- Saturday May 5, Birding Field Trip on eBird Global Big Day
Birding field trip for eBird Global Big Day on Saturday May 5th will meet at Cottonwood Island park main parking lot (next to Railway Museum) for 8:30 a.m. departure. We will meander through the park for a few hours trying to spot as many birds as possible. There should be lots of migrants moving through. Heather will be happy to explain how eBird works and demonstrate the eBird mobile app that makes counting on the go fun and easy.
- Wednesday May 9, Field Trip to Wilkins Regional Park
On May 9 the Wednesday Walkers will head to Wilkins Regional Park, hopefully to spot warblers in the shrubs, violets on the paths and perhaps the first fiddleheads of the season. Meet in the parking lot at the Spruceland Shopping Mall at the corner of 5th Avenue and Hwy 97 under the big Save On Foods sign at 9:20 a.m. to sign a waiver and arrange for carpooling. Departure time is 9:30 a.m., with return in the noon hour. Please dress for the weather, wear sturdy footwear, bring water and a snack. These slow walks to observe nature are open to members and non-members. For more information, or to join an email contact list contact Dora at email@example.com.
- Thursday May 17, 7 to 9 p.m. Presentation Night at The Exploration Place
This is the Club’s last presentation night of the spring season. It’s all about bees! Presenter is Jennifer Catherall, Instructor at the CNC Quesnel campus.
- Friday June 8 to Sunday June 10, Mount Robson Biennial Bird Blitz
The longstanding Bird Blitz now occurs every second year. This year participants will gather before or on the evening of Friday June 8. Birding area sign-up will be on Friday night at Robson Meadows campground. Signs will be posted at the campground entrance to indicate the signup location. For further information, and to let her know if you plan to participate, please email Gail Ross at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Presentation night, April 19, 2018
Many thanks to Guy Scharf, SEP Community Advisor, BC Interior North, for providing a comprehensive history of attempts at fish conservation in BC, including discussion of competing interests for protecting and enhancing coastal vs. interior fisheries. He noted that the Salmon Enhancement Program (SEP) engages over 30,000 participants in classroom projects to protect and rebuild salmon stocks. For more about the history of the Program see: DFO Salmonid Enhancement Program
Thanks also to Natasha Ewing, new BC Parks Community Engagement Officer, for her discussion of her work with Ocean Networks Canada (http://www.oceannetworks.ca) prior to her new position with BC Parks. In relation to BC Parks, she talked about the Park Enhancement Fund which provides funding for organizations interested in running interpretive programs in / on behalf of BC Parks: http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks/partnerships/pef.html
Walrath Road and Marsh Field Trip April 21, 2018
On April 21, the Club hosted a field trip to Walrath Road in Shelley to see the Long-billed Curlews and to visit the nearby marsh. Ten people showed up with coats and mitts, ready to embrace the 6 degree weather, the gusting winds and the spotty sunshine! There were at least 50 Curlews in the field, and they put on exciting flight displays and courtship routines. Migrating raptors like both Red-tailed and Rough-legged hawks, and an American Kestrel, made appearances along the back edge of the field.
The marsh water was only partially open, but there were a variety of waterfowl taking advantage of the melt. Canada Geese, Bufflehead and Hooded Mergansers kept us entertained. In the surrounding cattails and woodland, we worked to identify slinking Lincoln’s Sparrows, White-crowned Sparrows and quick-moving Ruby-crowned Kinglets. A yellow and blue wave of 35 Yellow-rumped Warblers passing together through the cattail was a beautiful thing to witness.
The highlights of the trip were on the way back to the cars, when 8 Mountain Bluebirds were spotted close by on the fence line, hawking insects. As we watched them, a Rufous Hummingbird quietly passed by overhead, a sure sign that spring had indeed arrived! Thank you to all who came along on the trip, and we look forward to seeing you all at the next one! (Emily Williams report)
Wednesday Walkers April 25, 2018
A warm, sunny day, with the Nechako running high and muddy in spring runoff, greeted us at Wilson Park. A thoughtfully quiet group as we approached a bay off the Nechako ensured that everyone had an opportunity to spot the Northern Pintail, Wigeons, Mallards, Lesser Scaup, Bufflehead and the Red-necked Grebe feeding and resting there. Anne Allgaier’s photo of the Douglas Fir stump reminds us of the danger of living too close to the river. Happy exclamations greeted a first-of-the-year Bumble bee, and puzzled expressions the spring-time appearance of the Beaked Hazelnut. The photo from another, proven specimen, shows the red female and yellow male flowers. (Dora Hunter report)
Hudson’s Bay Wetland Clean-up April 29, 2018
On April 29, the Club hosted the Hudson’s Bay Wetland Clean-up, as part of a city-wide spring garbage collecting event. The weather was sunny and cool, with a slight breeze – a perfect day for helping to make the Wetland clean. Aside from the 3 members planning the event and manning the booth, only 1 person came out to volunteer at our station, so we would like to give a huge shout-out to Nancy Muirhead for showing up and giving us a hand! Between the 4 of us, we managed to clean up a good portion of the trails around the Wetland. If you forgot to come out or didn’t hear about it in time, we will likely be hosting the event next spring too and we would love to see you there! (Emily Williams report)
Flickers at the Marriott: Here’s the recent news item and video clip quoting Club member Jack Bowling when Northern Flickers were pecking holes in the new Marriott hotel in April: http://ckpgtoday.ca/article/524104/new-hotel-gone-birds
Chickadee lovers will enjoy this video forwarded by Mike Nash: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6bKgVTjwgYI