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

Jul
8
Sun
Field Trip To Greenstone Mountain July 8 @ Greenstone Mountain
Jul 8 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Sunday July 8:  Greenstone Mountain field trip to view wildflowers and birds.

Meet at Aberdeen Mall near the Odeon Theatre at 9:00 a.m. for carpooling.

Bring lunch, water, sunscreen, binoculars, and mosquito repellent.  Wear layered clothing as it could be cold and windy at the top of the mountain.  The elevation of Greenstone Mountain is 5,902 ft or 1,799 m.  Check out more information at  http://www.summitpost.org/greenstone-mountain/603386

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.  If you need a ride, to the mall, let me know and I will arrange to have you picked up.

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.

Thanks.

Margaret Graham
marggraham@shaw.ca

Sep
15
Sat
Logan Lake Field Trip @ Aberdeen Mall
Sep 15 @ 10:00 am

Sat. Sept. 15. The Logan Lake Enhancement Working Group, in conjunction with the Ecological
Restoration program at BCIT and the District of Logan Lake,will be holding an Open House, from
10 am – 2 pm, on the golf course, which will be open to the public. The students will be setting up
booths to showcase some of the information that they learned, during the week. Restoration
expert, Tom Biebighauser, from Kentucky will provide a very informative, lay friendly wetland
lecture in the club house. Everyone is welcome to attend. Parking is available in front of the club
house.

We will meet for carpooling at 10 am in the Aberdeen Mall parking lot by the Cineplex.
Bring a lunch. Dress for the weather.

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. If you need a
ride, to the mall, let me know and I will arrange to have you picked up.
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

Sep
16
Sun
Tranquille Creek Night Field Trip @ Tranquille Creek
Sep 16 @ 7:00 pm

Sunday, Sept. 16, Doug Burles is leading a night hike up Tranquille Creek. We will meet Doug
at the parking lot at 7:00 pm. That way we can walk up to Pine Park before it gets too dark where
we should be able to watch a few bats flying. We can then go on up to the dam and work our
way back down counting toads as we go. We might also see a few snakes.
Bring a headlamp or flashlight and dress for the weather. For those wishing to
carpool, meet at the A&W parking lot at the Fortune Shopping Centre at 6:30 pm.
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 from and pay $1.

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

Sep
20
Thu
September Meeting @ Heritage House
Sep 20 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

John Karakatsoulis – (BSc, PhD), Senior Lecturer and Department Chair, Dept. of Natural
Resource Sciences, TRU. Nepal, like many countries around the world, is experiencing an increase in
forest fires from both natural events and from human caused ignition. Join John as we explore how this
small and resourceful country is facing this challenge.

Sep
22
Sat
Adams River @ Adams River
Sep 22 @ 12:33 am

Saturday, Sept. 22 – field trip to Adams River for Sockeye Salmon Run.  Meet at the corner of Oriole Road and Glenwood Drive behind Valleyview Secondary School for carpooling.

Bring a lunch. Dress for the weather. 

 

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

 

Oct
18
Thu
October Meeting @ Heritage House
Oct 18 @ 7:00 pm
Masters of Science students in Environmental Science
Jackson Baron – Automating the Identification of Invasive Plant Species with Remote Sensing
Edyta Marcisz – Modeling and analyzing Thompson Region Bighorn Sheep connectivity between
herds
Erik Prytula – The effect of weather variables on migratory timing in avian populations
Aramide Taiwo – Organoarsenicals: Fate and occurrence in water bodies near poultry farms
Nov
15
Thu
November Meeting @ Heritage House
Nov 15 @ 7:00 pm
Jim Cooperman – Everything Shuswap – Environmentalist Jim Cooperman will be talking about
his comprehensive, bioregional guidebook. He will focus on Chapter 3, Ecology, which examines the
region’s amazing diversity. Topics will include the protected ancient rainforests, endangered species and
the fate of the salmon