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January 2012

Sunday
Jan 1

New Year's Day

Welcome to another year on the blue marble.

Tuesday
Jan 10
7:30 PM

CLUB MONTHLY MEETING: Guest Speaker Prof. Rolf Mathewes on "Haida Gwaii, our Canadian Galapagos"

Haida Gwaii, also known as The Queen Charlotte Islands, has been dubbed the ‘Canadian Galapagos’ because of the number of unique species that have evolved on this isolated archipelago. These plants and animals remain distinct from their mainland relatives and are a source of fascination for travelers and scientists alike. Some scientists are also fascinated by the species that lived…

Saturday
Jan 21
9:00 AM

Birding with Larry at DeBoville Slough

Join Larry Cowan and members of the Nature Vancouver club for a half-day birding field trip from Coquitlam’s DeBoville Slough to Minnekhada Park. Hopes are high for discovering many waterfowl & raptor species during this guided walk. Meet in the parking lot adjacent to the washroom facilities at Cedar & Victoria Drives in NE Coquitlam at 09:00. For more info,…

Saturday
Jan 21
9:00 AM

Birding at Colony Farm with Lee Harding

These trips go on the 3rd Saturday of each month. Join Lee in the parking lot at the end of Colony Farm Road for an enjoyable morning of birding at Colony Farm. Alternatively, meet Mike Griffin at 10 am at the Shaughnessy Street entrance to Colony Farm at 10 am and join the group at the pond. For more information,…

Sunday
Jan 22
10:00 AM

Coquitlam Farmers Winter Market

Don’t miss the winter version of the Coquitlam Farmers Market at the Port Moody Social Recreation Centre, 300 Ioco Road. Also on February 5 & 19, March 4 & 18 and April 1 & 29.

10am-2pm.

February 2012

Saturday
Feb 4
10:00 AM

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 in the parking lot 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. Dress for the weather, bring work…

Sunday
Feb 5
10:00 AM

Coquitlam Winter Farmers Market

Don’t miss the winter version of the Coquitlam Farmers Market at the Port Moody Social Recreation Centre, 300 Ioco Road. Also on February 19, March 4 & 18 and April 1 & 29.

10am-2pm.

Saturday
Feb 11
9:00 AM

Birding with Larry at Colony Farm

Colony Farm is home to many over wintering raptors, sparrows, waterfowl and usually a Northern Shrike or two. Discover what species the park has to offer on this half-day outing with Larry Cowan and members of Nature Vancouver. Meet at the parking area at the south end of Colony Farm Rd. in Coquitlam at 09:00. For more info, call Larry…

Saturday
Feb 11
1:00 PM

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 (near the community gardens) Please contact Elaine (604.937.3483 or egolds AT sfu DOT ca). Dress for the weather and bring work gloves. Please note the afternoon start time.

Tuesday
Feb 14
7:30 PM

CLUB MONTHLY MEETING: Speaker will be Lee Harding on "The Birds and Mammals of Borneo"

Our guest speaker this month is BMN member Dr. Lee Harding who will give a slide presentation on the birds and mammals of Borneo, and reasons for the high numbers of species that occur here and nowhere else in the world. At Como Lake United Church, corner of Marmont Avenue and King Albert Street in Coquitlam. For a map, please…

Wednesday
Feb 15
7:00 PM

Port Moody Ecological Society Annual General Meeting with Guest Speaker Prof. Jonathan Moore

Port Moody Ecological Society Annual General Meeting at the Port Moody Social Recreation Centre (upstairs), 300 Ioco Road. Guest speaker will be Jonathan Moore, SFU professor who will describe the critical role wild salmon play in fresh water coastal ecosystems of the Pacific coast. This AGM also provides an opportunity to get an update on the salmon in Noons Creek…

Saturday
Feb 18
8:00 AM

Monthly Birding Walk and Survey at Colony Farm

Join Lee Harding and other birders for a walk at Colony Farm. Meet at the end of Colony Farm Road. Alternatively, meet Mike Griffin on the Port Coquitlam side of the River at the duck pond at 9 am. Contact Lee for more information at 604-469-6795.

Saturday
Feb 18
10:00 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 a snack. No washroom facilities are available but bushes are plentiful. Please contact Elaine (604.937.3483 or egolds…

Saturday
Feb 18
1:30 PM

Raptor ID Workshop in Stanley Park

The Stanley Park Ecology Society (SPES) invites you to join Al Grass to learn raptor identification in Stanley Park. This event is perfect for bird experts and beginners alike. An indoor instructional workshop is followed by a walk to learn field identification. Location: Stanley Park Dining Pavilion, 2nd floor. 610 Pipeline Road, Vancouver. Pre-registration required as space is limited. To…

Sunday
Feb 19
10:00 AM

Coquitlam Winter Farmers Market

The Coquitlam Farmers Market will be set up at the Port Moody Recreation Centre. Also on March 4 & 18; April 1& 29. See www.makebakegrow for more info on vendors on each market day.

From 10am-2pm.

Thursday
Feb 23
6:00 PM

Public Open House DFO’s draft Action Plan for Nooksack Dace

Public Open House to provide comments on DFO’s draft Action Plan for Nooksack Dace and Salish Sucker, both species at risk which reside in only a few streams in the lower mainland including the Brunette River. Mike Pearson, who was the guest speaker at our November meeting, described the plight of the Nooksack Dace and the appalling action of DFO

Saturday
Feb 25
9:00 AM

Free Guided Nature Walk in Hastings Park Sanctuary

Over 128 species of birds have been identified in this newly-created urban wilderness. Learn about birds, plants, trees, flowers, aquatic life and more. Share in this amazing eastside Vancouver secret on this FREE guided nature walk. Bring binoculars if you have them, but please leave your dogs at home. Meet: at the northeast corner of the Sanctuary (near the red…

Sunday
Feb 26
1:00 PM

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: Nestbox Cleaning at Minnekhada Regional Park

Our last half 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. Dress for the weather and bring work gloves. Please note the afternoon start time and the date change from Saturday the 25th to Sunday the 26th. The BMN Young Naturalists will…

Sunday
Feb 26
1:00 PM

Heritage Sunday at Minnekhada Lodge

This is a free family-style celebration of the historic Minnekhada Lodge. Participate in a heritage scavenger hunt to earn a sweet treat or join a free guided walk of the grounds. Children can make an old fashioned craft to take home. Some parking off Oliver Road, or park at Quarry Road and enjoy the 20 minute walk to the lodge….

