Bird Outing Report: Courtenay Airpark, Mar.26, 2015

Five birders met at the Airpark for the Thursday Walk. There was no rain, not a lot of wind, and even a bit of sun. 31 species were recorded . Highlight was the female Ruddy Duck that has spent the winter in the slough We also had a Wilson’s Snipe and a few Greater Yellowlegs. Yellow-rumped Warblers were singing while Ruby-crowned Kinglets were tuning up a bit as they passed through.

Canada Goose
Eurasian Wigeon
American Wigeon
Mallard
Green-winged Teal
Bufflehead
Common Merganser
Ruddy Duck
Bald Eagle
Greater Yellowlegs
Wilson’s Snipe
Mew Gull
California Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
Rock Pigeon
Eurasian Collared-Dove
Belted Kingfisher
Downy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Northwestern Crow
Bushtit
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
American Robin
European Starling
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Spotted Towhee
Song Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Golden-crowned Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Red-winged Blackbird

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BC Nature President Letter: Mack Laing associated with the Geological Survey of Canada

Dear Mr. Ives and Councillors of the Town of Comox,

Recently we have learned about your decision to demolish not one but both Mack Laing Houses in your community.  It goes without saying this potential act is of great concern to naturalists not only in your area, but to all naturalists and environmentalists in British Columbia, and yes even in Canada.

You are likely aware that Mr Laing is a great pioneer and played a pivotal role in the natural and environmental history of Western Canada. He made many literary and scientific contributions, was instrumental in the National Museum of Canada. His expeditions associated with the Geological Survey of Canada laid the foundations of Western Canada’s ecological and economic heritage. In short, he was a giant in Canada, British Columbia and Comox.

The decision you have taken, to erase his memory would be a cultural affront to the province, the Museum of Natural History, to the Geological Survey of Canada and indeed to the town of Comox. I implore you respect his generous donations, follow up his explicit directions as stated in his will, from which the town has been a great beneficiary.

I am certain that the Geological Survey of Canada, of which I am also a direct member, the Naturalist Museum of Canada, the province of British Columbia and the Town of Comox will be very grateful to you, if you continue to protect the heritage of this great Canadian,

As you might know BC Nature ( Federation of BC Naturalists) is the largest nature organization in British Columbia with over 5000 members, is associated with Nature Canada, and works closely with BC Parks on many environmental and nature issues.

With regards,
Kees Visser
President BC Nature

Pdf File: BC Nature re Mack Laing by Kees Visser Letter

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Brant Festival Boat Tour

The Nature Trust of BC has news about an upcoming boat tour, part of the Brant Wildlife Festival:

· Comox Wildlife Boat Tour
Sat. Mar. 21, 1 to 4 p.m.
View birds and wildlife with Comox Harbour Charters. The tour will begin in Comox and travel to Fanny Bay and back. Pre-register: $100 per person 1-866-288-7878 or e-mail rrivers@naturetrust.bc.ca

More Brant Festival events here.

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Upcoming Event: Butterfly count. (SWI Collaboration). Cumberland Marsh area and Mount Washington

Saturday July 4th. (Club event).
Butterfly count. (SWI Collaboration). Cumberland Marsh area and Mount Washington.
Details later.

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