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January 2015

Saturday
Jan 3

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. In 1900, an American ornithologist asked people across North America to head out on Christmas Day to count birds (instead of shooting them, as was the tradition) and submit the results as the first “Christmas Bird Census.” The CBC is now conducted in…

Thursday
Jan 8
7:00 PM

Slide Show - Climbing Mount McKinley $8.00 ***CANCELLED***

This presentation is sponsored by the City of Coquitlam. Registration (503512) is required. At over 20,000ft Mount McKinley reigns supreme as the highest mountain in North America. Given its latitude close to the Arctic Circle, Denali experiences some of the most extreme weather on the planet. Extreme cold and high altitude presents climbers from all over the world significant challenges…

Sunday
Jan 11
9:00 AM

Coquitlam River Clean Up - Everyone Welcome!

Join Riverside Fly and Tackle shop owner Garry Elgear and his team this Sunday, January 11 for their annual Coquitlam River Clean Up! Everyone is welcome – Bring the family, bring some friends and join in this opportunity to not only help clean up, but raise awareness about the importance of, the Coquitlam River. Refreshments will be provided – coffee…

Tuesday
Jan 13
7:30 PM

MONTHLY MEETING: Highlights of the 2014 Christmas Bird Count & New Video from Watershed Watch

At this meeting, we will have a slide show of the results of the Christmas Bird Count in the TriCities area, and how this Count’s results compare with data collected over the past 21 years. There was a photography competition as part of this year’s Count, and the submissions will be viewed and voted on. Silliest photo usually wins! At…

Wednesday
Jan 14
7:15 PM

Screening and Panel Q&A of Film "Directly Affected" at SFU Images Theatre

Directly Affected is a film about the proposed Kinder Morgan Pipeline Expansion project. It will be introduced by energy policy specialist Prof. Mark Jaccard, and followed by a panel Q&A. Panelist include Andrew Weaver and Lynne Quarmby. Program: 7:20: Traditional First Nations welcome 7:30 Event overview – Tzeporah Berman 7:40 Setting the context – Mark Jaccard 8:00 Introduction to Directly…

Thursday
Jan 15

One More Day to Rate 'Renewing Riverview' Proposals

After a series of Open Houses, the ideas generated by the public have been illustrated in 47 images and posted online for viewing and voting. The rating scale goes from ‘I love it! Go for it!’ to ‘Ok idea, but needs more thought’ to ‘Belongs elsewhere’. To view the illustrations and to vote on the concepts they portray for what…

Thursday
Jan 15
7:00 PM

Silence of the Labs: Free Public Screening and Discussion

CBC televsion’s The Fifth Estate spoke to scientists across the country who are concerned that Canadians will suffer if their elected leaders have to make policy decisions without the benefit of independent, fact-based science. SFU’s Centre for Coastal Science and Management in partnership with Evidence for Democracy present a free public screening of the CBC documentary, Silence of the Labs

Friday
Jan 23
8:00 PM

Starry Nights @ SFU Star-Party - CANCELLED DUE TO RAIN

SFU and the Vancouver Centre of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada are joining forces again to host another star party, weather permitting, this coming Friday January 23, starting at 8PM, next to the observatory site. Special celestial treasures will be on display that night, with a rare triple shadow transit by Jupiter’s moons (the next one in 2032!),…

Saturday
Jan 24
9:00 AM

Birding with Colin at Colony Farm Park

Join Colin Clasen and members of Nature Vancouver for a half day of birding at Colony Farm Regional Park, home to many over-wintering raptors, sparrows, waterfowl and usually a Northern Shrike or two. On the January 3rd Christmas Bird Count at Colony Farm this year, 58 species were seen. Meet in the parking area at the south end of Colony…

Monday
Jan 26

Deadline for applications to participate in 'A Conversation on Climate Justice'

Are you concerned about climate change, but unsure how it may impact you, your community, our province? Do you wonder how to make a difference? This is your invitation to be a part of a diverse group of 36 people from across Metro Vancouver to engage in 4 days of lively conversation: February 14th and 28th, and March 14th and…

Monday
Jan 26
7:00 PM

Tar Sands, Pipelines, Fossil Fuel Expansion and You

Join Environmental Campaigners Ben West of Tanker Free BC and Sven Biggs of Force of Nature for a free 101 info session on the fossil fuel industry in Canada, and learn about why pipelines like the Enbridge, Keystone and Kinder Morgan Pipelines are at the heart of such a critical, complex and controversial debate. The event will be part 1…

Tuesday
Jan 27
5:00 PM

"Freemont Connector" Open House and Town Hall Meeting

The public is invited by the City of Port Coquitlam to provide feedback on the alignment options at an open house and town hall meeting on January 27, 2015. It is anticipated Council will consider making a decision on an alignment in early 2015. Open House and Town Hall Meeting Tuesday January 27, 5-9 pm Hyde Creek Recreation Centre gym,…

Saturday
Jan 31
8:00 PM

Book signing and lecture with CBC's "Quirks and Quarks" host, Bob McDonald at SFU

In conjunction with the Vancouver Centre Royal Astronomical Society of Canada, you are invited to hear Bob Mcdonald speak about his latest book, “Canadian Spacewalkers”. Only three Canadian astronauts, Chris Hadfield, Steve MacLean, and Dave Williams have had the privilege of donning space suits and stepping into the void outside the International Space Station. This illustrated presentation tells their remarkable…

February 2015

Monday
Feb 2
7:00 PM

Community Information Meeting - Evergreen Line

On Wednesday, January 14, the Evergreen Line project team held a community information meeting regarding tunnel boring operations in Port Moody. The Evergreen Line project team will hold an additional community information meeting that will provide the same information regarding construction activities on Cecile Drive, and Clarke Road at Seaview Drive as was provided at the community meeting on January…

Wednesday
Feb 4
6:30 PM

Workshop Invitation - Sheep Paddocks Trail at Colony Farm Park

As a result of input from the public last year, Metro Vancouver staff are exploring options for a pedestrian only trail section of the Sheep Paddocks trail in Colony Farm Regional Park. This is in addition to the ongoing design work for a combined cyclist and pedestrian trail. The community is invited to attend a workshop to discuss the possibility…

Thursday
Feb 5
7:00 PM

Free Presentation at Vanc Library: 'Pipelines, Politics, and Perjury'

Political leaders and even corporate heads tell us they care about climate change and indeed are acting on this defining global threat. But how can we tell if they are being honest? And what can we do if they are not? Dr. Mark Jaccard will discuss these questions in a presentation focused on current climate issues facing British Columbians. Dr….

Saturday
Feb 7
10:00 AM

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: Nestbox Cleaning and Maintenance at DeBoville Slough & Oliver Rd

The first of our four nest box cleaning sessions; this one will be at DeBoville Slough and along Oliver Road. In addition, we may have to remove any remaining nest boxes from the areas at Minnekhada Farm which were vandalized by bears last summer. Meet in the parking lot at the entrance to DeBoville Slough (at the intersection of Victoria…

Monday
Feb 9
11:00 AM

Celebrate BC FAMILY DAY in New Westminster

On Monday, February 9th, 2015 from 11:00am – 3:00pm the City of New Westminster will be hosting FREE activities, arts and crafts, and entertainment at three sites downtown. Enjoy arts and culture at the Westminster Savings Family Fun Zone in Anvil Centre. Explore and educate at the Fraser River Discovery Centre and check out food and leisure at the River…

Monday
Feb 9
12:00 PM

Wild Families at Burnaby Lake

Celebrate Family Day by checking out wild families. Which animals mate for life, which ones make summer commitments and which animals have a single parent?
BURNABY LAKE REGIONAL PARK. Meet at the Nature House, 4519 Piper Avenue, off Winston St
This is a free family event hosted by Metro Vancouver Parks.
12 noon – 3 pm

