Bird Outing Report: CVEX Grounds, May 26,2016

This Thursday 8 birders were treated to a morning full of bird song at the Comox Valley Exhibition Grounds. Other highlights were close looks at 3 Brown Creepers and hearing as well as seeing several Swainson’s Thrush. Our total number of species for the morning was 32.

Great Blue Heron
Turkey Vulture
Bald Eagle
Anna’s Hummingbird
Rufous Hummingbird
Belted Kingfisher
Red-breasted Sapsucker
Northern Flicker
Hammond’s Flycatcher
Pacific-slope Flycatcher
Cassin’s Vireo
Warbling Vireo
Northern Rough-winged Swallow
Violet-green Swallow
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Brown Creeper
Pacific Wren
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Swainson’s Thrush
American Robin
European Starling
Orange-crowned Warbler
Yellow Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Townsend’s Warbler
Spotted Towhee
Chipping Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Western Tanager
Red Crossbill
Pine Siskin

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BC Nature eNews, June 2016

Upcoming Events
  • One Month to go – Rene Savenye Scholarship deadline – June 3, 2016. Application Link
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The Atlas of the Breeding Birds of British Columbia
The Atlas of the Breeding Birds of British Columbia is now online! More than 1500 high-quality maps and graphs show precisely where each species occurs, how common it is, and which types of landscapes it breeds in. The atlas is packed with innovative, user-friendly features, and is an entirely free new resource designed for almost everyone – from environmental professionals and researchers to birdwatchers, educators, and students. With 630,000 records of 320 species, it is now the go-to source of bird information for environmental assessments, and is informing purchase and management priorities for conservation and industrially-managed lands. The dataset is also being widely used for academic research. Special thanks to the 30 authors, 20 editors, 45 coordinators, 1300 dedicated field volunteers, 30 photographers, and 150 generous partners and supporters!
Issue 49
Date June 2016
Spring in the Alpine
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Interesting Sites and News Tidbits
Available now – Brand new “Loon” poster being circulated by Lillooet Field Naturalists – Here is the link for a download copy.

Geothermal Energy – Why aren’t we using more of it – Read about it here

The Kokanee sport fishery on the Kootenay Lake’s west arm will be ‘catch-and-release’-only Article here

An interesting site is promoting a Tick Removal product. This product was brought to the attention of BC Nature by one of its Naturalists club and is not endorsed by BC Nature, however, if you wish to explore it for more information, please do so.

Removing a park for a highway? Times Colonist Link

About Town
New Section on our Website – Clubs Notice board – events hosted by our clubs that are open to other members.

>From the Rocky Point Bird Observatory – Spring School Programs – for more information check out this link

Lillooet Outdoor Festival 27 and 28 May, Lillooet – for further information, please see Link

Conservation Issues in our Province
Enbridge eyes alternative routes Article

B.C. caribou herds decline, wolf kill to continue Haida Gwaii Observer Article

Proponents behind B.C.’s Northern Gateway pipeline ask for three-year extension Vancouver Sun Article

Recovery Strategy for the Wood Bison (Bison bison athabascae) in Canada posted on the Species at Risk Public Registry (SARA) for a 60-day public consultation period Link

A thought provoking Article on Site C
What BC Residents Have and Have Not Been Told About Site C Dam and Electricity Prices. From Powell River – Great article
From the Outdoor Recreation Council
Kootenays – Outdoor Recreation Council of a Crown Land Tenure application for a License of Occupation for Adventure Tourism. The public is invited to comment. Responses are due by May 28 (Please note: The short period for responding is due to delayed notification by this office). – Adventure Tourism – Commercial Recreation – Guided Mechanized Cat – skiing December through April – Near Ymir BC on Mt Elise. Link for information


Interior – Please note that the deadline for comments on the final draft of the South Chilcotin Mountains Provincial Park Management Plan has been extended to June 13. The BC Parks website will be updated to reflect that shortly.

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Botany Outing Report: News of things Botanical on the BC Nature Field Trips, May 12-15. 2016

Greetings all,
There was no monthly gathering in the second week in May because of the BC Nature AGM being held here May 12-15th.
Mitlenatch 1 The weather could not have been better for the Field Trips and here are some comments on things botanical from four of the sites : Mitlenatch, Tree Island, Kin Beach & the Comox Lake Bluffs Ecological Reserve.Mitlenatch

On Mitlenatch the Camassia  (camas) had already set seed, the widespread  Lomatium nudicaule  (Indian Consumption Plant) was in both bloom and seed, the Allium acuminatum  (Hookers onion) and Lilium columbianum (tiger lily) were just coming  out.

The wardens for the week (Peggy and Dave) pointed out how the Amelanchier alnifolia  (Saskatoon) seems to becoming the dominant shrub and the Sedum divergens (spreading stonecrop) has been taking over the rocky crevices where the Opuntia fragilis  (prickly pear cactus) grows.

From Tree Island,  Jocie has sent photos of two items of special note: the red listed  Abronia latifolia  (yellow sand-verbena), blooming splendidly (as is also on the DND site on the Spit), and the unusually shaped  Amsinckia spectabilis  (seaside fiddle-neck) .

yellow sand-verbenaseaside fiddle-neck

On the Kin Beach outing, Helen reported : “the highlight for me was having Terry Taylor (formerly of Vancouver, but now living in Qualicum Beach) along as a guest.  (He always writes an interesting article in each BC Nature magazine, and has done so for years).  He identified about 7 grasses; and close to the Suksdorf’s mugwort by the beach parking area, spotted a little brown area in the hard-packed gravel, got down with his hand lens, and identified Crassula tillaea, mossy stonecrop, an introduced species, and he said it was in bloom! I went down yesterday, and got a sample to look at under the microscope.  The plant is so dried out, and so tiny, but I could make out the features.  In that location it would be quite impossible to photograph. He said that he will come up next year and help us identify other grasses in the Comox Valley.”


At the Comox Lake Bluffs Ecological Reserve, where everything is already parched, Helen noted as outstanding all the non- chlorophyll plants visible : gnome-plant, pinesap, candystick, western coralroot, spotted coralroot, Indian-pipe (just emerging), Vancouver groundcone, and California broomrape. Below is a photo of Corallorhiza maculata ssp maculata (spotted coralroot) from the forest area of the Eco-Reserve.

There was certainly an impressive show for our visitors.

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Bird Outing Report: Courtenay Airpark, May 19, 2016

Today the showers held off and 7 birders spent a pleasant morning at Courtenay Airpark and Walkway. We found 31 species. Highlights included distant Whimbrels and good looks at Long-billed Dowitchers.

Canada Goose
Green-winged Teal
Common Merganser
Great Blue Heron
Bald Eagle
Western Sandpiper
Long-billed Dowitcher
Glaucous-winged Gull
Eurasian Collared-Dove
Rufous Hummingbird
Northern Flicker
Pacific-slope Flycatcher
Northwestern Crow
Purple Martin
Violet-green Swallow
Barn Swallow
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Marsh Wren
Bewick’s Wren
Swainson’s Thrush
American Robin
European Starling
Yellow Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Townsend’s Warbler
Song Sparrow
Spotted Towhee
Red-winged Blackbird

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