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January 2011

Sunday
Jan 2

Coquitlam and Pitt Meadows Christmas Bird Count

This is the part of the annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count that takes in our area and that BMN members participate in. Volunteers are needed! No experience necessary! (All you need to be able to do is spot a bird for others to identify). Contact John Reynolds to sign up (burkemtnnats AT gmail DOT com). Please note that participants are…

Tuesday
Jan 11
7:30 PM

CLUB MONTHLY MEETING: A Nature Photos by Vladimir Jan & Xmas Bird Count Wrap-Up - STILL ON, DESPITE SNOW FORECAST

The guest speaker at our January meeting will be photographer, paddler and hiker, Vladimir Jan who will present a slide show of birds, wildlife, and macro insects. He will also show a couple of audio visual shows to music. At the same meeting, BMN member John Reynolds will briefly summarize the findings of the recent Christmas Bird Count (CBC), including…

Saturday
Jan 15
9:00 AM

Trial Recycling Program in Coquitlam

From 9 am until noon, a trial recycling program accepting 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. They will accept Styrofoam, acrylic, foil-lined bags, all electronics (more than Encorp will accept) as well as ballasts and car…

Saturday
Jan 22
9:00 AM

Birding with Larry at DeBoville Slough and Minnekhada

Join Larry Cowan and members of Nature Vancouver for a half day birding trip to DeBoville Slough and Minnekhada Regional Park. This delightful area sometimes has the highest number of species on the local Christmas bird count. In late January, expect to see waterfowl, raptors and other species. Meet at the parking area at the intersection of Victoria and Cedar…

Sunday
Jan 23
10:00 AM

Coquitlam Winter Farmers Market

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 February 6, 20, etc. To find out what vendors will be there or to check for cancellation due to weather, click…

February 2011

Saturday
Feb 5
1:00 PM

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: Nestbox Cleaning at DeBoville Slough and along Oliver Road

Our first nest box cleaning foray of the year will be at DeBoville Slough and Oliver Road. Meet at the entrance to DeBoville Slough at the intersection of Victoria and Cedar Drives in NE Coquitlam. Please contact Elaine (604.937.3483 or egolds AT sfu DOT ca) if you wish to participate. Note the afternoon start time.

Sunday
Feb 6
10:00 AM

Coquitlam Farmers Market

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 February 6, 20, etc. To find out what vendors will be there, click here.

From 10 am-2 pm

Tuesday
Feb 8
7:30 PM

CLUB MONTHLY MEETING: Guest Speaker Ron Long on "Threatened Plants of Pink Mountain"

Our guest speaker this month is photographer Ron Long who will present a slide show “Pink Mountain Revisited – The Conservation Crisis that No One is Aware of….”. Pink Mountain stands apart from its surroundings in the far North of BC. Possibly because of this isolation, the summit supports an assemblage of arctic/alpine plants that simply does not occur anywhere…

Saturday
Feb 12
9:00 AM

Birding with Cathy Aitchison at Colony Farm Regional Park

Join Cathy Aitchison and members of Nature Vancouver for a half day birding tour of Colony Farm Regional Park. Expect to enjoy many birds including raptors and, probably, northern shrikes. Meet in the parking lot at the end of Colony Farm Road. For more info, contact Cathy at 604-685-7460 or catherine (UNDERLINE) aitchison (AT) hotmail (DOT) com.

Saturday
Feb 12
10:00 AM

Nature Walk at Maplewood with Al and Jude Grass

Join Al and Jude Grass for a nature walk at the Maplewood Flats Conservation Area every 2nd Saturday of the month. Winter is a great time to view a variety of shorebirds and waterfowl on Burrard Inlet. Park in the lot of the Pacific Environment Science Centre, 2645 Dollarton Highway in North Vancouver. Please note: These walks are very popular,…

Wednesday
Feb 16
7:00 PM

Port Moody Ecological Society AGM with Presentation by Dr. Andrew Trites

Port Moody Ecological Society Annual General Meeting. Guest speaker will be Dr. Andrew Trites from UBC who will speak about the largest mammal on earth – blue whales. Open to the public. The guest speaker’s presentation will follow the AGM. At the Port Moody Recreation Centre in Multipurpose Room 2, upstairs and to the left. Dr. Andrew Trites is Director…

Thursday
Feb 17
3:30 PM

Parks Canada Centennial Speakers Series: Discovering HMS Investigator

Discovering HMS Investigator: The Archaeology of Arctic Exploration in Aulavik National Park. Parks Canada and partners proudly present renowned author Brian Payton and Parks Canada archaeologist Henry Cary, who together will share the remarkable story of HMS Investigator’s final voyage to the edge of the North-West Passage, and the recent discovery of her wreck in Aulavik National Park. Simon Fraser…

Friday
Feb 18

Great Backyard Bird Count February 18-21

The 14th annual Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) is coming up February 18-21. The four-day event is free and is open to bird watchers of all ages and skill levels. Participants watch birds for any length of time on one or more days of the count and enter their tallies at their website. The results provide a snapshot of the…

Saturday
Feb 19
9:30 AM

Coquitlam River Watershed Roundtable

Displays, information, coffee and pastries will be available from 9:00 am. Lunch will be provided. Victoria Hall, 3435 Victoria Drive, Coquitlam Registration: The meeting is open to the public. There is no fee to attend. The Roundtable will coordinate and implement activities which will promote the long term sustainability of the watershed based on a common vision and values. Come…

Saturday
Feb 19
10:00 AM

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: Nestbox cleaning at Colony Farm Regional Park

This will be our second time that work parties head out to clean and maintain the BMN nestboxes. Meet in the parking lot at the end of Colony Farm Road as we will focus on the nest boxes in the Coquitlam side of the River. The ones around the wetland will be probably be done on a weekday because we…

Sunday
Feb 20
10:00 AM

Coquitlam Farmers Market

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. To find out what vendors will be there, click here.

