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January 2013

Monday
Jan 7
7:00 PM

NDP Public Forum on on the Changes to the Fisheries Act

Fin Donnelly MP, West Coast Fisheries critic, is hosting a public forum on fisheries issues, including implications of recent changes to the federal Fisheries Act.
The meeting will be held at Golden Ears United Church, 22165 Dewdney Trunk Rd in Maple Ridge. For more information, call (604)664-9229.

Tuesday
Jan 8
7:30 PM

MONTHLY MEETING: Biologist Pamela Zevit on "BC South Coast Conservation Program for Species at Risk"

Our speaker this month will be BMN member Pam Zevit who will describe some of the work done by the BC South Coast Conservation Program for species at risk and how we can get involved with this program. For more information on SCCP, please click here. At the same meeting, BMN member John Reynolds will briefly summarize the findings of…

Saturday
Jan 19
8:00 AM

Raptor Count at Colony Farm Park

Join Lee Harding and others for a half-day “raptor” count at Colony Farm Regional Park. In fact, all bird species are observed and recorded. Lee will depart from the parking lot at the end of Colony Farm Road. Alternatively, people can join Mike Griffin at 9 am at the duck pond just off Shaughnessy Street in Port Coquitlam which will…

Saturday
Jan 19
9:00 AM

Birding with Larry along DeBoville Slough

Join Larry Cowan and Nature Vancouver members for a morning of birding on the PoCo dikes. Meet at the main parking at the entrance to DeBoville Slough to carpool to the start at the east end of Dominion Ave. This is close to the area just behind Costco where about 20 snipe were seen on the Christmas Bird Count. Contact…

Saturday
Jan 26
1:30 PM

Free Public Talk on River Otters

The Lighthouse Park Preservation Society hosts a free public lecture by Cait Nelson on ‘Coastal River Otters – Their Ecology, Management and Conservation’. As a wildlife health biologist with the BC Government, Cait Nelson studies river otter movement, home range and population dynamics in order to quantify the animals’ exposure to contaminated areas in the southern part of Vancouver Island….

Tuesday
Jan 29
6:00 PM

Open House in Vancouver to discuss Golden Ears Provincial Park Management Plan

The Open House to discuss the Golden Ears Provincial Park Management Plan runs from 6 pm – 8 pm at UBC’s Robson Square, Room C225, 800 Robson St., Vancouver. The draft management plan is posted online here along with an online comment form.

Thursday
Jan 31
4:00 PM

Open House in Maple Ridge to discuss Golden Ears Provincial Park Management Plan

The Open House to discuss the Golden Ears Provincial Park Management Plan runs from 6 pm – 8 pm at the Maple Ridge Public Library. The draft management plan is posted online here along with an online comment form.

February 2013

Saturday
Feb 2

Ramsar World Wetlands Day

While this is hardly an optimal season to be celebrating wetlands in the northern latitudes, it’s always a good time to remember the valuable habitat and significant ecosystem services (e.g., carbon storage) provided by wetlands.

Sunday
Feb 3
1:00 PM

'Creative Cafe' Open House at Minnekhada Lodge

The Minnekhada Park Association presents Creative Cafe on the first Sunday of every month in the historical Minnekhada Lodge. This open house features a unique, fun learning activity for kids of all ages. Free.
Information: www.minnekhada.ca

Sundays, February 3, March 3, April 7, May 5
1 – 4 pm

Sunday
Feb 3
1:00 PM

'Creative Cafe' Open House at Minnekhada Lodge

The Minnekhada Park Association presents Creative Cafe on the first Sunday of every month in the historical Minnekhada Lodge. This open house features a unique, fun learning activity for kids of all ages. Free.
Information: www.minnekhada.ca

1 – 4 pm

Saturday
Feb 9
9:00 AM

Birding with Larry at Colony Farm Park

Colony Farm Regional Park is home to many over wintering raptors, sparrows, waterfowl and usually a Northern Shrike or two. Join Larry Cowan and members of Nature Vancouver and discover what species the park has to offer on this half-day outing. Meet at the parking area at the south end of Colony Farm Rd. in Coquitlam at 0900. For more…

Saturday
Feb 9
10:00 AM

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

The BMN nest box cleaning season kicks off with at a morning session 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 sign up at our meeting in January or contact Elaine (604.937.3483 or egolds AT sfu DOT ca) if…

Tuesday
Feb 12
7:30 PM

MONTHLY MEETING: Guest Speaker on the Work of the Wildlife Rescue Association

Our guest speaker this month will be Johanna Thompson of The Wildlife Rescue Association. Learn about the work done by the skilled and dedicated people at WRA by viewing a video of ‘virtual tour’ of their facilities in Burnaby. WRA is the largest urban wildlife rehabilitator in BC. Each year, WRA’s Care Centre admits an average of 3,000 injured, orphaned…

Wednesday
Feb 13
7:00 PM

Commercial Drive Tanker Town Hall Meeting

Co-hosted by Tanker Free BC, ForestEthics Advocacy and the Wilderness Committee, this meeting will be a great chance for residents of East Vancouver and beyond to learn the latest details and participate in a discussion about Kinder Morgan’s pipeline and tanker plans. Here are the details: Commercial Drive Tanker Town Hall Meeting Wednesday, February 13, 2013 7:00 p.m. The Wise…

Saturday
Feb 16
8:00 AM

Raptor Count at Colony Farm Park

Join Lee Harding and others for a half-day “raptor” count at Colony Farm Regional Park. In fact, all bird species are observed and recorded. Lee will depart from the parking lot at the end of Colony Farm Road. Alternatively, people can join Mike Griffin at 9 am at the duck pond just off Shaughnessy Street in Port Coquitlam which will…

Saturday
Feb 16
8:00 AM

Basic Raptor Identification Workshop - February 16 - 17

This two day workshop is hosted by Nature Vancouver’s Birding Section and will be held at the Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary Museum, Delta Course Instructor: William (Bill) S. Clark Introduction: (Field marks, shape, measurements, terminology, feathers, molt) II. Basic raptor field ID & Osprey, harrier, and TV III. Basic Accipiters IV. Basic Eagles & Falcons V. Basic Buteos VI. Raptor…

Saturday
Feb 16
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 (near the community gardens) Please contact Elaine (604.937.3483 or egolds AT sfu DOT ca). Dress for the weather and bring work gloves.

Tuesday
Feb 19
4:00 PM

Open House - Draft Partington Creek Neighbourhood Plan

The City of Coquitlam is currently working to complete the Partington Creek Neighbourhood Plan in Northeast Coquitlam. The draft Partington Plan was presented to Council on December 10, 2012 and the City is now seeking public feedback on the Plan. People are invited to a public open house to review the draft Plan and provide feedback on Feb 19th from…

Tuesday
Feb 19
4:00 PM

Free Film Screening - "White Water Black Gold"

David Lavallée directed and produced the documentary “White Water Black Gold” about Alberta Tarsands’ impacts on Canadian water resources. It will be shown at the SFU IRMACs Theatre on Tuesday, February 19th at 4pm. David himself will be attending the screening for discussion and Q&A following the film. See the film’s website & trailer: whitewaterblackgold/. Location: Room: IRMACS Presentation Studio,…

Wednesday
Feb 20
7:00 PM

Noons Creek Hatchery AGM & Guest Speaker on Shark Conservation

The Port Moody Ecological Society (i.e., Noons Creek Hatchery) AGM with guest speaker, Professor Nick Dulvy on the Conservation of Sharks. Prof Dulvy is the Chair of Marine Biodiversity and Conservation at Simon Fraser University. Held at the Port Moody Recreation Centre, 300 Ioco Road in Port Moody. Free and all are welcome.

Thursday
Feb 21
6:00 PM

Free SFU-UBC Public Lecture on 'Electric Vehicles'

The Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions is hosting this free public lecture by Dr. Jonn Axsen on electric vehicles, their public acceptance and policy challenges by Dr. Jonn Axsen. For decades, the promise of electric-powerd vehicles has inspired hope for a clean, low-carbon, petroleum-free transportation system. So where are these electric vehicles? Dr. Axsen draws from in-depth market and technical…

Saturday
Feb 23
9:00 AM

'Map our Marshes' Workshop

BC Wildlife Federation presents Map our Marshes, a FREE public workshop Saturday February 23rd, 2012 at the Burnaby Lake Nature House (9:00 am to 3:30 pm). Hosted by the Burnaby Lake Park Association. Wetlands filter water, control floods and provide habitat to hundreds of wildlife species. Unfortunately, wetlands are disappearing at an alarming rate and need our protection. Join the…

Saturday
Feb 23
10:00 AM

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: Nestbox Cleaning at Widgeon Regional Reserve Park

We will meet in the Quarry Road parking lot for Minnekhada Park and carpool from there. Because access is through a locked gate, we must all enter and leave together. It can be a good idea to bring a snack and drink as we usually work until at least 1 pm. While no washrooms are available, there is an abundance…

Saturday
Feb 23
10:30 AM

Free Winter Family Walk around Sasamat Lake

This event is hosted by Metro Vancouver Parks. Look for icicles, licorice ferns, and wildlife trees on a walk around Sasamat Lake. Easy walk, with some stairs.
Meet at the White Pine washroom building below parking lot F.

10:30 am – 12 Noon

Sunday
Feb 24
1:00 PM

Heritage Sunday at Historic Minnekhada Lodge

Enjoy the ambience of Eric Hamber’s hunting lodge and participate in an architectural scavenger hunt.
Park at Minnekhada Lodge or at Quarry Road and walk 20 min. to the Lodge.

1 – 4 pm. Free.

