Nature Vancouver Section Reports
March 7, 2017
1. Camp Committee -Nigel - See minutes for details
2. Conservation - Jeremy - No report
3. Birding - Jude (by email) - Full House (120+) at the March Birder’s Night meeting with Peter Candido’s talk on Madagascar. We also held a raffle.
Speakers are in place for the April Birders Nights (well - - sort of).
April 6 speaker is listed as Dr. John Elliott talking on Raptors and the effects of pesticides. (As of 1pm today John had to cancelled as he must be in Ottawa for Canadian Wildlife Service meetings that week. He is trying to find a replace speaker from CWS at Alaksen in Delta. I will update the website as soon as I get the info and let Denis know to update the “Monday file”. Otherwise I will find “someone” else.
May 4 meeting is outdoors and is scheduled for Queen Elizabeth Park.
The birding section Committee met on January 17th and those minutes will be circulated today to the Birding Section Committee for approval at our next meeting on March 21st. If members of the board would like to see the Birding Section minutes, please let me know.
The Birding Section Committee, with Adrian’s assistance, has been working with the Migratory Bird Week committee (Rob Butler & Dan Straker) and they now have a long list of birding walks that will take place between May 6 and 13. The field trips have been added to the NVR Birding Section website. The Bird Week walks will appear in the April Wandering Tattler.
The Birding Section was asked (at the last moment) to participate in the annual VanDusen Family Day event on February 13, at the garden. Their theme was birds. Adrian, Angela and myself were there from 10am to 4pm and we talked to many families and handed out membership information. VanDusen has already asked us back for next year’s Family Day program.
We are still selling the Birding Guide at Birder’s Night. I am out of books now but hope to have some for the upcoming photo and AGM meetings and April Birder’s Night.
4. Evening Programs - Jude (by email) - Programs are in place for the remaining March and April evenings
March 23 - Nature Vancouver photography contest with Ron Long.
April 27 – Nature Vancouver AGM – no speaker has been booked.
I have started to contact speakers for the Fall 2017 General Meetings and Birder’s Night. If you have any ideas for speakers for the General Evening Programs please let me know.
5. Botany - David (by email) - The Botany Section talk for Thursday February 16th 2017 was:
“What will we use the forests for?” Dr John Innes. Moderator was Teresa Gagne. Approximately 34 people attended.
Future Botany Section talks for 2017 will be:
Thursday March 16th 2017
“Mapping the Anthropocene for Canada’s boreal forest.” Dr Paul Pickell. Moderator will be Bengul Kurtar.
Thursday April 20th 2017
“Among Kangaroo Paws and Grass Trees: The Incredible Spring Flora of Western Australia.” Gary Lewis. Moderator will be Ron Long.
After April I will be resigning as the Coordinator of the Botany Section. A new group, presently in “training”, will carry the baton with first meeting 21st September 2017.
6. Geology - David (by email) - There were no field trips for the Geology Section for February.
Some future geology Section field trips will be as follows:
Thursday April 27th 2017 : Geology of Vancouver as seen along the Stanley Park sea-wall.
Saturday May 27th 2017: Geology of Vancouver as seen along Kitsilano Beach,
Friday June 23rd 2017: Geology of Caulfeild Park, West Vancouver.
All of the above field trips were or will be by registration.
The website currently displays a self-guiding geology tour of Cypress Provincial Park as well as links to self-guiding geology tours along the Sea to Sky highway by Dr Bob Turner and Lynn Canyon Park by Dr John Clague. A number of self-guiding field trips for the Vancouver area are in various stages of completion and will be posted on the Nature Vancouver website.
The Geology Section is looking for field trip leaders.
7. Marine Biology - Joan (by email) - The Marine Biology Section evening presentation for February was on the topic of studying whales, particularly the endangered Southern Resident Killer Whales, through the use of a camera mounted on a drone. Dr. Lance Barrett-Lennard of the Vancouver Aquarium's Coastal Ocean Research Initiative shared recent collaborative research that demonstrated the ability to determine body condition and other factors using overhead photos, with nearly zero impact on the individuals or populations being studied. The drone research will also contribute to behavioral studies, in ways that boat-based research is limited in observations. Approximately 60 people attended the talk, despite inclement weather that week.
