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January 2016

Saturday
Jan 2

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 7
6:00 PM

Public Open House for the Flavelle Property in PoMo

The City of Port Moody is hosting an Open House for the Flavelle property on January 7th. At the Open House, you will be able to view the results of the pre-application consultation, the Flavelle Oceanfront vision for the property, and the Flavelle Oceanfront’s preliminary land use plan. The City wants to hear your feedback. Date: Thursday, January 7 2016…

Tuesday
Jan 12
7:30 PM

MONTHLY MEETING: Highlights of this year's local Christmas Bird Count

At this meeting, BMN member Prof John Reynolds will present a slide show of the results of the Audubon Christmas Bird Count in the TriCities area, and will describe how this Count’s results compare with data collected over the past 22 years. There was a photography competition as part of this year’s Count, and the submissions will be viewed and…

Sunday
Jan 17
9:00 AM

Birding with Larry along Port Coquitlam's Pitt River Dykes

Join Larry Cowan and members of Nature Vancouver for a half day birding field trip along PoCo’s Pitt River dyke from the east end of Sherling Place back to the parking lot at DeBoville Slough. The group will be on the hunt for winter and resident species along this excellent dike-side habitat. Meet in the main parking lot adjacent to…

Saturday
Jan 23
1:00 PM

Peaceful Rally against Kinder Morgan Pipeline

The National Energy Board Hearings for Kinder Morgan are finally here. Over the last few weeks, environmental groups and grassroots organizations across the Lower Mainland have been organizing efforts hold the federal government accountable for their promise to stop the Kinder Morgan review and restore our environmental laws. Peaceful demonstrations are being organized throughout the length of the Hearings, with…

Thursday
Jan 28
7:00 PM

Hiking for Beginners - Educational Session $9.00

This is an event sponsored by the City of Coquitlam. Registration (548963) 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….

Sunday
Jan 31
12:00 PM

Rally for Riverview - Coquitlam 'Spirit Square' from noon-2pm

A new group called Protect Riverview is holding its first rally in the City of Coquitlam’s Spirit Square next to GlenPine Pavilion. Everyone concerned about the future of Riverview is invited to join this peaceful, family-friendly gathering in Spirit Square.

February 2016

Saturday
Feb 6
10:00 AM

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: Next box cleaning and maintenance at Minnekhada and DeB Slough

Our annual nest box cleaning season has arrived! We will start at Minnekhada Farm and DeBoville Slough. Please join us, especially if you are good at climbing ladders and lifting nest boxes down for an inspection and cleaning. We also need recorders and people who can carry supplies. Sign up at the January meeting or contact Elaine (elaine.golds gmail com)….

Sunday
Feb 7
9:00 AM

HIKE: Coquitlam River $9.00

This is a hike sponsored by the City of Coquitlam. Registration (548975) 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…

Sunday
Feb 7
1:00 PM

Creative Café at Minnekhada Park

Join the Minnekhada Park Association for creative activities, and discover the park’s natural and cultural history.
All ages. Meet at Minnekhada Lodge. Presented by the Minnekhada Lodge Association.
Information: www.minnekhada.ca
1 – 4 pm

Monday
Feb 8
12:00 PM

'Explore Nature!' event for kids at Burnaby Lake

This is a free event for kids hosted by Metro Vancouver Parks.
Celebrate Family Day in nature with arts and crafts that use all your senses. Ages 3+
Meet at Burnaby Lake Nature House, 4519 Piper Avenue, Burnaby.
Noon – 3 pm BURNABY LAKE REGIONAL PARK

Tuesday
Feb 9
7:30 PM

MONTHLY MEETING: Guest Speaker Dr. Ken Ashley on 'Rewilding Burrard Inlet'

The Burrard Inlet Restoration Pilot Program was established to re-create historic fish habitat using penalty funds following the 2007 Burnaby oil spill. Work at MacKay Creek and the Seymour River estuary has been hugely successful. The program is now underway at Lynn Creek estuary and pending at Mosquito Creek estuary, with hopes that salmon and cutthroat trout populations can also…

Thursday
Feb 11
7:00 PM

Hiking for Intermediates - Educational Session $9.00

This is an event sponsored by the City of Coquitlam. Registration (548964) 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 13
9:00 AM

Birding with Larry at Colony Farm Regional Park

Join Larry Cowan and members of Nature Vancouver for a half day birding field trip at 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 9am. Contact Larry Cowan at lawrencecowan…

Saturday
Feb 13
10:00 AM

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: Nest box 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, elaine.golds gmail com). Dress for the weather, wear waterproof boots if the ground is not frozen and bring work gloves.

Wednesday
Feb 17
7:00 PM

PoMo Ecological Society (Noons Ck Hatchery) AGM

The Hatchery folks are holding their annual general meeting, with guest presenter Chris Cooper of Spirit Canoe Journeys (www.spiritdancercanoejourneys.ca). Chris who will share stories of a number of journeys by canoe on the British Columbia coast; a coast he knows extremely well. He is blessed to have an amazing relationship with our First Nations people, traveling the coast by canoe…

Saturday
Feb 20
9:00 AM

Free Workshop: Species at Risk Stewardship for the Tri-Cities

The South Coast Conservation Program is pleased to offer a workshop entitled ‘Learning about Species at Risk Stewardship for the Tri-Cities’. Who is invited: Those involved with community nature/streamkeeper/stewardship organizations in the Tri-Cities Cost: Free – but advance registration is required. Snacks/lunch provided. Date/Time: Saturday, February 20th, 2016 – 9am – 2pm (exact time to be confirmed) Location: Mossom Creek…

Sunday
Feb 21
10:00 AM

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

This event offers a rare opportunity to visit a regional-park-in-waiting. We often see swans out on the water and a sunny day will provide inspiring views of Golden Ears and the Widgeon area. 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…

Sunday
Feb 28
1:30 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 elaine.golds at gmail dot com) to sign up. Dress for the weather and bring work gloves. The BMN-NatureKids (formerly called Young Naturalists) Club are likely to join us for this event at which we…

Sunday
Feb 28
7:00 PM

Pinecone Burke Stewards Trail Maintenance Agreement Meeting

Are you interested in helping out with trail work on Burke Mountain and the Widgeon Valley? The Pinecone Burke Stewards (PBS) will be having a meeting and an opportunity to sign on to the 2016 Trail Maintenance Agreement with BC Parks. Senior Park Ranger Andrew Simpson will review the guidelines / safety considerations with us before asking us to sign…

March 2016

Sunday
Mar 6
9:00 AM

HIKE: Jug Island and Admiralty Point $9.00

This is a hike sponsored by the City of Coquitlam. Registration (548976) and signed waiver form is required. This hike will be in Belcarra Regional Park. We will first go to Jug Island Beach taking in views of Bedwell Bay and Eagle Ridge. Then we will hike to Admiralty Point while admiring the views of Burrard Inlet and towards Vancouver….

