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January 2014

Sunday
Jan 12

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
Jan 12
10:00 AM

Coquitlam Farmers' Market

The Coquitlam Farmers Market has set up shop for the winter at the Port Moody Recreation Centre just off Ioco Road next to City Hall. The market is open every other Sunday. To find out what vendors will be there, click here.

From 10 am-2 pm

Tuesday
Jan 14
7:30 PM

MONTHLY MEETING: 'Whale Shark Ecotourism in the Philippines'

Our guest speaker this month is Josh Silberg from Simon Fraser University. Josh was the project coordinator for two years with the nonprofit organization Physalus on their Large Marine Invertebrate Project Philippines and he has continued researching these fabulous creatures back here in Canada. Whale sharks are the largest species of fish on the planet. After centuries of over-exploiting this…

Saturday
Jan 18
9:00 AM

Birding Port Coquitlam's Northern Dykes with Colin

Join Colin Clasen (who is filling in for Larry Cowan) and members of Nature Vancouver for a half-day birding field trip to Port Coquitlam’s Pitt River Dykes. This trip starts at Dominion Ave. and ends at the parking area at the head of DeBoville Slough. The route covers a distance of approx 5km with some excellent dyke-side habitats. People will…

Wednesday
Jan 22
7:00 PM

Town Hall Meeting in PoMo on Kinder Morgan Pipeline

Town hall meeting hosted by Forest Ethics Advocacy regarding the proposed Kinder Morgan Pipeline from Alberta to Burnaby. At the Kyle Centre, 125 Kyle Street, just behind the Arts Centre (old Port Moody City Hall) on St. John’s Street in Port Moody. This project would result in a huge increase in tanker traffic in Burrard Inlet. The panel is expected…

Saturday
Jan 25
3:00 PM

Community Forum on Kinder Morgan Pipeline

Kinder Morgan filed a final application with the National Energy Board last month to build a new pipeline from Alberta to Burnaby where it plans to export unrefined bitumen-based crude oil from the Westridge Marine Terminal. MP Kennedy Stewart is organizing a community information meeting designed to assist individuals and groups to participate in upcoming National Energy Board hearings on…

Saturday
Jan 25
7:00 PM

SFU Supernova Star Party

This is a free Star Party hosted by Starry Nights @ SFU. Meet at the small grassy area 50m east of the Academic Quadrangle. Click here for a campus map with parking, bus stop, and event location. Bring your family and join SFU volunteers to catch a glimpse of the bright supernova in the nearby “Cigar” galaxy! See many other…

Sunday
Jan 26
10:00 AM

Coquitlam Farmers' Market

The Coquitlam Farmers Market has set up shop for the winter at the Port Moody Recreation Centre just off Ioco Road next to City Hall. The market is open every other Sunday. To find out what vendors will be there, click here.

From 10 am-2 pm

Thursday
Jan 30
7:00 PM

Free Public Lecture Series: "Deep Time, Global Change and YOU"

Continuing Studies in Science and Environment at SFU is pleased to invite you to the “Deep Time, Global Change and YOU: The Past as a Guide to the Future” lecture series. The series take place January 30 – March 13 and features leading thinkers on how paleoecology can shed light on consequences of ecosystem disruptions. The topics and guest speakers…

February 2014

Tuesday
Feb 4
7:30 PM

Supernova Star-Party at SFU

This is a free Star Party hosted by Starry Nights @ SFU. After the very successful supernova star party a week ago, they are going to try for another one on Tuesday February 4, starting at 7:30PM. The supernova should be even brighter than it was onJan 25th, when more than 200 guests turned up to watch! Meet at the…

Thursday
Feb 6
7:00 PM

Free Public Lecture Series: "Deep Time, Global Change and YOU"

Continuing Studies in Science and Environment at SFU is pleased to invite you to the “Deep Time, Global Change and YOU: The Past as a Guide to the Future” lecture series. The series take place January 30 – March 13 and features leading thinkers on how paleoecology can shed light on consequences of ecosystem disruptions. The topics and guest speakers…

Saturday
Feb 8
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…

Sunday
Feb 9

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
Feb 9
9:00 AM

Birding at Colony Farm Park with Colin

Join Colin Clasen (who is filling in for Larry Cowan) and members of Nature Vancouver for a half-day of birding in Colony Farm Regional Park. This park is home to many over-wintering raptors, sparrows, waterfowl and usually a Northern Shrike or two. Meet at the parking area at the south end of Colony Farm Rd. in Coquitlam at 0900. For…

Sunday
Feb 9
10:00 AM

Coquitlam Farmers' Market

The Coquitlam Farmers Market has set up shop for the winter at the Port Moody Recreation Centre just off Ioco Road next to City Hall. The market is open every other Sunday. To find out what vendors will be there, click here.

From 10 am-2 pm

Tuesday
Feb 11
7:30 PM

MONTHLY MEETING: 'A Journey to the Stars' with Dudley Booth

Our guest speaker this month is Dudley Booth who will present a slide show called ‘A Journey to the Stars’. Dudley has been a star-gazer for over 50 years, keeping himself up-to-date on recent astronomical discoveries made by NASA and Hubble. The journey begins with a rocket launch as would be seen by the astronauts. We’ll investigate the planets, asteroids…

Thursday
Feb 13
7:00 PM

Free Public Lecture Series: "Deep Time, Global Change and YOU"

Continuing Studies in Science and Environment at SFU is pleased to invite you to the “Deep Time, Global Change and YOU: The Past as a Guide to the Future” lecture series. The series take place January 30 – March 13 and features leading thinkers on how paleoecology can shed light on consequences of ecosystem disruptions. The topics and guest speakers…

Saturday
Feb 15
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.

Wednesday
Feb 19
7:00 PM

Port Moody Ecological Society Annual General Meeting with Guest Speaker Dr. Craig Orr

Port Moody Ecological Society Annual General Meeting at the Port Moody Social Recreation Centre (upstairs), 300 Ioco Road. Guest speaker will be Craig Orr from Watershed Watch, based in Coquitlam. His topic will the “The War on Science” in which he will provide an overview of the legislation passed by the Harper government to eliminate the protection of fish habitat,…

Thursday
Feb 20
7:00 PM

Free Public Lecture Series: "Deep Time, Global Change and YOU"

Continuing Studies in Science and Environment at SFU is pleased to invite you to the “Deep Time, Global Change and YOU: The Past as a Guide to the Future” lecture series. The series take place January 30 – March 13 and features leading thinkers on how paleoecology can shed light on consequences of ecosystem disruptions. The topics and guest speakers…

Saturday
Feb 22
10:00 AM

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: Nestbox Cleaning at Widgeon Regional Reserve Park *POSTPONED DUE TO SNOW*

We have rescheduled this event to Saturday March 1st (2-5pm), with the possibility of finishing off the job on Sunday March 2 (3-5pm). 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…

Monday
Feb 24
5:00 PM

PoMo Parks & Recreation Master Plan - Public Workshops

The City of Port Moody is starting to update its Parks and Recreation Master Plan. This includes reviewing parkland, trails, sports fields, community and recreation centres, and recreation and sports programs. All Port Moody residents are invited to provide input so the new Parks and Recreation Master Plan reflects community interests and preferences. Tell the City what you think at…

