaker will be ornithologist and author Dr. Rob Butler who will give a slide presentation entitled “The Bute Inlet Expedition: to the foot of Canada’s Himalayas”. Bute Inlet is only a day’s journey from Vancouver but few people have explored the fjord. It has few anchorages…

Saturday
Sep 12
9:00 AM

Hike to Dog Mountain, Seymour Provincial Park

David Cook is organizing this event for members of Nature Vancouver, but others are welcome. This hike up to Dog Mountain (1050 m) in Seymour Provincial Park will be an opportunity to learn something of the geology and ecology of this Provincial Park. Elevation gain is about 50 metres over a distance of 4 km (8 km return). Estimated time…

Sunday
Sep 13
9:00 AM

Birding with Larry 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 and Minnekhada RP. The group will be on the hunt for fall migrants. Meet Larry in the parking area at Victoria & Cedar Drives in Port Coquitlam at 9:00am. Several vehicles will be positioned in the Minnekhada gravel parking lot off Quarrie…

Sunday
Sep 13
11:00 AM

Annual TREEFEST Celebration

Please join us for this year’s community celebration of Riverview’s magnificent trees and heritage buildings. Enjoy guided tours of the trees, a heritage walk around the buildings, blackberry tea in the delightful Finnie’s Garden, art exhibits, children’s activities and much more. Presenters include Val Adolph, author of “Tales of the Trees”. BMN will be there with displays and children’s puzzles….

Monday
Sep 14
7:00 PM

Parks Canada Speakers Series: Gwaii Haanas "Exploring the Islands"

Parks Canada has partnered with The Vancouver Aquarium to offer a unique speaker series to present the stories of Gwaii Haanas. Each presentation allows audience members to explore a different aspect of the region and understand the need for its protection. To see the poster announcing the series, please click here. Session 1: Exploring the islands Monday September 14 A…

Thursday
Sep 17
7:00 PM

Friends of DeBoville Slough Regular Meeting

Friends of DeBoville Slough meet at the Pinetree Community Centre in Coquitlam. For more info, please see their website.

Thursday
Sep 17
7:30 PM

Keith Wade's Presentation on "The Vegetation & Flora of Mt Wilhelm, Papua New Guinea"

Botanist Keith Wade will give an illustrated lecture on the high subalpine and alpine vegetation of Mt. Wilhelm in the Eastern highlands of Papua New Guinea based on 16 month’s field work in the mid 1960s. The study constituted the field work for Keith’s PhD thesis at the Australian National University. The high subalpine and cloud forests of this beautiful…

Saturday
Sep 19
9:00 AM

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup

Join volunteers from the Port Moody Ecological society to help clean up shoreline and riparian areas in Port Moody. Meet at the hatchery on Noons Creek on the north side of the skating area across the pedestrian bridge. If you have heavier work gloves, such as gardening gloves, please bring them. From 9am to noon. For more info on the…

Saturday
Sep 26

CLUB HIKE: Blue Mountain

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 need…

Sunday
Sep 27

BC Rivers Day Celebration in Port Coquitlam

We expect to be celebrating BC Rivers Day from our usual spot in Peace Park on the lower Pitt River with the City of Port Coquitlam and others. This event usually takes place from noon to 4 pm and includes an opportunity for a paddle-wheeler boat trip with views of Douglas Island and the Coquitlam River heron colony. Watch local…

October 2009

Saturday
Oct 3
10:00 AM

Community Dialogue on Pesticides and Health

Join a Community Dialogue on Pesticides and Health with the Canadian Cancer Society and Mae Burrows of Toxic Free Canada. Learn what you can help to help make Coquitlam a cosmetic pesticide-free municipality. At Douglas College in the small lecture theatre, 1250 Pinetree Way in Coquitlam. For further information contact Sue MacPhail at 604-215-5468.

