BC Nature eNews Apr. 2014

Upcoming Events
  • AGM 2014 – May 1 – 4, “Coastal Connections” – Victoria, BC – Not Just Meetings!! Lots of great outings and speakers! Link here for Registration and more information
  • Skagit Bird Blitz – May 9 – 11, 2014 (Further information in Spring Magazine)
  • Deadline to apply for Rene Savenye Scholarship by May 30, 2013
  • Robson Bird Blitz – June 6-8. Please contact Gail Ross – gailross1@telus.net for further information or to sign on.
  • Manning Park Bird Blitz – June 20 – 22, 2014 – please visit Hope Mountain Centre for further information
  • FGM 2014 – Hosted by the Shuswap Naturalists – September 25 – 28, 2014. Salmon & Shorebirds – Incredible Journe! y Registration will be in the Summer Magazine
AGM 2014 – Victoria, BC – your hosts Victoria Natural History Society and the Rocky Point Bird Observatory
“Registration for ‘Coastal Connections’ the Annual General Meeting of BC Nature to be held in Victoria May 1 – 4, 2014, hosted by the Rocky Point Bird Observatory and the Victoria Natural History Society – Link here .
There will be a wide range of interesting talks, inspiring field trips, a banquet, and lots of opportunities to meet like-minded naturalists. Don’t miss it!” Please note: There are some outings that have been altered or closed due to them being “Full” – some events have also been cancelled due to lack of sign up but all have replacement outings etc.
Issue 41
Date April 2014
Spring is Coming
CAMPS 2014
Updates Tofino and Nicola Valley Camps are full with a waiting list. Wells Gray Park – The Alpine Trek is Full (Thank you!) but there is still space available for the Wells Gray Camp – 23 spots remain. Please contact Kamloops Naturalists – teresa_corboy@hotmail.com to reserve your spot.
Vancouver City Bird competition
Vote for your favourite City Bird
Six popular Vancouver birds that live here all year are competing for your vote to be honoured as this year’s official City Bird. The winning bird will be used in promotional material for Bird Week in 2015.
Get your vote in by May 10. Voting starts April 13. – Link Here
Interesting Sites and articles
You Daily Chuckle – “Falcon Nest” – link The Squamish Environment Society has a new program underway. Our own CSI ! For far too long, we have noted the many local environmental groups working parallel or in their own silos. This ‘CSI’ is an strategy to bring the varied interests under one roof to do some networking and celebration of some interesting projects. The poster provides the approach and details. Link Here

Management of Karst Resource Features on Northern Vancouver Island Link Here

For the love of bees and butterflies – Great backyard ideas Link Here

BC Breeding Bird Atlas in Final Phase
We are in the final publication phase of the first-ever BC Breeding Bird Atlas! The critical data you collected will now be transformed into maps, summaries and analyses, and interactive web-tools designed to advance conservation through improved landscape management, policy and planning, and strategic informed advocacy. Were hoping you can help for this last push to completion. The 2014 Birdathon could make all the difference!The BSC BC Programs office is birding and raising funds for the BC Atlas. Won’t you consider joining our team? For information on what you can do and how to register, please visit: this Link
About Town
The new edition of David Sibley’s The Sibley Guide to Birds. David Sibley will be speaking at VPL’s (Vancouver Public Library main branch at 7:30 PM on April 29th.Renowned Orca Researchers,ERICH HOYT AND PAUL SPONG, speak on Saturna Island – May 3, 2014
Saturday, May 3 1:00 – 2:00 pm Paul Spong
2:15 – 3:45 pm Erich Hoyt
4:00 – 5:00 pm Q+A panel of Orca Researchers
Saturna Recreation Centre
$10 pre-register for tickets, 18 years and under are free co-sponsored by the Saturna Island Boat Club For further information – Please visit: Link
First Nations issue decision to Canada on Enbridge: NO
Thank you so much for joining the thousands of Canadians who have committed to standing with First Nations to protect the land, the water and our communities from the Enbridge pipelines and tankers project. Last week, we communicated this message of solidarity to federal government officials at an all-clans gathering of the Yinka Dene Alliance. Listening to the powerful words of our people –hereditary and elected leaders, elders, children, youth and other community members –I have never felt more confident that this risky project will never be built. Check out this video of some of the highlights of the day.
Assistance needed with the Study of Loons
Common Loons are returning to their territories on inland lakes. Do you spend at least one day a month in summer (June-August) on a Canadian lake where loons breed? If so, you could help monitor loons and lake health for Bird Studies Canada’s Canadian Lakes Loon Survey.
For three decades, our volunteers have supported loon and lake conservation by reporting on loon chick survival. Our 30-year report outlines key program findings.
This iconic species is facing significant threats. The Canadian Lakes Loon Survey supports lake stewards by providing materials such as conservation tips and articles, nesting platform instructions, and signs that can be posted in areas where loons nest.
Survey participants are needed for 2014. Visit our lake activity map to view survey locations. To join, please register as a Bird Studies Canada member and opt into the loon survey. Active members can sign up by emailing Kathy Jones (volunteer@birdscanada.org).
Enbridge – Kinder Morgan Updates
Oral Hearings Quietly Vanish From Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain Pipeline Review. Read Article Link Enbridge loses the Kitimat plebiscite on Northern Gateway – Can Northern Gateway continue without social license? Link

