Upcoming Events
  • AGM – Hosted by Central Okanagan Naturalists – May 10 – 13, 2012. Registration and details at BC Nature. Mark this on your calendar and get your registration forms in early!
  • FGM – 2012 FGM is being co-hosted by Nanoose Naturalists and Arrowsmith Naturalists. Dates are September 27-30th, 2012. This event also should be circled as a no miss event. More info available in the Spring Magazine.
  • Club Deadlines
    Club Grants from the Foundation – due into office by Jan 31, 2012
    Deadline for resolutions for the AGM February 28, 2012
    BC Nature Awards – nominations accepted up until February 28, 2012 – for both AGM & FGM
    Rene Savenye Scholarship – Please apply by April 4, 2012
  • Camps & Bird Blitz’s
    Skagit Bird Blitz: May 4 through 6th – 2012
    Saltspring Camp – June 4-8, 2012 – now full up – wait list in effect
    Mt. Robson Bird Blitz - June 9 & 10, 2012
    Manning Bird Blitz – June 15 – 17th, 2012
    Lillooet Camp – Oct. 1-6th, 2012

 

Invitation to BC Parks Volunteer Strategy Workshop
As a valued contributor to BC Parks, you are invited to help develop a province-wide volunteer strategy at an upcoming regional workshop.
In 2011, BC Parks celebrated its 100th Anniversary, commemorating the establishment of Strathcona Provincial Park in 1911 and celebrating the creation of almost 1000 parks and protected areas since then. This successful celebration would not have been possible without the valuable contributions from volunteers across the province, more than 2500 volunteers participated!
To build on this success, BC Parks is developing a volunteer strategy to improve the volunteer experience for our existing and future volunteers. Our goal is to develop a strategy over the next few months and launch it in the upcoming summer season. The workshops will provide you with an opportunity to: • Share the work you or your organization has done in support of BC Parks; •Contribute to a discussion about how BC Parks can improve the volunteer experience; •Provide input on future volunteer opportunities you would like to see; and, •Network with BC Parks staff and other volunteer groups. Workshops will be held in February and March in nine locations across the province. You are welcome to attend the workshop location that best fits with your schedule and travel abilities.
Please RSVP to Erick Pay, Project Assistant (Erick.Pay@gov.bc.ca) based on RSVP dates listed below. You will receive a confirmation email with detailed workshop information no later than two weeks prior to the workshop. If you are unable to participate in any of the workshops, please submit written comments to Becs.Hoskins@gov.bc.ca by March 16, 2012.
If you have any questions about the volunteer strategy, please contact Becs Hoskins, BC Parks Project Manager (Becs.Hoskins@gov.bc.ca).
Please join us at one of the following workshops:
Victoria – February 6, 9 am – 12 pm; RSVP by January 27
Prince George – February 10, 9 am -12 pm; RSVP by January 27
Smithers – February 13, 9 am -12 pm; RSVP by February 3
Vancouver – February 16, 1-4 pm; RSVP by February 3
Penticton – February 20, 1-4 pm; RSVP by February 10
Williams Lake – February 24, 9 am – 12 pm; RSVP by February 10
Miracle Beach – February 28, 1-4 pm; RSVP by February 17
Nelson – March 5, 1-4 pm; RSVP by February 24
Cranbrook – March 7, 9 am – 12 pm; RSVP by February 24
Kamloops – March 12, 9 am – 12 pm; RSVP by February 24
Issue 20
Date January 2012

 

Snowy Owl – Boundary Bay

 

Are you Opposed to the Northern Pipeline and Tanker Traffic

Did you miss the deadline for being on the speakers list for the Enbridge Northern Gateway Project Joint Review Panel(Oral presentations)? There is still time to have your opinion heard! Written submissions will be taken up to March 13, 2012 – the How – Where and When links are here There is still plenty of time to send in your submissions. Information pertaining to Enbridge/Pipeline/Tanker traffic and the impact on the BC landscape and waterscape can be found in a myriad of locations. Call the office if you would like more information
Interesting Sites and articles
Explore Inner Wild in the Midst of Nature: Unlikely Duo Who Share Recovery from Addiction & Love of Nature – Link