Tuesday
Feb 26
7:00 PM

Free Public Lecture by Dick Cannings on the Status of Canada's Birds + Climate Change

Presented by biologist and well-known author Dick Cannings. As an environmental consultant, Dick has served on various boards and committees, including eight years as co-chair for birds on the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC). In his role as senior project manager for Birds Studies Canada, Dick co-authored a recent comprehensive report on the Status of…

Wednesday
Feb 27
7:00 PM

Fraser Sockeye: An Uncertain Future

An international Scientists Think Tank will meet at SFU’s Downtown Campus on Feb 25 – 26 to review the status of Fraser sockeye and specific Cohen Commission recommendations with respect to the Wild Salmon Policy, habitat protection, the impact of aquaculture on Fraser sockeye, information and research gaps, among other topics. A panel of these scientists will present their findings…

March 2013

Saturday
Mar 2
1:30 PM

“Living Heritage” Afternoon at PoMo Library

The Port Moody Library is hosting a “Living Heritage” event to celebrate Port Moody’s first century. Ten Port Moody residents, including BMN’s Elaine Golds, will be available to discuss Port Moody’s history. Elaine will have information available about the campaign to protect Bert Flinn Park and keep skytrain out of Miller Ravine. Drop in and enjoy a cup of tea…

Sunday
Mar 3
10:00 AM

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: Nestbox Cleaning at Minnekhada 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. The BMN Young Naturalists will be joining us on this one.

Sunday
Mar 3
1:00 PM

'Creative Cafe' Open House at Minnekhada Lodge

The Minnekhada Park Association presents Creative Cafe on the first Sunday of every month in the historical Minnekhada Lodge. This open house features a unique, fun learning activity for kids of all ages. Free.
Information: www.minnekhada.ca

Sundays, March 3, April 7, May 5
1 – 4 pm

Wednesday
Mar 6
3:00 PM

Public Lecture: "Coal, Climate, Corn, Coral and Consequences: Connecting the Dots"

The Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions at SFU invites you to a free special lecture entitled “Coal, Climate, Corn, Coral and Consequences: Connecting the Dots” by Tom Pedersen, PICS Executive Director, which will take place on March 6th, 2 pm to 3 pm, at the IRMACS Theatre. A Meet & Greet reception will follow immediately after the talk. The purpose…

Thursday
Mar 7
7:00 PM

Public Lecture: Reflections on the Journey from Biodiversity and Culture to Biocultural Diversity

Join Professor and ethnobotanist Nancy Turner in exploring why thinking of the importance not only of biodiversity but of biocultural diversity can help us to frame our attitudes, our governance systems, and our very understandings of what it is to be human, and may help us to become responsible players in the world’s ecosystems. UBC Earth Sciences Building, Room 1013…

Saturday
Mar 9
9:00 AM

CLUB HIKE: Hike around Burnaby Lake

The first hike of the year will be a visit to Burnaby Lake Regional Park, where we have not hiked for thirteen years. We will circumambulate Burnaby Lake and take in the wide range of wildlife. As spring will be almost upon us, we will hope to see some new vegetation popping up. Roundtrip distance is 11 km (6.8 mi)…

Saturday
Mar 9
10:00 AM

Free Guided Walk in Bert Flinn Park

This walk is a followup to the March 2 event at the Port Moody Library, where BMN’s role is preserving the area that is now called Bert Flinn Park (formerly known as Neighbourhoods 3 & 4) was highlighted. Elaine Golds will lead a two hour nature walk through the Park including the wetlands that were key to the area’s preservation….

Tuesday
Mar 12
3:30 PM

Open House - Queenston Park Concept Plan

The City of Coquitlam is seeking public input on development of a new park which will be located off Coast Meridian north of David Ave. An Open House will be held on Tuesday, March 12th from 3:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the Multi-purpose Room at Leigh Elementary School, 1230 Soball Road. For more info, please click here. Project construction…

Tuesday
Mar 12
7:00 PM

Free Slide Presentation on Grizzly Bears at Fox Library

John Gordon, photographer and Langley Field Naturalist member, will present a free slide show on grizzlies from 7 – 8:00 pm. Enjoy a tour of the Khutzeymateen Valley, home to one of BC’s most important coastal populations of grizzly bears. Located 45 kilometers northeast of Prince Rupert, the valley features Canada’s only grizzly bear sanctuary. Following hibernation, the bears forage…

Tuesday
Mar 12
7:30 PM

MONTHLY MEETING: Guest Speaker is Marine Biologist Sheila Byers

Like a classic horror story, eyeless, mouthless worms lurk in the dark, settling on dead whales in the deep ocean and sending out green roots to devour their bones. Join Sheila Byers, marine biologist specializing in polychaete worms, as she reveals the incredible recent discovery of “zombie worms” and the role they play in controlling the fate of whale falls…

Saturday
Mar 16
10:00 AM

'Nature Days' at Amsterdam Nurseries

Amsterdam Nurseries holds its 15th annual Nature Days and Native Plant Sale. Community groups are invited to attend with displays on Saturday. BMN will be there 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 am – 5 pm….

Sunday
Mar 17
8:00 AM

Oiled Wildlife First Responder Basic Training - March 17th

The Oiled Wildlife Society of BC and the Wildlife Rehabilitators’ Network of BC are happy to announce the Oiled Wildlife First Responder Basic Training course scheduled for March 16th 2013 in Vancouver, British Columbia. Your participation in this training is a key step to ensuring the highest wildlife survival rate possible during an oil spill response; the more training you…

Sunday
Mar 17
9:30 AM

Great Blue Heron Nature Walk at Colony Farm Park

View the herons as they gather on the fields in preparation for the mating season. Join members of the Colony Farm Park Association and Burke Mountain Naturalists to discover why Colony Farm Park 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….

Sunday
Mar 17
1:00 PM

First Spring Walking Tour of Riverview's Trees

Join the Riverview Horticultural Centre Society for their first tree tour of 2013. 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 19
11:00 AM

"Hunt for Spring" Kids' Event at Burnaby Lake Park

This is a Spring Break Program hosted by Metro Vancouver Parks. Make crafts, plant a seed, roast marshmallows, share stories and songs. Allow an hour.
Meet at the Burnaby Lake Nature House, 4519 Piper Avenue off Winston Street.
11 am – 3 pm. Free.

Thursday
Mar 21
11:00 AM

"Birds of a Feather" Kids' Event at Burnaby Lake Park

This is a Spring Break Program hosted by Metro Vancouver Parks. Feed the ducks and geese, and look for bird nests. Make a bird feeder to take home.
Allow one hour.
Meet at the Burnaby Lake Nature House, 4519 Piper Avenue off Winston Street.
11 am – 3 pm. Free.

Saturday
Mar 23
9:00 AM

Birding with Larry at DeBoville Slough and Minnekhada Park

Join Larry Cowan and members of Nature Vancouver for a half day birding field trip to Coquitlam’s DeBoville Slough/Minnekhada Regional Park. Osprey, hummingbirds, and swallows should be back on their breeding grounds. Spring migrants should also be moving through the area. With luck we should catch a glimpse of Sandhill Crane, Red Crossbills, Band-tailed Pigeon and Western Meadowlark. Meet in…

Saturday
Mar 23
9:30 AM

Great Blue Heron Nature Walk at Colony Farm Park

View the herons as they gather on the fields in preparation for the mating season. Join members of the Colony Farm Park Association and Burke Mountain Naturalists to discover why Colony Farm Park 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….

Saturday
Mar 23
8:30 PM

EARTH HOUR

Show your support for efforts to reduce climate change! Turn off your lights and all unnecessary electricity from 8:30pm – 9:30pm on Saturday, March 23 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 *…

Sunday
Mar 24
9:00 AM

Burnaby Mountain (north side) Hike

Join us for a not so well known hike just outside the TriCities’ border. We will travel in a loop starting from the Barnet Highway and heading west and up more than 500 stairs to SFU where we will join the Trans Canada Trail heading east and return west via the Cougar Creek Trail and Barnet Trail. Views of the…

Wednesday
Mar 27
7:00 PM

Free Talk: The Economics of Oil Pipelines and Tankers

Learn about the economics behind big oil’s energy strategy and what the industry does not want you to know. This is a presentation by economist and former ICBC CEO Robyn Allen. She will explain why saying “no” to these pipelines is saying “yes” to meaningful economic growth and development for not only BC, but all of Canada. The event is…

Wednesday
Mar 27
7:00 PM

Free Seminar on Permaculture - 'Port Moody Naturally'

Do you want the freshest and most nutritious food for yourself and your family? Try growing some of you own! This year’s free Port Moody Naturally seminar is about permaculture — sustainable gardens intended to grow healthy food using designs and relationships found in nature. You don’t need to be a expert. We’re here to help make home food gardening…

Thursday
Mar 28
6:30 PM

Tri-City Greendrinks Event - Guest Speaker on Pesticides

Don’t miss Tri-city Greendrinks on the last Thursday of every month at the Coquitlam Library Foundation Room. Listen to guest speaker Alicia Perry from the Canadian Cancer Society talk about pesticides. Bring your questions and ideas. Bring and share a (pesticide free) snack. You are welcome to RSVP on the TriCity Greendrinks MEETUP website. Time: March 28, 2013 from 6:30pm…

Thursday
Mar 28
7:00 PM

PoCo Heritage Society Meeting with Guests from Kwikwetlem First Nations - "Journey of a Canoe"

This Heritage Evening on March 28, 2013 at 7pm will be held in PoCo’s new Museum and Archives (in Leigh Square). Join master canoe carver Mark Point and Kwikwetlem Band Councillor Fred Hulbert for a discussion and video viewing on the canoe building project undertaken by Kwikwetlem First Nations, from the selection of the cedar tree right through to the…

April 2013

Monday
Apr 1
12:00 PM

"Critter Caper – Case of the Lost Bunny" Kids' Event at Burnaby Lake

This is a Spring Break Program hosted by Metro Vancouver Parks. Examine teeth marks, hair, and other clues to retrace the bunny’s steps and help it fi nd the way home.
Allow one hour.
Meet at the Burnaby Lake Nature House, 4519 Piper Avenue off Winston Street.

