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 enter and leave together. It is a good idea to bring a snack and drink as we usually work until at least 1:30 pm. While no washrooms are available, there is an abundance of bushes. Contact Ian (604-939-4039) or sign up at the February club meeting. Dress for the weather and bring work gloves.
Our last half-day of cleaning and maintaining nest boxes. Meet in the Quarry Road parking lot. Please contact Ian (604-939-4039) to sign up. Dress for the weather and bring work gloves.
The forests, fields, streams and wetlands of TriCities are home to fascinating plants and animals, many of which are considered to be at risk. This workshop will introduce some of these rare and interesting local species. Learn the identification tips as well as ways to help conserve these species. Join Pamela Zevit RPBio, Special Projects Coordinator of the South Coast Conservation Program, and Dr. Terry McIntosh, Botanist, for this fun, interactive and informative nature event. Participants will meet indoors for a presentation to learn about the various species and their ecology, followed by an interactive walk along the Coquitlam River at nearby Lions Park.
Admission is free but registration is recommended. Register here.
Light refreshments will be provided.
Doors open at 12:30pm, event starts at 1:00pm, wrap up by 4:00pm.
Event will be rain or shine. Bring appropriate foot wear.
Support provided by the Fish and Wildlife Compensation Program.
Sunday, March 4 Shoreline Trail and Bert Flinn Park
To start the 2018 hiking season, we will hike on the best day of the year to go for a hike (march forth). There will be an option of a morning walk or an all day hike. We will start the day by walking 6 km of the Shoreline Trail for a couple of hours. We will then return to our meeting location before embarking on a more traditional hike. We will gain elevation steeply in some sections before passing through Bert Flinn Park. The elevation loss will be on a lovely trail along Noons Creek before returning to the starting point. We will hope to see some new vegetation popping up. Roundtrip distance is 12 km (7.5 mi) with a cumulative elevation gain of 305 m (1000 ft). Meet at 9:00 am. Return 4:00 pm. Please contact Ian (604. 939. 4039) for more info.
NOTE: Due to Lenten services held at King of Life Lutheran Church, we have had to flip our club meeting this month only to Tuesday March 6th (instead of the usual date, which would have been Thursday March 8th).
Our guest speaker this month is Jenn Burt, PhD Candidate in Marine Ecology & Planning at SFU, who will tell us about “Kelp Forests and Sea Otter Recovery along BC’s Coast”.
Amsterdam Nurseries in Pitt Meadows holds its 20th 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, see Amsterdam Greenhouses’ website, and look under the “seminars” tab.
Join Larry Cowan and members of Nature Vancouver for a half day birding trip to Coquitlam’s DeBoville Slough/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 will be a glimpse of Sandhill Crane, Red Crossbills, Band-tailed Pigeon and Western Meadowlark. Meet in the main parking lot adjacent to the public washrooms at Cedar & Victoria Drives in Port Coquitlam at 9am. An appropriate number of vehicles will be positioned in the parking lot off Quarry Road in Minnekhada Regional Park for the return trip. For more info, call Larry 604-307-0931.
Marine biologist Sheila Byers of the Beaty Biodiversity Museum at UBC will present on The Unique and Ancient Glass Sponge Reefs of Howe Sound. British Columbia’s glass sponge reefs have been called one of the great wonders of the world’s ocean, yet few people have heard of them. The rare reefs are composed of living sponges and fossilized skeletons, made of fragile silica (glass).