Metro Vancouver Green Culture News

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
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

March 10~11, 11:00am~4:00pm
Exotic Reptile Show
Meet snakes, lizards, and geckos at this show presented by the West Coast Society for the Protection and Conservation of Reptiles.
All ages welcome! Admission by donation.
organized by Richmond Nature Park
www.richmond.ca/parks/parks/naturepark/events.htm

March 14~26
The following pre-registered programs
organized by Richmond Nature Park
www.richmond.ca/register or Call Centre at 604-276-4300

Wed, March 14, 9:00am~5:00pm
Coquitlam River Falls Trip (55+ yrs)
Explore the hidden side of Coquitlam on this easy hike through the woods and along the river to Coquitlam River Falls. Price includes transportation.
Program fee: $31/1 session. Quote barcode 2251442

Fri, March 16, 9:00am – 3:00pm.
Nature Detectives (6 – 12 yrs)
Spend a day away from school having fun and learning about the outdoor environment with a new nature theme each day.
Program fee: $33/1 session. Quote barcode 2174296

Polliwog Preschool (4 – 6 yrs)
Mon, March 19 – Fri, March 23, 9:30am – 12:00pm.
Program fee: $75/5 sessions. Quote barcode 2174299

Mon, March 19 – Fri, March 23, 1:30pm – 4:00pm.
Program fee: $75/5 sessions. Quote barcode 2174300

Mon, March 26 – Thu, March 29, 9:30am – 12:00pm.
Program fee: $60/4 sessions. Quote barcode 2174301

Mon, March 26 – Thu, March 29, 1:30pm – 4:00pm.
Program fee: $60/4 sessions. Quote barcode 2174302
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March 10, 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.

Saturday, March 10, 1:00~3:00 pm
Early Language and Literacy Workshop:
New Picture Books, Songs and Rhymes for Storytime
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.

Thursday, March 15
Snow Algae and Climate Change by Lynne Quarmby
at 7:30 p.m. at the Unitarian Centre, 949 49th Ave W (49th at Oak), Vancouver
This slide show and talk will explore the cell biology and natural history of snow algae while taking us on journeys to Svalbard and into our local mountains. Images of spectacular scenery and microscopic views of the algae will accompany Lynne’s stories of scientific discovery and artistic collaborations. We’ll hear how Lynne responds to the realities of climate change with grief and with hope.
Lynne Quarmby is a professor in the Department of Molecular Biology & Biochemistry at Simon Fraser University where she teaches and runs a research lab. Lynne has published over 50 scientific papers and received awards for both teaching and research. In 2015, she was recognized with the Sterling Prize for Controversy for her “work in sustainable energy and materials policy.” Responding to a growing political disregard of science, particularly climate science, Lynne’s engagement has ranged from civil disobedience to traditional politics, going so far as to run for a seat in Parliament in the 2015 Federal election. Lynne has initiated a new research project to study snow algae, a community of microorganisms that form one of many positive feedback loops for global warming.

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

Sunday, March 18
Barnston Island – difficulty rating B5
Visit  Barnston Island to look for early migrant birds and other signs of spring and enjoy mountain views and scenes along the Fraser River. This is an easy but long (10 km) walk around the perimeter of the island, mostly on flat paved roads. Pack lunch and a warm beverage and prepare for all weather conditions. Carpool at Franklin and Penticton at 0800 or meet at the ferry (free) at the east end of 104th Avenue in Surrey at 0845. Difficulty rating B5. Contact Bill Kinkaid.

Thursday, March 22
2018 Digital Photography Competition by Ron Long
at 7:30 p.m. at the Unitarian Church, 49th at Oak, Vancouver
See http://naturevancouver.ca/node/64 for all submission information.

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, March 29, 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 23, 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
Birding in Colombia – the most specious country in the world
Dr. David Bradley (Bird Studies Canada) and Ana Gonzales (PhD candidate)
at 7:30 p.m. in the Parish Hall of St. Mary’s (Kerrisdale) Anglican Church, 2490 West 37th Avenue (at Larch Street), Vancouver
At the northern end of South America, Colombia is a megadiverse country for birds, with 2,000 recorded species, over 100 of which are endemic to the country. This amazing diversity is a result of numerous factors, from the country’s position between Central and South America, which funnels migrants as they move to and from the continent, to the Pacific and Atlantic coastlines, the expansive Amazon rainforest, and the highly seasonal llanos grasslands. Add to this the three distinct arms of the high Andes with its intermountain valleys and associated elevation gradient, and you have all the ingredients for a plethora of birds. We will discuss the birds of Colombia and some of the factors that create the country’s immense diversity and the threats they face. We will also outline two post-congress tours we are running there in September as part of the International Ornithological Congress in August.
http://naturevancouver.ca/events/birding_programs

Thursday, April 12
High Seas Protected Areas by Dr. Rashid Sumaila
at 7:30 p.m. 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.

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.

Thursday, May 3, 7:30 pm
Outdoor Event TBA
http://naturevancouver.ca/events/birding_programs

Thursday, April 12, 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

Saturday, April 21
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 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

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.

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

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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