March 2014

Saturday
Mar 1
2:00 PM

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: Nestbox Cleaning at Widgeon Regional Reserve Park

This workparty event is re-scheduled from Feb 22nd when it was cancelled due to snow on the steep and twisty road into the 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. While no washrooms are available, there…

Sunday
Mar 2
1:00 PM

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: Nestbox Cleaning at Minnekhada Park ***POSTPONED****

Due to the expected snow for tomorrow (and slippery trails and ladders), this event has been postponed. We will post the rescheduled date as soon as possible. Our last half day out cleaning and maintaining nestboxes. Meet in the Quarry Road parking lot. Note the early afternoon start-time. Please contact Elaine (604.937.3483 or egolds AT sfu DOT ca) to sign…

Thursday
Mar 6
7:00 PM

Free Public Lecture Series: "Deep Time, Global Change and YOU"

Continuing Studies in Science and Environment at SFU is pleased to invite you to the “Deep Time, Global Change and YOU: The Past as a Guide to the Future” lecture series. The series take place January 30 – March 13 and features leading thinkers on how paleoecology can shed light on consequences of ecosystem disruptions. The topics and guest speakers…

Friday
Mar 7
3:00 PM

Celesstron Binoculars and Telescopes Demo

Kerrisdale Cameras in Coquitlam Centre will have a sales representative from Celesstron Binoculars and Telescopes in store doing demos on Friday March 7 3pm to 6pm. This is the ideal opportunity to get information on the use of spotting scopes, binoculars, or other viewing accessories. They will have some of the latest binoculars and other viewing items. For more info…

Saturday
Mar 8
9:00 AM

HIKE: Ridge Park and Lower Slopes of Eagle Ridge

The first hike of the year will be close to home and a visit to north Coquitlam. We will hike through Ridge Park and along the electrical transmission line corridor. There will be a chance for great views overlooking Coquitlam and further to the south as well as Coquitlam Mountain to the east. As spring will be almost upon us,…

Saturday
Mar 8
11:30 AM

'Weeds in Mind' Invasive Species Workshop

Interested in learning more about the invasive species present in our parklands and the strategies used to remove them? Sign up for a free Weeds in Mind management workshop being proudly presented by the Port Moody Ecological Society, Metro Vancouver and the City of Port Moody on Saturday, March 8th. The workshop, intended to educate stewardship groups and community members…

Sunday
Mar 9

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
Mar 9
9:00 AM

HIKE: Westwood Plateau in Coquitlam $6.00

This is a hike sponsored by the City of Coquitlam. Registration (448413) and signed waiver form is required. 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…

Tuesday
Mar 11
7:00 PM

Tricities Amnesty International Hosts Senator Mobina Jaffer

The Tricities branch of Amnesty International is hosting an evening with Senator Mobina Jaffer who will speak on the problem of trafficking of women and children. The meeting will be held in Coquitlam’s City Centre Library from 7pm – 8:30pm. Everyone is welcome and there is no fee. Refreshments will be served. For more information, email _myerta AT telus DOT

Tuesday
Mar 11
7:30 PM

MONTHLY MEETING: 'Steppe'ing Out to View Nature in Mongolia' with Naturalist Anne Murray

Our guest speaker this month is noted naturalist Anne Murray. She will present an illustrated talk on the wildlife and culture of Central Mongolia, a wild and beautiful country situated between China and Russia. Anne is the author of books and articles on nature in the Fraser Delta, writes a monthly column for the Georgia Straight online and for three…

Wednesday
Mar 12
7:00 PM

Free Public Lecture: Prof. Tom Reimchen on 'Salmon Forests'

The EarthWorks Committee of Capillano University is hosting a free talk by Prof. Tom Reimchen of the Department of Biology at the University of Victoria on “Salmon Forests: The Interconnections of Bears, Forest and Salmon”

7:00pm – BlueShore Financial Centre Theatre (CapU)
2055 Purcell Way, North Vancouver

For more info, please contact mdejongATcapilanouDOTca.

Thursday
Mar 13
7:00 PM

Free Public Lecture Series: "Deep Time, Global Change and YOU"

Continuing Studies in Science and Environment at SFU is pleased to invite you to the “Deep Time, Global Change and YOU: The Past as a Guide to the Future” lecture series. The series take place January 30 – March 13 and features leading thinkers on how paleoecology can shed light on consequences of ecosystem disruptions. The topics and guest speakers…

Friday
Mar 14
7:30 PM

Birds in Focus – A Visual Presentation

Expert bird photographers Jess Findlay, John Lowman, Jim Martin and John Gordon will show their digital presentations of the incredible birds that migrate through, and live in, the Lower Mainland. They will present familiar and exotic birds such as Snowy Owls, Snow Geese, Northern Hawk Owl, Long-eared Owl, etc. Tsawwassen Arts Centre, 1172 56th St (SE corner of 56th St…

Saturday
Mar 15
8:00 AM

Raptors and Other Birds - Monthly Count in Colony Farm Park

Join members of Colony Farm Park Association for a birding walk at Colony Farm Park at 8 am in the parking lot at the end of Colony Farm Road or join Mike Griffin and the group later at 9 am at the Shaughnessy Street entrance in Port Coquitlam.

Saturday
Mar 15
9:00 AM

HIKE: High Knoll in Minnekhada Regional Park $5.00

This is a hike sponsored by the City of Coquitlam. Registration (448412) and signed waiver form is required. This hike will be in Minnekhada Regional Park in north eastern Coquitlam. This park has an abundance of wildlife and the hike will cover most of the trails. The highlight of the day will be a short but steep walk to the…

Saturday
Mar 15
10:00 AM

"Nature Day' at Amsterdam Greenhouses

Amsterdam Nurseries holds its 16th annual Nature Day and Native Plant Sale. Community groups are invited to attend with displays; BMN will be there with a Naturescape-type display.

Event runs from 10 am – 5 pm.
Located on Dewdney Trunk just before Harris Road in Pitt Meadows. For more info, click here, and look under the ‘seminars’ tab.

Sunday
Mar 16
9:00 AM

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: Nestbox Cleaning at Minnekhada Park

This event is re-scheduled from March 2nd, when it was cancelled due to snow. Our last half day out cleaning and maintaining nestboxes. Meet in the Quarry Road parking lot. Note the early afternoon start-time. 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…

Sunday
Mar 16
1:00 PM

First Spring Walking Tour of Riverview's Trees

Join the Riverview Horticultural Centre Society for their first tree tour of 2014. 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…

Friday
Mar 21
7:00 PM

The Sustainable Spaces Dialogue: A Discussion about New Westminster and Urban Space

The Sustainable Spaces Dialogue aims to bring engaged citizens and knowledgeable professionals together to discuss the ways in which urban space is viewed, used and shaped within the City of New Westminster. As a growing city limited by available space, New Westminster must think of innovative ways in which urban space can be used. During the Sustainable Spaces Dialogue, presenters…

Monday
Mar 24
7:00 AM

Pancakes NOT Pipelines Event @ SFU

On the 25th anniversary of the Exxon Valez oil spill, concerned citizens of the SFU community host a special pancake breakfast at Nature’s Garden to raise awareness about the serious risks of pipelines and tankers on the BC west coast. Time: 7am-11am Place: Nature’s Garden Organic Deli SFU (Cornerstone) 8968 University High St Burnaby, BC Tentative menu: $6.50 tx incl…

Saturday
Mar 29
9:00 AM

Birding with Larry at Colony Farm Park

Join BMN’s Larry Cowan and members of Nature Vancouver on this half day birding field trip at Colony Farm Regional Park. The search will be on for Mountain Bluebirds and other spring migrants. Meet Larry in the parking area at the east-end of Colony Farm Rd. at 09:00. For more info, call Larry at 604 465-1402.