The evening presentation on March 9th will feature the MBS committee's Jennifer Ingram, an avid scuba diver and underwater videographer, speaking on her recent dive trip to two very different sites in Indonesia - Bali & Raja Ampat.
MBS evening presentations are booked through to September 2017, with a talk on Antarctica for April, and Ocean Optimism being featured in September.
The Marine Biology Section committee will meet on Mar 31 to plan field trips and next season.
8. Outreach - Need volunteer
9. Workshops- Jude (by email) - I am still trying to finalize a date and location to do a Field Trip Leaders Workshop. It seems that the facilities we would like to use are already booked.
Photography with Ron Long: The two workshop were cancelled due to low registration (only 2). We felt the inclement weather this fall and winter held back registrations. Ron and I are working offering the courses early in the fall.
-Digital Photography workshop
-Workshop on Composition
10. BC Nature - Bev & Nancy (by email) - No report
11. Publications - Jeremy - No report
12. Other media (Website, Facebook, etc)- Daphne & Bill - No report
13. Field trips - Cynthia & Bill (by email) - Trips completed:
11 February - snowshoe/microspike hike to Norvan Falls (Bill Kinkaid) - 3 participants
26 February - Point Grey hike (Bev and Bill Ramey) - 11 participants, trip report attached
4 March - snowshoe hike to Black Tusk microwave road (Bill) - 5 participants
Upcoming trips confirmed:
Other snowshoe trips tentative for 18 March, 26 March and 1 April
12 March - Brunette River (Kelly Sekhon)
2 April - Horth Hill (Kelly)
22 April - Galiano Island (Kelly)
8 April - Derby Reach (Bill)
29 April - Mayne Island (Bill)
Othello/Quintette Tunnels tentative for 27 May (Bill)
A hike planning calendar has been set up as https://teamup.com/ksad2c3f4c2a6f29c0. This gives leaders an opportunity to check dates for other hikes and events, as well as dates where certain areas should be avoided due to other events (e.g. Whistler GranFondo).
We had a hike leaders meeting on 18 February, hosted by Elena Klein. Some ideas and rough dates from that meeting:
Cheakamus Lake on 10 (Daphne)
Mount Gardner - Daphne/Bengul/Bill?
Part of Sea to Sky trail (maybe one group do short hike and one do long?) - Bengul and David
Elk Mountain on 24 or 25 (Bill)
Canada Day backpack to South Slope (Snowy Protected Area east of Cathedral Lakes)
Denis and Teresa proposing three trips via gondola at Whistler-Blackcomb to observe the seasonal changes
Screaming Cat Lake on Sunday 9 (Daphne)
BC Day weekend backpack to Viola Lake or Downton Alpine (off Duffey Lake Road west of Lillooet)
Late July through September
Wedgemount Lake, Hanes Valley (Daphne)
Watersprite Lake (Ron Klassen?)
Skyline crossover Despair Pass to Lightning Lake
Labour Day weekend backpack - Heather trail to Buckhorn
Elfin Lakes backpack - maybe Friday-Sunday mid-September
Hayward Lake, Brohm Lake (Teresa & Denis)
Other ideas from Teresa and Denis
Caren Range guided trip
Apodaco PP on Bowen Island (boat access only)
2018 anniversary ideas
Cowichan Valley spring flowers (Teresa and Denis)
Newcastle Island summer overnighter (Daphne)
Black Tusk Meadows - possibly a few nights there midweek, or maybe a crossover overnighting at Helm Meadows.
Cinnabar/South Chilcotin - trying to get permission to have camp there but we will plan a backpacking trip there next summer anyway
Wilderness First Aid course for hike and camp leaders is planned for weekend of 2-4 June. Seven signed up so far and we can take three more.
np/March 8, 2017