From 10 am-2 pm

Wednesday
Feb 23
7:00 PM

Friends of DeBoville Slough February Meeting

Friends of DeBoville Slough meet at a new location – the Library Meeting Room at the Coquitlam Library (City Hall Branch). For more info, see the FODBS website. New Members Always Welcome!

Thursday
Feb 24
7:00 PM

Namibian Journey Slide Show

Professional local photographer Steve Smith will present a free slide show on the sights and sounds of his four week journey to Namibia. See conservation in action as well as some impressive and diverse wildlife and rich human culture. This event is part of the Heritage Week celebrations hosted by Port Coquitlam Heritage. The Gathering Place at Leigh Square, downtown…

Saturday
Feb 26
9:30 AM

Digital Photography Workshop with Ron Long

This workshop will include a lecture and question period in the morning, a shoot at midday and a critique of the classes’ shots later in the afternoon. This class is for anyone who has questions about digital photography and wants to be able to optimize the use of their camera. Learn how powerful even a simple point-and-shoot type camera can…

Saturday
Feb 26
10:00 AM

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: Nestbox Cleaning at Widgeon Slough Regional Reserve **POSTPONED**

Because this is in a closed area, we will meet at Minnekhada Park Quarry Road Parking lot to carpool from there through the locked gate to Widgeon Regional Reserve. We must arrive and leave together and expect to finish around 1 pm. Bring a snack. No washroom facilities are available but bushes are plentiful. Please contact Elaine (604.937.3483 or egolds…

Sunday
Feb 27
1:00 PM

Heritage Sunday at Minnekhada Lodge and Park

This free event is hosted by Metro Vancouver Parks as part of Heritage Week. Kids can participate in a scavenger hunt to earn a sweet treat or make an old fashioned craft to take home. All can join a free guided walk of the ground around the Lodge. Event runs from 1 – 4 pm Limited parking is available off…

March 2011

Saturday
Mar 5
10:00 AM

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: Nestbox Cleaning at Minnekhada Regional Park

Our last day out cleaning and maintaining nestboxes. Meet in the Quarry Road parking lot. Please contact Elaine (604.937.3483 or egolds AT sfu DOT ca) to sign up.

Tuesday
Mar 8
7:30 PM

CLUB MONTHLY MEETING: Guest Speaker Dr. Elizabeth Elle on BC's Bees & Other Pollinators

Our guest speaker this month is Dr. Elizabeth Elle from the Biology Department at Simon Fraser University. Elizabeth will present a slide show entitled “Plants and Pollinators in BC’s Garry Oak and South Okanagan Grassland Ecosystems”. BC is home to incredible wildflower diversity, the vast majority of which rely on insects (mostly bees) for successful reproduction. This talk will introduce…

Saturday
Mar 12
7:30 AM

Celebrating Partnerships 2011 hosted by MV Parks

Come and hear stories of what partners, Metro Vancouver staff and the community are doing at Metro Vancouver Regional Parks. The following tours are being offered as part of this year’s Celebrating Partnerships: 1. High Knoll Photography Hike; 2. Minnekhada Lodge Tour; 3. DeBoville Slough Walk — with BMN’s Elaine Golds and Friends of DeBoville Slough’s David Mounteney; 4. Historic…

Sunday
Mar 13
9:30 AM

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: Nestbox Cleaning at Widgeon Slough Regional Reserve

Because this is in a closed area, we will meet at Minnekhada Park Quarry Road Parking lot to carpool from there through the locked gate to Widgeon Regional Reserve. We must arrive and leave together and expect to finish around 1 pm. Bring your lunch. No washroom facilities are available but bushes are plentiful. Please contact Elaine (604.937.3483 or egolds…

Wednesday
Mar 16
7:00 PM

No Fracking Way! - A Panel Discussion on Fracking

A panel of experts will talk about fracking taking place in Northern B.C, its effects and what we can do to try to stop its devastating impact on our water and the environment. Free Admission. Vancouver Public Library Downtown (Alma Van Dusen/Peter Kaye Rooms) Speakers: Ben Parfitt, resource policy analyst with the BC Office of the Canadian Centre for Policy…

Saturday
Mar 19
8:00 AM

Monthly Raptor Count at Colony Farm

Join a small group of birders on monthly raptor surveys at Colony Farm Regional Park. Meet at the end of Colony Farm Road (in the parking lot near the Community Gardens). For more information, please contact Lee (LeeHarding AT shaw DOT ca).

Surveys will run for 2 – 3 hrs on the 3rd Saturday of the month.

Saturday
Mar 19
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…

Saturday
Mar 19
10:00 AM

'Nature Day' at Amsterdam Nurseries

Amsterdam Nurseries holds its 13th annual Nature Days and Native Plant Sale. Community groups are invited to attend with displays on Saturday. BMN will be there on Saturday, March 19th, 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 20
10:00 AM

Coquitlam Winter Farmers Market

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. To find out what vendors will be there, click here.

From 10 am-2 pm

Sunday
Mar 20
1:00 PM

First Tree Walk of 2011 at Riverview

Join the Riverview Horticultural Centre Society for their first tree tour of 2011. This is an ideal season to view the architectural structure of the deciduous trees before they come out in full leaf. 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…

Thursday
Mar 24
7:00 PM

Free Pesticide-Free Gardening Seminar

The City of Port Moody is hosting a free seminar on gardening without pesticides with master-gardener Brenda Costanzo, co-author of Native Plants in the Coastal Garden. The presentation will include ideas for design and layout, propagation, healthy soil and water conservation.