Saturday
Mar 29
6:00 PM

The Ethics, Ecology and Economics of Grizzly Conservation - A Free Photo-Essay hosted by Raincoast

The Raincoast Conservation Foundation and its supporters have acquired the commercial trophy hunting rights in over 28,000 km2 of BC’s Great Bear Rainforest. The long-term goal has been to secure this entire coastal region. Raincoast and Mountain Equipment Coo are co-hosting an evening event about grizzly conservation in the Great Bear Rainforest. For information on this free event, please click…

Saturday
Mar 29
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 29 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 30
9:00 AM

Birds in Focus – Photography Workshop

This workshop explores basic to advanced photography skills, techniques, digital aspects, equipment, places to go and more. Bring camera for practice in the park – captive raptors may be present.
Cammidge House, BOUNDARY BAY REGIONAL PARK
Sunday, March 30 | 9 am – 1 pm
Ages 15+
$20/person
Min 6 – Max 20
Registration required, phone 604-432-6359.

Monday
Mar 31
3:30 PM

Free Public Seminar: Hiroshima to Fukushima - Biohazards of Radiation

The Centre for Japanese Research is hosting this seminar by Professor Eiichiro Ochiai of the University of Tokyo: Japan is the only country that experienced the horror of atomic bombs, dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The USA was eager to persuade the Japanese of the merit of a “peaceful” use of the atomic energy; President Eisenhower made a speech on…

April 2014

Thursday
Apr 3
7:30 PM

Kinder Morgan Open House in Coquitlam

Plans for the route of Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline are still being finalized. Only in late March was it announced that fields at Colony Farm Regional Park are being proposed for use as part of the plans for the pipe’s crossing of the Fraser River. Read the letter written by BMN to oppose the use of park lands for…

Saturday
Apr 5
2:00 PM

Public Meeting on Deltaport Plans

Citizens Against Port Expansion are hosting a public information meeting in Ladner with speakers Dr. Marvin Rosenau and Dr. Mary Taitt.

2-4pm
Sundance Inn
6574 Ladner Trunk Road

Sunday
Apr 6
1:00 PM

Free Guided Walk through the 'Backyard' Area of Riverview

Discover the beauty of the natural spaces on the Riverview Hospital grounds with Don Gillespie and other BMN members. Wear waterproof boots and dress appropriately for the weather. Meet at 1 pm on the uphill side of the Henry Esson Young building for a 2-3 hour walk. Banners and flags will help you find this building. To see a map,…

Sunday
Apr 6
1:00 PM

Creative Cafe at Minnekhada Lodge

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

1 – 4 pm

Tuesday
Apr 8
7:30 PM

MONTHLY MEETING: Guest Speaker Prof. John Clague on "Magnitude 9 - How We Learned That The Largest Earthquakes on Earth Happen on Our Coast"

Our guest speaker this month is John Clague, Professor and Canada Research Chair in Natural Hazards Research, Earth Sciences at Simon Fraser University. Prof. Clague will explain how research over the past 30 years has shown that the largest earthquakes on Earth occur at our doorstep, off the British Columbia coast. He’ll describe how scientists found and interpreted the geological…

Saturday
Apr 12
10:00 AM

Pipeline Walk and Rally in Burnaby

Join with members of BROKE (Burnaby Residents Opposed to Kinder Morgan Expansion) to walk along the proposed diluted bitumen pipeline route in Burnaby. The Procession will follow the existing and proposed oil and gas pipelines, which cut across the City of Burnaby. The procession will have speeches, media spectacles and performances along the walk. The goal of the Procession is…

Sunday
Apr 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…

Sunday
Apr 13
1:00 PM

Free Guided Walk among the Heritage Buildings 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 people who…

Thursday
Apr 17
6:30 PM

Oiled Wildlife Response: What happens to wildlife in the event of an oil spill?

This is a Tricity Greendrinks meeting which will feature two outstanding guest speakers, Sara Dubois and Jane Thomsing, who possess a life-time of passion, knowledge and experience in wildlife welfare. Come and learn what happens to wildlife in the event of an oil spill, what the issues are and what you can do to help. Sara Dubois grew up outside…

Saturday
Apr 19
8:00 AM

Raptors and Other Birds - Monthly Count in Colony Farm Park

Join members of the Colony Farm Park Association for a birding walk at Colony Farm. Start at 8 am from the parking lot at the end of Colony Farm Road or join Mike Griffin and the rest of the group at 9 am at the Ducks Unlimited wetland accessed from Shaughnessy Street in Port Coquitlam.

Monday
Apr 21
10:30 AM

Western Sandpiper Migration Event - A Peep-In

This annual migration is a huge natural spectacle and not to be missed. This major annual migration event at Roberts Bank is one of the most important in the whole of Canada. At its peak there are tens of thousands of birds in huge flocks in the air, swooping in to feed and slurping on the biofilm as they build…

Saturday
Apr 26
8:30 AM

Birding with Larry along Port Coquitlam's Northern Dykes

Join BMN’s Larry Cowan and members of Nature Vancouver for a half-day birding field trip to Port Coquitlam’s Pitt River Dyke from just north of Lougheed Hwy. back to the parking area at DeBoville Slough. This field trip covers some excellent dyke-side habitats. They will be on the lookout for Spring migrants. Meet in the parking lot adjacent to the…

Saturday
Apr 26
9:00 AM

HIKE: Stanley Park and Seawall

On this BMN outing we will visit Vancouver’s first, largest, and most beloved urban park! Designated a national historic site of Canada, Stanley Park is a magnificent green oasis in the midst of the heavily built urban landscape of Vancouver. We will use the SkyTrain to travel to Waterfront Station, from here we will head west on the Coal Harbour…

Saturday
Apr 26
10:00 AM

Open House at O.W.L.

Orphaned Wildlife Society’s (O.W.L.) Open House on Saturday, April 26th and Sunday, April 27th from 10am to 3pm. This is the only time of the year that the general public is allowed behind the scenes at the O.W.L. facility. You can get the chance to see the care centre as well as some of our rehabilitation cages. Rehabilitated bird release…

Sunday
Apr 27
10:00 AM

Open House at O.W.L.

