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January 2010

Friday
Jan 1
11:00 PM

Coquitlam and Pitt Meadows Christmas Bird Count

This is the Count that takes in our area and that BMN members participate in. Participants are still needed. Last year’s sightings of note included two Anna’s hummingbirds and a Townsend’s warbler. Contact Mike at 604-942-5326 or M1keg <at> shaw <dot> ca to sign up. We are also looking for someone to host the potluck supper after the count.

Saturday
Jan 2
11:00 PM

White Rock and Area Christmas Bird Count

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

Tuesday
Jan 12
6:30 PM

CLUB MEETING: Findings of the Christmas Bird Count 2009

Our “guest" speaker will be BMN member, John Reynolds who will provide a summary of the local Christmas Bird Count. Don’t think for a moment that this will be a dry presentation of tabulated data!! Instead, it’s going to be a fun and zany evening of quizzes, contests and the awards gala for ‘Best Photo from the Count’. Find out…

Sunday
Jan 17
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.

Wednesday
Jan 20
7:00 PM

BMN Members on CBC's "Dragon’s Den" Show

After many months of waiting to see if they were going to make it onto the TV show, Steve and Jackie Chapman have learned that their session in front of The Dragons will air on Wednesday, January 20th at 8:00 PM on CBC.

Thursday
Jan 21
11:00 PM

Workshop: Basic Field Identification of Raptors

This is weekend workshop offered by Nature Vancouver with William S. Clark at the Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary Museum, Delta. The lectures are Friday night, Saturday and Sunday morning. There are field trips on Saturday and Sunday after the lectures.

Cost: $165. per participant, limit of 20.

For more information, please click here.

Saturday
Jan 23
8:00 AM

Birding with Larry at DeBoville Slough and Minnekhada

Join members of Nature Vancouver for a half-day birding field trip from Coquitlam’s DeBoville Slough to Minnekhada Regional Park. This should be a chance to discover many waterfowl & raptor species during the walk. Last year we added our 60th species to the growing January list for this outing. Meet your leader, Larry Cowan, at the parking area at Victoria…

Tuesday
Jan 26
6:00 PM

Public Open House: Regional Growth Strategy

Please attend Metro Vancouver’s public meeting and provide your comments on their new Regional Growth Strategy. If you want to see better protection of greenspaces, urban development confined within firm boundaries, more greenways within communities and a good transportation plan, now is the time to speak up. At the Executive Inn, 405 North Road in Coquitlam. Registration not required. From…

Friday
Jan 29
11:00 PM

Workshop: Advanced Field Identification of Raptors

This is weekend workshop offered by Nature Vancouver with William S. Clark at the Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary Museum, Delta. The lectures are on Saturday and the field trip is on Sunday.
Cost: $165. per participant, limit of 20.

For more information, please click here.

Sunday
Jan 31
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.

February 2010

Monday
Feb 1
12:30 PM

Public Lecture: "Salmon in the Great Bear Rainforest"

The Faculty of Environment presents a lecture from Dr. John Reynolds, entitled “Salmon in the Great Bear Rainforest”. SFU Burnaby Halpern Centre Room 126, 1:30-2:30 p.m. BMN member John Reynolds (Professor, Biology, Simon Fraser University) is the Tom Buell BC Leadership Chair in Aquatic Conservation and Management at SFU. His research has been recognized by several awards, including the medal…

Saturday
Feb 6
8:00 AM

Birding with Larry at Colony Farm

Colony Farm RP is home to many over wintering raptors, sparrows, waterfowl and usually a Northern Shrike or two. Join your leader Larry Cowan and members of Nature Vancouver in discovering what species the park has to offer on this year’s half-day outing. Meet the leader at the parking area at the east end of Colony Farm Rd. in Coquitlam…

Tuesday
Feb 9
6:30 PM

CLUB MEETING: Derek Matthews on Bird Banding at Colony Farm

Our guest speaker will be Derek Matthews who will describe the exciting results of his bird banding studies carried out at Colony Farm Regional Park last summer. Bird watchers know that Colony Farm is local hotspot for birds, but until recently, they didn’t know just how important these fields and hedgerows were for breeding migratory birds. Every weekend last spring…

Saturday
Feb 13
8:30 AM

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: Nestbox Cleaning at Colony Farm Regional Park

It’s time for spring cleaning – especially given that spring seems to be arriving a little earlier this year. Please join us at Colony Farm to help clean our nest boxes and add fresh wood shavings. Meet at the end of Colony Farm Road (off the Lougheed Highway in Coquitlam). Bring gloves and wear appropriate footgear for damp ground…and don’t…

Sunday
Feb 14
11:00 PM

Online Comments Due for Proposed Cosmetic Pesticide Ban in BC

This is the deadline to submit comments to the provincial consultation on the use of cosmetic pesticides. See here for details. You can choose to answer questions posted on the response form or submit your own comments. Given that the provincial government has opened the door for public consultation on this topic, we should take this opportunity to speak up….