Monday
Feb 9
12:00 PM

Wild Families at Burnaby Lake Regional Park

Celebrate Family Day by checking out wild families. Which animals mate for life, which ones make summer commitments and which animals have a single mom or dad as a parent? Find out by dropping by the Burnaby Lake Nature House, 4519 Piper Avenue off Winston Street. Free, Drop in, All ages of kids. Call 604-432-6359 for more info. 12:00 PM…

Tuesday
Feb 10
7:30 PM

MONTHLY MEETING: Slideshow on 'Wildlife at the intersection of China, Vietnam, Laos and Burma'

BMN member and professional biologist Dr. Lee Harding will be our speaker this month. Lee travels extensively both for pleasure and as part of his work. He will give us a presentation describing some of the wildlife that inhabit the area where China, Vietnam, Laos and Burma meet. In the church hall of Como Lake United Church, corner of Marmont…

Thursday
Feb 12
4:00 PM

Open House: Proposed Eagle Mountain - Woodfibre Gas Pipeline (LNG) Project

FortisBC is proposing to expand a portion of its existing Vancouver Island natural gas transmission system. The Project would involve installing about 47 km of 24” natural gas pipeline starting about 35 km north of Coquitlam to the Woodfibre industrial site outside of Squamish, upgrading two of Fortis’s existing compressor stations and building a new compressor station in Squamish. This…

Thursday
Feb 12
7:00 PM

Hiking for Beginners – Educational Session $8.00

This is a presentation sponsored by the City of Coquitlam. Registration (500264) 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 areas….

Friday
Feb 13

Great Backyard Bird Count February 13-16

The 18th annual Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) is coming up February 13-16. The four-day event is free and is open to bird watchers of all ages and skill levels. Participants watch birds for any length of time on one or more days of the count and enter their tallies at their website. The results provide a snapshot of the…

Friday
Feb 13
12:00 PM

"Knit-In for the Future" Featuring the Raging Grannies

“Knit-In for the Future” Featuring the Raging Grannies and in solidarity with Knitting Nanas Against Gas (holding co-knit-in in Australia). Hosted by TriCities LeadNow. On February 13th, at 12pm, the TriCities LeadNow group is joining over 23 communities across Canada organized by #SHUTDOWNCANADA to make our concerns about Canada’s future heard. Where:James Moore’s office at 2603 St John’s Street, Port…

Saturday
Feb 14
9:00 AM

Birding with Larry along Port Coquitlam's Northern Dykes

Join Larry Cowan and members of Nature Vancouver for a half day birding tour of the PoCo dikes from DeBoville Slough and along the Pitt River. Meet in the parking lot next to the washrooms at the intersection of Victoria and Cedar Drives in NE Coquitlam to arrange for carpooling to the Fremont Village area. For more info, contact Larry…

Saturday
Feb 14
10:00 AM

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: Nestbox Cleaning and Maintenance at Colony Farm Park

Nest box cleaning at Colony Farm Regional Park. Meet in the parking lot at the end of Colony Farm Road (near the community gardens). Contact Elaine (604-937-3483, egolds at sfu dot ca). Dress for the weather and bring work gloves.

Sunday
Feb 15
9:00 AM

HIKE: Coquitlam River $5.00

This is a hike sponsored by the City of Coquitlam. Registration (502127) and signed waiver form is required. A member of the Burke Mountain Naturalists will guide a winter walk 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…

Wednesday
Feb 18
7:00 PM

Port Moody Ecological Society AGM

Port Moody Ecological Society Annual General Meeting at the Port Moody Social Recreation Centre (upstairs), 300 Ioco Road.Guest speakers will be Greta Borick Cunningham and Shahira Sakaiyamu from the False Creek Watershed Society who will discuss their plans to depave and daylight a historic waterway in the Mount Pleasant area of the City of Vancouver as well as other projects….

Thursday
Feb 19
12:30 PM

Free Public SFU Lecture: 'The Value and Challenges of Preserving our Architectural Heritage' with John Atkin

This lecture is part of SFU’s City Conversations series.

Speaker: John Atkin, civic historian, noted author, and architectural and historical tour leader
For more info, please click here.

Vancouver Campus, Harbour Centre, room 1600
12:30-1:30 p.m.

Thursday
Feb 19
7:00 PM

Hiking for Intermediates - Educational Session $8.00

This is a presentation sponsored by the City of Coquitlam. Registration (500265) is required. Come out and enjoy an evening of slides while learning about local places to hike and how to be prepared. Ian McArthur will present slides of hikes in Coquitlam and other local areas. This presentation is geared for the intermediate hiker, but overnight trips and backcountry…

Saturday
Feb 21
10:00 AM

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: Nestbox Cleaning and Maintenance in the Widgeon Reserve Park

We will meet in the Quarry Road parking lot for Minnekhada Regional Park and carpool from there. Because access is through a locked gate, we must all enter and leave together. It is 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…

Sunday
Feb 22
9:00 AM

HIKE: High Knoll $5.00

This is a hike sponsored by the City of Coquitlam. Registration (499904) 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…

Monday
Feb 23
7:00 PM

How will Kinder Morgan affect the TriCities?

From its Fraser River crossing, to the route of both the existing Trans Mountain pipeline and the new proposed pipeline and the 400 oil tankers that will travel through Burrard Inlet every year, there are many ways that Kinder Morgan could impact our communities. This info session is the second in a series of six community conversations hosted by "Force…

Saturday
Feb 28
9:00 AM

CLUB HIKE: Bert Flinn Park and Port Moody’s North Shore

The first hike of the year will be close to home and a loop through north Port Moody. We will gain elevation steeply in some sections before wandering through Bert Flinn Park. The elevation loss will be on a lovely trail along Noons Creek before returning on the Shoreline Trail to the starting point. We will hope to see some…

March 2015

Sunday
Mar 1
9:00 AM

HIKE: Westwood Plateau $5.00

This is a hike sponsored by the City of Coquitlam. Registration (500266) 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…

Sunday
Mar 8
1:00 PM

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: Nestbox Cleaning and Maintenance at Minnekhada Park

Our last half-day of cleaning and maintaining nest boxes. 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 Club are likely to join us for this event at which we hope to…

Tuesday
Mar 10
11:00 AM

Tracking Animal Signs at Burnaby Lake Park

Dissect owl pellets, examine fur, feathers and scat, and make your own “slug” slime to take home. Allow an hour to complete.
BURNABY LAKE REGIONAL PARK
Meet at the Nature House, 4519 Piper Avenue, off Winston St.
Free.
11 am – 3 pm

Tuesday
Mar 10
7:30 PM

MONTHLY MEETING: Slideshow on 'A Peruvian Birding Adventure - Lima to the heart of the Amazon'

Our speaker this month is BMN member and expert birder, Larry Cowan. He will present a slideshow on Peru’s exotic bird life around Lima, in Peru’s endemic rich northlands, and in the lush settings of the Amazon jungle. Enjoy Humboldt Penguins south of Lima, Northern Peru’s exotic endemic hummingbird the Marvelous Spatuletail, and the canopy birds of the Amazon. We’ll…

Friday
Mar 13
11:30 AM

Celebrate Pi Day at SFU (3/14etc)

For several years now, on March 14th, members of the SFU IRMACS Centre have observed Pi Day. Pi Day is a world wide annual celebration commemorating the mathematical constant π (pi). This year Pi Day is on a Saturday so the IRMACS Centre will celebrate this momentous occasion on Pi Day Eve – March 13, 2015. Pie will be served!…

Saturday
Mar 14
10:00 AM

Members' Nature Walk - Rocky Point Park

Join Elaine and Hilary for our first nature walk of the season. Meet at Rocky Point Park in Port Moody at the entrance to the pier for a 2-3 hour walk in which we will enjoy the birds and learn about the history of BMN’s involvement in protecting nature in this fascinating and popular greenspace. No need to register –…

