Field Trip Schedule

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Saturday, June 4
Earthwise Farm Work Party

 

Please join us in volunteering at Earthwise Farm in Tsawwassen on June 4th, 10am to 1pm.  We will help out with some farm tasks like planting and weeding.  There will be an opportunity to explore the farm ecosystem that supports vegetable crops, berries, fruit trees, a native flower and herb garden, bees, and resident barn owls.  We may also see many other birds that tend to hang out in the Boundary Bay area. Located in the Boundary Bay area, Earthwise Farm is part of a community based agricultural movement that is revolutionizing our food system.  The two acre certified organic farm models small scale agriculture for urban edge communities and works to reestablish personal connections with the land where our food is grown.  The farm is run by Earthwise Society, a not-for-profit, charitable organization cultivating sustainable communities through environmental education and stewardship (http://www.earthwisesociety.bc.ca).  

 

This event will go forward rain or shine.  Come prepared for the weather and activity including sturdy shoes, rain gear, sunhat, sunscreen, and clothes that can get dirty.  Please bring water and you may also want to bring a snack.  Work/gardening gloves are available but feel free to bring your own.  Physical activities may involve walking on uneven terrain, crouching, kneeling, bending and carrying light loads.  Please contact Nancy at nprober@shaw.ca or 604-566-6033 to register and arrange for carpooling.

 

 

Sunday, June 5
Brohm Lake Wildflowers & Views (difficulty rating C8)

Hike Location: Brohm Lake Interpretive Forest,   Meeting Point: Park Royal South Macdonald’s    Meeting Time: 8:00am  or  at the Brohm Lake parking lot** at 9:15am

This will be a more strenouous variant of last year's midweek 'Orchids & Oddballs Trip.  The area around Brohm lake offers great views and a wonderful array of spring wildflowers including leafless coral roots orchids and ‘oddballs’ like Pinesaps, Indian Pipe, and if we are very lucky the rare red flowered Snow Plant.  These fascinating 'mycoheterotroph' plants all lack chlorophyll and instead get their food by tapping into the mycorrhizal relationship between nearby tree and mushroom species.  Depending how fast the spring advances we can also expect to see tiger lilies, wintergreens, twinflower, bunchberry and more.

We'll be doing the moderate Brohm Lake, Brohm Creek and Bridge trails plus the steeper Powerline, High Trail, Tantalus View and Cheakamus Loop trails for a range of views in different directions.   Total distance is ~10km with ~525m elevation gain on generally well maintained trails, with some steep sections.  Be prepared for some overgrown, rough or muddy bits.  Trip goes rain or shine; bring lunch, drinks and suitable clothing for a day in the open.

Preregistration requested – please contact:  Teresa Gagné <email: d_t_01 (at) shaw (dot) ca> home: 604-437-4453.  Also let me know if you are interested in carpooling from Vancouver.  ** Brohm Lk PL is on the left hand side of Hwy 99, 4.5 km past the Alice Lk turnoff.  Look for signs & a left turn bay.

 

Saturday, June 11
Iona Island Spring Birding Trip #6

This is the final trip in a series of six bi-weekly trips on the theme "Follow the Changing Seasons at Iona Island". How many more species will the group log today for the grand total for the 6 trips? Typically 35-45 species are recorded per trip. Can we reach 80 plus for the six trips? Meet in the parking lot near the washrooms at the end of the Iona Regional Park road at 8:00 am. Please wear suitable clothing and footwear. There are some narrow, muddy trails. Bring binoculars or a scope. The trip lasts about 3 hours. Please call the leader, Colin Clark, at 604-274-5379 if you need a ride from the Canada Line Bridgeport station.

 

Saturday, June 11
Overnight Trip Exploration of Botanie Valley, near Lytton

Overnight Trip Exploration of Botanie Valley, near Lytton.

Date: Sat-Sun June 11-12, 2016. Location: travel by car to Lytton.

Focus of Trip: Mariposa Lilies, Mountain Lady slipper and the myriad Wild Flowers growing in the area.

Trail Conditions: Exploration in open area. Footwear: Boots Recommended. Sustenance: Bring Water/Lunch.

This is an overnight trip; you may arrange accommodation in Lytton or Skihist Provincial Park (Campsites are not reserveable).

Meeting Point/Time: 9AM Moody Park (park is at corner of Canada Way/8th Street and 8th Ave in New Westminster) parking on northwest side of the park (8th Ave-10th Street) travel by Pattullo Bridge and Highway 17 to freeway. Sky Train/Time: Pick Up from New Westminster Station, north side, to be requested by phone.

Contact Information: Please email to Harry Crosby 604-524-5200 to let me know your are coming and review planning. There may be an e-mail out to firm up arrangements.

