BC Nature eNews Nov. 2014


Upcoming Events
  • Deadline for Club Applications for “Club Support” Grants – January 31, 2015. See Website for grant application criteria
  • Deadline for Resolutions to be presented at the AGM – 2015 is February 28, 2015. Please view details and the “how to” on this Page on the BC Nature Website
  • Deadline for BC Nature Award Nominations – Nominate a worthy candidate from your club today! February 28, 2015 – Criteria for awards Link Here
  • Tofino Camp May 1 – 6, 2015. Registration details in the Winter BC Nature Magazine.
  • AGM 2015 – Salt Spring Island – May 7 – 10, 2015. Registration information in Winter BCnature issue and BC Nature Website.
  • Rene Savenye Scholarship applications should be in prior to May 30, 2015 – see website for application.
  • Welcome to Northern Amphibian Naturalist Society.
    Newest Naturalist club to join the Federation of BC Naturalists (BC Nature) Read all about them at BC Nature Website
We are in danger of cancelling FGM 2015
At the time of writing (October 30) we do not have a volunteer club to host the FGM for 2015. We have contacted a number of clubs, and it is possible that one of them, hopefully, will offer to host, but if nobody steps forward by December 31,2014 the FGM for 2015 will be canceled. The deadline for a host club to publish its program is May 1, 2015, so there is still 5 – 6 months remaining to do this.
Looking back at the Salmon Arm FGM, it is clear to us that clubs of 40+ members could organize such an event. We have had even very small clubs such as the North Shuswap Naturalists (with under 10 members) able to organize an FGM.
Only two or three motivated members are needed initially and the remainder will fall in place in due time. BC Nature is willing to advance money to a host club if deposits are needed. We have a comprehensive guide and I know that Betty, the Office manager as well as the Executive are willing to help. We hope not to have to resort to this, because we feel strongly that these kind of events are the glue which keeps BC Nature together. At present we have a firm commitment from Salt Spring Island (AGM 2015) and from Vernon (FGM 2017), and some clubs are seriously considering hosting AGM and FGM in 2016 and 2017. Thank you for your consideration.
Kees Visser
BC Nature
For further Enquiries – email: manager@bcnature.ca
Issue 38
Date November 2014
To BC Nature Members
Just a reminder that our annual Appeal was in the Fall Magazine. Thank you to those that have donated to either BC Nature or the BC Naturalists. To receive your donation Charity Receipt for 2014, donations should be received in the office prior to December 31.
This year we changed the way we have handled our annual appeal by building it into the middle of the Fall Magazine. This has saved both BC Nature and the Naturalists Foundation in extra costs (Envelopes x 2, extra postage etc.) of past year.
We would appreciate hearing from you on what you think of this new approach? Please email manager@bcnature.ca with your comments.
Funding Available for Canadian Bird Research and Conservation Projects
Bird Studies Canada is now accepting applications to the James L. Baillie Memorial Fund for Bird Research and Preservation (the Baillie Fund) for the 2015 grant cycle. A portion of funds raised through our annual Baillie Birdathon are allocated to the Baillie Fund to provide grants to individuals or groups for projects that further BSC’s mission. Since 1978, the Baillie Fund has provided grants totalling nearly $700,000 to 580 bird research and conservation projects across Canada. In reviewing grant applications, the Baillie Fund Trustees give priority to projects that engage the skills and enthusiasm of amateur naturalists and volunteers to help us understand, appreciate, and conserve Canadian birds in their natural environments. There are three granting programs, each with a different application and review process. Applications for Regular Grants are due by December 15, 2014; applications for Small Grants are due by January 15, 2015; and applications for the James L. Baillie Student Award for Field Research, administered by the Society of Canadian Ornithologists, are due by February 15, 2015. Visit our website for more information about the Baillie Fund grant programs, past grants, and how to apply for a grant, or contact the Baillie Fund Secretary at acoughlan@birdscanada.org or 1-866-518-0212.
Conservation News
Decision on BC Hydro’s Site C Clean Energy Project – Article Here.
Interesting Sites and Articles
Polar Bears and More Polar Bears – Live Vid cams and still shots – Link Here Who’s who in Big Whales Link Here