Saturday
Mar 21
10:00 AM

"Nature Day" at Amsterdam Greenhouses

Amsterdam Nurseries in Pitt Meadows holds its 17th annual Nature Day and Native Plant Sale. Community groups are invited to attend with displays; BMN will be there with our Naturescape display. Event runs from 10 am – 4 pm. Located on Dewdney Trunk just before Harris Road in Pitt Meadows. For more info, click here, and look under the ‘seminars’…

Saturday
Mar 21
6:30 PM

'Birds in Focus' Art Show in Tsawwassen

Expert bird photographers show their digital presentations of the birds that migrate through the Lower Mainland at Tsawwassen Arts Centre. Enjoy a photography and painting exhibition, as well as refreshments. This is an all-ages event. Call 604-943-9437 to purchase tickets or buy them at the door. Reception is on March 21st from 6:30 – 7:30 pm; Cost: $5/person; Refreshments. The…

Saturday
Mar 21
7:30 PM

'Birds in Focus' – A Visual Presentation in Tsawwassen

Expert bird photographers show their digital presentations of the birds that migrate through the Lower Mainland at Tsawwassen Arts Centre. Enjoy a photography and painting exhibition, as well as refreshments. This is an all-ages event. Call 604-943-9437 to purchase tickets or buy them at the door. Cost: $5/person. Advance Registration required: 604-943-9437 or Jhamlin at delta dot ca Tsawwassen Arts…

Sunday
Mar 22
1:00 PM

First Spring Walking Tour of Riverview's Trees

Join the Riverview Horticultural Centre Society for their first tree tour of 2015. 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. Wear sturdy moisture-resistant footwear as the lack…

Thursday
Mar 26
7:00 PM

Free Public SFU Lecture: 'What to let go: Making hard choices in the age of extinction'

This is part of SFU’s President’s Faculty Lecture series. Professor Arne Mooers will present on ‘What to let go: Making hard choices in the age of extinction’. Which bits of biodiversity are we willing to live without and which are we willing to pay to keep around? We may soon have to make such choices. Using much the same philosophy…

Saturday
Mar 28
8:00 AM

BMN HIKE: Little Horn Mountain

Despite its name, our destination on this moderate hike is really only a bluffy knob that rises just 440 m (1445 ft) above Indian Arm. Since we will be starting at elevation, we will need to gain just 315 m (1035 ft) to reach the “summit.” Our approach will be along the east side of beautiful Buntzen Lake and on…

Saturday
Mar 28
9:00 AM

Birding with Larry at DeBoville Slough and Minnekhada Park

Join Larry Cowan and members of Nature Vancouver for a half day of birding at DeBoville Slough and Minnekhada Regional Park. Larry hopes the group will see some early spring migrants including swallows and hummers as well as cranes, crossbills, meadowlarks and band-tailed pigeons. Meet at the washrooms at the intersection of Victoria and Cedar Drives in NE Coquitlam. For…

Saturday
Mar 28
8:30 PM

EARTH HOUR - tonight

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 28 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 *…

Monday
Mar 30
5:30 PM

Workshop: Conservation through Citizen Engagement on BC’s South Coast

The South Coast Conservation Program is hosting a series of free workshops aimed at engaging the public on the science of endangered species conservation. For information on the workshop held locally, please click here.

5:30pm – 9:00pm
Tommy Douglas Library, 7311 Kingsway, Burnaby

Tuesday
Mar 31

Event at Douglas College (New West) on Sustainability and Energy

This event at Douglas College will explore sustainability and innovation in the energy sector as it relates to agriculture and the production of food. NFORMATIVE DISPLAYS Showcasing student research, the Douglas College Institute of Urban Ecology, Coquitlam Farmers Market, Royal City Farmers Market, FortisBC and New Westminster Environmental Partners. Noon-4:30pm | New Westminster Campus, concourse PANEL FORUM Methane gas, potato…

April 2015

Saturday
Apr 4
10:00 AM

Eco-Easter Egg Hunt at Colony Farm Park

Search for Easter eggs while discovering egg-laying species at the park. Bring your Easter basket.

10 am – 12 noon
COLONY FARM REGIONAL PARK
Information: 604-520-6442
Hosted by the Colony Farm Park Association

Sunday
Apr 5
1:00 PM

Creative Cafe 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

Monday
Apr 6
12:00 PM

Critter Capers – Who’s Crashing in My Tree Cavity?

Who’s in chickadee’s tree cavity? Solve the mystery by examining fur, saliva and other evidence. Allow at least one hour.
Ages 6+
Free, drop-in. Hosted by Metro Vancouver Parks.
Meet at the Burnaby Lake Nature House, 4519 Piper Avenue, off Winston Street

12 noon – 4 pm
BURNABY LAKE REGIONAL PARK

Tuesday
Apr 14
7:30 PM

MONTHLY MEETING: Exploring in Our Local Natural Areas in Hiking Boots

BMN member and avid hiker, Ian McArthur, will give a presentation on local places to walk and hike and how to get prepared before heading out. For example, do you know what ten essential items you should have in your pack? Did you tell someone at home where you plan on going and when you’ll be back? View slides of…

Friday
Apr 17
7:00 PM

Grand Opening of Trottier Observatory & SFU Star Party

Starry Nights @ SFU in association with the Vancouver Centre of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada (RASC) invite you and your family to a very special star party on Friday evening, April 17th to celebrate the completion of the Trottier Observatory and Science Courtyard. Along with refreshments and t-shirt giveaways, you will have an opportunity to check out breathtaking…

Sunday
Apr 19
8:00 AM

BMN HIKE: Lynn Peak Lookout and Beyond

On this relatively short but strenuous North Shore hike, we will climb to the popular Lynn Peak Lookout, which offers a good view south over Greater Vancouver, and then push beyond to Lynn Peak’s true summit. The extension will allow for some further, if less expansive, views. En route to the lookout we will also enjoy the beautiful Enchanted Forest,…

Sunday
Apr 19
9:00 AM

'Birds in Focus' – Photography Workshop in Tsawwassen

Join photographer Ursula Easterbrook to explore basic to advanced photography skills. Bring your own camera (film or digital) etc, practice session in the park with captive raptors. Ages 13+. $20/person. Registration required (604-432-6359).

Cammidge House in Boundary Bay Regional Park near Centennial Beach, Tsawwassen (Delta), 9:00 am – 1:00 pm.

Sunday
Apr 19
1:00 PM

Port Coquiltam 'Blue Dot'

Connect the Blue Dots, a national day of action, will include an event in Port Coquitlam. A community celebration and gathering will feature people and organizations that work to improve the community and the environment. The event runs from 1 to 5 p.m. at Leigh Square (behind city hall). For more information, email Peter Cliff at pbcliff at telus dot…

Sunday
Apr 19
1:00 PM

Special Earth Sunday TREE TOUR at Riverview

Join the Riverview Horticultural Centre Society for a special tour of the heritage trees in the spring, and celebrate Earth Day too! 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’…

Wednesday
Apr 22
6:30 PM

Showing of CBC Documentary "Silence of the Labs"

The TriCities LeadNow group is hosting this showing of this documentary made by the CBC’s The Fifth Estate.
At Douglas College David Lam Campus Lecture Theatre A1470. For more info, please contact Amy at lubik at gmail dot com.

