May
17
Thu
Regular Monthly Meeting @ St. Paul’s Cathedral Hall
May 17 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Guest speaker, Curtis Bjork, will be speaking about lichens.  Lichens are the most neglected part of the BC flora. These are still early days of exploration for these symbiotic organisms, but already we can say that on Vancouver Island, Metchosin’s headlands (Albert Head, Mary Hill, Rocky Point) have so many lichen species that there is nowhere else in the world where such a rich flora has been recorded in such a small area. The talk will highlight some of the diversity of the lichens and their habitats found during inventory work for the Department of National Defense and Natural Resources Canada.

Curtis Bjork has studied lichens and plants in the US and Canada for over 25 years, working in regions from California to the Arctic, and from the Prairies to the Pacific. He is co-curator of lichens at the Beaty Biodiversity Museum, UBC, along with Trevor Goward. Curtis and Trevor also co-run a botanical/lichenological consultancy, and they teach courses at their house in the Wells Gray Park country.

The regular meeting will follow the presentation.

Guests are welcome.

May
22
Tue
Field Trip to Dufferin Wetland @ Dufferin Elementary School
May 22 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am

Meet at 8:45 for car pooling, Aberdeen Mall by the Cineplex.

Kirsten Wourms, the Nature Park Crew Leader for the City of Kamloops, will give us a tour of the recently restored Dufferin wetland.

For all field trips, dress for the weather, bring water and snacks or a lunch, don’t forget your binoculars and camera. There is no need to register in advance.  Everyone will be asked to sign an attendance form. Non-club members will also be asked to sign a day trip waiver form and pay $1.

May
24
Thu
Butterfly Walk at Pineview @ Pineview Valley
May 24 @ 9:30 am – 12:00 pm
Butterfly Walk at Pineview with Brady Mathes.

Meet at 9:30 am at Aberdeen Mall parking lot near the Cineplex Odeon for carpooling. 

Brady says it has to be sunny and the temperature needs to be above 15C or 60 F.  According to the weather forecast, Thursday is going to be very hot.  Last week, Brady did a late afternoon walk and saw 5 species.  Two tailed Tiger Swallowtail, Stella’s Orange tip, Silvery Blue and Zephyr’s Anglewing.

If you want to try your hand at catching butterflies instead of watching Brady, he says they are available at the Dollar store near Coopers Save on Foods and Tim Hortons in Brocklehurst for $2 each.

For all field trips, dress for the weather, bring water and snacks or a lunch, don’t forget your binoculars and camera.

There is no need to register in advance.  Everyone will be asked to sign an attendance form. Non-club members will also be asked to sign a day trip waiver form and pay $1.

When carpooling, at trip-end, please offer the driver compensation for gas and wear-and tear on the vehicle.  Consider offering what you feel would be fair if you had been driving that vehicle and would be receiving the compensation.

If you need a ride to Aberdeen Mall, let me know and I can arrange to have you picked up.

Margaret Graham
marggraham@shaw.ca
(250) 554-1285

May
27
Sun
Big Bird Day
May 27 all day
Two teams will compete to find the most bird species. This fun, friendly  competition takes place on Sunday, May 27th. The search begins at MIDNIGHT and ends at 4:00 PM on the 27th.
Phone Glenn Dreger at 250-372-3837, gdreger@telus.net to be placed on Team South.
Team North leader is June Kitamura at 250-374-8734, kitamura2@telus.net.
HOME BIRDERS are most welcome.
The count will take place after dinner. This year, the club will be providing a barbecue – hamburgers and hot dogs, tea and coffee. Feel free to bring a salad or dessert to share. Bring your lawn chairs to the
home of Bruce and Anne Ritcey at 877 Crestline Street in Brocklehurst starting at 5:00 PM. Bird sightings will be tallied and prizes will be awarded for Best Backyard Bird, Most Unusual Sighting…
Jun
1
Fri
Isobel Lake Interpretive Trail – Accessibility Upgrades Grand Opening Celebration @ Isobel Lake
Jun 1 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Isobel Lake Interpretive Trail – Accessibility Upgrades Grand Opening Celebration @ Isobel Lake

For Immediate Release: Kamloops Thompson Trails Alliance announces the grand opening of accessibility trail upgrades at Isobel Lake on June 1, 2018

May 28, 2018, Kamloops, BC – The Kamloops Thompson Trails Alliance is proud to announce the grand opening of the Isobel Lake Interpretive Trail, which has been upgraded to current accessibility standards. A few speeches and a ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held at the day use area on Friday June 1 at 11 AM, followed by snacks and refreshments. The day will also feature a guided walk of the trail.