Sunday
Mar 6
1:00 PM

Creative Café at Minnekhada Park

Join the Minnekhada Park Association for creative activities, and discover the park’s natural and cultural history.
All ages. Meet at Minnekhada Lodge. Presented by the Minnekhada Park Association.
Information: www.minnekhada.ca
1 – 4 pm

Tuesday
Mar 8
7:30 PM

MONTHLY MEETING: Biologist Lee Harding describes "Birding in Argentina"

Our speaker this month will be biologist and BMN member Dr. Lee Harding. Lee will present a slideshow of some of the highlights of his nature tour to Argentina, with the focus on birds. 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…

Saturday
Mar 12
9:00 AM

BMN HIKE: Chatham Reach

This trip may be thought of as an extension of our Pitt River Regional Greenway hike of a couple of years ago. This time, we will start just north of the Lougheed Highway and walk along the Pitt and Alouette river dykes to Sheridan Hill. We will strike a leisurely pace and do some birding along the way. All the…

Tuesday
Mar 15
11:00 AM

'Seeds and Sprouts' event for kids at Burnaby Lake

This is a free event for kids hosted by Metro Vancouver Parks. Discover the mystery of how seeds spread and sprout. Plant a seed for your own spring garden. Allow 1 hour to complete all activities. Ages 3+ Meet at the Burnaby Lake Nature House, 4519 Piper Avenue, off Winston Street, Burnaby. 11 am – 3 pm BURNABY LAKE REGIONAL

Friday
Mar 18
11:00 AM

'Animal Architects' event for kids at Burnaby Lake

This is a free event for kids hosted by Metro Vancouver Parks. Learn how beavers build dams and spiders spin webs, then build your own marshmallow treat by the campfire. Allow 1 hour to complete all activities. Ages 3+ Meet at the Burnaby Lake Nature House, 4519 Piper Avenue, off Winston Street, Burnaby. 11 am – 3 pm BURNABY LAKE

Saturday
Mar 19
10:00 AM

'Nature Day' at Amsterdam Greenhouses

Amsterdam Nurseries in Pitt Meadows holds its 18th annual Nature Day and Native Plant Sale. Community groups are invited to attend with displays; BMN will be there with our NEW Naturescape display on lawn alternatives. Event runs from 10 am – 4 pm. Located on Dewdney Trunk just before Harris Road in Pitt Meadows. For more info (available soon), click…

Saturday
Mar 26
9:00 AM

Birding with Larry at DeBoville Slough and Minnekhada

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

Monday
Mar 28
12:00 PM

'Critter Capers' event for kids at Belcarra Regional Park

This is a free event for kids hosted by Metro Vancouver Parks. ‘Critter Capers: Case of the Wandering Egg’ A mysterious egg has been found rolling around Belcarra. Can you help find where it has been and who it belongs to? Allow 1 hour to complete all activities. Ages 4+ Meet at Belcarra Bay Beach Picnic Area. Noon – 3…

Wednesday
Mar 30
6:00 PM

Agricultural Study Open House in PoCo

Port Coquitlam residents are invited to give their input on a series of proposed regulatory changes intended to help farmers and promote food security. The Zoning Bylaw changes would provide more options for where agricultural buildings may be located, expand how agricultural properties may be used, and retain more space for farming. For example, agricultural buildings would be able to…

April 2016

Friday
Apr 1
9:00 PM

Starry Nights @ SFU - A Free Family Event

The first public star party of 2016 from 9-11PM, weather permitting. More information, including an SFU campus map with locations of the observatory, the nearest public (pay) parking, and bus stop, along with the very important observatory house rules and starry-night etiquette, can be found here. Please also be sure to check the StarryNights site on Friday in case of…

Saturday
Apr 2
10:00 AM

Signs of Spring Scavenger Hunt at Colony Farm Park

Discover blossoms blooming, buds bursting, birds chirping, and bees buzzing!
Ages 5 – 10, registration required. Free. Presented by the Colony Farm Park Association.
Registration: www.regionalparkslink.ca/event/signs-of-spring-scavenger-hunt/
Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Information: 604-520-6442
10 am – Noon

Saturday
Apr 2
1:00 PM

International Bear Day celebrations on the campus of Capilano University

Bring the family for an afternoon of crafts, face painting, story telling and music.Learn more about bears through displays, interactive presentations, workshops and a nature walk. 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Cedar Building Courtyard, Capilano University Free evening program – 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Bosa Centre for Film and Animation Research and Conservation in the land of the Spirit Bear. View…

Sunday
Apr 3
9:00 AM

View Nesting Sandhill Cranes

Join BMN and Alouette Field Naturalists (AFN) members for a morning to view nesting Sandhill cranes in the wildlife management area south of Pitt Lake. The AFN conduct research and monitor the Sandhill Cranes in the Pitt Meadows and Maple Ridge areas. The Sandhill Crane is one of 15 species of cranes in the world and one of two species…

Sunday
Apr 3
1:00 PM

Creative Café at Minnekhada Park

Join the Minnekhada Park Association for creative activities, and discover the park’s natural and cultural history.
All ages. Presented by the Minnekhada Lodge Association.
Meet at Minnekhada Lodge.
Information: www.minnekhada.ca
1 – 4 pm

Saturday
Apr 9
9:00 AM

BMN HIKE: Barnston Island and Surrey Bend

In the early years of the BMN Hikers, we offered this outing as a cycle trip with little success, but now we will try it as a low elevation spring hike. It will be like going back in time as we board the tugboat/barge free ferry and step onto the quiet Fraser River island. We will circle the island observing…

Sunday
Apr 10
11:00 AM

Wildlife Rescue 'Behind the Scenes' Tours

Go behind the scenes at the Wildlife Rescue Association’s (WRA) Wildlife Hospital on Sunday, April 10, and enjoy a rare opportunity to see the inner workings of the busiest wildlife rehabilitation centre in Canada. Wildlife Rescue is hosting the standalone tours for people who would like to take a peek behind the scenes of the hospital which is usually off-limits….

Tuesday
Apr 12
7:30 PM

MONTHLY MEETING: Guest Speaker Dr. Marvin Rosenau on 'Fish and Wildlife Habitat Issues in the Lower Fraser River'

The lower Fraser River is one of the most productive aquatic ecosystems in the temperate world but it is severely affected by human activities. Our guest speaker, Dr Marvin Rosenau, will present an overview of some of the fish and wildlife habitat issues of the lower Fraser River downstream of Kanaka Creek. Dr. Rosenau is a fisheries instructor, biologist and…

Wednesday
Apr 13
7:00 PM

'The Bear Essentials'

The Bear Essentials talk takes place Wednesday, April 13 at 7 p.m. at Inlet Theatre in Port Moody City Hall, 100 Newport Dr. Admission is free. Speaker Ellie Archer will provide information about bears and ways to live with safely with them. See more here.