March 2012

Sunday
Mar 4
9:00 AM

CLUB HIKE: DeBoville Slough & Minnekhada Regional Park

The first hike of the year will be a local one and we will do it on our favourite day of the year to hike on (march forth). We will hike along the north side of DeBoville Slough and then pass by Addington Marsh before heading into Minnekhada Regional Park. The best views of the day will be seen from…

Monday
Mar 5

Deadline for submissions to nominate the most endangered rivers of BC

Email your suggestion to the Outdoor Recreation Council of BC at outdoorsrec@orcbc.ca. Given the ongoing turbidity levels in the Coquitlam River and risk of potential urban development on its banks, this River always merits a nomination. Other rivers potentially at risk in BC include those that will be crossed by the proposed Enbridge pipeline as well as rivers that could…

Tuesday
Mar 13
7:30 PM

CLUB MONTHLY MEETING: Speaker will be Prof Howard Trottier on 'The Stars in the Night Sky'

BMN is interested in more than Earthly nature, and this month we’ll be exploring the heavens with our guest speaker SFU astronomer and physics professor Howard Trottier. We are hoping for clear weather and plan to have a telescope set up on the balcony of our meeting room. The presentation by Professor Trottier will demystify some of the mysteries of…

Saturday
Mar 17
9:00 AM

Great Blue Heron Nature Walk at Colony Farm

View the herons as they gather on the fields in preparation for the mating season. Join members of the Park Association and Burke Mountain Naturalists to discover why Colony Farm is important for herons and other birds. Please dress for the weather and bring binoculars, if possible. Guided walk is suitable for all ages and is free. Meet in front…

Saturday
Mar 17
10:00 AM

'Nature Day' at Amsterdam Nurseries

Amsterdam Nurseries holds its 14th annual Nature Days and Native Plant Sale. Community groups are invited to attend with displays on Saturday. BMN will be there on Saturday, March 17th, 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 18
1:00 PM

First RiverviewTree Walk of 2012

Join the Riverview Horticultural Centre Society for their first tree tour of 2012. 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. Free. Dress for the weather, and wear comfy…

Tuesday
Mar 20
11:00 AM

Spring Break Event at Bby Lake: "Birds of a Feather"

Flock to the Nature House at Burnaby Lake Regional Park and learn all about birds through hands-on activities. Go on a self-guided walk to spot the eagle’s nest and see ducks and geese. Listen for the first songs of spring in the forest. Discover what makes feathers waterproof, measure your wingspan and even make your own bird feeder for home….

Wednesday
Mar 21
7:00 PM

Spring is coming - get a jump start on your best garden yet

Organic gardeners understand that soil is more than dirt! Join Heide Hermary, natural gardening guru extraordinaire from the Society for Organic Urban Land Care to learn about your lawn and garden needs. After the session, purchase compost bins, rain barrels and premium grass seed to get a jump start on your best garden ever. This event is sponsored by Port…

Thursday
Mar 22
11:00 AM

Spring Break Event at Burnaby Lake: "Going Buggy"

Drop by the Nature House in Burnaby Lake Regional Park and learn all about insects through hands-on activities. Go on a self-guided bug hunt or try pond dipping. Race slugs, see live bugs, and plant a flower seed for pollinating insects. Allow up to one hour to complete all the activities. Parent participation required. Located at 4519 Piper Avenue off…

Sunday
Mar 25
9:30 AM

Great Blue Heron Nature Walk at Colony Farm

View the herons as they gather on the fields in preparation for the mating season. Join members of the Park Association and Burke Mountain Naturalists to discover why Colony Farm is important for herons and other birds. Please dress for the weather and bring binoculars, if possible. Guided walk is suitable for all ages and is free. Meet in front…

Saturday
Mar 31
8:30 PM

Earth Hour 2012

Turn off your lights and all unnecessary electricity from 8:30pm – 9:30 pm on Saturday, March 31 for this year’s Earth Hour!

Some ideas for families participating in Earth Hour include:

  • Having dessert or a late night dinner by candlelight
  • Playing a family game using flashlights
  • Telling stories
  • Bundling up and going for a walk

April 2012

Sunday
Apr 1
1:00 PM

Learn about Invasive Species at Minnekhada Lodge

Drop by Minnekhada Lodge’s Open House and learn about invasives. Members of the Minnekhada Park Association will be there hosting activities for all ages.
From 1-4 pm.
Some parking is available off Oliver Road, but your best bet is to park in the lot off Quarry Road and enjoy the 20 min walk through the woods to the Lodge.

Tuesday
Apr 10
7:30 PM

MONTHLY MEETING: Guest speaker UBC emeritus professor, Ken Hall on "Water in the Desert"

We will travel with Professor Hall from the deserts of the south Okanagan to the Sonoran deserts of Arizona exploring how plants and wildlife are able to adapt to these arid conditions. Surface water like the oxbow ponds north of Osoyoos Lake to the Coulee lakes of central Washington state and the ephemeral streams and springs of the Arizona mountains…

Saturday
Apr 14
9:00 AM

CLUB HIKE: Stoney Creek & Burnaby Mountain

This hike will start on the lower slopes of Burnaby Mountain and follow Stoney Creek to its headwaters and beyond. One of the highlights of the day will be views of Indian Arm, the North Shore Mountains and Vancouver Island. As this is a loop trip, we will explore many different trails on Burnaby Mountain. Roundtrip distance is 14 km…

Sunday
Apr 15
10:00 AM

Cut It Out (part I): Invasive Plant Workshop Series in Burnaby

I. Invasive Plants in Burnaby. This is the first in a 3-part series of workshops presented by:the Greater Vancouver Invasive Plant Council. Learn to recognize invaders in your garden and discover solutions to manage them using the latest tools and techniques. barcode: 258045 Space is limited, so please register early. Refreshments served. Cost: $5.00 per person, per workshop Register using…

Thursday
Apr 19
6:00 PM

Public Open House: Maple Creek Integrated Watershed Management Plan

Port Coquitlam will be holding a Public Open House to discuss the Maple Creek Integrated Watershed Management Plan. The Open House will be from 6 -9 PM at The Outlet – Leigh Square Community Arts Village, #2100 – 2253 Leigh Square in PoCo. For details, and the read a draft of the plan, please click here.

