BC Nature eNews July 2015

Upcoming Events
  • Chilcotin Experience Camp: There are 2 spots left! For more information please contact manager@bcnature.ca
  • Harrison Salmon Stronghold Camp: November 26 – November 29, 2015 Registration for the last remaining 6 spots – if interested, please contact – BC Nature office by calling 604 985 3057
  • AGM 2016 – hosted by Comox Valley Naturalists Society – May 12-15, 2016 – Details available in the Fall and Winter Magazine
  • Mittlenatch Camp – May 2016 – Details in the Fall Magazine.

Possible Camp – Fraser Canyon rafting June 2016.

  • FGM 2016 – Prince George – September 2016. Details to follow.
Issue 44
Date June-July 2015


Summer 2015 BC Nature Magazine


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The Ron Mayo Project


The Federation of British Columbia Naturalists (BC Nature) is pleased to announce the Ron Mayo videography collection is now available online. In honour of Ron Mayo and the legacy he leaves behind, BC Nature is featuring the incredible collection of natural videos that he captured of the Bella Coola region during his lifetime. Ron Mayo led a long life filled with diverse experiences. This ranges from his experiences as an aerial photographer in World War II, his immigration to Canada from the UK, and to his magnificent work as a videographer in the Bella Coola Region. He was fiercely independent and his passion for the natural world transcends through his life’s work.

Please visit our Ron Mayo Page


Conservation Items in the News
Loblaws bans Microbead Products

Loblaws is pledging to eliminate microbeads and two harmful chemicals known as phthalates and triclosan within three and a half years from its cosmetic and household products. Loblaw Co. Ltd. President Galen Weston said that the decision was made as “emerging science and public opinion suggest a measured move away from some specific ingredients is prudent.” Many environmentalists are hailing this as a monumental step for the retail industry in taking a proactive stance in conservation and ethical business practices.

For more information please follow the link

Lake Superior Marine Conservation Area to be Created
After 8 years, the federal government unanimously passed Bill C-61 to designate Lake Superior as a Marine Conservation Area. The conservation area is more than 10,000 square kilometers of lake and includes lake beds, islands and North Shore lands. For more information please follow the link
Moose Riding is not Acceptable
In the last week, a video has surfaced on YouTube of several Boaters in Prince George who were harassing a moose. One of the boaters also jumped onto the moose’s back further stressing out the already agitated animal. The B.C. Wildlife Act forbids anyone from behaviour that could “worry, exhaust, fatigue, annoy, plague, pester, tease or torment” an animal. Actions similar to these can lead to the death of an animal or injury to the individuals committing the act. The fine for Wildlife harassment ranges from 345 to 100,000 dollars. Anyone with information about the incident is encouraged to contact the RCMP.

For more information please follow the link

Barn swallow, bobolinks conservation project sees success
By Building nest boxes and asking locals to help with identifying the two birds, an Island Nature Trust project to protect barn swallows and bobolinks on P.E.I. is seeing success, and now the trust is looking to aim higher. Click this link to read more.
Interesting Sites and Articles
Corals are already adapting to global warming Researchers at the University of Austin have found that some coral populations already have genetic variants necessary to tolerate warm ocean waters, and humans can help to spread these genes.

If you would like to know more about the study. Follow the link

The UK’s first Wild Beaver Birth in 400 years! A female from the first wild beaver colony in England for centuries has given birth to at least two young. Beavers were hunted to extinction in England and Wales for their valuable fur and glandular oil during the 12th Century and disappeared from the rest of the UK until 400 years later.

Check out the adorable video of the kits (Baby Beavers) here!

About Town
A Stroll through 30 Million Years of Stanley Park’s Geological History

Date&Time: Saturday, July 4 1:00 pm in Third Beach parking lot, Stanley Park.

An interpretive walk along the Sea-wall of Stanley Park to learn about the geology of the Vancouver area. See how 40 to 70 million year old rivers laid down sand, silt, clay and minor coal over a period that included the waning years of the age of dinosaurs. Other features to see will be giant boulders of 100 million year old granite stranded by the retreating ice 12000 years ago, remnants of 30 million year old volcanoes, concretions in the sandstone, wave-cut notches in the cliff-face formed when the sea-level was higher and how Siwash Rock was formed. Low tide at the time of our walk will reveal other features such as wave-cut platforms formed by wave action over the last 5000 years, and how First Nations peoples moved the boulders left by the glaciers to make fish traps and canoe runs. This will be a 3 hour walk beginning at 1:00 pm. Make sure you purchase enough parking time for the 3 hour walk.

