Bird Outing Report: Oyster Bay, Jan. 22, 2015

Thursday Jan. 22nd brought grey skies and drizzle.
Twelve birders went to Oyster Bay and the Oyster River Estuary where we saw the following 29 species:

Oyster Bay
26 species:
Eurasian Wigeon
American Wigeon
Mallard
Northern Pintail
Green-winged Teal
Surf Scoter
White-winged Scoter
Black Scoter
Long-tailed Duck
Bufflehead
Common Goldeneye
Pacific Loon
Common Loon
Horned Grebe
Red-necked Grebe
Pelagic Cormorant
Black-bellied Plover
Black Turnstone
Dunlin
Common Murre
Mew Gull
Thayer’s Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
Belted Kingfisher
Merlin
Northwestern Crow

Oyster River Estuary
3 additional species:
Harlequin Duck
Greater Scaup
Common Merganser

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Bird Outing Report: Parksville/Qualicum, Jan. 14, 2015

Nine birders enjoyed an overcast, calm, and rain free day of birding yesterday at the Englishman River Estuary, Parksville Community Park, and the mouth of the Little Qualicum River.

The day brought a Total of 61 species – 41 at the Englishman plus 20 additional in Parksville and Qualicum.

Englishman River Estuary
Brant
Canada Goose
American Wigeon
Mallard
Northern Pintail
Green-winged Teal
Surf Scoter
Bufflehead
Common Goldeneye
Common Merganser
Pacific Loon
Common Loon
Horned Grebe
Red-necked Grebe
Double-crested Cormorant
Pelagic Cormorant
Bald Eagle
Mew Gull
Thayer’s Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
Eurasian Collared-Dove
Anna’s Hummingbird
Belted Kingfisher
Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Pileated Woodpecker
Steller’s Jay
Northwestern Crow
Common Raven
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Pacific Wren
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
American Robin
Spotted Towhee
Fox Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Purple Finch
Pine Siskin

Parksville Community Park
Greater White-fronted Goose
Snow Goose
Black-bellied Plover
Black Turnstone
Dunlin
California Gull
Herring Gull
Rock Pigeon

Little Qualicum River mouth
Trumpeter Swan
Greater Scaup
Harlequin Duck
White-winged Scoter
Black Scoter
Long-tailed Duck
Red-breasted Merganser
Great Blue Heron
Common Murre
Ancient Murrelet
Sharp-shinned Hawk
Red-winged Blackbird

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Guest Speaker: Information for Conserving Natural Diversity, Sun. Jan. 18, 2015

As 2015 begins with growing concerns over climate change, it is important to be acquainted with both the work done by the province and the tools open to the public to help manage species and ecosystems at risk.

As part of its educational mandate Comox Valley Nature is pleased to host a public lecture on BC’s conservation data collection systems by Marta Donovan. Marta is a Registered Professional Biologist who currently works as a botanist in Victoria. She manages information on the status and distribution of rare plants at the BC Conservation Data Centre, and teaches botany in Victoria. Her presentation will focus on work carried out by the BC CDC and will include slides of local native plants at-risk. A Comox Valley resident, Marta is also a respected CVN member who frequently makes CVN’s week-end walks all the more informative.

The British Columbia Conservation Data Centre systematically collects and disseminates information on plants, animals and ecosystems (ecological communities) at risk in British Columbia. This information is compiled and maintained in a computerized database which provides a centralized and scientific source of information on the status, locations and level of protection of these organisms and ecosystems. The CDC is part of the Environmental Protection and Sustainability Division in the B.C. Ministry of Environment. It is also part of NatureServe Canada, a national organisation, and NatureServe, an international organisation of cooperating Conservation Data Centres and Natural Heritage Programs all using the same methodology to gather and exchange information on the threatened elements of biodiversity. Information and access to the CDC can be found at: http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/cdc/index.html

This lecture “Information for Conserving Natural Diversity” will take place at the Florence Filberg Seniors Centre at 7pm (sharp) January 18 2015.

Comox Valley Nature is a non-profit society affiliated to BC Nature consisting only of unpaid volunteers. CVN fulfills its educational mandate by hosting monthly lectures, organizing free weekly guided hikes for members, and a free monthly walk open to the public. The society also undertakes a variety of environmental projects. Aside from its main activity as a non-profit, Comox Valley Nature also supports specialized groups ( Birding, Botany, Conservation ,Garry Oak Restoration, Wetland Restoration, Photography and Young Naturalists) all of which have separate monthly activities. Membership in BC Nature and Comox Valley Nature is $30 per adult and $40 for a family.

Founded in 1966, it is one of the oldest environmental societies on the North Island. Meetings and lectures of the Comox Valley Naturalists Society are held on the third Sunday of most months at the Florence Filberg Centre, 411 Anderton, Courtenay. Meetings and guided walks are open to the public, including children and youth. Lecture is free, though a $4 contribution from non-members is appreciated. New memberships are always welcomed.

Anyone interested in this lecture or participating in CVNS activities can also contact us at this website or Loys Maingon (CVN President) at 250-331-0143.

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