12 Noon – 4 pm. Free.

Saturday
Apr 6
10:00 AM

Coquitlam's "Explore the Outdoors Kick Off" Event

Have you always wanted to get out on the trails, into the parks and onto the water but not sure where to start? Learn from our local experts (one of whom is BMN’s own Ian McArthur!) what outdoor activities are available right in your own backyard! Gather up the family and join us for this interactive and informative day. Fun…

Sunday
Apr 7
9:30 AM

Digital Photography Workshop with Ron Long - Composition

This seminar will provide information and techniques that will significantly improve your photography regardless of the kind of camera you are using. The seminar is fully illustrated with hundreds of photographs to demonstrate the techniques being discussed. COMPOSITION will provide many suggestions and a few simple guidelines to improve your compositions. Please bring your camera, an empty memory card, camera…

Sunday
Apr 7
1:00 PM

'Creative Cafe' Open House at Minnekhada Lodge

The Minnekhada Park Association presents Creative Cafe on the first Sunday of every month in the historical Minnekhada Lodge. This open house features a unique, fun learning activity for kids of all ages. Free.
Information: www.minnekhada.ca

Sundays, April 7, May 5
1 – 4 pm

Sunday
Apr 7
1:30 PM

Wonderful Wetlands Tour

WEST CREEK WETLAND RESERVE
Enjoy an exclusive guided walk through this restricted reserve, home to an incredible variety of plants and wildlife.
Ages 13+ Free but registration required 604-432-6359. Presented by Metro Vancouver and Langley Environmental Partners Society.

Sunday, April 7, 1:30~ 4 pm

Tuesday
Apr 9
7:30 PM

MONTHLY MEETING: Scientist and Author Rob Butler on "A Society of Crows"

Love them or hate them, you’ve got to admire crows. They are highly intelligent and in some ways, they can even out-smart monkeys and apes. Not only are crows clever enough to use tools, they can also construct tools for a specific purpose. Like us, they live in a complex social structure, and like us too, our local crows conduct…

Friday
Apr 12

Social Justice Film Festival in PoCo - April 12 & 13

This is now annual event, held at Trinity United Church in Port Coquitlam (221l Prairie Ave. at Shaughnessy). This year, lisa g’s third film on Riverview Hospital “Consciousness” will be shown. For the complete list of films, please click here. By donation.

Wednesday
Apr 17
7:00 PM

Free Seminar - 'Bear Essentials'

This free Bear Essentials seminar focuses on Port Moody neighbourhoods that border our urban forest. Port Moody’s growth means many new residents are now living in bear country. Join black bear education coordinator Christine Miller from the North Shore Black Bear Society for an evening of learning to better understand these animals. We’ll discuss attractants that bring these unwanted animals…

Wednesday
Apr 17
7:00 PM

Raincoast Conservation Foundation Hosts 'Art for an Oil-Free Coast Film Night'

This evening (7 – 9 PM) will provide a opportunity to view two films supporting the work of the Raincoast Conservation Foundation, who are working to ensure British Columbia’s coastline remains oil-free. The event will include an introduction from Ross Dixon of Raincoast and a short commentary from renowned BC artist, Murray Phillips. The evening is being hosted by Clearmind…

Saturday
Apr 20
9:00 AM

Belcarra Regional Park & Belcarra Bluffs Hike

We have not had a hike in this area since 2007 and with the threat of the expired lease on the Admiralty Point area we thought it was time to return to the park. In the morning, we will go to Jug Island Beach taking in views of Bedwell Bay and Eagle Ridge while having little elevation change. After a…

Saturday
Apr 20
9:30 AM

Guided Nature Walk at Deboville Slough

Join the Friends of DeBoville Slough for a free guided Nature Walk at the Slough to enjoy the arrival of spring. Meet at the corner of Cedar and Victoria in Port Coquitlam (parking and washrooms here). The walk will follow the north dyke out to the Pitt River. For more info, please contact David at burkemtnman at gmail dot com….

Sunday
Apr 21
9:30 AM

Digital Photography Workshop with Ron Long - Lighting

Photography, of course, depends on light but light effects are extremely variable. How you use these effects can make the different between a stunning photograph and a boring snapshot. This class will provide insights into the awareness, understanding and application of naturally occurring light effects. Please bring your camera, an empty memory card, camera instruction book, notebook and pen, lunch…

Sunday
Apr 21
11:00 AM

Wildlife Rescue's "EarthFest Event"

EarthFest is the annual family nature festival hosted by Wildlife Rescue staff and volunteers to celebrate international Earth Day. Held at Burnaby Lake Regional Park at the Canoe Centre on the south side of Burnaby Lake. The Colony Farm Park Association will be there along with many other groups with great activities for the whole family.
From 11am-3 pm:

Sunday
Apr 21
11:00 AM

'Goodbye Chums' at Kanaka Creek Regional Park

Release salmon fry into the creek, and celebrate the new fish hatchery opening. Meet at Bell–Irving Hatchery on 256th Street, south of Dewdney Trunk Road.
Information: 604-530–4983 or click here.
Presented by Metro Vancouver and Kanaka Education and Environmental Partnership Society

11 am – 3 pm

Sunday
Apr 21
1:00 PM

Free 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. To view a…

Saturday
Apr 27

Monitoring and Banding and Bird Identification Workshops

These are annual courses hosted by the Vancouver Avian Research Centre (VARC): Bird Identification Workshop: • April 27 – 28 The Bird Identification Workshop is designed for beginner and intermediate birders who may wish to participate in citizen science projects such as the BC Breeding Bird Atlas or similar programs or who just want to take their bird knowledge and…

Saturday
Apr 27
8:30 AM

Birding with Larry along DeBoville Slough

Join Larry Cowan and members of Nature Vancouver for a half day birding field trip to enjoy spring migrants on Port Coquitlam’s northern dikes. Meet Larry at the intersection of Victoria and Cedar Drives (near the washrooms at DeBoville Slough) to carpool from there to the start point. Contact Larry at 604-465-1402.

Saturday
Apr 27
11:00 AM

Celebrate International Astronomy Day at SFU - A Full Day of Free Fun!

Here is an invitation from the RASC Vancouver Centre and the SFU Student Astronomy Club to join them in celebrating the 2013 International Astronomy Day! Details are: SATURDAY, APRIL 27 at SFU Burnaby Campus – Academic Quadrangle, South Concourse – free admission (parking fees in effect). An annotated campus map with directions to the event venue, and the nearest pay…

Sunday
Apr 28
1:00 PM

Free Guided Walk to see the Magnolias in Bloom 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…

May 2013

Thursday
May 2

BC Nature 2013 AGM – May 2-5 in Abbotsford

The Abbotsford-Mission Nature Club is hosting this year’s BC Nature Annual General Meeting. The theme of the meeting is “Along the Fraser – Adapting to Change”. There’s lots of interesting talks and field trips planned. For details, please click here.

Saturday
May 4
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. Enjoy the music, children’s activities, food, and fun! BMN will be there with our displays and children’s puzzles.
Free.
Saturday, May 4 from 11am-3pm.

Saturday
May 4
9:00 PM

Free Family Star-Party at SFU

At long last, we are going to have an SFU star party (weather permitting!) tomorrow, Saturday May 4, from 9:00PM-late, at the SFU Burnaby campus! A campus map with the location of the star party (about 50m east of the Academic Quadrangle), and the nearest pay-parking and bus stop, can be downloaded from the Starrynights website. We’ll decide by 5PM…

Sunday
May 5

Flower Photography with Ron Long

The workshop will combine class time and photography in the UBC Botanical Garden. All levels of experience are welcome and any type of digital camera is appropriate. Please bring your camera, instruction book and an empty memory card. Cost for BC Native Plant Society members is $40, for non members: $60, for UBC Botanical Garden members: $50. The entrance fee…

Sunday
May 5
1:00 PM

'Creative Cafe' Open House at Minnekhada Lodge

The Minnekhada Park Association presents Creative Cafe on the first Sunday of every month in the historical Minnekhada Lodge. This open house features a unique, fun learning activity for kids of all ages. Free. This is the last Cafe in the spring series.
Information: www.minnekhada.ca

1 – 4 pm

Sunday
May 5
1:00 PM

Free Guided Walk through Riverview's 'Backyard'

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. Meet on the uphill side of the Henry Esson Young (HEY) Building. For additional information click here. Banners and signs will be…

Sunday
May 5
6:30 PM

Screening of Film 'Salmon Confidential' in Port Moody

Follow biologist Dr. Alexandra Morton as she unravels the mysteries of BC’s declining salmon stocks using some of the world’s top fish labs. What she uncovers should shock anyone who cares about our fish and all that depend on them. This 70 minute film documents Morton’s journey as she attempts to overcome roadblocks thrown up by government agencies and bring…

Saturday
May 11
10:00 AM

"The Great Salmon Send-Off" in Burnaby

Make a big splash in Stoney Creek at the Great Salmon Send-Off, a fun-filled event for all the family, now in its 23rd year. Join in celebrating our magnificent Pacific Salmon. Learn about the life-cycle of B.C.’s salmon, release coho salmon smolts into the creek, and visit environmental displays and activities for children and adults alike. The theme this year…

Saturday
May 11
11:00 AM

'Science Rendezvous' at SFU -- A Free Family Event

SFU will host Science Rendezvous at the SFU Burnaby campus on Saturday May 11, from 11AM-4PM. Science Rendezvous is being celebrated in 40 cities across Canada! At SFU there will be FREE parking and LOTS of activities for kids of all ages, including SFU’s Solar System Spurt, hosted by Prof Howard Trottier! A poster with more information on the event…