Saturday
Apr 21

Worm Workshop in Port Moody

Port Moody is hosting a worm composting workshop. Worm composting is a chemical-free way to benefit your garden and the environment. Worms can easily process 1-3 lbs of kitchen waste each week, silently working to transform your food scraps into valuable potting or garden soil. Register for the one-hour workshop — the cost is $35 (plus tax) and includes a…

Sunday
Apr 22
9:30 AM

Earth Day Nature Walk at DeBoville Slough

Join Mike Griffin and David Mounteney with the Friends of DeBoville Slough for a nature walk. Meet at the Kiosk on the North Side of DeBoville Slough. DeBoville Slough is located at the corner of Victoria Ave. & Cedar Drive on the border of Coquitlam and Port Coquitlam.Come out and see what birds have arrived for spring! For more information…

Sunday
Apr 22
10:00 AM

Cut It Out (part II): Invasive Plant Workshop Series in Burnaby

II. Garden Without Invasives. This is the second in a 3-part series of workshops hosted by:the Greater Vancouver Invasive Plant Council. Learn to develop a sustainable urban garden that doesn’t threaten surrounding natural areas. Presented by Laura Ralph, Garden Expert. barcode: 258047I Space is limited, so please register early. Refreshments served. Cost: $5.00 per person, per workshop Register using WebReg…

Sunday
Apr 22
11:00 AM

EarthFest at Burnaby Lake

Hosted by Wildlife Rescue Association, EarthFest is a great family day out, filled with free activities, including bird and bee house building, nature tours and games. Learn more about local wildlife, pick-up green living tips from the experts and enjoy views of Burnaby Lake. Held in the rowing pavilion on the Lake. Colony Farm Park Association will be there with…

Sunday
Apr 22
1:00 PM

Free Guided Walk to see the 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…

Monday
Apr 23
6:45 PM

Coquitlam Library screens "Force of Nature", a film on David Suzuki

To celebrate Earth Day, the Poirier branch of the Coquitlam Library is providing a free showing “Force of Nature: The David Suzuki Movie” starting at 6:45pm in the Nancy Bennett Room. For more information, please click here. Space is limited. Please phone 604-937-4155 to register.

Saturday
Apr 28

International Astronomy Day with the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada - SFU Star Party cancelled due to clouds

A free, family-friendly astronomy event, International Astronomy Day, coming up this Saturday April 28, a three-part program of afternoon and evening activities being organized by the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada – Vancouver Centre. Please see below for more information, including links to the program and event locations. All RASC and SFU events are free and open to everyone. If…

Saturday
Apr 28
8:00 AM

Metro Vancouver's 2012 "Celebrating Partners" Event

For anyone who has volunteered for Metro Vancouver Parks over the past year, this is a great opportunity for you and a guest to get out and see some splendid projects being undertaken by partners and volunteers in Metro Vancouver Regional Parks. This year’s program is being co-hosted by staff in our West area, along with the Musqueam, the Pacific…

Saturday
Apr 28
5:30 PM

Critter Care Fundraiser - Dinner and Auction

Critter Care in Langley is one of only four bear rehabilitation centres in BC, but they care for all kinds of other wild mammals too. They are a nonprofit organization and depend on donations to fund their work. On April 28th, their 13th annual ‘dinner and auction’ will be held at the Langley Seniors’ Centre (20605, 51B Avenue, Langley). Linda…

Sunday
Apr 29
10:00 AM

Cut It Out (part III): Invasive Plant Workshop Series in Burnaby

III. Invasive Plant Removal & Control. This is the third in a 3-part series of workshops hosted by:the Greater Vancouver Invasive Plant Council. Learn techniques for removing and controlling invasive plants in your garden. Basic plant ecology, best timing for treatment and safety considerations are covered.Presented by Evergreen barcode: 258046 Space is limited, so please register early. Refreshments served. Cost:…

May 2012

Saturday
May 5
11:00 AM

Fingerling Festival at Noons Creek

The annual Noons Creek Hatchery Fingerling Festival at Noons Creek and the Port Moody skating arena. Help to release young chum into Noons Creek and view displays from 50 environmental groups in the lower mainland. BMN will be there with displays and children’s puzzles as usual. Volunteer help for this event would be much appreciated! Contact Elaine if you can…

Sunday
May 6
1:00 PM

Guided Tour of Riverview's 'Backyard' for Children of All Ages

BMN hosts a “backyard” tour of Riverview which will allow you to explore the wilder areas of the Riverview Hospital grounds. The tour will include delightful Finnie’s Garden which is lovingly maintained to by the Friends of Finnie’s. The event, specially directed towards children and other young-at-heart people, will be led by one of BMN’s “youngest-at-heart” members. Meet on the…

Tuesday
May 8
7:30 PM

MONTHLY CLUB MEETING: Guest Speaker Sofi Hindmarch on Barn Owls

BMN Monthly meeting at Como Lake United Church, corner of Marmont Street and King Albert Avenue in Coquitlam. Guest speaker will be SFU biologist, Sofi Hindmarch, who will discuss the barn owls of the lower mainland and how they are affected by pesticide use including rat poison. This will be the last indoor meeting of the season. At Como Lake…

Friday
May 11
4:00 PM

3rd Annual Burnaby Lake Bioblitz

What’s living at Burnaby Lake Regional Park? Help scientists and naturalists as they count all the species of plants, (non-human) animals and fungi that can be found. There will be activities going on through the 24 hour period; check online for details: bioblitz.burnabylakepark.ca. Last year 359 species were found. The total species count is at 488 species found across both…

Saturday
May 12
10:00 AM

Great Salmon Send-Off at Stoney Creek, Burnaby

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 who will release coho smolts into Stoney Creek while you enjoy the many environmental displays. For more information, click here. From 10:00am to 2:00pm Jennifer…

Saturday
May 12
1:00 PM

International Migratory Bird Day Celebration at Colony Farm

Learn about herons and other wildlife, and the importance of Colony Farm Regional Park to migratory birds. Discover what’s sprouting in the community gardens and take a guided nature walk in search of the brilliant Lazuli Bunting. Find out about Colony Farm’s history and how to get involved with the Park Association. Organic seedlings will be available for purchase. Tours…

Sunday
May 13
1:00 PM

Mother's Day Tour of Riverview's Heritage Trees

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…

Thursday
May 17
7:00 PM

Summer Evening Botany Walk #1 at Colony Farm Park

Join other BMN members for a series of evening botanizing walks. Six gentle walks are planned over the summer months, where we’ll learn how to identify plants from each other and our guide books. There is no leader for these walks. We will go rain or shine, only hail will stop us. No need to register – just show up…

Saturday
May 19
9:00 AM

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: Knotweed Removal at DeBoville Slough

It’s time again to remove knotweed from DeBoville Slough. Wear sturdy shoes; bring work gloves and drinking water. See the Friends of DeBoville Slough’s website for more info.

From 9am to noon

Saturday
May 19
10:30 AM

"Familiar Five" Waterbirds at Burnaby Lake

Join a park interpreter for a short walk in Burnaby Lake Regional Park to get to know five familiar water birds.
Meet at the Burnaby Lake Nature House located at 4519 Piper Avenue off Winston Street.
From 10:30 – 11 am. Free parking and no charge for the event.