Good news for St Lawrence belugas Link Here

Sharpen your memory with a simple walk in nature Link Here

Near-Extinct Galápagos Island Tortoises Make Colossal Comeback – Link Here

Birds of Paradise Video – Link Here

Read about the Barn Owl chicks saved from the tear down of the old Port Mann Bridge Link Here or short video

About Town
Regulated Rivers: Environment, Ecology & Management – May 6, 2015 – Link Here for more Info - Selkirk College, Castlegar.Photography Seminar with Ron Long (Composition)- Date & Time: Sunday NOVEMBER 2 9:30 AM – 3:30 PM note date change from previous postings Location: Burnaby Lake Regional Park – Nature House (Foot of Piper Avenue off Winston Street, North Side of Burnaby Lake) Cost: $40.00 for members of Nature Vancouver and other BC Nature Clubs. Non-members: $50.00 Limit 15 students This seminar will provide information and techniques that will significantly improve your photography regardless of the kind of camera you are using. The seminar is fully illustrated with hundreds of photographs to demonstrate the techniques being discussed. COMPOSITION will provide many suggestions and a few simple guidelines to improve your compositions. Please bring your camera, an empty memory card, camera instruction book, notebook and pen, lunch and snack.&nbs p; Coffee, tea and juice will be provided. Also bring clothing for the outdoor portion Please register by phoning or emailing Jude Grass at 604-538-8774 judegrass@shaw.ca, and then mailing a cheque payable to Nature Vancouver – Photography Seminar – Composition, to 17375 27A Avenue, Surrey, BC V3S 0E9.

Great Bear Wild Presentations – coming to an area new you! check for location and dates here

Metro Vancouver’s 14th Annual Fall Parksfest event – EVENT DETAILS Date: Saturday, November 1, 2014 Location: Blusson Hall, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby Campus Time: 8:00 am – 4:00 pm (refreshments and lunch included) Registration: www.parksfest.com or call 604-432-6359
This event is a wonderful opportunity for participants to come together, make important connections, develop and share experiences and expertise. This year’s program highlights a new venue and a modified program and includes some very engaging speakers and session leaders. For more information, please visit Parkfest Link Here

Kingfisher Study
Attention: Naturalists of Vancouver Island & the Sunshine Coast
Our research project will study the intestinal parasites of Belted Kingfishers on Vancouver Island and the Sunshine Coast, including the trematodes, Uvulifer ambloplitis, and Crassiphiala bulboglossa. This pilot study is being conducted as part of an undergraduate student research project at Vancouver Island University. These parasites are known to infect Kingfishers throughout North America; however, little is known about the frequency of infections on the West Coast, or whether other parasite species may be present in Kingfishers. Parasites are also potentially valuable indicators of aspects of avian ecology, e.g. foraging behaviour.We need the help of naturalists for this study to be a success! If you encounter a dead Kingfisher please collect it! Place it in the freezer as soon as possible. -Please make sure to double bag the birds – best to store in large Ziploc bags! -Careful labeling of the specimen is critical. Please include the following information regarding the Kingfisher on the label (see accompanying data label): Date found, suspected cause of death, or condition when found Location of bird – please be specific with landmarks, names of roads, or best of all – GPS locations. Frozen birds can be delivered to the Biology Department at Vancouver Island University. Alternatively, arrangements can be made to pick up the bird. For more information, or to arrange bird pickup, contact: Elsie Hampshire: (250) 668-8665 (elsie.hampshire@gmail.com), or Tim Goater: (250) 753-3245 (2325) (tim.goater@viu.ca)
Join Project FeederWatch
The 28th season of Project FeederWatch begins on November 8! Please join our team of thousands of volunteers across North America, and turn your bird feeding hobby into research for bird conservation. Your counts will help scientists monitor changes in winter feeder-bird populations. You choose how much time you want to spend. New participants receive a kit with a handbook, a bird identification poster, a calendar, and an instruction booklet. Results are published in BirdWatch Canada and Winter Bird Highlights – the FeederWatch magazine. You can also explore maps and charts online to see what others are reporting during the count. Anyone with an interest in birds and nature is invited to join Project FeederWatch and become a Citizen Scientist. To learn more or to sign up, visit our website or call 1-888-448-2473. Your $35 donation defrays the cost of the materials and data analysis (free for members of Bird Studies Canada). Project FeederWatch is a joint program of Bird Studies Canada and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.
Your Executive and Conservation Committee has been busy
Letters Sent
Roderick Allen – Environmental Education Curriculum Changes
Erik Lathmuth – Boundary Adjustment Application to BC Parks by the Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure to Remove Cosens Bay Road from Kalamalka Lake Park
Kathy Eichenberger – Arrow Lakes Reservoir – Columbia River Treaty Review
Mike de Jong, Finance Minister – Society Act Proposed Changes Effecting Non-Profit Societies
Mary Polak, MOE – Proposed Park Boundary Adjustments of Bridal Veil Falls, Finn Creek, North Thompson River Provincial Parks and Lac du Bois Grasslands Protected Area
Debra Myles, Panel Manager, Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency – Comments on the Draft Review Panel Terms of Reference for Roberts Bank Terminal 2.
BC Nature Approved – Joining the Blue Dot movement in support of the right to a healthy environment for all Canadians. We are proudly joining the movement because we wish to continue our collective appreciation of our Natural Environment that it may be wisely used and maintained for future generations.
Bill Bennett, Minister of Energy and Mines – Mt. Polley Disaster
7 letters of support for various clubs and affiliates from Bat Monitoring to Wetland Restoration.
Potential New Clubs
We are actively seeking new clubs to join the Federation of British Columbia Naturalists or assist with the start up of a new club – some areas we are looking into are: Port Hardy, Port McNeil, Tofino or Ucluelet, Prince Rupert, Kootenays (Locations where there are no club currently!)
If you have friends or family in any of these areas that can assist us in either starting up a new club or talking to a club in their area that fit the BC Nature Objectives.
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Guest Speaker:Nature Pre-School Education, Sun. Oct. 19, 2014