 

Sunday, June 12
Elk Mountain hike (Difficulty Rating D6)
 
Elk Mountain near Chilliwack is one of the best late spring-early summer wildflower shows in our region, from woodland flowers at low elevations to subalpine flowers higher up. This is a strenuous hike of 800 metres elevation gain with some rough exposed spots on the trail; boots with good ankle support and tread are essential and poles are recommended. Pack lunch and bring lots of water, and be prepared for damp weather and trail conditions with possible late snow. Rating D6. Contact Bill Kinkaid - pre-registration is required.
 
 
Sunday, June 19
Old Growth Conservancy, West Vancouver

A joint event for Nature Vancouver and the Old Growth Conservancy Society.

Meeting Locations and times: 9:00 am at Park and Ride on roof of Park Royal North, West Vancouver for car-pooling and to pick-up people without transportation. Trip Leader: David Cook 604-924-0147. 

Trail-head location: Quarry Lookout Picnic Area located at 8.3 km along the Cypress Parkway (just past the third switchback on the right-hand side). Duration: 3-4 hours. Elevation Gain: 180 metres.

Difficulty rating and walking conditions: C. Mostly easy walking with a few steep sections on the down-hill return section. Sturdy shoes with deep-tread or hiking boots are advised. Poles may be an additional aid for some.

Description of event: We will walk a circuit of approximately 5 km via the Trans-Canada Trail, the Cypress Mountain Works Yard, the Conservancy Crossing Trail (the only sanctioned trail within the Old-Growth Conservancy) and finally along other forest trails south of the Conservancy back to the car park. There will be sections of trail within the Conservancy when you will experience the thrill of being surrounded by candelabra-topped redcedar veterans in pristine old-growth forest. Bring lunch and a beverage. Registration is not required.

Saturday, June 25
Birding Field Trip at Grant Narrows

Enjoy a half-day birding at Grant Narrows along the Pitt River Dyke from Grant Narrows to Catbird Slough. The grass may be long and in morning usually wet, appropriate footwear is advised. Expected species are American Redstart, Bullock's Oriole, Eastern Kingbird, Gray Catbird, & Band-tailed Pigeon. We have been successful locating American Redstart on our previous June field trips to this location. When birding in the Polder in June expect the unexpected. Meet the leader at 08:15 in the Grant Narrows’ parking lot. We will then car pool to our starting point at Catbird Slough. Larry Cowan 604 307-0931.

 

Sunday, June 26
Black Mountain hike, Cypress Provincial Park (Difficulty level C6)

Join Lyn Grants and Bill Kinkaid for a fairly strenuous hike to Black Mountain and Eagle Bluffs in Cypress Provincial Park. Come prepared for all possible weather conditions, wear good hiking boots with good tread and ankle support, and pack a lunch and plenty of water. Carpool at Park Royal McDonald's at 0800 or meet at the old Black Mountain Lodge (not Cypress Creek Lodge) at 0845. Difficulty rating C6.

 

Thursday, June 30
Tidepooling & Day Hikes on the Juan de Fuca Marine Trail

Location: West coast of Vancouver Island between Sooke & Port Renfrew ; carpooling to be arranged

This multiday trip will offer an opportunity for non-backpackers to explore this spectacular wilderness area.  It will include 3 1/2 days of moderate to strenuous day hikes, plus a half day of tidepool exploration at the world famous Botanical Beach.  Hikes will be in East Sooke Regional Park (download map) and accessible sections of the Juan de Fuca Marine Trail, with the possibile option of a guided visit to spectacular old-growth forest sites in the area.   An extremely low morning tide on July 5 should reveal a spectacular array of colourful sea creatures.  A more detailed itinerary will be developed once the group make-up is confirmed.  Some terrain will be challenging, but we will not be hiking fast.  Good balance is required for exploring rocky tidepools and navigating steep or slippery sections of the trails. 

Planned accomodation will involve three nights camping at the China Beach campground in Juan de Fuca Prov. Park followed by two nights in a pair of shared vacation cottages in Port Renfrew.  China Beach is a vehicle accessible campground with water and pit toilets and will cost ~$20/person for the 3 night stay.  Cottage costs will be approx. $80-$95/person for a 2 night stay.  Final price will depend on # of people sharing.  For cottage info. see Villa Johanne and Port O Pierre.  Due to limited kitchen space some shared meals may be pre-arranged.

Group size will be limited to a maximum of 11 people, who will be accepted based on several criteria.   Registration: This trip is now fully booked; but you can ask to be put on a waiting list.   Please contact the trip leaders Teresa Gagné & Denis Laplante  by phone 604-437-4453 or email if you are interested. 

 

 

Friday, July 1
HBC Heritage Trail backpacking trip

Moderately strenuous two night backpacking hike to the HBC Heritage trail. We'll hike from Jacobson Lake on the Tulameen Road and camp at Conglomerate Flats, with opportunities to explore Grants Pond, Palmers Pond and Mount Davis. See http://hopemountain.org/trails/hbc-heritage-trail/ for more information on the trail. Each hiker is expected to be self-sufficient for food, supplies and equipment, though some sharing of equipment is likely and carpooling will be arranged. Contact Bill Kinkaid to register.