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SCNHS Meeting Friday 3 May 2019

Bugs in the Barrens
presented by
Donna Giberson

Sunshine Coast Arts Centre in Sechelt (at Trail & Medusa) @ 7:30 pm
Coffee & cookies will be served
Visitors & new members welcome

The 2019 SCNHS AGM will be held at the beginning of this meeting.


SCNHS Bird Walk Trip 

Iona Beach Regional Park 

Sunday April 28, 2019

8:40 am ferry  

This is a very productive area and we should see ducks, shorebirds and songbirds. Iona has washrooms and picnic tables but no food vendors so pack a lunch. 

We will be carpooling.  Please contact Wanda at wag@telus.net or call 604-790-7891 to add your name to the list. 

Please let her know what area you live in and if you can offer a ride, how many people you could take or if you need a ride yourself. The cost of return will be shared by the number of people per vehicle.


GENERAL INFORMATION:

All SCNHS members are welcome on this walk, regardless of skills. Day membership is available for $5 at the event. All participants must sign a liability form if they have not already done so.

It would be appreciated if dogs were not brought on the walk.



SCNHS Meeting Friday 5 April 2019


New Zealand's Subantarctic Islands

presented by

Rand Rudland


Presentation cancelled because of accident with computer

Sunshine Coast Arts Centre in Sechelt (at Trail & Medusa) @ 7:30 pm
Coffee & cookies will be served
Visitors & new members welcome


SCNHS Bird Walk

Saturday 16 March 2019
9:00 at Roberts Creek Pier

arranged by Wanda Selzer
led by John Hodges

We will meet at Roberts Creek Pier at 9:00am, then to Mission Point and over to Sechelt Marsh. You are advised to dress warmly as it is often windy and chilly out on the pier. Bring binoculars and a scope if you have one. Hope to see you there.

GENERAL INFORMATION:

All SCNHS members are welcome on this walk, regardless of skills. Day membership is available for $5 at the event. All participants must sign a liability form if they have not already done so.

It would be appreciated if dogs were not brought on the walk.


SCNHS Meeting Friday 1 March 2019

The Wildflowers of British Columbia
presented by 
Duane Sept

Sunshine Coast Arts Centre in Sechelt (at Trail & Medusa) @ 7:30 pm
Coffee & cookies will be served
Visitors & new members welcome


Bird Walk

Saturday 2 February 2019

Sargeant Bay Provincial Park 09:00

led by

John Hodges

Park in the upper parking area at the top of the slope down to the beach. Bring binoculars and a scope if you have one. See you there!

GENERAL INFORMATION:

All SCNHS members are welcome on this walk, regardless of skills. Day membership is available for $5 at the event. All participants must sign a liability form if they have not already done so.

It would be appreciated if dogs were not brought on the walk.



SCNHS Meeting Friday 1 February 2019

Whales in Our Waters

presented by

Jessica Torode-Scott

(Jessica Terode - Scott was supposed to address the SCNHS on 5th October 2018, but unfortunately she felt ill just before the meeting and ended up in hospital. Understandably, she could not address us, and her talk was postponed until now.)

Sunshine Coast Arts Centre in Sechelt (at Trail & Medusa) @ 7:30 pm
Coffee & cookies will be served
Visitors & new members welcome



SCNHS Bird Walk

Sunday 20 January 2019
9:00 at Roberts Creek Pier

arranged by Wanda Selzer
led by John Hodges

We will meet at Roberts Creek Pier at 9:00am, then to Mission Point and over to Sechelt Marsh. You are advised to dress warmly as it is often windy and chilly out on the pier. Hope to see you there.



SCNHS Meeting Friday 4 January 2019

The Great Ocean Road, Victoria, Australia

presented by

Peter Hews

Sunshine Coast Arts Centre in Sechelt (at Trail & Medusa) @ 7:30 pm
Coffee & cookies will be served
Visitors & new members welcome



Pender Christmas Bird Count

Wednesday 19 December 2018

contact Tony (tony@whiskeyjacknaturetours.com) if you would like to help

Sunshine Coast Christmas Bird Count

Saturday 15 December 2018

contact Tony (tony@whiskeyjacknaturetours.com) if you would like to help

SCNHS Meeting Friday 7 December 2018

NICARAGUA

presented by

Michael and Jennie Starr

Sunshine Coast Arts Centre in Sechelt (at Trail & Medusa) @ 7:30 pm
Coffee & cookies will be served
Visitors & new members welcome

PS If you can, please bring a prize for our yearly raffle to be held during this meeting.


Birding trip - Reifel Bird Sanctuary
Thursday 8 November 


organised by
Wanda Selzer

We leave Langdale on the 8:40 am ferry and return on the 4:20 or 5:30 pm. There will be plenty of room for scopes in the vehicles so if you want - bring them along. The day looks rain free but come prepared. It will be chilly.  BRING a lunch - there’s no food sold at the Sanctuary.  There are washrooms and a warm shelter where we can eat. 
Our drivers live in Roberts Creek and Gibsons so let’s meet up one of two ways: 

1) you can drive to the IGA parking lot in Gibsons and we can meet you there for a ride over (park along the first row facing Payne near the second entrance to the mall - that is close to but not in the Medical Centre this time) we’ll look for people sporting Binoculars :) at 7:50 am so we can be at the Terminal at 08:00. 

OR  2) make your own way to the ferry and meet in the cafeteria. 

Please confirm your attendance and which way we should expect you. We don’t want anyone left behind. 

If you live in Roberts Creek let me know that too. Maybe I can hook you up with a ride right away. 

Thanks all, 

If you have any questions that I did not cover let me know, 

Wanda      at wag@telus.net or call 604-790-7891


GENERAL INFORMATION:

All SCNHS members are welcome on this trip, regardless of skills. Day membership is available for $5 at the event. All participants must sign a liability form if they have not already done so.

It would be appreciated if dogs were not brought on the walk. 



SCNHS Meeting
 Friday 2 November 2018
Stickboats, Stinkpots and Speedbumps
presented by
Jack Adams

Sunshine Coast Arts Centre in Sechelt (at Trail & Medusa) @ 7:30 pm
Coffee & cookies will be served
Visitors & new members welcome



Bird Walk - Hawk Watch
Sunday 7 October
led by John Hodges
CANCELLED because of Rain
Meet at 9:30am in IGA parking lot, Wilson Creek

This is the time of year that raptors are migrating south and a good spot to see them is the large clearcut on the way to Dakota Bowl. Binoculars are essential for this activity and a scope is useful too.
The number of birds to be seen depends on weather conditions - wind direction & cloud cover. If the weather is unsuitable we shall do something else (or cancel if it is really bad!).

GENERAL INFORMATION:

All SCNHS members are welcome on this walk, regardless of skills. Day membership is available for $5 at the event. All participants must sign a liability form for this season if they have not already done so.

It would be appreciated if dogs were not brought on the walk. 

We hope to see you there!


STOP PRESS
The weather forecast is for southeasterly winds on Sunday with cloud cover and rain. This is the total opposite of what is required for a successful hawk watch. However, the forecast for Saturday 6 October (tomorrow) is for westerly winds and partial sunshine which is much more suitable. It is too late to change the date of the official bird walk on Sunday (which may get cancelled if it is raining) but I am happy to lead a group hawk watching tomorrow (Saturday 6th). Meet at 9:30am in the IGA parking lot, Wilson Creek.



SCNHS Meeting Friday 5 October 2018

South Africa and Namibia Bound

presented by

Duane Sept

(Our designated speaker, Jessica Torode, is ill and cannot be here.)

