Field Trip Schedule

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Tuesday, April 25
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.

 

Thursday, April 27
A stroll through 30 million years of Stanley Park's geological history

Meeting location: Will be revealed on registration. Time: 11:00 am. Duration: 3 to 4 hours. Terrain: Sea-wall path. Elevation gain: Flat. Event description: An interpretive walk along the Sea-wall of Stanley Park to learn about the geology of the Vancouver area. See how 40 to 70 million year old rivers laid down sand, silt, clay and minor coal over a period that included the waning years of the age of dinosaurs. Other features will be giant boulders of 100 million year old granite stranded by the retreating ice, remnants of ancient volcanoes, concretions in the sandstone, wave-cut notches in the cliff-face formed when the sea-level was higher. Low tide at the time of our walk will reveal other features such as wave-cut platforms formed by wave action over the last 5000 years, and see how First Nations peoples made use of the debris left by the glaciers to make fish traps. Registration: Because of a need to limit the size of the group and because the event may be rescheduled due to weather, registration is required. Contact David at 604-924-0147 or cookeco2@yahoo.com to register and receive details as to the meeting location. This field trip is fully booked. A wait list will be maintained.

 

Saturday, April 29
Mayne Island hike (Difficulty level C6)
 
Moderate day hike to Mount Parke on Mayne Island with spring birds and flowers and views. Pack lunch and water, wear good boots or hiking shoes and come prepared for all weather. Much of this hike is on forest trails and roads but there is an open exposed ridge section and a short rough trail portion through the woods. Meet on the Gulf Islands ferry departing 0835 from Tsawwassen terminal. Take bus #620 from Bridgeport Canada Line station or Ladner Exchange; for carpooling, please contact the leader by Thursday evening. Please note that foot passengers must be at the terminal ten minutes before departure. The return ferry leaves Mayne at 1705 and returns to Tsawwassen at 1835. Adult fare is currently $19.80 from Tsawwassen and $10.20 for the return. Difficulty level C6. Contact Bill Kinkaid.
 
 
Saturday, April 29
Iona Spring Birding

Enjoy another Spring Birding trip around the Iona ponds. As the season of migration progresses, observe the changes in the species. Meet leader Colin Clark in the parking lot, at Iona Regional Park near the washrooms at 9:00 am. Dress warmly and wear boots as some trails are muddy.

 

Saturday, April 29
Birding at Reifel Refuge

Meet leader Thomas Plath tomplath@telus.net, cell 778 928-9206 at the parking lot at Reifel Refuge at 9:00 AM. Minimum two hour walk - bring a snack and suitable clothing for the weather. With spring migration in full swing who knows what we'll find at the Reserve. To carpool or if you need a lift please call the leader to make arrangements.

 

Tuesday, May 2
Birding at Queen Elizabeth Park

Meet leader Thomas Plath tomplath@telus.net, cell 778 928-9206 at the parking lot at West 33rd at 8:00 AM. Minimum two hour walk - bring a snack and suitable clothing for the weather. In the right migration weather (overcast, drizzle) this park can be alive with migrating songbirds. To carpool or if you need a lift, please call the leader to make arrangements.

 

Thursday, May 4
May 4th Birder's Night - outdoors at Queen E Park

This is Nature Vancouver's last Birder's Night before the summer break and will be held outdoors at picturesque Queen Elizabeth Park. We can expect a good variety of both spring migrants and resident species. Last year we saw nests of both Anna's Hummingbirds and Bushtits and watched Black-capped Chickadees busy at their tree nest cavity. Many other species nest in the park, including Cooper's Hawks. Meet leaders Adrian Grant Duff and Colin Clasen at 6:30PM in the free parking lot at the south end of the park, next to the pitch-and-putt golf course. We will then bird around the park for 1 to 1 1/2  hours, then meet at the Celebration Pavillion (plaza) area at the top, for social time and refreshments.

Saturday, May 6
Birding at Iona Island

Meet leader Thomas Plath tomplath@telus.net, cell 778 928-9206 at the parking lot at Iona Regional Park at 8:00 AM. Minimum two hour walk - bring a snack and suitable clothing for the weather. We will be searching for migrants especially shorebirds. To carpool or if you need a lift, please call the leader to make arrangements.

 

Tuesday, May 9
Birding at Iona Island

Meet leader Thomas Plath tomplath@telus.net, cell 778 928-9206 at the parking lot at Iona Regional Park at 8:00 AM. Minimum two hour walk - bring a snack and suitable clothing for the weather. We will be searching for migrants especially shorebirds. To carpool or if you need a lift please call the leader to make arrangements.

 

Saturday, May 13
The Sanctuary/ Bird Walks

  There are two back to back Bird Walks to celebrate International Migratory Bird Day and is a Vancouver Bird Week Event.Good chance to see warblers.Meet leaders. Doug Cooper and Pat Miller,on the North East corner of Hastings and Renfrew Streets ( PNE Park Entrance) at 7:00 am and or 9:00 am.Come out and enjoy Nature around the pond ,an oasis for birds.All interested participants welcome.PublicTansit and washrooms available.