Saturday
May 11
1:00 PM

Celebrate International Migratory Bird Day at Colony Farm Park

Learn about herons and other wildlife. A heritage building tour starts at 1 pm. Guided birding and nature walks start at 2:30 pm. Turn south off Lougheed Highway near the United Boulevard overpass and look for tents at the end of Colony Farm Road. Hosted by Metro Vancouver Parks and by the Colony Farm Park Association. Information: 604–520–6442. 1 –…

Sunday
May 12
9:00 AM

Coquitlam Farmers' Market

This is the opening of the 2013 season of the successful Coquitlam Farmers’ Market. There will be a great market full of the early fresh flavours of the season, beautiful bedding plants and seedlings to beautify your yard and home, and delicious baked goods, prepared foods, meats and seafoods. As a special treat for Mom, there will be complimentary treats…

Sunday
May 12
1:00 PM

Douglas College hosts free forum on eco-friendly approach to de-bugging your garden

If you love gardening but hate the thought of spraying chemicals on your plants to stave off pests, you won’t want to miss What’s Wriggling in Your Rhubarb? UNIBUG and the biological control of insects, at Douglas College May 12. At the free forum, put on by the College’s Institute of Urban Ecology, you’ll learn about UNIBUG – the User…

Sunday
May 12
1:00 PM

Mother's Day Walking 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…

Tuesday
May 14
7:00 PM

MONTHLY MEETING: Special Evening Walk around Como Lake

Because our usual meeting venue will be a polling station for the Provincial Election on this day, we will go for an evening stroll around Como Lake and then enjoy Liz’s nearby garden, where we will have refreshments and distribute the newsletter. We will meet at the south parking lot of Como Lake at 7 PM (please note earlier time)….

Thursday
May 16
7:00 PM

Summer Evening Botany Walk #1 - Colony Farm Park

Join other BMN members for a series of evening botanizing walks. Six gentle walks are planned over the summer months, all starting at 7 PM. There is no leader for these walks. Instead, we’ll learn how to identify trees and plants from each other and from our guide books. We will go rain or shine. No need to register –…

Saturday
May 18
8:00 AM

Raptor Count at Colony Farm Park

Raptor (and all-other-birds) count at Colony Farm Regional Park. Meet Lee Harding in the parking lot at the end of Colony Farm Road or, alternatively, join Mike Griffin at 9 am at the entrance on Shaughnessy Street in Port Coquitlam. Phone Lee (604-469-6795) or Mike (604-942-5326) to confirm that count is actually taking place on this day…sometimes, the date is…

Saturday
May 18
9:00 AM

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: Knotweed Removal at DeBoville Slough

Join the Friends of DeBoville Slough for a morning of exercise and camaraderie cutting Japanese Knotweed along the dikes. Wear sturdy shoes, bring work gloves and dress for the weather. Tools are provided. If the sun is shining, bring sunscreen, eye protection, a hat and drinking water. See here for more information on knotweed.

From 9am to noon.

Saturday
May 18
11:00 AM

Forest Fairy Gathering at Burnaby Lake Park

Visit the “fairy market” for supplies to construct your very own fairy or gnome home. Come dressed in costume, enjoy free face painting, and be prepared for a magical afternoon.
Meet at the Burnaby Lake Nature House, 4519 Piper Avenue off Winston Street.
11 am – 3 pm. Free.

Sunday
May 19
12:00 PM

Celebrate World Turtle Day

Celebrate the ongoing recovery of the endangered Western Painted Turtle. Visit informative and interactive booths focusing on recovery efforts and ongoing volunteer programs. Click here to view the poster. Location: Burnaby Lake Sports Complex (Sperling Avenue & Sprott Street) Hosted by: Coastal Painted Turtle Project From noon – 4 pm. _The Western Painted Turtle is named after the bright yellow…

Monday
May 20

CLUB HIKE: Baden-Powell Trail

Come out for a moderate hike from Deep Cove to Lynn Valley on the Baden-Powell Trail. There are great views of Indian Arm from this trail and we will get to cross the free Lynn Valley Suspension Bridge. This will be a one-way hike as we will use public transit ($2.75) to return. Distance is 15 km (9 mi) with…

Wednesday
May 22
7:00 PM

Minnekhada Presents: Talk by Lyda Salatian, founder of the Lower Mainland Green Team

Lyda Salatian Founder of the Lower Mainland Green Team will present what the Lower Mainland Green Team, the largest conservation volunteer group in BC, has accomplished over the last two years and where it is going in the future. The presentation is in Coquitlam at Minnekhada Lodge, Wednesday May 22 7pm – 8pm. More details here. lowermainlandgreenteam AT gmail DOT

Saturday
May 25
8:30 AM

Birding with Larry at Colony Farm Regional Park

Join Larry Cowan and members of Nature Vancouver for a half day birding trip to Colony Farm Park to enjoy Lazuli Buntings and, possibly, Western Kingbird, Band-tailed Pigeon, American Bittern and others. Meet in the parking area at the east end of Colony Form Road off the Lougheed Highway in Coquitlam. Phone Larry at 604-465-1402 for more info.

Wednesday
May 29
7:00 PM

Watershed Cafe: Spirituality & Our Watershed

Spiritual and cultural values are important ecosystem services we receive from the Coquitlam River Watershed. How do we define spirituality in this context? Are there places or species that are important for spiritual experiences? Can we measure spirituality? These are some questions that we wish to explore at our next Watershed Cafe. Please join us – a drink of your…

June 2013

Saturday
Jun 1
9:00 AM

Free Guided Walks at Colony Farm Park to View Lazuli Buntings

It’s time to join members of the Colony Farm Park Association and enjoy the lazuli buntings and other beautiful songbirds at Colony Farm Park. Tours are led by experienced birders. 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 depart at 9 am…

Sunday
Jun 2
1:00 PM

Creative Café at Minnekhada Lodge

Join the Minnekhada Park Association for fun, creative activities at the Lodge.
Information: click here
1 – 4 pm
MInnekhada Regionnal Park

Thursday
Jun 6
5:30 PM

Coquitlam River Watershed Roundtable Meeting

‘Planning for our Future: Watershed Health & Challenges’. Together with a team of consultants and students, the Coquitlam River Watershed Roundtable Core Committee members have been working hard to develop our unique watershed plan – the first in Canada to follow the Open Standards for the Practice of Conservation and incorporate human well-being goals. Since the Roundtable meeting on Nov…

Thursday
Jun 6
7:00 PM

Summer Evening Botany Walk #2 - Woodhaven Swamp

Join other BMN members for a series of evening botanizing walks. Six gentle walks are planned over the summer months, all starting at 7 PM. There is no leader for these walks. Instead, we’ll learn how to identify trees and plants from each other and from our guide books. We will go rain or shine. No need to register –…

Saturday
Jun 8
8:00 AM

Woodland Walk Public Hike

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

Sunday
Jun 9
11:00 AM

Tour de PoCo - Centennial Edition

The PoCo Heritage Society celebrates PoCo’s centennial year on bikes! Learn about the early history of Port Coquitlam in this freewheeling, informative and fun cycling event through PoCo’s trails and parks. Sunday, June 9, 2013, starting at 11 AM at Lions Park.
For more info, see www.pocoheritage.org/.

Sunday
Jun 9
1:00 PM

Free Guided Tour of the Heritage Trees 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
Jun 11
7:00 PM

MONTHLY MEETING: Evening Walk at Riverview

Our June monthly meeting will be outdoors (hopefully the weather will be too nice to be indoors) that will take the form of a walk through the Riverview grounds. The walk leader will be the incomparable Don Gillespie. Meet on the uphill side of the Henry Esson Young (HEY) building, where there is ample free parking. Riverview Hospital is located…

Thursday
Jun 13
7:30 PM

'Rivers Lost, Saved and Restored: A Global Perspective' by Mark Angelo

Metro Vancouver and the Capital Regional District, along with the Pacific Parklands Foundation, present a special two-part speakers’ series as part of the 2013 Special Park Districts Forum. The first special presentation is “Rivers Lost, Saved and Restored: A Global Perspective”, presented by Mark Angelo. Mark will present his perspectives as an advocate for wild rivers; highlighting the plight of…

Saturday
Jun 15
8:00 AM

Raptor Count at Colony Farm Park

Raptor (and all-other-birds) count at Colony Farm Regional Park. Meet Lee Harding in the parking lot at the end of Colony Farm Road or, alternatively, join Mike Griffin at 9 am at the entrance on Shaughnessy Street in Port Coquitlam. Phone Lee (604-469-6795) or Mike (604-942-5326) to confirm that count is actually taking place on this day…sometimes, the date is…

Saturday
Jun 15
8:30 AM

Birding with Larry around Grant Narrows

Join members of Nature Vancouver who will spend a half-day birding the Grant Narrows Area along the Pitt River Dyke covering an area from Grant Narrows to the bend in Rannie Rd. locally know as Dieter’s Corner. The grass may be long and in morning usually wet, appropriate footwear is advised. Later they will bird a short distance along the…

Saturday
Jun 15
7:30 PM

'Challenges of the 21st Century: Setting the Real Bottom-Line' - by David Suzuki

Metro Vancouver and the Capital Regional District, along with the Pacific Parklands Foundation, present a special two-part speakers’ series as part of the 2013 Special Park Districts Forum. The second special presentation is “Challenges of the 21st Century: Setting the Real Bottom-Line”, presented by Dr. David Suzuki. Dr. Suzuki explores our linkages with nature and the economy. It is estimated…

Friday
Jun 21

Bird Monitoring and Banding Workshop

Bird Monitoring and Banding Workshop: • June 21-23 The Bird Monitoring and Banding Workshop is designed for people with little or no bird banding or bird in the hand experience and provides a fantastic opportunity to see birds up close and personal, to learn about their plumage, molt sequences and life habits. Most of all, these workshops are designed to…

Friday
Jun 21

Trail Development Workshop in Burnaby

This Trail Development Workshop is hosted by the Outdoor Recreation Council of BC and is primarily aimed at leaders of trail user groups and outdoor clubs who want to be prepared for building new trails or improving existing trails when the promised federal trail funding becomes available. Cost to attend this workshop is $45 per person and includes lunch and…

Friday
Jun 21
6:00 PM

Summer Solstice Cycle

To welcome the first day of summer and to celebrate the second 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….