Monday
May 21
9:00 AM

Buntzen Lake Loop Hike

On sunny weekends Buntzen Lake can be a very busy place, but we will avoid the crowds by sticking to the lesser travelled Academy and Lakeview trails. We will begin on the Academy Trail, following it north along the east side of the lake. This trail runs through lush second-growth forest and then traces the edge of a power line…

Saturday
May 26
11:00 AM

SFU Open House 2012.

Welcome to Simon Fraser University’s Open House 2012. An exciting day full of interesting things to see and do, artistic performances and educational demonstrations and explorations at SFU’s Burnaby Mountain campus on Saturday, May 26, 2012, from 11:00am – 4:00pm, rain or shine. The university’s doors are open to all to showcase the spirit and essence of Simon Fraser University….

June 2012

Saturday
Jun 2
9:00 AM

Lazuli Bunting Walks at Colony Farm Park

It’s time to enjoy the lazuli buntings and other beautiful songbirds at Colony Farm Park. Join experienced birders Dave Schutz and Lee Harding for a tour at Colony Farm. Meet in the grassy area (in front of the community gardens) beside the parking lot at the end of Colony Farm Road in Coquitlam. Free. Tours start at 9 am and…

Saturday
Jun 2
11:00 AM

Port Metro Vancouver Land Use Plan Open House in Coquitlam

This is one of several Open Houses offering you an opportunity to provide input and comments that will inform this first phase of the Land Use Plan Update. The purpose of the Open Houses is to identify topics and issues that are most relevant to the Land Use Plan and that matter most to you. Port staff will present information…

Sunday
Jun 3

Woodland Walk Trail Maintenance

To prepare for the public hike in June, we need to check out the trail and do some brush clearing. It is an easy to moderate hike. Some tools will be supplied, but if you have loppers or hand pruners please bring them. Roundtrip distance is 7 km (4.4 mi) with an elevation gain of 200 m (650 ft). Please…

Sunday
Jun 3
1:00 PM

Riverview Tours and Tea to Celebrate 20 Years of RHCS

The June 3rd tour of Riverview’s glorious heritage trees will include a celebration of 20 years of work by the Riverview Horticultural Centre Society to preserve the Riverview Lands. A guided tree tour at 1 pm and a heritage building walk (led by Don Gillespie) at 2 pm are planned, plus a tea tent from 1 – 4pm. All are…

Thursday
Jun 7
7:00 PM

Summer Evening Botany Walk #2 at Woodhaven Swamp

Join other BMN members for a series of evening botanizing walks. Six gentle walks are planned over the summer months, where we’ll learn how to identify plants from each other and our guide books. There is no leader for these walks. We will go rain or shine, only hail will stop us. No need to register – just show up…

Friday
Jun 8

Vancouver Festival of Ocean Films

On June 8th and 9th, the Vancouver Festival of Ocean Films will open its doors at the Vancity Theatre to highlight ten films focused on the beauty of our oceans, and some of the threats to their health. During 3 screenings, filmgoers will have the chance to see films from Canada, Ireland, Spain, and the United States. In addition to…

Saturday
Jun 9
8:00 AM

Free Woodland Walk Public Hike on Burke Mtn

To celebrate the 17th anniversary of the protection of Pinecone-Burke as a new provincial park, we will host an easy to moderate hike on the Woodland Walk trail on Burke Mountain. On this hike, we will travel through a lovely mature second growth forest to a beautiful waterfall (Saw Blade Falls). We will also get views of Coquitlam Lake and…

Thursday
Jun 14
7:00 PM

MONTHLY MEETING: Evening Walk at Riverview

Normally, our June monthly meeting would be held the second Tuesday of June, but this date coincides with public consultations for the Riverview Heritage Conservation Planning process. So, we will meet on the following Thursday evening for an outdoor meeting (hopefully the weather will be too nice to be indoors) that will take the form of a walk through the…

Saturday
Jun 16
8:00 AM

Birding at Colony Farm Regional Park with Lee and Mike

Join Lee Harding at 8 am in the parking lot at the end of Colony Farm Road in Coquitlam or Mike Griffin at the wetland off Shaughnessy Street in Port Coquitlam at 9 am for a morning of birding at Colony Farm. The two groups will meet at the DU Pond area. Usually held on the 3rd Saturday of every…

Wednesday
Jun 20
7:00 PM

Colony Farm Park Association Annual General Meeting at Colony Farm Park

The AGM will start at 7 pm. Following the business portion of the meeting, Metro Vancouver staff will be on hand to discuss the new draft sustainability plan for Colony Farm. This should provide another opportunity to discuss these plans with staff on a more informal basis. At dusk, we will move over to the bunkhouse to count bats. BMN

Thursday
Jun 21
6:00 PM

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…

Saturday
Jun 23
8:15 AM

Birding with Larry at Pitt Meadow's Northern Dykes

This is a half-day birding trip with Larry Cowan and members of Nature Vancouver in the Grant Narrows Area starting south along the Pitt River Dyke from the Grant Narrows parking lot. The grass may be long and in the morning usually wet so appropriate footwear is advised. Time permitting we will bird a short distance along the Nature Dyke….

Saturday
Jun 23
9:00 AM

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: Knotweed Removal at DeBoville Slough

The Friends of DeBoville Slough will holding their second invasive plant control work party this coming Saturday, June 23, 9 am to Noon. Meet at the kiosk on the north side of DeBoville Slough. Come out and enjoy a morning of good exercise and camaraderie while helping the environment. The first work party was a great success with more area…

Sunday
Jun 24
1:00 PM

A Midsummer Fête at Colony Farm Regional Park

Spend a whimsical afternoon (1 – 5 pm) enjoying art activities, music, dance performances, community garden tours, a labyrinth, storytelling, farmer’s market and an afternoon tea party. Chat with experts about the history of the farm, therapeutic gardening, plant medicines and sustainability issues. Allow 2 hours. For all ages and abilities. Admission by donation. Join us at the end of…

Sunday
Jun 24
1:00 PM

Free Guided Tour of Riverview's Linden Trees

Join the Riverview Horticultural Centre Society for their first linden tree walk of the summer at Riverview Hospital. Enjoy a refreshing tea afterwards! 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…

Thursday
Jun 28
7:00 PM

Summer Evening Botany Walk #3 in Miller Park Ravine

Join other BMN members for a series of evening botanizing walks. Six gentle walks are planned over the summer months, where we’ll learn how to identify plants from each other and our guide books. There is no leader for these walks. We will go rain or shine, only hail will stop us. No need to register – just show up…

Thursday
Jun 28
7:00 PM

Get the Facts on Pipelines

This is the first in a series of presentations on the proposed expansion of pipelines in BC, and in particular how they might affect Stoney Creek. For more information, see the website of the Stoney Creek Environment Committee. At the Jennifer Atchison Environmental Centre, 2730 Beaverbrook Crescent, on the north end of the Stoney Creek Community School grounds. Close to…