Wednesday
Feb 17
9:00 AM

One Hour Webinar on Honeybees - extended registration deadline

What Happens When the Honeybees Disappear?– 10:00 am (PST) – with Ted Leischner Colony collapse disorder of bees is a serious and alarming trend that is threatening the livelihood of farmers worldwide. To put the situation into context, Ted Leischner, corresponding CANPOLIN member and conservation volunteer, will discuss what is killing our bees as well as the immediate grassroots actions…

Thursday
Feb 18
6:00 PM

“Marine Ecology, Life in the Water around Port Moody” by Rod MacVicar at Pt Moody Ecological Society

After a very brief Port Moody Ecological Society AGM, the guest speaker will be Captain Rod MacVicar who will talk about, “Marine Ecology, Life in the Water around Port Moody” and describe some of the educational projects he is involved with in the Port Moody Arm of Burrard Inlet. Learn more about the watery environment in the geographical centre of…

Saturday
Feb 20
8:30 AM

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: Nestbox Cleaning at Widgeon Reserve

BMN nest box cleaning continues and so does our need for volunteers, especially those with strong arms who can climb ladders… This event is a once-a-year opportunity to visit a protected area which is not quite (yet) a regional park. We will meet in the Quarry Road parking lot for Minnekhada Park and carpool from there through the locked gate…

Sunday
Feb 21
12:00 PM

Parks Canada Free Presentation: Humans, Caribou, and Muskoxen in the Canadian High Arctic

Join Parks Canada for stories from the Canadian Arctic at Canada’s Northern House (Hastings and Seymour Streets, Vancouver) “Humans, Caribou, and Muskoxen in the Canadian High Arctic” is an illustrated presentation on the historical interactions between Inuit, explorers, caribou and muskoxen since initial contact around 1800. The presentation will include a discussion of the importance of both Inuit traditional knowledge…

Saturday
Feb 27
8:30 AM

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: Nestbox Cleaning along Oliver Road

A morning of satisfying (and relatively easy) work is on offer here. Meet at the Minnekhada barns, off Oliver Road at 9:30 am. If you can help, please call Don at 604.942.7378.

March 2010

Saturday
Mar 6
8:30 AM

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: Nestbox Cleaning at Minnekhada Regional Park

It’s true that spring cleaning never ends – but this event at Minnekhada Regional Park is the last of the season for our nest box cleaners. 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…

Tuesday
Mar 9
6:30 PM

CLUB MEETING: Parasitism by Cowbirds: Raising the Offspring You Never Wanted

Our guest speaker will be Christine Rock from the Centre for Wildlife Ecology research group at Simon Fraser University. Christine’s talk is called “Raising the offspring you never wanted: The impacts of brood parasitism”. Ever wonder how cheaters are successful or why they even chose to cheat the system in the first place? The Brown-headed Cowbird is one successful cheater…

Thursday
Mar 11
11:00 PM

Bird Monitoring and Banding Workshop

Derek Matthews was the guest speaker at BMN’s February club meeting. He is a master bird-bander and is conducting a series of workshops on bird monitoring and banding at Colony Farm, Burnaby Lake & the Grouse Mountain Banding Stations. This 3 day workshop is designed to be a fun-filled, action packed course that will enable participants to learn a great…

Thursday
Mar 11
11:00 PM

Social Justice Film Fest 2010

Featuring films on peace, justice and the environment Friday, March 12, 2010 @ 7 pm – Admission by donation “The Lemon Tree” – Based on a true story about life in Israel and Palestine. How a simple smile between neighbours can bring hope to thousands of people seeking a true and lasting peace. (106 mins) Saturday, March 13, 2010 -…

Saturday
Mar 13
9:00 AM

What's for Dinner…? Maplewood's Raptors

Come and join the Wild Bird Trust’s Nature Walks with Al Grass at the Maplewood Flats Conservation Area, North Vancouver. The walk will focus on the different kinds of raptors (hawks, eagles, and owls) that dine in the area. Wheelchair accessible. Host:Wild Bird Trust of British Columbia Info:604-538-8774 Meet: at the WBT building at the Pacific Environment Science Centre, 2645…

Sunday
Mar 14
9:30 AM

PUBLIC WALK: Great Blue Heron Walk at Colony Farm Regional Park

This free public guided walk is co-hosted by BMN and the Colony Farm Park Association. We hope to see the large aggregations of great blue herons as they form mating pairs for the nesting season. We will also enjoy the signs of spring and other birds we encounter along the way. We especially encourage families with children to attend. Meet…

Thursday
Mar 18
6:30 PM

Coquitlam River Watershed Public Workshop

Coquitlam River Watershed Public Workshop at “The Outlet” next to Port Coquitlam City Hall, 2100 Leigh Square, Port Coquitlam. Free and open to the public; refreshments will be provided. To register or for more details click here or google “coquitlam river watershed society” (on Coquitlam’s website, so it’s very s***l***o***w loading the page).

from 6:30-9:30 pm

Friday
Mar 19

Bird Identification Workshop

Derek Matthews was the guest speaker at BMN’s February club meeting. He is a master bird-bander and is conducting a series of workshops on bird identification. 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 next level and beyond….