Saturday
Apr 25
8:30 AM

Birding with Larry along Port Coquitlam's Northern Dykes

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

Saturday
Apr 25
9:00 AM

'Signs of Spring' Nature Walk around Como Lake

Join BMN members Liz Thunstrom and Lori Austin for a guided walk to view Spring at Como Lake in Coquitlam. The walk is one km, totally flat, and wheelchair-accessible. Bring your binoculars and dress for whatever weather the day brings. Meet in the south parking lot (off Gatensbury). Walk will last about 1.5 hours. For more info, call Liz at…

Saturday
Apr 25
10:00 AM

Western Sandpiper Migration Event - Second Annual "Peep-In"

Come on out to Roberts Bank in Ladner (South Delta) on the morning of Saturday April 25 from 10am on, to celebrate the unique spectacle of the Western Sandpiper Migration. Roberts Bank is a critical stop on the Pacific Flyway. There are few such stopping places for the Western Sandpipers on their long journey north from Central and South America,…

Saturday
Apr 25
12:00 PM

Volunteer Opportunity: Shoreline Trail Clean Up

The Group Force of Nature Alliance is hosting a creek clean up for Noon’s Creek in Port Moody and what better time to make the world a better place than Earth Day Weekend. This will get the area ready for the Fingerling Festival on May 2nd. Please RSVP to let them know you will be there. 12pm – 3pm Shoreline…

Sunday
Apr 26
11:00 AM

Wildlife Rescue Association's EarthFest

The Wildlife Rescue Association hosts their annual EarthFest event, this time on their grounds on the south shore of Burnaby Lake. The Colony Farm Park Association (but not BMN) will be there with a display and children’s wildlife puzzles. Please park in the parking lot for the rowing pavilion and take the free shuttle to their site. Tours will also…

Sunday
Apr 26
11:00 AM

Goodbye Chums Salmon Fry Release

Release salmon fry into Kanaka Creek, visit the hatchery in KANAKA CREEK REGIONAL PARK, see displays, play games and make crafts.
Meet at Bell-Irving Hatchery on 256th St, south of Dewdney Trunk Rd.
Information: 604-530-4983
11 am – 3 pm
Presented by Metro Vancouver and Kanaka Education and Environmental Partnership Society.

May 2015

Saturday
May 2
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

Sunday
May 3

Coquitlam Residents - Green Offers from the City

Building on the momentum of Earth Day last week, the City of Coquitlam is offering a number of ways to do something positive for the environment throughout the month of May. Buy a Rain Barrel On May 3 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., purchase a rain barrel at a discounted price of $55 (taxes included). Available at Parking Lot…

Sunday
May 3
1:00 PM

Creative Cafe 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

Sunday
May 3
1:00 PM

Heritage Walk among the Buildings of Riverview Hospital - Mental Health Week

Join Don Gillespie and other members 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….

Tuesday
May 5
7:00 PM

"Hiking in the TriCities - Educational Session" $8.00

This is a presentation sponsored by the City of Coquitlam. Registration (512637) 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 areas….

Thursday
May 7
7:00 PM

Summer Evening Botany Walk - Shoreline Park in PoMo

Join other BMN members for a series of evening botanizing walks. Seven 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 guidebooks. The walks will go rain or shine. No need to register…

Saturday
May 9
11:00 AM

'Science Rendezvous' at SFU

You and your family are invited to the Burnaby campus of SFU on Saturday, May 9th for “Science Rendezvous and Astronomy Day”. There’s an exciting day lined up full of interesting things to see and do involving science and astronomy. Interactive activities, crafts, a science show and talks on the Apollo missions and the Northern Lights will appeal to everyone….

Saturday
May 9
1:00 PM

International Migratory Bird Day Celebrations at Colony Farm Park

Join the Colony Farm Park Association for displays, kid’s activities, a history tour at 1 pm and birding walks at 2:30 pm. Look for the tents at the end of Colony Farm Road. Free.
1 – 4 pm
COLONY FARM REGIONAL PARK

Tuesday
May 12
7:30 PM

MONTHLY MEETING: A Photographic Tour of Nature in Botswana

Our guests this month are David and Diane Reesor, who have travelled the globe for decades and continue to produce astonishing photography of the wildlife of exotic places. This presentation will show photographic highlights of their trip to Botswana and include images of the local people, colorful birds, hunting dogs, big cats teaching their cubs to navigate in the river…

Wednesday
May 13
7:00 PM

Free Presentation on having a Beautiful Yard and Healthy Garden Without Pesticides

It is perfectly possible to have beautiful and healthy yards and gardens without resorting to pesticides. Attend the free Port Moody Naturally Seminar, and change how you think about managing pests, starting with how to prevent problems through good design, choice of plants and natural gardening methods. Also, learn how to deal with common weeds, insects such as the European…

Saturday
May 16
9:00 AM

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: Knotweed Removal at DeBoville Slough

Join the Friends of DeBoville Slough for the first knotweed removal session of 2015. Almost a decade of hand-weeding by dedicated volunteers has made a remarkable difference in the extent of the knotweed problem at the Slough. 9am-noon.
Saturday
May 16
9:00 AM

BMN HIKE: Grouse Mountain via MacKay Creek

Although crowds of hikers flock to Grouse Mountain to “do” The Grind or The BCMC trails, the MacKay Creek trail sees fewer visitors. On this moderately strenuous hike we will meander up East MacKay Creek before emerging at “The Peak of Vancouver” and the top of the Skyride. On a clear day, wonderful views of the city and surrounding mountains…

Saturday
May 16
11:00 AM

Forest Fairy Gathering at Burnaby Lake Regional Park

Visit the “Gnome Depot” to get construction material for your fairy home. Enjoy free face painting. Fairy attire welcome.
Meet at the Burnaby Lake Nature House, 4519 Piper Avenue, off Winston St

11 am – 3 pm

A free family event hosted by Metro Vancouver Parks.

Monday
May 18
8:00 AM

BMN HIKE: Cypress Lake and Eagle Ridge Traverse

On this moderately strenuous hike we will traverse Eagle Ridge from Westwood Plateau to Buntzen Lake, stopping along the way at Cypress Lake. We will pass by a couple of fine viewpoints on Eagle Ridge: White Rock and West View. White Rock Lookout offers a nice view of the Cypress Lake Plateau and Fraser Valley beyond. West View, also called…

Tuesday
May 19
6:00 PM

SFU Free Public Lecture - 'Dealing with Dragons'

This is a free public lecture by Dr. Richard Hobbs from the School of Plant Biology, University of Western Australia entitled Dealing with dragons: deciding if, when and how to intervene in ecosystems in a rapidly changing world. Rapid, extensive and ongoing global climate change is causing unprecedented shifts in ecosystems. Traditional conservation goals and methods are increasingly insufficient in…

Wednesday
May 20
6:00 PM

HIKE: Miller Ravine & the Chines $5.00

This is a hike sponsored by the City of Coquitlam. Registration (512633) and signed waiver form is required. A member of the Burke Mountain Naturalists will guide a trip through the lush upper section of Miller Ravine while taking time to enjoy nature. The group will then descend into the steep forested area of the Chines before regaining elevation to…

Saturday
May 23
8:30 AM

Birding with Larry at Colony Farm Regional Park

Join BMN member Larry Cowan and members of Nature Vancouver for a half-day birding field trip at Colony Farm Regional Park. The day’s target species will be Colony Farm’s feature bird – the Lazuli Bunting. Other species expected include Western Kingbird, Band-tailed Pigeon and American Bittern. Meet Larry in the parking area at the east-end of Colony Farm Rd. at…

Wednesday
May 27
6:00 PM

HIKE: Lower Slopes of Burke Mountain $5.00

This is a hike sponsored by the City of Coquitlam. Registration (512636) and signed waiver form is required. A member of the Burke Mountain Naturalists will guide 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…

Thursday
May 28
7:00 PM

Summer Evening Botany Walk - Colony Farm Regional Park

Join other BMN members for a series of evening botanizing walks. Seven 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 guidebooks. The walks will go rain or shine. No need to register…

Friday
May 29
9:00 PM

Starry Nights @ SFU on Friday Night (9 pm - midnight)