Wednesday
Apr 13
7:00 PM

TriCities Leadnow host film "Fractured Land"

Filmmakers Fiona Rayher and Damien Gillis have been following Caleb Behn, a young Dene lawyer, for four years, capturing hundreds of hours of footage of his development, through law school, sharing knowledge with other Indigenous peoples, speaking to larger and larger audiences, dealing with deep community divisions, and building a movement. Watch the Trailer here. Following the film, there will…

Saturday
Apr 16
12:00 PM

New Park Opening: Surrey Bend Regional Park

Celebrate the opening of Surrey Bend Regional Park, the newest site in our Regional Park system. Discover the Nature Play Area and multi-use trail while investigating the wetlands, bogs and floodplains that make this a significant natural area in our region. See www.metrovancouver.org for details.
Noon – 4 pm.

Sunday
Apr 24
8:30 AM

Birding with Larry along Port Coquitlam's Pitt River Dyke

Join Larry Cowan and members of Nature Vancouver for a half-day birding field trip along Port Coquitlam’s Pitt River Dyke north from the east end of Sherling Place back to the parking lot at DeBoville Slough. This field trip covers some excellent dyke-side habitats. Birders will be on the lookout for spring migrants. Meet in the main parking lot adjacent…

Sunday
Apr 24
9:00 AM

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: Invasive Plant Removal at Colony Farm Park

Join the Colony Farm Park Association for some invasive plant removal at Colony Farm Regional Park. The focus will be on removing blackberry from the sheep paddock area. Tools will be provided but wear work gloves, waterproof boots and something to protect your arms such as a light jacket. This event will also provide a rare opportunity to explore naturalized…

Sunday
Apr 24
11:00 AM

Goodbye Chums! at Kanaka Creek

Help salmon by keeping their watersheds clean. Learn how through games and activities. Celebrate salmon by releasing fry to the wild.
All ages. Meet at the Bell-Irving Hatchery on 256th Street, south of Dewdney Trunk Road.
Presented by Kanaka Education and Environmental Partnership Society and Metro Vancouver Parks.
11 am – 3 pm

Tuesday
Apr 26
9:00 AM

ISCMV Spring Forum & AGM

Invasive Species Council of Metro Vancouver (ISCMV) Spring Forum & AGM, held at the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts, Burnaby, B.C. Presenters from the City of Surrey, SFU (Department of Biological Sciences), South Coast Conservation Program, Lighthouse Park Preservation Society and the Integrated Pest Management Unit (MoE) will speak on the themes of restoration and what you need to know…

Thursday
Apr 28
7:00 PM

BMN 'Bird Walk for Absolute Beginners'

This short walk on the level path around Como Lake with leader Liz Thunstrom will introduce birding basics. Meet in the north parking lot of Como Lake Park. Bring binoculars if you have them. For more information, contact Victoria at votton at sfu dot ca.
7:00-8:30PM

Saturday
Apr 30
9:00 AM

BMN HIKE: Norvan Falls

This pleasant hike is located within the Lynn Headwaters Regional Park on the North Shore. It follows Lynn Creek with very gradual elevation changes to the impressive Norvan Falls. Along the way we’ll be able to see evidence of past logging activities. Roundtrip distance is about 15 km (9.3 mi) with an elevation gain of only 190 m (620 ft)….

Saturday
Apr 30
9:00 PM

Starry Nights @ SFU - A Free Family Event

There is a public star night at SFU, this Saturday April 30, from 9-11PM, weather permitting, in cooperation as always with the Vancouver Centre of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada (RASC). 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…

May 2016

Sunday
May 1
12:00 PM

Local "Walk for Alzheimer's" in honour of longtime BMN member Doug Charles

This year’s Investors Group Walk for Alzheimer’s will honour Coquitlam artist and longtime BMN member Doug Charles who struggled with Alzheimer’s Disease. The walk starts at noon with registration at the Hyde Creek Recreation Centre. Walkers will follow a route along the Traboulay Trail from 1-3 PM. For more info on how to participate or to sponsor a walker, please…

Sunday
May 1
1:00 PM

Creative Café at Minnekhada Park

Join the Minnekhada Park Association for creative activities, and discover the park’s natural and cultural history.
All ages. Presented by the Minnekhada Lodge Association.
Meet at Minnekhada Lodge.
Information: www.minnekhada.ca
1 – 4 pm

Sunday
May 1
1:00 PM

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

To celebrate Mental Health Week, join members of the Burke Mountain Naturalists for a special free guided tour of the outside portions of the heritage buildings at Riverview. We will describe the history of Riverview as we walk past some of its most significant heritage buildings. This walk will last about two hours, depending on weather and walkers’ preference. Free….

Saturday
May 7
11:00 AM

Fingerling Festival at Noons Creek

The 25th 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

Tuesday
May 10
7:30 PM

MONTHLY MEETING: Guest Speaker Dr. Eric Anderson on Surf Scoters

Last year, Nature Vancouver hosted Dr. Eric Anderson’s presentation entitled “From Herring to Gray Whales: One Bird’s Partnerships in a Changing Sea”. Dr. Anderson has kindly agreed to make the same presentation to us. The description of his talk from the Nature Vancouver website is: _Although historically very abundant along the coasts of North America, the Surf Scoter was until…

Wednesday
May 11
6:00 PM

HIKE: Miller Ravine & the Chines $6.00

This is a hike sponsored by the City of Coquitlam. Registration (559074) 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…

Thursday
May 12
7:00 PM

'Birding for Absolute Beginners' with the Burke Mountain Naturalists as part of BIRD WEEK 2016

Take the first steps on what may become a lifelong pleasure…but watch out because bird watching can be addictive! Bird watching (also known as birding) is said to be one of North America’s fastest growing hobbies. If you’ve ever wondered what the appeal is, join members of the Burke Mountain Naturalists on an introductory birding walk around Coquitlam’s Como Lake….