Saturday
Jun 22

Learn to Camp with Parks Canada and MEC

Think you might want to experience the pleasure of camping overnight but just need a helping hand? This summer register for a Learn-to camp event, co-presented by MEC and Parks Canada. These events take place across Canada to offer you the opportunity to learn how to plan and enjoy safe and successful camping trips. This is an overnight event, $88…

Saturday
Jun 22
9:00 AM

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: Knotweed Removal at DeBoville Slough

Join the Friends of DeBoville Slough for a morning of exercise and camaraderie cutting Japanese Knotweed along the dikes. Wear sturdy shoes, bring work gloves and dress for the weather. Tools are provided. If the sun is shining, bring sunscreen, eye protection, a hat and drinking water. See here for more information on knotweed.

From 9am to noon.

Thursday
Jun 27
7:00 PM

Summer Evening Botany Walk #3 - Eastern Shoulder of Burnaby Mountain

Join other BMN members for a series of evening botanizing walks. Six gentle walks are planned over the summer months, all starting at 7 PM. There is no leader for these walks. Instead, we’ll learn how to identify trees and plants from each other and from our guide books. We will go rain or shine. No need to register –…

Saturday
Jun 29
8:00 AM

CLUB HIKE: Evans Valley (Golden Ears Park) Hike

This is a trail that has not been on the Golden Ears Provincial Park trail map for many years, but it is still used and has been recently worked on. The trail stays close to Evans Creek and travels through a forest with large old growth trees. Views of Evans Peak and Blanchard Needle can be seen on a clear…

Sunday
Jun 30
10:30 AM

Earth Walks 1: “Rocks, Reservoirs and Rainforest - A Historical Walk Around Little Mountain"

This is one of a series of summer Earth Walks hosted by the False Creek Watershed Society: “Rocks, Reservoirs and Rainforest – a Historical Walk Around Little Mountain" with Celia Brauer. A stroll around one of Vancouver’s green gems, talking about the quarry, reservoirs, arboretum and much more. 10:30 – 12:30. By donation.
Register here for “Earthwalks1 – LittleMountain”

July 2013

Wednesday
Jul 3
7:00 PM

Colony Farm Park Association Annual General Meeting

Join CFPA members for some light refreshments starting at 5:30 pm. The meeting will commence at 7 pm. At dusk, we will count the bats emerging from the bunkhouse. Some mosquitoes could be present, so dress appropriately. Meet in the grassy area (in front of the community gardens) beside the parking lot at the end of Colony Farm Road in…

Thursday
Jul 4
7:00 PM

Hiking in your own backyard – Educational Session & Slide Show

Come out and enjoy an evening of slides while learning about local places to hike and how to be prepared. Do you know what ten essential items you should have in your pack? Ian McArthur will present slides of hikes in Coquitlam and other local areas. This presentation is geared for the novice hiker, but experienced hikers will learn about…

Saturday
Jul 6
8:15 AM

Birding with Larry at Colony Farm Park

Join BMN member Larry Cowan and members of Nature Vancouver for a half-day birding trip to Colony Farm Regional Park. On the 2012 outing here, they recorded 45 species with highlights being Lazuli Bunting, Eastern Kingbird, Band-tailed Pigeon, and Red-eyed Vireo. Join this year’s trip to see what Colony Farm has to offer in 2013. Meet at the parking area…

Saturday
Jul 6
1:00 PM

Earth Walks 2: “St. George’s Street Rainway and street walking tour"

This is one of a series of summer Earth Walks hosted by the False Creek Watershed Society: “St. George’s Street Rainway and street walking tour" – with Greta Borick Cunningham. A walk along the historic creek which will one day be daylighted, highlighting the beautiful painted mural. 1:00 – 3:00. By donation.
Register here for “Earthwalks2 – StGeorges”

Sunday
Jul 7
1:00 PM

Creative Café at Minnkehada Lodge

Join the Minnekhada Park Association for fun, creative activities at the Lodge.
Information: click here
1 – 4 pm
MInnekhada Regionnal Park

Sunday
Jul 7
1:00 PM

Linden Tree Tour and Tea at Riverview

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. Free. Meet on the uphill side of the Henry Esson Young (HEY) Building. For additional information click here….

Wednesday
Jul 10
6:00 PM

Introduction to Hiking: Ridge Park

This evening hike will take in the power line right-of-way on Westwood Plateau to gain elevation into the wonderful forest of Ridge Park. There will be a chance for great views overlooking Coquitlam and beyond. Roundtrip distance is 6km (3.7 mi) with an elevation gain of 245 m (800 ft). Meet at 6:00 pm. Return approximately 9:00 pm. Registration is…

Wednesday
Jul 10
8:00 PM

'Explore the Evening' - A Family Event at Burnaby Lake

In the evening, both day and night creatures may stir and night-blooming flowers open. Come and see for yourself at Burnaby Lake Regional Park.
Ages 6+
Free, drop in. 8 – 9 pm
Meet at Nature House, 4519 Piper Avenue off Winston Street.

Thursday
Jul 11
7:30 PM

Evening Linden Tree Tour and Tea at Riverview

Join the Riverview Horticultural Centre Society for their second 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. Free. Meet on the uphill side of the Henry Esson Young (HEY) Building. For additional information click here….

Saturday
Jul 13
11:00 AM

Annual Open House & Fundraiser for 'Critter Care'

Take advantage of a unique opportunity to see a working wildlife rehabilitation center up close and personal. Learn more about native mammals of North America than you thought you knew. In short join the 6,000 people that came out last year to this 5-acre facility in the Campbell Valley Park and simply have fun while supporting a very important cause….

Saturday
Jul 13
2:00 PM

Free Workshop on Design for Repurposing

There is an open invitation to attend a workshop involving the creative and environmental company Design for Repurposing (DFR). DFR focuses on the reusing and repurposing products through DIY projects that will help reduce the amount of waste that is put into our landfills. The workshop will help participants discover opportunities to turn banal objects from their homes into useful…

Sunday
Jul 14
9:00 AM

Introduction to Hiking: Westwood Plateau

This hike will take in greenways and urban streets on Westwood Plateau to gain elevation into the forest of Ridge Park. There will be a chance for great views overlooking Coquitlam and beyond. Roundtrip distance is 12km (7.5 mi) with an elevation gain of 400 m (1300 ft). Meet at 9:00am. Return approximately 2:00pm. Registration is needed with the City…

Wednesday
Jul 17
6:00 PM

Introduction to Hiking: High Knoll

This hike will be in Minnekhada Regional Park in north eastern Coquitlam. This park has a lot to offer and the hike will cover most of the trails. The highlight of the day will be a short but steep walk to the High Knoll where the group will be rewarded with great views. Roundtrip distance is 8km (5 mi) with…

Thursday
Jul 18
6:30 PM

Opening of Riverview Exhibit at Leigh Square

Join Port Coquitlam Heritage Society at Leigh Square for the official opening of the Riverview exhibit. titled “Conservation of the Historical Riverview Lands”, introduced by Norma Gillespie. Norma is a former nurse who worked for many years at Riverview Hospital, and she is a passionate voice for the continued use of the site for mental health care and for keeping…

Thursday
Jul 18
7:00 PM

Summer Evening Botany Walk #4 - Woods along the Coquitlam River near Gabriola Drive

Join other BMN members for a series of evening botanizing walks. Six gentle walks are planned over the summer months, all starting at 7 PM. There is no leader for these walks. Instead, we’ll learn how to identify trees and plants from each other and from our guide books. We will go rain or shine. No need to register –…

Saturday
Jul 20
9:00 AM

Friends of DeBoville Slough Invasive Plant Work Party

Just a quick note to let everyone know that our next Invasive Plant Work Party is this Saturday, July 20th from 9 am to Noon. We meet at the kiosk on the north side of DeBoville Slough at 9 am. Last work party we accomplished more than ever before. So, come out for a morning of good exercise and camaraderie…

Thursday
Jul 25
12:00 PM

Earth Walks 3: "Geology of Downtown Vancouver - A Tour of Buildings and Monuments"

This is one of a series of summer Earth Walks hosted by the False Creek Watershed Society: “Geology of Downtown Vancouver – A Tour of Buildings and Monuments” with Dave Cook. An unusual view of downtown! Check out the exterior and interior of a number of key buildings and monuments – their history, their architecture, rock quarrying methods and architectural/masonry…

Saturday
Jul 27
7:00 AM

CLUB HIKE: Zoa Peak

This peak is a moderate ridge hike in the stunning Coquihalla Mountains area. We are timing this hike to try and capture the wonderful wildflowers this area has to offer. The views from the trail are impressive looking at the bare walls and massive grey slabs of rock. It is not to be missed if you like alpine views and…

Sunday
Jul 28
1:00 PM

Earth Walks 4: “Economics in Place and Time - False Creek Seawall"

This is one of a series of summer Earth Walks hosted by the False Creek Watershed Society: “Economics in Place and Time – False Creek Seawall" with Michael Barkusky. A walk on the False Creek seawall from Leg-in-Boot Square to Granville Island to look at the history of False Creek and how the natural capital of the water and shoreline…

August 2013

Sunday
Aug 4
1:00 PM

Creative Café at Minnkehada Lodge

Join the Minnekhada Park Association for fun, creative activities at the Lodge.
Information: click here
1 – 4 pm
MInnekhada Regionnal Park

Sunday
Aug 4
1:00 PM

Earth Walks 5: “Deconstructing False Creek through Nature's Touch”