July 2012

Thursday
Jul 5
7:30 PM

Free Guided Tour of Riverview's Linden Trees in the Evening

This walk is a special evening walk to enjoy the lovely scent of the flowering linden trees at Riverview. Join the Riverview Horticultural Centre Society for their second linden tree walk of the summer at Riverview Hospital. Enjoy a refreshing cup of tea afterwards! Dogs on leash are also welcome. For more information, see the Riverview Horticultural Centre Society’s website)…

Saturday
Jul 7
8:15 AM

Birding Larry at Colony Farm Park

Join Larry Cowan and members of Nature Vancouver for a half-day birding field trip to Colony Farm Regional Park. On our 2011 outing, notables were Lazuli Bunting, Eastern Kingbird, Band-tailed Pigeon, and Red-eyed Vireo. Join us this year and see what Colony Farm has to offer in 2012. Meet at the parking area at the east end of Colony Farm…

Saturday
Jul 7
3:00 PM

Public Forum on Pipelines, Tankers and Tanks

The Stoney Creek Environmental Committee in cooperation with other community and environmental groups is hosting a series of public forums to discuss Kinder Morgan’s plan to twin the Trans Mountain Pipeline, increase tanker traffic through the Georgia Strait, and expand oil tank capacity on Burnaby Mountain. Please come to the second in our series. When: Saturday, July 7, 3:00 p.m….

Sunday
Jul 15
1:00 PM

Free Guided 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…

Thursday
Jul 19
7:00 PM

Summer Evening Botany Walk #4 at the foot of Burnaby Mountain

Join other BMN members for a series of evening botanizing walks. Six gentle walks are planned over the summer months, where we’ll learn how to identify plants from each other and our guide books. There is no leader for these walks. We will go rain or shine, only hail will stop us. No need to register – just show up…

Saturday
Jul 21

CLUB HIKE: Keats Island Traverse

For this outing we will combine a bit of seafaring with an easy to moderate hike on Keats Island. We will take the ferry from Horseshoe Bay to Langdale, then board the Stormaway IV to sail to Keats’s Eastbourne. Once on land, we will cross the island, using both roads and trails, and finish at Keats Landing. En route, we…

Saturday
Jul 21
9:00 AM

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: Knotweed Removal at DeBoville Slough

It’s time for another workparty to remove knotweed from DeBoville Slough. Wear sturdy shoes; bring work gloves and drinking water. See the website of The Friends of DeBoville Slough for more info.

From 9 AM to noon

August 2012

Thursday
Aug 2
7:00 PM

Summer Evening Botany Walk #5 at the Ioco Townsite

Join other BMN members for a series of evening botanizing walks. Six gentle walks are planned over the summer months, where we’ll learn how to identify plants from each other and our guide books. There is no leader for these walks. We will go rain or shine, only hail will stop us. No need to register – just show up…

Saturday
Aug 4
8:00 AM

CLUB HIKE: Burke South Summit

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

Saturday
Aug 11
11:00 AM

Minnekhada Art in the Park Festival

This is the fourth year of this two day art festival (11am – 4 pm on August 11th and 12th) held at Minnekhada Regional Park. Take a scenic walk through the park to historic Minnekhada Lodge. Enjoy and purchase artists’ work, listen to live jazz, watch roving performers, explore the charming gardens, indulge at an outdoor café, go on a…

Sunday
Aug 12
1:00 PM

Catalpa North-End Tree Tour at Riverview

Join the Riverview Horticultural Centre Society for free guided walking tour of some of the stately trees on the Riverview Hospital lands. The tour lasts about two hours and goes rain or shine. Wear comfortable shoes and dress for the weather. Dogs on leash are welcome. For more information, see the Riverview Horticultural Centre Society’s website) or phone 604.290.9910. Meet…

Sunday
Aug 19
1:00 PM

Guided Heritage Walk at Riverview

Join Don Gillespie of the Burke Mountain Naturalists for a special free guided tour of the outside portions of the heritage buildings at Riverview. The tour will 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. Dogs on leash are welcome. For more information,…

Thursday
Aug 23
7:00 PM

Summer Evening Botany Walk #6 at Mundy Park

Join other BMN members for a series of evening botanizing walks. Six gentle walks are planned over the summer months, where we’ll learn how to identify plants from each other and our guide books. There is no leader for these walks. We will go rain or shine, only hail will stop us. No need to register – just show up…

September 2012

Saturday
Sep 8
8:00 AM

CLUB HIKE: Mount Strachan

On this moderate hike we will use both downhill ski runs and hiking trails to visit the north and south summits of Mt. Strachan. There are great views from both summits, looking out over Howe Sound and the surrounding North Shore mountains. We will also pass by the site of an old airplane wreck. Roundtrip distance is 10 km (6.2…

Saturday
Sep 8
9:00 AM

Birding with Larry at DeBoville Slough

Join expert birder Larry Cowan and members of Nature Vancouver for a half day birding walk along DeBoville Slough and Pitt River dike (5 km). Meet in the parking lot for DeBoville Slough (corner of Cedar and Victoria in Port Coquitlam) at 9 am. For more info, phone Larry at 604-465-1402.

Sunday
Sep 9
3:30 AM

Tea and Tour of Colony Farm Park's Community Gardens

The who, what, when, why and how of community gardens. See what can be grown at Colony Farm and what makes us sustainable. Stay for tea and chat with gardeners. Tour starts at 3:30 pm and lasts about 45 minutes. Park in the south lot on Colony Farm Road. Meet at the pagoda. Free and all are welcome.

Tuesday
Sep 11
7:30 PM

CLUB MONTHLY MEETING: *CHANGED - NEW TOPIC* Slideshow of Early Photos of Riverview Hospital and Colony Farm

We’ve had to rearrange our speakers for this month, and now we’re going to see a slideshow of some of WJ Moore’s early photos of Riverview and Colony Farm. WJ Moore operated out of Burnaby in the early 1900s and was well-placed to document the ambitious building project occurring on the hillside above the Coquitlam River in Coquitlam. Moore specialized…

Friday
Sep 14
9:00 AM

Metro Vancouver Zero Waste Conference

Metro Vancouver invites area residents to attend the 2nd Annual Zero Waste Conference 2012 – Rethinking Waste Management… the Design Difference, taking place Friday, September 14th from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm at the Vancouver Convention Centre (East). It’s free, but you have to register. Every year Canadians create 26 million tonnes of garbage. As the economic and environmental costs…

Saturday
Sep 15
11:00 AM

Treefest Celebration at Riverview

This is the 19th annual Treefest — the festival that celebrates the fine collection of trees on the Riverview Hospital Lands. Activities will include tree tours, an outdoor tour of the heritage buildings, live entertainment, a delicious Blackberry Tea, children’s activities, community displays and much more. Food and beverage services will be provided on site and the Serenity Garden provides…

Saturday
Sep 15
5:00 PM

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup

Shoreline litter is one of the most widespread pollution problems facing our waterways – and it’s entirely preventable. Plastics are especially dangerous to wildlife, who mistake plastic items for food or get tangled up in it. Be part of the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup – a week-long nationwide effort to remove the junk littering shorelines in every community. BMN doesn’t…

Thursday
Sep 20
2:00 PM

Carbon Talk at SFU - "BC’s Carbon Tax Shift: Is it Working, and What Next?"