From 10 am – noon

Saturday
Oct 3
10:00 AM

Community Forum on Cosmetic Pesticides and Human Health

This is a free education forum held in Coquitlam to learn why the the Canadian Cancer Society is concerned about the use of pesticides on lawns and gardens. Executive Director of Toxic Free Canada Mae Burrows will describe how to create a healthier home and environment for you and your family by eliminating chemicals both outside and inside your home….

Sunday
Oct 4
12:00 PM

Ioco Ghost Town Day

A great event for some free family fun. Recapture the spirit of the past at the historic Ioco town site. Activities for all ages. Listen to 50s jazz and enjoy a variety show. Try your hand at horseshoes and lawn bowling. Bake and bring the prize winning pie or sample BC grown apples. Kids can decorate and take their own…

Sunday
Oct 4
1:00 PM

Free Public Tour of Riverview Trees

This is the last tree tour of the season at Riverview. Join the City of Coquitlam and the Riverview Horticultural Centre Society for a tour of the trees in their fall colours. 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….

Sunday
Oct 4
6:30 PM

Fundraising Dinner: Sustainable Living Leadership Program

The Fraser River is one of the best salmon rivers in the world, yet it is also one of British Columbia’s most endangered rivers. Each year, Fin Donnelly, Executive Director of the Rivershed Society of BC, leads youth from across the province down the 1400 kilometers of the Fraser as part of the Sustainable Living Leadership Program (SLLP). From the…

Wednesday
Oct 7
6:30 PM

PoCo Heritage Strategy Community Workshop

The City of Port Coquitlam is working towards developing the City’s first Heritage Strategy to help focus and provide direction in management of heritage issues, initiatives and resources. They have hired a consultant, Don Luxton and Associates, to oversee the work and are encouraging the community to take part. If you have any questions about the Heritage Strategy or the…

Saturday
Oct 10
9:00 AM

Birding with Larry at Colony Farm

Colony Farm Regional Park will be the location of a half day birding field trip with members of Nature Vancouver. There should be a good variety of late migrants and returning over-wintering species. We have had a few notables over the years on this outing, Anna’s Hummingbird, Northern Mockingbird & Short-eared Owl to list a few. Meet leader Larry Cowan…

Tuesday
Oct 13
7:30 PM

MONTHLY CLUB MEETING: Guest Speaker Dr. Wendy Palen on Amphibians

Our guest speaker this month will be SFU biologist Dr. Wendy Palen who will give a presentation on the alarming decline of amphibian species. Advertisers are well aware of the marketing appeal of frogs, and we see images of these beautiful creatures in ads almost everyday. But what if the only place we saw frogs and other amphibians was in…

Wednesday
Oct 14
7:30 PM

"Wild Water, Wild Earth" - A Presentation by Mark Angelo

Join conservationist Mark Angelo for a stunning visual tour of rivers around the world at the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage, a newly renovated art deco theatre at Granville and 12th, Vancouver. $16 each with proceeds to support the Nature Trust’s “Heart of the Fraser” campaign. Purchase tickets through Vancouver Tix at 604-629-8849 or click here.

Saturday
Oct 17
9:00 AM

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: Knotweed Removal at DeBoville Slough

Final knotweed removal session of the season with Friends of DeBoville Slough at DeBoville Slough (meet at the kiosk on the north side of the dike at the intersection of Victoria and Cedar Drives. Wear long sleeves, sturdy shoes and bring gloves if you have them. If you would like to volunteer please call Dave at 604-941-2498. From 9 am…

Sunday
Oct 18

CLUB HIKE: Hayward Lake

We last made a trip around Hayward Lake in 2000 as a spring hike, so this time around we will experience it in the fall. This is a moderate hike, which is located between the Stave Falls Dam and the Ruskin Dam in Mission. The hike is 16 km long with a variety of terrain, but no major elevation gain….