Blackthroat Luscinia obscura audio file . link
Sensational Bird discover in China Link

For information on Bat – White Nose Syndrome – link

The Importance of Trees Youtube Link

Gadgets for the Hikers & explorers – Phone Apps

Photographs of “Rare” Albino Hummingbird link

Green Goes Mainstream – view link

Container Ship runs up on the Rocks link

How we can preserve and protect our beautiful coast
You’re invited to a panel discussion about tankers and pipelines and how we can preserve and protect our beautiful coast, Sunday, January 22, from 1-5pm, at the Roundhouse Community Centre. Speakers include Art Sterritt, Executive Director, Coastal First Nations; Rex Weyler, Tanker Free BC, Author, Co-founder of Greenpeace; and Nathan Cullen, former NDP Environment and Natural Resouces Critic, Skeena-Bulkley Valley MP, and NDP Leadership Candidate.
This will be a unique opportunity to talk with First Nations and Environmental Groups about what oil tankers on our coast will mean to us all. There will be ten environmental groups with information tables as well as the panel, so people will have an opportunity to look at information from many sources.
We hope people will come, learn, talk and discuss this important issue. It’s a free event and everyone is welcome.
Description & Schedule Title: Oil Free Coast. Tankers & Pipelines: Preserving and Protecting our Coast Date: January 22, 2012, 1-5pm
Speakers: Art Sterritt, Executive Director, Coastal First Nations Rex Weyler, Tanker Free BC, Author, Co-founder of Greenpeace Nathan Cullen: former NDP Environment & Natural Resources Critic, Skeena-Bulkley Valley MP, NDP Leadership Candidate
Moderator: Leslie Kemp, Coordinator Sustainable Communities Program, Langara College
Music: Ta’Kaiya Blaney, Tla’Amin Environmental Singer Songwriter
Program: 1 pm doors Open: Information tables (environmental groups), Tea/coffee/juice
1:30 Performance by Ta’Kaiya Blaney, Tla’Amin Environmental Singer Songwriter
2-4 Panel discussion: First Nations Blessing, Audrey Fisher, Squamish Elder
Presentations by Art Sterritt, Nathan Cullen and Rex Weyler Questions and discussion with audience (3-4)
4-5 Information tables (environmental groups), refreshments, informal discussion Sponsors: Coastal First Nations & Nathan Cullen, Skeena-Bulkley Valley MP, NDP Leadership Candidate Information: oilfreecoast@smartt.com (604) 608-0384 or http://www.facebook.com/events/216911685061355/
Location: Roundhouse Community Centre, Theatre – 181 Roundhouse Mews, Corner of Davie/Pacific, Downtown Vancouver (One block to Yaletown Canada Line Station) More: Free admission Ÿ Everyone is welcome Ÿ Free childcare Ÿ Refreshments Ÿ Wheelchair accessible Ÿ ASL Sign Language Interpreters
Vancouver Airport Fuel Delivery Project – Public Comment on Highway 99 Pipeline Route Addendum
Your commments would be appreciated by Feb. 1. The public is invited to obtain information about and comment on the addendum to Vancouver Airport Fuel Facilities Corporation’s application for an environmental assessment certificate for the proposed project. A 21 day public comment period on the application will start on January 11, 2012 and end on February 1, 2012. All written comments received by online form, fax or mail during this time period in relation to the addendum will be considered. View Link and details
AGM Registration
Sunny Kelowna – site of our 2012 AGM – Now accepting registration forms. In 2011, both Williams Lake and Delta Naturalists held a fabulous AGM/FGM (respectively) – the meeting portion is short and will not have you squirming in your seat to go outside to play! There are many great outings, speakers and bird watching events rounded up with a nice wind up banquet. It will be warm enough to camp or motorhome and the list of accomodation is long for those that prefer hotel/motel! Details and REgistration available on BC Nature Website or Central Okanagan Naturalists Club website
News Release- Ministry of Environment
Making progress: BC Parks Investments celebrate BC Parks 100th birthday VICTORIA – British Columbia’s world-class parks system has been enhanced by more than $10.5 million in capital and community legacy investments and free parking for the approximately 20 million annual visitors to ensure our provincial parks are more welcoming for families and visitors to B.C. The Province invested $10.1 million in a range of provincial park projects, including a $1-million upgrade to electrical systems at Golden Ears Park, $135,000 for trail improvements at Horne Lake Caves Park on Vancouver Island, a $193,000 investment in Liard Hot Springs Park facility and a new shower building worth $550,000 in Juniper Park in B.C.’s Thompson