Saturday
May 14
9:00 AM

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: Knotweed Removal at DeBoville Slough

Join the Friends of DeBoville Slough for the first knotweed removal session of 2016. A decade of hand-weeding by dedicated volunteers has made a remarkable difference in the extent of the knotweed problem at the Slough. Wear work gloves, bring drinking water and dress appropriately for the weather. Loppers will be provided but bring your own clippers if you prefer…

Saturday
May 14
1:00 PM

Celebrate International Migratory Bird Day at Colony Farm Park

Join members of the Colony Farm Park Association for displays, kid’s activities, history tour at 1 pm and birding walks at 2:30 pm.
All ages, free, drop-in. Presented by the Colony Farm Park Association.
Meet in front of the community gardens at the end of Colony Farm Road in Coquitlam.
Information: 604-520-6442
1 – 4 pm

Sunday
May 15
9:00 AM

HIKE: High Knoll $6.00

This is a hike sponsored by the City of Coquitlam. Registration (559076) 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…

Sunday
May 15
10:00 AM

CLUB TRIP: Fraser River Safari Boat Tour

BMN has arranged for our members and guests to take a four-hour group tour with Fraser River Safari on their boat for a trip along the Fraser River to Harrison Mills. NOTE: this trip is now fully booked, but there may be an opportunity to join if there’s a last-minute cancellation. The journey will begin in scenic Mission and travel…

Sunday
May 15
1:00 PM

Free Walking Tour of the Magnificent Trees at Riverview

Join the Riverview Horticultural Centre Society for a guided walking tour of some of magnificent trees at Riverview. This walk will last about two hours, depending on weather and walkers’ preference. Dress for the weather, and wear comfy shoes or boots as the grass can be lengthy in places. Walks go rain or shine. Children to adults welcome. Dogs on…

Friday
May 20
6:00 PM

BMN HIKE: Coquitlam Crunch

This evening of exercise and hiking will take in the steep uphill trek on the recently 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. Roundtrip distance is 6 km (3.8 mi) with an elevation gain of 260 m (855 ft). Meet at…

Saturday
May 21
8:30 AM

Birding with Larry at Colony Farm Park

Join members of Nature Vancouver for a half-day of birding at Colony Farm Regional Park. Target species will be Colony Farm’s feature bird the Lazuli Bunting. Other species hoped for include Western Kingbird, Band-tailed Pigeon and American Bittern. Meet leader, Larry Cowan, in the parking area at the east-end of Colony Farm Rd. at 08:30. For more info, contact Larry…

Saturday
May 21
11:00 AM

'Forest Fairy Gathering' at Burnaby Lake

This is a free event for kids hosted by Metro Vancouver Parks. Visit the “Gnome Depot” and get construction material for your fairy home. Enjoy free face painting and prepare for a magical time. Fairy attire welcome. Meet at the Burnaby Lake Nature House, 4519 Piper Avenue, off Winston Street in Burnaby. 11 am – 3 pm BURNABY LAKE REGIONAL

Thursday
May 26
6:00 PM

HIKE: Lower Slopes of Burke Mountain $6.00

This is a hike sponsored by the City of Coquitlam. Registration (559588) and signed waiver form is required. A member of the Burke Mountain Naturalists will guide a trip on the Woodland Walk 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…

Thursday
May 26
7:00 PM

Summer Evening Botany Walk #1 - Mossom Creek 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
May 28
9:00 AM

BMN HIKE: Diez Vistas

This is a favourite moderate hike in the Buntzen Lake Recreation Area. Diez Vistas is Spanish for “ten views.” The trail starts steeply and soon gives way to some beautiful views of Indian Arm and the North Shore mountains. Views of Buntzen Lake and Eagle Ridge can be seen on a clear day. We will return by crossing the suspension…

June 2016

Wednesday
Jun 1
7:00 PM

HIKE: Beginner Hiking Program to Cypress Lake on Eagle Ridge $24.00

This is a hike sponsored by the City of Coquitlam. Registration (559078) and signed waiver form is required. h2. Program dates: Wed. June 1, 7 to 9pm Sun. June 12, 2 to 4:30pm Sat. June 18, 8am to 1pm Sat. June 25, 8am to 1pm Have you ever heard of Cypress Lake, but do not know where it is or…

Thursday
Jun 2
6:30 PM

HIKE: Intermediate Hiking Program to Diez Vistas in Buntzen Lake Recreation Area $32.00

This is a hike sponsored by the City of Coquitlam. Registration (559077) and signed waiver form is required. h2. Program dates: Thurs. June 2, 6:30 to 9pm Sun. June 12, 8am to 1pm Sun. June 19, 8am to 2pm Sun. June 26, 8am to 3:30pm Have you ever wanted to hike the Diez Vistas Trail in the Buntzen Lake Recreation…

Friday
Jun 3
9:00 PM

StarryNights@SFU Star Night

A free star night is happening on Friday, June 3, from 9-midnight, in cooperation as always with the Vancouver Centre of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada (RASC), and thanks to the support of volunteers from SFU and the community at large. More information, including an SFU campus map with locations of the observatory, the nearest public (pay) parking, and…

Saturday
Jun 4
9:00 AM

Lazuli Bunting Walk at Colony Farm Park

Enjoy migratory birds including spectacular Lazuli Buntings on a 2 hour guided birding walk. Bring binoculars if possible.
All ages. Free. Presented by the Colony Farm Park Association.
Meet in front of the community gardens at the end of Colony Farm Road in Coquitlam.
Information: 604-520-6442
9 – 11 am

Sunday
Jun 5
1:00 PM

Creative Café at Minnekhada Park

Join the Minnekhada Park Association for creative activities, and discover the park’s natural and cultural history.
All ages. Meet at Minnekhada Lodge. Presented by the Minnekhada Lodge Association.
Information: www.minnekhada.ca
1 – 4 pm

Wednesday
Jun 8
3:30 AM

Free Public Lecture at UBC: Bird-Friendly Building Design

Birds collide with glass on structures of every size, from shacks to skyscrapers, in urban, suburban and rural area. Advances in technology are increasing use of large glass features, increasing the rate of mortality. Learn more in this lecture entitled “Bird-Friendly Building Design: Identifying Problems, Providing Solutions”. Dr. Christine Sheppard, Ph.D., a researcher and Bird Collision Manager, will discuss how…

Thursday
Jun 9
7:00 PM

Summer Evening Botany Walk #2 - Colony Farm Regional Park

Join other BMN members for a series of evening botanizing walks. This is the second of seven gentle walks 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….