Sunshine Coast Arts Centre in Sechelt (at Trail & Medusa) @ 7:30 pm
Coffee & cookies will be served
Visitors & new members welcome



Sandpiper Search

Saturday 8 September 2018

arranged by John Hodges

Meet at Roberts Creek Pier at 08:30

The day and time have been chosen so that the tide is sufficiently far out to expose areas where migrating sandpipers might be feeding. After half an hour or so at Roberts Creek, we will move on to Wilson Creek estuary and Mission Point, and then finish at Sechelt Marsh and the head of Porpoise Bay. We will, of course, also be on the lookout for any other birds.


GENERAL INFORMATION:

All SCNHS members are welcome on this walk, regardless of skills. Day membership is available for $5 at the event. All participants must sign a liability form if they have not already done so.

It would be appreciated if dogs were not brought on the walk. 

We hope to see you there!



Geology Field Trip to Wormy Lake

Tuesday 14 August 2018

led by

Peter Hews

Peter will lead participants into the Wormy Lake area to view the intrusion of Jurassic Period rocks onto pre-existing Triassic rocks.  This geological event can now be viewed in newly exposed rocks because of the Mine Fire a few years ago just north of Sechelt and the construction of an access road into the north end of the burned area that has exposed some fresh roadcuts.  

There will be a short hike along a forestry road. The road surface is gravel but somewhat rough and rocky in places so sturdy footwear is recommended. Please bring a snack if you wish but definitely something to drink. 

Meet at 09:00 at the intersection of Trout Lake Road and Hwy 101 at the bottom of the hill just south of the north entrance to Redrooffs Road and the HMB General Store - in other words, not the Trout Lake Road entrance at Trout Lake.


GENERAL INFORMATION:

All SCNHS members are welcome on this walk, regardless of skills. Day membership is available for $5 at the event. All participants must sign a liability form if they have not already done so.

It would be appreciated if dogs were not brought on the walk. 

We hope to see you there!


Bird, Butterfly and Dragonfly  Walk 
at Dakota Ridge
Sunday 22 July 2018

with Tony Greenfield, Rand Rudland and John Hodges

Meet up at the top of Field Road by the airport gate at 8:45 am. The road to the Ridge is a bit rough but vehicles of the SUV-type or with higher road clearance will make it. Hopefully we can car pool up to the Ridge, depending on who shows up, so that those with less able vehicles can come too.

W have chosen a Sunday so that those who are unable to make Saturdays will be able to attend. Normally we arrange walks on a Saturday, keeping the Sunday in reserve in case the weather is bad on the Saturday. Hopefully, we will not need a reserve day in July, but if we do, we can bring the walk forward a day and hold it on the Saturday if necessary. Watch this space!

GENERAL INFORMATION:

All SCNHS members are welcome on bird walks, regardless of birding skills. Day membership is available for $5 at the event.

It would be appreciated if dogs were not brought on bird walks. 

We look forward to seeing you there. 



Bird Walk at Sechelt Airport
Saturday 9 June 2018

June’s bird walk will be at Sechelt airport by kind permission of the airport manager.

We will meet at 09:00 on Saturday 9 June at the top of Field Road, and cars can be parked adjacent to the airport fence. We will enter by the gate there which will be opened for us. We will walk approximately 2 km along the road and back and we may also walk along the inside of the fence near where the cars will be parked. This is rougher ground and sturdy footwear is recommended. The walk should take about 3 hours.

The walk has been arranged by John Hodges and will be led by experienced SC birders.

GENERAL INFORMATION:

All SCNHS members are welcome on bird walks, regardless of birding skills. Day membership is available for $5 at the event.

It would be appreciated if dogs were not brought on bird walks. It is particularly important in this case as dogs are not allowed anywhere within the airport fence.

We look forward to seeing you there. 



Bird Walk

Saturday 19 May 2018

Sargeant Bay Provincial Park 09:00

Park in the upper parking area, not near beach.

We will join the Sargeant Bay Society for a birding walk led by Tony Greenfield.

GENERAL INFORMATION:

All SCNHS members are welcome on this walk, regardless of skills. Day membership is available for $5 at the event. All participants must sign a liability form if they have not already done so.

It would be appreciated if dogs were not brought on the walk. 




SCNHS Meeting Friday 4 May 2018

Madagascar

presented by

Rand Rudland

Sunshine Coast Arts Centre in Sechelt (at Trail & Medusa) @ 7:30 pm
Coffee & cookies will be served
Visitors & new members welcome

The 2018 SCNHS AGM will be held at the beginning of this meeting.


Birding trip - Reifel Bird Sanctuary
Sunday 22 April 2018
contact
Wanda Selzer
at wag@telus.net or call 604-790-7891
for more information and carpooling.

GENERAL INFORMATION:

All SCNHS members are welcome on this trip, regardless of skills. Day membership is available for $5 at the event. All participants must sign a liability form if they have not already done so.

It would be appreciated if dogs were not brought on the walk. 




SCNHS Meeting Friday 6 April 2018

Botswana Safari

presented by

Katherine Johnston & Andrew Scott

Sunshine Coast Arts Centre in Sechelt (at Trail & Medusa) @ 7:30 pm
Coffee & cookies will be served
Visitors & new members welcome


Bird Walk

Saturday 17 March
9:00 at Roberts Creek Pier

We will also travel to Wilson Creek estuary and Mission Point. We will be looking for sea birds, ducks and any surprises.

John is back from his trip to Mexico so with a little encouragement perhaps he will share his birding adventure with us as well :)

arranged by Wanda Selzer

GENERAL INFORMATION:

All SCNHS members are welcome on this walk, regardless of skills. Day membership is available for $5 at the event. All participants must sign a liability form if they have not already done so.

It would be appreciated if dogs were not brought on the walk. 



SCNHS Meeting Friday 2 March 2018

Orchids, Cockatoos and Kangaroos

presented by

Sheila Page

Sunshine Coast Arts Centre in Sechelt (at Trail & Medusa) @ 7:30 pm
Coffee & cookies will be served
Visitors & new members welcome



Bird Walk

Saturday 3 February 2018

Sargeant Bay Provincial Park 09:30

Park in the parking area at the bottom, near the water.

We will walk along the berm between the marsh and the ocean, looking for birds on both sides. Afterwards we will go to the Halfmoon Bay Govt dock and scan for seabirds there.

No inclement weather is predicted for the morning but should there be a downpour, then we will postpone and try the next morning (Sunday). 
Hope to see you there,

Hosted by Wanda and John

GENERAL INFORMATION:

All SCNHS members are welcome on this walk, regardless of skills. Day membership is available for $5 at the event. All participants must sign a liability form if they have not already done so.

It would be appreciated if dogs were not brought on the walk. 




SCNHS Meeting Friday 2 February 2018

Canadian Arctic Canoeing:

Back River to Gloa Haven

presented by
Freda Mellenthin


Sunshine Coast Arts Centre in Sechelt (at Trail & Medusa) @ 7:30 pm
Refreshments will be served
Visitors & new members welcome

BIRD WALK
Saturday 13 January 2018
postponed until Sunday 14 January 2018
led by John Hodges

Roberts Creek pier 09:00

Join us to look for seabirds at Roberts Creek, Wilson Creek and Mission Point.
Hopefully the visibility will be good and the seas calm.

Hosted by Wanda and John

GENERAL INFORMATION:

All SCNHS members are welcome on this walk, regardless of skills. Day membership is available for $5 at the event. All participants must sign a liability form if they have not already done so.

It would be appreciated if dogs were not brought on the walk. 


SCNHS Meeting Friday 5 January 2018

Gros Morne National Park Newfoundland

presented by
Peter Hews


Sunshine Coast Arts Centre in Sechelt (at Trail & Medusa) @ 7:30 pm
Refreshments will be served
New members welcome


Sunshine Coast Christmas Bird Count

Saturday 16 December 2017
contact Tony (tony@whiskeyjacknaturetours.com) if you would like to help


Pender Christmas Bird Count
Wednesday 20 December 2017
contact Tony (tony@whiskeyjacknaturetours.com) if you would like to help


SCNHS Meeting Friday 1 December 2017

Klee Wyck Journal -

 The Making of a Wilderness Retreat

presented by
Lou McKee

and the raffle!

