BC Nature eNews March 2018

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Upcoming Events
  • AGM 2018 – Your host, Nature Vancouver, cordially invite you to sign up for another great conference. Registration now open. For registration and schedules, please visit this link.
  • March 15, 2018 – Rene Savenye Scholarship applications due.
  • Hope Mountain Centre – Skagit Valley Bird Blitz – May 4 – 6, 2018 email for further information
    Hope Mountain – Manning Park Bird Blitz – June 15 – 17, 2018 – email
Two Executive Positions open – Volunteers needed
Treasurer needed – Our executive needs a treasurer. If you are a retired (or working)Chartered Professional Accountant – we need you! This is a volunteer position and requires a few hours a month, 6 meetings a year via conference call. For the full outline of duties, please email the office.

Harrassment Officer: Although we hope we never need one, we need to have someone from our membership stand as our Harrassment Officer – This is not an executive position, but an “as needed” position. We are hopeful that from within our 6,300 members we have someone that has Human Resources or Conflict Management skills that could form a committee if ever called upon to deal with any harassment issues we may encounter either within our clubs, Executive or Administration. Please email the office.

Issue 63
Date March 2018
Spring is coming!
BCnature Spring Magazine available now.
Please email if you wish to change from Canada Post Mail to the electronic version.
AGM – 2018 – Nature Vancouver Update
BC Nature May Conference and AGM, May 10 – 13, 2018 Update from host club, Nature Vancouver. Registration is going well. Due to delays in the Vancouver Naturalist newsletter circulation the early bird registration deadline is extended to Sunday, March 25. If you haven’t registered yet, we encourage you to do so soon. Some field trips are close to full, so check the registration website for updated information on field trips. Nature Vancouver Link

For those who have already booked accommodation at UBC in Orchard Commons, the location will be changing. UBC Accommodations now has a logistical difficulty with opening that accommodation and so have offered to move our people to nearby Ponderosa Commons residence. Ponderosa is higher value accommodation, but this move will be at no extra charge. Ponderosa residence is slightly farther from our conference venue at UBC Forest Sciences Centre (about 3 blocks walk further). However its studio suites are private, with double beds, and equipped kitchenette. UBC Accommodations will contact each person who has booked a room to explain the change. If you have not yet booked your room, look on our conference website page under Accommodations for updated information.

The Saturday evening banquet will now be held at St Johns’ College on UBC campus, with a Musqueam presentation after dinner. St John’s College is an interesting venue, located just a block from Ponderosa Commons.

Harrison Hot Springs “Eagle” Field Camp Registration
Harrison Eagle & Salmon Camp – Registration will commence March 20, 2018 – via telephone (604 985 3057) or via email. There are 24 spots in this camp and this camp was full up back in 2016 when Chilliwack Naturalists hosted this camp. I attended the camp in 2016 (as part of the organizing committee) and it was both educational and a great experience for all those involved. I will be attending again and hope to see a full camp!

If you do email to register, please include your full name, telephone and if you are registering one other person, please include these details.

From Nature Canada on New Federal Park Funding
We have great news; the Federal Budget 2018 is a billion-dollar breakthrough for nature!

Thanks to thousands of nature lovers, like you, have joined together to ask the Prime Minister and the Finance Minister to provide funding for nature in Budget 2018. This once-in-a-generation investment is critical to reach the target of protecting 17% land and inland waters that Canada is committed to by 2020.

We have great news; Budget 2018 is a billion-dollar breakthrough for nature! Nature Canada congratulates Finance Minister Morneau, Prime Minister Trudeau, and Environment Minister McKenna. We think that Canada’s wildlife would also applaud.

This budget is a game-changer in recovering declining wildlife populations through protected area investments. With our members to back us up, when we speak to politicians and lawmakers to combat global warming and save endangered animals, they listen. And even better: when we remind politicians and lawmakers that we have the support of thousands of concerned citizens like you, then we speak from strength and they act.
Meeting Canada’s international promise to protect 17% of our lands and waters by 2020 will be a challenge, but we believe we are up to the challenge. Nature Canada and provincial and local nature groups are keen to work with governments, local and Indigenous communities, and industry to take full advantage of the opportunities to protect ecologically important places across the country, whether grasslands in Saskatchewan, Carolinian forests in Ontario, Acadian forests in the Maritimes, or wetlands in British Columbia or Quebec.
Will you take a moment to say thank you to Minister Morneau and Minister McKenna and Prime Minister Trudeau? If you love Canada’s forests, water and wildlife, this is an exciting first step, here’s how you can help…

Add your voice your voice today to protect nature and wildlife in Canada.