Imagine our children playing outside in our public parks and not glued to televisions and computers! This may sound revolutionary or even threatening to some people. In reality it is just natural, it is a “nature pre-school,” hopefully coming to your neighbourhood.

As part of its nature education mandate, Comox Valley Nature will be hosting one of the founders of the rapidly growing nature pre-school movement in Canada, Dr. Enid Elliott, Bateman lecturer and recent winner of BC Nature’s Daphne Solecki award. The “nature preschools and kindergartens” movement has been spreading all across Canada, at an astonishing rate. While this ground-breaking educational opportunity has been received enthusiastically throughout the Lower Mainland and the Victoria area, and yearned for by young families, it remains a concept poorly understood by daycare operators and even resisted by vested interests.

Dr. Enid Elliott is an early-learning and childcare instructor at Camosun College and the University of Victoria. The Daphne Solecki Award recognizes her outstanding contributions to nature education for children. She delivered this year’s Robert Bateman Lecture at the Centre for Dialogue. She discussed how active engagement and immersion outdoors allows children to connect deeply with nature through play and experience traditional ways of knowing.

Here in the Comox Valley, the proposed Mack Laing Nature ‘Tree’School , which is supported by both Project Watershed and Comox Valley Nature, is an outdoor educational program that is designed to offer a unique early childhood learning experience for 3-5 year old children at the Mack Laing Nature Park. Expanding on the BC Ministry of Education’s Early Learning Framework, the emphasis of the program will be on a nature and play-based curriculum and will encourage preschoolers to engage their environment through art, music, games, physical activities and group learning. This is an exciting new educational opportunity that moves beyond the limitations of traditional daycare.

Dr. Elliott will be presenting a talk on the educational principles of nature education “Taking Preschool Outdoors: An Adventure in Community and Learning”. This presentation will share the work done to develop and implement Canada’s first Nature Kindergarten at Sangster Elementary School in the Sooke School District. In this kindergarten program, children spend all morning (every morning, whatever the weather) outside experiencing a growing sense of wonder, improved health and fitness, mental and emotional development, awareness of the environment, and an appreciation and understanding of traditional ways of knowing with Nature as co-teacher.
This lecture will take place at the Florence Filberg Seniors Centre at 7pm September, October 19 2014.

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 Club) 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 Loys Maingon (CVN President) at 250-331-0143.