Sunshine Coast Arts Centre in Sechelt (at Trail & Medusa) @ 7:30 pm
Refreshments will be served
New members welcome


Bird Walk

Saturday 4 November 2017

Roberts Creek pier 09:00

At Roberts Creek, we will be looking for returning seabirds (ducks, grebes etc). Wilson Creek estuary often has surprise visitors and is always worth a look. Then on to Mission Point for more seabirds etc, including, perhaps, some rock sandpipers.

No inclement weather is predicted but should there be a downpour then we will postpone and try the next morning (Sunday). 
Hope to see you there,

Hosted by Wanda and John

GENERAL INFORMATION:

All SCNHS members are welcome on this walk, regardless of skills. Day membership is available for $5 at the event. All participants must sign a liability form if they have not already done so.

It would be appreciated if dogs were not brought on the walk. 


SCNHS Meeting Friday 3 November 2017

The Life Aquatic: Snorkelling in French Polynesia

presented by 
Alexis Harrington

Sunshine Coast Arts Centre in Sechelt (at Trail & Medusa) @ 7:30 pm
Refreshments will be served
New members welcome

Hawk Walk 

Friday, October 13th, 0930hrs

Meet at Wilson Creek mall to carpool to Dakota Bowl

organised by John Hodges

Raptors are migrating, and we will attempt to see them on their flight over the Sunshine Coast at the large clear cut on the road to Dakota Bowl. The birds generally move when the winds are behind them ie northerly or westerly. A westerly wind is currently predicted for Friday. If the forecast changes, we may postpone or cancel this event.

Meet at Wilson Creek mall for carpooling. The road to Dakota Bowl is rough: gravel with some pot holes, but easily passable by SUVs, trucks etc. Unlike some of our previous Raptor Walks, there is no hiking required.

Bring your Scopes and Binoculars. We hope to see you there!

 

GENERAL INFORMATION:

All SCNHS members are welcome on this walk, regardless of skills.

Day membership is available for $5 at the event. All participants must sign a liability form for this season if they have not already done so.

It would be appreciated if dogs were not brought on the walk. 



SCNHS Meeting Friday 6 October 2017

Galapagos Islands and Ecuador 

presented by

Marylee Stephenson

Sunshine Coast Arts Centre in Sechelt (at Trail & Medusa) @ 7:30 pm
Refreshments will be served
New members welcome


Bird Walk

Saturday 9 September 2017

Roberts Creek pier 09:30

CANCELLED because of rain


Because we were not able to go to Roberts Creek jetty (wedding) and Mission Point (sunbathers) on 26th August, we thought we would have a follow up bird walk Saturday Sept 9. Again, we will let the tides guide the time so we will meet at Roberts Creek at 9:30 am, then head to Wilson Creek at 10:30, and Mission Point 11:30.  You may want to bring a snack if the morning proves productive and you wish to stay on a bit. 

Any questions can be forwarded to Wanda 604-790-7891 ( text preferred) Hope to see you on the 9th!

GENERAL INFORMATION:

All SCNHS members are welcome on this walk, regardless of skills. Day membership is available for $5 at the event. All participants must sign a liability form if they have not already done so.

It would be appreciated if dogs were not brought on the walk. 


Sandpiper Search

Saturday 26 August 2017

arranged by Wanda Selzer

Meet at Wilson Creek estuary at 14:15

The day and time have been chosen so that the tide is sufficiently far out to expose areas where migrating sandpipers might be feeding. We will start at Wilson Creek estuary, moving on to Mission Point, and then finish at Sechelt Marsh and the head of Porpoise Bay. We will, of course, also be on the lookout for any other birds.

The change of starting location and time is because there is a wedding at Roberts Creek pier and parking is likely to be difficult there. To get to Wilson Creek estuary, turn towards the water at the light on the highway at Wilson Creek. Go around the bend to the right and park on the left near the abandoned building. If you get to the gates of Port Stalashen, you have gone too far.


GENERAL INFORMATION:

All SCNHS members are welcome on this walk, regardless of skills. Day membership is available for $5 at the event. All participants must sign a liability form if they have not already done so.

It would be appreciated if dogs were not brought on the walk. 

We hope to see you there!


Geology Field Trip to Francis Peninsular Provincial Park

Thursday 10 August 2017

(NB Change from original date)

led by

Peter Hews


The location will be Francis Peninsular Provincial Park near Pender Harbour. The trip will be a walk along the designated path from the parking lot to Francis Point with a side trip to the viewing point to the north of the parking area. The area has some massive (Jurassic?) volcanic rocks as opposed to the coarser grained, slower cooling, plutonic igneous rocks that are more commonly found in the Sechelt area. The Francis Peninsular area displays fine grained (faster cooling) volcanic rocks intruded by coarse plutonic rocks and finer grained basaltic rocks. There are also some copper mineralization shows as well as some glacial erratics. 

 The directions are as follows. From Highway 101 turn left onto Francis Peninsular Road at the Rona store near Pender Harbour. Follow the Francis Peninsular Road via Warnock Road to Merrill Road. There is ample parking at the end of Merrill Road. The trail is in good condition but sturdy footwear is recommended as well as to bring water and a snack.

We will meet at the parking lot at 9:30 am and we will be finished the trip by 12:00 noon.


GENERAL INFORMATION:

All SCNHS members are welcome on this walk, regardless of skills. Day membership is available for $5 at the event. All participants must sign a liability form if they have not already done so.

It would be appreciated if dogs were not brought on the walk. 

We hope to see you there!



Butterfly and Dragonfly Walk 15 July 2017

led by

Dr Rand Rudland

Meet at 10:00 in the large parking area at Trout Lake.


GENERAL INFORMATION:

All SCNHS members are welcome on this walk, regardless of skills. Day membership is available for $5 at the event. All participants must sign a liability form if they have not already done so.

It would be appreciated if dogs were not brought on the walk. 

We hope to see you there!


SCNHS Bird Walk  Sunday June 4

When: 9:00 AM

Where: Gospel Rock and the Mahan Trail, Gibsons

Meet: at the intersection Chaster Rd (no thru road) and Mahan Rd. Chaster is off of Pratt Rd. Coming from Sechelt, drive to Pratt Rd, turn right and continue down to Chaster. Turn left at Chaster and continue to Mahan @ Chaster.

There is enough parking for about 4-5 vehicles there and one or two more a bit further on. 

If you need a ride let me know and I'll see if I can find a way to get you there.

Wanda Selzer

wag@telus.net

604-790-7891

GENERAL INFORMATION:

All SCNHS members are welcome on bird walks, regardless of birding skills. Day membership is available for $5 at the event. All participants must sign a liability form if they have not already done so.

It would be appreciated if dogs were not brought on bird walks. 

We look forward to seeing you there. 



Bird Walk at Sechelt Airport
Sunday 14 May 2017

May’s bird walk will be at Sechelt airport by kind permission of the airport manager.

We will meet at 09:00 on Sunday 14 May at the top of Field Road, and cars can be parked adjacent to the airport fence. We will enter by the gate there which will be opened for us. We will walk approximately 2 km along the road and back and we may also walk along the inside of the fence near where the cars will be parked. This is rougher ground and sturdy footwear is recommended. The walk should take about 3 hours.

The walk has been arranged by John Hodges and will be led by experienced SC birders.

GENERAL INFORMATION:

All SCNHS members are welcome on bird walks, regardless of birding skills. Day membership is available for $5 at the event.

It would be appreciated if dogs were not brought on bird walks. It is particularly important in this case as dogs are not allowed anywhere within the airport fence.

We look forward to seeing you there. 


