Mushroom Field Trip
Oct 14 @ 9:30 am – 12:30 pm

Gary Hunt is leading a mushroom field trip at the Scuitto Lake Forest Service Road wetland area.

Meet at 9:30 am at the corner of Oriole Road and Glenwood Drive behind Valleyview Secondary School for carpooling.

The main focus of this trip will be the biology, ecology, and identification of mushrooms, not edibility. This is not intended as a trip to collect edibles.  The walk should last about 2 hours but you may want to bring a lunch or a snack and some water.  As always, dress for the weather, although the current forecast for Sunday is sunny, it may be cool in the morning.

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.

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
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
McArthur Island Slough Cleanup @ McArthur Island
Nov 8 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Lynne Borle and Lyn MacDonald have organized a clean up of the McArthur Island slough.

Meet at 1 pm on Thursday, November 8th, at the walking bridge. Dress for cool weather and wear gumboots if you have them. Bring gloves.

Slough can be steep so this field trip is recommended for those with good mobility.

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
KNC Field Trip
Nov 17 @ 9:30 am – 10:30 am
This Saturday, Nov. 17, we will be walking down the new Peterson Creek Multi-Use Pathway, which has been named the Xget’tem’ Trail (Xget’tem’ means ‘deep valley’ in the Secwepemctsín language). The project manager, Liam Baker of the City of Kamloops, will be joining us. We’ll be brainstorming ideas for interpretive signage and discussing native plantings to support pollinators.

As we’re walking from the top down we’ll need to have vehicles at the bottom waiting for us. Here is how the logistics will work:

Meet 9.35 AM downtown at the very end of Glenfair Drive.

Glenfair can be accessed by going up Fifth and crossing Columbia into parking lots. Keep driving north through them and eventually turn left on to Glenfair by going over a small bridge. Or access Glenfair directly from Columbia by turning in just before Sixth.

Lots of parking will be available. From there we will carpool to Sahali Secondary School and walk to trailhead for 10 am meeting. After the walk drivers will carpool back to Sahali Secondary to retrieve their vehicles.

For those making alternative arrangements or wanting to walk both directions please meet us at the top of the trail (in Sahali) at 10 am.

Dress for the weather.
Margaret Graham
(250) 554-1285
Christmas Bird Count
Dec 15 @ 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Christmas Bird Count

The Christmas Bird Count will take place on Saturday, December 15.

Participants are asked to contact Rick Howie at 250-578-7542 or r.howie@shaw.ca for assignment to teams and areas.

Each team will determine their own meeting location at the start of the day.

The pot luck dinner and tally will be held at the home of June and Kats Kitamura, at 5:00 PM at 141 Bestwick Drive.Their phone number is 250-374-8734.

Annual Christmas Event @ Heritage House, Riverside Park
Dec 20 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Thursday, Dec. 20, 7 pm Heritage House.

This meeting will be our annual Christmas event where everyone brings their Christmas baking and mingles with their friends.

Look for an interesting slide show and a nature quiz by Frank Ritcey.

Presentation By Catherine Hickson on the New Cave Discovery in Wells Gray Park @ TRU Mountain Room, Campus Activity Centre
Jan 10 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Catherine Hickson is giving a lecture for the Kamloops Exploration Group on Thurs. Jan. 10 at 7pm in the the TRU Mountain Room in the Campus Activity Centre.  Her topic will be “The ‘wow’ factor – an amazing newly discovered geological feature hidden away in Wells Gray Provincial Park”.
Margaret Graham
(250) 554-1285
Winter Swan and Eagle Count
Jan 13 @ 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Winter Swan and Eagle Count

The Swan and Eagle Count will take place on Sunday, January 13.

We will meet at Riverside Park in the lot near the arena at 0800 hrs. Bring a lunch and we will cavalcade along East Shuswap Road to Chase for those who wish to go all the way. Bring warm clothes, mittens and hot drinks.

Washroom facilities are non-existent and the bushes are low and sparse so we will make suitable allowances for privacy diversions.

Participants should contact Rick by email or phone for any final details. Phone at 250-578-7542 or cell 250-371-2551or email him at r.howie@shaw.ca with any questions.

Second Notice and Update: Swan and Eagle Count on January 13 @ Riverside Park, Coliseum parking lot
Jan 13 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Hello Sweaglers as Laurie Rockwell used to call us.  The 2019 count will be held on Jan. 13 this year.  I hope that for those of you receiving this that are organizers, you are able to muster some team mates to cover your areas again.

As usual, we are looking to count all species of swans or eagles in your area. The only data you need to collect are 2 age categories (adult, immature) and the numbers of each. I also like to get the names of all of the observers so that I can recognize them in the report and ultimately in a more inclusive document featuring their years of dedication.

If you have any brief comments on related topics that may influence your count such as weather, icing conditions or visibility these are always helpful to include.

For Kamloops Naturalists reading this, we will meet at Riverside Park in the coliseum parking lot at 9 AM. Bring a lunch if you intend to attend the entire trip which goes as far as Chase. We will organize car pooling as appropriate.

Good luck to all and I will be in touch with coordinators after the count for results.

Happy New Year.

Rick Howie  RP Bio

ph – 250-578-7542

cell – 250-371-2551