Contact David at 604-924-0147 or cookeco2@yahoo.com for further details.

Killer whale pod spotted in Vancouver’s Burrard Inlet
This week, vancouverites were lucky to see a pod of Killer Whales in the Burrard inlet!

This coincides with the release of the Vancouver Aquarium new smart phone app called Whale Report.This app allows people to report marine mammal sightings which the aquarium will collect and use to determine which areas and times are important to cetaceans. This app is similar to other popular birding apps such as Merlin or eBird which help large research institutions in looking at habitat and population data.

For the video please click here

For more information about the Whale Report App click here!

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Bird Outing Report: Lake Helen Mackenzie, June 25,2014

Today, on the way up Mount Washington and then on a walk to Lake Helen Mackenzie, 10 birders found 29 species – but not the Three-toed Woodpecker. Highlights for some of the birders were hearing several higher elevation species – Sooty Grouse, Gray Jay, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Hermit Thrush and Fox Sparrow.

Barrow’s Goldeneye
Sooty Grouse
Virginia Rail
Spotted Sandpiper
Red-breasted Sapsucker
Hairy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Olive-sided Flycatcher
Hammond’s Flycatcher
Pacific-slope Flycatcher
Gray Jay
Steller’s Jay
Common Raven
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Pacific Wren
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Swainson’s Thrush
Hermit Thrush
American Robin
Varied Thrush
Orange-crowned Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
Fox Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Red Crossbill

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Bird Outing Report: One Spot Trail, June 18,2015

Eleven birders went out to the One Spot Trail on Brazier Rd. Thursday. The weather was overcast and mild with only a couple of drops of rain falling on us towards the end of our walk.

We did the new connector trail that goes towards Wildwood Forest, and then went south on the One Spot towards Pindar Rd. Highlights included hearing all four species of vireo that occur in our area, plus several sightings of young birds being fed. The woods were filled with the strange chirps and cheeps of young birds. A doe with a brand new fawn were seen near the parking lot.

33 species were found:

Turkey Vulture
Rufous Hummingbird
Red-breasted Sapsucker
Hairy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Willow Flycatcher
Hammond’s Flycatcher
Pacific-slope Flycatcher
Cassin’s Vireo
Hutton’s Vireo
Warbling Vireo
Red-eyed Vireo
Common Raven
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Brown Creeper
Pacific Wren
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Swainson’s Thrush
American Robin
European Starling
Orange-crowned Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
Yellow Warbler
Black-throated Gray Warbler
Townsend’s Warbler
Spotted Towhee
Chipping Sparrow
Savannah Sparrow
Song Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Western Tanager
Purple Finch
Red Crossbill

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Botany Outing Reports: Miracle Beach + 9 Km Bog

As many locations have a lot of the same plants it has been suggested that we just list the plants that are special to that location so here goes:

June 8th – Miracle Beach – Small flowered bulrush, diverse leaved water star wort, hemlock water parsley, slough sedge, enchanters nightshade, wood rush, sweet scented bedstraw, stink currant, spiny wood fern, large leafed sandwort, american brookline and at the beach – dune grass, giant vetch, cleavers and canada thistle.

June 15- 9km bog – bunch berry, birds-foot trefoil, bog blueberry, deer cabbage, douglas and king gentian, horsetail, ferns: deer and lady; hookers willow, buckbean, cotton grass, bog laurel, round leafed sundew and great sundew, bog cranberry, fleabane, yellow pond lily, tufted club rush, sticky false asphodel, subalpine daisy, pink mountain heather, Sitka burnet, white rhododendron, fern-leaved gold thread, few flowered sedge, many flowered sedge, false azalea, Labrador tea, indian hellebore, aquatic moss. We also saw the red legged frog, many bugs and beetles, and some bear poop! Very interesting walk.

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