SCNHS Meeting Friday 5 May 2017

India and Bhutan: Big Cats and Raw Nature 

presented by

Rand Rudland

Sunshine Coast Arts Centre in Sechelt (at Trail & Medusa) @ 7:30 pm
Refreshments will be served
New members welcome

SCNHS Bird Walk Trip 

Iona Beach Regional Park 

Saturday April 22, 2017

8:30 am ferry  

This is a very productive area and we should see ducks, shorebirds and songbirds. Iona has washrooms and picnic tables but no food vendors so pack a lunch. 

We will need to carpool as the Wood Duck Bus is unavailable. Please contact Wanda at wag@telus.net or call 604-790-7891 to add your name to the list. 

Please let her know what area you live in and if you can offer a ride, how many people you could take or if you need a ride yourself. The cost of return will be shared by the number of people per vehicle.


GENERAL INFORMATION:

All SCNHS members are welcome on bird walks, regardless of birding skills. A Liaibility Form will need to be completed.



SCNHS Meeting Friday 7 April 2017

'Star Hopping'

presented by

Charles Ennis

Sunshine Coast Arts Centre in Sechelt (at Trail & Medusa) @ 7:30 pm
Refreshments will be served
New members welcome


March Bird Walk

March 19th, 2017

0900 hrs

Roberts Creek Pier

 

We will bird at Roberts Creek Pier and then continue on to Wilson Creek and Mission Point. We hope to see lots of waterfowl, some shorebirds and land birds. Hope to see you then.

GENERAL INFORMATION:

All SCNHS members are welcome on bird walks, regardless of birding skills.

It would be appreciated if dogs were not brought on bird walks.



SCNHS Meeting Friday 3 March 2017

'Belugas through the Camera Lens
in Churchill, Manitoba'

presented by

Janey Talbot

Sunshine Coast Arts Centre in Sechelt (at Trail & Medusa) @ 7:30 pm
Refreshments will be served
New members welcome


Bird Walk - Owling - Wilson Creek area
was Saturday 4 February 2017

Postponed until Saturday 18 February 2017

CANCELLED due to rain

NB Change of meeting place

We will meet to carpool at 8pm at the IGA parking lot in Wilson Creek. From there we will go up to the powerline above the airport to attempt to find owls.
Please wear warm clothing and bring a flashlight or headlamp if you have one.

GENERAL INFORMATION:

All SCNHS members are welcome on bird walks, regardless of birding skills.

It would be appreciated if dogs were not brought on bird walks.


SCNHS Meeting Friday 3 February 2017

'Star Hopping'

presented by

Charles Ennis

Sunshine Coast Arts Centre in Sechelt (at Trail & Medusa) @ 7:30 pm
Refreshments will be served
New members welcome

NB Meeting Cancelled because of the snow



January Bird Walk 

Saturday January 7th, 2017

Sargeants Bay & Smuggler Cove Provincial Parks 

The first Bird Walk of the year will start at Sargeants Bay at 1030hrs, led by Tony Greenfield and then continue at the Smuggler Cove Provincial Park.

Please meet in the main parking lot (not at the water) of the Sargeants Bay Provincial Park (SB). As we will be joining another group for the SB portion of the walk parking may be limited so carpooling is encouraged. Bring Binoculars and Scopes (if you have one).

Arranged by Marcia Mason.

We look forward to seeing you there. Happy 2017!

GENERAL INFORMATION:

All SCNHS members are welcome on bird walks, regardless of birding skills.

It would be appreciated if dogs were not brought on bird walks.


SCNHS Meeting Friday 6 January 2017

"Rafting the Copper River, AL"

presented by

Elizabeth McNeill

Sunshine Coast Arts Centre in Sechelt (at Trail & Medusa) @ 7:30 pm
Refreshments will be served
New members welcome


The event below is not organised by SCNHS but is arranged by our member, Lexi Harrington:

Hello all,

I'm pleased to let you know that Harry Hill and myself will be a leading a walk at the botanical garden on December 29th at 10am called Birds & Botany. 

Harry is an incredible resource on botany and native species. I will be there to profess my eternal devotion to the song sparrow. 

I'm really looking forward to it. It will be a great opportunity to explore the garden and dig a little deeper into our winter birds and how they interact with our gardens and native species. 

There's a rumour there might be mugs of soup after 😮

I truly hope to see all of you there!

Alexis Harrington
West Sechelt



Pender Christmas Bird Count   

   Wednesday 21 December 2016

contact Tony (tony@whiskeyjacknaturetours.com) if you would like to help



Sunshine Coast Christmas Bird Count
Saturday 17 December 2016
contact Tony (tony@whiskeyjacknaturetours.com) if you would like to help


SCNHS Meeting Friday 2 December 2016

Annual Raffle and

“The Giant Pacific Octopus or 
'No Mother Could Give More'”

presented by

Jim Cosgrove

Sunshine Coast Arts Centre in Sechelt (at Trail & Medusa) @ 7:30 pm
Refreshments will be served
New members welcome


Birding trip on the Wood Duck Bus to
Reifel Bird Sanctuary
plus
Brunswick Point or Boundary Bay

Saturday 12 November

arranged by
John Hodges

This trip is for SCNHS members only.

contact John for details


SCNHS Meeting Friday 4 November 2016

“Conservation Challenges and Opportunities in the Peace River Break”

presented by

Tim Burkhart

Sunshine Coast Arts Centre in Sechelt (at Trail & Medusa) @ 7:30 pm
Refreshments will be served
New members welcome

Raptor Walk 

Saturday, October 15th, 1000hrs

Meet at Wilson Creek Estuary to carpool to Dakota Bowl

organised by Marcia Mason

Raptors are migrating, so we will endeavour to see them on their flight over the Sunshine Coast at the Dakota Bowl viewing area. Hopefully the weather and winds will be in our favour. BTW: last year we also saw a Northern Shrike, so let’s hope for a repeat!

Meet at Wilson Creek Estuary, which is on the lower part of Field Rd, just below Sechelt Plumbing. We will carpool from there as parking at Dakota Bowl is limited and the road to Dakota Bowl is rough, gravel with some pot holes, but easily passable by SUVs, trucks etc. Unlike some of our Raptor Walks, there is no hiking required.

Bring your Scopes and Binoculars. We hope to see you there!

 

GENERAL INFORMATION:

All SCNHS members and friends are welcome on this walk, regardless of skills.

This event was called off because of bad weather.

 


SCNHS Meeting Friday 7 October 2016

Birding Peru - From Lima to the Amazon

presented by

Larry Cowan

Sunshine Coast Arts Centre in Sechelt (at Trail & Medusa) @ 7:30 pm
Refreshments will be served
New members welcome


Sandpiper Search

Saturday 24 September 2016

arranged by John Hodges

Meet at Roberts Creek Pier at 08:30

The day and time have been chosen so that the tide is sufficiently far out to expose areas where migrating sandpipers might be feeding. After half an hour or so at Roberts Creek, we will move on to Wilson Creek estuary and Mission Point, and then finish at Sechelt Marsh and the head of Porpoise Bay. We will, of course, also be on the lookout for any other birds.

GENERAL INFORMATION:

All SCNHS members and friends are welcome on this walk, regardless of skills.

It would be appreciated if dogs were not brought on the walk. 

Hope to see you there.


GEOLOGY WALK

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2016
0900hrs - 1230hrs
Meeting place: Roberts Creek General Store (to carpool)

This will be a half-day trip on Wednesday, August 3rd, 2016, weather permitting, to visit and discuss the geology behind water reserves and quality specifically related to the Gibsons Aquifer. The trip will start at 9:00 am and be finished by about 12:30 pm.                                        

We should meet at the Roberts Creek General Store at 9:00am and arrange to car pool if possible and convenient. From there we will drive south along Lower Road and park at the beach access on Stephens Road. There will be a short beach walk on the upper part of the beach to visit the contact between the granitic bedrock and part of the overlying Gibsons Aquifer - we will discuss porosity and permeability as it relates to the Gibsons Aquifer.
                                                                            
Next we will drive to Pumphouse #3 adjacent to the Museum in Lower Gibsons to see one of the several sites that pumps water from a well drilled into the Aquifer directly into a portion of the town's water supply - we will discuss water quality and the importance of keeping the Aquifer safe from pollution.             

