Upcoming Walk: Saturday Sep. 2nd. 2017, Pub to Pub Walk

Sept 2nd, Saturday; Pub to Pub Walk is on!

The planned Pub to Pub walk will proceed, albeit in the reverse direction. We will start at the Salmon Point Pub end , and take the trail to Oyster River. We will return by the same path, and have lunch at the Salmon Point Pub. The trail is flat, and mostly along the ocean front. There are bathrooms at both ends of the walk, but bring water.  We will meet at Harmston Road in Courtenay to car pool to Salmon Point.

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BC Nature eNews August 2017

Upcoming Events
  • FGM 2017 – Registration for all BC Nature Members and BC Nature Club Directors is available online or in either the Summer or Fall Magazine. Available on the BC Nature Website
    September 21 – 24, 2017 – Hosted by North Okanagan Naturalists in Vernon. There are some great speakers
  • World Rivers Day – Visit our website at www.worldriversday.com to find out more about World Rivers Day, and please let us know about any activities you may organize. We can help your promotions via our website, as well as with e-mails like this one. Last year, river enthusiasts from around the world came together for the 12th annual event. It was a great success, with millions of people involved from more than 70 countries. Activities ranged from stream clean-ups and habitat enhancement projects to educational outings and community riverside celebrations. This year’s global event will be even bigger! World Rivers Day is based on the incredible success of BC Rivers Day in British Columbia, Canada, which has been underway since 1980.
  • Vancouver International Bird Festival is happening a year from now! – August 19 to 26, 2018 – Visit http://www.vanbirdfest.com/ for more information.
BC Nature Annual Appeal
You will all be receiving your BC Nature Fall Magazine (either via mail or electronically) and in this edition, the centerfold is our Annual charitable donation appeal.
BC Nature and your federation of 53 Nature Clubs work diligently throughout the year in various conservation and nature education projects.
Please donate to assist us with funding these worthwhile endeavors. Nature appreciates your financial help!
Issue 59
Date August 2017
Ruddy Duck
BCnature Fall Magazine available now.
Your BCnature Fall magazine should be in the mail to you soon. For those that wish to receive it electronically or wish to download it from the Member’s Only area of BC Nature Website , please note: On the mailed copy of the magazine, you will find a label on the back page with your name, mailing address and a number in the top left corner of the label. The number in the top left hand corner is your access number and the name as it is spelled on your label (including spaces and punctuation) is your access name. Please email manager@bcnature.ca if you wish to change from Canada Post Mail to the electronic version.
Conservation Issues
B.C. government putting an end to the grizzly bear trophy hunt – BC Gov News Link

3 Years After The Mount Polley Disaster, Our Waters Are Still In Danger – Huffington Post Article Link

Climate Change or Habitat Loss? Study Weighs Future Priorities for Conserving Forest Migrants – Cornell Lab of Ornithology Article Link Here

Mid-Season BC Salmon Update – Watershed Watch Article Link

Around Town – Events and Happenings
August 27, 3:00pm to 5:30pm Social Sunday with music at VanDusen on the Great Lawn, VanDusen Botanical Garden The Day Trippers (60s and 70s) are a Vancouver based Beatles tribute band that transport you back to the touring days of the early 1960s.

Saturday, September 2 Birding Port Coquitlam’s Pitt River Dyke Join Larry Cowan for a half-day birding field trip along Port Coquitlam’s Pitt River Dyke north from the east end of Nicola Place back to the parking lot at DeBoville Slough. On last year’s fourth September field trip for this route we added another 8 species to this growing list bringing the total to 68. This route covers excellent dyke-side habitats. Come out and help us add to the total. Meet in the main parking area at Cedar & Victoria Drives (DeBoville Slough) in Port Coquitlam at 0900. We will then carpool to our starting point on Sherling Place. 604-370-0931 September 2, 1~5 pm; September 3, 12~3:30 pm Vancouver Dahlia Society Annual Show Location: Floral Hall & Cedar Room, VanDusen Garden Admission by donation

TaiwanFest September 2 to 4, Labour Day weekend on Downtown Granville Street, Vancouver Ingenuity is the tale of human history. From humble paper to elegant crafts, classical music to contemporary pastry; whether it’s Taiwan or Japan, chiyogami or even Van Gogh, discover how these are all connected in the showcase of cultures at the 2017 TAIWANfest: “Kanpai, Japan!” The food is endless, the traditional Taiwanese medicine is salubrious, the music is marvellous, and the entire area around Granville Street remains spotless thanks to the efforts of volunteers from the Tzu Chi Foundation Canada. Who it appeals to: People with a serious addiction to Taiwanese beef noodle. https://taiwanfest.ca/

Interesting Nature-related Websites
Dance Moves Suggest New Bird-of-Paradise Species – Link Here

BC Students’ Project Takes Off! – Alexa Durand and Brenda Shen’s project was successfully launched on SpaceX Falcon-9 rocket destined for the International Space Station (ISS) MicroGravity Lab Science Fair Video Link Here

Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation’s 2017 photo contest
The Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation’s 2017 photo contest is now open. We’re looking for spectacular images of BC’s fish, wildlife and habitats, specifically:

-Wildlife (species native to BC, excluding marine mammals and those in captivity) -Freshwater fish (species native to BC) -BC Landscape photos of freshwater fish and wildlife habitats, including lakes, rivers, wetlands, forests, and grasslands. -People engaged in activities that connect them to nature in BC.

This year’s prizes are a $500 VISA gift card for the first place winner, and two runner-up prizes of a $250 VISA gift card.

For full contest rules and instructions on how to enter, please visit http://www.hctf.ca/communications/photo-contest

Entry deadline is 4:30PM PST on September 30th, 2017.

The Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation (HCTF) provides money for fish, wildlife and habitat conservation projects. Funding for these projects primarily comes from conservation surcharges on angling, hunting, trapping and guide outfitting licences sold in BC.

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Upcoming Walk: Saturday Aug 26th. 2017, 9:30 Public Walk Rosewall Creek Provincial Park

Aug 26th, Saturday: Public Walk Rosewall Creek Provincial Park

Rosewall Creek is a little used day park south of Fanny Bay. The forest is mostly western hemlock and big leaf maple, and the creek supports a run of Coho salmon.  There are toilets near the parking lot.  The trail has some challenging (dangerous) points near the falls. Participants should be sure-footed and feel free to turn around if they feel insecure about the trail. Meet at 9:30 at Harmston Road, near the Old church to car pool.

http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks/explore/parkpgs/rosewall/

http://islandnature.ca/2012/11/rosewall-creek-ramble/

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Upcoming Walk: Sunday Aug. 20th 2017, Hike to McKenzie Meadows

Aug 20, Sunday; Joint CVN/SWI Hike to McKenzie Meadows
An easy, 3 km. one-way hike from the trailhead into McKenzie and Douglas Lakes, and on to McKenzie Meadows,  with biologist Loys Maingon.  The trailhead starts halfway up Mt. Washington,  not at Paradise Meadows, so meeting at the car pool area is required.  4×4 are necessary for  logging road access from the Ramparts Chain-up. Meet at the parking area on Mt. Washington Parkway, just off the Inland Highway ( Hwy 19) to car pool.
McKenzie Meadows is located in the south-eastern corner of Forbidden Plateau. A map is available here: http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks/explore/parkpgs/strath/strath_forbidden_area.pdf

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