This talk will be held in partnership with Sustainable Prosperity, and will feature a panel discussion on the provincial carbon tax, currently under review for the upcoming 2013 Budget. The event will be moderated by Nancy Olewiler, Director, School of Public Policy, Simon Fraser University. Four expert panelists will be on hand to deliver their perspectives on BC’s carbon tax:…

Saturday
Sep 22
9:00 AM

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: Knotweed Removal at DeBoville Slough

It’s time again to remove knotweed from DeBoville Slough. Wear sturdy shoes; bring work gloves and drinking water. See the Friends of DeBoville Slough’s website for more info. Meet by the kiosk at the corner of Cedar Ave. & Victoria Drive Coquitlam.
If you would like to volunteer please call Dave at 604-941-2498.

From 9am to noon.

Saturday
Sep 22
7:30 PM

Starry Nights @ SFU: Free Family Friendly Lecture & Observe the Moon Night

This is the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada-Vancouver’s annual Paul Skyes Memorial Lecture with Dr. Dan Durda, “Near-Earth Asteroids: Protecting Our Planet From Future Impacts”. Dr. Durda is a noted astronomical artist, author, and payload specialist for Virgin Galactic’s Enterprise and XCOR Aerospace’s Lynx! Lecture: 7:30PM-8:45PM, in Room C9001 Observe the Moon and more: 9:00PM-Late, location just east of the…

Thursday
Sep 27
7:00 PM

Friends of DeBoville Slough Meeting

The Friends of DeBoville Slough usually hold their monthly meetings in the Coquitlam Library, but due to renovations there, they are moving their Sept meeting to Jeff’s place. For information, please call Dave at 604.941.1509.

Saturday
Sep 29
8:00 AM

CLUB HIKE: Stawamus Chief (three peaks)

The Stawamus Chief is the great rock mass that towers over the highway just south of Squamish. Although this is a popular hike we have never done it as a club outing. Since we have been waiting so long, we would make up for lost time and hike the south, centre, north summits in one outing. The views of Mount…

Sunday
Sep 30

BC Rivers Day Celebration in Port Coquitlam

Celebrate our magnificent rivers at the Port Coquitlam Rivers & Trails Festival at Lions Park (on the banks of the Coquitlam River). BMN will be there with our displays and childrens’ puzzles along with other groups. This year, there will be Festival activities in two locations: at Peace Park and at Lions Park. The Festival will kick off at Lions…

Sunday
Sep 30
9:45 AM

Volunteer with the Lower Mainland Green Team - Ivy Pull at Minnekhada

Remove English Ivy at Minnekhada Regional Park in Coquitlam. Event is on rain or shine, no experience necessary, tools, gloves and refreshments provided. To sign up and for more info please visit the website of the Lower Mainland Green Team. To learn more about the work The Team does, please click here to view a short video.

Sunday
Sep 30
11:00 AM

Celebrate World Rivers Day in Coquitlam

Representatives from local stewardship groups; City of Coquitlam, Metro Vancouver, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, and the BCIT will provide guided tours of the trails and salmon habitat enhancements sites of Coquitlam River Park. Explore this beautiful park and the Coquitlam River while learning about the great work that is happening to improve the health of local salmon runs. You may…

Sunday
Sep 30
12:15 PM

Critter Care's 4th Annual Walk-a-Thon Fundraiser

Walk on the wild side! Support this 5k-walk to help raise funds for the Critter Care Wildlife Society. Put on your wildest walking gear and bring your friends, family members and your 4 legged companion (welcome on leash) for a nice walk in Campbell Valley Regional Park, followed by a BBQ.

For more information, please click here.

October 2012

Monday
Oct 1
4:00 PM

Open House #1 - Public Presentation of Heritage Conservation Plan for Riverview

The dates of two open houses where the draft Riverview Heritage Conservation Plan will be presented for public comment have been announced. The draft report is not yet available; when it is, it will be posted online, and hard copies will be available for viewing at Coquitlam and Port Coquitlam public libraries and city halls. To view a collection of…

Tuesday
Oct 2
11:30 AM

Free Lecture at SFU: "Climate Delusions" by Prof. Mark Jaccard

This talk is one of biweekly talks with the general theme of “Open Communication of Science” which are aired at various institutions across Canada. Speakers are from many disciplines including ecologists, economists, statisticians, politicians, and fisheries managers. First up is Mark Jaccard. Abstract: From the research of natural scientists, Al Gore talks of an inconvenient truth: that human’s are heating…

Tuesday
Oct 2
4:00 PM

Open House #2 - Public Presentation of Heritage Conservation Plan for Riverview

The dates of two open houses where the draft Riverview Heritage Conservation Plan will be presented for public comment have been announced. The draft report is not yet available; when it is, it will be posted online, and hard copies will be available for viewing at Coquitlam and Port Coquitlam public libraries and city halls. To view a collection of…

Friday
Oct 5
11:00 AM

Free Lecture at SFU: "Oceans of loss or a sea of choice: transforming science into action" by Nicholas K. Dulvy

Speaker: Dr. Nicholas K. Dulvy
Canadian Research Chair in Marine Biodiversity and Conservation
Department of Biological Sciences, Simon Fraser University

Location: Room: IRMACS Presentation Studio, Applied Sciences Building 10900

For a live-stream link, click here.