Next, we will drive to Langdale Creek at the Stewart Road access point near the top of the divided highway that leads down to the Langdale Ferry - here the Gibsons Aquifer is exposed along with the less permeable confining layer of rock. The trail is relatively easy and leads down to the bottom of the Langdale Creek valley. We have to cross a sturdy wooden bridge, however there is no hand rail for support. In addition, the trails here are part of the Sprockids bike trail system.

Sun hats, sun screen (damp weather jacket if necessary), sturdy walking or hiking footwear, drinking water and a light snack (if desired) should be worn/ brought along for the trip.

Please see the PDF files attached below.


Peter
 can't guarantee any Humpback Whale Sightings, as we had last year, but there may be some birding opportunities on the beach and in the Langdale Creek Valley.



Bird Walk in Tetrahedron Provincial Park
Sunday 17 July 2016

arranged by John Hodges

This will be a hike of about 4-5 hours, visiting Tannis, Batchelor and Edwards Lakes. There are some steepish uphill sections and this outing is suitable for experienced hikers only. Hopefully we will start at the upper parking lot but it depends on the vehicles available. If there are insufficient 4-wheel drive vehicles capable of tackling the cross ditches, we will start at the lower parking lot and walk the extra 1 kilometre.

 If you intend joining us, please let me know (johnhodges@dccnet.com) as soon as possible. If you are happy to drive please also let me know how many passengers you can take and if you are willing to tackle the cross ditches above the lower parking lot. There have been problems in the past when there have been insufficient drivers for the number of people who want to go.

Contact johnhodges@dccnet.com for meeting place and time.

GENERAL INFORMATION:

All SCNHS members are welcome on this walk, regardless of birding skills.

It would be appreciated if dogs were not brought on the walk. 


Butterflies, Dragonflies & Birds

                                                                                        ***RESCHEDULED***

Wednesday, July 6th 2016

0930hrs 

We are lucky to have Rand Rudland lead this exciting walk where you are bound to learn more about Butterflies, Dragonflies and Birds. 

We will meet at Smuggler Cove Provincial Park, off Brooks Road at 0930hrs. We will only walk on the Boardwalks, so no hiking involved :). After that, we will venture to other areas in Halfmoon Bay.

  

GENERAL INFORMATION:

All SCNHS members and friends are welcome on this walk, regardless of skills.

It would be appreciated if dogs were not brought on the walk. 

We hope to see you there!


NB Cancelled due to weather

NB Change of date

NB Change of time and venue

Butterflies, Dragonflies & Birds

Sunday, June 12th 2016

1100hrs 

We are lucky to have Rand Rudland lead this exciting walk where you are bound to learn more about Butterflies, Dragonflies and Birds. 

We will meet at Smuggler Cove Provincial Park, off Brooks Road at 11:00hrs. After that, we will venture to the Botanical Gardens on Mason Road in Sechelt, where we are sure to see many butterflies. BTW: a small donation to the Botanical Garden is required.

  

GENERAL INFORMATION:

All SCNHS members and friends are welcome on this walk, regardless of skills.

It would be appreciated if dogs were not brought on the walk. 

 

We look forward to seeing you there. 

Feel free to contact Marcia (marcia@eastlink.ca) if you have any questions.



Bird Walk at Sechelt Airport
Saturday 21 May 2016

May’s bird walk will be at Sechelt airport by kind permission of the airport manager.

We will meet at 09:00 on Saturday 21 May at the top of Field Road, and cars can be parked adjacent to the airport fence. We will enter by the gate there which will be opened for us. We will walk approximately 2 km along the road and back and we may also walk along the inside of the fence near where the cars will be parked. This is rougher ground and sturdy footwear is recommended. The walk should take about 3 hours.

The walk has been arranged by John Hodges and will be led by experienced SC birders.

GENERAL INFORMATION:

All SCNHS members are welcome on bird walks, regardless of birding skills.

It would be appreciated if dogs were not brought on bird walks. It is particularly important in this case as  dogs are not allowed anywhere within the airport fence.

We look forward to seeing you there. 


SCNHS Meeting Friday 6 May 2016
The North-West Passage
presented by
Christine Chandler

The presentation will be preceded by a short AGM

Sunshine Coast Arts Centre in Sechelt (at Trail & Medusa) @ 7:30 pm
Refreshments will be served
New members welcome


April Bird Walk 
Saturday 23 April 2016

Smuggler Cove Provincial Park @ 9 am


Join our first Spring Birding Walk at Smuggler Cove Provincial Park. Hopefully we will see some new Spring arrivals. 

We will meet in the Parking lot of Smuggler Cove Provincial Park at 9am. To get to the Park, drive the SC highway North, towards Pender Harbour, past Trout Lake, go left onto Brooks Rd & drive to the end of Brooks Rd. The park is on your right. 

 

GENERAL INFORMATION:

All SCNHS members are welcome on bird walks, regardless of birding skills.

Some bird walks, including this one, are also open to friends of SCNHS members.

It would be appreciated if dogs were not brought on bird walks.



SCNHS Meeting  Friday 1 April 2016

"Sunshine Coast Mountain Climbing"

presented by

Bob Sitter

Sunshine Coast Arts Centre in Sechelt (at Trail & Medusa) @ 7:30 pm
Refreshments will be served
New members welcome



Bird Walk - Owling
Saturday 5 March 2016

We will meet to carpool at 8pm at the parking lot of Trail Bay Mall in Sechelt, the corner near the Library. From there we will go to various areas around Sechelt to attempt to find owls.
Please wear warm clothing and bring a flashlight or headlamp if you have one.


SCNHS Meeting Friday 4 March 2016

”Wildlife Species at Risk in the Clowhom Watershed”

presented by

Michelle Evelyn

Sunshine Coast Arts Centre in Sechelt (at Trail & Medusa) @ 7:30 pm
Refreshments will be served
New members welcome



February Bird Walk 

     Sunday, 14th February 2016 

0900 hrs

 Celebrate Valentine’s Day with a bird walk through Sargeants Bay Provincial Park, and Smuggler Cove, time permitting.

 We will gather in the Parking lot of The Sargeants Bay Provincial Park; there we will listen for birds and then wander throughout the Park. 

 Bring your binoculars and a scope if you have one.

GENERAL INFORMATION:
All SCNHS members are welcome on bird walks, regardless of birding skills.
Some bird walks, including this one, are also open to friends of SCNHS members.
It would be appreciated if dogs were not brought on bird walks.



SCNHS Meeting Friday 5 February 2016

Belize - A Natural Destination
presented by
Duane Sept

Sunshine Coast Arts Centre in Sechelt (at Trail & Medusa) @ 7:30 pm
Refreshments will be served
New members welcome


Bird Walk 

Saturday 9 January 2016
Join some keen birders for this tour of winter hotspots. 
Meet at Roberts Creek pier at 09:00. We will also visit Wilson Creek estuary and Mission Point.
Bring your binoculars and a scope if you have one.

GENERAL INFORMATION:
All SCNHS members are welcome on bird walks, regardless of birding skills.
Some bird walks, including this one, are also open to friends of SCNHS members.
It would be appreciated if dogs were not brought on bird walks.

