Metro Vancouver News
For natural and cultural events in Metro Vancouver, Canada
edited by Joseph Lin, President of Green Club

April 14 – June 9, 2018
Surrey Environmental Extravaganza
www.youtube.com/watch?v=facSSCdjSBI
The Environmental Extravaganza is a series of free environmental events and programs held each spring between Earth Day (April) and World Oceans Day (June) throughout Surrey. Coordinated by the City of Surrey, the Environmental Extravaganza works in partnership with numerous organizations in Surrey to offer programs and events for all ages. Explore and learn about nature by participating in this year’s Environmental Extravaganza! Visit www.surrey.ca/Extravaganza to learn more.

Thursday, April 19
New alpine plant discoveries from northern BC by Ken Marr
at 7:30 p.m. at the Unitarian Centre, 949 49th Ave W (49th at Oak), Vancouver
Ken Marr presents an illustrated talk about the flora of northern BC including images of the landscapes, rare plants, common plants, a pseudoflower, a puzzling gap in the distribution of several species and what we are learning from DNA markers about the migration of several species. Lots of images of flowers!
Ken Marr has been Botany Curator with the Royal BC Museum (RBCM) since 2001.  He is interested in the classification, biogeography and conservation of terrestrial vascular plants, in particular the alpine flora of northern BC, where most of his fieldwork occurs.  One part of this effort is to use DNA markers to attempt to understand the migration pathway of alpine species into BC following the last ice age and to evaluate evidence for the existence of full glacial refugia within the borders of BC.  This research has taken him to Russia, Alaska, Yukon and more than 70 mountains in northern BC.
His PhD is from the University of British Columbia, MS from U of Hawaii and BA from U of Colorado.  He has taught courses in vascular plant taxonomy at the University of Victoria, UBC, U of Montana and U of Wyoming.  Prior to working at the Royal BC Museum lived in Yunnan Province, China for 2.5 years where he researched the ethnobotany and domestication of several Cucurbits.

Birding Port Coquitlam’s Pitt River Dyke
Saturday April 21, 8:30am to 1:00 pm
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 field trip covers some excellent dyke-side habitats. We will be on the lookout for Spring migrants. Meet in the main parking lot adjacent to the public washrooms at Cedar & Victoria Drives (DeBoville Slough) in Port Coquitlam at 0830. We will then carpool to our starting location.  Larry Cowan 604 307 0931. See all field trips, general info and paperwork at www.naturevancouver.ca/field-trips/

Birding at Iona Island Regional Park
Saturday April 21, 9am to noon
This is the second  of four Saturday Birding Trips at Iona Island Regional Park to observe the changing species as the migration season progresses. Meet leader Colin Clark (604 274 5379) at 9 am in the parking lot near washrooms at the end of Park Road. Trips will last about 3 hours, covering the outer and inner ponds. Dress for the weather and  wear boots as some trails may be muddy.  Bring bins or scopes. See all field trips, general info and paperwork at www.naturevancouver.ca/field-trips/

Half-day Birding Field Trip Iona Regional Park
Sunday April 22, 8:30am to 11:30am
Join John Chandler  for a half-day birding trip to Iona Regional Park in Richmond. We will be looking for arriving shorebirds and early migrants.  We’ll start by exploring the inner ponds and then work our way through the outer ponds and along the river.  If you are interested, you can walk the South Jetty after the field trip.  Dress for chilly and/or wet weather. Meet John in the parking lot by the washrooms at 0830. Contact John at 604-839-8777. See all field trips, general info and paperwork at www.naturevancouver.ca/field-trips/

Birding at Queen Elizabeth Park, Vancouver
Monday, April 23, 8am
Meet leader Thomas Plath (778 928-9206) at 8 am at the washrooms near the Pitch and Putt parking lot.  This park can be excellent for songbird migration during spring especially with a low pressure system. Warblers, vireos and flycatchers are this mornings goal. Trips generally last 2 – 4 hours so dress for the weather, bring food, binoculars or scopes and a smile. Contact the leader tomplath@telus.net  should you need a ride or more information. See all field trips, general info and paperwork at www.naturevancouver.ca/field-trips/

Tree Talks and Walks – Oakridge/South Cambie/Riley Park
April 22, Sunday, 10am to 11:30
Organized by Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival http://www.vcbf.ca
Meet at Oakridge Skytrain Station, on the corner of Cambie Street and West 41st Avenue; we will probably walk north, but no promises.
Presented by Douglas Justice, Associate Director and Curator of Collections, UBC Botanical Garden & Centre for Plant Research. Douglas wrote the book!
This walk will feature the late-blooming cherries, the showiest of them all.
http://www.vcbf.ca/community-event/tree-talks-walks

The Buzz About Bumblebees
Sunday, April 22. 1 pm to 2:30 pm
Register at www.eventbrite.ca/e/41978667324 
Do you love the fuzzy bumblebee? Did you know there are many native pollinators in need of homes in your neighbourhood?
Learn more about bumblebees with Lori Weidenhammer, author of Victory Gardens for Bees. You must become a member of NatureKids BC at www.naturekidsbc.ca

