BC Nature eNews, Aug. 2016

Upcoming Events
  • Our 2016 FGM will be held in Prince George from September 22 – 25, 2016. The pricing on some FGM items has changed. Visit our website for an updated registration form and read here more information.
  • Our 2017 AGM will be held in Lillooet from May 4 – 7, 2017. Registration forms will be available in our Winter magazine and online in the future. Stay tuned!
Are you BC Nature’s next Secretary?
In late September, the Secretary position in BC Nature’s Executive will become vacant. We are looking for a volunteer who is willing to take up this job. The appointment would be for two years, and may only be renewed twice. As Secretary, you would be a full member and an Officer of BC Nature.The Secretary’s major responsibility would be to take the minutes at Executive meetings (six times/year), Board of Directors meetings (twice/year), and General meetings (twice/year), and, if desired, to participate in the meetings. Two of the Executive meetings and all of the Board and General meetings will take place during conferences that are usually in early May and late September. The other four Executive meetings are done by phone or Skype.

For more information on the position and how to apply, visit our website here.

Issue : 52
Date : August 2016
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The BCnature Fall 2016 Magazine will be out in September!
However, the Summer 2016 issue of the magazine is still viewable in the “members only” area of our website. If you do not have your password or access name, please email the office for your information (manager@bcnature.ca). For those that currently receive the magazine via Canada post mail, your name as it is written on the label and your password (top left corner) are your access to the members only area.
Canada’s freshwater laws need your help!
We have an important opportunity to impact the future of Canada’s freshwater rules and laws. Until August 31, the Government of Canada is looking for input on improving national and environmental regulation, including a potential review of the many laws that govern federal oversight of our waters.

If you would like to have your voice heard, take 5 minutes and submit your views on the importance of enhancing freshwater rules. To learn more or complete the government’s questionnaire, click here.

About Town
Sept 8: The Unique and Curious Kelps of British Columbia w/ Louis Druehl and Nature Vancouver @ UBC Botanical Gardens. Learn more here.

Sept 9: Vancouver’s target of 100% Renewables by 2050: Just Another Pipe Dream? w/ Mark Jaccard @ SFU’s Wosk Centre. Learn more here.

Sept 10: Botanical Drawing of Fruits, Nuts, and Trees @ UBC Botanical Gardens. Learn more here.

Sept 11: Treefest @ Riverview Hospital Grounds. Everyone is welcome to attend! No registration required. Learn more here.

Sept 15: Boss Mosses of the Pacific Northwest w/ Kem Luther and Nature Vancouver @ UBC Botanical Gardens. Learn more here.

Sept 15 – 18: Bamfield Fungus Festival in Bamfield. Learn more here.

Sept 17: Alpine Garden Club of BC Fall Sale @ Floral Hall, Van Dusen Botanical Gardens. Learn more here.

Sept 18: Edmonton Nature Club Pelagic Birding Trip in Ucluelet, BC. Learn more and register here.

Sept 27 – Sept 30: Living Waters Rally @ Musqueam Cultural Centre. Learn more here.

Sept 30 – October 1: Watersheds 2016 Forum @ SFU’s Wosk Centre for Dialogue. Learn more here.

Conservation issues in our province
Ottawa Approves Controversial Chemical for Ocean Oil Spills. Read The Tyee article here.

Earth broke dozens of climate records last year, annual ‘checkup’ shows. Read the CBC article here.

New Public Interest Law Office to Fight B.C.’s Biggest Environmental Battles. Read the DeSmog Canada article here.

More fish escape Skeena fishermen. Read the Terrace Standard article here.

The Blob That Cooked the Pacific. Read the National Geographic article here.

Help #fundbcparks
The Federation of Mountain Clubs of BC (FMCBC) wants your help in documenting problems to highlight the lack of funding for BC’s provincial parks. These problems include things like broken or missing signage, damaged bridges, trail damage (braiding, roots, broken boardwalk), campground problems (outhouses, tent pads, food storage), excessive litter or dumping, motorized vehicle use, and overflowing parking lots.

Here is what the FMCBC wants you to do (as described in the link below):

Step 1: Go for a hike in a BC provincial park.
Step 2: Keep an eye out for any the issues mentioned in the article linked below, or others you see, and take some photos.
Step 3: Email them to fundbcparks@mountainclubs.org and/or tag them on Twitter/Instagram with #fundbcparks. Remember to say which park you were visiting!

You can learn more about this initiative here.

Stay bear safe!
It’s that bear time of year again! Check out this Parks Canada page for more information on how to stay bear safe while out exploring nature or camping.


If you would like to view recent bear (or other wildlife sightings) near you, visit this link for an interactive map.
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Bird Outing Report: Oyster Bay, Aug.20,2016

Today 14 birders went to Oyster Bay on a falling tide for shorebirds. We had good numbers of shorebirds and overall we saw 30 species of birds. Highlights included good looks at Sanderlings and Baird’s Sandpipers and an unforgettable tussle between two Great Blue Herons which resulted in one dying and being treated as lunch by a Bald Eagle.

Northern Pintail
Common Merganser
Common Loon
Red-necked Grebe
Double-crested Cormorant
Great Blue Heron
Turkey Vulture
Bald Eagle
Black-bellied Plover
Semipalmated Plover
Killdeer
Sanderling
Baird’s Sandpiper
Least Sandpiper
Semipalmated Sandpiper
Western Sandpiper
Common Murre
Bonaparte’s Gull
Ring-billed Gull
California Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
Belted Kingfisher
Northwestern Crow
Common Raven
Purple Martin
Barn Swallow
European Starling
Common Yellowthroat
Song Sparrow
Purple Finch

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Bird Outing Report: Oyster River Park, Aug. 11, 2016

Eight birders went to Oyster River Nature Park and the southern half of the Pub to Pub Trail this morning. Highlights were a Northern Shoveler in the river mouth and a Merlin chasing a gull, trying to get it to drop its food.

The following 30 species were seen or heard:

Canada Goose
American Wigeon
Mallard
Northern Shoveler
Greater Scaup
Harlequin Duck
Surf Scoter
Common Merganser
Double-crested Cormorant
Great Blue Heron
Turkey Vulture
Bald Eagle
Black-bellied Plover
Killdeer
Lesser Yellowlegs
Least Sandpiper
Western Sandpiper
Glaucous-winged Gull
Belted Kingfisher
Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Merlin
Northwestern Crow
Purple Martin
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Pacific Wren
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Spotted Towhee

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Bird Outing Report: Oyster Bay, Aug. 4,2016

Thirteen birders went to Oyster Bay on a falling tide for shorebirds. The Bay was quite active and we saw 30 species including 10 species of shorebirds. Highlights included good looks at many Least and Western Sandpipers, Lesser Yellowlegs and Long-billed Dowitchers. We also had an Osprey overflight as we were departing.

Surf Scoter
Common Merganser
Common Loon
Red-necked Grebe
Double-crested Cormorant
Pelagic Cormorant
Great Blue Heron
Osprey
Bald Eagle
Black-bellied Plover
Semipalmated Plover
Killdeer
Lesser Yellowlegs
Black Turnstone
Baird’s Sandpiper
Least Sandpiper
Semipalmated Sandpiper
Western Sandpiper
Long-billed Dowitcher
Common Murre
Bonaparte’s Gull
Mew Gull
California Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
Northern Flicker
Northwestern Crow
Purple Martin
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Yellow-rumped Warbler
American Goldfinch

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