SCNHS Meeting Saturday 2 January 2016

Cape Town, South Africa
presented by
Dana Jantzen

Sunshine Coast Arts Centre in Sechelt (at Trail & Medusa) @ 7:30 pm
Refreshments will be served
New members welcome



Sunshine Coast Christmas Bird Count
Saturday 19 December 2015
contact Tony (tony@whiskeyjacknaturetours.com) if you would like to help


Pender Christmas Bird Count   

   Wednesday 16 December 2015

contact Tony (tony@whiskeyjacknaturetours.com) if you would like to help


SCNHS Meeting Friday 4 December 2015

Visit to Melanesia

presented by
Rand Rudland

Sunshine Coast Arts Centre in Sechelt (at Trail & Medusa) @ 7:30 pm
Refreshments will be served
New members welcome


Birding trip - Reifel Bird Sanctuary
Saturday 21 November
arranged by
Marcia Mason
contact Marcia for details


SCNHS Meeting Friday 6 November 2015

”Hellboy", the new Ceratopsian Discovery

presented by
Peter Hews

Sunshine Coast Arts Centre in Sechelt (at Trail & Medusa) @ 7:30 pm
Refreshments will be served
New members welcome



Bird Walk rescheduled
Tuesday 13 October 2015
Dakota Bowl road

arranged by
John Hodges

Join local birders looking for migrating raptors from the large clear-cut on the road to Dakota Bowl. The weather forecast looks encouraging but we are making no promises!
Meet at 10:00 at IGA parking lot, Wilson Creek, for carpooling.

Bring binoculars (and a scope if you have one), and warm clothing in case it is cold up there.


GENERAL INFORMATION:
All SCNHS members are welcome on bird walks, regardless of birding skills.
Some bird walks, including this one, are also open to friends of SCNHS members.
It would be appreciated if dogs were not brought on bird walks.



Bird Walk CANCELLED
Saturday 10 October 2015
Dakota Bowl and Dakota Ridge

arranged by
John Hodges

Join local birders looking for birds from higher ground. We may see migrating hawks and other interesting birds (but we are making no promises!)
Meet at 09:00 at IGA parking lot, Wilson Creek, for carpooling.
We will drive up to the large clearcut near Dakota Bowl and see what birds we can find. Afterwards we will carry on up to Dakota Ridge.
Bring warm clothing in case it is windy and cold up there.


SCNHS Meeting Friday 2 October 2015

"Tristan da Cuhna"
presented by
Joerg Jaschinski

Sunshine Coast Arts Centre in Sechelt (at Trail & Medusa) @ 7:30 pm
Refreshments will be served
New members welcome


Sandpiper Search

Saturday 5 September 2015

arranged by Betty Oka

Meet at Roberts Creek Pier at 08:30

The day and time have been chosen so that the tide is sufficiently far out to expose areas where migrating sandpipers might be feeding. After half an hour or so at Roberts Creek, we will move on to Wilson Creek estuary and Mission Point, and then finish at Sechelt Marsh and the head of Porpoise Bay.

Hope to see you there.


GENERAL INFORMATION:
All SCNHS members are welcome on bird walks, regardless of birding skills.
Some bird walks, including this one, are also open to friends of SCNHS members.
It would be appreciated if dogs were not brought on bird walks.



GEOLOGY WALK

Thursday 13th August 2015

arranged by 

Tony Greenfield

Meet at 9am in the Sargeants Bay Provincial Park Parking Lot

Peter Hews, our friendly local geologist, has kindly offered to lead our annual geology field trip on Thursday, 13th August. This outing is being held on a Thursday to coincide with a low tide at an appropriate time of day.

This year we will visit Reception Point, the northern/western tip of Sargeant Bay. We will examine two glacial deposits, one from the last and the other from a previous glaciation. A number of glacial geomorphology types are represented as well as more recent lands slips that speak to the geotechnical hazards encountered in the area. We will find fossil clam shells, fossil trees and fossil peat deposits. This will be a good comparison to the sand and gravel deposit at the Lehigh pit in Sechelt which we visited last year.  

We will meet at the parking area at Sargeant Bay Provincial Park at 9:00am. From there we will carpool the 2.5 km north to Francis Road where parking is limited.

The hike is about 1km along a fairly rocky beach and will also entail descending to the beach from Redrooffs Road. Good footwear is recommended and also a drink & snack. The outing will be about 3 hours duration.

There is no limit on attendance so hope to see you there, Tony Greenfield


Birds and Butterflies Walk

Saturday 25 July 2015

arranged by

 Marcia Mason


10am Trout Lake Parking area

(first parking area as you get to Trout Lake on the right hand side of the road driving towards Pender Harbour).

Dependant on which roads are open (some roads remain closed due to the fire) we will meet at Trout Lake and then make our way to the best areas for the sought after, Birds, Butterflies and even some Dragonflies.

We are lucky to have Tony Greenfield and Rand Rudland lead us on this new walk.

 Looking forward to seeing you Saturday, Marcia 


Triangle Lake Botany Hike


Join local botany expert Kye Goodwin on Sunday June 28th to explore some of the unique plant life around Triangle Lake. Meet at the Trout Lake parking lot at 10 AM for this annual 2-hour walk along the trails to Triangle Lake and the upper reaches of Sargeant Bay Provincial Park. 


For more information contact Elise Rudland @ eliserudland@gmail.com

 


Bird Walk at Sechelt Airport 6 June 2015

June’s bird walk will be at Sechelt airport by kind permission of the airport manager.

We will meet at 09:00 on Saturday 6 June at the top of Field Road, and cars can be parked adjacent to the airport fence. We will enter by the gate there which will be opened for us. We will walk approximately 2 km along the road and back and we may also walk along the inside of the fence near where the cars will be parked. This is rougher ground and sturdy footwear is recommended. The walk should take 2 to 3 hours.

The walk has been arranged by John Hodges and will be led by experienced SC birders.

There can be a wide variety of species at the airport and, in particular, we will be looking for the Lazuli Bunting which is often seen there in early June:


Please note that dogs are not allowed anywhere within the airport fence.

We look forward to seeing you there. 



Bird Walk at Sargeant Bay
Monday 18 May 2015 (Victoria Day)

Once again this year the SCNHS are joining the Sargeant Bay Society May Bird Walk led by Tony Greenfield. 

This is an excellent time of year to see/hear migrants enroute to their breeding grounds. This is a great time of year to see a variety of interesting birds.
Meet at 9:00 in the parking lot.


SCNHS Meeting Friday 1 May 2015
A Cultural Tour of Myanmar (Burma)
presented by
Rand Rudland
Sunshine Coast Arts Centre in Sechelt (at Trail & Medusa) @ 7:30 pm
Refreshments will be served
New members welcome


Bird Walk along Mahan Trail in Gibsons
Saturday 11 April 2015

arranged by John Hodges

Join fellow birders for a walk along this birdy trail in Gibsons.
Meet at the top of the trail, in the parking area, just down from Credit Union at 09:00



SCNHS Meeting Friday 3 April 2015

Dark Skies and the Sunshine Coast Telescope

presented by

Charles Ennis and Michael Bradley

Sunshine Coast Arts Centre in Sechelt (at Trail & Medusa) @ 7:30 pm
Refreshments will be served
New members welcome


Owl Prowl
Saturday 28 March 2015
arranged by Marcia Mason

We will meet to carpool at 8pm at the Trail Bay Mall, the end across from the Library. From there we will go to various areas to attempt to see and probably hear Barred Owls, Northern Pygmy Owls, Northern Saw-whet Owls and if we are very lucky, a Great Horned Owl.

 Please wear warm clothing and bring a flashlight or headlamp if you have one. If the weather is inclement I will send a cancelation out via the SCNHS email & Sunshine Coast Birding site.



SCNHS Meeting Friday 6 March 2015

Journey South: Patagonia & Antarctica

presented by

Alexis Harrington

Refreshments will be served
New members welcome



Bird Walk 
Saturday 14 February 2015
Do you love birds? Then join some keen birders for the Valentine’s day bird walk. 
Meet at Roberts Creek pier at 09:00. We will also visit Wilson Creek estuary and Mission Point.
Bring your binoculars and a scope if you have one.