This is a free family event hosted by volunteers in the SFU Department of Physics. An SFU campus map showing the location of the observatory, and the nearest public parking and bus stop, can be found here. As always, our star nights are free of charge and open to all. Please note however that all parking is pay, and that…

Sunday
May 31
8:30 AM

BMN Hike: Buntzen Lake Loop

On this hike we will be making another trip to BC Hydro’s Buntzen Lake reservoir. This moderate hike will circle Buntzen Lake in a counter-clockwise direction walking on a well maintained trail. Highlights of the day will include a beautiful forest, lake views, and glimpses of Swan Falls. Roundtrip distance is 9.8 km (6 mi) with a cumulative elevation gain…

June 2015

Wednesday
Jun 3
7:00 PM

HIKE: Beginner Hiking Program to the High Knoll in Minnekhada Regional Park $20.00

These hikes are sponsored by the City of Coquitlam. Registration (512634) and signed waiver form is required. Have you ever wanted to hike to the top of the High Knoll in Minnekhada Regional Park, but did not know if you could do it? Here is a great four step program for you to gain confidence to accomplish your goal. The…

Thursday
Jun 4
6:30 PM

HIKE: Intermediate Hiking Program to Diez Vistas in Buntzen Lake Recreation Area $24.00

These hikes are sponsored by the City of Coquitlam. Registration (512635) and signed waiver form is required. Have you ever wanted to hike Diez Vistas in the Buntzen Lake Recreation Area, but did not know if you could do it? Here is a great four step program for you to gain confidence to accomplish your goal. Diez Vistas is Spanish…

Friday
Jun 5
6:30 PM

Documentary Film Screening: 'White Water Black Gold’

As part of Burnaby Environment Week, Burnaby Residents Opposing Kinder Morgan Expansion (BROKE) will host a presentation of the documentary film ‘White Water Black Gold’. The film is an investigative point-of-view documentary that follows David Lavallee on his three-year journey across western Canada in search of answers about the activities of the world’s thirstiest oil industry: the tarsands. The filmmaker,…

Saturday
Jun 6

Free Guided Bunting Walks at Colony Farm Park

Two walks are planned on this day to enjoy views of the beautiful lazuli buntings and other migratory birds at Colony Farm Regional Park. The first walk starts at 9AM and the second walk starts at 3PM. Walks will last approximately 2 hours. Dress for the weather with water and a hat if the day is hot. Meet at the…

Saturday
Jun 6
3:00 PM

Restoring Trust in our Democracy: Town Hall and All Candidates Meeting

Fair Vote Canada, in conjunction with TriCities LeadNow and the Douglas College Engagement Club, will present a political panel featuring representatives of the major federal parties.

Location: Douglas College – David Lam (A1470) 1250 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam

Sunday
Jun 7
8:00 AM

BMN HIKE: Woodland Walk

To celebrate the twentieth anniversary of the creation of Pinecone Burke Provincial Park, we will do an easy to moderate hike along the Woodland Walk Trail. 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 few small creeks by easy boulder-hopping, though there will be…

Sunday
Jun 7
1:00 PM

Creative Cafe 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

Monday
Jun 8
7:00 PM

Colony Farm Park Association's AGM and Bat Count

The Colony Farm Park Association hold their annual general meeting in the Park. Following the meeting, they will count bats at dusk. BMN members are especially welcome to attend. Meet in the grassy area near the Community Gardens at the end of Colony Farm Road.

Tuesday
Jun 9
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 and informative stroll amongst the heritage trees at Riverview. This walk is hosted by the Riverview Horticultural Centre Society. Meet on the uphill side of the Henry Esson Young (HEY) building. Riverview Hospital is located at…

Wednesday
Jun 10
6:30 PM

THE FUTURE OF RIVERVIEW - the Fourth Open House

The visioning process was launched by the province in February 2014. The goal of the process is to build consensus among stakeholders, groups and individuals at the local, regional and provincial level on the future use of the Riverview Lands. Fourth Open House – Panel Discussion The fourth open house will be held on Wednesday, June 10, 2015. It will…

Thursday
Jun 11
10:00 AM

Discover Nature in the Tri-Cities Booklet Launch at TD Bank

Burke Mountain Naturalists and TD Bank – Ottawa Street, Port Coquitlam branch will be having a celebration to launch the Discover Nature in the Tri-Cities booklet on Thursday, June 11, from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. (The club had received a $5,000 grant from TD Friends of the Environment and Community Relations towards the booklet project.) BMN members Al Grass,…

Thursday
Jun 11
7:00 PM

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

Join other BMN members for a series of evening botanizing walks. Seven 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 guidebooks. The walks will go rain or shine. No need to register…

Friday
Jun 12
7:30 PM

Pinecone Burke Provincial Park - A Photographic Journey

The Federation of Mountain Clubs of BC is hosting a presentation on BC’s youngest and least-explored provincial park. BC mountaineer and photographer Justin Brown will lead a virtual tour of the 17 days he and his partner Ian Koch spent traversing and exploring the remote reaches of Pinecone Burke in 2014. Author Lyle Litzenberger (whose book _Burke and Widgeon: A…

Saturday
Jun 13
8:30 AM

BMN HIKE: Sea to Summit Trail

This moderately strenuous Sea to Summit hike rises through the lower sections of the Stawamus Chief and and passes by Upper Shannon Falls. Then it continues up what was once an inaccessible route through beautiful forest to the top of the Sea to Sky Gondola where views of Howe Sound, Sky Pilot and the surrounding peaks abound throughout. The group…

Saturday
Jun 13
9:00 AM

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: Knotweed removal @ DeBoville Slough

Join the Friends of DeBoville Slough as we continue to work on controlling Japanese Knotweed at DeBoville Slough. We meet at the kiosk on the north side of the slough. Wear sturdy footwear and dress for the weather as we go rain or shine. Don’t forget water and sunscreen. We supply tools but bring your favourite hand pruners or loppers…

Sunday
Jun 14
1:00 PM

Free Guided Walk through the 'Backyard' 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,…

Wednesday
Jun 17
6:30 PM

An Evening in the Great Bear - Film Screening Fundraiser

The Tri-Cities Leadnow community is joining forces with Raincoast Conservation Foundation to host “An Evening in the Great Bear Rainforest”, a film screening event to raise funds for the First Nations fighting Enbridge. Two films, Reflections and Groundswell, that showcase the spectacular landscapes Enbridge’s pipeline would threaten. A generous donor will match your donation dollar-for-dollar. WHEN: 6:30PM-8:30PM, Wednesday, June 17th…

Friday
Jun 19
6:00 PM

BMN CYCLE: Solstice Cycle

As a tribute to the end of spring and to celebrate one of the longest days of the year, we would like to offer an evening cycle trip on the PoCo Trail. This is a 26 km flat route circuit that takes in the Coquitlam River, Colony Farm, Fraser River, Pitt River, DeBoville Slough, and Hyde Creek. Meet at 6:00…

Saturday
Jun 20
8:15 AM

Birding with Larry at Grant Narrows

This trip is organized by Nature Vancouver, but BMN members can go along too. Enjoy a half-day birding at Grant Narrows along the Pitt River dyke from Grant Narrows to Catbird Slough. The grass may be long and in the morning usually wet, so appropriate footwear is advised. Expected species are Bullock’s Oriole, Eastern Kingbird, Gray Catbird, & Band-tailed Pigeon….