Saturday
Mar 20
9:00 AM

CLUB HIKE: Coquitlam Parks and Greenways

We will begin a new hiking season with a tour of some of Coquitlam’s parks and greenways. On this moderate hike we will string together a number of municipal trails, some older, some newer, one just opened (as of November 2009). We will begin by ascending the Coquitlam Crunch (most of our elevation gain), continue through Eagle Mountain and Ridge…

Saturday
Mar 20
10:00 AM

"Nature Days" at Amsterdam Nurseries

Amsterdam Nurseries holds its 11th annual Nature Days and Native Plant Sale. Community groups are invited to attend with displays on Saturday. BMN will be there on Saturday, March 20th, with a 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…

Sunday
Mar 21
1:00 PM

Riverview Tree Walking Tour - first of year

Join the Riverview Horticultural Centre Society for their first tree tour of 2010. 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 25
7:00 PM

Free Pesticide-Free Lawn and Garden Care Workshop in Coquitlam

Enjoy your garden more while spending less money, time and water looking after it! CBC Radio’s BC Almanac organic gardening expert Arzeena Hamir will share simple steps and tips on how to manage a lawn and garden without the use of pesticides. Presented by the Canadian Cancer Society, this workshop will also provide you with information on the non-essential use…

Saturday
Mar 27
9:00 AM

Birding with Larry at DeBoville Slough and Minnekhada

Join Larry Cowan and members of Nature Vancouver for a birding trip to DeBoville Slough and Minnekhada Regional Park. Expect to see osprey, hummingbirds, and swallows back on their breeding grounds. Spring migrants will also be moving through the area and, with luck, Sandhill Cranes, Red Crossbills, Band-tailed Pigeons or Western Meadowlarks may be seen. An average of over 40…

Saturday
Mar 27
9:30 AM

PUBLIC WALK: Great Blue Heron Walk at Colony Farm Regional Park

This free guided walk is co-hosted by BMN and the Colony Farm Park Association. We hope to see the large aggregations of great blue herons as they form mating pairs for the nesting season. We will also enjoy the signs of spring and other birds we encounter along the way. We especially encourage families with children to attend. Meet in…

Saturday
Mar 27
10:00 AM

Digital Photography Workshop with Ron Long

This 5 hour workshop is hosted by the Nature Vancouver group. It will include a lecture and question period in the morning, a shoot at midday and a critique later in the afternoon. This class is for anyone who still has questions about digital photography. Please bring your camera, camera instruction book, notebook and pen, lunch and snacks. Coffee, tea…

Saturday
Mar 27
8:30 PM

Earth Hour 8:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Please turn off unnecessary lights, etc, to support conservation of electricity.

Monday
Mar 29
7:00 PM

Port Moody's Natural Lawn & Garden Seminar

With the growing season upon us, all the experts are talking about healthy lawns and gardens the natural way. Two plant specialists will be on hand to discuss your gardening needs and provide information about invasive species.

Free. At the Inlet Theatre (City Hall). Call 604.469.4572 for details.

April 2010

Tuesday
Apr 6
7:00 PM

Rivers at Risk: Saving Bute Inlet from GE

Find out what you can do to save Bute Inlet and hundreds of BC’s rivers from poorly planned, environmentally destructive power projects and why we need to produce clean power the right way. The meeting is hosted by Vicki Husband of Watershed Watch. Speakers include Greenpeace founder Rex Weyler, George Hayman of the Sierra Club, Gwen Barlee and Joy Foy…

Saturday
Apr 10

Knotweed Removal at DeBoville Slough -- INCORRECT DATE -

This event was incorrectly reported to take place on April 10th — it happens on April 24th at 9 am. Please see the entry for April 24th. Join the Friends of DeBoville Slough for the first knotweed removal session of the season then. Wear sturdy shoes and bring gloves if you have them. Tools (and some gloves) are available. New…

Saturday
Apr 10
8:00 AM

CLUB HIKE: Eagle Ridge/Anmore Loop

On this moderately easy outing we will hike along the south and western slopes of Eagle Ridge, also dropping down to the community of Anmore and then regaining our elevation to create a loop trip. We will make use of the powerline right-of-way as well as several multipurpose trails. We will take in several vantage points which, weather permitting, will…

Saturday
Apr 10
9:00 AM

Birding with Mike at DeBoville Slough

On behalf of the Friends of DeBoville Slough, Mike Griffin will offer a morning’s birding tour of DeBoville Slough. Free and open to the public. Enjoy the natural delights of spring!

For more info, please call Mike at 604.942.5326.

Tuesday
Apr 13
7:30 PM

CLUB MEETING: John Reynolds on the BC Breeding Bird Atlas

Our ‘guest’ speaker will be BMN member John Reynolds on the Breeding Bird Atlas of BC – how you can best use this Bird Studies Canada website and contribute data, etc. For more info on this program, click here. Birds can tell us important things about the health of our environment, but how do we decipher what the local bird…

Thursday
Apr 15
6:00 PM

Public Open House to solicit input on the new plan for Surrey Bend Regional Reserve

The original plan, which had an excessive number of trails for such an environmentally sensitive area, has now been altered and the number of trails has been reduced. However, your input is still needed to ensure a management plan which will respect conservation values. At the Pacific Academy, 10238-168th Street in Surrey. The Pacific Academy is at 10238 168th Street…

Saturday
Apr 17

Raptor Count at Colony Farm

The monthly raptor counts at Colony Farm and elsewhere in the lower mainland are taking place this day. Please contact Mike Griffin (604-942-5326) if you wish to participate.

Sunday
Apr 18
1:00 PM

Free Walking Tour of Riverview's Tree - 'Magnolia Walk'

Join the Riverview Horticultural Centre Society for a public tour of the glorious trees in a glorious season. This will be the Magnolias Walk – these trees should 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 uphill…

Thursday
Apr 22

Earth Day

Actually, every day should be Earth Day to celebrate and acknowledge this beautiful planet which sustains us. There will be a number of events around Earth Day in which you can participate to show how much you care for this good Earth.