BC Nature eNews Oct. 2014


Upcoming Events
  • Deadline for Club Applications for “Club Support” Grants – January 31, 2015
  • Deadline for Resolutions to be presented at the AGM – 2015 is February 28, 2015
  • Deadline for BC Nature Award Nominations – February 28, 2015
  • AGM 2015 – Salt Spring Island – May 7 – 10, 2015. Registration information in Winter BCnature issue.
  • Rene Savenye Scholarship applications should be in prior to May 30, 2015 – see website for application.
FGM 2015 and AGM 2016
BC Nature is actively looking for one of our clubs to host FGM 2015 - Late September 2015 and AGM 2016 - early May 2016. This year and in past years, two clubs have co-hosted the AGM or FGM. Please think about it!
Hosting a conference for BC Nature is rewarding for both your club and BC Nature.
Please email manager@bcnature.ca if your club has any interest and we can supply all the information you need to present to your board.
Issue 37
Date October 2014
Thank you Shuswap Naturalists
A great time was had at the Fall General Meeting and conference, attended by @ 140 members. The weather was glorious, the birds abundant and a nice day was had looking for the elusive returning Sockeye.
Full report to come in the Winter Magazine.
Stop the Radio Towers
For anyone living in the vicinity of Point Roberts, Here’s a link to Delta Councillor Jeannie Kanakos’ request that our federal government appear at the Whatcom County hearing of the application for a Conditional Use Permit for the 50,000-watt AM transmitter that’s posed to cover us, Tsawwassen, in extremely high levels of blanketing interference.

It’s not lost on Councillor Kanakos and the rest of Delta Council that our Member of Parliament Kerry-Lynne Findlay and her federal cabinet colleagues James Moore of Industry Canada and John Baird of Foreign Affairs can be doing more on our behalf.
Click on Item F17 “Point Roberts Radio Tower Petition”, or advance 57 minutes into the webcast: Link Here

Last week, approvals were given to those that had filed a suit against the Federal Government on the approval of the Enbridge Pipeline. BC Nature was one of those thirteen filers.

Articles Enbridge Northern Gateway Investor Report: The Peoples Version – Link

Province Newspaper – Enbridge Link

Conservation News
Newspaper and Radio articles pertaining to some of the issues being discussed.
N.W.T. premier Bob McLeod promotes Arctic pipeline idea in Washington - Link

Cooper: Prentice must take on climate-change activists Link Here

Vaughn Palmer: No cracks in the B.C. Liberals’ stonewall on Mount Polley – Link Here

North America Can Say Goodbye to Half its Birds if Rising GHG Emissions Aren’t Stopped Link Here

Potential consequences of FIPA for Canada’s ecological systems – Link Here

Interesting Sites and Articles
Check out the Yukon Conservation group Newsletter – check out the article on Casino Mines

New wilderness park created on eastern edge of Kelowna – link

U.S. Earthcam – although the season is done for the Osprey, this is a great site to bookmark for next year – Link

In just the past 40 years, the world has lost over half its wildlife population. That estimate comes from scientists at the World Wildlife Federation and the Zoological Society of London in a report today called “Living Planet Report 2014″ Link Here

Anne Murray: There is no Planet B – Link Here

Drone captures incredible video of volcano eruption in Iceland Link Here

35,000 walrus in Alaska: Why they came ashore Link Here

About Town
Sunday, October 12th, Langley Municipal Nature Park – 10am – 12pm. Join FoSBS and the Little Campbell Watershed Society to remove invasive species at the Park as a part of Langley’s Water Weeks celebration events. Register with Lisa Dreves – stewardship@leps.bc.ca

Saturday, October 18th Dart’s Hill Native Plant Demonstration Garden Planting 10:00 am – 12pm. Register with Kathy Whittemore kw5096@telus.net

Saturday, October 25th Little Campbell Forest Trail Planting 9:00 – 12pm. Join us to plant additional native trees and shrubs along the Little Campbell Forest Trail. Register with Alison Prentice a.prentice@shaw.ca

Saturday, November 1st Blackie Spit Environmentally Sensitive Area 9:30 am – 12:30pm. Join us to plant native trees and shrubs to further enhance the wildlife habitat at the Rene Savenye ESA. Register with Alison Prentice a.prentice@shaw.ca

October 11th, Invasive removal on the Sam Hill tributary of the Little Campbell River south of 16th Ave. October 22nd, Invasive removal on West Twin creek just south of 16th Ave on 184th St. For further information, contact Christy Juteau, christy.juteau@arocha.ca

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