SCNHS Meeting Friday 6 February 2015
A Photographic Journey
through BC and the Yukon

presented by

Robert Allen

Refreshments will be served
New members welcome


Bird Walk Sunday 11 January 2015
Sargeant Bay & Smuggler's Cove
led by
Tony Greenfield
arranged by
Marcia Mason

Meet at Sargeant Bay parking lot at 09:00.


SCNHS Meeting Friday 2 January 2015
"Sunshine Coast -
 30,000 Years of Geological History"
presented by
John Clague


Pender Christmas Bird Count
Wednesday 17 December 2014
contact Tony (tony@whiskeyjacknaturetours.com) if you would like to help

Sunshine Coast Christmas Bird Count
Saturday 20 December 2014
contact Tony (tony@whiskeyjacknaturetours.com) if you would like to help



SCNHS meeting Friday 5 December
7:30pm Sechelt Arts Centre

The Colourful World of Jumping Spiders
presented by
Wayne Maddison


Birding Trip to Reifel Bird Sanctuary
Saturday 15 November 2014
(or Sunday 16 November if Saturday is wet)

organised by Marcia Mason
Contact Marcia for details (marcia@eastlink.ca).


SCNHS Meeting
Friday 7 November 2014
at 7:30 pm
Mt Tzoonie Mountaineering
presented by
Ivy Miller, Bob Sitter and Peter Feichtner 


Bird Walk
Sunday 19 October 2014
09:00 Sechelt Plumbing, Wilson Creek

organised by John Hodges

Arnold Skei
will lead a Hawk Watch from logging roads on the way up to Dakota Ridge and on the side of Mount Elphinstone. We will meet in the parking lot of Sechelt Plumbing in Wilson Creek to carpool. Bring sturdy footwear as some hiking may be involved.


SCNHS Meeting:
 
Friday 3 October 2014 
at 7:30pm
"Forests in the Anthropocene Era"

presented by

Michael Bradley


Bird Walk
Saturday 20 September 2014
09:00 Roberts Creek pier
organised by Betty Oka

Ever wondered if the birds found in August are here in Sept? Saturday Sept. 20  Arnold Skei will lead the walk to the places visited in Aug and see what has changed, Roberts Creek, Wilson Estuary, Mission Point, Sechelt Marsh and Porpoise Bay if time allows.

Bird Walk 
Sunday 24 August 2014
09:00 Roberts Creek Pier
organised by Marcia Mason

We will start at Robert’s Creek Pier at 0900 hrs and then proceed to Wilson Creek Estuary, Mission Point if not too busy, Sechelt Marsh and the Head of Porpoise Bay. 

If time permits we will go to Willow Point and maybe even Porpoise Bay Provincial Park.

Bring your scopes and binoculars :).



Bird Walk along Mahan Trail, Gibsons
Saturday 26 July 2014
09:00

Organised by John Hodges

Join fellow birders for a walk along this trail in Gibsons known for a large number of species. Meet at the top of the trail, just down from the Credit Union at 09:00


Bird Walk at Sechelt Airport
Sunday 1 June 2014
08:30
by permission of the Airport Manager
organised by Marcia Mason

We will be birding at the Airport in hopes of seeing the elusive Lazuli Bunting and various other species.

Meet in the Parking Lot: at the top of Field Road turn left and drive to the end, park on the left (where hikers take the trail to Chapman Creek Falls).

If it is raining we will move to the next week-end.


Sargeant Bay Society Bird Walk

19 May 2014 at 9:00am
@ main parking lot

led by

Tony Greenfield

SCNHS Meeting: Friday 2 May 2014

Dragonflies through the Camera Lens

presented by

Terry Thormin

Bird Walk at Sunshine Coast Botanical Garden

Sunday 27 April 2014 at 9:00am

arranged by
Lexi Harrington


Bird Walk at Sargeant Bay Provincial Park

Saturday 5 April 2014 at 9:00am

arranged by John Hodges

Join local birders to look for early migrants. Meet in the parking area, just before the slope down to the water. Bring binoculars and scopes if you have them. See you there.


SCNHS Meeting: Friday 4 April 2014

Life in Burma Today

presented by
Jan Kotaska



Owl Walk

Friday, March 14th, 7pm

Sechelt Library Parking Lot 

Join fellow birders as we endeavor to collect data on our local owls, to add to the Canada-wide Bird Studies Canada (BSC) Nocturnal Owl Survey.

 BSC states, “These important predators are directly impacted by changes in Canadian forests, and owl population studies are essential for conservation. Observations help document population trends of nesting owls, and the limits of their breeding ranges.”

Join the Owl Walk, led by Arnold Skei, on Friday, March 14th, 2014 (Saturday March 15th if the weather is inclement; an email will be sent via Sunshine Coast Birding Site and SCNHS) 7 pm, carpooling from the Sechelt Library parking lot. 

Dress warmly and bring a flashlight or headlamp.

 Looking forward to seeing you out Owling, Marcia Mason


SCNHS Meeting  Friday 7 March 2014

Wildlife and Habitats in a Changing Climate

presented by

Jedediah Brodie
Departments of Biology and Zoology at UBC




BIRD WALK at local birding hotspots:

Saturday 8 February 2014

09:00 Roberts Creek pier

This bird walk will start at Roberts Creek pier and will continue at Wilson Creek estuary, Mission Point, Sechelt Marsh and the head of Porpoise Bay. Several local birders will be there to point out and identify birds and to answer questions.  It will last about 3 hours, finishing around midday, (although some die-hards will continue in the afternoon). Warm clothing is recommended as it can be very cold at the end of Roberts Creek pier and at Mission Point, particularly if there is any wind. Bring binoculars and a scope if you have one.



SCNHS Meeting  Friday 7 February 2014
A Visit to Slovenia and Croatia
presented by
Ivan Thompson

BIRD WALK  Sunday 5 January 2014
Smuggler Cove
organised by
Marcia Mason

Meet at 0900hrs in the Parking Lot of Smuggler Cove (on Brooks Rd in Halfmoon Bay).
Smuggler Cove may be wet, please wear appropriate footwear.
Looking forward to seeing you then. 


SCNHS Meeting  Friday 3 January 2014

Earthquakes in the Sunshine Coast Area,
Past, Present and Future
presented by 
Peter Hews


The 23rd annual
Pender Harbour Christmas Bird Count

(Middlepoint to Egmont) will be on Saturday 21 December 2013 (note change of date from that previously announced.
Contact John Field johnfield@dccnet.com for more information.


The 35th annual
Sunshine Coast Christmas Bird Count

(Port Mellon to West Sechelt) will be on Saturday 14 December 2013.
Contact TonyGreenfield tony@whiskeyjacknaturetours.com for more information.



SCNHS Meeting  Friday 6 December 2013
including the Great Xmas Raffle
and
Touring over the roof of the World -
Lhasa to Kathmandu by bike
presented by
Rob Bennie



BIRD WALK  Saturday 9 November 2013

led by Joe Harrison
arranged by Betty Oka

The November bird walk will be in the Garden Bay area, on Saturday, November 9th.

Please meet at the Petro-Canada gas station at the corner of Highway 101 and Garden Bay Road at 8:30 a.m., Saturday, November 9th.  We will visit John Daly Park, where the salmon run will be over, with the clean up crew on hand.  The Anderson Creek Estuary and Oyster Bay should give us waterbirds.

After coffee at the Harrison's, we will check out the lakes, Garden Bay and Irvine's Landing.  Many of the regular wintering forest and saltwater species should be here.  Perhaps a Swamp Sparrow.



