Event Calendar

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January 2017

Tuesday
Jan 10
7:30 PM

MONTHLY MEETING: Highlights of the 2016 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 23 years. There was a photography competition as part of this year’s Count, and the submissions will be viewed and…

Saturday
Jan 21
9:00 AM

Birding with Larry along the Pitt River Dyke

Join members of Nature Vancouver and leader Larry Cowan 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 route covers excellent dyke-side habitats. Birders will be on the look-out for visiting winter and resident species. Meet in the main parking…

February 2017

Wednesday
Feb 8
7:00 PM

Screening of "The Messenger" film at Kwantlen Polytechnic University

The Messenger , a 2015 documentary (89 mins) by award-winning Canadian filmmaker Su Rynard (Dream Machine, Kardia) is an artful investigation into the causes of songbird mass depletion and the compassionate people who are working to turn the tide. The film takes viewers on a visually stunning journey revealing how the problems facing birds also pose daunting implications for our…

Saturday
Feb 11
10:00 AM

Free Nature Walk at Maplewood with Al Grass

Legendary Lower Mainland Naturalist Al Grass hosts a free, guided nature walk at the Conservation Area at Maplewood Flats. Please join him for DUCK TALES: Dabblers and Divers at their best. 10am-12noon. Meet at the Meet & Greet Hut.

Maplewood Flats, located at 2645 Dollarton Highway, North Vancouver.

Sunday
Feb 12
10:00 AM

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: Nestbox cleaning and maintenance at Minnekhada and DeB Slough - postponed

This event will be re-scheduled. Please check back later. 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. Please contact Victoria…

Tuesday
Feb 14
7:30 PM

MONTHLY MEETING: Status of BC's Caribou Populations

At our February meeting, biologist Lee Harding will present a slideshow describing the current status of BC’s boreal and mountain caribou. Dr. Harding will give an overview of the BC and federal recovery plans for these species. In the church hall of Como Lake United Church, corner of Marmont Avenue and King Albert Street in Coquitlam. Free and all are…

Wednesday
Feb 15
6:30 PM

PoMo Ecological Society's AGM and Public Lecture on Local Whales

Learn about coastal whale populations when the Port Moody Ecological Society hosts Dr. Lance Barrett-Lennard of the Vancouver Aquarium at its annual general meeting. Barrett-Lennard has studied both the fish- and mammal-eating killer whales and his research helped produce a recovery strategy for resident killer whales. On Feb. 15, will be discussing their needs and habits at the upcoming PMES

Thursday
Feb 16
6:30 PM

Green Drinks evening on Retaining Health Care at Riverview

The Coalition for a Healthy Riverview (CHR) is hosting this event at the Gallery Bistro in Port Moody. The CRH formed to represent mental health, social justice, environmental, horticultural, art and heritage groups, as well as individual citizens who are advocating for the protection and restoration of the Riverview Hospital and Lands in Coquitlam. Dinner at 6:30 pm and a…

Friday
Feb 17

Participate in the Great Backyard Bird Count

Show how much you care about birds by participating in the 20th annual Great Backyard Bird Count! Simply count birds for at least 15 minutes on one or more of the count days (February 17-20, 2017) and report your sightings online. Around the globe, tens of thousands of volunteers of all ages and birding skill levels will participate. If wintery…

Saturday
Feb 18
9:00 AM

Birding with Larry at Colony Farm Regional Park

Join members of the Nature Vancouver and Larry Cowan on a half-day birding trip. Colony Farm 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 9:00. Larry Cowan 604-307-0931. To view BMN’s 2015 Bird Checklist fpr Colony…

Saturday
Feb 18
9:30 AM

Digital Photography Workshop with Ron Long - CANCELLED

Unfortunately, this workshop has been postponed until March. Please check back for updates. This workshop will include a lecture and question period in the morning, a shoot at midday and a critique later in the afternoon. This class is for anyone who still has questions about digital photography and/or how to set/use their camera. Please bring your camera, camera instruction…

Saturday
Feb 18
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 Victoria (604-937-5379, svotton gmail com) or sign up at the February club meeting. Dress for the weather, wear waterproof boots if the ground is not frozen and bring work gloves.