Sunday
Oct 18
1:00 PM

Geology Tour with David Cook

Join Nature Vancouver members and others on a 3-4 hr tour of the geology of Derby Reach/Haney/Fort Langley Area with tour leader. David Cook. On this hike you will view the 3 major landscape features of the lower mainland (bedrock mountains; ice age uplands and modern floodplains), view an abandoned Fraser River channel, view the site and hear the story…

Thursday
Oct 22
7:00 PM

Free Public Lecture: The science, the policy and the politics of Canada's Species at Risk Act

Continuing Studies in Science at Simon Fraser University is pleased to present a Speaking of Science free public lecture, “Double, Double Toil and Trouble: The science, the policy and the politics of Canada’s Species at Risk Act” presented by Dr. Arne Mooers, Associate Professor of Biodiversity at Simon Fraser University on Thursday, October 22, 2009 at 7:00 pm at SFU

Saturday
Oct 24

International Day for Climate Change

Join with groups all around the world to ask our leaders in government to take action on global warming. In Vancouver, the Wilderness Committee is hosting a full day and evening of events starting with a Cambie Street bridge walk at 11 am, events at Science World at 2 pm and finishing with an evening of speakers in Christ Church…

Saturday
Oct 24
10:00 AM

BMN YNC Explorer Day in October

Salmon come home to Hoy Creek Saturday, October 24, 2009 10:00 am – 11:30 am It’s fall, and the best time of year to observe a wildlife miracle here on the West Coast – the return of the salmon to spawn in the streams they were born in. We will visit Hoy Creek, a small creek that flows near Coquitlam…

Saturday
Oct 24
1:00 PM

Get a Green Home: Port Moody's Green Building Seminar

Did you know that about one third of our municipal solid waste comes from discarded building and renovation materials? Green building and renovation practices reduce waste, saving money in municipal taxes. Green building practices also create healthier indoor living environments, and reduce our personal contributions to greenhouse gas emissions. The City of Port Moody is hosting a Green Renovation Seminar,…

Sunday
Oct 25
11:00 AM

Hoy Creek Salmon Come Home Festival

BMN will be there along with other community groups and, hopefully, some spawning salmon. Watch the local newspapers for more info closer to the date.

From 11 am -3 pm.
Sunday
Oct 25
4:00 PM

Opening Reception: "The Tree" Art Exhibit

“The Tree: From the Sublime to the Social” is on view at the Evergreen Cultural Centre from Oct 23 to Nov 28, and provides a provocative exploration of the tree’s significance in art spanning time, culture and media. Organized and circulated by the Vancouver Art Gallery the touring exhibition is comprised of 28 works by 18 local, national and international…

Monday
Oct 26
7:00 PM

Parks Canada Speakers Series: Gwaii Haanas "Icons of the Pacific"

Parks Canada has partnered with The Vancouver Aquarium to offer a unique speaker series to present the stories of Gwaii Haanas. Each presentation allows audience members to explore a different aspect of the region and understand the need for its protection. To see the poster announcing the series, please click here. Session 2: Icons of the Pacific Monday October 26…

Tuesday
Oct 27
4:30 PM

Free Public Lecture: The science, the policy and the politics of Canada's Species at Risk Act

Continuing Studies in Science at Simon Fraser University is pleased to present a Speaking of Science free public lecture, “Double, Double Toil and Trouble: The science, the policy and the politics of Canada’s Species at Risk Act” presented by Dr. Arne Mooers, Associate Professor of Biodiversity at Simon Fraser University Burnaby on Tuesday, October 27 at 4:30 pm in West…

Friday
Oct 30

Invitation to Participate in the Coquitlam River Watershed Strategy

The City of Coquitlam and Kwikwetlem First Nation and the project partners for the Coquitlam River Watershed Strategy project invite you to participate in the Start up for Phase III. A letter invitation is attached to invite you and representatives of your group or organization to attend an evening public meeting and a full day conference on October 30-31, 2009…

November 2009

Saturday
Nov 7
7:00 AM

Metro Vancouver Parksfest

Metro Vancouver Parks invites members of Park Associations to join them for a day to explore topics of ecological health within our park system. Presentations on amphibians and ecological health; workshops on green roofs, butterflies, bogs and more. BMN is a member of the Colony Farm Park Association which means BMN members can attend as a CFPA member. Deadline for…

Sunday
Nov 8
9:00 AM

Winter Farmers Market

The Coquitlam Farmers Market moves indoors during the winter and is held on two Sundays each month til the end of April. Held in the Port Moody Social Rec Centre, 300 Ioco Rd, from 10 am to 2 pm.