Held in the Inlet Theatre, Port Moody City Hall.

Saturday
Mar 26

CLUB HIKE: Coquitlam River/Riverview Lands Loop

Our first hike of the year will link together three areas BMN holds dear: the Coquitlam River corridor, the Riverview Lands, and Colony Farm. Starting from the Patricia Avenue pedestrian bridge, we will hike down the west side of the river as far as its confluence with Maple Creek, and then continue south via the Riverview Lands to Colony Farm….

Saturday
Mar 26
9:00 AM

Birding with Larry at DeBoville Slough and Minnekhada

Join Larry Cowan and members of Nature Vancouver for a half-day birding walk at DeBoville Slough and Minnekhada Park. Osprey, hummingbirds, and swallows should be back on their breeding grounds. Spring migrants should also be moving through the area. With luck you might catch a glimpse of Sandhill Crane, Red Crossbills, Band-tailed Pigeon and Western Meadowlark. They have averaged over…

Saturday
Mar 26
9:30 AM

Photography Seminar with Ron Long

Whether you use a film or digital camera, photography is photography. This seminar will provide information and techniques that will significantly improve your photography no matter which type of camera you are using. The seminar is fully illustrated with hundreds of images demonstrating the techniques being discussed. COMPOSITION will provide many suggestions and a few simple guidelines to improve your…

Saturday
Mar 26
8:30 PM

Earth Hour

From 8:30 PM to 9:30 PM on Saturday March 26th, lights will switch off around the globe for Earth Hour and people will commit to actions that go beyond the hour.

With Earth Hour almost upon us, our thoughts are with the people of Japan during this challenging and sad time for their country.

Sunday
Mar 27
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…

April 2011

Sunday
Apr 3
10:00 AM

Coquitlam Farmers Market

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. To find out what vendors will be there, click here.

From 10 am-2 pm

Sunday
Apr 3
1:00 PM

"Creative Cafe" at Minnekhada Lodge

The historic Minnekhada Lodge is open the public from 1pm to 4pm on the first Sunday of every month. The Minnekhada Park Association is providing value-added programming through a “Creative Café” to enhance the visitors’ experience at these Open Houses. Refreshments will be available by donation as well a different theme every month to entertain you after your hike through…

Thursday
Apr 7
7:30 PM

"Water for Life" with Mark Angelo

This event at the Michael J. Fox Theatre in Burnaby features river advocate Mark Angelo and his spectacular audiovisual journey down some of the world’s most renowned waterways. Joining him are Holly Arntzen, Kevin Wright & the Dream Band and Voices of Nature with a 160-voice choir from Brentwood Park School. It will be a night of inspiration, education and…

Tuesday
Apr 12
7:30 PM

CLUB MONTHLY MEETING: Guest Speaker Dr. Christine Bishop on Conservation of the Yellow-breasted Chat in BC

Our guest speaker will be biologist Christine Bishop who will discuss the western yellow-breasted chat and the efforts she and others are making to conserve this species in BC. Please check back for more info on this presentation. At Como Lake United Church, corner of Marmont Avenue and King Albert Street in Coquitlam. Free and all are welcome. For a…

Saturday
Apr 16
8:00 AM

Monthly Raptor Count at Colony Farm

Join a small group of birders on monthly raptor surveys at Colony Farm Regional Park. Meet at the end of Colony Farm Road. If you want to join the group a bit later, meet them by the pond on the east side of the park (use the Shaughnessy St parking lot) at 9:00 am. For more information, please contact Lee…

Saturday
Apr 16
11:00 AM

Wildlife Rescue's 'Earth Fest' Celebration at Burnaby Lake

This is the Wildlife Rescue Association’s 3rd annual Earth Day event at Burnaby Lake. The Colony Farm Park Association will attend with a display and (BMN) children’s puzzles. This event is growing in popularity and can be a great outing for the family. You can be sure of seeing swallows flying over Burnaby Lake from the Pavillion where most of…

Sunday
Apr 17
10:00 AM

Coquitlam Winter Farmers Market

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, but this is the last market of the season. To find out what vendors will be there, click here.

From 10 am-2 pm

Sunday
Apr 17
1:00 PM

Free Guided Walking Tour of Magnolias at Riverview

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…

Friday
Apr 22

Earth Day

Celebrated every April 22, Earth Day is the largest, most celebrated environmental event worldwide. Environmental challenges abound as our daily actions pollute and degrade the fragile environment that humans and wildlife depend on to survive. Earth Day provides the opportunity for positive actions and results. More than 6 million Canadians join 500 million people in over 180 countries in staging…

Saturday
Apr 23
8:45 AM

Birding with Larry at DeBoville Slough and Minnekhada Park

Join Larry Cowan and members of Nature Vancouver for a morning birding tour of DeBoville Slough and Minnekhada Park. Target species include Sandhill Crane and Green Heron. Meet Larry at 8:45 am at the intersection of Victoria and Cedar Drives in NE Coquitlam. Some vehicles will be positioned at Minnekhada for the return trip. Contact Larry at 604-465-1402.