Sunday, April 22, 11:00am~3:00pm
Hummingbird Homecoming
Attract birds to your own backyard by understanding what helps them survive.
Presentations at 11:00am, 12:00pm, 2:00pm, and 3:00pm.
All ages welcome. Admission by donation.
www.richmond.ca/parks/parks/naturepark/events.htm

Sunday, April 22
Half-day Birding Field Trip Iona Regional Park
Join John Chandler  for a half-day birding trip to Iona Regional Park in Richmond. We will be looking for arriving shorebirds and early migrants.  We’ll start by exploring the inner ponds and then work our way through the outer ponds and along the river.  If you are interested, you can walk the South Jetty after the field trip.  Dress for chilly and/or wet weather. Meet John in the parking lot by the washrooms at 0830. Contact John at 604-839-8777.

Bike The Cherry Blossoms in Vancouver
April 28, from 11am~1:00 pm, FREE Event
South side of John Hendry Park (Trout Lake), 3300 Victoria Drive (@ E 19th Ave., close to Marshall St.) Participants should arrive at 10:00 AM to sign waivers, if you have not signed the waiver online, to participate in the most beautiful ride of the season. We really appreciate it! http://www.vcbf.ca/community-event/bike-the-blossoms

Birding at Iona Regional Park
Saturday April 28, 8am
Meet leader Thomas Plath (778 928-9206) at 8 am in the parking lot near washrooms at the end of Park Road. Enjoy early passerine migrants and hopefully shorebirds. Trips generally last 2 – 4 hours so dress for the weather, bring food, binoculars or scopes and a smile. Contact the leader tomplath@telus.net  should you need a ride or more information. See all field trips, general info and paperwork at www.naturevancouver.ca/field-trips/

Galiano Island hike (Difficulty rating C6)
Saturday April 28 , 8:55am Ferry
Moderately strenuous day hike to Galiano Island for spring birds and flowers and views. This is a 12 km hike on forest trails and roads with two fairly steep climbs and descents from sea level to 300 metres and back down. Pack lunch and water, wear good boots or hiking shoes and come prepared for all weather. Meet on the Gulf Islands ferry departing 0855 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 Galiano at 1650 and returns to Tsawwassen at 1745. Adult fare is currently $19.80 from Tsawwassen and $10.20 for the return. Difficulty level C6. Contact Bill Kinkaid billkinkaid@gmail.com . See all field trips, general info and paperwork at www.naturevancouver.ca/field-trips/

Walk in Everett Crowley Park – Plants and ecology of a reclaimed area
Saturday April 28 at 11:00 am
A 2 hour walk along the trails in Everett Crowley Park, Champlain Heights area of Vancouver. Register with biologist David Cook at cookeco2@yahoo.com  or call or text him at 604-924-0147. Meet in parking area entrance off Kerr Street between SE Marine Drive and East 63rd Avenue. Description: We will walk along the trails of Everett Crowley Park talking about the plants that make up this reclaimed area of forest.
Organized by Vancouver Parks Board for City Nature Challenge 2018.  The city with the most observations after the weekend competition wins bragging rights as ‘most biodiverse’. See more at http://vancouver.ca/news-calendar/calling-all-citizen-scientists-join-park-board-in-global-city-nature-challenge.aspx .  Use of the iNaturalist smartphone app is encouraged but not required.

Lighthouse Park (Difficulty rating B5)
Sunday April 29, 9am to 3pm
In 1973 Vancouver Natural History Society published an illustrated guide book titled – Nature West Coast: A study of plants, insects, birds, mammals and marine life as seen in Lighthouse Park. A revised and updated edition was released in 1988.
Join leader Kelly Sekhon on Sunday, April 29 to visit Lighthouse Park forty-five years after the original book was published.  We will try to find and identify some of the flora and fauna mentioned in the book.  Meet at 9 am in the parking lot. We will walk clockwise along the outer trail with a lunch break near the lighthouse and back to the parking area by 3 pm. Bring a lunch and wear hiking boots or shoes with ankle support. Be prepared for some rough trails and a long walk. There will be an option to do only part of the walk and leave the group around lunch time. See all field trips, general info and paperwork at www.naturevancouver.ca/field-trips/

Sunday, April 29, 11:00am~3:00pm
Hawk and Owl Show
Get up close and personal with breathtaking birds of prey.
Presented by the Orphaned Wildlife Rehabilitation Society.
All ages welcome. Admission by donation.
www.richmond.ca/parks/parks/naturepark/events.htm

Jericho Beach intertidal, estuarine and wetland biology
Monday April 30 at 12 Noon
The route will be wet and pebbly/rocky so wear appropriate footwear.
Register with biologist David Cook at cookeco2@yahoo.com  or call or text him at 604-924-0147. Meeting location: Far west end of Point Grey Road (just west of Royal Vancouver Yacht Club in the parking lot area).
Description: Enjoy walks on the beach? Let it take on a new dimension as you learn about life forms along the shoreline and their complex environment. Get to know the intertidal zone and how tides, sun exposure, beach walkers like yourselves, and—in the long run—climate change affect this fascinating habitat. We will also look at how the former estuary of Jerry’s Cove was converted to a wetland See all field trips, general info and paperwork at www.naturevancouver.ca/field-trips/