Tuesday
Nov 10
6:30 PM

MONTHLY CLUB MEETING: SFU biologist, Sean McCann, on social wasps in BC

Our guest speaker this month will be SFU biologist, Sean McCann, on “Social Wasps in BC: Diversity and Natural History”. While people on picnics might argue that wasps are not very sociable, our so-called “social wasps’ are a fascinating group of insects that would be highly watchable were it not for their sting. BC’s most common social wasps are grouped…

Saturday
Nov 14
8:00 AM

Birding with Larry at DeBoville Slough and Minnekhada

Join Larry Cowan and members of Nature Vancouver for a half-day birding field trip to DeBoville Slough / Minnekhada Regional Park. This area is home to many over wintering waterfowl in the ponds and raptors over the fields. Meet your leader at Cedar & Victoria Drs. in NE Coquitlam at 9:00. We will position a vehicle or two in the…

Saturday
Nov 14
8:30 AM

BMN YNC Explorer Day in November - Winter Birds Galore at DeBoville Slough

Have you heard of DeBoville Slough? It’s where we are going this month. It’s close to Minnekhada Park where some lucky YNC members saw a flying squirrel last February, and other enthusiastic members enjoyed a mushroom walk, despite the rain, in April of this year. Many people living in our area don’t like November because of its heavy rains, but…

Sunday
Nov 15
10:00 AM

Annual Hyde Creek Salmon Festival

Hyde Creek Salmon Festival is held at the Hyde Creek Recreation Centre, the Hyde Creek Watershed Society Hatchery and along Hyde Creek between these two venues. BMN will be in the Rec Centre with displays and children’s puzzles. This is the last community event of the year and a great time to come out and enjoy the spectacle of big…

Monday
Nov 16
6:00 PM

Parks Canada Speakers Series: Gwaii Haanas "Changing Seascapes"

Parks Canada has partnered with The Vancouver Aquarium to offer a unique speaker series to present the stories of Gwaii Haanas. Each presentation allows audience members to explore a different aspect of the region and understand the need for its protection. To see the poster announcing the series, please click here. Session 3: Changing Seascapes Monday November 16 Learn about…

Thursday
Nov 19
6:00 PM

Heritage Vancouver: Presentation on Riverview

Heritage Vancouver welcomes Sue Haberger, Director, Riverview Horticultural Centre Society and Donald Luxton, President of Heritage Vancouver who will make a joint presentation on Riverview, its grounds and buildings. The evening will include a short video, “For the Future of Riverview”, as well as a visual presentation that provides a sense of both the magnificence and regional heritage value of…

Thursday
Nov 19
6:00 PM

Solid Waste - Options for the Region

This is an evening of presentations on the options presented to residents of the region on what to do with our solid waste, hosted by Metro Vancouver at the Executive Plaza Hotel in Coquitlam. Registration is required. To do so and to see the list of speakers, click here.

Friday
Nov 20
11:00 PM

Fraser Valley Bald Eagle Festival

This Festival had its origins as a popular BMN field trip in the early 1990s. Tour the lower Fraser Valley to enjoy sturgeon at the Inch Creek Hatchery, First Nations displays at Deroche, salmon, eagles and other wildlife on the lower Harrison River and much more. If the weather is good, this Festival presents a great opportunity to explore the…

Friday
Nov 20
11:00 PM

Coquitlam River Hike

We will end the hiking year with a close to home stroll along the Coquitlam River. We will take in the fall beauty of the forest and river stretching from the McAllister Pedestrian Bridge in Port Coquitlam to the new David/Pathan Bridge in Coquitlam. We will hopefully see salmon still spawning in the river and find mushrooms emerging from the…

Sunday
Nov 22
9:00 AM

Winter Farmers Market

The Coquitlam Farmers Market moves indoors during the winter and is held on two Sundays each month til the end of April. Held in the Port Moody Social Rec Centre, 300 Ioco Rd, from 10 am to 2 pm.

