BC Nature eNews August 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
  • 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 45
Date August 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
Vancouver Sun Huffington Post

Vancouver Observer

Metro News

Kinder Morgan
Kinder Morgan Project Delayed
Enbridge
Supernatural or Supertankers Haisla, Gitxaala, Haida, Heiltsuk, Kitasoo/Xaixais, Nadleh Whut’en and Nak’azdli peoples launch lawsuit

Doctors Speak Out Against Enbridge

NGP a Zombie Project

Grounded Tanker in Prince Rupert

Conservation News
BC Green Party MLA Report on Mine Spill Tailings Pond Breach Polley Mine, Likely BC

Small Town Stops Fracking

Saving Wild Salmon

Fracking Threatens Ecosystem

Vancouver Aquariums New Breeding Regulations

Aboriginal Land Titles

Lack of Insects Signing

Honey Bees and Pesticides

Interesting Sites and Articles
Peter Marler, Graphic Decoder of Birdsongs Ocean Plastic

Cochrane Alberta, A Fractured Landscape

CPAWS BC Parks Report

Do you have a young naturalists in the family? If so click here for great birthday or Christmas gift ideas

Interview with New Bird Studies Canada President

Canadians Connecting with Nature

National Trail Coalition Grants
For any clubs interested in applying for a grant to enhance or build a new trail system please follow the link below.
National Trails Coalition Grant Guidelines General Requirements
Please note the following in particular:

• Eligibility requires membership in an organization represented directly or indirectly in the National Trails Coalition. Non-motorized organizations in BC must be direct members of ORC to be eligible for funding.

• Grants can be applied to the following project categories:
o New trail construction
o Trail upgrade / improvement
o Bridge and water crossing installation and upgrade
o Trail signage installation
o Trail surveying and tracking and
o Trail rehabilitation.

• A letter of support is required from ORC for non-motorized trail projects.

• Any grant applied for must be matched equally with other funds which cannot be provided by other federal government sources.

• In virtually all cases it will be necessary to have approval from the land use managers concerned with the location of your project, whether Recreation Sites and Trails BC for Crown Land, BC Parks for Provincial Park trails, etc.

• Applications must be received by the NTC’s National Coordinator by e-mail no later than August 15.

• Projects must be completed by December 31, 2015.

Any questions or to submit grant please contact Jeremy McCall at outdoorrec@orcbc.ca

Nature Canada Photo Contest
July 1 – August 31 2014
There is still time to submit all your great nature photos into the Nature Canada photo contest For submission details
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About Town
Richmond Raptor Festival – Sunday August 17
11-4pm at Terra Nova Rural Park, Richmond – Nature Vancouver and Delta Field Naturalists will be attendance. For festival details click here Delta Farmland Trust “Day at the Farm” Sept 6, 2014
Westham Island Herb Farm 10-4pm

The Tree Planning Committee – Saturday, September 13th
11:00 am – 4:00 pm at the Riverview Hospital Grounds located at 2601 Lougheed Highway in Coquitlam. If interested in participating please contact cselk@coquitlam.ca

World River Day Events – Saturday September 27 2014
Click on these links for details: City of New Westminster OR Fraser River Discovery

Volunteers Needed
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!
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
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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 44
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 countKitimat 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
Now on Twitter and Facebook
Twitter
Follow @BCNature – for latest conservation and environmental news updatesFacebook
We have updated our BC Nature Facebook page. “Like” and “Share” our news, events, and photos to spread awareness. We are actively looking to promote all of our clubs via Facebook. If any clubs have events, activities, news, or photos they would like posted to BC Nature Facebook page please contact manager@bcnature.ca

Links to both of our accounts can be found on the top right corner of our Home page

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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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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