Saturday
Oct 6
9:00 AM

Birding Larry at Colony Farm Park

Colony Farm Regional Park will be the location of this half-day birding field trip with Larry Cowan and members of Nature Vancouver. There should be a good variety of late migrants and returning over-wintering species. Notables over the years on this outing were Anna’s Hummingbird, Northern Mockingbird & Short-eared Owl. Meet Larry at the parking area at the south end…

Tuesday
Oct 9
7:30 PM

MONTHLY MEETING: Biologist Lee Harding on "The Natural and Cultural Mystique of Morocco"

For many travellers, Morocco holds a mystique. It has romantic-sounding cities like Marrakech and Casablanca, ancient kasbahs, snake-charmers, and exotic Berber and nomadic Tuareg peoples. But Morocco is also the most biodiverse country in North Africa, and attracts travellers interested both its natural and cultural history. At the Tuesday, October 9th meeting of the Burke Mountain Naturalists, wildlife biologist and…

Wednesday
Oct 10
7:00 PM

Town Hall Style Meeting on Burnaby Tankers and Pipelines

The Wilderness Committee, Tanker Free BC and BROKE (Burnaby Residents Opposed to Kinder Morgan Expansion) are hosting a town hall meeting to raise awareness about Kinder Morgan’s proposal to build a new tar sands pipeline through their community, and about the resulting tanker traffic that will travel through Burrad Inlet. When: Wednesday, October 10, 2012, 7:00 p.m. Where: Confederation Community…

Friday
Oct 12
6:00 PM

Special Children's Art Exhibition: WILD@ART at the VanDeusen Botanical Gardens

This exhibition showcases BC’s endangered species and is hosted by the Wilderness Committee as part of their campaign for endangered species legislation in BC. Students from Kamloops to Vancouver have contributed diverse artwork celebrating BC’s at-risk wildlife. The opening Night Reception is on October 12 from 6 to 9 pm at VanDusen Botanical Gardens in Vancouver for an art exhibition…

Saturday
Oct 13
11:00 AM

Burns Bog Declared A Ramsar Site

Burns Bog and nearby wetlands have been given a Ramsar designation. Find out what this designation means for Burns Bog at this event to celebrate the new designation. Meet at 4-7953 120 Street, Delta, right behind the Greek Village Restaurant at the intersection of Scott Road & 80th. Coffee and Labrador tea by donation. RSVP at events AT burnsbog DOT

Sunday
Oct 14
12:00 PM

Ioco Ghost Town Day

Celebrate a unique community—the heritage site that was once the Imperial Oil Company town on the north shore of Burrard Inlet. This is a free family event with family activities, variety show entertainments, kids games and crafts. Lawn Bowling Green, Ioco Townsite. From noon – 4 pm.

Sunday
Oct 14
1:00 PM

Free Guided Tree Tour at Riverview

Join the Riverview Horticultural Centre Society for a guided tour of the heritage trees on the Riverview Lands. This is a glorious time of year to view the trees! Tour lasts about two hours, and goes rain or shine. Wear comfortable shoes and dress for the weather. Dogs on leash are welcome. For more information, see the Riverview Horticultural Centre…

Tuesday
Oct 16
11:30 AM

Free Lecture at SFU: "Disease, Aquaculture, and Pacific Salmon Management" by Prof. R. Routledge

Professor Rick Routledge (Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science, Simon Fraser University) will present his perspective on the tumultuous events that followed his receipt last fall of a report of positive test results for the infectious salmon anaemia virus (ISAv) in Rivers Inlet sockeye salmon. The account will include the immediate reaction, subsequent revelations, and results from follow-up sampling. The…

Saturday
Oct 20
8:00 AM

Hike CANCELLED: Evans Valley (Golden Ears Park)

Due to the road in Golden Ears Park being closed we are cancelling this hike. We hope to reschedule it for next July.

Sunday
Oct 21
11:00 AM

Return of the Salmon to Kanata Creek

Witness the return of the spawning salmon to Kanaka Creek in Maple Ridge. Hosted by the Kanata Education and Environmental Partnership Society (KEEPS) and Metro Vancouver.

From 11 – 3. Located on 240th Street, north of the Lougheed Hwy. For info, call 604.530.4983.

Sunday
Oct 21
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…

Monday
Oct 22

Mass Sit-In at the Legislature against Tar Sands, Pipelines and Tankers

The call has gone out to people across BC concerned about the environment and impacts of pipeline construction to join hundreds of others to protest at the Legislative Buildings in Victoria. A mass sit-in in will occur in Victoria at the BC Legislature. The event is sponsored by Defend Our Coast and others. It will provide individuals a chance to…

Thursday
Oct 25
6:30 PM

No Pipelines! No Tankers! Speaking Tour

Three proposed pipelines — Enbridge Northern Gateway, Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain, and the Pacific Trails Pipeline – will move fossil fuels through BC’s communities, across rivers and streams, and to the pristine Pacific Coast. But people across the province are organizing and fighting back to stop the expansion of these dangerous projects. Join us to learn more about building solidarity…

Thursday
Oct 25
7:00 PM

Port Coquitlam Heritage Evening: Phil Ranger on "The PoCo Trail"

Phil Ranger is one of the original “PoCo Trail Blazers”, a group formed in 1970 that created the PoCo Trail (now called the Traboulay PoCo Trail). Phil will present a history of the Trail at the PoCo Heritage Society’s meeting, held in the Archives in Leigh Square. Free and all are welcome.

Saturday
Oct 27
8:00 AM

Birding at Colony Farm with Lee Harding

Join Lee at 8 am at the end of Colony Farm Road in Coquitlam or Mike Griffin by the pond down from the Shaughnessy Street entrance in Port Coquitlam at 9 am. Phone Lee 604-469-6795 to get additional information. _*Note:* The date for this event has been changed from Oct 20th to Oct 27th. These outings usually take place on…

Saturday
Oct 27
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 later in the afternoon. This class is for anyone who still has questions about digital photography. Please bring your camera, camera instruction book, an empty memory card, notebook and pen, lunch and snacks. Coffee, tea and juice will be provided. Also…

Tuesday
Oct 30
7:00 PM

Free Public Lecture at SFU Harbour Centre: Marine Biologist Anne Salomon

This is one of the President’s Faculty Lecture Series, a public program aimed at showcasing outstanding SFU faculty and their research, and strengthening relationships between the university and the community. Free and open to all, the annual series kicks off in late October with: Dr. Anne Salomon who will take you on an exploration of BC’s kelp forests and ancient…

November 2012

Saturday
Nov 3
9:00 AM

Coquitlam River Watershed Roundtable

This is the next meeting of the Coquitlam River Roundtable at The Outlet in Leigh Square next to the Port Coquitlam City Hall. Learn about watershed planning and other projects in the watershed. For more information, please click here.

from 9 am – 2 pm

Tuesday
Nov 6
5:00 PM

Info Session Hosted by Kinder Morgan on the Transmountain Pipeline Expansion

Kinder Morgan is holding a series of information sessions about the proposed expansion of the Trans Mountain Pipeline. There’s one being held in Belcarra (in the Municipal Hall, 4084 Bedwell Bay Rd) from 5pm – 7pm on November 6th.

For a list of other info sessions, see the Transmountain/Kinder Morgan website.