Thursday
Apr 22
10:00 AM

Earth Day Tree Planting and Invasive Plant Removal at Scott Creek Park

The City of Coquitlam, with funding from Tree Canada, is hosting a tree planting event for Earth Day 2010 – Thursday, April 22nd from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm. Everyone (residents, schools and other community volunteers) is welcome for snacks and to help plant native trees and shrubs at Scott Creek Linear Park between Runnel Drive and Eagleridge Drive on…

Saturday
Apr 24
8:45 AM

Birding with Larry at DeBoville Slough

Join BMN’s Larry Cowan and Nature Vancouver members for a half-day birding tour of DeBoville Slough and Minnekhada Park. Vehicles will be positioned at the Quarry Road parking lot for the return trip. Meet Larry at the intersection of Victoria and Cedar Drives in NE Coquitlam. Contact Larry at 604-465-1402 for more info.

Saturday
Apr 24
9:00 AM

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: Knotweed Removal at DeBoville Slough

Join Friends of DeBoville Slough for the first knotweed removal session of the season at DeBoville Slough. While you are there, check out the new sign for the Slough. You may have to bring your own lunch this year – check here or call Dave at 604-941-2498 for details. From 9 am-noon

Saturday
Apr 24
7:00 PM

Evening Presentation on Carnivore Tracking

Metro Vancouver is sponsoring a weekend workshop on carnivore tracking. As part of this weekend event, Naturalist volunteers and those interested in wildlife are invited to join this group, free of charge, for an evening presentation in the HEY Building on the Riverview Hospital grounds. Pre-registration is required because of limited seating. Please contact Roger Bean, Operations Supervisor at Metro…

Sunday
Apr 25
11:00 AM

Wildlife Rescue Association's 'Earth Fest" Celebration

The Wildlife Rescue Association of BC will hold its second annual Earth Fest nature festival, a public event at the Burnaby Pavilion on Burnaby Lake. This free community event will offer unique opportunities for people of all ages to have fun while learning about our environment. Everyone is welcome to visit booths from local stewardship organizations and to take part…

Sunday
Apr 25
1:00 PM

Free Guided Walk through Riverview's "Backyard"

Join BMN member Don Gillespie for a “backyard” walk into the delightful natural areas of the Riverview Hospital Grounds concluding with a grand tour of the delightful Finnie’s Garden. 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….

Thursday
Apr 29
1:00 PM

Environmental Film Festival at SFU Surrey

This is the fourth annual Environmental Film Festival @ the Surrey SFU Campus hosted by The Green Ideas Network of Burnaby. In addition to the films, there will be displays, raffles, refreshments and door prizes. For more information and for the list of films and times, please click here.

May 2010

Saturday
May 1
11:00 AM

Fingerling Festival - Annual Family Fun at Noon's Creek Hatchery

The annual and ever-popular Port Moody Ecological Society Fingerling Festival at the Noons Creek Hatchery 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 in the skating arena of over 40 environmental groups and learn what you can do to live with a…

Monday
May 3
5:00 PM

Public Open House on Proposed Fish Channels at Colony Farm

Public Open House to provide your input on proposed fish channel construction in the Wilson Farm at Colony Farm Regional Park. This will be your one opportunity to provide your views. Please attend and be sure to fill out a form regarding the need to protect bird habitat at Colony Farm. The meeting will be held at Leigh Square next…

Tuesday
May 4
6:00 PM

Public Open House: How Should We Manage our Garbage?

Every year, Metro Vancouver residents and businesses generate 3.4 million tonnes of garbage and recyclables that need to be managed. But how, exactly?? One suggestion (after increasing recycling rates) is to build a new “waste-to-energy” incinerator for about $500 million. Here’s your chance to have a say on this proposal. Open House: 6 – 7 pm Public Input: 7 -…

Thursday
May 6
7:00 PM

Nature Vancouver's "Birders' Night" at Bby Lake

Here’s an opportunity to attend one of Nature Vancouver’s popular Birders’ Nights without having to drive into Vancouver! The hosts for the evening will be the Burnaby Lake Park Association who are kindly opening the nature house for a social at the end of the walk. The Burnaby Lake Park Association is dedicated to preserving, protecting and enhancing the park’s…

Saturday
May 8
10:00 AM

The Great Stoney Creek Salmon Sendoff

Help more salmon kick their hatchery habit. This is an annual event held at Stoney Creek Elementary School in Burnaby, close to the Coquitlam border and near the Lougheed Mall. Lots of fun for children.

From 10 am – 2 pm.

Saturday
May 8
1:00 PM

International Migratory Bird Day at Colony Farm

On Saturday May 8 from 1-4 pm, people are invited to take a nature walk and enjoy other activities at Colony Farm Regional Park to celebrate International Migratory Bird Day and the annual Partners in the Park event. In addition to nature walks, participants will have an opportunity to tour the Community Gardens; children can plant flowers in a pot…

Sunday
May 9
1:00 PM

Mothers 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…

Tuesday
May 11
7:30 PM

CLUB MONTHLY MEETING: Guest Speaker Ron Long on the Natural History of Texas

Our guest speaker this month will be photographer Ron Long on the Natural History of Texas. "A Naturalist’s Tour of Texas " The size of Texas is legendary, but less well-known is its massive diversity of wildlife. Texas encompasses several ecological regions — from the lush Hill Country to the arid desert of the Big Bend of the Rio Grande…

Thursday
May 13

BC Nature AGM in Kamloops

The theme of the 2010 Annual General Meeting is “Grasslands, Past, Present and Future” and will be held in Kamloops in the spring. What could be better? For more information, please click here.

