Metro Vancouver Green Culture News

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

Monday, January 1 at 10:00 AM.
New Year’s Day – Birding Walk and Lunch
Join Kelly Sekhon for a birding walk along Richmond West Dyke. We will walk from Garry Point to Blundell and back to Steveston for lunch (optional) at Shady Island Seafood and Grill: http://www.shadyislandseafood.com;
Please RSVP Kelly by e-mail before Dec 30th for lunch reservations (limit 20 – first come first serve). Cell phone for last minute updates: 778-979-0558
Meet at 10 a.m in the parking area of Garry Point Park, South West corner of Richmond. Transit Info: Bus No. 410 stops very close to Garry Point on Chatham and 5th Ave. It connects to Canada Line along No. 3 Road in Richmond and to Expo and Millennium Lines at 22nd Street in New Westminster. Dress warm and wear good walking shoes.
http://naturevancouver.ca/events/field_trips

Thursday, January 4
Harlequin Duck – Molt and Migration Ecology
Sean Boyd – Environment Canada – Delta, BC
a Research Scientist on Migratory Bird Ecology
He will present information on HADU (Harlequin Ducks) in the Salish Sea, but with a focus on the small population of ducks wintering between White Rock and Crescent Beach. Population dynamics and migration patterns will be discussed along with potential predation risk from Bald Eagles
http://naturevancouver.ca/events/birding_programs

January 6th, Saturday, 10:00 am
Mountain View Spotted Owl Breeding Facility
Leader: Gareth Pugh
at the Centre, 23898 Rawlinson Crescent, Langley
Join us for a visit to an important breeding facility and learn how the owls are paired off and cared for.
Please note numbers are restricted to twenty people so early registration is advisable.
Langley Field Naturalists’ Walk
Phone 604-576-6831 for more information and to let us know to expect you.

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.
http://naturevancouver.ca/events/marine_biology_programs

Animal Tales (4-5 yrs)
January 12 to February 9, 5 Fridays, 9:00am~11:30am
Richmond Nature Park at 11851 Westminster Hwy
Join others for an animal-themed and interactive story time, the creation of colourful crafts and the playing of games.
Program fee: $87.50/5 sessions. Quote barcode 2174292
www.richmond.ca/register

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.
http://naturevancouver.ca/events/field_trips

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
http://naturevancouver.ca/events/field_trips

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 www.leebeavington.com.
http://naturevancouver.ca/events/evening_programs

Floral Design (18+ yrs)
Monday, January 29, 7:00pm~ 8:30pm
Richmond Nature Park at 11851 Westminster Hwy
Create a flower arrangement to take home with lessons by a florist that include proper care of handling cut flowers, vase preparation techniques, and how to arrange flowers in a unique design.
Program fee: $40.00/1 session. Quote barcode 2175692
www.richmond.ca/register

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.
http://naturevancouver.ca/events/birding_programs

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.
http://naturevancouver.ca/events/field_trips

February 3rd, Saturday, 9:00am
Campbell Valley Regional Park.
Leader: Al Grass
at the 16th Avenue Parking Lot.
Bring a hand lens if you have one.
Langley Field Naturalists’ Walk
Phone 604-219-2043 for information and to let us know to expect you.

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.
http://naturevancouver.ca/events/marine_biology_programs

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
http://naturevancouver.ca/events/field_trips

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.
http://naturevancouver.ca/events/field_trips

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

Photoshop Basics: Composition
Tuesday, February 20, 3:00~4:30 pm
Vancouver Public Library Central Branch at 350 W Georgia St
Want to try photo editing with Adobe Photoshop but don’t know where to begin? In this 90-minute, hands-on workshop, we explore the basics of composition, cropping, layers and the impacts of image size and resolution for your project. Learn how to take your photos from mundane to magnificent! First session in a four-part series. This class is for learners who are comfortable using a computer keyboard and mouse. Experience with computer files and folders is recommended.

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.
http://naturevancouver.ca/events/evening_programs

Photoshop Basics: Colour
Tuesday, February 27, 3:00~4:30 pm
Vancouver Public Library Central Branch at 350 W Georgia St
Want to try photo editing with Adobe Photoshop but don’t know where to begin? In this 90-minute, hands-on workshop you’ll explore the basics of colour, contrast, and much much more. These tips will take your photos from mundane to magnificent!
Second session in a four-part series.

Psychology Month: Beyond Judgement
Tuesday, February 27, 7:00~8:30 pm
Vancouver Public Library Central Branch at 350 W Georgia St
Almost everybody likes the idea of being treated non-judgmentally, but what exactly does that mean? How can we tell others what disturbs us about their choices without shaming or blaming? Noah Susswein offers insights into human behaviour that can lead to productive conflicts rather than pointless fights. Noah Susswein is a registered psychologist in British Columbia. He provides therapy to children, youth and adults.

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.
http://naturevancouver.ca/events/birding_programs

March 3rd, Saturday, 9:00am
Brydon Lagoon
Leader: Al Grass
at the 53rd Avenue parking lot near 198A Street, Langley.
Join us for a walk around the lagoon which is home to Green Herons and a variety of water birds.
Langley Field Naturalists’ Walk
Phone 604-219-2043 for more information and to let us know to expect you.

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.
http://naturevancouver.ca/events/marine_biology_programs

March 10th, Saturday, 9:00am
Houston Trail in Derby Reach Regional Park.
Leader: Biologist Phil Henderson
Join biologist Phil Henderson to learn about bryophytes which include mosses and their relatives; tiny but beautiful plants that flourish in moist, shady sites. We will also drop down to the wetland water edge to have a look for waterfowl. Bring binoculars and hand lenses if you have them.
Langley Field Naturalists’ Walk
Phone 604- 888-1571 to let us know to expect you.

Early Language and Literacy Workshop:
New Picture Books, Songs and Rhymes for Storytime
Saturday, March 10, 1:00~3:00 pm
Vancouver Public Library Central Branch at 350 W Georgia St
Discover the best new books, songs and rhymes to breathe new life into your storytimes. This workshop series provides free professional development for Early Childhood Educators (ECE), childcare providers, and adults working with children in the community. Certificate issued at each workshop. Workshops are 2 hours long.

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
http://naturevancouver.ca/events/field_trips

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.
http://naturevancouver.ca/events/evening_programs

March 23rd, Saturday, 9:00am
George C. Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary – Delta
Leader: Al Grass
Join Al for a spring-time walk to look for early migrants and see the signs of spring.
Dress warmly, bring a lunch and a warm drink.
Please note there is a $5.00 entrance fee for non members of the Bird Sanctuary. There is a seniors rate.
Langley Field Naturalists’ Walk
Phone 604-219-2043 to let us know to expect you.

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
http://naturevancouver.ca/events/field_trips

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
http://naturevancouver.ca/events/birding_programs

Thursday, May 3, 7:30 pm
Outdoor Event TBA
http://naturevancouver.ca/events/birding_programs
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Sea Level Rise in Vancouver
Beaches, bike paths & beauty: this is Vancouver!
Let’s work together to protect our coast into the future.
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Sea Level Rise in Vancouver
Vancouverites love the water.
Watch the video & add your pledge to protect our shorelines.
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