Saturday
Apr 30

BMN HIKE: Mosquito Creek Cascades

On this moderate hike we will visit the relatively little-known Mosquito Creek Cascades, which at this time of year, become one long whitewater torrent. We will begin by hiking a scenic portion of the popular Baden-Powell Trail, and our climb up the east side of Mosquito Creek will give us opportunity to see a few remnant old-growth fir and cedar…

Saturday
Apr 30
9:00 AM

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: Knotweed Removal at DeBoville Slough CANCELLED

Join the Friends of DeBoville Slough and BMN members for the first knotweed removal at DeBoville Slough for 2011 (from 9 am – noon). The impact of several years of previous weeding efforts are now quite obvious…volunteers are winning the battle with this invasive plant species! For more information see the Friends of Deboville Slough’s website. NOTE: _With the unusually…

May 2011

Sunday
May 1
1:00 PM

Free Guided Tour by Don Gillespie: 'Riverview Heritage Walk'

We have decided to change the focus of the “BMN Backyard Walks” at Riverview. With the publication of the wonderful history, “Riverview Hospital, A Legacy of Care and Compassion “, we are now seeing more interest when visitors tour the site as to where certain facilities, such as the Boys School or its swimming pool were located. While some evidence…

Monday
May 2

Get Out and VOTE!!

With so many issues on the plate, it is hard to focus solely on environmental concerns during this election campaign. Nonetheless, will Canada ever have effective endangered species legislation? How soon might we expect a green energy plan to lead us into a more sustainable future? Are you concerned that last November, the unelected Senate voted down a Climate Change…

Friday
May 6
4:00 PM

Biodiversity Blitz at Burnaby Lake Regional Park

Friday, May 6th at 4pm through to Saturday, May 7th at 4pm Metro Vancouver and the Burnaby Lake Park association is hosting their annual BioBlitz at Burnaby Lake Regional Park and on Burnaby Mountain for 24 hours on May 6-7. The idea is to identify every non-human species (birds, mammals, fish, reptiles, amphibians, invertebrates, plants, lichens, fungi, and anything else…

Saturday
May 7
11:00 AM

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

This will be the 20th anniversary of the annual Port Moody Ecological Society Fingerling Festival at the Noons Creek Hatchery in Port Moody. Over 4,000 people of all ages attended last year, helping to release 40,000 salmon fry into Noons Creek for their journey to the Pacific Ocean.. Visit displays in the skating arena of over 40 environmental groups and…

Sunday
May 8
9:00 AM

Coquitlam Farmers Market

The first of the season! Coquitlam Farmers Market in the parking lot at Dogwood Pavilion, corner of Poirier and Winslow in Coquitlam.

from 9am-1pm

Tuesday
May 10
7:30 PM

CLUB MONTHLY MEETING: Guest Speaker David Hancock on Eagles and Eagle Cams

Our guest speaker will be David Hancock on eagles and his many adventures with setting up recorders and monitoring bald eagles on their nests including one installed last summer in Port Moody. For info on the PoMo eagle cam, click here. At Como Lake United Church, corner of Marmont Avenue and King Albert Street in Coquitlam. Free and all are…

Saturday
May 14
8:00 AM

Monthly Raptor Count at Colony Farm

Join a small group of birders on monthly raptor surveys at Colony Farm Regional Park. Meet at the end of Colony Farm Road. For more information, please contact Lee (LeeHarding AT shaw DOT ca). Surveys will run for 2 – 3 hrs on the 3rd Saturday of the month, except for this month (May) when we go a week earlier….

Saturday
May 14
1:00 PM

International Migratory Bird Day Celebrations at Colony Farm

Celebrate International Migratory Bird Day at Colony Farm from 1-4 pm. The Colony Farm Park Association will host their annual event which includes community garden tours (1:30 pm), an opportunity for children to plant a pot and tour displays including one from the Vancouver Avian Research Centre which conducts bird banding at Colony Farm. At 3 pm, BMN volunteers will…

Sunday
May 15
8:00 AM

CLUB HIKE: Lower Eagle Ridge

On this moderate hike we will cover some of the same ground as on last year’s Eagle Ridge loop hike. But we will walk some new bits of trail, likely including the Mossom Creek trail; reach a different destination, Cypress Lake; and have an opportunity to view a newly discovered waterfall: a series of cascades with one major drop on…

Saturday
May 21
8:30 AM

Birding with Larry at Colony Farm Regional Park

Join Larry Cowan and members of Nature Vancouver for a half-day birding field trip is to Colony Farm RP. Our target species will be Colony Farm’s feature bird the Lazuli Bunting. Other species expected include Western Kingbird, Band-tailed Pigeon & American Bittern. Meet your leader, Larry Cowan, in the parking area at the east-end of Colony Farm Rd. at 08:30…

Sunday
May 22
10:00 AM

'Spring into Summer' at the Burnaby Lake Nature House

Celebrate the season opening of the Burnaby Lake Nature House. Visit displays, make a craft to take home, take a nature walk and more.
10:00 AM~4:00 PM
Burnaby Lake Regional Park
Meet at the Nature House, 4519 Piper Avenue off Winston Street.
Information: 604-432-6359

Thursday
May 26
7:00 PM

Friends of DeBoville Slough AGM

Annual General Meeting of the Friends of DeBoville Slough. New members are always welcome and this AGM is a great time to join! At the Coquitlam City Centre Library.

Saturday
May 28

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: Woodland Walk Trail Maintenance

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

June 2011

Saturday
Jun 4
9:00 AM

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: Knotweed Removal at DeBoville Slough

Do your bit for the environment by spending a morning removing invasive knotweed from DeBoville Slough. Due of a cold spring, the knotweed removal work party was cancelled in late April so there will be plenty of catching up to do! Wear sturdy shoes; bring work gloves and drinking water. See the Friends of DeBoville Slough’s website for more info….

