CVN Bursary – New Developments September 2016

The CVN Bursary Committee launched several initiatives over the summer and fall.  We revised the bursary information supplied to the schools and on the club’s website in order to provide   more detail about the club and its activities.  We also created the CVN-specific application form to learn more about the applicant’s environmental background, experience, and interests to better gauge his or her suitability for our award.  This form will complement the generic bursary application form and supporting documents provided by the schools that students submit to us. Both our bursary information and a link to a downloadable, fillable form are now posted on our website under the heading Bursary/Financial Aid.

Kylie Adebar receiving CVN Bursary Award from K. Wilkinson of CVN's Bursary Committee at Mark Isfeld School Awards Ceremony June 6, 2016

Kylie Adebar receiving CVN Bursary Award from K. Wilkinson of CVN’s Bursary Committee at Mark Isfeld School Awards Ceremony June 6, 2016

The CVN Bursary Committee chose Kylie Adebar as this year’s bursary winner for her volunteer commitments and high academic standing at Mark R. Isfeld Secondary School. She is now enrolled in the General Sciences program at the UBC Okanagan campus in Kelowna and hopes to pursue an environmental chemistry degree with a focus on pollution issues and new technologies to combat climate change.

We are currently in the process of locating our past CVN bursary recipients to invite them to give a brief presentation to our club regarding their environmental interests and career progress and plans. This would allow them to meet our members and express their appreciation in person, and allow us to learn about them and their projects.

Many thanks to those who contributed to our initiatives, especially Jim Boulter, Isabella Erni, Krista Kaptein and the current CVN Board!

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Bird Outing Report: Tyee Spit, Sept.29,2016

Today, Sept 29th, 16 birders spent a pleasant morning at Tyee Spit. Large numbers of waterbirds were moving and feeding in Discovery Passage which gave us multiple good views. Overall we found 33 species. Thanks particularly to Gordon for looking up, while everyone else was looking only at the water, and finding the perched Merlin above our heads!

Canada Goose
American Wigeon
Mallard
Northern Pintail
Green-winged Teal
Greater Scaup
Harlequin Duck
Surf Scoter
Hooded Merganser
Common Merganser
Western Grebe
Pelagic Cormorant
Double-crested Cormorant
Great Blue Heron
Bald Eagle
Killdeer
Long-billed Dowitcher
Common Murre
Marbled Murrelet
Rhinoceros Auklet
Bonaparte’s Gull
Mew Gull
California Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
Rock Pigeon
Merlin
Northwestern Crow
American Robin
European Starling
Fox Sparrow
Savannah Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Brewer’s Blackbird

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Bird Outing Report: Simpson Farm, Sept. 22,2016

Today, Sept 22nd, 11 birders went to Simpson Farm (restricted access) to look for fall migrants, and found 29 species. Highlights included nine juvenile Long-Billed Dowitchers, an Anna’s Hummingbird displaying on territory, a young Merlin trying to hunt Northern Flickers, and a singing Western Meadowlark (heard only).

Mallard
Northern Shoveler
Green-winged Teal
Long-billed Dowitcher
Turkey Vulture
Anna’s Hummingbird
Northern Flicker
Merlin
Northwestern Crow
Common Raven
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Bewick’s Wren
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
American Robin
European Starling
Cedar Waxwing
Common Yellowthroat
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Fox Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Golden-crowned Sparrow
Savannah Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Lincoln’s Sparrow
Spotted Towhee
Red-winged Blackbird
Western Meadowlark
House Finch
Purple Finch

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Upcoming Walk: Sunday, Oct. 30th 2016, Nymph Falls Mushroom Public Walk, 9:00 am

Sunday, October 30th, Nymph Falls Mushroom Public Walk, 9:00 am
Alison and Loys will lead an Autumn mushroom walk along the shores of Puntledge River at Nymph falls in this very popular Public walk. Participants will meet at the main entrance of Nymph falls Regional Park on Forbidden Plateau road at 9:00.
The walk is on forest trails, and includes a gentle incline on the way out as you go upstream. Dress for the weather, and wear sturdy shoes. The walk will be about 3 hours long, with many stops to observe the various fungi along the paths.
Note that there is no access to Forbidden Plateau Road form the new highway; you will have to access the road from Piercy Road. This public walk is limited to 40 people.
A link to the Park trail map is here:
http://www.comoxvalleyrd.ca/assets/Community/Documents/Parks/Nymph_Falls_map_30x21.pdf

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