This is one of a series of summer Earth Walks hosted by the False Creek Watershed Society: “Deconstructing False Creek through Nature’s Touch” with Pamela Zevit. A walk along the seawall from the Roundhouse to Habitat Island in SE False Creek – including discussions about restoring the natural shoreline in False Creek. 1:00 – 3:00. By donation. Register here for…

Thursday
Aug 8
7:00 PM

Summer Evening Botany Walk #5 - Bert Flinn Park and the Port Moody Wetlands

Join other BMN members for a series of evening botanizing walks. Six gentle walks are planned over the summer months, all starting at 7 PM. There is no leader for these walks. Instead, we’ll learn how to identify trees and plants from each other and from our guide books. We will go rain or shine. No need to register –…

Friday
Aug 9
7:00 PM

Wild Pollinator Walk at Colony Farm Park's Community Gardens

Join Professor Elizabeth Elle, SFU ecologist, in the Gardens to learn how to identify wild insect pollinators, and how to attract them to your garden. Honey bee populations are experiencing serious declines. Are wild pollinators also in danger? What can we do to enhance their survival? Meet at the pagoda (visible from the South Parking Lot on Colony Farm Road)…

Saturday
Aug 10
1:00 PM

Earth Walks 6: “Still Creek - Lost”

This is one of a series of summer Earth Walks hosted by the False Creek Watershed Society: “Still Creek – Lost” with Bruce Macdonald. A walk to retrace a portion of the Still Creek system that not long ago was a lake one mile long when it was still a remote portion of an uninhabited wilderness. 1:00 – 3:00. By…

Sunday
Aug 11
1:00 PM

Earth Walks 7: “Still Creek - Found”

This is one of a series of summer Earth Walks hosted by the False Creek Watershed Society: “Still Creek – Found" with Bruce Macdonald. Come and experience Vancouver’s seven block long Renfrew Ravine, home to Vancouver’s only deep ravine and flowing creek, set in a natural wilderness that amazingly lies mostly forgotten between 22nd and 29th Avenue. 1:00 – 3:00….

Saturday
Aug 17
11:00 AM

Minnekhada 'Art in the Park' Festival

Discover this two-day festival with artists, music, food, and roving performers in a historically and naturally significant setting.
Free shuttle from Quarry Road parking lot.
Information: 604-520-6442 or www.minnekhada.ca
Presented by the Minnekhada Park Association.

Saturday, August 17, 11 am – 4 pm, and

Sunday, August 18, 10 am – 4 pm

Saturday
Aug 17
1:00 PM

Earth Walks 8: “Musqueam Creek - Vancouver's Last Salmon Stream"

This is one of a series of summer Earth Walks hosted by the False Creek Watershed Society: “Musqueam Creek – Vancouver’s Last Salmon Stream" with Terry Point. The tour will take you through Vancouver’s last wild salmon stream and the restoration project that has been done over the last fourteen years by Musqueam Ecosystem Conservation Society. 1:00 – 2:30. By…

Friday
Aug 23
7:30 PM

Starry Nights @ SFU

This is a very special event…A STAR NIGHT & VIDEO SHOOT! First date: Friday August 23, 7:30PM-late. Alternate date in case of bad weather: Saturday August 24, 7:30PM-late. SFU videographers will be shooting scenes for a feature film on the university’s forthcoming teaching and public outreach observatory, and we want you to be a part of it! Plus our experienced…

Sunday
Aug 25
1:00 PM

Earth Walks 9: “A Walk 'Roundabout Kits' - Community Art, Bees and Gardens"

This is one of a series of summer Earth Walks hosted by the False Creek Watershed Society: “A Walk ‘Roundabout Kits’ – Community Art, Bees and Gardens" with Mary Bennett. Visit some of the Green Streets gardens tended by volunteers in traffic circles and corner bulges around Kitsilano. See how gardeners are encouraging bee and butterfly habitat and building community…

Thursday
Aug 29
7:00 PM

Summer Evening Botany Walk #6 - The Ioco Townsite

Join other BMN members for a series of evening botanizing walks. Six gentle walks are planned over the summer months, all starting at 7 PM. There is no leader for these walks. Instead, we’ll learn how to identify trees and plants from each other and from our guide books. We will go rain or shine. No need to register –…

Saturday
Aug 31
8:00 AM

CLUB HIKE: Lower Seymour Circuit

This hike features multiple spectacular views, a number of picturesque lakelets and ponds, and, despite Mount Seymour Provincial Park’s popularity, a surprising amount of peace and solitude. From the parking area, we will head east to Goldie Lake, and then loop north via the old Perimeter Trail to De Pencier Bluffs. From the bluffs we will circle back to the…

September 2013

Sunday
Sep 1
1:00 PM

Creative Café at Minnkehada Lodge

Join the Minnekhada Park Association at the Lodge for fun, creative activities including crafts, local and natural history displays, film and slide shows.
Information: click here
1 – 4 pm
MInnekhada Regionnal Park

Saturday
Sep 7
7:00 AM

CLUB HIKE: Bear Mountain

This hike is a moderate to strenuous hike near Harrison Hot Springs. Most of the hike is on an old gradual switchback road to ease the elevation gain. Great views of Harrison Lake, the upper part of the Fraser Valley, and surrounding mountains are well worth the effort. The final viewpoint has been called “eye-popping”. Roundtrip distance is 18 km…

Saturday
Sep 7
9:00 AM

Birding with Larry at DeBoville Slough

Join BMN member Larry Cowan and members of Nature Vancouver for a half-day birding field trip along the Pitt River Dyke north from Lougheed Highway to the parking area at DeBoville Slough. On last year’s inaugural outing for this route, they ticked 31 bird species. This route covers excellent dyke-side habitats. They will be on the hunt for fall migrants….

Saturday
Sep 7
10:00 AM

Open House for Kwantlen Polytechnic University's 'Farm at Colony Farm Regional Park'

Kwantlen Polytechnic University is establishing a Laboratory Farm at Colony Farm Regional Park in partnership with Metro Vancouver for the purpose of research and education in support of industry and KPU’s new Sustainable Agriculture program. To learn more about the plans for this new program, attend the Open House and Launch on Sept 7 from 10 am – 2 pm….

Sunday
Sep 8

BC Coastal Waterbird Survey along Shoreline Trail

Port Moody’s Shoreline Trail is one of the locations for the BC Coastal Waterbird Survey. Participants walk the length of the trail using binoculars and telescopes to count the number and species of water birds seen. The survey is conducted at high tide, so the starting times vary. The survey is monthly. If you would like to take part in…

Sunday
Sep 8
2:30 PM

Earth Walks 10: “A Lost Stream Walk - Gibson Creek and Gibby's Field”

This is one of a series of summer Earth Walks hosted by the False Creek Watershed Society: “A Lost Stream Walk – Gibson Creek and Gibby’s Field” with Dan Fass. A walk along the path of an old lost creek, showing how the creek influenced the development of this part of the city. 2:30-4:30. By donation. Register here for "Earthwalks10…

Tuesday
Sep 10
7:30 PM

MONTHLY MEETING: SFU Biologist Tony Williams on Sex, Starlings and Serendipity

To kick off the fall season, our guest speaker will be Dr. Tony Williams from Simon Fraser University. Fifteen years ago, Williams began to study the breeding biology of European starlings. He hoped his research would shed light on some evolutionary issues that would be relevant to all bird species. Little did Williams realize that the data he collected would…

Thursday
Sep 12
12:30 PM

Lunchtime Seminar at SFU: “Urban climate policies and actions: a critical look”

Professor Mark Jaccard of Simon Fraser University presents a ‘brown bag’ seminar (bring your lunch) as part of the “Climate Change and Urban Sustainability” lecture series. Failed efforts at the international, national and sub-national levels to reduce greenhouse gas emissions have prompted some city governments to set their own greenhouse gas targets and implement policies in pursuit of these. But…

Saturday
Sep 14
9:45 AM

Ivy Pull with Green Team at Belcarra Park

The Lower Mainland Green Team and Metro Vancouver Parks has joined forces to remove ivy at Belcarra Regional Park on Saturday Sept 14 from 9.45am-1pm. No experience necessary. Tools and gloves will be provided. For more info and to sign up please click here.

Saturday
Sep 14
11:00 AM

TREEFEST 2013

This will be the 20th annual Treefest — a community festival to celebrate the magnificent heritage tree collection on the Riverview Lands. This year’s event will take place on Saturday, September 14th, from 11:00 am – 4:00 pm at the Riverview Hospital grounds located at 2601 Lougheed Highway in Coquitlam. Bring the whole family to enjoy the FREE activities: -…

Sunday
Sep 15
1:00 PM

Naturalist Hike: Colony Farm & Lower Riverview Lands

Sunday, September 15 Naturalist Hike: Colony Farm & Lower Riverview Lands Ian McArthur will guide a trip along the old field habitat of Colony Farm, the wetlands by the Coquitlam River, and some of the heritage trees of the Riverview Lands. Time will be taken to enjoy nature as we hike along. Roundtrip distance is 8 km (5 mi) with…

Sunday
Sep 15
1:00 PM

Young Naturalists Club of BC 'Grandparents’ Day Program'

For Grandparents + Grandchildren: celebrate Grandparents Day with a sensory stroll through the west coast rainforest and then learn the Legend of the Raven and share in the creation of a giant Dream Catcher. Join experienced environmental educator and member of Interpretation Canada, Lauren Krakau, for a sensory stroll and learn how to hear, see, smell and touch the forest…

Monday
Sep 16
11:00 AM

STAND UP FOR SCIENCE Rally outside Vanc Art Gallery

To increase public awareness and to call on the Federal government to make a strong commitment to science in the public interest, STAND UP FOR SCIENCE Vancouver will take place along with rallies across the country on September 16th 2013. Time: 11:00am until 1:00pm Where: Vancouver Art Gallery – North plaza on Georgia Street Confirmed Speakers: Dr. David Suzuki, Author,…

