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.
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.
The Christmas Bird Count will take place on Saturday, December 15.
Participants are asked to contact Rick Howie at 250-578-7542 or firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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.
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 email@example.com with any questions.
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
Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019
The AGM will be held at 5:30 pm at the hall at St. Paul’s Cathedral 360 Nicola Street.
Bring a potluck dish for the supper as well as your own dishes, cutlery and cup. If you wish to donate a nature-related raffle prize, please bring it along to the meeting.
Norm Dougan will be giving a slide show of some of his fantastic nature photos. The business portion of the meeting and election of officers will follow the slide show.
Kamloops branch of BCIA presents Range Monitoring in Grasslands
A seminar hosted in partnership with the Grasslands Conservation Council and Thompson Rivers University
Wednesday February 6th , 3:00 – 5:00 pm at Thompson Rivers University, Kamloops – Portable 2 (https://www.tru.ca/map.html).
Join us for a seminar on range monitoring in grasslands. Francis Njenga, range stewardship offer at FLNRORD Range Branch, will provide an overview of the government requirements for range monitoring and suggested monitoring methods. Dr. Wendy Gardner, professor at Thompson Rivers University, will discuss the Grassland Conservation Council’s grasslands monitoring manual. This workshop will be followed-up by a hands-on field day in June on range monitoring.
This event is free for both BCIA members and non-members. Please register here.