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.

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
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). 

Please bring your own food.  There will be cold water, juice and cookies supplied by the club.  After we eat, we will go for a walk around the lake.  Don’t forget your binoculars and camera.