Bird Outing Report: Tsolum River Flats, Apr. 23, 2015

Thanks to the shelter of the trees along the trails behind the curling rink we managed to stay relatively dry this morning.
11 birders had 18 species. No particular highlights – just nice spring arrivals and singing despite the weather.

Bald Eagle
Anna’s Hummingbird
Rufous Hummingbird
Downy Woodpecker
Hammond’s Flycatcher
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Bushtit
Pacific Wren
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
American Robin
Orange-crowned Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Townsend’s Warbler
Spotted Towhee
Song Sparrow
Purple Finch
Pine Siskin

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Botany Group Report: Mack Laing Park, April 13, 2015

BOTANY GROUP REPORT

The Botany group met at Kate’s  house on Orchard Park Drive on Monday April 13th. Helen circulated the preliminary version of the Comox Valley Plant List with its illustrated cover pages.  Only a couple of additions remain before it goes to the print shop.  Terry encouraged everyone to send him lists of their “first bloom sightings” for his Phenology list.

We considered the possibilities of updating the two previous plants list, namely for the Baybrook area by Helen Robinson (2005) and for Mack Laing Park by Harry E. Jackson (1989), looking at copies of each.  We then walked around Baybrook and along the foreshore to Shakeside, noting native, introduced and invasive plants present – nothing unexpected.  The best strategy would be for various members to keep lists through the spring and summer, and then collate the results in the fall.

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Guest Speaker: Terry Thormin, ‘The Natural Beauty of the Southern Okanagan’, Sun, April 19, 2015

Terry Thormin:  The Natural Beauty of the Southern Okanagan

Although Terry Tormin has worked both as an entomology technician for the Royal Alberta Museum and a field ornithologist for private environmental consulting companies, he is self-taught and describes himself as a general naturalist. This interest dates back to his early teens and his interest in nature photography dates back to his first field trip to the arctic in 1974. His photographs have appeared in numerous books and magazines and are found on signage in nature parks both here in the Comox Valley and in various other parks in North America. He is the organizer and chairperson for the nature photography group.

Terry will offer a presentation that is the result of two 10-day trips in the southern Okanagan, one in May of 2013 and the other in May of 2014. The purpose of the trips was to photograph all aspects of nature. Although he concentrated mostly on the birds, he did photograph everything else he encountered, including wildflowers, insects and mammals. Hopefully this presentation will bring back memories to those who have visited the Okanagan before and inspire those who have not to visit this richly diverse part of the province.

http://terrythormin.smugmug.com/

http://www.pbase.com/terrythormin

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Public Walk: Puntledge River from Comox Lake, April 18th

Saturday, April 18th.  (Earth Day April 20th). (Public walk).
Puntledge River from Comox Lake.
Meet at Harmston at 9:30 am or at the Upper Dam at 10:00am (Follow Comox Lake Road and turn right at the Rod and Gun Club. Leader:  Loys Maingon

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