Saturday
Jun 4
9:00 AM

Free Guided Walk at Colony Farm to see Lazuli Buntings

Celebrate Environment Week by participating in Lazuli Bunting Walks at Colony Farm Regional Park. Join experienced birders to enjoy a close-up look at Colony Farm’s most colourful bird – and many others. Colony Farm remains the best site in the lower mainland to see breeding lazuli buntings. Meet in the parking lot at the end of Colony Farm Road. There…

Sunday
Jun 5
1:00 PM

Free Guided Tour of the Trees of Riverview Hospital

Join the Riverview Horticultural Centre Society for their June walk around the trees of Riverview. This is a glorious time of year to view the trees with new leaves and some in blossom. 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…

Thursday
Jun 9
5:00 PM

Public Consultation on Fish Channels at Colony Farm Fish Channels

The Smart Growth Committee of the City of Port Coquitlam will be conducting a Public Consultation Session for proposed fish channels in the Old Field Habitat of Colony Farms at the meeting on Thursday, June 9th, 2011. The meeting will start at 5:00pm in the Council Chambers, Third Floor, Port Coquitlam City Hall, 2580 Shaughnessy Street, Port Coquitlam, BC.

Saturday
Jun 11
8:00 AM

PUBLIC HIKE: Woodland Walk Trail on Burke Mtn

To celebrate the sixteenth 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…

Tuesday
Jun 14
7:00 PM

CLUB MONTHLY MEETING: Guided Heritage Tour of Riverview

The last BMN meeting of the season will be held at Riverview because it should be far too nice to spend an entire evening indoors. We will host a 90 minute tour of Riverview, a Heritage Landscape Walk led by Don Gillespie, and we will then come to the Henry Esson Young (HEY) building for some refreshments and a chance…

Wednesday
Jun 15
7:00 PM

Colony Farm Park Association's AGM

The Annual General Meeting will start with a light supper around 5:30 pm and lots of time to visit and enjoy the birds and gardens before the meeting starts at 7 pm. Following the meeting, they will wait until dusk to view and count the bats as they emerge from the bunkhouse.

Friday
Jun 17

Bird Monitoring and Banding Workshop

A 3 day Bird Monitoring and Banding Workshop hosted by the Vancouver Avian Research Centre VARC). Developed for people with little or no bird banding or bird in the hand experience, this workshop provides an opportunity to see birds up close and personal, learn about their plumage/molt sequences/life habits and obtain hands on banding and processing skills. This will be…

Saturday
Jun 18
8:00 AM

Monthly Raptor Count at Colony Farm

Join a small group of birders on monthly raptor surveys at Colony Farm Regional Park. Meet at the end of Colony Farm Road. For more information, please contact Lee (LeeHarding AT shaw DOT ca).

Surveys will run for 2 – 3 hrs on the 3rd Saturday of the month.

Tuesday
Jun 21
6:00 PM

CLUB CYCLE TRIP: Solstice PoCo Trail Cycle

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 6pm. Return 9:30pm. Please…

Sunday
Jun 26
1:00 PM

A Midsummer Fete at Colony Farm

Spend a whimsical afternoon at Colony Farm Regional Park enjoying music, dance performances, art activities, workshops, garden tours, a labyrinth, storytelling and a farmers’ market. Have a very special tea in the tea tent, and learn about the rich history of Colony Farm. All are free, and presented by Metro Vancouver and the The Public Dreams Society. Runs from 1…

Sunday
Jun 26
1:00 PM

Free Guided Walking Tour of the Linden Trees at Riverview

Join the Riverview Horticultural Centre Society for their first linden tree walk of the summer at Riverview Hospital. Dogs on leash are also welcome. For more information, see the Riverview Horticultural Centre Society’s website) or phone 604.290.9910. Meet on the uphill side of the Henry Esson Young (HEY) Building. For additional information click here. Banners and signs will be in…

July 2011

Thursday
Jul 7
7:00 PM

Botanizing at Woodhaven Swamp

Join other BMN members for a botany walk along the 1.2 km trail around Woodhaven Swamp (located along the road to Belcarra Regional Park – 1 km in from the Burrard Thermal turnoff). There is no leader for this event; rather bring whatever plant guidebooks you own or can borrow, and we’ll learn plant identification together. Meet in the Woodhaven…

Thursday
Jul 7
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 9
9:00 AM

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: Knotweed Removal at DeBoville Slough

Anytime from 9 am on, join the Friends of DeBoville Slough for another knotweed removal session. Wear appropriate clothing for what could be considerable exposure to the sun. Bring ample drinking water and your own gardening gloves. Tools provided. Meet at the kiosk close to the intersection of Victoria and Cedar Drives in NE Coquitlam. Click here for more info….

Friday
Jul 15

Be Part a 'BioBlitz' at Harrison Hot Springs

The South Coast Conservation Program in partnership with the Stanley Park Ecology Society and others are planning for two “BioBlitzes” for Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley this summer. * Harrison Hot Springs BioBlitz: weekend of July 15-17 * Stanley Park BioBlitz: weekend of August 19-21 Activities will take place Saturday and Sunday of each weekend. BioBlitzes (Biodiversity Blitzes) are…

Saturday
Jul 16

CLUB HIKE along Diez Vistas

The BMN Hiking Club is heading up along the Diez Vistas Trail west of Buntzen Lake. Hike specs are: 15 km (9.3 mi); 426 m (1398 ft); 7 hrs

Click here for more details

Saturday
Jul 16
8:00 AM

Monthly Raptor Count at Colony Farm

Join a small group of birders on monthly raptor surveys at Colony Farm Regional Park. Meet at the end of Colony Farm Road. For more information, please contact Lee (LeeHarding AT shaw DOT ca).

Surveys will run for 2 – 3 hrs on the 3rd Saturday of the month.