Sunday
Jun 21
1:00 PM

Father's Day Tour of the Magnificent Trees at Riverview

Join the Riverview Horticultural Centre Society for a special free Father’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…

Wednesday
Jun 24
12:00 PM

FREE Webinar on "Invasive Animals in BC"

June is BC Invasive Species Month…To ‘celebrate’ join in on this webinar (“Invasive Animals in BC: a Tale of Outdoor Play and a Love of Shakespeare”) will explore the connections between invasive animals and outdoor recreation, and how our love for outdoor activities (and Shakespeare!) has led to many introductions in BC. From noon to 1PM. Please note that registration…

Thursday
Jun 25
7:00 PM

Summer Evening Botany Walk - Woodhaven Swamp

Join other BMN members for a series of evening botanizing walks. Seven 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 guidebooks. The walks will go rain or shine. No need to register…

July 2015

Friday
Jul 3
6:00 PM

BMN HIKE: Lower Slopes of Eagle Ridge

On this hike we will visit the red communications tower on Eagle Ridge. This tower is visible from many areas of the Lower Mainland, and nearby there is a great lookout that offers expansive views. We will use a variety of mountain bike trails as well roads along the power lines on this evening hike. Roundtrip distance is 6 km…

Sunday
Jul 5
1:00 PM

Annual Linden Tree Tour at Riverview

Join the Riverview Horticultural Centre Society for their annual guided walk of the linden 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 also welcome….

Tuesday
Jul 7
7:00 PM

Hiking in the TriCities - Educational Session $8.00

NEED TO SIGN UP BY FRIDAY OR IT WILL BE CANCELLED 7:00pm to 9:30pm This slide show is sponsored by the City of Coquitlam. Registration (525981). 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…

Thursday
Jul 9
6:00 PM

HIKE: Lower Slopes of Burke Mountain $5.00

This is a hike sponsored by the City of Coquitlam. Registration (525975) 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…

Thursday
Jul 9
7:00 PM

Summer Evening Botany Walk - Mossom Creek Hatchery Lane and Hatchery

Join other BMN members for a series of evening botanizing walks. Seven 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 guidebooks. The walks will go rain or shine. No need to register…

Saturday
Jul 11
8:15 AM

Birding with Colin at Colony Farm Park

Join Larry Cowan and members of Nature Vancouver for a half-day of birding at Colony Farm Regional Park. On their 2014 outing, they added four new species to the July list. Highlights were Purple Martin, Lazuli Bunting, Eastern Kingbird and Band-tailed Pigeon. Meet at the parking area at the east end of Colony Farm Road (parking lot for the Community…

Saturday
Jul 11
9:00 AM

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: Knotweed removal @ DeBoville Slough

Join the Friends of DeBoville Slough as we continue to work on controlling Japanese Knotweed at DeBoville Slough. We meet at the kiosk on the north side of the slough. Wear sturdy footwear and dress for the the weather as we go rain or shine. Don’t forget water and sunscreen. We supply tools but bring your favourite hand pruners or…

Saturday
Jul 11
1:00 PM

HIKE: Eagle Ridge Lower Slopes $8.00

This is a hike sponsored by the City of Coquitlam. Registration (525976) 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…

Tuesday
Jul 14
10:00 PM

Starry Nights @ SFU Star-Party - Pluto Watch

To celebrate the New Horizons Pluto flyby, the SFU Star Party folks will host a free “Pluto Watch” on Tuesday July 14, from 10PM-midnight! More information, including an SFU campus map with locations of the observatory, the nearest public (pay) parking, and bus stop, and our very important observatory house rules and starry night etiquette, is given here. Please note…

Thursday
Jul 16
7:30 PM

Free Guided Walk and Tea 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. Walk is led by a volunteer arborist, and last about one hour, depending on weather and walkers’ preference. Free. Dress for the weather, and wear comfy shoes or boots. Walks go rain or shine. Children…

Saturday
Jul 18
8:30 AM

BMN HIKE: Dennett Lake Loop

On this moderately strenuous hike we will venture into Pinecone Burke Provincial Park and visit Dennett Lake, as well as several other ponds and lakes. This hike is modelled after Hike #15 in Burke and Widgeon: A Hiker’s Guide. Roundtrip hiking distance is 16 km (9.6 mi) with an elevation gain of 760 m (2500 ft). Meet at 8:30 am….

Saturday
Jul 18
7:00 PM

'Stories Under the Stars' for Families @ Colony Farm Park

Listen to stories about bats and the other wildlife that live in the Park and help to count the bats which appear at dusk. This is a great opportunity for children to learn about bats and perhaps to see them for the first time. Open to all, no registration needed. Meet on the grassy area near the Community Gardens at…

Sunday
Jul 19
8:00 AM

HIKE: Woodland Walk on Burke Mountain $8.00

WILL BE CANCELLED IF NOT ENOUGH PEOPLE ARE SIGNED UP BY THURSDAY This is a hike sponsored by the City of Coquitlam. Registration (525980) 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…

Wednesday
Jul 22
6:00 PM

HIKE: Ridge Park $5.00

This is a hike sponsored by the City of Coquitlam. Registration (525982) and signed waiver form is required. 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…

Thursday
Jul 23
7:00 PM

Summer Evening Botany Walk - Lower Marsh at Minnekhada

Join other BMN members for a series of evening botanizing walks. Seven 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 guidebooks. The walks will go rain or shine. No need to register…

Saturday
Jul 25
6:00 AM

BMN HIKE: Skyline Trail

On this moderate hike in Manning Park, we will be start at the Strawberry Flats parking area and walk along an old fire access road through a lodgepole pine forest and through a flower meadow which contains strawberry blossoms and greening perennials in mid-July to August with a splash of bloom that attracts hummingbirds and butterflies. From here we will…

August 2015

Saturday
Aug 1
9:30 PM

Starry Nights @ SFU on Saturday Night (9:30 pm - midnight)

Starry Nights @ SFU and the Vancouver Centre of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada host the next in their ongoing series of public star nights this Saturday August 1, from 9:30PM-midnight. More information, including an SFU campus map with locations of the observatory, the nearest public (pay) parking, and bus stop, along with very important observatory house rules and…

Thursday
Aug 6
7:00 PM

Summer Evening Botany Walk - Burnaby Mountain Cleared Site

Join other BMN members for a series of evening botanizing walks. Seven 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 guidebooks. The walks will go rain or shine. No need to register…

Saturday
Aug 8
7:00 AM

BMN HIKE: Bear Mountain

On this moderate to strenuous hike, we will ascend a modest summit 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 the surrounding mountains are well worth the effort. The final viewpoint has been called “eye-popping.”…

Saturday
Aug 8
8:30 AM

Birding with Larry at Grant Narrows

On this half day birding field trip in Pitt Meadows, Larry Cowan will lead Nature Vancouver (and BMN) members on a birding tour of the Pitt River Dyke from Catbird Slough north to Grant Narrows. Then they will walk a short distance along the Grant Narrows Nature Dyke. Expected species are Gray Catbird, Bullock’s Oriole, Eastern Kingbird and last year…

Wednesday
Aug 12
10:00 PM

Starry Nights @ SFU on Wednesday Night (10:00 pm - midnight)

Starry Nights @ SFU and the Vancouver Chapter of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada host the next in their ongoing series of public star nights on Wednesday August 12, from 10:00PM-midnight. The occasion is the Perseid Meteor Shower. However, please be advised that star gazers won’t see too many meteors from the observatory site, since the view of the…

Thursday
Aug 27
6:00 PM

HIKE: Fraser River Sunset $5.00

This is a hike sponsored by the City of Coquitlam. Registration (525977) and signed waiver form is required. This evening of exercise and hiking will take in Colony Farm, Citadel Heights, and end with watching a sunset by the Fraser River. Most of the hike is on level ground, but there are a couple of short steep uphill sections. Time…

Saturday
Aug 29
7:30 AM

Visit to the Vancouver Avian Research Centre Banding Station - CANCELLED due to RAIN

A tour of the Vancouver Avian Research Centre (VARC) banding station at Colony Farm Park is planned for 7:30 am in late August when fall migrants should be passing through. Families with kids aged 6+ are welcome. Cost is a $10 donation per person, payable at the station. We’ll observe the banding process, take photos and learn about how bird…