region. Projects from wetland restoration in Cypress Park to cultural celebrations at Montague Harbour Marine Park to new foot bridges at West Twin Park have been undertaken through $450,000 in legacy funding, which leveraged an additional $470,000 from communities throughout the province. All legacy improvements were aimed at recreational activities or conservation efforts. Most projects will be completed by March 31, 2012. Quotes: Environment Minister Terry Lake – “BC Parks not only help define us as British Columbians, they are a calling card internationally. They speak to our love of our province, the environment, a healthy lifestyle and they help draw tourists to B.C.” “It’s no surprise that investing in our parks just makes good economic sense. We know that for every dollar spent, we get back more than eight dollars in visitor spending on food, entertainment, transportation, and other goods and services.” Marie Fournier, Cetus Research & Conservation Society – “Cetus Research and Conservation Society was pleased to be part of the Community Legacy Grant initiative. This season we were able to complete some necessary upgrades to a popular marine life viewing area in the Qwiquallaaq/Boat Bay Conservancy Park. These upgrades and the funds received from the Community Legacy Grant have transformed this site for all who visit the area.” Quick Facts: * Parking fees were eliminated from B.C.’s provincial parks on May 3, 2011, making parks more accessible and inviting to families. * The Province invested $450,000 in community groups through the Community Legacy Fund to support improvements to 27 projects throughout the province. Community groups receiving funding through the program are contributing a total of nearly $470,000 in cash and in-kind support for a total project value of nearly $920,000. * BC Parks recently invested $100,000 in 100 new easily accessible picnic tables to be installed in two of B.C.’s busiest provincial parks (Rathtrevor and Golden Ears) throughout 2012. * The 100 Park Benches for 100 Years of BC Parks program allows people to sponsor a park bench and personalize it, at the same time providing 100 new locations for park visitors to sit down and enjoy the spectacular scenery. * BC Parks provided a grant of $5,000 to support Learn to Fish sessions at parks in the Okanagan, Kamloops and Vancouver Island regions – attracting a record number of 2,400 participants. * Park rangers are featured in four Great Ranger videos sharing their experience of working as stewards of B.C.’s wonderful provincial parks. Learn More: * BC Parks: www.env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks/things_to_do.html * Great Ranger videos: http://bit.ly/ooyxPj * Connect with BC Parks on Facebook: www.facebook.com/YourBCParks
Insurance Update
Please have your executive in charge of your meeting rental location double check with the landlord where you are holding your meetings. Please ensure you are not being charged extra for Liability Insurance. It came to my attention today that one of our clubs was paying extra fees to the City for the rental of a hall for their meetings. All that you require from us is an insurance certificate for your club showing your liability coverage. This can be obtained through the office. Please email the office with the name and address of your landlord and if seperate location, the name and address of your meeting venue. You are already paying for this service, do not duplicate payment.
David meets Goliath
Our naturalists club in Kitimat (10 members) had their time in front of the Joint Advisory Panel on Enbridge. For being one of our smallest clubs (10 members),they did an outstanding job with a great presentation! Kudo’s to one of our smallest federated clubs in standing up for Nature against one of the largest and potentially damaging pipeline projects in our province. We can only surmise at how much time and energy this project has taken up with your group and we applaud your efforts. Please few the following link for some of the proceedings at the Kitimaat hearing day. See also the Financial Post link about the Kitimat Naturalists presentation.!
Enbridge Updates and links
Due to the extensive media coverage on the Enbridge issue, we will be putting some links and updates in this section. BC Nature in conjunction with Nature Canada is also an Intervenor and will have links and updates on our website along with Nature Canada as our presentation is reviewed. Thank you to Nature Canada and the BC Nature Conservation team for all of their time and efforts in finalizing our submission. Below you will find links to video and excerpts of news releases that you may find interesting.

