Bird Outing Report: Oyster Bay, July 21,2016

Eight birders went to Oyster Bay today on a falling tide for the shorebird lottery. We didn’t do too badly with 9 species of shorebirds and moderate numbers – with shorebirds you never know what or how many will turn up. Overall we saw 27 species of birds. Highlights included good comparisons of Greater and Lesser Yellowlegs and Western and Least Sandpipers as well as good looks at Caspian Terns.
Common Loon
Great Blue Heron
Turkey Vulture
Bald Eagle
Black-bellied Plover
Spotted Sandpiper
Greater Yellowlegs
Lesser Yellowlegs
Black Turnstone
Least Sandpiper
Western Sandpiper
Short-billed Dowitcher
Bonaparte’s Gull
California Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
Caspian Tern
Belted Kingfisher
Northern Flicker
Pacific-slope Flycatcher
Northwestern Crow
Purple Martin
Barn Swallow
Cedar Waxwing
Orange-crowned Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
Brown-headed Cowbird

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Bird Outing Report: Lazo Marsh, July 14,2016

Two birders went to Lazo Marsh and Lazo Woods this morning and found the following 20 species:

Eurasian Collared-Dove
Pileated Woodpecker
Willow Flycatcher
Hammond’s Flycatcher
Pacific-slope Flycatcher
Common Raven
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Marsh Wren
Bewick’s Wren
Swainson’s Thrush
American Robin
Cedar Waxwing
Common Yellowthroat
Spotted Towhee
Song Sparrow
Western Tanager
Purple Finch
Red Crossbill
American Goldfinch

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BC Nature eNews, July 2016

Upcoming Events
  • BC Nature’s 2016 FGM will be held in Prince George from September 22 – 25, 2016. You can register through the form in the Summer magazine or go online here.
  • BC Nature’s 2017 AGM will be held in Lillooet from May 4 – 7, 2017. You’ll find details in the Fall Magazine, which will be released in September.
  • The 2017 Awards cut-off for nominations is February 27, 2017. Criteria and a list of awards can be found on the BC Nature website.
Twitters and Tweets Miscellaneous
Bird Studies Canada and other North American Bird Conservation Initiative partners recently released the first joint conservation assessment of the birds of Canada, the United States, and Mexico. According to The State of North America’s Birds 2016, 432 of our continent’s 1154 native bird species (37%) are in crisis. Declining populations and severe threats to their habitats mean that without significant action, these species could be facing extinction.Visit The State of North America’s Birds 2016’s website here.

Neville Recording’s Bird Song of the Month: Swainson’s Thrush! Listen to it here.

Issue 50
Date June/July 2016
A Tree Swallow.
The BCnature Summer Magazine is out now!
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Interesting Sites and News Tidbits
New UBC study on landscape connectivity for bighorn sheep. Read about the research here.Potential disease discovered in salmon on a BC fish farm. Read about the disease on The Globe and Mail’s website.

Most Canadian seafood fails harvesting sustainability test: report. Read a summary on the Vancouver Sun’s website.

About Town
July 9: Explore Historic Quadra Island through a day tour with the Museum at Campbell River. Registration and more information here.July 14: Boots, Bikes, & Beers: Biking and Hiking opportunities in BC. More info here.

Until September 12: Hive Tours @ Grouse Mountain in North Vancouver.

Ongoing: Help gather data on breeding bird nests near you! Check out the Canada-wide Project NestWatch or read the Summer magazine for more details.

Conservation Issues in our Province
Nadleh Whu’ten, Takla Lake and Nak’azdli First Nations oppose Northern Gateway Pipeline Extension. Read more on!Why Scientists Are Amazed at Oilsands Smog Levels. Link to The Tyee’s article.

Potential national park in the South Okanagan faces opposition as debate continues over land protection. Link to The Globe and Mail’s article.

New Report Knocks Down Pro-Pipelines ‘Fantasies’. Link to The Tyee’s article.

Support Wildlife Habitat at Island View Beach Park! Link to the petition.

Scientists call on federal government to reject Pacific NorthWest LNG project. Link to Global News’ article.

B.C. joins western Canadian fight against invasive species like zebra and quagga mussels. Link to provincial government article.

Public Consultation Period for SARA’s Schedule 1 Species
Until July 18 2016, the public is invited to comment on proposed Order to amend Schedule 1 of the Species at Risk Act (SARA) which acts as an official list of wildlife species at risk in Canada. This amendment will 1) change the SARA status of four species, and 2) add nine species to the Schedule as either extirpated, endangered, threatened, or of special concern. Once listed, measures to protect and recover a listed wildlife species are implemented.Check here for a full list of species affected and how to comment.
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YNC Outing: Nature House Miracle Beach, June 25th 2016, 2pm

Hello Families,

Our next Explorer Day will be on Saturday, June 25, 2:00-3:30 pm and we will meet at the Nature House of Miracle Beach Provincial Park. We will be exploring the sandy beach at low tide.

Children may like to wade in the tide pools so please wear footwear that can get wet and shorts. If it’s a cooler day pants and gumboots will be fine. Bring a snack and water bottle and don’t forget the sunscreen and hats!

Directions from Courtenay/Comox: Allow 30 minutes driving time. Go north on the old hwy. Pass the Black Creek store and turn right on Miracle Beach Drive across from the mini golf. Go straight down Miracle Beach Drive and enter the park. Cross the Black Creek bridge and turn left at the junction, then left again into the north parking lot (there are 2 big parking lots) and park by the nature house.

We look forward to seeing you on the 25th,


Jarrett Krentzel, Jocie Brooks, Rene Jorgensen,Volunteer leaders
Comox Valley NatureKids
The Nature Exploration Club for
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