Saturday
Jul 16
12:00 PM

Celebrate Canada’s Parks in Stanley Park in Vancouver

This is the biggest Centennial event of the summer. Come out and celebrate the 100 years of Parks Canada and 100 years of provincial parks in BC on July 16th in Vancouver’s Stanley Park. Information on this event can be seen here. Where: at Brockton Point for a fun-filled family day of festivities from 12 noon to 5 pm. Connect…

Sunday
Jul 17
1:00 PM

Free Guided Walking Tour of the Heritage Trees at Riverview

Join the Riverview Horticultural Centre Society for a pleasant summer tree walk. 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 on leash are also welcome. Meet on…

Saturday
Jul 30
10:00 AM

'Creatures of the Not-So-Deep'

This is a free family event presented by Metro Vancouver and the Belcarra Beachkeeper Volunteers, held at Belcarra Regional Park. Learn about sea creatures exposed at low tide. Help catch, observe and release unharmed sea creature collected by a beach seine net, check out the creatures caught in crab traps off the wharf, and make a craft to take home….

August 2011

Sunday
Aug 7

CLUB HIKE: Three Brothers Mountain

In the first few years of the BMN Hikers, we did a number of hikes in Manning Provincial Park, including Three Brothers Mountain, Poland Lake, and a portion of the Skyline Trail. Now in this anniversary year of BC Parks, it seems appropriate to revisit a favourite Manning trail. This moderate ridge walk features distant views, expansive wildflower gardens, and…

Sunday
Aug 14
1:00 PM

Free Guided Walking Tour of the Heritage Trees at Riverview

Sunday, August 14 at 1 pm: Join the Riverview Horticultural Centre Society for a pleasant summer tree walk. 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 on…

Friday
Aug 19

Be Part a 'BioBlitz' in Stanley Park

The South Coast Conservation Program in partnership with the Stanley Park Ecology Society and others are planning the second “BioBlitz” of the summer, this time in Stanley Park during the weekend of August 19-21 Activities will take place both Saturday and Sunday. BioBlitzes (Biodiversity Blitzes) are citizen science events that provide for the public, specialists and conservation practitioners to come…

Sunday
Aug 21
1:00 PM

Free Guided Tour by Don Gillespie: 'Riverview Heritage Walk'

Sunday, August 21 at 1 pm: Join Don Gillespie and his BMN assistants for a fabulous Heritage Landscape Walk through the Riverview Hospital site. Learn about the Hospital’s century of mental health care and explore its gracious landscaping so reminiscent of a grand English country estate. Meet on the uphill side of the Henry Esson Young (HEY) Building. For additional…

September 2011

Sunday
Sep 4
1:30 PM

The Perfect Storm: A Discovery Walk with the Stanley Park Ecology Society

Event meeting location: Parking lot behind Third Beach kiosk in Stanley Park. Turn right at Tea House after the Hollow Tree. Duration: 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm. Description of event: You will walk with Biologist David Cook through the forest of Stanley Park where the effects of the storm of 2006 were most destructive and see how it is recovering…

Saturday
Sep 10
6:00 AM

Taylor Meadows/Garibaldi Lake Loop

Saturday, September 10 Taylor Meadows/Garibaldi Lake Loop Surprisingly, in its 15-year history our hiking group has only visited Garibaldi Provincial Park twice (Wedgemount Lake, Elfin Lakes/The Gargoyles), and never what may considered its crown jewel, Garibaldi Lake. In this year of celebrating BC Parks centenary, we will rectify that. On this moderately strenuous loop hike, we will visit beautiful Taylor…

Tuesday
Sep 13
7:30 PM

CLUB MONTHLY MEETING: A Birding Trip to the Muskwa-Kechika in Northeastern BC

Our first guest speaker of the fall season is Dr. Rob Butler who will present a slide show on his recent trek to a remote northeast region of BC conducting field work for the BC Breeding Bird Atlas. He joined six others on a horseback trip into the wilderness of the Muskwa-Kechika region west of Fort St John and Fort…

Saturday
Sep 17
11:00 AM

18th Annual Treefest Celebration on the Riverview Hospital Lands

Treefest is an opportunity to celebrate trees and environmental stewardship with an emphasis on the spectacular collection of trees on the Riverview lands. This year’s event will take place on SATURDAY, September 17th, from 11:00 am – 4:00 pm at the Riverview Hospital Grounds located at 2601 Lougheed Highway in Coquitlam. Please note the CHANGE of DAY (made in order…

Sunday
Sep 25
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 displays and childrens’ puzzles along with other groups including the Hyde Creek Watershed Society. BMN will lead a short Nature Walk beginning at 1:30 pm. Watch local…

Wednesday
Sep 28
6:00 PM

Fundraiser for the New West DocFest

The New West Doc Fest is a new documentary film festival taking place at Douglas College on October 21-22. Leading up to the festival is a Burger/Beer/Silent Auction Fundraiser held on Wed., September 28 from 6:00 to 10:00 pm. at the Heritage Grill, 447 Columbia Street, New Westminster. Everyone is invited. Tickets are only $20 each for your choice of…

Thursday
Sep 29
1:00 PM

BC Nature's Fall Conference: "Nature on the Move - Fall Migration through Delta"

This year’s BC Nature Weekend & Fall General Meeting is hosted by the Delta Naturalists at the Coast Tsawwassen Inn (1665 – 56 Street, Tsawwassen) on 29 September to 2 October 2011. Experience the world-class Fraser River estuary and Boundary Bay ecosystem and enjoy guided tours and presentations with experts in diverse aspects of wildlife and nature. This weekend event…