Asian Heritage Month on May 1~31, 2018
explorASIAN 2018 festival events celebrating National Asian Heritage Month –an annual window into the Greater Vancouver Pan Asian arts and cultural communities! We are pleased with the growing number of major community institutions joining in the celebration and that most of the events are free. So take the time to discover and be enriched by the over 50 events submitted reflecting our Pan Asian heritage. Late submissions can be found on our website www.explorasian.org

May 1~31, 2018
Salmonberry Days in Vancouver Dunbar Community
http://dunbar-vancouver.org/salmonberry-days/
Each year Dunbar Salmonberry Days has a theme for the festival that fills May with walks, talks and events.

Let’s Go Batty!
Stanley Park Dining Pavilion
Thursday, May 3, 7:00~9:00 p.m.
http://stanleyparkecology.ca/event/lets-go-batty-2/
Is Vancouver too cold for bats? Are they in the rodent family? Do they thirst for human blood? Debunk the many myths about bats in British Columbia by joining this guided tour in Stanley Park. Walk beneath the twilight sky to catch the flapping silhouettes of the world’s only true flying mammal! Meet us at the Stanley Park Dining Pavilion to begin your evening adventure with an indoor presentation. Pre-register – $5 members / $10 non-members; Drop-in – $7 members / $12.50 non-members

Sun, May 6, 9:00am~3:30pm
BC CacheCon 2018
A FREE family fun day for everything Geocaching and outdoor exploration related! Run in partnership with British Columbia Geocaching Association (BCGA) and the Metro Vancouver Geocachers (MVG). All ages welcome. FREE event! www.bccachecon.wordpress.com

Sasamat Lake Trip (55+ yrs)
Wed, May 9, 9:00am~5:00pm
Escape to the mountains for a gentle, naturalist-led hike around this Port Moody lake, including a stroll across a floating boardwalk. Rain or shine. Bring a lunch. Price includes transportation. Program fee: $31/1 session. Quote barcode 2251642; 3 ways to register for programs: Call Centre at 604-276-4300; Online: www.richmond.ca/register ; In-Person: Register at the Nature Park, 11851 Westminster Hwy.

Super Slime
Sunday, May 13. 1 pm to 2:30 pm
Register at www.eventbrite.ca/e/42018084221
If you love slime, this adventure is for you!
Learn more about the banana slug, amazing slime molds, and other slimy animals, plants, and fungi of the temperate rainforest.
You must become a member of NatureKids BC @ www.naturekidsbc.ca

Hummingbird Homecoming
Sea Lion Trip – Pro-D Day (8-13 yrs)
Fri, May 18, 8:30am~3:00pm
Spend the day by taking a very special boat trip with the Vancouver Whale Watch company. You may spot sea lions and other wild animals on the Steveston jetty. The remainder of the day is spent exploring nature and having fun! Meet at Vancouver Whale Watch (12240 Second Ave, Richmond).
Program fee: $55/1 session. Quote barcode 2174344; 3 ways to register for programs: Call Centre at 604-276-4300; Online: www.richmond.ca/register ; In-Person: Register at the Nature Park, 11851 Westminster Hwy.

Sea Lion Boat Tour (16+ yrs)
Fri, May 18, 8:30am~10:30am
View California sea lions up close on this 90-minute exhilarating cruise aboard a 40-foot semi-covered vessel. Meet at Vancouver Whale Watch (12240 Second Ave, Richmond).
Program fee: $29.50/1 session. Quote barcode 2174395; 3 ways to register for programs: Call Centre at 604-276-4300; Online: www.richmond.ca/register ; In-Person: Register at the Nature Park, 11851 Westminster Hwy.

Saturday, May 26
Birding at Colony Farm RP
This morning’s half-day birding field trip is at Colony Farm RP. Our target specie will be Colony Farm’s feature bird the Lazuli Bunting. Other species hoped for include Western Kingbird, Band-tailed Pigeon & American Bittern. Meet leader, Larry Cowan, in the parking area at the east-end of Colony Farm Rd. at 08:30. 604 307 0931

Bird Banding
Saturday June 23. 7 am to 9 am
Register at www.eventbrite.ca/e/42018264761
Join the Vancouver Avian Research Centre for a bird-banding experience at Colony Farm.
Learn more about our migratory birds and see how VARC’s bird research contributes to a better understanding of local and global bird health.
You must become a member of NatureKids BC @ www.naturekidsbc.ca

Saturday, June 23
Birding at Grant Narrows

Enjoy a half-day birding at Grant Narrows along the Pitt River Dyke from Grant Narrows to Catbird Slough. The grass may be long and in morning usually wet, appropriate footwear is advised. Expected species are American Redstart, Bullock’s Oriole, Eastern Kingbird, Gray Catbird, & Band-tailed Pigeon. When birding in the Polder in June expect the unexpected. Meet the leader at 08:15 in the Grant Narrows’ parking lot. We will then car pool to our starting point at Catbird Slough. Larry Cowan 604 307 0931
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