Metro Vancouver Green Culture News

Wednesday, November 22
Iona Beach Regional Park & Sewage Lagoons
Join Wim Vesseur to explore this amazingly rich and varied bird life area where we expect to see Snow Geese and a variety of ducks and shorebirds, rails etc. Meet at 9:00 am in the parking lot at Iona Park. Please phone: 604-534-3447 for info or to let us know to expect you.  Organized by Langley Field Naturalists

The Wild Hart by Tim Burkhart
Thursday, November 23, 7:30 to 9:00 pm
at Unitarian Centre, 949 West 49th Avenue (at Oak Street), Vancouver

The beating heart of a vast, wild and diverse ecosystem, the Hart ranges of northeastern British Columbia are the last wild landscape in a sea of development.  Sanctuary to 37 threatened and endangered species, this bridge of intact wilderness enables wildlife to move between two big islands of protected habitat: the Muskwa-Kechika area to the north, and the big parks of the central Rocky Mountains to the south.

Although the majority of the Peace Break region has extensive road networks and a massive industrial footprint, a band of relatively intact land extends north-south along these mountains, giving it national and international ecological significance as the last contiguous intact forest landscape in the Peace.

The Harts are a vast, wild and diverse landscape, but the staggering pace of development on the land including coal mining, oil and gas, forestry, and wind farms—threatens to collapse this unique bridge of wilderness forever. One caribou herd has already disappeared, gone forever, and other wildlife populations are staring at the same fate.Yellowstone to Yukon is working with First Nations and other partner to ensure the rich natural heritage of these wild mountains are part of a legacy that future generations can enjoy and of which all British Columbians can be proud.

November 29th, 6:30~9:00pm
Roundhouse Community Arts and Recreation Centre
at 181 Roundhouse Mews, Vancouver
Why: Your input will help the Park Board plan for the future of parks and recreation in the downtown urban core. Please arrive at 6:00pm to check-in, discussion begins promptly at 6:30pm More Info:

The universe of bears by David Cook
Thursday, November 30, 7:30 to 9:00 pm
at Unitarian Centre, 949 West 49th Avenue (at Oak Street), Vancouver
Join us for a slide presentation with biologist David Cook about the natural history and biology of bears. David will speak about the eight species of bears that presently inhabit the globe as well as the recently extinct species of North American Bears called the short-faced bears.

Vancouver Education & Career Fairs
November 30, 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
Vancouver Convention Centre – East, 999 Canada Way, Free
“Empowering people at all stages of life to make their dreams into reality through meaningful connections. For 21 years, ECF has been inspiring residents of B.C. communities by connecting them to real study and work opportunities, at home or abroad. We bring together representatives from universities, colleges, career training institutions, industry associations and employers with their wealth of knowledge and resources in order to make that happen. ECF is B. C’s #1 experiential career-focused fair in Canada with a robust program including Interactive Galleries, a Job Skills Workshop and the Learning Lounge with engaging presentations throughout the day.
**FREE ADMISSION all day!”

Saturday, December 2
Dipper Quest 2017
This half-day outing is our annual quest to find American Dippers in the Pitt Meadows/Maple Ridge area. We have been successful since 2006 finding our quarry. After locating a Dipper or two we will spend the balance of the morning birding the Pitt Meadows/Maple Ridge area in search of raptors, waterfowl, other winter migrants. Meet at 0900 in the McDonald’s parking lot on the SW corner of Lougheed Hwy & Harris Rd. in Pitt meadows for car pooling. Your leader will be Larry Cowan 604-307-0931

Christmas Open House
Sunday December 3, 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Burnaby Lake Regional Park
Meet at Burnaby Lake Nature House, 4519 Piper Avenue
​Drop in to the Nature House to enjoy crafts and complimentary refreshments or to join a guided nature walk. All ages. Free

Christmas Carol Sing-along at Minnekhada Lodge
Sunday December 3, 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Minnekhada Regional Park
Parking and access to the lodge may be limited. Please use the Quarry Road Entrance.
Visit this 1930s country estate with spectacular views of the Pitt River. Look for remnants of the past in the rustic yet refined rooms, then stroll through the charming garden. All ages. Free

Winter Warriors
Sunday December 3, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Kanaka Creek Regional Park
​Stroll through the forest and discover how birds, beasts and plants combat the winter blues.
​Ages 8+ Free, Registration required.  Barcode 7063

Santa Comes to Cammidge
Sunday December 3, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Boundary Bay Regional Park
Meet at Cammidge House
​Visit with Santa on his annual visit to Cammidge House.  Surprises for children, refreshments for all. All ages. Free