Saturday
Sep 21

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: Great Canadian Shoreline Clean-up

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…

Saturday
Sep 21
8:00 AM

Monthly Raptor (and Other Birds) Count at Colony Farm Park

Join a small group of birders on monthly bird surveys at Colony Farm Regional Park. Meet at the end of Colony Farm Road at 8AM. 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 and…

Saturday
Sep 21
9:00 AM

Friends of DeBoville Slough Invasive Work Party

Join the Friends of DeBoville Slough, from 9 am until Noon, for a morning of exercise and camaraderie while helping the environment. We will be working on controlling Japanese Knotweed. We meet at the kiosk on the north side of DeBoville Slough at 9:00 AM. Wear sturdy footwear and dress for the weather. For more information email David info@fodbs.org or…

Saturday
Sep 21
10:00 AM

GETIFEST 2013 in Maple Ridge

GETIFEST (Golden Ears Transition Initiative) 2013 is happening on Saturday, September 21st at Memorial Peace Park in downtown Maple Ridge. This annual community festival will see over 120 exhibitors in the Village Square, the Youth Village, the Artisan Village, and the Farmers Market. There will also be the “People in Motion” parade, where all forms of transportation, other than gas…

Saturday
Sep 21
10:30 AM

Earth Walks 11: "Salmon, Vegetables, Milk and Hay Fields"

This is one of a series of summer Earth Walks hosted by the False Creek Watershed Society: “Salmon, Vegetables, Milk and Hay Fields” with Terry Slack . Listen to tales about the many tidal salt Islands, diked fertile river-flats and old farms all along the North Arm of the Fraser River. 10:30 – 12:00. By donation. Register here for "Earthwalks11…

Saturday
Sep 21
1:00 PM

Naturalist Hike: DeBoville Slough & Minnekhada Park

Ian McArthur will guide a trip along the tidal waters of DeBoville Slough and the forest and wetland areas of Minnekhada Park. Golden Ears and other mountains of the Pitt River area can be seen from this trail. Time will be taken to enjoy nature as we hike along. Roundtrip distance is 9 km (5.6 mi) with minimal elevation change….

Sunday
Sep 22
6:45 PM

What's at Stake? Movies for an Oil-Free Coast at the Evergreen Theatre in Coquitlam

The Raincoast Conservation Foundation, the Burke Mountain Naturalists and community members are providing the opportunity to be informed and inspired with an evening of film and discussion. Two films will be presented (Reflections and Groundswell) and questions from the audience will be addressed. The Films: Reflections – Art for an Oil-Free Coast Over fifty of BC’s finest artists including Robert…

Tuesday
Sep 24
4:30 PM

Victoria & Leigh Parks Concept Plan Open House

The City of Coquitlam is extending an invitation to all neighbours and park users of Victoria and Leigh Parks to view and provide comments on the proposed park concept plans for the ‘redevelopment’ of Victoria Park and the ‘development’ of Leigh Park. The City’s goal is to consult with the Community as to the future vision of these two City…

Wednesday
Sep 25
5:00 PM

Kinder Morgan host info session on Burnaby tank farm and marine terminal

Kinder Morgan Canada is hosting an information session for the public to learn more about the proposed expansion of the Burnaby Storage and Westridge Marine Terminals in North Burnaby. The event will be held Wednesday, Sept. 25, 5 to 8 p.m. at the Executive Plaza Hotel, 405 North Road in Coquitlam. Pay parking at the hotel will be reimbursed upon…

Saturday
Sep 28
8:00 AM

CLUB HIKE: Burke Village-Munro Lake Trail

Our annual trip to Burke Mountain this year will be a traverse of the mountain on the Village Lake Trail. The day will start with a car shuttle before the hiking begins. This moderate hike has most of the elevation gain in the first two hours and easing as the day progresses. We will be walking through a beautiful old-growth…

Saturday
Sep 28
9:45 AM

Volunteer with the Lower Mainland Green Team

The Lower Mainland Green Team has joined forces with the City of Coquitlam to remove invasive plants and plant native plants and trees on Saturday Sept 28 from 9.45am-1pm at Coquitlam River Park. No experience necessary. Tools and gloves will be provided. For more info and to sign up please click here. At this event, you will: * learn in…

Sunday
Sep 29
9:00 AM

Wildlife Rescue Association's Walk4Wildlife

Wildlife Rescue Association of BC hosts its second annual Walk4Wildlife. This family-friendly walk, which winds 5 km around some of the most scenic sections of Burnaby Lake, starts at 9 am and ends at noon. Stay for a barbecue afterwards at the Burnaby Lake Clubhouse. At last year’s walk, community groups, individuals, families and local businesses from across the community…

Sunday
Sep 29
10:00 AM

'BC Rivers & Trails Festival' in PoCo

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. There will be activities in in two locations: Lions Park from 10 am – 2 pm and Peace Park from 12 – 4pm. The…

Sunday
Sep 29
10:00 AM

Digital Photography Workshop with Ron Long

This is the first of three workshops with Ron Long. It will include a lecture and question period in the morning, a shoot at midday and a critique later in the afternoon. This class is for anyone who still has questions about digital photography. Please bring your camera, camera instruction book, an empty memory card, notebook and pen, lunch and…

Sunday
Sep 29
3:00 PM

Naturalist Hike: Coquitlam River

To celebrate World Rivers Day, Ian McArthur will guide a trip along the Coquitlam River. Time will be taken to explain how nature and humans coexist in the watershed of this urban stream as we hike along. Roundtrip distance is 6 km (3.8 mi) with minimal elevation change. Meet at 3:00 pm. Return approximately 6:00 pm. Registration is needed, in…

October 2013

Thursday
Oct 3
7:00 PM

Public Lecture 'The Ameobe in the Room'

Although a university professor, Nicholas Money has a knack for the dramatic and he delights in the active roles of fungi and other microbes in the environment and in human lives. He has written entertaining, scientifically accurate books promoting fungi including Mushroom (2011) and The Triumph of the Fungi: A Rotten History (2006). The Amoeba in the Room, his new…

Sunday
Oct 6
12:00 PM

Ioco Day Festival

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. Not to mention, Model A car tours around Ioco, magic shows, and pony rides! Lawn Bowling Green, Ioco Townsite. From noon – 4…

Sunday
Oct 6
1:00 PM

Creative Café at Minnkehada Lodge

Join the Minnekhada Park Association at the Lodge for fun, creative activities including crafts, local and natural history displays, film and slide shows.
Information: click here
1 – 4 pm
MInnekhada Regionnal Park

Sunday
Oct 6
1:00 PM

Free 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. To view a…

Tuesday
Oct 8
7:15 PM

Free Public Lecture: Ice Age Yukon: Mammoths, Migrations and Extinctions in the Northern Refugium

During the height of the last glaciation, more than 95% of Canada was covered by glaciers, with the largest ice-free area in Yukon. This area was part of a non- glaciated region that extended from northwestern Canada, across Alaska and the Bering Land Bridge, into Asia. This region was home to a diverse population of grazing megafauna including mammoths, horses,…

Tuesday
Oct 8
7:30 PM

MONTHLY MEETING: Derek Matthews on Bird Monitoring and Banding at Colony Farm Park

Our guest speaker this month is Derek Matthews who will describe the exciting results of his bird monitoring studies carried out at Colony Farm Regional Park. Bird watchers have long known that Colony Farm Park is a hotspot for migratory songbirds but until recently, they didn’t know just how important the Park’s fields and hedgerows were for these birds. For…

Saturday
Oct 12
9:00 AM

Naturalist Hike: Mundy Park & the Riverview Forest

Ian McArthur will guide a trip through the forest, lake, & wetland areas of the well known Mundy Park and the not so well known forest and streams of the Riverview Forest. Time will be taken to enjoy nature as we hike along. Roundtrip distance is 10 km (6 mi) with some elevation change. Meet at 9:00 am. Return approximately…

Sunday
Oct 13

BC Coastal Waterbird Survey along Shoreline Trail

Port Moody’s Shoreline Trail is one of the locations for the BC Coastal Waterbird Survey. Participants walk the length of the trail using binoculars and telescopes to count the number and species of water birds seen. The survey is conducted at high tide, so the starting times vary. The survey is monthly. If you would like to take part in…

Saturday
Oct 19
8:00 AM

CLUB HIKE: Mount Woodside

From the top of Mt. Woodside, one has spectacular views of the Harrison River and the Chehalis range beyond. But on what is essentially a moderately strenuous road walk, we will enjoy many other views as well. One such view, from the paragliding launch site halfway up, looks out over the eastern Fraser Valley. Roundtrip distance is 17 km (10.6…

Saturday
Oct 19
9:00 AM

Native Planting @ DeBoville Slough

Join the Friends of DeBoville Slough for a willow planting. Together with the City of Coquitlam we have 250 willows to plant. Meet at the kiosk on the north side of DeBoville Slough, wear suitable footwear and dress for the weather as we go rain or shine. For more info email info@fodbs.org or call David @ 778-230-1509.

