Wood Mountain Hike

On Saturday July 26, an outing is scheduled inviting hikers from Strathcona Wilderness Institute, heading into the southwest corner of the Forbidden Plateau area of Strathcona Park from Wood Mountain. The flowers & birds of this area are quite different from the main area of SWI’s activities at Paradise Meadows.

Meet at 9 a.m. at the Old Church Theatre on Harmston Ave in downtown Courtenay. Carpooling to Wood Mountain will be arranged from the meeting spot. The hike up Wood Mountain will gain about 300-400 m of elevation, along a more moderate route than the usual hike straight up the old ski hill. Plan for a 2-4 hr outing – participants can retrace their steps for a shorter outing, or go up for longer. Bring water, snacks & a lunch if intending to do a longer hike.

For all activities: dress for the weather, wear proper footwear, bring lunch or snacks, plenty of water, bug spray and sun protection. No pets please. CVN outings are free but participants may wish to support SWI by making a donation to that organization.


BC Nature eNews July 2014

Upcoming Events
  • BC Nature FGM (Fall General Meeting) & Conference – come join us in Beautiful Salmon Arm for great speakers, presentations and outings! Its the 4th year Cycle for the Sockeye at Adams River, a spectacle not to be missed! Information in your Summer Magazine or registration link here Hosted by Shuswap Naturalists
  • BC Parks Day – July 19th 2014
    Check with your local clubs, rec centers, Provincial and National Parks, and community boards for events in your area. Go enjoy all our Province has to offer.
  • Deadline for Club Applications for “Club Support” Grants – January 31, 2015
Wells Gray Camp – 4 Spots Available
We have had a few cancellations – if you are still interested in attending, please contact Jean Crowe jlecrowe@yahoo.ca or Margaret Graham marggraham@shaw.ca 250-554-1285. Up to 4 spots available.
Issue B>
Date July 2014
FGM 2015 and AGM 2016
BC Nature is actively looking for one of our clubs to host FGM 2015 - Late September 2015 and AGM 2016 - early May 2016. Please email manager@bcnature.ca if your club has any interest and we can supply all the information you need to present to your board.
BC Nature in the News
Global News

The Star Pheniox

CBC

DeSmog

BC Nature – Press Release Challenges Cabinet’s Approval of the Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipeline

BC Nature in the News from July 14, 2014 Press Release

Desmog

Business in Vancouver

Uvic Environmental Law Center

Kinder Morgan
Burnaby Mayor Speaks Up

Kinder Morgan Reaches Chinese Community

BC Government Demands Oil Spill Answers

Enbridge
Harper Set Rules, but Pipline won’t be Built

5 ways Canadians were misled about NGP

First Nations Battle Northern Gateway

Paths to Stop Northern Gateway

Enbridge Creates a Different Climate

NGP Redraws Borders

Conservation News
Let BC Vote Make your voice count

Kitimat Air Quality

#SAVEtheBEES Take to Twitter to ban neonic pesticides

“Bee Friendly” Plants Contain Bee Killing Pesticides

Lessons for Climate Change

DFO Plan to Proctect Endangered Salmon Stock

Grizzly Habitat Threatened

About Town
CANADA PARKS DAY Saturday July 19 2014
Check with your National and Provincial Parks and Naturalists Clubs for a list of events around the Province. Visit BC Nature website For a List of Events

Helpful packing advice for camping Share your pictures with BC Nature and your fellow Naturalists on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram #GreatCanadianCampout

Shore Clean Up Click Here for dates and events in your area

Fall Migration Field Camp Bamfield Marine Science Center
September 2 – 6, 2014 – Visit sea lion colonies, tour the Broken Group Islands,and observe migrating marine animals. Explore marine wildlife through guided nature walks, interactive labs and boat trips.
If interested contact public.ed@bamfieldmsc.com 250-728-3301 ext 226

Volunteers Needed
The Western Painted Turtle Project Team is looking for volunteers to assist with raising babies turtles and looking after the adult turtles. We are looking for someone who could commit to 1 – 3 days a week to help feed the turtles and clean the tanks in North Vancouver. Time commitment should be less than 2 hours/day depending on how many turtles we have in. Please send an email kym.welstead@gov.bc.ca if you are interested in helping out.

After a successful AGM in Victoria (Hosted by Rocky Point Bird Observatory and Victoria Natural History Society) – we are left with a couple of vacancies on our Executive. We are actively looking to have a volunteer member of any of our clubs step up to the Vice President position and we will soon be without a secretary. No experience necessary! Please contact manager@bcnature.ca with any queries or expressions of interest!

Nature Canada Photo Contest
July 1 – August 31 2014
Nature photo contest For submission details
Interesting Sites and articles
Coastal Wildlife Live Streaming Video
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Notice of Bylaw Change
At the FGM in Salmon Arm a Bylaw change will be presented to the members present. Complete details are available at this link and the detailed changes will be sent to your individuals clubs BC Nature Director. This will be voted on September 27, 2014 @ FGM – Salmon Arm
Errata
There was an error in the date of our June Enbridge BC Nature Press Release. It was dated June 13, 2014 when it should have been June 17, 2014. We quickly changed the date and updated our website within a few minutes of publishing, but thanks to a few keen members who pointed it out.
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BC Nature eNews June 2014