Wednesday
Nov 7
10:00 AM

Free IBA Volunteer Workshop

Bird in Boundary Bay! Learn about how you can contribute to monitoring and conservation at your IBA (Important Bird Area) Understand the process to update site summaries and how you can help Meet other people involved in the IBA program, share your stories and hear theirs Receive guidance on how to use tools like eBird.ca and Facebook Learn about resources…

Saturday
Nov 10
9:00 AM

Birding with Larry at DeBoville Slough and Minnekhada Park

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, with a chance of raptors over the fields. Meet in the parking lot adjacent to the washroom facilities at Cedar & Victoria Drives….

Tuesday
Nov 13
11:30 AM

Free Lecture at SFU: "Oil & Fish Tails: Cuts to Canada's environment and the changing face of Metro Vancouver's oil and gas industry"

This lecture is one of the Coast to Coast Seminar Series: “Oil & Fish Tails: Cuts to Canada’s environment and the changing face of Metro Vancouver’s oil and gas industry” by Mr Finn Donnelly (MP) and Mr. Kennedy Stewart (MP). Location: Room: IRMACS Presentation Studio, Applied Sciences Building 10900 For a live-stream link, click here. To see upcoming lectures in…

Tuesday
Nov 13
7:30 PM

MONTHLY MEETING: Guest Speaker on "Oil Tankers on Burrard Inlet" (re-scheduled from Sept)

This is the talk that was scheduled for our September meeting. We’ve been able to re-book this important presentation. Unlike the Enbridge pipeline in northern BC, the proposed twinning of the Kinder Morgan pipeline to carry diluted bitumen from Alberta to a coastal terminus in Burnaby has received little attention. The expansion means a huge jump in the number and…

Thursday
Nov 15
7:00 PM

Premiere Screening of a Film on Riverview Hospital: "Consciousness" by lisa g

Consciousness, a film by lisa g – Part III : Riverview Hospital Story Project. This is the story of Dr. Ralph Arrowsmith, a mid-century asylum psychiatrist with a life-long connection to British Columbia’s Riverview Hospital, a passion for the psychiatric movement and an unending commitment to his patients. Featuring archival film and photography, this story spans forty years of mental…

Friday
Nov 16
7:30 PM

Starry Nights @ SFU: "Exoplanets and the Search for Habitable Worlds" by Prof Sara Seager

Simon Fraser University and the Vancouver Centre of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada are jointly hosting a very special presentation on Friday November 16, 7:30-8:45PM, at SFU’s downtown Harbour Centre campus. The distinguished speaker will be Dr. Sara Seager, Professor of Planetary Science and Physics at MIT. Dr. Seager is one of the world’s leading researchers in the theory,…

Saturday
Nov 17

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 17
7:30 PM

Book Launch - John Clarke Biography

There will be a celebratory book launch on November 17 (7.30 to 9.30 pm) at the Centennial Theatre, North Vancouver, as part of the Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival.

Tickets will soon be available on line [www.vimff.org]

Sunday
Nov 18
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.

Tuesday
Nov 20
5:00 PM

Info Session Hosted by Kinder Morgan on the Transmountain Pipeline Expansion

Kinder Morgan is holding a series of information sessions about the proposed expansion of the Trans Mountain Pipeline. There’s one being held in Coquitlam at the Centennial Secondary School, Courtyard (570 Poirier Street) – 5pm-8pm on 20 November 2012.

For a list of other info sessions, see the Transmountain/Kinder Morgan website.

Thursday
Nov 22
6:00 PM

Coquitlam Leadership Speaker Series: Field to Fork - Creating Community through Food

This is an evening with a distinguished panel to discuss the benefits and challenges of purchasing and eating locally grown food. It’s also an opportunity to learn how our individual food choices influence the health and long term sustainability of our food system. Panelists: Alisa Smith – Co-author of The 100 Mile Diet and co-host of The 100 Mile Challenge…

Friday
Nov 23
6:00 PM

Starry Nights @ SFU: 5th Birthday Celebration

This month marks the fifth anniversary of Starry Nights @ SFU! Since November 2007 they’ve been holding star parties, telescope workshops, pizza/movie nights, Halloween parties, community fundraising events, lectures, and other astronomical happenings, many of these events have been organized entirely by dedicated and hardworking volunteers from the SFU Student Astronomy Club! So it’s no surprise that the student club…

Saturday
Nov 24
9:00 AM

BMN Hike along the Coquitlam River

This hike with start with a car shuttle. We will head south on the east side of the Coquitlam River towards its confluence with the Fraser River. We will spend time on both sides of the River and hopefully see spawning salmon in the Oxbow Side Channels and in the main stem. There could be a number of critters to…

Thursday
Nov 29
7:00 PM

The Coquitlam River Watershed Roundtable's First 'Watershed Café'

The Coquitlam River Watershed Roundtable will kick off its ‘watershed café’ series with international practitioner, author, educator and leader Michael Lewis. On November 29th, Lewis will offer insights from his new book in a talk titled “Global Unraveling: Pathways to Resilience Close to Home,” which will be followed by lively dialogue about how we might apply the concepts he presents…

December 2012

Sunday
Dec 2
1:00 PM

Christmas Open House at the Burnaby Lake Nature House

Enjoy a guided winter walk along forested trails to discover wildlife in the Park and learn about the lake and its history. Afterwards, join members of the Burnaby Lake Park Association for kid-friendly activities and complimentary refreshments in the Nature House. Dress for the weather. Meet at the Burnaby Lake Nature House, 4519 Piper Ave, off Winston St, Burnaby. For…

Sunday
Dec 2
1:00 PM

Xmas Carol Sing-Along at Minnekhada Lodge

The Minnekhada Park Association invites you and your family to their 7th Annual Xmas Carol Sing-Along on December 2nd from 1 – 4 pm. The venue is the historic Minnekhada Lodge which is decorated for the festive season to provide a beautiful backdrop for some singing, networking, and conversations around a real yule log fire. Gather around the hearth and…

Saturday
Dec 8
9:00 AM

Birding with Larry - Dipper Quest Birding Field Trip

This half-day outing is Nature Vancouver’s annual search for American Dippers in the Pitt Meadows/Maple Ridge area. They’ve been successful since 2006 in not dipping this bird! After locating a Dipper or two, they will spend the balance of the morning travelling the Pitt Meadows/Maple Ridge area in search of raptors, waterfowl, and other winter migrants. Meet at 0900 in…

Tuesday
Dec 11
7:00 PM

BMN AGM and Silent Auction

The BMN Annual General Meeting will be a very short session in which officers for the coming year will be elected. The main events at this meeting are Ian McArthur’s slide show of the ‘BMN Year in Review’ and the annual BMN Silent Auction. Available at the silent auction will be items and gift certificates donated by local businesses plus…

Saturday
Dec 15

Audubon Christmas Bird Count in our Area

Mark your calendars, the date has been finalized for BMN’s portion of the Audubon Christmas Bird Count. 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…

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