Sunday
Feb 19
9:00 AM

HIKE: Lafarge Lake and the Coquitlam River $6 CANCELED

This is a hike sponsored by the City of Coquitlam. Registration (582163) and signed waiver form is required. This loop hike will take in some of the natural areas and wildlife of Coquitlam City Centre. Time will be taken to enjoy nature and hear about the history of the area. Roundtrip distance 7 km with minimal elevation change. Meet at…

Thursday
Feb 23
7:00 PM

Community Dialogue #1: The Environment

This event will include conversations about Kinder Morgan, wild salmon and climate change with guest speakers Ben West (Tanker Free BC), Dave Scott (RainCoast Conservation Foundation) and Anjali Appaduri (West Coast Environmental Law). Hosted by Rick Glumac (Port Moody City Councillor and NDP candidate for Port Moody-Coquitlam).. Held at the Old Mill Boathouse, 2715 Esplanade St, Port Moody. For more…

Friday
Feb 24
6:30 PM

Tri-Cities Force of Nature Pub Night Fundraiser

This pub night is hosted by the Tri-Cities Force of Nature group to raise money for Indigenous legal challenges to the Kinder-Morgan pipeline. Held at Roo’s Public House, 2962 Christmas Way, Coquitlam. Tickets are $22.

For more info and to purchase tickets, please click here

From 6:30 pm-10:00 pm
Saturday
Feb 25
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 26
9:00 AM

HIKE: Colony Farm & Lower Riverview Lands $9

This is a hike sponsored by the City of Coquitlam. Registration (582165) and signed waiver form is required. This hike will take in the old field habitat of Colony Farm, the wetlands by the Coquitlam River, and some of the heritage trees of the Riverview Lands. Time will be taken to enjoy nature as we hike along. Roundtrip distance is…

Monday
Feb 27
5:00 PM

Public Open House on Andres Wine Site in PoMo

As part of the City of Port Moody’s formal planning process, planners of the Andres Wine site will be hosting a Public Information Meeting. This is an opportunity to view their proposed concept for Westport Village, and will be a valuable opportunity for the City to hear your thoughts on the proposal. For details, please click here. Drop in: 5pm…

March 2017

Saturday
Mar 4
9:00 AM

BMN HIKE: South Port Coquitlam Loop

To start the 2017 hiking season, we will hike on the best day of the year to go for a hike (march forth). We will do a loop of the Citadel Heights area, taking in the Fraser River, Colony Farm, Brown Creek, and the Pitt River. There will also be a chance to see views of mountains to the east….

Sunday
Mar 5
9:00 AM

POSTPONED TO APRIL--- HIKE: High Knoll $6

This is a hike sponsored by the City of Coquitlam. Registration (582160) 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
Mar 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. Free.
Information: www.minnekhada.ca
1 – 4 pm

Sunday
Mar 5
1:30 PM

CANCELLED! BMN VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: Nestbox Cleaning and Maintenance at Minnekhada Park

Due to the snowy conditions, this event is postponed until a later date. 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 Victoria (604-937-5379 or svotton at gmail dot com) or sign up at the February club meeting. Dress for the weather and bring work gloves….

Thursday
Mar 9
7:00 PM

CANCELLED---Educational Session: Getting Ready for the Hiking Season $9

This is an event sponsored by the City of Coquitlam. Registration (582166) 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
Mar 10
8:00 PM

Starry Night at SFU's Trottier Observatory

There is a public star night at SFU,Friday March 10, from 8-10PM, 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 and starry-night etiquette, can…

Saturday
Mar 11
10:00 AM

Free Nature Walk at Maplewood with Al Grass

Legendary Lower Mainland Naturalist Al Grass hosts a free, guided nature walk at the Conservation Area at Maplewood Flats. Please join him for What is for Dinner?: Maplewood’s Raptors. 10am-12noon. Meet at the Meet & Greet Hut.

Maplewood Flats, located at 2645 Dollarton Highway, North Vancouver.

