Nature Vancouver Section Reports
February 7, 2017
Camp Committee -Nigel - See meeting minutes.
Conservation - Jeremy - No report
Birding - Jude (by email) - Full House (100+) January and February meetings attracted a full house with Keith Wade’s talk on Costa Rica and Ildiko Szabo’s talk on Penguins... Speakers are in place for the March to April 2017 Birders Night.
March 2 Peter Candido and Madagascar Wildlife,
April 6 is John Elliott on Raptors and the effects of pesticides.
May 4 meeting is outdoors and is scheduled for Queen Elizabeth Park
The birding section Committee met on January 17th. Minutes to be circulated shortly. We covered a wide variety of topic and issues. Next meeting will be March 21st.
The Vancouver CBC was an successful event although the weather was not cooperative, and we have an exception low participation for the post count tally and dinner. – (20 people) The count details were published in the Wandering Tattler January edition – thanks to Peter Candido who submitted the article.
4. Evening Programs - Jude (by email) - Speakers are in place for the January through April period’January 26 – Due to mix up by me.... we had to substitute a speaker for the evening program. Thanks to Bev Ramey who stepped and provide a talk.
Feb 23 – Graham Beard – on Fossils of Vancouver Island. (see website for details.
March 23 Nature Vancouver photography contest.
April 27 – Nature Vancouver AGM
5. Botany - David (by email) - The Botany Section talk for January 19th 2017 was “Botanical Research in Late Season Habitats: Don't go home too early!” Dr Terry McIntosh. 31 people attended.Future Botany Section talks for 2017 will be:
Thursday February 16th 2017 “What will we use the forests for?” Dr John Innes. Moderator will be Ron Long.
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 Teresa Gagnon.
After April the Coordinator of the Botany Section will be resigning. A new group, presently in “training”, will carry the baton starting September 2017.
6. Geology - David (by email) - Field trips for the Geology Section for January were as follows:
Tuesday January 24th 2017: Geology of downtown buildings. There were 11 participants.
Wednesday January 25th 2017: Geology of downtown buildings. There were 10 participants. The twinning of this field trip was a result of a date change due to unfavourable weather and an effort to accommodate all the original registrants.
Future geology Section field trips will be as follows:
Thursday January 27th: Geology of Vancouver as seen along the Stanley Park sea-wall.
Saturday 27th May: Geology of Vancouver as seen along Kitsilano Beach,
Friday 23rd June 2017: Geology of Caulfeild Park, West Vancouver.
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.
All of the above field trips were or will be by registration.
The Geology Section is looking for field trip leaders.
Plans are afoot to have a Geology Section talk on a month with a fifth Thursday. Months with five Thursdays for 2017 are:
7. Marine Biology - Joan (by email) - The Jan 12 evening talk for the Marine Biology Section was on "Sea Otter Feeding Behaviour in the Great Bear Sea", presented by Leah Honka, a research scientist with the Pacific Salmon Foundation. Leah completed field studies on the sea otters of the central BC coast for her Master's degree from SFU. She discussed the differences in feeding behaviours, diet and ecosystem effects between areas of longer re-colonization by sea otters versus sites that were being newly exploited. Approximately 80 audience members attended the presentation, and many questions followed, which Leah ably answered.
The evening presentation on Feb 9th will be a talk on the latest techniques for studying whales titled "The Mystery of the Declining Southern Residents: Insights from the Air" with Dr. Lance Barrett-Lennard, the Chief Scientist of the Vancouver Aquarium's Cetacean Research Lab. Dr. Barrett-Lennard, along with colleagues from NOAA, have, under permit, been studying killer whales and other cetaceans through the use of a special camera-equipped drone. The methods used to measure the whales, and analyze the findings will be discussed, and some potential conclusions suggested for the failed population recovery of the Southern Resident Killer Whales.
Several members of the Marine Biology Committee attended the Diver's Weekend at the Vancouver Aquarium on Jan 21st & 22nd. This is an annual special event where relevant non-profits are able to set up displays alongside those of dive shops and other organizations with connections to scuba diving. The Nature Vancouver display was visited by many individuals and families attending the Aquarium over the weekend. As this is an audience that has already shown an interest in nature-related learning, it provides an excellent opportunity for Nature Vancouver to increase it's profile in the community, particularly with a new demographic.
8. Outreach - Need volunteer
9. Workshops- Jude (by email) - We are trying to finalize a date and location to do a Field Trip Leaders Workshop this spring
Photography with Ron Long
Saturday Feb 18 at Burnaby Lake Nature House - Digital Photography workshop
Saturday March 25 at Burnaby Lake Nature House - workshop on Composition
Full details on website and in newsletter. We need the sections to promote this course in order to make it a go
10. BC Nature - Bev & Nancy (by email) - BC Nature president, Alan Burger, participated recently in two phone conference calls with Nature Canada and naturalist organizations from all provinces and territories about the Aichi Convention on Biological Diversity. Canada has signed onto this international agreement, which has goals for protection by 2020 of 17% terrestrial/inland water and 10% coastal/marine. Canada currently has protected 10.6% terrestrial/inland waters and 0.8% coastal/marine. In BC we are close to the target for terrestrial/freshwater (14.4% in BC) but BC is far behind in marine protection. Here’s link to the Aichi Convention targets that Canada signed onto: https://www.cbd.int/sp/targets/
Resolutions: February 28 is the deadline to submit a resolution for consideration at the May Lillooet AGM
11. Publications - Jeremy - No report
12. Other media (Website, Facebook, etc)- Daphne & Bill - no report
13. Field trips - Cynthia & Bill (by email) - Trips completed:
22 January - snowshoe Bowen Lookout, Cypress Provincial Park - 8 participants led by Bill Kinkaid
5 February - snowshoe Hollyburn Peak - 2 participants
11 February - snowshoe trip TBA (Manning, Coquihalla or Whistler)
25 February - Point Grey hike, Bev and Bill Ramey
Other snowshoe trips tentative for 4, 11 and 18 March
12 March - Brunette River (Kelly Sekhon)
2 April - Horth Hill (Kelly)
22 April - Galiano Island (Kelly)
8 or 23 April - Derby Reach (Bill)
Othello Tunnels tentative for 27 May
5 persons are booked for 5 nights to Brazeau Trail/Jonas Pass, Jasper National Park, 16-21 July (3 for sure and 2 tentatively)
2 are booked to do Watchtower Basin and Skyline trail in Jasper for 3 nights at the same time.
Other backpacks being considered:
May long weekend to Ross Lake via Skagit Valley
July long weekend to South Slope in Snowy Protected Area
August or Labour Day weekend to Viola Lake off Duffey Lake Road.
Hike leaders meeting on 18 February.
np/February 8, 2017