The Alliance has been working hard since 2013 to upgrade the trail to today’s accessibility standards. The trail is a 3 km loop around Isobel Lake. Accessibility upgrades included benches, picnic tables, pit toilets, picnic shelter, fishing dock, bridges, gates, kiosks, signage and trail surfaces. Over 1,500 volunteer person hours and nearly $80,000 were invested into the upgraded trail. Of the nine financial supporters of this accessibility upgrade, New Horizon for Seniors Program, Thompson Nicola Regional District and Mountain Equipment Co-op were its major contributors.

“We have worked hard over the last five years with so many great supporters to make Isobel Lake one of the few semi-wilderness accessible trails in all of British Columbia” Richard Doucette, President, Kamloops Thompson Trails Alliance. “The Trails Alliance chose this accessibility upgrade as its first major project to leave lasting legacies in BC Interior’s trail network and I think we’ve met this goal.“

Isobel Lake is located 20 km northwest of Kamloops north of the McQueen Lake Forest Service Road. In addition to the trail, this location boasts 19 campsites with an accessible pit toilet, a boat launch, and is a youth/disabled accompanied fisheries only from April 1st to September 30th.

For more information, please contact:

Richard Doucette
President
Kamloops Thompson Trails Alliance
476 Garibaldi Drive
Kamloops, BC V2E 2A9
Ph: 250-374-4733
Cell: 250-299-1563
https://www.facebook.com/groups/KamloopsThompsonTrailsAlliance/

Jun
3
Sun
Field Trip to Lac Dubois @ Lac Du Bois
Jun 3 @ 8:30 am – 1:00 pm
Field Trip to Lac Dubois @ Lac Du Bois
From Margaret Graham

I am planning a field trip to Lac du Bois on Sunday, June 3.   One of my sources was up to Lac du Bois grasslands Sunday and reported that it was stunning. Many of the usual suspects were flowering including, but not limited to: Arrowleaf balsamroot, upland larkspur, Thompson’s paintbrush, and death camas.  He said it is beautiful up there at the moment, but it was overwhelmingly mosquito territory so you might want to wear long sleeve shirts and pants and take your mosquito repellent.  I hope there will still be some birds on the ponds and on Lac du Bois itself.

We will meet at the A&W in the Fortune Shopping Center at 8:30 a.m. on Sunday June 3 for car-pooling.  If you need a ride to the North Shore, let me know and I will try to arrange a ride for you.

For all field trips, dress for the weather, bring water and snacks or a lunch, don’t forget your binoculars and camera.

There is no need to register in advance.  Everyone will be asked to sign an attendance form. Non-club members will also be asked to sign a day trip waiver form and pay $1.

When carpooling, at trip-end, please offer the driver compensation for gas and wear-and tear on the vehicle.  Consider offering what you feel would be fair if you had been driving that vehicle and would be receiving the compensation.

Margaret Graham
marggraham@shaw.ca
(250) 554-1285

Jun
10
Sun
Field Trip On East Shuswap Road @ East Shuswap Road
Jun 10 @ 8:30 am – 11:30 am

I am planning a field trip along East Shuswap Road on Sunday, June 10.  Meet at 8:30 am behind the Valleyview Secondary School on the corner of Glenwood Drive and Oriole Road for carpooling.  If you need a ride to Valleyview, let me know and I will try to arrange a ride for you. We will cross the river at the Lafarge Bridge.