SCNHS Meeting  Friday 1 November 2013

Paraguay – A Birding Visit

presented by

Rand Rudland
 

Bird Walk Sunday 6 October

Hawk Watch led by Arnold Skei

Arranged by John Hodges

The October bird walk will be a Hawk Watch on the slopes of Mt Elphinstone led by Arnold Skei. At this time of year, many hawks and other birds are migrating south and they often use the upcurrents of air on the mountain slopes to soar for long distances. We will meet at 11:00 on Sunday 6 October in the parking lot of Sechelt Plumbing in Wilson Creek. We will head up the logging road at the top of Field Road and across to the B&K logging road, stopping to look for birds in clearcuts. At a turning off the B&K logging road, we will leave the vehicles and continue on foot (for about 40 minutes) to a lookout.

This event was originally planned for Saturday 5 October. Eleven of us went but the outing was aborted because of bad weather.

Bird Walk Saturday 5 October

Hawk Watch led by Arnold Skei

Arranged by John Hodges

The October bird walk will be a Hawk Watch on the slopes of Mt Elphinstone led by Arnold Skei. At this time of year, many hawks and other birds are migrating south and they often use the upcurrents of air on the mountain slopes to soar for long distances. We will meet at 10:00 on Saturday 5 October in the parking lot of Sechelt Plumbing in Wilson Creek. We will head up the logging road at the top of Field Road and across to the B&K logging road, stopping to look for birds in clearcuts. At a turning off the B&K logging road, we will leave the vehicles and continue on foot (for about 40 minutes) to a lookout.

If the weather is bad, we will postpone until the following day (Sunday 6 October). Check here after 09:00 on the day for a postponement notice.


SCNHS Meeting  Friday 4 October 2013

Australia – The Wild, Weird and Wonderful

presented by

Duane Sept

Shorebird WalkSunday 15 September 2013  0900 hrs
starting at Roberts Creek Pier

arranged by Marcia Mason

Join fellow birders to search for Shorebirds returning South at Robert’s Creek Pier, Wilson Creek Estuary and the Head of Porpoise Bay. The walk will last 2 to 3 hours. If you have a scope consider bringing it.  

See you there.

Geology Field Trip Sunday 18 August 2013
Peter Hews

Peter Hews, a professional geologist, has offered to guide a ½ day geology field trip in the Sechelt-Halfmoon Bay area on Sunday, 18th August.

The tour is restricted to about 12 people & carpooling is encouraged as parking may be an issue at some locations. 

Contact Tony Greenfield at    tony@whiskeyjacknaturetours.com   to register for the tour.



Mount Steel Birding / Hiking
Thursday 1 August 2013
arranged by
John Hodges
Contact John ( johnhodges@dccnet.com ) for details.


Bird Walk in Tetrahedron Provincial Park
Saturday 20 July 2013
arranged by Marcia Mason



Bird Walk at Sechelt Airport
Saturday 8 June 2013
9:00 at the top of Field Road

arranged by John Hodges

Join fellow birders for this opportunity of a bird walk inside the airport fence (by arrangement with the Airport Manager). In the areas we are allowed to go, there is a mixture of habitats which should provide a wide variety of species. The walk will last 2 to 3 hours and will be partly on rough ground. Walking boots or other stout footwear is advised.

Bird Walk: Saturday 4 May 2013

Arranged by Betty Oka

Led by Kaiden Bosch

We will meet at the head of Mahan Trail in Gibsons at 9am. Turn off the highway at the Sunshine Coast Credit Union and park at the end of the road, about 200m down. We will look for spring arrivals along the trail and then proceed to Wilson Creek, where the low tide should be good for migrating Shore Birds.  From there we will check out Sechelt Marsh and search the head of Porpoise Bay for more Shore Birds.

Kai Bosch will be our leader May 4. Kai is an excellent birder with very sharp spotting and call identification skills. John Hodges will be assisting Kai.

Be sure to join us for this morning of great birding.



SCNHS Meeting: Friday 3 May 2013

Stating the Case for Marine Sanctuaries
in British Columbia
presented by
Nigel Cornwall

AGM



Bird Walk:  Sunday 7 April 2013

Arranged by Marcia Mason
Led by Arnold Skei

Sargeant's Bay Provincial Park
09:00 upper parking lot
(ie not down by the water)

Please join us for the April 2013 Bird Walk in Sargeant's Bay Provincial Park. We will look for early Warblers, Swallows and Vireos, as well as other interesting birds and ducks. After scouting the lower Park we will visit the trails above the Highway to see what other birds we can find.  If you have a scope it may be useful for the water portion of the trip. Looking forward to seeing you there.

 


SCNHS meeting: Friday 5 April 2013

The Mountain Pine Beetle Epidemic
in Western Canada

presented by

Michael Bradley



March Bird Walk 

arranged by
Penny Hall 

Saturday, March 16, 2013

09:00 Sechelt Marsh

Join fellow birders for the March bird walk, starting at Sechelt Marsh, moving up Trail Avenue for some urban birding, then into the woods and along the power line to check out the fields behind Chatelech and the area around Clayton’s Park.  Wear appropriate footwear as some areas could be a bit muddy depending on the weather.

 This is the last bird walk that I (Penny) will be organizing, and as such would like to invite the participants back to my house for the count down of the day’s species while having a hot lunch &/or beverage (while keeping an eye on my feeders and surrounding trees). 

Let’s hope it’s a warm sunny day filled with spring migrants!



SCNHS meeting: Friday 1 March 2013

A Birding Tour to Costa Rica:
Sea to Sky in the Tropics

presented by

Penny Hall


BIRD WALK at local birding hotspots:

Saturday 2 February 2013

09:30 Roberts Creek pier

This bird walk will start at Roberts Creek pier and will continue at Wilson Creek estuary, Mission Point, Sechelt Marsh and the head of Porpoise Bay. Several local birders will be there to point out and identify birds and to answer questions.  It will last between 2 and 3 hours, finishing around midday. Warm clothing is recommended as it can be very cold at the end of Roberts Creek pier and at Mission Point, particularly if there is any wind.



SCNHS meeting: Friday 1 Feb 2013

Following David Thompson down the
Columbia River

presented by

Robert Allen





Bird Walk - Brooks Road and Smugglers Cove
Saturday 12 January
9:00 am
Corner of Brooks Road and Highway
Led by Tony Greenfield

NB The last time I was there, part of the trail at Smugglers Cove was under water and short diversions were necessary. Please wear appropriate footwear.





Friday 4 January 2013
East Africa - Serengeti & Ngorongoro
Rand Rudland




The 34th annual Sunshine Coast Christmas Bird Count

(Port Mellon to West Sechelt) will be on Saturday 15 December 2012.
Contact TonyGreenfield tony@whiskeyjacknaturetours.com for more information.



The 22nd annual Pender Harbour Christmas Bird Count

(Middlepoint to Egmont) will be on Wednesday 19 December 2012.
Contact John Field johnfield@dccnet.com for more information









Friday 7 December 2012
A Trek in the
Dolpo Region of Nepal
Elaine Futterman &
Michael Allegretti



Elaine Futterman and Michael Allegretti will give an illustrated presentation about their unique 31-day walking trek in the Upper and Lower Dolpo region in northern Tibet. This special permit area, west of the Annapurna range, is also the habitat for Snow Leopards, Blue Sheep and the Griffin, the largest bird in the Himalayas. Because of unexpected high snow levels, a detour had to be made over the not commonly used Sagar route, so that the pack animals could proceed safely. The new route required three additional climbs at altitudes varying from 8,000 to 18,200 feet. The unexpected detour made for more dfficult travelling in a more remote area, but it resulted in seeing incredible landscapes that varied from high-altitude deserts to snowy mountain peaks. In addition, it enabled one to observe more closely, one of the last enclaves of pure Tibetan culture that is left today.

Elaine and Michael are retired teachers who run the Creek Clayworks Studio in Roberts Creek. Using complex glazing and oxidative firing techniques, they produce innovative pottery, that is often blue-coloured, and sold directly to the public, or at pottery fairs and exhibitions. They enjoy travelling, especially to Asia and Europe.