September 2015

Friday
Sep 4

Western Bird Banding Association’s 3-Day Meeting in and around Burnaby, BC

There will be LOTS going on at the conference including scientific programs, poster sessions, plenary speakers, workshops and a number of exciting field trips which will be led by some of BC’s very best birders and that doesn’t include the social functions which will include a west coast BBQ and karaoke!! Take advantage of early bird registration by May 31st!…

Tuesday
Sep 8
7:30 PM

MONTHLY MEETING: Guest Speaker on "Keeping the Peace - The Case Against Site C"

The Site C dam has a long and convoluted history, dating from its first proposal the mid-1970s to the start of ground clearing for construction this month, and the debate is still continuing. Port Moody biologist Adrienne Peacock has lived in the Peace Valley and has followed the controversial project closely since the 1980s. At the Tuesday September 8th meeting…

Saturday
Sep 12
7:00 AM

BMN HIKE: Mt. Gardner

Once again, we will combine seafaring and hiking, this time sailing for Bowen Island, where we will climb to its high point, Mt. Gardner. The climb to Gardner’s north summit (the south, though slightly higher, is treed) is moderately strenuous, and since we will have a return ferry to catch, we will need to maintain a reasonable pace. The payoff…

Saturday
Sep 19
2:00 PM

Open House for the Development of the Ioco Lands

At this Open House (from 2-5pm) for the development of the Ioco Lands (essentially, the Mossom Creek watershed with 100 acres in Port Moody and 150 acres in Anmore), a summary will be provided on the public input to date. Following this presentation, there will be another co-design workshop with artist facilitators. At Old Orchard Hall, 646 Bentley Road, Port…

Sunday
Sep 20
2:00 PM

HIKE: Colony Farm & Lower Riverview Lands $8.00

This is a hike sponsored by the City of Coquitlam. Registration (536153) and signed waiver form is required. A member of the Burke Mountain Naturalists 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…

Sunday
Sep 20
3:00 PM

FraserFest at Colony Farm Park

FraserFest, a family event at Colony Farm Regional Park hosted by the Rivershed Society of BC. There will be a children’s play zone, salmon BBQ, First Nations drumming, educational booths, etc. See the Rivershed Society website for more info. 3-7 pm Also in the days around FraserFest, there’s a chance to participate in up to 4 excursions, 3 on bikes…

Saturday
Sep 26
8:00 AM

BMN HIKE: Burke South Summit & Pika Peak

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

Saturday
Sep 26
9:00 AM

Birding with Larry along Port Coquitlam's Northern Dykes

Join 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 area to the parking area at DeBoville Slough. On last year’s September field trip for this route, 12 bird species were added to a growing list, bringing the total to 60. This route covers excellent…

Saturday
Sep 26
11:00 AM

Free Eco-Garden Workshops at Douglas College

Douglas College is hosting a series of interactive workshops in Coquitlam to help the community learn about the beneficial critters that lurk in urban gardens. The workshops, taking place this month and next, will explore a variety of topics, including the types of creatures found in gardens, the important role of pollinators such as bees and butterflies, how to create…

Saturday
Sep 26
12:00 PM

Burrard Inlet Fish Fest

The Burrard Inlet Fish Fest celebrates community, nature, and health at Rocky Point Park, Port Moody. In addition to the musical guests gracing the stage, there will be community workshops along the theme of Nature is our Medicine with the following topics: – “Healthy Watersheds, Healthy People: Ecosystem Services and Human Well-Being” with fish conservation expert Dr. Craig Orr, -…

Sunday
Sep 27
7:30 AM

Visit to the Vancouver Avian Research Centre Banding Station - a few spots still available!

A tour of the Vancouver Avian Research Centre (VARC) banding station at Colony Farm Park is planned for 7:30 am in late September when fall migrants should still be passing through. Families with kids aged 6+ are welcome. Cost is a $10 donation per person, payable at the station. We’ll observe the banding process, take photos and learn about how…

Sunday
Sep 27
3:00 PM

HIKE: Coquitlam River $5.00

This is a hike sponsored by the City of Coquitlam. Registration (536154) and signed waiver form is required. To celebrate World Rivers Day, a member of the Burke Mountain Naturalists 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….

Sunday
Sep 27
7:00 PM

Starry Nights @ SFU will host a Night of the Eclipse

More information, including an SFU campus map with locations of the observatory, the nearest public (pay) parking, and bus stop, along with our very important observatory house rules and starry-night etiquette, can be found here. Please note in particular that while admission is free and open to all, it is strictly first-come, first-served, and there is no guarantee that everyone…

Tuesday
Sep 29
5:00 PM

Sapperton Landing - Public Open House

Metro Vancouver is in the process of planning for the greenspace on Cumberland Point at Sapperton Landing. A public open house is being held on September 29th for this (in conjunction with a new pump station going in adjacent to the park land). There is going to be an online questionnaire at some point if you are interested but not…

October 2015

Saturday
Oct 3
9:00 AM

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: Knotweed removal @ DeBoville Slough

Join the Friends of DeBoville Slough as we continue to work on controlling Japanese Knotweed at DeBoville Slough. We meet at the kiosk on the north side of the slough. Wear sturdy footwear and dress for the the weather as we go rain or shine. Don’t forget water and sunscreen. We supply tools but bring your favourite hand pruners or…

Saturday
Oct 3
1:00 PM

HIKE: Eagle Ridge Lower Slopes $8.00

This is a hike sponsored by the City of Coquitlam. Registration (536155) 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 4
8:00 AM

BMN HIKE: St. Marks Summit

We will revisit Cypress Provincial Park on this outing and hike a portion of the famous Howe Sound Crest Trail, starting from the scenic Yew Lake wetlands area and going as far as St. Marks Summit. On the way we will stop at the newly recreated Bowen Island Lookout, where, hopefully, we will have a great view of Howe Sound…

Sunday
Oct 4
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 kids games, entertainment and trolley tours.Plenty for families to see and participate in! And it’s FREE!!

Lawn Bowling Green, Ioco Townsite. From noon – 4 pm.

Sunday
Oct 4
1:00 PM

Last Tree Tour of the Season at Riverview

Join the Riverview Horticultural Centre Society for the last tour in 2015 of the trees at Riverview. 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…

Saturday
Oct 10
9:00 AM

Birding with Larry at Colony Farm Park

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

Saturday
Oct 10
10:00 AM

'Art from the Attic' Fundraiser for Stephen Lewis Fdn

The local Grandmothers Campaign of the Stephen Lewis Foundation are hosting an art show and sale on Oct 10th from 10am to 3pm. All proceeds will go to the Stephen Lewis Foundation to support grandmothers raising children orphaned by AIDS in 15 African countries. They are looking for donations of two-dimensional art (framed and unframed wall art including paintings, photographs,…

Tuesday
Oct 13
7:30 PM

MONTHLY MEETING: Guest Speaker Ron Long on "Photographing Flowers"

Ron has given many talks in the past that included hundreds of wildflower photographs from around the world. This talk is a little different. He is billing it as an instructional talk on how to make great flower photos and it will include tips that will be helpful to photographers. However the real purpose of this talk is to (quote)…

Thursday
Oct 15
4:30 PM

Port Mann Water Main: Open House in a Tent (really!)

Metro Vancouver is constructing the new water main, called Port Mann Water Main, which involves installing approximately two kilometres of steel pipe from Mariner Way to Maquabeak Park in the City of Coquitlam. In the coming weeks, crew will be mobilizing construction on a new valve chamber and a flow meter chamber next to the Cape Horn Pump Station. As…

Saturday
Oct 17

Metro Vancouver Parks' Annual Ecoblitz

Metro Vancouver Parks is hosting their 2nd annual Ecoblitz where volunteers can help to restore ecological balance in selected regional parks. To lend a helping hand, click here to volunteer. There will be a free wrap-up barbecue for volunteers.