Orphaned Wildlife Society’s (O.W.L.) Open House on Saturday, April 26th and Sunday, April 27th from 10am to 3pm. This is the only time of the year that the general public is allowed behind the scenes at the O.W.L. facility. You can get the chance to see the care centre as well as some of our rehabilitation cages. Rehabilitated bird release…

Sunday
Apr 27
10:00 AM

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: Invasive Plant Removal Workparty around Minnekhada Lodge

Members of the Minnekhada Park Association are hosting 3 hrs of invasive plant removal and general pruning and maintenance in the ornamental garden and other areas near the Minnekhada Lodge. Dress for the weather, and bring your own work/garden gloves. Snack bars and drinks are provided. Where: in front of Minnekhada Lodge When: 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM Contact: Jolene…

Sunday
Apr 27
1:00 PM

Free Guided Spring Tour of the Trees at Riverview

Join the Riverview Horticultural Centre Society for a spring tree tour. 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 shoes or…

May 2014

Thursday
May 1

BC Nature Conference and AGM in Victoria

There’s lots to see and do at BC Nature’s Annual General Meeting, hosted this year by the Victoria Natural History Society and the Rocky Point Bird Observatory. It will be based in downtown Victoria on the May 1 – 4 weekend. To see what’s on the program and for info on registering and accommodation, please click here.

Saturday
May 3
11:00 AM

Fingerling Festival at Noons Creek

The annual Noon’s 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. From 11am-3pm. Click HERE for the full…

Saturday
May 3
11:00 AM

Wildlife Rescue's 'EarthFest' on the Shores of Burnaby Lake

EarthFest is the annual family nature festival hosted by Wildlife Rescue staff and volunteers where you can learn about local wildlife. Held at Burnaby Lake Regional Park at the Canoe Centre on the south side of Burnaby Lake.

From 11am-3 pm

Sunday
May 4
10:00 AM

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: Invasive Plant Removal Workparty around Minnekhada Lodge

Members of the Minnekhada Park Association are hosting 3 hrs of invasive plant removal and general pruning and maintenance in the ornamental garden and other areas near the Minnekhada Lodge. Dress for the weather, and bring your own work/garden gloves. Snack bars and drinks are provided. Where: in front of Minnekhada Lodge When: 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM Contact: Jolene…

Sunday
May 4
1:00 PM

Free Guided Walking Tour of Riverview's Trees and Finnie's Garden

Join the Riverview Horticultural Centre Society for a tree tour to celebrate Mental Health Week in BC. 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 shoes or boots. Walks go rain or shine. Children to adults welcome. Dogs on leash are also…

Tuesday
May 6
7:00 PM

Hiking in your own backyard – Slide Show & Educational Session $8.00

This is an education session sponsored by the City of Coquitlam. Registration (461427) is required. 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…

Saturday
May 10
9:00 AM

Celebrate 'International Migratory Bird Day' at Colony Farm Park

Join BMN members (and expert birders) Dave Schutz, Hilary Maguire, John Reynolds and Larry Cowan for a free birding tour of Colony Farm Park. Meet in the parking lot at the end of Colony Farm Road (near the Community Gardens). Colony Farm Road runs east for about 1 km from the Lougheed Hwy (Hwy 7) near Riverview Hospital, and there…

Saturday
May 10
9:30 AM

Coquitlam Crunch New Stair Opening

This event is hosted by the City of Coquitlam and is to celebrate Move for Health Day by opening up the newly installed stairs on the Coquitlam Crunch. It is from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00. Community members and members of council will be asked to assemble at the gravel lacrosse parking lot just past Scott Creek Middle School in the…

Saturday
May 10
11:00 AM

Science Rendezvous and RASC Astronomy Day at SFU

Come to SFU to participate in Canada’s largest science festival, and to celebrate Astronomy Day with the Vancouver Royal Astronomical Society of Canada!
There will be LOTS of hands-on kid-friendly activities, and there will also be an evening star party, weather permitting!

Click here for more info.

Free parking in Lot B.

From 11AM-4PM

Saturday
May 10
1:00 PM

Defend Our Climate, Defend Our Community 'Stand-Up' outside James Moore's Constituency Office

On May 10th, people across Canada are standing up to defend communities from pipelines, dirty energy projects and runaway climate change: In solidarity with Forest Ethics, Idle No More, Greenpeace, and a host of other climate initiatives, LeadNow is hosting Defend our Climate actions all over Canada, including the Tri-Cities. Stand together with your fellow Canadians at 1pm on May…

Sunday
May 11

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
May 11
1:00 PM

Mother's Day Walking Tour of Riverview's Magnificent 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 13
7:30 PM

MONTHLY MEETING: Special Members' Night - Fossils, Antarctica, Local Cycling and Barn Swallows

This month’s club meeting will have a different format: on this night, we’ll hear from you! Several talented BMN members and others have volunteered to present short slideshows on topics of interest to them and (we think) to the rest of the club. So far, the line-up includes Nick Ward (from the BMN Young Naturalists’ Club) on fossils, Paul Steeves…

Saturday
May 17
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.

Monday
May 19
9:00 AM

CLUB HIKE: Pitt River Regional Greenway

Over the years, we have hiked much of the length of the Pitt River on both its west and east sides. On this easy hike we will fill in one of the gaps by walking the Pitt River Regional Greenway. Starting from the foot of Harris Road in Pitt Meadows, we will hike west along the Fraser River and then…

Thursday
May 22
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 for Thursday evenings over the summer months, all starting at 7 PM. There is no leader for these walks. Instead, we’ll learn how to identify plants from each other and from our guide books. We will go rain or shine. No need to register…

Wednesday
May 28
4:30 PM

Open House on the Future of Riverview

Open house is scheduled for the second round of Riverview consultations — with the theme “creating goals”. Wednesday, May 28 from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Kyle Centre in Port Moody. Further open houses are slated for September and December. Visit the Renewing Riverview website to view the information provided at the Open Houses. See what others said in the…

Wednesday
May 28
6:00 PM

HIKE: Lower Slopes of Burke Mountain $5.00

This is a hike sponsored by the City of Coquitlam. Registration (461426) and signed waiver form is required. This is a trip on a variety of forested trails in Pinecone Burke Provincial Park while taking time to enjoy nature. The group will travel on undulating trails taking in the reappearing spring vegetation in a mature second growth forest. Roundtrip distance…

Saturday
May 31

Bio Blitz at Echo Lake - Biologists Wanted

Ancient Forest Alliance is organizing a Bio Blitz at Echo Lake (in the Fraser Valley, between Mission and Agassiz) over the weekend of May 31-Jun 1, and are seeking biologists who would be interested in participating. Echo Lake is a unique low elevation old-growth forest and globally significant fall night roosting site for bald eagles. It is an area we…

Saturday
May 31
9:00 AM

Coquitlam River Watershed Roundtable

This meeting will include updates on work conducted since the last public meeting, facilitated sessions by experts in watershed action planning, and a keynote by Drs. Luisa Maffi and David Rapport who are specialists in ecosystem health and linking bio-cultural diversity to the concept of eco-cultural health. Input from participants will set a direction for a Lower Coquitlam River Watershed…