Saturday
May 15
9:30 AM

BMN Boat Trip up Indian Arm - NOW FULL

BMN will offer a boat trip exploring Indian Arm, guided by Captain Rod MacVicar on the MV Ocean Watch (capacity 40). * We will depart from Rocky Pt Pier at 9:30 am sharp*. We will look at the PUMA nesting boxes off Rocky Pt, will observe seals and seabirds on the log booms, and cruise by the Steller sea lions,…

Sunday
May 16
8:00 AM

CLUB HIKE: Cypress Creek

A few years ago we hiked the Trans Canada Trail from Horseshoe Bay to Cypress Creek. On this moderate hike we will pick up where we left off and follow the TCT as it heads north up the west side of Cypress Creek toward Cypress Bowl and then south down the east side of the creek. We will begin and…

Sunday
May 16
10:00 AM

Season Opening of Burnaby Lake Nature House

Join in on this season’s opening of the Burnaby Lake Nature House by taking a guided walk with a park interpreter to learn about our spring avian visitors and see some of the summer’s first blossoms. Visit displays and make a craft to take home; enjoy the view from the viewing tower overlooking Burnaby Lake. Free and for ages 2+….

Sunday
May 16
10:00 AM

Biodiversity Blitz at Burnaby Lake Regional Park

In this International Year of Biodiversity, Metro Vancouver is celebrating by hosting a BioBlitz at Burnaby Lake Regional Park on May 16th. This BioBlitz will run for six hours, from 10am until 4pm, and be focused in the area surrounding the Burnaby Lake Nature House. The idea is to identify every non-human species (birds, mammals, fish, reptiles, amphibians, invertebrates, plants,…

Saturday
May 22
8:30 AM

Birding with Larry at Colony Farm

Join Larry Cowan and members of Nature Vancouver for a half-day birding field trip to Colony Farm Regional Park. Our target species will be Colony Farm’s much sought after Lazuli Buntings. Other species expected include Western Kingbird, Band-tailed Pigeon & American Bittern. Last year we had the pleasure of observing a nesting Pied-billed Grebe. Larry’s checklist of birds at Colony…

Sunday
May 23
1:00 PM

Free Children's Walk through Riverview's Trees

Join the Riverview Horticultural Centre Society for a free tour of the heritage trees at Riverview — a tour designed especially for children. The Walk is led by a volunteer from the Riverview Horticultural Centre Society and lasts about one hour, depending on weather and walkers’ preference. Dress for the weather, and wear comfy shoes or boots. Walks go rain…

Saturday
May 29

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: Woodland Walk Trail Maintenance

We will be doing a public hike in June to celebrate the fifteenth 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. The Woodland Walk is an easy to moderate hike. The trail offers a lovely mature second-growth forest with a beautiful waterfall. Some…

June 2010

Saturday
Jun 5
9:00 AM

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: Knotweed Removal at DeBoville Slough

The Friends of DeBoville Slough will be conducting their second invasive plant removal work party of 2010. Come out for a morning of exercise and enjoyable company. Meet at the kiosk on the north side of the slough. Wear sturdy footwear and dress for the weather. For more information email info@fodbs.org.

From 9am to noon.

Saturday
Jun 5
9:00 AM

Free Guided Walks at Colony Farm to see Lazuli Buntings

To celebrate Environment Week join the Colony Farm Park Association and BMN on a birding walk to observe the much-celebrated lazuli buntings and other birds at Colony Farm. Dave Schutz will be leading walks at 9 am and again at 3 pm. Meet at the end of Colony Farm Road in Coquitlam

Tuesday
Jun 8
7:00 PM

CLUB MONTHLY MEETING: Finnie's and Film Night

It’s too nice to hold a meeting indoors in June, so we will gather at Finnie’s Garden at Riverview for a short tour of the fabulous work done by Friends of Finnies in the garden and then proceed to the HEY building for a slide show presented by Ian McArthur showing highlights from the hikes taken by the BMN Hiking…

Saturday
Jun 12
8:00 AM

Free Public Hike on Burke Mountain

To celebrate the fifteenth anniversary of the creation of Pinecone Burke Provincial Park, we will do an easy to moderate hike along the Woodland Walk Trail — suitable for most adults and older children. 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…

Sunday
Jun 13
1:00 PM

Free Guided Walk through Riverview's Heritage Trees

Join the Riverview Horticultural Centre Society for a public tour of the glorious trees in a glorious season. Dogs on leash are also welcome. For more information, see the Riverview Horticultural Centre Society’s website) or phone . Meet on the uphill side of the Henry Esson Young (HEY) Building. For additional information click here. Banners and signs will be in…

Sunday
Jun 20
1:00 PM

Free Children's Walk through Riverview's "Backyard"

Join BMN and the Riverview Horticultural Centre Society for a public tour of Riverview’s more hidden areas — a tour especially designed for children. Dogs on leash are also welcome. The Walk is led by volunteers from BMN and lasts about one hour, depending on weather and walkers’ preference. Dress for the weather, and wear comfy shoes or boots. Walks…

Monday
Jun 21
6:00 PM

CLUB BIKE TRIP: An Evening Cycle around the PoCo Trail

To welcome the first day of summer and to celebrate the longest day of the year we would like to offer an evening cycle trip of the PoCo Trail. This is a 26-km flat route circuit that takes in the Coquitlam River, Colony Farm, Fraser River, Pitt River, DeBoville Slough and Hyde Creek. Meet at 6:00 pm. Return 9:30 pm….