October 2011

Saturday
Oct 1
2:30 AM

Free Public Lecture at SFU by Jon Lomberg

This family-friendly presentation is the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada – Vancouver’s annual Paul Skyes Memorial lecture for 2011. This special lecture is by world-renowned astronomy artist Jon Lomberg on “My Work with Carl Sagan”. Jon Lomberg is an American space artist and science journalist. He was Carl Sagan’s principal artistic collaborator for more than twenty years on many projects…

Saturday
Oct 1
9:00 AM

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: Knotweed Removal at DeBoville Slough

This will be the final knotweed removal for this year at DeBoville Slough. Volunteers are always appreciated. Please wear sturdy shoes; bring work gloves and drinking water. Meet at the kiosk on the corner of Cedar and Victoria Drives in Coquitlam. For more information, contact David Mounteney of The Friends of DeBoville Slough at 604.941-2498 or at burkemtnman at gmail…

Sunday
Oct 2
8:00 AM

Lower Seymour Mountain Hike

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. We will start and finish at the Vancouver Picnic Area. Roundtrip hiking distance is…

Sunday
Oct 2
12:00 PM

Ioco Ghost Town Day

This year is the 10th annual Ioco Ghost Town Days festival. This free community event brings together local people for an old fashioned day of fun while recognizing the history of the Imperial Oil’s town site. The event is held at the Ioco lawn bowling green (intersection of Ioco Rd and 1st Ave) in Port Moody. For more info, see…

Sunday
Oct 2
5:00 PM

'Bear Essentials' at Minnekhada Regional Park

Understanding bear behaviour helps keep people safe and bears wild. Learn about black bear biology and how to avoid conflict on hiking trails and camp sites. Drop by the lodge anytime to see the bear display. Free, registration not required. Meet in the Minnekhada Lodge. www.metrovancouver.org

From 1~4 pm

Tuesday
Oct 11
7:30 PM

CLUB MONTHLY MEETING: Speaker will be John Reynolds on The Ups and Downs of Fraser River Sockeye

So just what’s going on with the Fraser sockeye? What’s the Cohen Commission all about?? To learn the answers to these questions from a highly informed source, plan on attending our October meeting when SFU Professor John Reynolds will present a slide show exploring the Fraser sockeye, the collapse of 2009 and bounce-back in 2010, and how they’re doing this…

Sunday
Oct 16
8:00 AM

East Canyon Trail (Golden Ears Park)

This moderate hike will take us into the less traveled and more northern part of Golden Ears Park. We will start hiking from the Lower Falls parking lot and follow Gold Creek on the east side. This wonderful forest and beautiful creek is one not to miss. The elevation gain is approximately 280 m (900 ft) and an 18 km…

Wednesday
Oct 19
8:00 PM

'The Wolverine Way' book tour with Douglas Chadwick

Explorer and author Douglas Chadwick is speaking in Vancouver in support of Sierra Club BC’s Flathead River Valley campaign and to promote his latest book, The Wolverine Way. An acclaimed speaker, Chadwick will describe his close encounters with the elusive and endangered wolverine. Chadwick’s tour is co-sponsored by Patagonia and The Big Wild. This Vancouver event partners are the Beaty…

Friday
Oct 21
6:00 PM

New West Doc Fest - A Festival of Enviro-related Films

Two non-profit groups, the Green Ideas Network and New Westminster Environmental Partners, are pleased to present “The New West Doc Fest”. This inaugural event will take place at Douglas College (New Westminster Campus) on October 21 & 22. At the festival, theatre-goers can enjoy award-winning documentaries which focus on environmental and social justice issues relevant to current events here at…

Sunday
Oct 23
11:00 AM

Hoy Creek's Salmon Come Home Festival

The Hoy Creek Fish Hatchery celebrates the return of BC’s favourite fish with fishy activities including salmon viewing, children’s crafts and music. BMN will be at this annual celebration with our display and children’s puzzles along with many other volunteers and local stewardship groups. Dress for the weather. Festival runs from 11 am – 3 pm. Location is around the…

Thursday
Oct 27
7:00 PM

Friends of DeBoville Slough Meeting and Presn on Western Painted Turtles

The Friends of DeBoville Slough (FODBS) are meeting on Thursday, Oct 27th at the Coquitlam Library, City Hall Branch at 7 pm. There will be a presentation by the by the South Coast Western Painted Turtle Recovery Project people. They are looking at partnering with FODBS and BMN on a restoration project at DeBoville Slough.

November 2011

Sunday
Nov 6
10:00 AM

Winter Farmers Market in PoMo

Come November, the Coquitlam Farmers Market moves indoors to the Port Moody Social Rec Centre (off Ioco Road) for the winter season so you can continue to get fresh local produce all year long! The Winter Farmers Market will run on alternating Sundays from 10:00am to 2:00pm. Please find the dates below: November 20th December 4th & 18th January 8th…

Sunday
Nov 6
10:00 AM

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: Ivy Pull at Minnekhada

The Lower Mainland Green Team has organized an ivy pull at Minnekhada Regional Park on Sunday Nov 6th from 10am-1pm. The event is on rain or shine. To join and for more info please click here.

Remember that the clock turns back on Saturday night.

Tuesday
Nov 8
7:30 PM

CLUB MONTHLY MEETING: The Importance of Nooksack Dace

How can a tiny fish help to save all of Canada’s endangered species? You can learn the answer by attending the next meeting on the Burke Mountain Naturalists at 7:30 pm on Tuesday, November 8 where the topic will be the Nooksack Dace, a small but highly endangered fish. The guest speaker will be Dr. Mike Pearson who has spent…

Sunday
Nov 13
3:30 PM

Coastal Waterbird Survey at the Shoreline Park in Port Moody

Join BMN member, Krista Englund with the Important Bird Area program for a 1.5 hour seabird survey. Meet her close to the Recreation Centre area in Port Moody. For more details, email kenglund AT alumni DOT sfu DOT ca. These surveys take place once a month. Upcoming surveys on Dec. 11, Jan. 8, Feb. 12 and March 11.

