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

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.