Nature Vancouver Birders’ Nights
December 7, at 7:30 p.m.
at Parish Hall of St. Mary’s Anglican Church, 2490 W.  37 Ave at Larch, Vancouver
Saturday, December 9
Blaine & Drayton Harbour
Join Gareth Pugh to visit Blaine and Drayton Harbour which is an important over-wintering area for shorebirds and waterfowl. We will also drive around to the West side of the Harbour to visit Semiahmoo Park and have lunch at the cafe in the Semiahmoo Resort. Meet at 9:00am at Blaine Marine Park (see web site below for directions). Please dress warmly and wear proper footwear. Bring lunch, snacks and refreshments and, of course, your passports.  Phone 604-576-6831 to let us know to expect you and to arrange car-pooling. Organized by Langley Field Naturalists

Wednesday, December 13, 2017
Boundary Bay Regional Park  9:00am – noon

Join Tom Bearss and his informal birdwatchers for a 2 1/2 hour amble
Enjoy the abundance of resident and wintering species, including shorebirds, waterfowl, raptors, and smaller birds.
Bring binoculars if you have them.

The outing will end with beverage and snack at historic Cammidge House.
Meet: Cammidge House in Boundary Bay Regional Park, Delta
Info: 604 940 9296 or
Hosts: Delta Nature:  No charge for events; voluntary donation for snacks

Sunday, December 17
Vancouver Christmas Bird Count December 17, Sunday.
This is an all day Event. Leaders and Teams leave their start locations at 8:00 AM and continue until the Area is completed or until dusk.
Every bird seen of each species is recorded. You could join a team as observer, spotter, recorder. The results are compiled and are a permanent record. Trends are indicated from the numbers recorded of each species.
Team Coordinator ; Adrian 604 263 7957.

First Day Campfire
Monday January 1, 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Pacific Spirit Regional Park
Meet at the park centre on 16th Avenue, 400 m west of Blanca Street
​Start off the New Year by a cozy campfire amidst towering evergreens.  Sing along to familiar songs and listen to stories about west coast plants and animals.  Bundle up and bring a mug for a taste of hot chocolate. All ages. Free

Thursday, January 4, 7:30 pm
Speaker Details to be posted shortly
at Parish Hall of St. Mary’s Anglican Church, 2490 W.  37 Ave at Larch, Vancouver

Thursday, January 11, 7:30 pm
The Unique and Ancient Glass Sponge Reefs of Howe Sound
Presented by Sheila Byers
at the Unitarian Centre, 949 49th Ave W (49th at Oak), Vancouver
Glass sponge reefs are ancient, sensitive structures that are very fragile due to an internal skeleton of almost pure glass. Glass sponge reefs off Haida Gwaii,  BC were first discovered in 1987; those in Howe Sound 20 years later. The reef formations are complex, and provide significant ecological services. Importantly, marine life (e.g., rockfishes) seeks refuge and foraging ground above and within the reefs. The long living reefs, however, are slow growing and vulnerable to high sediment loads and physical damage that can impact long-term sustainability of marine life. Reefs form at dark, cold depths on high-current pinnacles, seamounts and submarine ridges. In Howe Sound, five reefs are scuba-diver accessible, providing unique research opportunities.

Since 2012, the Marine Life Sanctuaries Society (MLSS) has discovered, mapped and monitored 13 new sponge reef complexes in Howe Sound. striving for their protection. Recent dive opportunities on a manned submersible have rewarded the hard-working MLSS team with a once-in-a-lifetime view of these incredible deep-sea cities of glass.

Sheila Byers, a registered professional biologist and marine biologist, is the Past President of the Marine Life Sanctuaries Society. She works as a Musem Interpreter at the Beaty Biodiversity Museum, UBC.

Saturday, January 13
Birding Jericho Park
This is a half day walk around The Park to see winter birds ;finches and sea ducks.
Meet at the West entrance at NW Marine Drive and Discovery Street at 9:00 AM.
Limited free parking,washrooms on the route.
Leader Adrian 778 838 2006.

Saturday, January 20
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 route covers excellent dyke-side habitats. We will be on the hunt for visiting winter and resident species.
Meet in the main parking lot adjacent to the public washrooms at Cedar & Victoria Drives (DeBoville Slough) in Port Coquitlam at 0900.
We will then carpool to our start point at Nicola Place.
Larry Cowan 604-307-0931