Thursday
Nov 17
7:00 PM

Free Public Lecture: "Can ecological restoration help a planet under pressure?" presented by Dr. Ken Ashley

By most metrics, except those under the influence of the fossil fuel industry, their lobbyists and Petro-Governments, the planet is under increasing ecological pressure, and is currently experiencing a “6th Great Extinction” of species. What’s different this time, is that the species extinctions are not caused by asteroids, comets or any natural causes, but by the cumulative ecological footprint of…

Saturday
Nov 19

Municipal Election Day

Please take some time to get acquainted with those running for Council or Mayor. Attend all-candidates meetings to get informed and remember to vote on election day. Democracy works best when we all participate!

Saturday
Nov 19

The Fraser Valley Bald 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…

Saturday
Nov 19
9:00 AM

Birding with Larry at DeBoville Slough

Join leader 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 species with waterfowl in the sloughs, ponds and river and the chance of raptors over the fields. Meet in the parking lot adjacent to the washroom facilities at Cedar & Victoria Drs….

Sunday
Nov 20
8:00 AM

Bird Survey at Colony Farm

For serious birders only – join a small group of birders conducting monthly bird surveys at Colony Farm. Two groups of birders spend the morning there, rain or shine. Meet at 8am in the Community Garden parking lot with Lee or at 9am at the entrance off Shaughnessy with Mike.

Sunday
Nov 20
10:00 AM

Winter Farmers Market in PoMo

Come November, the Coquitlam Farmers Market moves indoors to the Port Moody Social Rec Centre (off Ioco Road) for the winter season so you can continue to get fresh local produce all year long! The Winter Farmers Market will run on alternating Sundays from 10:00am to 2:00pm. Please find the dates below: December 4th & 18th January 8th & 22nd…

Monday
Nov 21
7:00 PM

Boiling Point Action Network's AGM

Boiling Point Action Network (BPAN) is a grassroots group of Maple Ridge and TriCities residents who share the common interest of fighting global warming with education and providing the general public, organizations and the government with the tools necessary to make this happen. BPAN is holding it Annual General Meeting on November 21st, at 7:00 pm at the Hyde Creek…

Tuesday
Nov 22
6:30 PM

Heritage Resources Inventory Community Workshop in PoCo

The City of Port Coquitlam is developing a comprehensive Heritage Resource Inventory not only to update the heritage building inventory that was developed in 1985 but also to include all the special places which will truly reflect the history of Port Coquitlam, such as historic trails, monuments and significant landscapes. The heritage consultant Birmingham & Wood Architects and Planners, and…

December 2011

Sunday
Dec 4

'Christmas Bird Count for Kids' in Stanley Park

Join Bird Studies Canada (BSC) for the second annual Christmas Bird Count for Kids (CBC4Kids) to learn about the winter birds in your community in a fun, family-friendly event! The CBC4Kids includes a bird identification and binocular workshop to prepare participants for observing and identifying birds. Each participant, accompanied by an adult, will be part of a small birding team…

Sunday
Dec 4
10:00 AM

Winter Farmers Market in PoMo

Come winter, the Coquitlam Farmers Market moves indoors to the Port Moody Social Rec Centre (off Ioco Road) for the winter season so you can continue to get fresh local produce all year long! The Winter Farmers Market will run on alternating Sundays from 10:00am to 2:00pm. Please find the dates below: December 18th January 8th & 22nd February 5th…

Sunday
Dec 4
1:00 PM

Christmas Open House at Burnaby Lake Regional Park

Enjoy a guided winter walk along forested trails to discover wildlife and learn about the lake’s history. After, join us for activities and complimentary refreshments. Please dress for the weather.
Meet at the Burnaby Lake Nature House, 4519 Piper Avenue, off Winston Street. Information: 604-520-6442 Presented by Burnaby Lake Park Association. www.metrovancouver.org

Sunday, December 4, 1~3 pm

Saturday
Dec 10
10:00 AM

Free Guided Walk at Maplewood Flats

A winter’s day in Maplewood Conservation Area is always full on wonderful surprises as we search for waterfowl, shorebirds, and birds of the forest. Rain or shine. Free but donations are welcome. Time: 10:00-12:00 Where: The Conservation Area at Maplewood is located at 2645 Dollarton Hwy., North Vancouver- 2km east of the Iron Workers Memorial Bridge. Host: Wild Bird Trust…

Tuesday
Dec 13
7:00 PM

MONTHLY MEETING: Silent Auction, Annual General Meeting and Year-End Slideshow

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…

Saturday
Dec 17

Call for Volunteers: Audubon Christmas Bird Count on Saturday, December 17th

Escape the demands of the pre-Christmas season by spending a few hours along local trails on the annual Christmas Bird Count (CBC). In 1900, an American ornithologist asked people across North America to head out on Christmas Day to count birds (instead of shooting them, as was the tradition) and submit the results as the first “Christmas Bird Census.” The…

Sunday
Dec 18
10:00 AM

Winter Farmers Market in PoMo

Come winter, the Coquitlam Farmers Market moves indoors to the Port Moody Social Rec Centre (off Ioco Road) for the winter season so you can continue to get fresh local produce all year long! The Winter Farmers Market will run on alternating Sundays from 10:00am to 2:00pm. Please find the dates below: January 8th & 22nd February 5th & 19th…

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