Saturday
Jun 11
8:00 AM

BMN HIKE: Woodland Walk

To celebrate the twenty-first 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…

Saturday
Jun 11
9:00 AM

Volunteer with the Stoney Creek Environment Committee: Policeman's Helmet Plant Removal

Rain or shine – 9 am until 12 noon Meeting Place Beaverbrook Crescent & Beaverbrook Drive, Burnaby (2 blocks west of Lougheed Town Center) Entertainment provided by nature itself! If you have a stool to sit on and weed from, bring it along. This is a relaxed weeding session – no muscles required! email birdsATscecDOTca to register or if you…

Saturday
Jun 11
9:00 AM

Friends of DeBoville Slough Invasive Plant Control Work Party

The Friends of DeBoville Slough will be conducting an Invasive Plant Control Work Party, Saturday, June 11th from 9am to Noon. Come out for a morning of camaraderie and exercise while helping the environment. With the assistance of the City of Coquitlam we will be working on controlling Japanese Knotweed. We meet at the kiosk on the north side of…

Tuesday
Jun 14
7:00 PM

MONTHLY MEETING: Special meeting outdoors at Riverview (starts at 7:00PM)

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 among the heritage trees at Riverview and up to Finnie’s Garden. This walk is hosted by the Riverview Horticultural Centre Society. Meet on the uphill side of the Henry Esson Young (HEY) building….

Wednesday
Jun 15
7:30 PM

Free Lecture: "Lost Creeks and Underground Water in New Westminster"

New Westminster Historical Society hosts “Lost Creeks and Underground Water in New Westminster”. This presentation will look at the Douglas College research project, spearheaded by Mike McPhee, to identify and locate some of the city’s lost and hidden waterways.
Held at the New West Library, 716 6th Ave. For more info, call the Library at 604-527-4667.

Saturday
Jun 18
8:00 AM

BMN HIKE: Brohm Lake Interpretive Forest

All who drive the Sea to Sky Highway to Whistler pass by Brohm Lake, but relatively few stop to sample what the adjacent Interpretive Forest has to offer. On this easy to moderate outing, we will loop through the Interpretive Forest and also circle Brohm Lake. The hike will feature outstanding views of the spectacular Tantalus Range. Roundtrip distance, depending…

Monday
Jun 20
7:00 PM

Colony Farm Park Association AGM at the Park

Join others as early as 5:30 pm for a light supper (please phone Elaine if you are coming for supper so that we can ensure sufficient food) or come for the meeting at 7 pm. It’s always a fun evening in the park and a good chance to get an update on upcoming park improvements and ask questions of Metro…

Tuesday
Jun 21
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…

Thursday
Jun 23
7:00 PM

Summer Evening Botany Walk #3 - Woodhaven Swamp

Join other BMN members for a series of evening botanizing walks. This is the third of seven gentle walks 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….

Friday
Jun 24
6:00 PM

BMN HIKE: Lower Slopes of Eagle Ridge

On this hike we will visit the red and white 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…

Saturday
Jun 25
8:15 AM

Birding with Larry at Grant Narrows

Enjoy a half-day birding at Grant Narrows along the Pitt River Dyke from Grant Narrows to Catbird Slough with BMN member Larry Cowan and members of Nature Vancouver. The grass may be long and in morning usually wet, appropriate footwear is advised. Expected species are American Redstart, Bullock’s Oriole, Eastern Kingbird, Gray Catbird, and Band-tailed Pigeon.When birding in the Polder…

Thursday
Jun 30
7:00 PM

Outdoor Ed: Lower Mainland Hikes: Where to go, what to bring? $9.00

CANCELLED This slide show is sponsored by the City of Coquitlam. Registration (559585) 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…

July 2016

Saturday
Jul 2
7:00 AM

BMN HIKE: Elk-Thurston

On this moderate hike we will visit the Chilliwack Valley, not always thought of in connection with mountain hiking. On this outing we will travel up through the forest to a subalpine ridge and visit Elk and Thurston mountains. On a clear day this ridge offers an expansive view of the surrounding mountains. The roundtrip distance is 15 km (9.3…

Thursday
Jul 7
7:00 PM

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

Join other BMN members for a series of evening botanizing walks. This is the fourth of seven gentle walks 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….

Saturday
Jul 9
8:15 AM

Birding with Larry at Colony Farm Regional Park

Join Larry Cowan and members of Nature Vancouver for a half-day birding trip to Colony Farm Regional Park. Highlights expected are Lazuli Bunting and Eastern Kingbird. Meet at the parking area at the east end of Colony Farm Rd. at 0815. For more info, contact Larry: 604-307-0931.

Saturday
Jul 9
9:00 AM

Volunteer with the Stoney Creek Environment Committee: Policeman's Helmet Plant Removal

Rain or shine – 9 am until 12 noon Meeting Place Beaverbrook Crescent & Beaverbrook Drive, Burnaby (2 blocks west of Lougheed Town Center) Entertainment provided by nature itself! If you have a stool to sit on and weed from, bring it along. This is a relaxed weeding session – no muscles required! email birdsATscecDOTca to register or if you…

Saturday
Jul 9
9:00 AM

Friends of DeBoville Slough Invasive Plant Control Work Party

The Friends of DeBoville Slough will be conducting an Invasive Plant Control Work Party, Saturday, July 9th from 9am to Noon. Come out for a morning of camaraderie and exercise while helping the environment. With the assistance of the City of Coquitlam we will be working on controlling Japanese Knotweed. We meet at the kiosk on the north side of…

Sunday
Jul 10
1:00 PM

Guided Walking Tree Tour and Tea 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…

Tuesday
Jul 12
6:00 PM

HIKE: Intermediate Hiking Program to Munro Lake $24

Program is FULL, but your name can be added to the waitlist This is a hike sponsored by the City of Coquitlam. Registration (566692) and signed waiver form is required. h2. Program dates: Tues. July 12, 6 to 9pm Sun. July 17, 8am to noon Sun. July 24, 8am to 3pm Have you ever wanted to hike to Munro Lake…

Saturday
Jul 16
11:00 AM

Celebrating the Seashore @ Belcarra Regional Park

Join Metro Vancouver Parks staff for an up-close look at sea creatures found at Belcarra. Watch barnacles eat with their feet, touch a Dungeness crab and get your face painted (but only if you want).
Meet at Belcarra picnic area.
FREE. Drop in. Registration not required.
11am-2PM

Saturday
Jul 16
7:30 PM

Stories Under the Stars at Colony Farm Park

Listen to children’s stories about bats and other wildlife, then watch and count bats as they emerge at dusk. Suitable for ages 5-10.
Presented by the Colony Farm Park Association.
FREE but registration required by clicking here.
7:30 – 9:30 pm

Wednesday
Jul 20
6:00 PM

HIKE: Ridge Park $6

This is a hike sponsored by the City of Coquitlam. Registration (566673) 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 21
7:00 PM

Summer Evening Botany Walk #5 - Coquitlam River near Lions Park, PoCo

Join other BMN members for a series of evening botanizing walks. This is the fifth of seven gentle walks 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….

Thursday
Jul 21
7:30 PM

Guided Walking Tree Tour and Tea 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 23
8:00 AM

Return of the Osprey Festival

The Osprey have been successfully nesting at Maplewood since 1991. To view the Program for this annual Festival held on Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th July at the Conservation Area at Maplewood Flats, 2645 Dollarton Highway, North Vancouver (events take place rain or shine), please click here.

