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). 

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.