Thursday
Jun 24
7:00 PM

Colony Farm Park Association Annual General Meeting at Colony Farm

There will be light refreshments provided, starting at 5:30 pm and time to linger until dusk after the meeting to watch the bats emerge. Meet at the end of Colony Farm Road in Coquitlam. The Park Association needs your support in these trying times for the Farm – the AGM is a great time to become a supporting member. Family…

Sunday
Jun 27
1:00 PM

Midsummer Fete at Colony Farm

Join Metro Vancouver staff and artists at Colony Farm for the second magical Midsummer Fete. This event provides an opportunity to experience Colony Farm Regional Park in a new and wonderful way with artwork displayed in a natural environment. Enjoy free tea served with great panache. The Colony Farm Park Association will be there with children’s nature puzzles. From 1-5…

Sunday
Jun 27
1:00 PM

Free Guided Walk through Riverview's Heritage Trees

This walk is the first of two “Linden Tree Tours”. Don’t miss this opportunity for a delightful walk among the heritage trees on the Riverview Hospital Grounds and to enjoy the lovely scent of the flowering linden trees Walks are led by a volunteer arborist, and last about two hours, depending on weather and walkers’ preference. Dress for the weather,…

July 2010

Thursday
Jul 8
7:30 PM

Special Evening Walk among Riverview's Linden Trees

This walk is a special evening walk to enjoy the lovely scent of the flowering linden trees at Riverview. The walk is led by a volunteer arborist, and will last an hour or so, depending on weather and walkers’ preference. Dress for the weather, and wear comfy shoes or boots. We go rain or shine. Children to adults welcome. Dogs…

Saturday
Jul 10
8:15 AM

Birding with Larry at Colony Farm

Join Larry Cowan and members of Nature Vancouver for a half-day birding field trip to Colony Farm Regional Park. Our target species will be Colony Farm’s much sought after Lazuli Buntings. Other species expected include Western Kingbird, Band-tailed Pigeon & American Bittern. Larry’s checklist of birds at Colony Farm is now approaching 200 species! Meet the leader at the parking…

Saturday
Jul 10
9:00 AM

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: Knotweed Removal at DeBoville Slough

Join Friends of DeBoville Slough and BMN members for another knotweed removal at the Slough. See the Friends of DeBoville Slough’s website for more information.

Saturday
Jul 24
10:00 AM

Public Event: Display on Sealife in Burrard Inlet

On the pier of Rocky Point Park in Port Moody, join local volunteers for a rare view some of the fish and other creatures that live in the waters of Burrard Inlet. This summer, Environment Canada has sponsored a fish inventory in partnership with the City of Port Moody, Mossom Creek Hatchery, Noons Creek Hatchery, Burke Mountain Naturalists and several…

August 2010

Saturday
Aug 7
8:30 AM

Birding with Larry along the Northern Dykes of Pitt Meadows

This half day birding field trip will take us to the dykes in the northern end of the Pitt Meadows Polder region. We will follow the dyke top from Grant Narrows Regional Park south to the bend in Neaves Road, locally know as Dieter’s Corner. On last year’s excursion we had Gray Catbirds, Bullock’s Orioles, Eastern Kingbirds & Sandhill Crane….

Saturday
Aug 14

CLUB HIKE: Flora Peak

In the past we have hiked up Post Creek (which flows into the Chilliwack River) to Lindeman and Greendrop lakes. The hike to Flora Peak has the same starting point as the one to the lakes, but instead of heading up Post Creek, climbs its eastern divide. Although, on this strenuous hike, we will be aiming to attain Flora Peak’s…

Saturday
Aug 21
11:00 AM

Minnekhada 'Art in the Park' Festival

This is the second annual Art in the Park Festival at Minnekhada, and is over two days: August 21 and 22 from 11 am to 4 pm at Minnekhada Lodge. As with the highly successful first event, there will be artists’ sales, live jazz, roving performers, a children’s area, ongoing artist demonstrations, guided nature walks, an outdoor café and environmental…

September 2010

Saturday
Sep 11
9:00 AM

Birding with Larry at DeBoville Slough

Join members of Nature Vancouver for a half day birding trip with Larry Cowan to look for fall migrants. Meet in the parking area at Victoria & Cedar Drives in Port Coquitlam at 9:00 a.m. Several vehicles will be positioned in the Minnekhada gravel parking lot off Quarry Road for the return trip. 9:00 am – 12:30 pm For more…

Sunday
Sep 12
11:00 AM

Annual Treefest Celebration on the Riverview Lands

The 17th annual Treefest takes place from 11 am to 4 pm on the Riverview Hospital grounds located at 2601 Lougheed Highway in Coquitlam. The theme this year is “Heritage” and highlights will include an interactive session with a panel of people who grew up or worked on the hospital grounds. The panel will be led by Heritage Architect Don…

Tuesday
Sep 14
7:30 PM

CLUB MONTHLY MEETING: Identifying our Local Raptors

At our September 14th meeting, Larry Cowan and David Schutz (two local birders and BMN members) will present some straightforward tips on how to identify raptors commonly seen in the Tricities area.

At Como Lake United Church, corner of Marmont and King Albert in Coquitlam. For more info, please click here.