June 2014

Sunday
Jun 1
1:00 PM

Free Guided Walk through the 'Old Orchard' Area of Riverview

Discover the historic old orchard area at Riverview and view the enhancement work done on Riverivew Creek to improve fish habitat. Join Don Gillespie and other BMN members for a 2-3 hour walk. Wear water-resistant shoes and dress appropriately for the weather. Meet at 1 pm on the uphill side of the Henry Esson Young building. Banners and flags will…

Sunday
Jun 1
1:00 PM

Creative Café at Minnekhada Lodge

Join the Minnekhada Park Association for creative activities, and discover Minnekhada Park’s natural and cultural history.
1 – 4 pm in The Lodge.
Information: www.minnekhada.ca

Thursday
Jun 5
7:00 PM

Summer Evening Botany Walk #2 - Coquitlam River near Lions Park, PoCo

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

Saturday
Jun 7
9:00 AM

Free Guided Birding/Bunting Walks at Colony Farm Park

Two walks are planned on this day with the Burke Mountain Naturalists and open to all. Join us to enjoy views of the elusive lazuli buntings and other migratory birds at Colony Farm Regional Park. The first walk starts at 9AM with Larry Cowan as the leader; the second walk starts at 3PM with leaders Jude and Al Grass. Walks…

Sunday
Jun 8
1:00 PM

Early Summer Tree Tour on Riverview Grounds

Join the Riverview Horticultural Centre Society for an early summer tree tour. 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 shoes or boots. Walks go rain or shine. Children to adults welcome. Dogs on leash are also welcome. For more information, see…

Tuesday
Jun 10
7:00 PM

MONTHLY MEETING: Special Outdoor Meeting at Riverview

It’s too nice in June to spend an evening indoors so our monthly club meeting will be held outdoors. Join others for a friendly stroll amongst the heritage trees at Riverview. Meet on the uphill side of the Henry Esson Young (HEY) building. Riverview Hospital is located at 2601 Lougheed Highway, Coquitlam at 7:00 PM (NOTE: this is 30 minutes…

Wednesday
Jun 11
7:00 PM

Colony Farm Park Association AGM + Bat-Watch at the Park

Join the Colony Farm Park Association for light refreshments starting at 5:30 pm (but please phone Elaine, 604-937-3483, to let us know you are coming for food). The Annual General Meeting will start at 7 pm followed by guest speaker, Ron Wood, Acting Manager for the Central Area Parks. This is a great opportunity to ask Ron questions about management…

Saturday
Jun 14
10:00 AM

Coquitlam's Outdoor: Summer Kick Off Event (DATE CHANGED TO THE 14th)

The City of Coquitlam is hosting an Outdoor: Summer Kick Off Event from 10:00am – 1:00pm at the Glen Pine Pavilion. Spring into Summer and celebrate the great outdoors in your own neighborhood. Check out this FREE event and outdoor programs that will keep you and your family busy all summer long. Activities and fun to be enjoyed by all….

Saturday
Jun 21
8:00 AM

Colony Farm Bird Banding Family Day

Join members of the Vancouver Avian Research Centre at Colony Farm Regional Park. Discover techniques for monitoring migratory birds and the ecosystem dynamics of wild bird populations. (Park at Shaughnessy St entrance to Colony Farm Regional Park).
To preregister or for information: www.birdvancouver.com
8 – 10 am

Family Day will also occur on Saturdays July 19 & August 16.

Saturday
Jun 21
8:15 AM

Birding with Larry at Grant Narrows

Join BMN’s Larry Cowan and members of Nature Vancouver for a half-day birding the Grant Narrows Area along the Pitt River Dyke covering an area from Grant Narrows to Catbird Slough. The grass may be long and in morning usually wet, and appropriate footwear is advised. Later, the group will bird a short distance along the Grant Narrows Nature Dyke…

Saturday
Jun 21
9:00 AM

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: Knotweed Removal at DeBoville Slough

The Friends of DeBoville Slough will be conducting their second Japanese Knotweed control work party for 2014 on Saturday, June 21st from 9am til noon. Come on out and enjoy a morning of good exercise and camaraderie while helping the environment. Meet at the kiosk on the north side of DeBoville Slough. Wear sturdy footwear and dress for the weather…

Saturday
Jun 21
5:00 PM

CLUB Solstice Cycle Along the Coquitlam River

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 lower Coquitlam River. This is a 32 km circuit that takes in trails and roads on both sides of the Coquitlam River with minimal elevation change. Meet at 5pm. Return 9:30pm. Please contact…

Tuesday
Jun 24
6:30 PM

Join the conversation on the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain Pipeline with the City of Vancouver

What are your questions on the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion? This is an opportunity co-hosted by the SFU Centre for Dialogue and the City of Vancouver. Young Vancouverites (under 30 or generally young at heart) are invited to meet at an “open space” forum to learn more about the proposal and share your views. Tuesday, June 24, 2014…

Wednesday
Jun 25
7:00 PM

TransMountain Pipeline Expansion Project Town Hall Meeting in Pt Moody

Port Moody is hosting a Town Hall style meeting regarding the TransMountain/Kinder Morgan pipeline project. There will be an opportunity to ask questions, with priority apparently to be given to Port Moody residents. BMN member, Rod MacVicar, who has a great understanding of the rich biodiversity in Burrard Inlet, will be one of the panel members. People are asked to…

Wednesday
Jun 25
7:00 PM

Meet the Author of "Burke & Widgeon - A Hiker's Guide"

Burke and Widgeon are two of the most accessible and widely visited regions of Pinecone-Burke Provincial Park. Local author Lyle Litzenberger has spent five years documenting his explorations of this scenic wilderness area in his new guidebook to the area called Burke & Widgeon: A Hiker’s Guide. He will share valuable information about these two wilderness gems, suitable for both…

Thursday
Jun 26
7:00 PM

Summer Evening Botany Walk #3 - Woodhaven Swamp

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

July 2014

Sunday
Jul 6
1:00 PM

Mid-Summer Fete at Colony Farm Regional Park

Enjoy music, dance, art, garden tours, a labyrinth, storytelling, community garden tours, workshops, farmer’s market and a whimsical afternoon tea party. Allow 2 hours.
Free shuttle from Lougheed Skytrain Station. Limited parking at the end of Colony Farm Road.
Free. From 1-5 pm.
Information: 604-432-6359 or www.midsummerfete.com.