October 17-25.

Sunday
Oct 18
11:00 AM

Return of the Salmon to Kanaka Creek

Witness the return of spawning salmon to Kanaka Creek. 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 Kanaka Education and Environmental Partnership Society.
KANAKA CREEK REGIONAL PARK
11 am – 3 pm

Monday
Oct 19

Federal Election Day - Get out and VOTE

Please vote for the candidate of your choice.

Saturday
Oct 24
9:00 AM

HIKE: Mundy Park & the Riverview Forest $8.00

This is a hike sponsored by the City of Coquitlam. Registration (536156) 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…

November 2015

Sunday
Nov 1
1:00 PM

Creative Café at Historic Minnekhada Lodge

Enjoy fun, creative activities while learning about the history and natural wonders of Minnekhada Park.
Meet at Minnekhada Lodge.
Information: www.minnekhada.ca
Presented by the Minnekhada Park Association
MINNEKHADA REGIONAL PARK
1 pm – 4 pm

Saturday
Nov 7
8:30 AM

MV's Parksfest for Parks Volunteers

BMN members are cordially invited to Metro Vancouver’s 15th 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…

Saturday
Nov 7
9:00 AM

Birding with Larry at DeBoville Slough and Minnekhada

This is a half-day birding trip with Larry Cowan and members of Nature Vancouver at DeBoville Slough and Minnekhada Regional Park. Meet in the parking lot by the washrooms at Cedar and Victoria Drives in PoCo. Call Larry at 604-307-0931 for further info.

Tuesday
Nov 10
7:30 PM

MONTHLY MEETING: Guest Speaker is Richard Beard on "What’s so bad about invasive plants anyway?"

A government report recently pegged the number of alien plant species now established in BC at 849. But not all of these introduced species have become invasive and caused harm to native species. In fact, there are examples of some exotics becoming important for the feeding and breeding of native species like some butterflies. However, the more usual case is…

Saturday
Nov 14
9:00 AM

BMN HIKE: Gold Creek Loop

On this easy to moderate hike, we will make use of a new bridge over Gold Creek above the Upper Falls in Golden Ears Provincial Park. We will travel on the Lower Falls, East Canyon, and West Canyon Trails while checking out waterfalls and mountain views. The fall colours and green waters of Gold Creek should make for some lovely…

Thursday
Nov 19
1:00 PM

PoCo Heritage & Cultural Society hosts Elaine Golds speaking on the History of Pinecone Burke Provincial Park

At the November meeting of Port Coquitlam’s Heritage & Cultural Society, Elaine Golds will give a slide presentation describing the history of BMN’s involvement in the creation of PineconeBurke Provincial Park. Free and refreshments will be served.
Held in PoCo Heritage Museum & Archives (The Outlet at Leigh Square), 150-2248 McAllister Street, Port Coquitlam, BC.

Saturday
Nov 21
9:00 AM

BMN Nature Walk at PoMo's Shoreline Park

Join Hilary and Elaine for a nature walk at the Shoreline Park in Port Moody. The winter months are a wonderful time to enjoy the waterfowl that have migrated from freshwater sites in the interior. We will drop in at the Noons Creek Hatchery keeping a keen eye out for dippers and, along the way, chat about the several successes…

Saturday
Nov 21
2:00 PM

Barn Owls in Delta: Species on the Brink

Plan on attending the Barn Owls in Delta event at the Earthwise Barn on Saturday, Nov. 21 at 2:00 p.m. Click here for more info. It will be a very interesting and entertaining Program. Delta Nats will have an informative Display Table.

Saturday
Nov 21
4:00 PM

Fraser Valley Bald Eagle Festival

Enjoy viewing eagles, swans and spawning salmon as you celebrate BC’s biodiversity at the 20th annual Fraser Valley Bald Eagle Festival in Harrison Mills and other sites near Mission. This festival has its origins in an annual popular nature tour originally organized by BMN. For many years, we attended with our displays and puzzles despite the distance to travel. For…

Thursday
Nov 26
6:30 PM

Metro Vancouver Regional Parks Plan - Open Houses

Metro Vancouver is updating the strategic plan that guides the direction of Metro Vancouver Regional Parks. In 2014, Metro Vancouver completed the Regional Parks Service Review to clarify the role of regional parks. As a result, the 2011 Regional Parks Plan needs to be updated – in particular the Regional Parks’ vision, goals and strategies. Join Parks staff at any…

Saturday
Nov 28
7:00 PM

Starry Nights @ SFU Star Party...is a go!

The next public star night is this Saturday November 28, from 7-11PM, weather permitting. More information, including an SFU campus map with locations of the observatory, the nearest public (pay) parking, and bus stop, along with our very important observatory house rules and starry-night etiquette, can be found here. Please note in particular that while admission is free and open…

December 2015

Thursday
Dec 3
7:00 PM

Screening of Film 'This Changes Everything'

The TriCities Leadnow is hosting a community screening of Naomi Klein and Avi Lewis’ documentary film, THIS CHANGES EVERYTHING. When: December 3rd, 2015, 7:00PM to 9:00PM Where: Douglas College David Lam Campus 1240 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam, Lecture Theatre A1470 Tickets: $15 for Adults, $10 for students (to cover screening fees) please reserve yours at Eventbrite. _THIS CHANGES EVERYTHING presents seven…

Saturday
Dec 5
9:00 AM

Birding with Larry - Dipper Quest

This half-day outing is Nature Vancouver’s annual search for American Dippers in the Pitt Meadows/Maple Ridge area. They have been successful since 2006 finding their quarry. After locating a Dipper or two they will spend the balance of the morning birding the Pitt Meadows/Maple Ridge area in search of raptors, waterfowl, other winter migrants & Western Scrub-Jays. Meet at 0900…

Sunday
Dec 6
9:00 AM

Christmas Bird Count for Kids

Search for common winter birds while learning basic skills like identification, using binoculars and field guides and how to report findings. Cookie decorating to follow.
Ages 8 to 14
Free
Register at www.burnabylakepark.ca
BURNABY LAKE REGIONAL PARK
9 am – Noon

Sunday
Dec 6
11:00 AM

Christmas at Burnaby Lake Nature House

Festive activities and refreshments in the Burnaby Lake Nature House.
All ages
Free, drop-in
4519 Piper Avenue (off Winston St)
Presented by Burnaby Lake Park Association
BURNABY LAKE REGIONAL PARK
11 am – 2 pm

Sunday
Dec 6
1:00 PM

Christmas Carol Sing-Along in Historic Minnekhada Lodge

An afternoon of festive fun including sing-alongs in front of a yule log and a visit from Santa.
Meet at Minnekhada Lodge. Presented by the Minnekhada Park Association.
Information: www.minnekhada.ca
1 pm – 4 pm

Monday
Dec 7
5:00 PM

Public Open House regarding the future of the former Andres Wines property in PoMo

The Andrew Peller Limited (APL) Planning Team invites residents to attend a second Public Open House regarding the future of the former Andres Wines property. APL will present potential development concepts based on the feedback received to date. Please see the attached notification.

Time: 5:00-8:00pm (Drop in)

Place: Old Mill Boathouse

2715 Esplanade St, Port Moody

Tuesday
Dec 8
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…

Saturday
Dec 12
9:00 AM

Christmas Coquitlam Farmers Market

This is a special Coquitlam Farmers Market with much to enjoy: * there will be 3 different holiday crafts that kids can complete to bring home to display on their tree or fridge. * a Christmas Raffle – stop by the market information table to purchase raffle tickets for a chance to win 1 of 2 market bags filled with…

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