Sunday
Nov 29
12:00 PM

BMN YNC Explorer Day in December - Bees are the Bee's Knees

At this last Explorer Day of 2009, we are going to learn about something small yet very important in nature – bees. We rely on bees for much more than honey: without the pollination services bees provide, we would not enjoy the variety of food that we do. Brian Campbell, Master Beekeeper, will tell us many things about bees including…

December 2009

Thursday
Dec 3
6:00 PM

Get a Green Home: Port Moody's Green Building Seminar

Did you know that about one third of our municipal solid waste comes from discarded building and renovation materials? Green building and renovation practices reduce waste, saving money in municipal taxes. Green building practices also create healthier indoor living environments, and reduce our personal contributions to greenhouse gas emissions. The City of Port Moody is hosting a Green Renovation Seminar,…

Sunday
Dec 6
9:00 AM

Winter Farmers Market

The Coquitlam Farmers Market moves indoors during the winter and is held on two Sundays each month til the end of April. Held in the Port Moody Social Rec Centre, 300 Ioco Rd, from 10 am to 2 pm.

Sunday
Dec 6
12:00 PM

Christmas Nature Walk at Burnaby Lake

Enjoy a brisk guided walk along the forested trails and discover wildlife in Burnaby Lake Park with members of the Burnaby Lake Park Association. This is a family event with children’s crafts and complimentary refreshments after the walk at the Nature House. Meet at the Burnaby Lake Nature House, 4915 Piper Ave, Burnaby. For more info, call 604.520.6442. 1 -…

Sunday
Dec 6
12:00 PM

Carols and Festivities with the Friends of Minnekhada Park

Join the Friends of Minnekhada Park at the historic Minnekhada Lodge for a Christmas Carol sing-along complete with a burning Yule log fire and light refreshments. For details, contact Mike Griffin at 604 942 5326. Free event – from 1 to 4 pm.

Monday
Dec 7
6:00 PM

Parks Canada Speakers Series: Gwaii Haanas "Healthy Oceans, Healthy People"

Parks Canada has partnered with The Vancouver Aquarium to offer a unique speaker series to present the stories of Gwaii Haanas. Each presentation allows audience members to explore a different aspect of the region and understand the need for its protection. To see the poster announcing the series, please click here. Session 4: Healthy oceans, healthy people Monday December 7…

Monday
Dec 7
11:00 PM

DECEMBER 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. Available at the silent auction will be items and gift certificates donated by local businesses plus…

Wednesday
Dec 9
6:00 PM

Panel on the Fraser River - Adapting to Change

Adapting to Change – Managing the Fraser River in the face of declining productivity and increasing uncertainty – a panel presentation. SFU Vancouver, Room 7000, 515 West Hastings. Reservations recommended, email cs-science@sfu.ca. For more info, click here.

Saturday
Dec 19
11:00 PM

Vancouver Area Christmas Bird Count

If you are interested in participating in this Count, see the Nature Vancouver website for details.

Sunday
Dec 20
9:00 AM

Winter Farmers Market

The Coquitlam Farmers Market moves indoors during the winter and is held on two Sundays each month til the end of April. Held in the Port Moody Social Rec Centre, 300 Ioco Rd, from 10 am to 2 pm.

Sunday
Dec 20
11:00 PM

WINTER SOLSTICE!

We can stop living in the twilight zone and welcome more hours of daylight into our lives. Hooray!!

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