Sunday
Jul 24
10:30 AM

Return of the Osprey Festival

The Osprey have been successfully nesting at Maplewood since 1991. To view the Program for this annual Festival held on Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th July at the Conservation Area at Maplewood Flats, 2645 Dollarton Highway, North Vancouver (events take place rain or shine), please click here.

Thursday
Jul 28
6:00 PM

HIKE: Lower Slopes of Burke Mountain $6

This is a hike sponsored by the City of Coquitlam. Registration (566674) 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…

Saturday
Jul 30
7:30 AM

BMN HIKE: Cheakamus Lake

This beautiful and relatively easy hike is close to Whistler and in Garibaldi Provincial Park. The trail follows the Cheakamus River past rocky outcrops and big trees to reach magnificent Cheakamus Lake. We’ll travel along the lake to where Singing Creek flows into the lake. At this point, there is a small beach where we can have lunch and maybe…

August 2016

Thursday
Aug 4
7:00 PM

Summer Evening Botany Walk #6 - Trail along Hyde Creek in PoCo

Join other BMN members for a series of evening botanizing walks. This is the sixth of seven gentle walks 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….

Saturday
Aug 6
6:00 AM

BMN HIKE: Garibaldi Lake

Surprisingly, our BMN hiking group has only visited Garibaldi Provincial Park a few times. We’ve made trips to Wedgemount Lake, Elfin Lakes, The Gargoyles, Columnar Peak, and only one trip previously to what may be considered the park’s crown jewel, Garibaldi Lake. On this moderately strenuous loop hike, we will pass through beautiful Taylor Meadows, which given this year’s snowpack…

Saturday
Aug 6
8:30 AM

Birding with Larry at Grant Narrows

Join members of Nature Vancouver on this half day birding field trip in Pitt Meadows. The route will follow the Pitt River Dyke from Catbird Slough north to Grant Narrows, followed by a short walk along the Grant Narrows Nature Dyke. Expected species are Gray Catbird, Bullock’s Oriole, Eastern Kingbird and possibly American Redstart. But who knows what else may…

Sunday
Aug 7
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. 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…

Sunday
Aug 14
8:30 AM

BMN HIKE: Buntzen Lake Loop

For this hike we will be making another trip to BC Hydro’s Buntzen Lake reservoir. On this moderate hike we will circle Buntzen Lake starting south and going in a clockwise direction on the well-maintained trail. Highlights of the day will include a beautiful forest, lake views, glimpses of Swan Falls, and a dip at North Beach picnic area –…

Monday
Aug 15
10:00 AM

'Curious by Nature' event at Minnekhada Regional Park

Drop by these pop up nature stations to chat with an expert. Learn about a featured creature – from birds to bears to beavers – or bring your questions. Meet at Quarry Road parking lot. Free Drop in. Registration not required. All ages. Hosted by Metro Vancouver Parks. August 15 @ 10:00~11:00 am

Thursday
Aug 18
7:00 PM

Summer Evening Botany Walk #7 - 7 Mountain Air Trail on Burnaby Mountain

Join other BMN members for a series of evening botanizing walks. This is the seventh of seven gentle walks 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….

Sunday
Aug 21
1:00 PM

Heritage Walk among the Trees at Riverview Hospital

Join members of the Burke Mountain Naturalists and the Riverview Horticultural Centre Society for a special free guided tour of the outside portions of the heritage buildings and the tree collection 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…

Friday
Aug 26
7:00 PM

Explore the Evening...with Metro Vanc Parks

Join a casual nature walk to explore Colony Farm Regional Park near sunset.
Meet at parking lot at the end of Colony Farm Road.
7-8PM Hosted by Metro Vancouver Parks. Free. No need to register.

Saturday
Aug 27
8:30 AM

BMN HIKE: Mount Galiano

At least once over the summer months, we like to combine a little seafaring with hiking. This year we will take the ferry from Tsawwassen to the closest of the southern Gulf Islands, Galiano, and climb to its highest point. From the summit we will have fantastic views of other Gulf Islands, including Mayne, North and South Pender, Prevost, and…

Wednesday
Aug 31
6:00 PM

HIKE: Fraser River Sunset $6

This is a hike sponsored by the City of Coquitlam. Registration (566671) 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…

Wednesday
Aug 31
6:30 PM

Climate Plan Town Hall

Port Coquitlam-Coquitlam MP Ron McKinnon is hosting a Canadian Climate Plan town hall. It’s happening on the 31st of August at the Coquitlam Centre Library on Pinetree, from 6:30-8pm.

For more information on this and other Town Hall events, and to RSVP, click here.

September 2016

Friday
Sep 2
7:00 PM

Explore the Evening...with Metro Vanc Parks

Join a casual nature walk to explore Burnaby Lake Regional Park near sunset.
Meet at the Nature House.
7-8PM Hosted by Metro Vancouver Parks. Free. No need to register.

Saturday
Sep 3
9:00 AM

Birding with Larry along the Pitt River Dykes

Join Larry Cowan and members of Nature Vancouver for a half-day birding field trip along Port Coquitlam’s Pitt River Dyke north from the east end of Sherling Place back to the parking lot at DeBoville Slough. On last year’s fourth September field trip for this route, the group added another 8 species to this growing list bringing the total to…

Saturday
Sep 10
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.”…

Sunday
Sep 11
11:00 AM

TREEFEST Festival at Riverview

This will be the 23rd annual Treefest — a community festival to celebrate environmental stewardship focusing on the heritage trees, buildings and landscapes of the Riverview Hospital site in Coquitlam. This year’s event will take place on Sunday, September 11th, from 11:00 am – 4:00 pm at the Riverview Hospital grounds located at 2601 Lougheed Highway in Coquitlam. This year’s…

Tuesday
Sep 13
7:30 PM

MONTHLY MEETING: Guest Speaker Prof. Brent Ward on 'The Story of Glaciation in Metro Vancouver'

Guest speaker this month is SFU professor Brent Ward who will present an overview of the history of glaciations in BC with an emphasis on the lower mainland and the Tri-Cities area. His presentation will outline what caused the ice ages that characterize the last 2.6 million years of Earth’s history. Ward’s talk will focus on the timing and nature…

Friday
Sep 16
7:00 PM

Free Public Lecture: 'Seven Cheap Things: World Ecology and the Future of Food' with Raj Patel

Raj Patel is a British-born academic, writer, journalist, and activist. He was educated in Oxford (BA), London School of Economics (MA), and Cornell, where he received his PhD in Development Sociology. He has been visiting scholar at Yale, University of California, Berkeley, and University of Texas at Austen. Currently he is a 200 visiting scholar in the Center for African…