Sunday
Oct 20
9:45 AM

Volunteer with the Lower Mainland Greenteam

The Lower Mainland Green Team has joined forces with the City of Port Moody, Port Moody Ecological Society and Port Moody Park Pals to remove invasive plants at Noons Creek Hatchery on Sunday Oct 20th from 9.45am-1pm. No experience necessary. Tools and gloves will be provided. For more info and to sign up please click here. At this event, you…

Sunday
Oct 20
11:00 AM

Salmon Come Home Festival in Coquitlam

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…

Friday
Oct 25
6:00 PM

Bby Residents Opposing KM Pipeline Expansion Hallowe'en Party

It’s a HALLOWE’EN COSTUME PARTY at the Mountain Shadow Pub, 7174 Barnet Road, Burnaby on Friday, October 25 from 6:00 until 11:00 p.m. Your $20 ticket gets you a burger, fries and a house beer, wine or pop, the chance for a fabulous door prize and/or a costume prize as well as being able to bid on some terrific items…

Saturday
Oct 26
10:00 AM

Photography Seminar with Ron Long (Composition)

This is the second of three workshops with Ron Long. It will include a lecture and question period in the morning, a shoot at midday and a critique later in the afternoon. 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 bring clothing for…

Saturday
Oct 26
12:00 PM

Science Spooktacular at SFU-Physics

This is a free afternoon of spooky science fun for kids in grades K-6 and their families presented by Science in Action and the Faculty of Science. See some Creepy Creatures and play with some Halloween-y hands-on science activities in the south concourse of the Academic Quadrangle, outside Shrum Science Centre lecture hall B9200. More info and video of previous…

Sunday
Oct 27

Wildlife Rescue Open House

For the first time ever, you can get a tour of Wildlife Rescue’s care centre in their first open house. You will not get to see the animals in care because that would put undue stress on them, but you will get a chance to see what happens in the hospital on a day-to-day basis. More information will appear on…

Sunday
Oct 27
9:45 AM

Volunteer with the Lower Mainland Greenteam

The Lower Mainland Green Team will work with Metro Vancouver Parks and the Minnekhada Park Association to run a volunteer work activity removing ivy at Minnekhada Regional Park on Sunday October 27 from 9.45am-1pm . No experience necessary. Tools and gloves will be provided. For more info and to sign up please click here. At this event, you will: *…

Sunday
Oct 27
12:00 PM

Take Back Our Port Rally

Recently, Port Metro Vancouver announced that it was asking Fraser Surrey Docks to resubmit the application documents for its proposed coal terminal, which would export millions of tonnes of U.S. thermal coal to Asia. The Port is calling this re-submission an “environmental assessment”, even though there will be no public hearing to discuss the climate and health impacts of this…

Wednesday
Oct 30
9:15 AM

Volunteer with the Lower Mainland Greenteam

The Lower Mainland Green Team has joined forces with the City of Coquitlam to remove invasive plants and plant native plants and trees on Wednesday Oct 30 from 9.15am-noon at Coquitlam River Park. No experience necessary. Tools and gloves will be provided. For more info and to sign up please click here. Great opportunity for teachers to bring their students!!!

November 2013

Sunday
Nov 3
1:00 PM

Creative Café at Minnekhada Lodge

Join the Minnekhada Park Association at the Lodge for fun, creative activities including crafts, local and natural history displays, film and slide shows.
Information: click here
1 – 4 pm
MInnekhada Regional Park

Wednesday
Nov 6
7:00 PM

Free Public Lecture: Professor Elizabeth Elle on 'Are we having a pollination crisis?'

You’ve probably seen it in the news: bees are in trouble, and farmers are worried about our food supply. Much of the press is on the managed honey bee, an important component of agricultural systems, but many of the earth’s 20,000 other species of bee are also experiencing population declines. Is it cell phones? Pesticides? Habitat loss? Do we really…

Thursday
Nov 7
4:00 PM

Open House on Colony Farm Park's Sheep Paddocks Trail

The Sheep Paddocks Trail has been closed for a long time…. A consultant team hired in Summer 2013 has now completed a Trail Alignment Study that evaluates possible route options considering environmental, geotechnical, hydrological, structural, acoustic, and visitor experience factors. Metro Vancouver is now looking to hear from the public on the proposed alignments. Here are the Open House details:…

Sunday
Nov 10

BC Coastal Waterbird Survey along Shoreline Trail

Port Moody’s Shoreline Trail is one of the locations for the BC Coastal Waterbird Survey. Participants walk the length of the trail using binoculars and telescopes to count the number and species of water birds seen. The survey is conducted at high tide, so the starting times vary. The survey is monthly. If you would like to take part in…

Tuesday
Nov 12
7:30 PM

MONTHLY MEETING: Guest Speaker Sara Dubois from the 'Oiled Wildlife Society of BC'

Sara Dubois, past-president of the Oiled Wildlife Society of BC, will speak about the status of oiled wildlife preparedness in British Columbia. She will also give an overview of what Oiled Wildlife First Responder training includes so that audience members can determine if it is a volunteer activity they’d interested in pursuing. In the church hall of Como Lake United…

Saturday
Nov 16

Fraser Valley Bald Eagle Festival

The Fraser Valley Bald Eagle Festival on the 16th and 17th is a two day family oriented event that celebrates the return of the eagles to the valley. In December 2010 over 7,000 of the majestic birds were counted in the Harrison River estuary. The Festival works with individual sites to offer a wide variety of activities and adventures from…

Saturday
Nov 16
9:00 AM

CLUB HIKE: Burke Mountain’s Lower Trails

For our last hike of the year we will travel on some trails that we have not done before and we will take advantage the mountain bike trails and roads on the lower slopes of Burke Mountain. These trails can be found in the new book Burke & Widgeon – A Hiker’s Guide. Even though this is an easy hike…

Saturday
Nov 16
10:00 AM

Photography Seminar with Ron Long (Lighting)

This is the third of three workshops with Ron Long. It will include a lecture and question period in the morning, a shoot at midday and a critique later in the afternoon. 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 bring clothing for…

Saturday
Nov 16
1:00 PM

Rally Against Pipelines in PoMo

On Saturday November 16th, join in opposition to pipelines, increased tanker traffic and tar sands expansion. Add your voice to the residents of communities in B.C and across Canada who wish to send a clear message to our provincial and federal governments. This is a family-friendly event; dress up, bring an imaginative sign, listen to speakers. Location – James Moore…

Saturday
Nov 16
2:00 PM

National Day of Action Against Pipelines - Rally at Science World

Vancouver’s contribution to the National Day of Action Against Pipelines in a huge rally outside Science World, starting at 2pm. For more information, please click here.

Sunday
Nov 17
11:00 AM

Hyde Creek Salmon Festival

This is the 14th year of celebrating of the returning salmon to Hyde Creek. BMN will be there with our displays and children’s puzzles at this very popular (indoor) event. Hosted by the Hyde Creek Watershed Society and held at the Hyde Creek Recreation Centre, 1379 Laurier Ave, Port Coquitlam. This is the last local community event of the season…

Sunday
Nov 17
2:00 PM

Memorial Ceremony at the Riverview Cemetery

A memorial service to recognize the more than 1000 people buried in the Riverview Cemetery will be held on November 17th in the Cemetery, off Lougheed Highway, at the eastern side of Riverview garden. The Ceremony will include prayer, song, readings, and the scattering of flower petals by different leaders in the community. The public is invited to attend and…

Thursday
Nov 21
7:00 PM

Public Lecture: 'The War on Science: Muzzled Scientists and Wilful Blindness' by Chris Turner

Canadian author Chris Turner will discuss his newly released book, The War on Science: Muzzled Scientists and Wilful Blindness in this free presentation hosted by SFU Continuing Studies in Science & Environment. Turner will argue that the Harper government is attacking basic science, science communication, environmental regulations and the environmental NGO community. His books will be on sale and he…

Saturday
Nov 23
5:30 PM

Wildlife Rescue's First Annual 'Wild Winter Gala' Evening

Wildlife Rescue will host its first annual Wild Winter Gala this fall on November 23 at the Riverway Golf Clubhouse from 5:30 pm – 10 pm. There will be fabulous food and silent and lived auction items – including a flight and accommodations to Hawaii! Join celebrity hosts, like-minded souls and philanthropists for a black-tie event featuring fine dining, music,…

Tuesday
Nov 26
7:00 PM

SFU Vancouver Speaker Series: 'Climate Wars' by Gwynne Dyer

SFU Vancouver Speaker Series: A Lecture by Dr. Gwynne Dyer. Moderated by Georgia Straight editor Charlie Smith. The lecture “Climate Wars” is based on Dr Dyer’s book of the same name. Drawing on interviews with scientists, policy-makers and military strategists in a dozen different countries, it explores the grave geopolitical implications of large-scale (and probably rapid) climate change. Governments are…

Wednesday
Nov 27
7:00 PM

Town Hall Meeting on Port Moody's draft OCP

To find out what is planned for the City that values its “small town feel”, view the draft of PoMo’s Official Community Plan (OCP) here. BMN’s Elaine Golds has recently written a ‘Green Scene’ column in the TriCity News that provides some of the alarming highlights of the current plan. Elaine’s article can be read here. Mayor and Council want…

December 2013

Sunday
Dec 1
1:00 PM

Creative Café at Minnkehada Lodge

Join the Minnekhada Park Association at the Lodge for fun, creative activities including crafts, local and natural history displays, film and slide shows.
Information: click here
1 – 4 pm
MInnekhada Regional Park

Sunday
Dec 1
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…

Saturday
Dec 7
2:00 PM

Opening Reception: 'An Artist's View of Port Coquitlam' Group Exhibit

Artists Michael King, Denise Maxwell and Catherine Dumaine seek to discover and capture the beauty of Port Coquitlam in celebration of the spirit of Port Coquitlam’s 100th birthday. This exhibition is intended to surprise local viewers by presenting an artist’s perspective of their beloved place of residence in a way that many forget exists. Each artist’s goal is to connect…

Monday
Dec 9
7:00 PM

Vanc Aquarium Lecture: "Narwhals, Arctic Whales in a Melting World"

Join the Vancouver Aquarium for an evening with Todd McLeish, author of the new book, “Narwhals: Arctic Whales in a Melting World”. Two thirds of Canada’s coastline is in the Arctic, and the Arctic is changing faster than anywhere else on Earth. Yet, we understand remarkably little about the Arctic and our inextricable connections to it. Author Todd McLeish will…

Tuesday
Dec 10
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 14

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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