1. Trip to Shelley Lagoons, this Sunday, 26 August 2012, 9:00 am
We’re in the midst of migration season for shorebirds, and fourteen species have been spotted at the Shelley lagoons already this week, along with numerous ducks, hawks, and fall warblers. This trip won’t be energetic: the best views will come from walking very slowly or standing still, but note that the lagoons are aromatic, and can on occasions be very aromatic, so the trip isn’t necessarily for the faint of heart. Binoculars and a bird book are strongly recommended.
Meet at the gate by the entrance to the lagoons at 9:00 am. To reach it, head east on highway 16 out of town. At about 8 k past the bridge over the Fraser River, turn left onto Shelley Road (you’ll see a sign for the links of Maggie May). Head 1-2 k along that road, and you’ll see a turn to the left on a dirt road leading to the Shelley transfer station. Drive past the transfer station for 600 metres or so, and park on the left just before reaching the yellow gate.
Attached: a dowitcher and a snipe spotted at the lagoons on Monday.
2. Three Announcement from BC Nature
- If you’re interested in attending the AGM in Parksville, 27-30 September see www.arrowsmithnats.org/index.php?p=1_33_2012-Fall-G-Meeting
- BC Nature is holding a flora-and-fauna photo contest, and the closing date is September 1. See www.bcnature.ca/home/photo-contest/
- There is a naturalist camp in Lillooet from October 1- 6: see www.bcnature.ca/lillooet-camp-october-1-6-2012/
3. Invasive Species App
The Invasive Species Council of BC have launched a Report-a-Weed BC app for both iPhone and Android phones. The app is now available to anyone in BC, at no cost, from the Apple iTunes store and the Android Market.
4. Sky at Night
I’m a day late in passing on this RASC message, but tonight’s sky shouldn’t be entirely different: “This Wednesday after sunset at 8:30pm low in the southwest you can see the crescent moon, and next brightest object the right is Mars, further right and slightly higher is Saturn, and below is the star Spica”