Field Trip Schedule

For detailed information about Field Trips, Field Trips Policy, Guidelines for Field Trip Leaders and "Release of Liability" form, please click on Field Trips - General Info.

Nature Vancouver recommends trip participants review the Release of Liability waiver before the day of the trip.

Saturday, April 1
Snowshoeing hike - location TBA (Difficulty Rating C-D6)
The destination for this trip will depend on current weather and snow conditions and highway conditions. Possible destinations, depending on weather, snow conditions and availability of vehicles (snow tires required) are the Whistler area, Coquihalla area or Manning Provincial Park. Expect a fairly strenuous hike. You need to be in good physical condition and this should not be your first snowshoe trip of the year. Dress for changeable, cold and possibly damp weather (several layers are better than one heavy jacket) including water-resistant pants/leggings and footwear; if it's sunny, good UV-protective sunglasses and sunscreen are strongly recommended. Bring a lunch and warm beverage.
 
If you don't have your own snowshoes, we recommend renting from MEC. Difficulty rating C6. Pre-registration is required - contact Bill Kinkaid.
 
PLEASE NOTE: THIS TRIP IS WEATHER DEPENDENT, AND WILL BE RESCHEDULED, MOVED OR CANCELLED IN CASE OF BAD WEATHER OR SNOW CONDITIONS.
 
Saturday, April 1
Iona Spring Birding

This is the first of six Saturday Birding Trips at Iona Regional Park to observe the changing species as the migration season progresses. Meet the leader Colin Clark at 9:00 am (note start time change) in the parking lot near the washrooms at the end of Park road. Trips will be about 3 hours covering the inner and outer ponds. Dress for the weather and wear boots, as some trails are muddy. Bring binos or scopes.

 

Sunday, April 2
Horth Hill Park - Birds and Spring Wildflowers

Join Kelly Sekhon on our annual botany and birding trip to see the spring wildflowers and birds at Horth Hill, within walking distance of the Swartz Bay ferry terminal.  

We will walk on to the 9 am ferry at Tsawwassen and catch the 5 pm ferry back. Foot passengers must purchase tickets 10 minutes before sailing time. Bring lunch, drinks and suitable clothing for a day in the open. Difficulty Rating: Easy walking (about 8km) with a short uphill section.

Contact Kelly by e-mail to register for the trip and to arrange carpools. Cell phone 778-979-0558 for last minute updates.

 

Tuesday, April 4
Birding at Terra Nova

Meet leader Thomas Plath tomplath@telus.net, cell 778 928-9206 at the parking lot at the end of Westminster Highway (south side, not at community gardens) at 8:30 AM. Minimum two hour walk - bring a snack and suitable clothing for the weather.To carpool or if you need a lift, please call the leader to make arrangements.
 

Saturday, April 8
Derby Reach hike (Difficulty rating B6)

Spring hike to look for early flowers and birds in Derby Reach Regional Park in Fort Langley. This is a mostly easy but fairly long walk (11-12 km) along the bank of the Fraser River and through the woods with some short uphill sections. Trilliums and fawn lilies will be our target flower species. Dress for the weather including good boots or hiking shoes, and pack lunch and fluids. Carpool at Franklin and Penticton at 0800, or meet at the Edgewater Bar park entrance (off Allard Crescent east of 208 Street) at 0900. Difficulty rating B6. Contact Bill Kinkaid.

 

Saturday, April 15
Iona Spring Birding

This is the second in the series, to view and record species as spring arrivals or migrants. Meet leader Colin Clark, 604 274 5379 at 9:00 am in the parking lot, near the washrooms at the end of the Iona Regional Park Road. The whole area will be covered. Duration about 3 hours. Dress warmly and wear boots for muddy trails. Bring binos and or scopes if possible.

 

Saturday, April 15
Birding at Serpentine Fen

Meet leader Thomas Plath (tomplath@telus.net, cell 778 928-9206) at the parking lot at Serpentine Fen (44th Ave) at 9:00 AM. Minimum two hour walk - bring a snack and suitable clothing for the weather. Swallows and waterfowl are the focus of this morning walk. To carpool or if you need a lift please call the leader to make arrangements.

 

Saturday, April 22
Birding Port Coquitlam's Pitt River Dyke

Join us 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. This field trip covers some excellent dyke-side habitats. We will be on the lookout for Spring migrants. Meet in the main parking lot adjacent to the public washrooms at Cedar & Victoria Drives (DeBoville Slough) in Port Coquitlam at 0830. We will then carpool to our start point on Sherling Place. Larry Cowan 604 307 0931.

 

Saturday, April 22
Birding at Queen Elizabeth Park

Meet leader Thomas Plath tomplath@telus.net, cell 778 928-9206 at the parking lot at West 33rd at 8:30 AM. Minimum two hour walk - bring a snack and suitable clothing for the weather. We will be looking for early migrants like Hermit Thrush, Townsend's Solitaire and Cassin's Vireo. To carpool or if you need a lift, please call the leader to make arrangements.

 

Saturday, April 22
Birding and Botany Hike to Mt. Galiano (Difficulty Rating C7)

On this trip to Galiano Island you will have the opportunity to see a variety of habitats for birds and wildflowers, scenic views from the Bluffs Park and glimpses of life on the island. This is a moderate hike (about 18km) climbing from sea level to 100m, back to near sea level and then again to the high point of Mount Galiano at 300m. Difficulty rating C7 (see the main Field Trips page for difficulty ratings).

Bring lunch and water and dress for a day out in the open. Sturdy footwear with good tread is essential. Hiking poles will be helpful.

We will walk on to the 8:35 am Gulf Islands Ferry from Tsawwassen. We'll catch the return ferry from Sturdies Bay at 5:40 pm, arriving back at Tsawwassen at 6:35 pm. Foot passengers must purchase tickets at least 10 minutes before sailing time. Bring lunch, drinks and suitable clothing for a day in the open.

Contact Kelly by e-mail to register for the trip and to arrange carpools. Cell phone 778-979-0558 for last minute updates.