Thursday, January 25, 7:30 pm
Place-based Education: Nature as Teacher
Presented by Lee Beavington
at the Unitarian Centre, 949 49th Ave W (49th at Oak), Vancouver
Kids spend 7 hours a day on screens and 7 minutes a day in nature. Time in nature promotes the development of children who are more attentive, active, creative—and perhaps most importantly—more connected to the natural world. Is nature-deficit disorder real? How can nature be our greatest teacher? Walking amongst the conifer giants of our temperate rain forest, immersed in direct sensory experiences, rekindles our connection to the more-than-human world.
As an ecologist and Amazon Field School instructor currently researching ‘nature experience’, Lee Beavington’s presentation integrates science, eco psychology and arts-based learning. He will explore how robins can teach us biology, how rivers reveal physics, and offer inspiration for nature-based education.
Lee Beavington is a SSHRC scholar and doctoral candidate in Philosophy of Education at SFU. He is also an author, photographer, and instructor for KPU’s Amazon Field School, and teaches Ecology, Genetics, and Advanced Cell and Molecular Biology in the lab and field. He also co-designed a new course, highlighted by Maclean’s magazine, called Creativity, Ecology and Nature Experience. His interdisciplinary research explores wonder in science education, poetic inquiry, and nature as teacher. Find Lee reflecting in the forest, mesmerized by ferns, and always following the river. More about Lee at

Thursday, February 1, 7:30 pm
A Birding and Wildlife Tour of Brazil: Amazon Rainforest, Pantanal and Cerrado
Presented by Peter Candido
at Parish Hall of St. Mary’s Anglican Church, 2490 W.  37 Ave at Larch, Vancouver
This presentation will focus on the birds and other wildlife of the Amazon Rainforest around Cristalino Lodge, the open country of the Pantanal and the cerrado habitat of Chapada dos Guimarães National Park.  Cristalino Lodge lies in a large private protected area of rainforest at the southern edge of the Amazon basin.  It is very rich in overall biodiversity, even for the Amazon region, with 586 bird species recorded in the area.  The Pantanal is the largest freshwater wetland in the world, roughly the size of Florida.  It is home to such iconic mammals as Jaguar, Capybara and Giant Anteater, millions of Caiman, and the largest flying parrot in the world, the Hyacinth Macaw.  Join Peter for an exploration of this amazing region.

Saturday, February 3
Half-day Birding Field Trip at Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary
Join John Chandler for a half-day birding trip to Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary in Ladner.
We will be looking for Snow Geese and other waterfowl as well as raptors.
Remember to bring some money for the small admission fee and dress for chilly and/or wet weather.
You may want to bring your lunch and a hot drink to enjoy in the warming hut after your walk.
Meet John at the Reifel gift shop at 0900.
Contact John at 604-839-8777.

Thursday, February 8, 7:30 pm
Fraser River Watershed & BC Salmon
Presented by Dave Scott
at the Unitarian Centre, 949 49th Ave W (49th at Oak), Vancouver
The Fraser River watershed hosts a remarkable diversity of wild Chinook, chum, coho, pink and sockeye salmon, all of which rely on habitats in the Lower Fraser. Since colonization, however, the area has undergone a vast transformation, and the quantity and quality of salmon habitats have been drastically reduced. Today, a number of development proposals threaten to push the cumulative effects of human impacts past a tipping point. This presentation will explore the history of our relationship with salmon and their incredible importance to the biodiversity of the Salish Sea ecosystem. As well, Dave will detail the work that the Raincoast Conservation Foundation (RCF) is conducting to protect and restore wild salmon populations.

Dave Scott is the Lower Fraser Salmon Program Coordinator for RCF. He holds a Masters Degree in Resource Management from Simon Fraser University. His work with RCF has included leading the Fraser estuary juvenile salmon research program, working with local conservation organizations on salmon habitat in the Lower Fraser, and submitting evidence as an intervenor in the reviews for the Trans Mountain Expansion and Roberts Bank Terminal 2 projects.

Saturday, February 10
Birding at Colony Farm RP
Colony Farm RP is home to many over wintering raptors, sparrows, waterfowl and usually a Northern Shrike or two.
Come discover what species the park has to offer on this year’s half-day outing.
Meet at the parking area at the south end of Colony Farm Rd. in Coquitlam at 0900.
Larry Cowan 604-307-0931

For the Love of Nature
Monday February 12, 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Burnay Lake Regional Park
Meet at Burnaby Lake Nature House
​Celebrate nature with family and loved ones this Family Day weekend.  Enjoy arts and crafts activities that expand your ability to observe and appreciate nature. All ages. Free

For the Love of Nature
Monday February 12, 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Campbell Valley Regional Park
Meet at the Campbell Valley Nature House
​Celebrate nature with family and loved ones this Family Day weekend.  Enjoy arts and crafts activities that expand your ability to observe and appreciate nature. All ages. Free

Family Day Campfire
Monday February 12, 12:30 PM – 3:30 PM
Pacific Spirit Regional Park
Meet at park entrance on 16 Avenue, 400 m west of Blanca Street
​Drop by a cozy campfire and learn about nearby nature through story and song.  Bring a mug for a taste of hot chocolate. All ages. Free

Saturday, February 17
Birding Vanier Park.
This is a half day walk to see pond and sea ducks and sparrows along the foreshore to Kitsilano Beach.
Meet South of The Maritime Museum at the big Totem Pole at 9:00 am.
Limited free parking to the West , washrooms.
Leader; Adrian 604 263 7957.