Sunday
Sep 19
9:00 AM

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup - Old Orchard Park in PoMo

The annual Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup runs over the week of Sept 18-26, and to get an early start on this, there’s a cleanup organized for Old Orchard Park in Port Moody on Sunday September 19th from 9am-12noon. For more info, and to register, click here or contact Malissa at malissas AT sfu.DOT ca. They are going to have a…

Saturday
Sep 25

BMN HIKE: Burke Mountain Traverse

For a number of years we’ve offered a summer trip to Burke Mountain’s heights. This year we are proposing to do a traverse. If trail work is completed and we can work out the logistics, we may attempt a traverse utilizing the Munro Lake Trail and the Widgeon Slough Forestry Camp as entry/exit points. Perhaps likelier, is a more southerly…

Saturday
Sep 25
8:30 AM

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup at Noons Creek Hatchery

This is part of the Vancouver Aquarium / WWF Canada Shoreline Cleanup, and is organized by the volunteers at the Noons Ck Hatchery in Port Moody. Show up anytime between 8:30 and 11 am, and join the other volunteers. See www.noonscreek.org for details.

Sunday
Sep 26
12:00 PM

BC Rivers Day Celebration in Port Coquitlam

Celebrate our magnificent rivers at the Port Coquitlam Rivers & Trails Festival at Peace Park off Kebet Way/Mary Hill Bypass (on the banks of the Pitt River). BMN will be there with our display along with other groups including the Colony Farm Park Association and Hyde Creek Watershed Society. Watch local papers for details closer to the event or check…

Thursday
Sep 30

BC Nature's Fall Conference and General Meeting

BC Nature’s Fall Conference and General Meeting will be hosted by the Langley Field Naturalists at the Langley Golf and Banquet Centre September 30 to October 3. The theme this year is Nature on the Urban Edge.

For a schedule of events and registration information, please click here.

For full details, see the Langley Field Naturalists’ website.

October 2010

Saturday
Oct 2
9:00 AM

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: Knotweed Removal at DeBoville Slough

Join the Friends of DeBoville Slough for the last knotweed removal of the season at DeBoville Slough. Lunch and drinking water provided but please bring your own water bottle to reduce the use of disposable plastic. See www.fodbs.org for more info.

Sunday
Oct 3
11:30 AM

Free Family Event in PoMo: Ioco Ghost Town Days

Celebrate the heritage of Ioco town at the 9th annual Ioco Ghost Town Days this Sunday, October 3rd 11:30am-3:30pm at the old Ioco Lawn Bowling Green (Ioco Rd. & 1st Ave.) in Port Moody. Activities include: Living History Skits – Bring your children ages 5-12 to participate in a historical skit about Ioco’s early days. Creative minds of all types…

Sunday
Oct 3
1:00 PM

Free Guided Tour of Trees at Riverview

Join members of the Riverview Horticultural Centre Society for the last Riverview Tree Tour in 2010. 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
Oct 9
9:00 AM

Birding with Larry at Colony Farm

Join members of Nature Vancouver on a half-day birding trip to Colony Farm with Larry Cowan. 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 and Short-eared Owl. Meet in the parking area at the end of Colony Farm Rd….

Tuesday
Oct 12
7:30 PM

CLUB MONTHLY MEETING: Topic is 'Rattlesnakes of the Okanagan'

Our guest speaker will be biologist Owain McKibbin who will talk about the rattlesnakes of the Okanagan.

At Como Lake United Church, corner of Marmont and King Albert in Coquitlam. For more info, please click here.

Saturday
Oct 16

BMN HIKE: Lower Seymour Mountain DATE CHANGED

This moderate hike on the lower slopes of Mt. Seymour will feature historical and lesser known trails and likely take us to Goldie and Flower lakes. Please contact Ian (imcart at telus dot net) for more info.

*The date for this hike has been changed to Oct 23rd.*

Thursday
Oct 21
9:00 AM

Greater Vancouver Invasive Plant Council's Annual Fall Forum

When: Thursday, October 21, 2010 9am-1pm Where: Shadbolt Centre for the Arts, 6450 Deer Lake Avenue, Burnaby, BC Why: * to share ideas and network with other invasive plant stakeholders in the region *to hear local success stories * to showcase your organization through outreach materials, display or a brief introduction Displays: Tables are available for FREE to set up…

Thursday
Oct 21
7:00 PM

Information Meeting on Public Power in Burnaby

BC Citizens for Public Power are hosting a public meeting in Burnaby to update people on the threat the private power industry poses to public control of electricity production and wild salmon rivers in BC. Rex Weyler, the co-founder of Greenpeace, will be speaking; Damien Gillis’ new documentary film will be shown. BMN member, Elaine Golds, will also speak briefly…

Saturday
Oct 23
8:00 AM

BMN HIKE: Lower Seymour Mountain NEW DATE

This moderate hike on the lower slopes of Mt. Seymour will feature historical and lesser known trails, including the Old Buck, Perimeter, and Old Cabin trails, and take us to picturesque Goldie and Flower lakes. We will also have the opportunity to enjoy beautiful fall colours. Roundtrip hiking distance is approximately 13-15 km (8.1-9.3 mi) with an elevation gain of…

Sunday
Oct 24
11:00 AM

Hoy Creek Salmon Come Home Festival

BMN will be at this annual celebration with our display and children’s puzzles along with many other volunteers and local stewardship groups. Don’t be surprised if the rain joins us, too. Will returns of spawning coho and chum to local streams be anything like the massive returns of sockeye to the Fraser River? If ocean survival has been good, larger…