Tuesday
Mar 14
7:30 PM

BMN MONTHLY MEETING: 'More Than the Big-5: A Naturalist's Tour of Southern Africa'

At our March meeting, retired professor and naturalist Bruce Brandhorst will present a slideshow describing his recent tour of Southern Africa. This part of the world is famous for lions, leopards, hippos, rhinos and elephants, but there is much much more of interest here. In the church hall of Como Lake United Church, corner of Marmont Avenue and King Albert…

Thursday
Mar 16
6:30 PM

Fisheries and Oceans Canada hold Public Open House on Wild Salmon Policy

Join Fisheries and Oceans Canada for a Public Open House in Vancouver on development of an updated Wild Salmon Policy implementation plan. 6:30 pm– 8:30 pm – WebEx starting at 7:00 pm Gallery Room (1.15), UBC Robson Square, 800 Robson St., Vancouver Please send your RVSP to alison.fung at dfo-mpo.gc.ca. For those unable to attend in person, a short WebEx…

Saturday
Mar 18
10:00 AM

'Nature Day' at Amsterdam Greenhouses

Amsterdam Nurseries in Pitt Meadows holds its 19th annual Nature Day and Native Plant Sale. Community groups are invited to attend with displays; BMN will be there with our NEWish 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…

Wednesday
Mar 22
7:00 PM

Coalition for a Healthy Riverview event at Douglas College

The Coalition for a Healthy Riverview is hosting an evening of discussion and information on taking action to say “yes” to mental health care set within the healing space of the Riverview Lands and “no” to putting this valuable public asset into the hands of developers. The former VP of Riverview Hospital will be the keynote speaker. Douglas College -…

Friday
Mar 24
8:00 PM

Starry Night at SFU's Trottier Observatory

There is a public star night at SFU,Friday March 24, from 8-10PM, 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 and starry-night etiquette, can…

Saturday
Mar 25
9:00 AM

Birding with Larry at DeBoville Slough & Minnekhada Park

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

Saturday
Mar 25
8:30 PM

Earth Hour 2017: 8:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Yes, we know it’s symbolic, and that every hour should be Earth Hour. But what a lovely opportunity to turn off as much electricity in your home as you can, and sit in candlelight and contemplate our presence on Earth! Don’t forget to fit in a few thoughts about Climate Change too! If you need some other suggestions on how…

April 2017

Sunday
Apr 2
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. Free.
Information: www.minnekhada.ca
1 – 4 pm

Saturday
Apr 8
10:00 AM

View Sandhill Cranes Staging and Nesting Site

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 9
9:00 AM

HIKE: Mundy Park & the Riverview Forest $9.25

This is a hike sponsored by the City of Coquitlam. Registration (590656) and signed waiver form is required. 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…

Sunday
Apr 9
9:00 AM

Birding for Beginners at Colony Farm Park

Join members of the Colony Farm Park Association for a morning of bird-watching basics and get to know the birds in the Park.
Info: 604-520-6422
Presented by Colony Farm Park Association
FREE
Registration required: 604-432-6359
9 – 11 am

Tuesday
Apr 11
7:30 PM

BMN MONTHLY MEETING: Guest Speaker Ron Long on Human & Natural History of Chile

Ron Long is a regular guest speaker to our Club. He is a retired professional photographer from SFU’s dept of Biological Sciences and has a keen interest in plants. He has travelled to Chile twice to photograph the plants and wildlife that have evolved in this spectacular landscape. Ron is past-president of the Native Plant Society of BC. In the…

Sunday
Apr 30
11:00 AM

Goodbye Chums & Stewardship Centre Opening Celebration

Celebrate the opening of the new Kanaka Creek Watershed Stewardship Centre. Release salmon fry into the creek where they will start their journey to the sea. Enjoy fun activities, games, storytellers and musical entertainment from The Wilds.
Meet at 11450 256th St, Maple Ridge
Info: 604-530-4983
Presented by Kanaka Education and Environmental Partnership Society
11 am – 3 pm

