Apr
8
Sun
3rd Annual Grassland Clean-up and Hike @ Dewdrop Range
Apr 8 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Nature Stewardship Event: Grassland clean-up hosted by Kamloops Naturalist Club 9am with bbq lunch provided (hike to at follow 1:30pm, come for the whole day or just part of it)
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Apr
14
Sat
Field Trip: The Sandhill Cranes Have Arrived! @ Aberdeen Mall, Cineplex Odeon parking lot for carpooling
Apr 14 @ 7:30 am – 10:00 am

The cranes have arrived! (At least they have been seen flying overhead, but there is no guarantee that we will see any at Separation Lake on Saturday)

Sandhill Crane nwf.org photo

Saturday, April 14, 7:30 am – Sandhill Cranes at Separation Lake.  Ken  Lipinski to lead.  Meet at the Cineplex Odeon parking lot for carpooling.  Trip will only be about 2 hours.  Note the early start time.  We are hoping to get there before the birds take flight.  If you need a ride to Aberdeen Mall, let me know and we will arrange to find someone to pick you up.

Make sure that you dress warmly as it is usually cold and windy up in Knutsford.  Don’t forget your binoculars and camera.

This field trip will be a great opportunity for the photographers in the club to enter photos in our new sightings feature at our monthly meetings.  As well as verbal reports of interesting sightings, we are inviting the photographers among us to send their photos/videos to Ken Lipinski at thelipinskis@shaw.ca by 5 pm the Tuesday before each general meeting.  These will be projected on the screen at the beginning of the meeting and should add to the interest of the sightings report.

The next meeting will be on Thursday, April 19 so have your submissions in to Ken by Tuesday, April 17.

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.

Apr
16
Mon
Map Our Marshes Workshop @ Fraternal Order of the Eagles
Apr 16 @ 9:15 am – 4:30 pm

The BC Wildlife Federation’s Wetlands Education Program presents Map our Marshes, a free public workshop. Wetlands can filter water, mitigate flooding, and provide critical habitat to hundreds of species. Unfortunately, wetlands are disappearing at an alarming rate and need our protection.

Come join us to learn about the different types of wetlands and how to map and protect them using GPS receivers, Google Earth, and BC’s Community Mapping Network. No previous experience is necessary.

For more information, you may contact:
Maureen Nadeau, Wetlands Education Program Assistant
604-882-9988 ext 239
maureen.nadeau@bcwf.bc.ca

Apr
19
Thu
Regular Monthly Meeting on April 19 @ Heritage House Riverside Park
Apr 19 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Guest speaker, Tom Dickinson, Dean of Science at TRU and a past president of the Kamloops Naturalist Club, will present “Around the Horn of South America – Charles Darwin’s Voyage Re-visited”. Tom has taught evolution for over 40 years and has always commented on how important the voyage of the Beagle was to Darwin’s subsequent thinking. In February, he had the chance to fulfill a long-time goal, to retrace Darwin’s voyage and see some of the things he saw. In this presentation, Tom will show some pictures of the experiences he had on this 14-day trip from Buenos Aires, around Cape Horn, and ending in Valparaiso, Chile.

The regular business portion of the meeting will follow Tom’s presentation.  Guests are welcome.

May
2
Wed
Field Trip To Gamble Pond @ McGowan Park
May 2 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Meet in the parking lot at 6:30 pm.

Dress for the weather, bring water and snacks, 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 Gamble Pond, let me know and I can arrange to have you picked up.

May
6
Sun
Wildflower Viewing Field Trip to Niskonlith @ Pritchard
May 6 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Field trip to Pritchard/Niskonlith to view wildflowers.

Meet at 9:00 a.m. in Valleyview in the shopping centre off of Oriole Road where Starbucks and Lordco are located.  Park by the mini storage units on the west side of the mall.

We will get ourselves organized and assign passengers to vehicles with high clearance as the road we will be travelling on is not suitable for low clearance vehicles.  Arne Raven is leading the trip on private property.   We will be meeting Arne at 9:30 a.m. after we cross the river at Pritchard.

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 Valleyview, let me know and I can arrange to have you picked up.

May
12
Sat
Blue Bird Blitz@Napier @ Napier Lake Ranch Conservation Area
May 12 @ 8:00 am – 12:00 pm

Join us for a special event all about the birds! Grab your binoculars for a morning birding tour of the Napier Lake Ranch Conservation Area which supports a large diversity of iconic grassland species. Following the tour we will be installing a number of Bluebird boxes to increase the availability of nesting sites for these beautiful birds. To cap it all off we will also have associate professor Matt Reudink from the Thompson Rivers University giving a special talk about his extensive work with our feathered friends.

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.