November 2010

Saturday
Nov 6

Metro Vancouver Parks “Parkfest Event”

This is an all-day event for all volunteers in Metro Vancouver Parks. Held at the BCIT campus in Burnaby, Parkfest looks to be a terrific day with a focus on biodiversity and presentations from several outstanding naturalists including Don Gayton (one of my favorite authors) from the BC interior, Stan Orchard on amphibians, Chris Guppy on butterflies, Derek Matthews on…

Saturday
Nov 6
9:00 AM

Birding with Larry at DeBoville Slough & Minnekhada Park

Join members of Nature Vancouver and Larry Cowan on this half-day birding trip. DeBoville Slough is a hotspot at this time of year for over wintering waterfowl in the ponds and raptors over the fields. Meet at Cedar & Victoria Drs. in NE Coquitlam at 9:00 a.m. We will position a vehicle or two in the parking area off Quarry…

Tuesday
Nov 9
7:30 PM

CLUB MONTHLY MEETING: Guest Speaker is John Lowman on Polar Bears

“White on White: West Hudson Bay Polar Bears” features images from nature photographer John Lowman’s visit to Churchill in November 2008 to photograph polar bears. The slide presentation describes photographing bears in Churchill, and includes portraits of bears and images depicting their behaviour — sparring and bear calisthenics — while waiting for the ice to form on Hudson Bay so…

Saturday
Nov 13
9:00 AM

BMN HIKE: Coquitlam Lake View Trail

For our last scheduled hike of the year, we will spend another day on Burke Mountain. If the weather is favourable, we will hike the complete trail and take in the views from Coquitlam Lake to Colony Farm. In doing this year, we will travel on a newly finished bypass trail that avoids some very slippery sections of the trail….

Sunday
Nov 14
11:00 AM

Hyde Creek Salmon Festival

BMN will be at this annual celebration with our displays and children’s puzzles at this very popular event. This is the last local community event of the season and provides excellent views of spawning salmon in nearby Hyde Creek.

Festival runs from 11am – 3 pm.

Wednesday
Nov 17
6:30 PM

Law Reform for Nature, Climate and Communities Dialogue

West Coast Environmental Law hosts a public meeting about land use and climate change at the Wosk Centre in downtown Vancouver. The event will be open to a public audience free of charge. Space is limited, so you must register to attend. For more information and to register, click here.

Saturday
Nov 20

The Harrison Eagle Festival

This two-day annual event (which started as a BMN tour in the early 1990s) provides a wonderful chance to see spawned-out salmon, hundreds of eagles, other wildlife and learn about First Nations history in the Fraser River Valley just beyond Mission. While BMN no longer participates as a group, this event can provide an outstanding experience during late fall in…

Sunday
Nov 21

The Harrison Eagle Festival

This annual event (which started as a BMN tour in the early 1990s) provides a wonderful chance to see spawned-out salmon, hundreds of eagles, other wildlife and learn about First Nations history in the Fraser River Valley just beyond Mission. While BMN no longer participates as a group, this event can provide an outstanding experience during late fall in the…

Sunday
Nov 21
10:00 AM

Winter Farmers Market in PoMo

10am – 2pm: The Coquitlam Farmers’ Market continues during the winter season on alternative Sundays in Port Moody (Nov 21, Dec 4, etc.) at the Recreation Complex off Ioco Road

Thursday
Nov 25
7:00 PM

Public Meeting on Public Power

The BC Citizens for Public Power hosts a public meeting, featuring speakers Joe Foy of the Wilderness Committee, Geoff Clayton of the Alouette River Management Society and Rex Weyler, formerly of Greenpeace. The new film by Damien Gillis on the threats of private power in BC will also be shown. This event is one of several to be held throughout…

December 2010

Sunday
Dec 5
1:00 PM

Christmas Open House at Burnaby Lake Regional Park

Enjoy a free guided winter walk along forested trails to discover wildlife in the park and learn about the lake and its history. After, enjoy activities and complimentary refreshments. Please dress appropriately for the weather. Presented by the Burnaby Lake Park Association.

Meet at the Nature House at the end of Piper Avenue off Winston Street. 604-520-6442.
1~3:00 PM

Sunday
Dec 5
1:00 PM

5th Annual Christmas Carol Sing-Along at Minnekhada Lodge

In December, the historic Minnekhada Lodge is decorated for the season and provides a festive backdrop for some singing and good cheer with members of the Minnekhada Park Association (MPA). The MPA invites everyone to gather around the lodge’s big log fireplace for caroling and entertainment by story-tellers and voyageurs. Free draws will be made for gifts donated by local…

Tuesday
Dec 14
7:00 PM

Annual Silent Auction and AGM

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…

Sunday
Dec 19
9:00 AM

Trial Recycling Program in Coquitlam

A trial recycling program which will accept a wide variety of plastics, electronics, etc. will be held at the Place Maillardville Community Centre, 1200 Cartier Ave. in Coquitlam. The Community Centre is partnering with Pacific Mobile Depot on December 18 and Saturday January 15. They will accept Styrofoam, acrylic, foil-lined bags, all electronics (more than Encorp will accept) as well…

Sunday
Dec 19
10:00 AM

Winter Farmers Market in PoMo

The Coquitlam Farmers Market has set up shop for the winter at the Port Moody Recreation Centre just off Ioco Road next to City Hall. The market is open every other Sunday so it will also be there on January 9, 23, February 6, 20, etc. To find out what vendors will be there or to check for cancellation due…

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