BC Community Bat Program needs your help
Have you seen bats this winter? The BC Community Bat Program needs your help monitoring for white nose syndrome. Please report any winter bat sightings, dead or alive, at the BC Bats site
Endangered Rivers campaign
Deadline to nominate is Monday, March 12, 2018, by 4:00 PM.

The Endangered Rivers list increases awareness about the various threats that confront our waterways, while helping to profile important river issues. The survey collects information about environmental impacts and threats, such as pollution and habitat destruction, as well as loss of outdoor recreation activities due to poor river health. Public recreation may include fishing, canoeing, kayaking, swimming, birdwatching, and walking by the river. ORC publishes the Endangered Rivers List every two years based on the results of the public survey. NOMINATE A BC RIVER FOR THE 2018 ENDANGERED RIVERS LIST

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Upcoming Walk: Saturday, March 10th 2018, Macy Woodlot Walk Mt. Washington

Saturday March 10th, Macy Woodlot Walk Mt. Washington

Fred Newhouse spoke at our AGM in February, and we are fortunate to have him leading a walk through the Harold Macy Woodlot today. Fred has spent most of his life in the woods in various roles with the forest service, consulting, and managing a crown woodlot. The visit will showcase the sustainable logging practices that are used on the Harold Macy Woodlot. Bring binoculars, water and a snack.
The walk is shady and under trees and may be cool even on a warm day.  We have encountered Elk, Bear and Island Deer, but we can always expect 6 to 8 bird species and various species of slugs. The forest is 80 to 100 year old Coastal Western Hemlock Drier Maritime Zone.  The trip is moderately difficult, but mostly on dirt and gravel roads with a 7 to 15 % slope.  The holder of the woodlot license is Harold Macy, who has written an autobiography “The Four Storey Forest”.

We will meet by the old church on Harmston Road in Courtenay at 9:30, and car pool to the woodlot which is located off the Mt. Washington Parkway.

http://www.comoxvalleyrecord.com/news/123750144.html

https://www.for.gov.bc.ca/dcr/FSP%20%20WLP%20Files/WLP%20W1677.pdf

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Upcoming Walk: Saturday, March 3rd 2018, Union Bay (Coal Hills)

Saturday, March 3rd, Union Bay (Coal Hills)

This easy walk starts at the Union Bay Boat ramp and explores the remains of Dunsmuir’s Coal terminal, located on both sides of Hart (Washer) Creek. In 1887 Robert Dunsmuir had a deep water coal terminal 600 feet long built to load wind and steam freighters which carried the high quality coal from Cumberland around the world. Little of the infrastructure, which included coke ovens, a coal washer, and workers barracks remain. What does remain are mounds of low quality coal and coal dust, removed before shipping to ensure that only the best coal went aboard. Coal dust is explosive and water from Hart Creek was used to remove much of it here.  Use of the site only stopped in 1960, and various uses of the area have been suggested over the years since then. This site is a fascinating, if toxic site, and a reminder of how poorly we treated the environment not that long ago.  More information is available at these three web sites:

http://comoxvalleynaturalist.bc.ca/nature-viewing-guide/8-baynes-sound-area/union-bay/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Union_Bay,_British_Columbia

http://www.comoxvalleyrecord.com/news/union-bay-coal-hills-on-priority-contaminated-site-list-in-b-c/

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BC Nature eNews February 2018

Upcoming Events
  • AGM 2018 – Your host, Nature Vancouver, cordially invite you to sign up for another great conference. Registration now open. For registration and schedules, please visit this link.
  • February 28, 2017 – Resolutions for AGM due.March 15, 2018 – Rene Savenye Scholarship due.
  • Hope Mountain Centre – Skagit Valley Bird Blitz – May 4 – 6, 2018 email for further information
    Hope Mountain – Manning Park Bird Blitz – June 15 – 17, 2018 – email
Two Executive Positions open – Volunteers needed
Treasurer needed – Our executive needs a treasurer. If you are a retired (or working)Chartered Professional Accountant – we need you! This is a volunteer position and require a few hours a month, 6 meetings a year via conference call. For the full outline of duties, please email the office.

We are also looking for a second regional coordinator in the lower mainland (Executive)and a harassment officer (Committee head), and a BC Nature representative to Outdoor Recreational Council.
For the full outline of duties, please email the office.