Sunday
Jul 6
1:00 PM

Free Guided Walk among the Linden Trees at Riverview

Join the Riverview Horticultural Centre Society for a tour of the trees at Riverview with a focus on the linden trees. Linger for linden tea. 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 shoes or boots. Walks go rain or shine. Children…

Monday
Jul 7
5:00 PM

A SHARE Brown Bag Lunch Event - Documentary Film 'The Greening of Cuba'

This is a free showing of ‘The Greening of Cuba’ (about 36 minutes long), which is a must see film for anyone interested in food security and community gardens. This documentary explores the transition of Cuba from the most highly industrialized farming country in Latin America in 1993, to one of the world’s leading organic food producers in 2014. In…

Saturday
Jul 12
8:15 AM

Birding with Larry at Colony Farm Regional Park

Join BMN’s Larry Cowan and members of Nature Vancouver for a half-day birding field trip to Colony Farm Regional Park. On their 2013 outing, they recorded 44 species with highlights being Lazuli Bunting, Eastern Kingbird, Band-tailed Pigeon, Red-eyed Vireo and a first for the July list — an Anna’s Hummingbird. See what Colony Farm has to offer in 2014! Meet…

Saturday
Jul 12
10:30 AM

Creatures of the Not-So-Deep - A Metro Vanc Parks Event

Head to Belcarra Regional Park where your children can catch, observe and release beach creatures you collect in a seine net. Allow an hour or more and expect to get muddy.

10:30 am – 2:30 pm
From Port Moody follow Ioco Road to the Belcarra Bay Beach picnic area and look for tents.

Sunday
Jul 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…

Sunday
Jul 13
9:00 AM

Orienteering Workshop at Stanley Park

Stanley Park Ecological Society will be hosting an expert-led Orienteering Workshop at Stanley Park on Sunday July 13 from 9:00am to 3:30pm for anyone interested in learning how to navigate through the forest more confidently. Workshop participants will become proficient with a compass, topographic map and GPS, and will learn about navigation apps for iPads and smart phones. Participants will…

Sunday
Jul 13
6:00 PM

Mossom Creek Salmon BBQ and Hatchery Fundraiser

Mossom Creek Salmon BBQ and Fund-raiser to help restore the hatchery. At the Port Moody City Hall Galleria, 100 Newport Drive. Tickets, $45 each. Purchase tickets at www.mossomcreek.org or phone 604-787-9758.

Sunday, July 13, 6-9 pm.

Thursday
Jul 17
7:00 PM

Summer Evening Botany Walk #4 - Mossom Creek Hatchery Site and Hatchery Lane

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

Thursday
Jul 17
7:30 PM

Free Guided Evening Walk among the Linden Trees at Riverview

Join the Riverview Horticultural Centre Society for an evening tour of the trees at Riverview with a focus on the fragrant linden trees. Linger for linden tea. 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 shoes or boots. Walks go rain or…

Saturday
Jul 19
8:00 AM

HIKE: Woodland Walk on Burke Mountain $5.00

This is a hike sponsored by the City of Coquitlam. Registration (477119) and signed waiver form is required. This hike will travel through a lovely mature second growth forest and highlights of the hike will include Saw Blade Falls, a peek a boo view of Coquitlam Lake, and an old-growth Douglas fir tree on Coho Creek. Care needs to be…

Saturday
Jul 19
8:00 AM

Colony Farm Bird Banding Family Day

Discover techniques for monitoring migratory birds and the ecosystem dynamics of wild bird populations.
Park at Shaughnessy St. Entrance of Colony Farm Regional Park
To preregister or for information, visit www.birdvancouver.com.
Presented by the Vancouver Avian Research Centre
8:00 AM to 10:00 AM

Saturday
Jul 19
9:00 AM

Volunteer Opportunity: Knotweed removal @ DeBoville Slough

The Friends of DeBoville Slough will be conducting their third Japanese Knotweed control work party for 2014 on Saturday, July 19th from 9am til noon. Come on out and enjoy a morning of good exercise and camaraderie while helping the environment. Meet at the kiosk on the north side of DeBoville Slough. Wear sturdy footwear and dress for the weather…

Sunday
Jul 20
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…

Wednesday
Jul 23
6:00 PM

HIKE: Lower Slopes of Burke Mountain $2.50

This is a hike sponsored by the City of Coquitlam. Registration (477120) and signed waiver form is required. This evening of exercise and hiking will take in some new and old trails in the redeveloped area around Coast Meridian Road. Some of the trails will be along the upper reaches of Hyde Creek. Time will be taken to enjoy the…

August 2014

Thursday
Aug 7
7:00 PM

Summer Evening Botany Walk #5 - Miller Park Ravine

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

Saturday
Aug 9
8:30 AM

Birding with Larry at Grant Narrows

On this half day field trip in Pitt Meadows, join members of Nature Vancouver and BMN’s Larry Cowan (leader) on a birding walk along the Pitt River Dyke from Catbird Slough to Grant Narrows. Time permitting, there will also be a short walk along the Grant Narrow’s Nature Dyke. Expected species are Gray Catbird, Bullock’s Oriole, Eastern Kingbird & who…

Sunday
Aug 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…

Sunday
Aug 10
1:00 PM

Free Guided Walk among the Trees at Riverview

Join the Riverview Horticultural Centre Society for a tour of the trees at Riverview with a focus on the giant bean (Catalpa) trees and trees on the north end of the site. 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 shoes or…

September 2014

Saturday
Sep 6
8:00 AM

CLUB HIKE: Burke Village-Munro Lake Trail

This trip to Burke Mountain will be a traverse of the mountain on the Village Lake Trail. The day will start with a car shuttle to Quarry Road 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 6
9:00 AM

Birding with Larry along Port Coquitlam's Northern Dykes

Join BMN’s Larry Cowan and members of Nature Vancouver for a half day birding field trip to Port Coquitlam’s Pitt River Dyke, north from the Fremont reclamation area, and back to the parking area at DeBoville Slough. On last year’s September 2nd field trip along this route, birders ticked 40 species bringing the list to 48 overall. This route covers…

Tuesday
Sep 9
7:30 PM

MONTHLY MEETING: BMN's Biography - A Celebration of BMN's 25 years of Achievement

This year marks BMN’s 25th year in the community and to celebrate this achievement we will present a slide show of past and present BMN success stories. In the second part of the evening, a short documentary film on our own Don Gillespie will be shown. In the church hall of Como Lake United Church, corner of Marmont Avenue and…

Saturday
Sep 13
11:00 AM

TREEFEST 2014

This will be the 21st 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 13th, from 11:00 am – 4:00 pm at the Riverview Hospital grounds located at 2601 Lougheed Highway in Coquitlam. This year’s event will be back in the old location…

Sunday
Sep 14
2:30 PM

Rally Opposing Kinder Morgan's Pipeline in Colony Farm

Join BMN and Forest Ethics Advocacy (FEA) at Colony Farm Park to help protect our park and all the other parks across BC that are potentially threatened by Kinder Morgan’s pipeline. Because parking will be very limited, we ask people to carpool or, better still, join the bicycle tour to Colony Farm which will leave from Gates Park (at western…

Tuesday
Sep 16
6:00 PM

Open House on Potash Handling by Pacific Coast Terminals

Pacific Coast Terminals is inviting the public to an open house to learn more details about their proposed potash handling facility. For more information on the project and the permit application and review, see www.portmetrovancouver.com.