Nature Canada – Enbridge Link No tankers Nathan Cullen, MP for Skeena-Bulkley Valley, spoke on Salt Spring several months ago. He told about hiring a small boat and its captain to travel out from Kitimat, following the route that oil tankers would take with bitumen from the tar sands. Cullen was surprised at all the right-angled turns in the narrow fjord. He commented that the huge tankers would have to slow right down to get around the corners safely. The captain laughed: “ You’ve canoed. You know a boat has to keep up speed for steerage around a turn. Otherwise she stalls and drifts.” It doesn’t sound safe. The pipeline backer, Enbridge, says these would be double-hulled tankers. But the tankers would be owned by whatever companies in China and U.S. were hired to transport the bitumen. They might not be double-hulled. Two decades after the Exxon Valdez spill, only seven tankers serving Alaska are double-hulled, while seventeen are not. Exxon continues with cheaper single-hulled tankers on its Alaskan runs. Our shorelines, bays, and fjords need provincial and federal protection from oil tanker traffic.

Living Oceans – Youtube Link
Smithers Hearings – link

North American Ornithological Conference 2012
Join Bird Studies Canada (BSC) and eight other ornithological organizations and societies, as Canada hosts for the first time, the fifth North American Ornithological Conference (NAOC-V). The conference is being organized by the American Ornithologists’ Union, Society of Canadian Ornithologists/Société des Ornithologistes du Canada, BSC, Association of Field Ornithologists, Cooper Ornithological Society, Raptor Research Foundation, La Sociedad para el Estudio y Conservación de las Aves en México (CIPAMEX), Waterbird Society, and Wilson Ornithological Society. It takes place August 14 to 18, 2012 at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver. Academic and professional ornithologists from every sector of the field, including the research sciences, management, policy, and planning will come together from around the world. Registration opens January 20, 2012. The conference will begin with an opening reception on the evening of August 14, 2012. There will be society council and conservation group meetings, as well as workshops, held prior to the main scientific program at the same venue. One and three-day field trips to some of Vancouver and BC’s most spectacular locations will be offered before and after the scientific program. The four-day scientific program (August 15 to 18) will begin each day with an address by a distinguished plenary speaker and presentation of society awards. The remainder of the daily program will consist of symposia, contributed papers, poster sessions, and networking events. Many exhibitors, including commercial publishers, equipment suppliers, artisans, local groups, and conservation organizations will be present throughout the meeting. We are actively seeking sponsors and exhibitors for the conference – for more information and to view the prospectus, select this ! link.
Urban Wildlife: Challenges and Management
Urban Wildlife: Challenges and Management

April 18-19, 2012 Rocky Mountain Prestige Inn, 209 Van Horne Street South Cranbrook BC

Details, speaker list and registration are at this link Wildlife numbers are increasing within many British Columbia municipalities, leading to more interactions with humans and our infrastructure. Interactions can lead to property damage, public safety issues, public health concerns, impacts on biodiversity, and death or suffering of wildlife. Deer, elk, coyotes, moose, geese, racoons, bears, and other animals can become more than a nuisance, putting themselves and humans at risk. Through a combination of presentations, posters, and field trips, this conference will address the environmental, social, and economic issues related to wildlife in urban settings. We anticipate attendance by a multidisciplinary group of people: provincial, regional district, and municipal staff; biologists; resource managers; First Nations; academics; industry, stewardship groups; and others with an interest in human–wildlife interactions. We have 23 speakers lined up plus an evening presentation by Dr. Michael Proctor about co-existing with grizzly bears in the urban/rural Creston Valley. The list of presentations and posters is here

 

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