Saturday
Sep 17
9:00 AM

BMN HIKE: Black Mountain and Eagle Bluff

Great views and lovely small subalpine lakes will greet us in this moderate hike in Cypress Provincial Park. After a fairly steep uphill section of this trail, we’ll come out to a subalpine open area and reach Cabin Lake and soon Black Mountain summit. We go by a few more little lakes before descending into the woods and to Eagle…

Sunday
Sep 18
9:45 AM

Volunteer at Hoy Ck with the Lower Mainland 'Green Team'

Local residents are invited to help with the following activities (please click on the links below for more info and to sign up): Dig up Himalayan Blackberry at Hoy Creek in Coquitlam Sept 18 9.45-12.30pm Plant native species at Hoy Creek in Coquitlam Sept 18, 12.45-4pm No experience is necessary. Instruction, tools, gloves and refreshments are provided. Need more info?…

Sunday
Sep 18
2:00 PM

HIKE: Miller Ravine & the Chines $6

This is a hike sponsored by the City of Coquitlam. Registration (572917) and signed waiver form is required. This is 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 make a loop back to the starting…

Wednesday
Sep 21
7:00 PM

Town Hall #1 hosted by Burnaby Residents Opposing Kinder Morgan Expansion (BROKE)

The deadline for submitting comments to the 3-member Ministerial Panel appointed last May by the federal government to gather input from communities and First Nations along the route of the Kinder Morgan pipeline is September 30. With this deadline fast approaching, Burnaby Residents Opposing Kinder Morgan Expansion (BROKE) is hosting two Townhalls on Sept. 21 and Sept. 28, for residents…

Saturday
Sep 24
8:00 AM

BMN HIKE: Burke South Summit and 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 24
2:00 PM

"(un)Natural Selection: Adapting to an Urban Environment" exhibit at Leigh Square

The Port Coquitlam Heritage and Cultural Society (PoCo Heritage) is holding the Official Opening of their latest exhibit, “Natural Selection: Adapting to an Urban Environment” on Saturday, September 24 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. at Heritage at Leigh Square Museum and Archives, 150-2248 McAllister Avenue, Port Coquitlam (just east of City Hall in Leigh Square). This second part of the…

Sunday
Sep 25
10:00 AM

Port Coquitlam’s Rivers and Trails Festival

Celebrate our magnificent rivers at the Port Coquitlam Rivers & Trails Festival at Lions Park (on the banks of the Coquitlam River). BMN will be at the Lions Park site 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…

Sunday
Sep 25
1:00 PM

Free Guided Walking Tour of the Heritage Trees at Riverview

Join the Riverview Horticultural Centre Society for this special tour of the trees at Riverview, led by arborist Dana Slocum, to mark National Forest Week. The walk will 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…

Sunday
Sep 25
3:00 PM

HIKE: Coquitlam River $6

This is a hike sponsored by the City of Coquitlam. Registration (572918) and signed waiver form is required. To celebrate World Rivers Day, this is a loop trip along a section of the Coquitlam River. Time will be taken to explain how nature and humans coexist in the watershed of this urban stream. Roundtrip distance is 6 km with minimal…

Wednesday
Sep 28
6:45 PM

Town Hall #2 hosted by Burnaby Residents Opposing Kinder Morgan Expansion (BROKE)

The deadline for submitting comments to the 3-member Ministerial Panel appointed last May by the federal government to gather input from communities and First Nations along the route of the Kinder Morgan pipeline is September 30. With this deadline fast approaching, Burnaby Residents Opposing Kinder Morgan Expansion (BROKE) is hosting two Townhalls on Sept. 21 and Sept. 28, for residents…

October 2016

Saturday
Oct 1
9:00 AM

Friends of DeBoville Slough Invasive Plant Control Work Party

The Friends of DeBoville Slough will be conducting an Invasive Plant Control Work Party, Saturday, October 1st from 9am to Noon. Come out for a morning of camaraderie and exercise while helping the environment. With the assistance of the City of Coquitlam we will be working on controlling Japanese Knotweed. We meet at the kiosk on the north side of…

Saturday
Oct 1
9:45 AM

Volunteer with the Lower Mainland 'Green Team' @ PoMo's Shoreline Trail

Want to help restore habitat along Shoreline Trail? Come out on Saturday October 1 from 9.45am-1pm to free the forest from invasive plants such as English Ivy, English Holly, periwinkle and lamium. This event is being organized by the Lower Mainland Green Team. For meeting spot location and to sign up, click here Benefits of participating: • Make a tangible…

Saturday
Oct 1
1:30 PM

HIKE: Jug Island and Whiskey Cove Loop $6

This is a hike sponsored by the City of Coquitlam. Registration (573481) and signed waiver form is required. This hike will be in Belcarra Regional Park. We will hike on the standard trail to Jug Island Beach taking in views of Bedwell Bay and Eagle Ridge. Then we will return via Whiskey Cove while admiring the views of Indian Arm…

Sunday
Oct 2
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 entertainment, trolley tours and kids activities. Plenty for families to see and participate in! And it’s FREE!!

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

Sunday
Oct 2
1:00 PM

Last Tour of Riverview Trees for the Season

Join the Riverview Horticultural Centre Society for the last tour in 2016 of the trees at Riverview. This is a wonderful time as the trees start to display their brilliant fall colours. 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…

Saturday
Oct 8
9:00 AM

Birding with Larry at Colony Farm Regional Park

Colony Farm Regional Park will be the location of this half-day birding field trip with Larry Cowan and members of Nature Vancouver (and BMN). There should be a good variety of late migrants and returning over-wintering species. Notables over the years on this outing were Northern Mockingbird & Short-eared Owl. Meet your leader Larry Cowan lawrencecowan at shaw dot ca…

Tuesday
Oct 11
7:30 PM

MONTHLY MEETING: Guest Speaker Prof. Ron Ydenberg on ‘Deltaport, Shorebirds & Biofilm’

Our guest speaker is SFU professor Ron Ydenberg on ‘Deltaport, Shorebirds & Biofilm’. Biofilm is the recently-discovered “scum” which forms on the surface of some mudflats. It turns out to be a very nutritious mixture of algae and other components which fuels the migration of shorebirds. It only forms in some places so it’s important to not destroy these areas…

Saturday
Oct 15
9:00 AM

BMN Hike: Coquitlam Lake View Trail

In recent years club members have realigned a portion of the Lake View Trail and also built new trail to a slightly higher and much more favourable viewpoint. On this moderate hike we will have an opportunity to see what they’ve done and, if the weather allows, enjoy the new lookout’s stunning views of Coquitlam Lake and Eagle Ridge. Roundtrip…