6 pm to 8 pm
Old Mill Boathouse, 2715 Esplanade Ave, Port Moody

Tuesday
Sep 23
4:30 PM

Vision for Riverview – Third Open House Dates

Be part of the Vision for Riverview – Third Open House Dates Please join us for our third open house for the Riverview Lands Vision Process. See your ideas for Riverview come alive at the upcoming community Co-Design workshops. • Hear peoples’ desires for the future life of Riverview at a brainstorming session. • Participate in a group with an…

Saturday
Sep 27

O.W.L. Birds of Prey at Backyard Bird Store in PoMo

As part of the Backyard Bird Centre’s annual celebration, it will host human and feathered representatives from the Orphaned Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre (OWL). Cameras are welcome. From 10am-2pm.

Saturday
Sep 27
6:30 AM

CLUB HIKE: Elfin Lakes & Columnar Peak

This moderate to moderately strenuous hike will take us back to an area we visited in 2005. Once again we will brave the crowds and visit what is by any standards a truly magnificent place. We will visit Elfin Lakes, which are set at the end of an open ridge with breathtaking views of Mt. Garibaldi and Mamquam Mountain. Although…

Saturday
Sep 27
10:00 AM

Vision for Riverview – Third Open House Dates

Be part of the Vision for Riverview – Third Open House Dates Please join us for our third open house for the Riverview Lands Vision Process. See your ideas for Riverview come alive at the upcoming community Co-Design workshops. • Hear peoples’ desires for the future life of Riverview at a brainstorming session. • Participate in a group with an…

Sunday
Sep 28
10:00 AM

BC 'Rivers and Trails Festival' 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. There will be activities in in two locations: Lions Park from 10 am – 2 pm and Peace Park from 12 – 4 pm….

October 2014

Wednesday
Oct 1

VIFF at SFU, Burnaby Campus - Oct 1st and 2nd

In a special cross-campus initiative, SFU Woodward’s Cultural Programs and VANCOUVER INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL have partnered to bring a taste of this year’s VIFF to SFU’s Burnaby and Surrey Campuses. All screenings in Burnaby and Surrey are free, and open to students, staff, faculty and the public. Enjoy the films!

This is a two-day event, Oct 1st and 2nd.

Saturday
Oct 4
9:00 AM

Volunteer Opportunity: Knotweed removal @ DeBoville Slough

The Friends of DeBoville Slough will be conducting their final Japanese Knotweed control work party for 2014 on Saturday, October 4th from 9am til noon. Come on out and enjoy a morning of good exercise and camaraderie while helping the environment. Meet at the kiosk on the north side of DeBoville Slough. Wear sturdy footwear and dress for the weather…

Saturday
Oct 4
1:00 PM

HIKE: Eagle Ridge Lower Slopes $5.00

This is a hike sponsored by the City of Coquitlam. Registration (489742) and signed waiver form is required. A member of the Burke Mountain Naturalists will guide a trip uphill of the homes on Westwood Plateau and into the forest of Eagle Ridge. The group will travel through the upper reaches of Noons Creek and stopping at some viewpoints overlooking…

Sunday
Oct 5
10:00 AM

'Water's Edge Day' in Vancouver

The Georgia Strait Alliance is hosting Water’s Edge Day, Vancouver’s first celebration of the city’s waterfront. From 10am to 5pm, they are organizing a full day of free and fun activities for the whole family at the Vancouver Maritime Museum and other places along the shore.

For the full schedule of free events, click here

Sunday
Oct 5
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. Enjoy a community fair atmosphere with Vintage Cars on tour, The Rebel Haunt Theatre troupe performing through out the event and plenty for families to see and participate in! And it’s FREE!! Lawn Bowling Green, Ioco Townsite. From noon…

Sunday
Oct 5
1:00 PM

Free Guided Walk among the Trees at Riverview

This is the last tree tour of the season. 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 two page summary of the history of Riverview, please click here. For more information, see…

Sunday
Oct 5
1:00 PM

Creative Café at Minnekhada Lodge

Join the Minnekhada Park Association for creative activities, and discover Minnekhada Park’s natural and cultural history.
1 – 4 pm in The Lodge.
Information: www.minnekhada.ca

Saturday
Oct 11
9:00 AM

Birding at Colony Farm Regional Park

Join Larry Cowan and members of Nature Vancouver for a morning of birding. Trip goes rain or shine.

Meet in the parking lot at the end of Colony Farm Road off the Lougheed Highway in Coquitlam at 9 am.

Short-eared owls and Anna’s hummers are possibilites.

Tuesday
Oct 14
7:30 PM

MONTHLY MEETING: Dr. Rob Butler describes his 'Voyage to the Salish Sea'

Scientist, ornithologist, author, artist and BMN member Rob Butler is our guest speaker this month. One of Rob’s recent projects is a film due out in 2015 called Three Waters, a documentary examining cultural connections to the natural world. At this BMN meeting, Rob will give us a slide presentation describing his 2013 journey on the Salish Sea that is…

Saturday
Oct 18
8:00 AM

CLUB HIKE: Burke South Summit & Pika Peak

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,…

Sunday
Oct 19
11:00 AM

Return of the Salmon to Kanaka Creek

Witness the return of spawning salmon to Kanaka Creek fish fence. Displays, games and fisheries experts on-site.
Meet at the fish fence on 240th Street, north of Lougheed Highway.
Information: 604-530-4983
Presented by Metro Vancouver and the Kanaka Education and Environmental Partnership Society.
11 am – 3 pm
KANAKA CREEK REGIONAL PARK

Sunday
Oct 19
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…

Tuesday
Oct 21
7:00 PM

'Life Beyond Fossil Fuels': An Evening with the Father of the Carbon Footprint, Bill Rees

The TriCities LeadNow group is hosting an evening with the architect of the ‘carbon footprint’ concept, UBC professor Bill Rees. Joining the conversation will be Ben West of ForestEthics Advocacy to talk about ‘Moving Away from Fossil Fuels’. Tuesday October 21, 2014 Doors @ 6:30, 7:00pm start The Evergreen Cultural Centre 1205 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam, BC V3B 7Y3 Tickets $10…

Thursday
Oct 23
1:30 PM

Solar Eclipse Watch @ SFU Burnaby

Here’s an opportunity to see the partial solar eclipse, if the skies are clear. Meet at the Terry Fox statue. The watch will last from 1:30 – 4:30 pm. Updates on the status of the eclipse will be posted on the Starry Nights @ SFU website during the day on Thursday. this event is subject to cancellation due to bad…

Saturday
Oct 25
9:45 AM

Volunteer Invasive Plant Removal with TriCities Green Team

The TriCities Green Team plans on removing English Ivy at Minnekhada Regional Park in Coquitlam on Saturday Oct 25 from 9.45am-1pm. No experience necessary. Tools, gloves and refreshments provided. To learn more and to sign up click HERE. Not available but interested in coming to other volunteer work parties? Check out the Green Team calendar by clicking HERE. There are…

Saturday
Oct 25
10:00 AM

First Annual Regional Parks EcoBlitz

Get down and dirty while you help the environment and make new friends. Join other volunteers in removing invasive plants and replanting native vegetation. Join the Metro Vancouver Regional Parks Ecological Restoration Team on Meetup to find a work party near you.
For more info, see www.meetup.com/Regional-parks-connect-metro-vancouver.
10 am – 1 pm
Everyone is welcome.

