Request submitted by Rachel Canham who is a MSc. candidate at Simon Fraser University
Centre for Wildlife Ecology
Department of Biological Sciences
Simon Fraser University
I work for Environment and Climate Change Canada with the Canadian Wildlife Service. I was hoping you and the members of the Kamloops Naturalist club might be able to help out with one of our projects. Every 5 years we survey Osprey nests upstream and downstream of Kamloops. In May we look for nests that are active and incubating adults, and later in the summer we survey the number of chicks in those same nests.
This past week we surveyed a number of old nest sites near Chase, Pritchard, and Lafarge but we only found about 5 nests that were active and also incubating. It’s most likely that the birds are still nesting in these areas but at different sites.
Here’s where I was hoping you could help. Would you be willing to ask your members if they know the locations of any active and incubating osprey nests around the Kamloops area? Upstream or downstream are both welcome! An active nest is one where the adult is seen standing on the nest or in the stages of building it, while an incubating nest will have one adult sitting on the nest, tucked in low so that usually only the head is visible, indicating that there are eggs present. Any information would be very helpful for when we conduct our next survey later this summer to count the number of chicks from these nests.
There have been reports of Striped Coralroot recently so I will repost this story from April of last year.
There is a group of wildflowers that have learned how to cheat photosynthesis. This allows them to simplify physical structure and eliminate the work of making chlorophyll and their own food. It confers a significant survival advantage in low-light forest conditions.
Article submitted by Nancy Flood, President of the Kamloops Naturalist Club. This year, the Kamloops Naturalist Club staged a smaller event for the clean-up of the Dewdrop/Rosseau Creek Wildlife management Area compared to 2018, when we advertised more widely and …Continue reading →
The following resolution submitted by the Kamloops Naturalist Club was approved unanimously by club representatives who attended the BC Nature Annual General Meeting in Duncan, May 2-4, 2019. The resolution was written by Nancy Flood and is supported by 27 …Continue reading →
See also the notice under Events. The Kamloops Naturalist Club will be holding its annual cleanup of the Dewdrop Flats area on Sunday, May 12. We will be meeting on the Dewdrop flats, 3.5 km in on the Frederick Road. …Continue reading →
Posted by Gary Hunt A group of 17 enthusiastic naturalists gathered at Gamble Pond to check out the beautiful birds. They started at Gamble Pond where about 25 bird species were recorded. Then on to Separation Lake to look for …Continue reading →
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Enjoy this guest article by Mae Frank, undergrad student in Biology at Thompson Rivers University and maker of fun art projects! Have you ever wandered the streets, meadows, or forests and spotted a woodland caribou? I bet you would remember …Continue reading →
Many of you will be aware that we have had 2 immature Snow Geese consorting with Canada Geese at Riverside Park this past winter. Like their larger, darker compatriots, the Snowies like to graze on grasses which have been available …Continue reading →
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The last extinction occurred 65 million years ago when it is believed that a six mile wide asteroid hit the earth killing off the dinosaurs. Many scientists agree that the next mass extinction might happen sooner rather than later– as …Continue reading →
In 1995, we added a survey of eagles wintering in the interior to our annual swan count. We now have a 25 year history of primarily Bald Eagles using similar open water areas where the swans and other waterfowl congregate, …Continue reading →
in 1974, 45 years ago, the Kamloops Naturalist Club started counting wintering swans along the South Thompson River. We have expanded this to include numerous areas in the south-central interior with surveys being conducted by other member clubs within the …Continue reading →
I did not know poet Mary Oliver until her death, last week, at the age of 83. Mary Oliver was an American poet-naturalist. I intend to read all of her work. Her writing is full of reminders, like this, …Continue reading →
By working together, birds of many species alert others of predators long before they arrive. A frantic cacophony of loud, rapid bird calls tells other birds nearby: There’s a predator on the prowl. Mobbing, it’s called, as birds clamor and …Continue reading →
Instead of spending time in Turks and Caicos or Barbados, this tiny yellow Cape May warbler has somehow ended up in Abbotsford, B.C. Bird photographer Nick Balachanoff says, to his understanding, it’s the first identified Cape May warbler in the …Continue reading →
The Great Blue Heron nests in scattered colonies in the Kamloops area, but occupancy has become erratic and declining in some places. The colony in lower Paul Creek had dwindled to 2 nests from about 20 the last time I …Continue reading →
Shuswap Christmas Bird Count report from Rick Howie Yesterday (December 29), we conducted the Shuswap Christmas Bird count around the west end of Shuswap Lake. It had snowed hard the night before but travel on the secondary roads was pretty …Continue reading →