Upcoming Events
  • BC Nature FGM (Fall General Meeting) & Conference – come join us in Beautiful Salmon Arm for great speakers, presentations and outings! Its the 4th year Cycle for the Sockeye at Adams River, a spectacle not to be missed! Information in your Summer Magazine or registration link here Hosted by Shuswap Naturalists
  • Manning Park Bird Blitz – June 20-22, 2014 Information Here
  • Deadline for Club Applications for “Club Support” Grants – January 31, 2015
BC Nature to Challenge Cabinet Decision Approving Northern Gateway
PRESS RELEASE June 13, 2014 (North Vancouver, BC) — The Federation of BC Naturalists (BC Nature) today announced it will file a lawsuit challenging the decision by the federal Cabinet to approve the Northern Gateway project. The planned lawsuit will ask the Federal Court of Appeal to set aside this Cabinet decision on a variety of grounds. These include serious deficiencies and flaws in the December 19, 2013 Joint Review Panel report upon which the Cabinet decision is based. Legal counsel for BC Nature is the Environmental Law Centre (ELC) at the University of Victoria. “Filing this lawsuit will ensure that the Federal Court of Appeal is able to hear and consider arguments relating to all of the various flaws and deficiencies associated with Northern Gateway approval process,” says Chris Tollefson, ELC Executive Director and BC Nature’s lawyer. For Complete Press release Please Link Here
Issue 43
Date June 2014
FGM 2015 and AGM 2016
BC Nature is actively looking for one of our clubs to host FGM 2015 - Late September 2015 and AGM 2016 - early May 2016. Please email manager@bcnature.ca if your club has any interest and we can supply all the information you need to present to your board.
Notice of Bylaw Change
At the FGM in Salmon Arm a Bylaw change will be presented to the members present. Complete details are available at this link and the detailed changes will be sent to your individuals clubs BC Nature Director. This will be voted on September 27, 2014 @ FGM – Salmon Arm
Kinder Morgan
Possible to drill through Burnaby Mountain? Link HereBurnaby Mayor not budging Link Here

Oil pipeline route may shift Link Here

Conservation News
Citizens vote to kill pipeline project Story Here Mercury levels around oil sands Link Here

Mounting evidence for climate change Link Here

Development companies in charge of BC parks Link Here

World Ocean Day was June 8th 2014 Link Here

BC Nature mentioned in an Globe & Mail article Link Here

Interesting Sites and articles
Chickadee Viewing Cam at Richmond Nature Park Sign up Here Research indicates B.C.’s Island wolves prefer their mellow habitat – Link Here

Recovery plan for endangered Canada lynx could take until 2018 Link Here

Recover plan for Cariboo Link Here

Recovery plan for Pacific Water Shrew open comment June 9th and August 8th Comment Here

About Town
July 19 2014 – BC Parks Day June 21 2014 – Earth Wind and Fire Fundraising Event for The Nature Trust of BC Celebrate the summer solstice with local chefs and members of Culinary Team Canada who will pair excellent local food with exceptional local wine and other beverages. Details Here
Volunteers Needed
The Western Painted Turtle Project Team is looking for volunteers to assist with raising babies turtles and looking after the adult turtles. We are looking for someone who could commit to 1 – 3 days a week to help feed the turtles and clean the tanks in North Vancouver. Time commitment should be less than 2 hours/day depending on how many turtles we have in. Please send an email kym.welstead@gov.bc.ca if you are interested in helping out.June 13th-20th Volunteers Needed – Ancient Murrelet Chick Collection, Laskeek Bay – email laskeek@laskeekbay.org or by phone 250-559-2345
Nature Canada Photo Contest
July 1 – August 31 2014 Nature photo contest. For submission details
RiverBlue – The Story about Fashion Destroying the Rivers of the World
Mark Angelo, a passionate storyteller and river advocate, has possibly paddled more rivers in his lifetime than anyone else on this planet. Having paddled globally for over 40 years, he has sadly watched the decline of the rivers he loves. Journeying through some of the most pristine to most devastated rivers, Mark discovers and unveils the source of much destruction of these waters; Jeans manufacturing.Through harsh chemical manufacturing processes and the irresponsible disposal of toxic chemical waste, one of our favorite iconic products has destroyed the rivers and changed the lives of people who count on these waterways for their survival. This single industry will serve as the worst case scenario, showing how mankind has, at times, shown little regard for what nature has given us. RiverBlue will not only bring awareness to the destruction of a some of the world’s vital rivers through the manufacturing of Jeans, but will also act as a rally cry to demand significant change in the textile industry from the top fashion brands that can make a difference.

Help propel positive change and keep our world’s rivers clean. For a complete backgrounder follow this link

When is a Twitter not a Bird Sound
BC Nature is now in a “Twitter” – if you have a twitter account, please follow us @BCNature. We will be “Tweeting” as news becomes available on events that are occurring and news that we need to get to you.
We have updated our Facebook account as well. “Like” us and “Share” our news on Facebook by looking up BC Nature.
BCnature Magazine – Summer
The BCnature magazine has been printed and should be winging its way into your mailboxes. If you are a member of one of our 51 Clubs or a Direct Member, you will be receiving your magazine very soon. If you do not see it by the end of next week, please feel free to drop us a line and we will investigate why you have not received it! BCnature Magazine is part of your membership entitlement with the dues you pay to your club. If you are not interested in receiving the “paper copy”, we are now able to send you the link of when its posted to our website. Remember that the number on your label, along with the way your name is spelt on the mailing label,that this is your access to the “Members Only” area of our website.
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After a successful AGM in Victoria (Hosted by Rocky Point Bird Observatory and Victoria Natural History Society) – we are left with a couple of vacancies on our Executive. We are actively looking to have a volunteer member of any of our clubs step up to the Vice President position and we will soon be without a secretary. No experience necessary! Please contact manager@bcnature.ca with any queries or expressions of interest!
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Featured News

Guest Speaker: Indigenous Plants, Sun. May 18, 2014

As the archeological record continues to push back the dates for the arrival of First Nations, the many uses and value of our native flora which is increasingly threatened, is becoming increasingly important. In many instances, the threats to these plants comes from our failure to understand the conditions under which aboriginal peoples maintained and […]

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