Saturday
Oct 15
9:45 AM

Volunteer at Hoy Ck with the Lower Mainland 'Green Team'

Local residents are invited to help with the following activities (please click on the links below for more info and to sign up): Remove blackberry at Hoy Creek in Coquitlam Oct 15 9.45am-12.30pm Plant native species at Hoy Creek in Coquitlam Oct 15 12.45-4pm No experience is necessary. Instruction, tools, gloves and refreshments are provided. Need more info? email lowermainlandgreenteam…

Sunday
Oct 16
9:00 AM

CANCELLED HIKE: Mundy Park & the Riverview Forest $9

THIS HIKE HAS BEEN CANCELED This hike will go through the forest, lake, & wetland areas of the well known Mundy Park and the not so well known forest and streams of the Riverview Forest. Time will be taken to enjoy nature as we hike along. Roundtrip distance is 10 km with some elevation change. Meet at 9:00 am. Return…

Saturday
Oct 22
10:00 AM

The Friends of DeBoville Slough will participate in the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup

The Friends of DeBoville Slough will conduct a cleanup at DeBoville Slough as part of the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup. Dress for the weather and if it is hot and sunny remember to bring water and sunscreen. We will meet at 10 am at the kiosk on the north side of DeBoville Slough. For more info email info@fodbs.org or call…

Saturday
Oct 22
11:00 AM

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: Removing Purple Martin Nestboxes off Rocky Point

A few strong volunteers needed to remove purple martin nest boxes from the pylons off Rocky Point in Port Moody. The old wooden pylons supporting these boxes are being replaced by the Coast Guard. Skipper Rod MacVicar has offered his boat, and this job will be done at high tide. Once the boxes are down, there is cleaning and repair…

Sunday
Oct 23
10:00 AM

Visit Reifel Bird Sanctuary with Dave and Gill Richardson

NOTE – The event date has changed from the date originally published of October 16 to October 23 Join Dave and Gill Richardson, BMN members and avid birders, on a visit to Reifel Bird Sanctuary on Sunday, October 23 from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm. The Sanctuary is located within the Fraser River estuary in south Delta (Ladner), and is…

Sunday
Oct 23
11:00 AM

Salmon-Come-Home Celebration at Hoy Creek 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…

Saturday
Oct 29
9:00 AM

BMN HIKE: Coquitlam Lake View Trail

In recent years club members have realigned a portion of the Lake View Trail and also built new trail to a slightly higher and much more favourable viewpoint. On this moderate hike we will have an opportunity to see what they’ve done and, if the weather allows, enjoy the new lookout’s stunning views of Coquitlam Lake and Eagle Ridge. Roundtrip…

Saturday
Oct 29
1:00 PM

Former Barnet Landfill Site Public Consultation - PoMo

Port Moody’s Mayor and Council plan to relocate the current Works Yard to the former Barnet Landfill site, and invite residents to participate in a public consultation process and to provide feedback. An Open House hosted by the City will be held at City Hall (in the Galleria) from 1-4PM on Saturday, October 29, 2016. Can’t make the open house?…

November 2016

Saturday
Nov 5
9:00 AM

Birding with Larry at Deboville Slough & Minnekhada Regional Park

Join leader Larry Cowan and members of Nature Vancouver for this half-day birding field trip to DeBoville Slough/Minnekhada RP. The area is home to many over wintering species with waterfowl in the sloughs, ponds and river with the chance of raptors over the fields. Meet in the parking lot adjacent to the washroom facilities at Cedar & Victoria Drs. in…

Saturday
Nov 5
9:45 AM

Shoreline Park planting of native species and ivy removal

Want to help restore habitat along Shoreline Trail in Port Moody? Come out on Saturday NOVEMBER 5th from 9.45am-1pm to plant native species and free the forest from English Ivy. This event is brought to you by the Lower Mainland Green Team in collaboration with the City of Port Moody. For more information, meeting spot and to sign up click…

Sunday
Nov 6
8:30 AM

BMN HIKE: Burnaby Mountain and Horizons Restaurant Brunch

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

Tuesday
Nov 8
7:30 PM

MONTHLY MEETING: BMN Bat Monitoring Studies and More!

This is a special Members’ Night meeting with presentations by our members. The main presentation will be given by John Saremba who will describe BMN’s bat monitoring activities and findings in local parks. Colin Godwin will give a short presentation on his personal research on snow fleas. In the church hall of Como Lake United Church, corner of Marmont Avenue…

Thursday
Nov 10
6:30 PM

'Before the Flood', Leonardo di Caprio's new movie about climate change

See the Coquitlam screening of Before the Flood, Leonardo di Caprio’s new movie about climate change, hosted by The PIPE UP Network, Forces of Nature and the Rivershed Soceity of BC.. Special guests include: Fin Donnelly, MP for Coquitlam-Port Moody and founder of the Rivershed Society of BC Laura Dupont, Port Coquitlam City Councilor and sponsor of the David Suzuki…

Saturday
Nov 12
2:00 PM

PhotoMotion - Special Presentation by the Pacific Digital Photography Club

Each November, the Pacific Digital Photography Club produces “ PhotoMotion”, a compendium of members’ digital slide/sound shows. The shows include a selection of juried audio-visual presentations approximately 3 to 4 minutes in duration. The presentation includes commentary, a guest photographer, refreshments, over $3,000 in door prizes and an opportunity to meet many of the contributing photographers. Two shows: matinee at…

Sunday
Nov 13
11:00 AM

Hyde Creek Salmon Festival

This is the 17th 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…

Wednesday
Nov 16
9:30 AM

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: Tree & Shrub Planting at Colony Farm Park

This has been re-scheduled to Nov 16, 9:30-noon, after rain washed out the earlier date planned for this event. Join members of the Colony Farm Park Association for a native species planting in the Sheep Paddocks Area. Trees and shrubs will be planted to prevent soil erosion and create shade for amphibian and fish habitat. Everyone is welcome! Tools (i.e….

Thursday
Nov 17
6:00 PM

"Melt" documentary fundraiser

Three students from Heritage Woods Secondary are capturing BC’s melting glaciers in a documentary, and to raise funds for the next stage of production, they are hosting a fundraising dinner, with food by Pasta Polo, a silent auction and a presentation of some of the footage completed to date. Tickets for the Melt documentary fundraising dinner at Heritage Woods Secondary…

Saturday
Nov 19
12:00 PM

Rally opposing Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion

Prime Minister Trudeau’s decision on Kinder Morgan will be announced in December. The group Climate Convergence Metro Vancouver is organizing a mass mobilization on November 19th to Stop Kinder Morgan’s pipeline on November 19th at noon at Vancouver City Hall. For more info, see Climate Convergence’s facebook page.

December 2016

Tuesday
Dec 13
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 17

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…

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