Issue 62
Date February 2018
Spring 2018 Magazine Coming Soon
BCnature Spring Magazine available next week.
Please email if you wish to change from Canada Post Mail to the electronic version.
Columbia River Treaty renegotiations.
We are asking members of BC Nature to give their suggestions on the Columbia River Treaty renegotiations. The deadline is February 28th for these comments. Please submit them to email .
What do you think our priorities should be moving into these negotiations? The building of the dams on the Columbia River and the subsequent flooding to create the reservoirs had large impacts on our landscape, ecosystems, and flora and fauna.
If you want to read about dam impacts, here is a study that summarizes some of the impacts. The Executive Summary will give the gist of the study in only two pages.
We want to hear from you! Any comments are welcomed, even short ones.
Species at Risk (SARA) Consultations
The Government of Canada has launched consultations regarding the potential to amend Schedule 1 of the Species at Risk Act (SARA). These consultations seek the public’s input into the federal Minister of the Environment’s response to assessments of species at risk submitted by the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC).

In British Columbia there are 7 terrestrial species for which COSEWIC’s assessments could lead to amendments to SARA Schedule 1 (the List of Wildlife Species at Risk):
•Evening Grosbeak (Coccothraustes vespertinus) – a bird found broadly across Canada – Potential new addition to Schedule 1, listed as Special Concern
•Monarch (Danaus plexippus) – a butterfly found primarily in central and eastern Canada, with occasional occurrences in southern British Columbia -Potential change in status from Special Concern to Endangered
•Pink-footed Shearwater (Puffinus creatopus) – a bird found off British Columbia’s coast – Potential change in status from Threatened to Endangered
•Rusty Cord-moss (Entosthodon rubiginosus) – a moss found in British Columbia’s central and southern interior – Potential change in status from Endangered to Special Concern
•Sonora Skipper (Polites sonora) – a butterfly found in south-central British Columbia – Potential removal from Schedule 1 (currently listed as Special Concern)
•Transverse Lady Beetle (Coccinella transversoguttata) – an insect found broadly across Canada – Potential new addition to Schedule 1, Special Concern
•Western Painted Turtle, Pacific Coast pop. (Chrysemys picta bellii) – a turtle found on Vancouver Island, some Gulf Islands, the Sunshine Coast, Metro Vancouver, and the lower Fraser Valley – Potential change in status from Endangered to Threatened

An additional 5 terrestrial species at risk found in British Columbia had their current status under SARA confirmed by COSEWIC. These are not included in this consultation process, as no regulatory amendment is required. Please note that Fisheries and Oceans Canada is also conducting related consultations for aquatic species. The full list of Ministerial Response Statements outlining how the Minister of Environment intends to respond to COSEWIC’s assessments is available at Link

You are invited to submit comments on the potential impacts of amending SARA Schedule 1 according to COSEWIC’s assessments. Comments can be submitted via email to email. The comment period ends on May 22, 2018 for most species found in BC, and on October 22, 2018 for Monarch.

Further information regarding the listing and consultation processes for terrestrial species can be found in “Consultation on Amending the List of Species under the Species at Risk Act -Terrestrial Species: January 2018″ posted here ). This document also includes a questionnaire that provides guidance on the types of information and comments Environment and Climate Change Canada is seeking.
Thank you for taking the time to consider this information. You are welcome to contact our regional office in British Columbia with any questions at link

On the Conservation front
Vancouver Sun Article – Two B.C. steelhead runs at imminent risk of extinction Article

Nature Canada – Demand action for stronger environmental laws – to sign the petition

Nominate a BC river for the 2018 endangered rivers list online form Deadline is March 12, 2018.

Interesting Nature-related Sites and Links
Article – Day to Night Robson Bight – Canadian Geographic Link
CTV News – Sperm Whale sighting near Alert Bay link
Public Consultation on Migratory Game Bird Hunting
The Canadian Wildlife Service is currently holding public consultations on proposed changes to the migratory game bird hunting regulations in Canada for the next two hunting seasons (2018-2019 and 2019-2020). You will find attached a consultation document that outlines the proposed changes (“Proposals to amend the Canadian Migratory Birds Regulations – December 2017”). The consultation period begins on January 29, 2018 and ends on February 28, 2018. During this period, comments can be submitted at the following address: via email

There are two reports that have been posted at the following address: link Reports from previous years can also be found at this address.

For information on the consultation process to establish the migratory birds hunting regulations, please visit: link

Environment and Climate Change Canada Canadian Wildlife Service

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