Should oil pipelines in B.C. be subject to a referendum? Article Here

Humpback whale losing ‘threatened’ status amid Northern Gateway concerns – Article Here If you think we are biased – please read on Link Here or this link

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Botany Outing Report: Puntledge River, Apr. 14, 2014

Along the trails of Puntledge Park & Ruth Masters Greenway, botanists had a fine display of trilliums, fawn lilies, slender toothwort , bleedingheart, skunk cabbage and the yellow stream violet in full bloom. Plants emerging were false bugbane, vanilla leaf, fringe cup, creeping buttercup, tiger lily, false lily of the Valley, Hooker’s fairybells and false Solomon’s seal. Shrubs coming into bloom were ocean spray, thimbleberry, elderberry, salmonberry. Highlights were a white steam violet, flowering wild ginger and coltsfoot (in Puntledge Park).

Guest Speakers: Forum on ALR, Forest Act & Parks Act, Sun. Apr. 20, 2014

Recent legislative changes to the ALR, the Forest Act and the BC Parks Act constitute a radical change in the conservation framework of British Columbia. The boundaries of green spaces, and public access to them, are being opened to short-term private industrial interests with broad management rights. Management of these areas and the public’s stake in them, and access to them, are being redefined, without public consultation.

Comox Valley Nature has for over 48 years carried out a broad variety of long-term citizen science and restoration projects monitoring bird and plant population trends throughout the valley. These data and the trends they represent have helped a number of agencies and non-governmental organizations provide a picture of the environmental health of the Comox Valley. This work has also contributed to the preservation of green spaces and “protected areas” which are critical to the high quality of life enjoyed by residents, and which form the economic basis of the Comox Valley’s tourism and agricultural economies.

This important work has only been made possible by unfettered access to public Crown lands and by co-operative agreements with landowners and various ministries. It is therefore extremely important that the public understand what these legislative changes will mean for the long-term conservation and maintenance of the high quality economic and ecological environment, which we currently enjoy.

Comox Valley Nature will be hosting an open public forum with representatives from various key local environmental associations to discuss conservation implications and possible ways to react or adapt to the legislation.

This public workshop will be held this Easter Sunday April 20 at 7pm at the Florence Filberg Seniors Centre, 411 Anderton, Courtenay.

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, 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 donation from non-members is always appreciated. New memberships are always welcomed. Anyone interested in this lecture or participating in CVNS activities can also contact us at the website or Loys Maingon (CVN President) at 250-331-0143.

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Guest Speakers: Forum on ALR, Forest Act & Parks Act, Sun. Apr. 20, 2014

Recent legislative changes to the ALR, the Forest Act and the BC Parks Act constitute a radical change in the conservation framework of British Columbia. The boundaries of green spaces, and public access to them, are being opened to short-term private industrial interests with broad management rights. Management of these areas and the public’s stake […]

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