Two weeks ago, I identified 34 species of birds along this stretch of road to Niskonlith including a Bobolink which was also seen the next day on the Big Bird Day count.  We may also see Curlews.  We will definitely see lots of Bluebirds and Tree Swallows.

For all field trips, dress for the weather, bring water and snacks or a lunch, don’t forget your binoculars and camera.

There is no need to register in advance.  Everyone will be asked to sign an attendance form. Non-club members will also be asked to sign a day trip waiver form and pay $1.

When carpooling, at trip-end, please offer the driver compensation for gas and wear-and tear on the vehicle.  Consider offering what you feel would be fair if you had been driving that vehicle and would be receiving the compensation.

Margaret Graham
marggraham@shaw.ca
(250) 554-1285

Jun
21
Thu
Annual Club Picnic on June 21 @ Isobel Lake
Jun 21 @ 5:00 pm – 8:30 pm

The annual picnic will be held at Isobel Lake.  For those wanting to carpool, we will meet at 4:30 pm at the A&W parking lot at Fortune Shopping Centre

 Isobel lake is about a 40 minute drive from Downtown Kamloops. To get there, head over to the North Shore, and to Batchelor Hills. Follow Batchelor Hills Dr all the way through the residential area. This road turns into Lac Du Bois Rd. at the cattle guard. Continue on Lac Du Bois Rd for 15.5 km. Turn Right on McQueen-Isobel Lake Rd. When the road forks roughly 1.6 km in, keep to the left. The parking lot is not too much further in. If you need a ride, contact Margaret marggraham@shaw.ca (250-554-1285). 

 Bring lawn chairs and mosquito repellent.

Please bring your own food. After we eat, there will be a short business meeting.  Those who wish to, can go for a walk around the lake after the meeting or some people may wish to socialize.  Don’t forget your binoculars and camera.

Jun
23
Sat
Adopt-A-Road Cleanup @ Tranquille Road
Jun 23 @ 8:00 am – 11:00 am

I am looking for volunteers to help with the Adopt-A-Road cleanup of our section of Tranquille Road on Saturday, June 23.  Please meet me in the parking lot at Tranquille pond at 8 am for distribution of safety vests and garbage bags.  Don’t forget your gloves.  I will have some bottled water.

Please let me know if you can come.

Margaret Graham
marggraham@shaw.ca
(250) 554-1285 

Jun
24
Sun
Field Trip To New Wetland Near Saul Lake @ Tranquille-Criss Creek Road
Jun 24 @ 9:00 am – 6:00 pm

You may recall that way back in April, Joan Best asked if anyone would be interested in a new wetland that she has noticed when driving to Saul Lake for her loon survey.  Several people expressed an interest in going with her on an exploratory field trip to the area so we have chosen Sunday, June 24 for the expedition.  Here is the information from Joan’s original email:

… for some while now, about 5 years, on my way to/from Saul lake to carry out monitoring it for loons, something I have been doing for many years, I noticed a pond forming at the side of the road part-way up.  It is in a logging operation that was carried out some years ago; why the depression I don’t know, but it must have uncovered a layer of clay.  At first there was just a pond, then other wetland plants appeared, then willows, etc. and, eventually, I think it may turn into an aspen grove or????

The site is a long way from town; up the Tranquille-Criss Creek road past my place for about 7 klicks, then off onto the bottom end of what’s called the Heller Creek road for about another couple of klicks up a steep hill to the flat; a total of about 40 klicks from Tranquille; about 45 minutes or more driving time from there.

If anyone wanted to make the interesting round trip you can return to town by continuing on the Heller Creek road, turning right where it joins the Sawmill Lake road – the main road – the heading back that way.  You will pass Pass lake, McQueen lake, etc. and return to town via Bachelor Heights.

We will meet for carpooling at 9:00 a.m. at the A&W at Fortune Shopping Center and arrive at Joan’s at approximately 10:15 for a pit stop.  As per usual, bring your lunch or a snack, plus water, suncreen, bug repellant, binoculars, and camera.

Joan is planning to be at the picnic if you have any questions.

Margaret Graham
marggraham@shaw.ca
(250) 554-1285