May 2017

Monday
May 1
6:00 PM

HIKE: Miller Ravine & the Chines $6.25

This is a hike sponsored by the City of Coquitlam. Registration (590657) 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…

Sunday
May 7
9:00 AM

HIKE: Westwood Plateau $9.25

This is a hike sponsored by the City of Coquitlam. Registration (590671) 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 with an elevation gain of…

Sunday
May 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. Free.
Information: www.minnekhada.ca
1 – 4 pm

Tuesday
May 9
7:30 PM

BMN MONTHLY MEETING: Population Recovery of Coastal Western Painted Turtles in the South Coast of BC

The remaining population of painted turtles in our part of the province is officially listed as endangered. These are our only native freshwater turtles, and are easily distinguished from the ‘pet’ turtles that have been released into ponds and other waterways. At our May 9th meeting, SFU graduate student Deanna McTavish will describe the recovery plans for this species, and…

Saturday
May 13
1:00 PM

International Migratory Bird Day Celebration at Colony Farm Park

Join the Colony Farm Park Association for displays, children’s activities, a history tour at 1 pm and introductory birding walks at 2:30 pm.
Meet in front of community gardens, end of Colony Farm Rd, Coquitlam
Info: 604-520-6442
Presented by the Colony Farm Park Association
1 – 4 pm

Saturday
May 20
11:00 AM

Forest Fairy Gathering at Burnaby Lake

Visit the ‘Gnome Depot’ to get construction material for your fairy home. Enjoy free face painting and be prepared for a magical time. Fairy attire welcome.
Meet at Burnaby Lake Nature House, 4519 Piper Ave.
Hosted by Metro Vancouver Parks. Free.
11 am – 3 pm

Wednesday
May 24
6:00 PM

HIKE: Line Trail Loop $6.25

This is a hike sponsored by the City of Coquitlam. Registration (590668) and signed waiver form is required. This hike will ascend on steep mountain bike trails and old roads to the top of the power lines on Burke Mountain. Views to Eagle Ridge and Pitt Meadows will be the highlight of this evening while taking time to see the…

Tuesday
May 30
6:00 PM

HIKE: Coquitlam Crunch and Yoga $12.00

This is a hike sponsored by the City of Coquitlam. Registration (591651) and signed waiver form is required. Challenge yourself by climbing the famous Coquitlam Crunch. The hard work will be worth it as you finish the evening off with a gentle restorative yoga class while enjoying the beautiful sunset. Roundtrip distance is 6 km with an elevation gain of…

Wednesday
May 31
7:00 PM

HIKE: Beginner Hiking Program to Cypress Lake on Eagle Ridge $24.50

This is a hike sponsored by the City of Coquitlam. Registration (590660) and signed waiver form is required. Have you ever heard of Cypress Lake, but did not know where it was or if you could do it? Here is a great four step program for you to gain confidence to accomplish your goal. We will start with a beginner’s…

June 2017

Thursday
Jun 1
6:30 PM

HIKE: Intermediate Hiking Program to Diez Vistas in Buntzen Lake Recreation Area $32.75

This is a hike sponsored by the City of Coquitlam. Registration (590659) 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…

Saturday
Jun 3
9:00 AM

Lazuli Bunting Walk at Colony Farm Regional Park

Search for migratory birds including spectacular Lazuli Buntings on a 2-hour guided birding walk. Bring binoculars if possible.
Meet in front of community gardens, end of Colony Farm Rd, Coquitlam
Info: 604-520-6442
Presented by the Colony Farm Park Association. Free.
9 – 11 am

Sunday
Jun 4
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. Free.
Information: www.minnekhada.ca
1 – 4 pm

Saturday
Jun 10
10:00 AM

Environment Week: Wild about Burnaby Lake

Want some wild fun without leaving the city? Join a weed pull, tour the lake by voyageur canoe and learn how you can bring more nature to Burnaby! Registration required for canoe and walking tours: 604-432-6359 Meet at Burnaby Lake Rowing Pavilion, 6871 Roberts St Presented with Burnaby Lake Park Association and City of Burnaby. Free. 10 am – 2…

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