Saturday
Oct 25
12:00 PM

SFU Science 'Science Spooktacular'

A free afternoon of spooky science fun for kids in grades K-6 and their families. Come out and see some Creepy Creatures and play with some Halloween-y hands-on science activities in the south concourse of the Academic Quadrangle, just outside Shrum Science Centre lecture hall B9200. Burnaby Campus, Academic Quadrangle, 3000 level and Shrum Science Centre Lecture Theatre, room B9200…

November 2014

Saturday
Nov 1
8:00 AM

Metro Vancouver Parksfest

BMN members are cordially invited to Metro Vancouver’s 14th Annual Fall Parksfest event, a day of learning with practical workshops and inspiring presentations. Fall Parksfest is one of the ways in which Metro Vancouver uses to thank park partners and volunteers in helping to support regional parks. This event is a wonderful opportunity for participants to come together, make important…

Sunday
Nov 2
9:00 AM

RESCHEDULED HIKE: Mundy Park & the Riverview Forest $5.00

This is a hike sponsored by the City of Coquitlam. Registration (489741) and signed waiver form is required. A member of the Burke Mountain Naturalists 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…

Sunday
Nov 2
9:30 AM

Photography Seminar 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
Nov 2
1:00 PM

Creative Café at Minnekhada Lodge

Join the Minnekhada Park Association for creative activities, and discover Minnekhada Park’s natural and cultural history.
1 – 4 pm in The Lodge.
Information: www.minnekhada.ca

Saturday
Nov 8
9:00 AM

Birding with Larry along Port Coquitlam's Northern Dykes

Join BMN member Larry Cowan and members of Nature Vancouver for a half day birding trip to DeBoville Slough and Minnekhada Regional Park. Meet in the parking lot adjacent to the washroom facilities at Cedar and Victoria Drives. Vehicles will be positioned in the Minnekhada parking lot off Quarry Road for the return trip. Contact Larry at 604-465-1402.

Saturday
Nov 8
9:00 AM

CLUB HIKE: Coquitlam Lake View Trail

For our last scheduled hike of the year, we will spend another day on Burke Mountain. If the weather is favourable, we will hike the complete trail and take in the recently finished new viewpoint with stunning views of Coquitlam Lake and Eagle Ridge. This moderate hike has a roundtrip distance of approximately 9.6 km (6 mi) with an elevation…

Saturday
Nov 8
11:00 AM

Opening - Exhibit of Gay Mitchell's Art

Coquitlam artist Gay Mitchell is holding an opening of her art exhibit from 11am – 3:30pm. Gay is a visual artist, educator and naturalist. This exhibit of her landscapes (held at The Gallery Bistro in Port Moody) is called Islands.

For more information and for viewing dates, please click here.

Tuesday
Nov 11
7:30 PM

MONTHLY MEETING: Acoustic Disturbances of Whales and Other Cetaceans

Kathy Heise from the Vancouver Aquarium will be our guest speaker this month. Kathy will present a slideshow on the impact of underwater noise on marine life, especially on whales and other cetaceans. In the church hall of Como Lake United Church, corner of Marmont Avenue and King Albert Street in Coquitlam. Free and all are welcome. For a map,…

Saturday
Nov 15

Municipal Election Day

Please vote for the candidates of your choice. Local government often has the greatest impact on the way we live as it is local government that provides most of our parks, recreation facilities, roads and makes plans for new development. Remember that when you vote for Councillors, you don’t need to use all your votes if you don’t know all…

Saturday
Nov 15
7:00 PM

Starry Nights @ SFU Star Party

This is a star-viewing party hosted by Starry Nights @ SFU in association with the RASC Vancouver. Saturday November 15, 7PM-11PM Location: Terry Fox statue on the SFU Burnaby Campus (click here for more info and for campus map with directions) This is a weather-dependent event: please check the Starry Nights @ SFU website for updates on Saturday, final confirmation…

Sunday
Nov 16
11:00 AM

Hyde Creek Salmon Festival

This is the 15th 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…

Saturday
Nov 22
10:00 AM

Hike: Coquitlam Crunch FREE

This is a hike sponsored by the City of Coquitlam. Registration (503666) and signed waiver form is required. This morning of exercise and hiking will take in the steep uphill trek on the newly improved Coquitlam Crunch Trail. There will be a chance for great views and time will be taken to enjoy the vegetation and wildlife in the area….

Saturday
Nov 29
3:00 PM

Take Back Our Coast - Town Hall Event

Join MP Fin Donnelly at aTake Back Our Coast event with Special Guest MP Nathan Cullen Nathan Cullen, Member of Parliament for Skeena-Bulkley Valley has been a vocal leader in the fight to stop the Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline. He is travelling throughout BC to host important town hall discussions on how to protect our coast. – and you’re invited….

December 2014

Saturday
Dec 6
9:00 AM

Birding with Larry along the Dykes of Pitt Meadows/Maple Ridge - Dipper Quest

Join BMN member Larry Cowan and members of Nature Vancouver for a half-day outing in search of American Dippers in the Pitt Meadows/Maple Ridge area. After locating a Dipper or two, the group 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 the…

Sunday
Dec 7
9:00 AM

Christmas Bird Count for Kids

An introduction to birding skills for youth, including participating in the traditional Christmas Bird Count. Enjoy other festive activities at the Burnaby Lake Nature House.
Ages 8 to 14.
Free
9 am – 12 Noon
BURNABY LAKE REGIONAL PARK

Registration required at www.burnabylakepark.ca/christmas-bird-count.
Presented by the Burnaby Lake Park Association and Metro Vancouver.

Sunday
Dec 7
10:00 AM

Christmas at Burnaby Lake Nature House

Festive activities and refreshments in the Burnaby Lake Nature House.
4519 Piper Avenue, off Winston Street.
Presented by the Burnaby Lake Park Association.
10 am – 1 pm
BURNABY LAKE REGIONAL PARK

Sunday
Dec 7
1:00 PM

Christmas Carol Sing-a-Long at Minnekhada Lodge

An afternoon of festive fun including singalongs in front of a yule log fire and a visit from Santa.
Held in historic Minnekhada Lodge.
1 – 4 pm
MINNEKHADA REGIONAL PARK

Presented by the Minnekhada Park Association.

Tuesday
Dec 9
7:00 PM

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…

Thursday
Dec 11
7:00 PM

Two Films on the Future of Energy hosted by TriCities LeadNow

TriCities LeadNow is hosting a film evening on December 11th at Douglas College. The films are: Directly Affected, documenting the voices and stories of those affected by the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain Expansion Project, and The Future of Energy, which debuted at the People’s Climate March in New York. Admission is by donation AT THE DOOR (suggested $10). 7:00 PM…

Saturday
Dec 13
9:00 AM

Coquitlam Christmas Farmers Market

The Coquitlam Farmers Market Society is hosting a special Christmas Farmers Market. Come and celebrate the Christmas season at the Poirier Sport and Leisure Complex from 9am-2pm. This is a perfect opportunity to buy those last minutes gifts or stock up on stocking stuffers. They will be collecting non-perishable food donations for SHARE Family & Community Services. They are also…

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