Derby Tales Round the Campfire
Saturday February 17, 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Derby Reach Regional Park
Meet across road from Heritage Area on Allard Crescent, north of 96 Avenue and 4 km west of Fort Langley.
​Gather round a crackling campfire to bake bannock and listen to tales of nature and life in the wilderness.  Bring a mug for hot chocolate. All ages. Free

Thursday, February 22, 7:30 pm
Klee Wyck Journal
Presented by Lou McKee
at the Unitarian Centre, 949 49th Ave W (49th at Oak), Vancouver
After many years of paddling the waterways and outer coasts of the Pacific northwest, author and artist Lou McKee planned a short kayaking trip near Vancouver Island with friends and family that unexpectedly became a yearly tradition. During the first trip that Pacific Northwestern summer, they chanced upon an enchanting stretch of beach and spend several days collecting stones polished by the ocean, exploring the nearby creek, and breathing in the wonder of untamed water and wilderness. This remote coastal beach drew them back year after year, though the coastal rains became almost too much to endure. Thus, the Klee Wyck Cabin, as it came to be named, is borne from found cedar beach logs and other reclaimed wood to shield the travelers from summer storms. For a few weeks each year, friends and family came together to share stories, heartaches, celebrations, and the building of the tiny wilderness retreat cabin.

Thursday, March 1, 7:30 pm
Raptors of the Fraser Valley – how are they doing and how can we help
Presented by Myles Lamont
at Parish Hall of St. Mary’s Anglican Church, 2490 W.  37 Ave at Larch, Vancouver
Myles Lamont is a wildlife biologist, zoologist and naturalist. Working professionally as both a wildlife biologist and a zoologist, he has a strong passion for wildlife conservation, reintroduction biology and the management of threatened species. He has worked both internationally and domestically on wildlife conservation projects, from arctic and boreal Canada to the tropical forests of the Indian Ocean.

Thursday, March 8, 7:30 pm
High Seas Protected Areas
Presented by Dr. Rashid Sumaila
at the Unitarian Centre, 949 49th Ave W (49th at Oak), Vancouver
Dr. Rashid Sumaila is a University of BC fisheries economist who has proposed innovative solutions to save the world’s wild fisheries. Dr. Sumaila has been awarded the 2017 Volvo Environment Prize for his work.

Saturday, March 17
Birding Queen Elizabeth Park.
This is a half day walk through The Park to see regular plus early migrant birds.
Beginner birders welcome.
Meet in between the dog walk area and the pitch and putt in the East parking lot at 8:30 am. Washrooms, Free parking.
Leader; Adrian 604 263 7957

Thursday, March 22, 7:30 pm
Importance of Bogs and Wetlands
Presented by Dr. Rolf Mathewes
at the Unitarian Centre, 949 49th Ave W (49th at Oak), Vancouver
Dr. Rolf Mathewes has had a distinguished academic career as a professor, mentor, teacher, and scientific researcher of international renown.  He is widely considered to be one of the top paleoecologists in Canada and is respected around the world for his ground-breaking contributions to Quaternay science. (The Quaternary period encompasses the last 2.6 million years.) His research reconstructs the history of climate events through time, answering fundamental questions in geology, biogeography and evolutionary biology.

Saturday, March 24
Birding at DeBoville Slough & Minnekhada RP
Join us for a half day birding trip to Coquitlam’s DeBoville Slough/Minnekhada RP. Osprey, hummingbirds, and swallows should be back on their breeding grounds. Spring migrants will also be moving through the area. With luck we should catch a glimpse of Sandhill Crane, Red Crossbills, Band-tailed Pigeon and Western Meadowlark.
Meet in the main parking lot adjacent to the public washrooms at Cedar & Victoria Drives in Port Coquitlam at 0900.
We will position an appropriate number of vehicles in the parking lot off Quarry Road in Minnekhada RP for our return trip.
Larry Cowan 604-307-0931

Thursday, April 5, 7:30 pm
Birding in Peru
Presented by Ben Freeman
at Parish Hall of St. Mary’s Anglican Church, 2490 W.  37 Ave at Larch, Vancouver

Thursday, May 3, 7:30 pm
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