DNCB Outing No. 2014-37 to Blaine and Birch Bay, USA

KB_DSC5189

DNCB at Blaine Marine Park (KB) click on photo to see larger version

Photos by Terry Carr (TC), Glen Bodie (GB), Bill Denham (BD), Liz Walker (LW), Marion Shikaze (MS), Ken Borrie (KB) to be added soon

Nineteen DNCBers enjoyed another “foreign” outing around Drayton Harbour/Semiahmoo Park and then to a new DNCB destination Point Whitehorn Marine Reserve at Birch Bay.  Lots of hi-lites as recorded below and on our DNCB Picasa site with beaut photos by Richmond Bill, Webmaster Ken, Terry, Liz, Glen and Marion.

Some started at Petra’s at 7:30 a.m., others met at the Peace Arch Park parking lot at 8:00 a.m. to car pool, and all nineteen of us met around 8:30 a.m. at the entrance to Drayton Harbour at Blaine Marine Park.  We introduced ourselves to each other, chatted about border experiences, and welcomed some “oldies” like Marian, Kirsten, Annie K and Wim back to the fold.  The tide was way out and no Shorebirds close by, so to ease the normal Group Photo frustration, Ken took it here with the Peace Arch far in the background.  Glen was almost missing from the photo as he was pre-occupied with the Song, White-crowned Sparrows and House Finches and House Sparrows flitting in the bushes.

GB_White-crowned%20Sparrow

White-crowned Sparrow (GB)

Our next stop was the Lookout at the end of Marine Drive.  Although temporarily closed for construction, we were able to walk the road to the Lookout.  Five or six entertaining Black Turnstones “turning stones” followed us along the shore, as did a Gull capturing and stabbing a Crab.

At the Lookout, Surf Scoters were the most common species occasionally flying close to us.  Common Loons, Horned Grebes and lots of Pelagic and Double-crested Cormorants were also around.  Many fishing and crab boats were going in and out of the harbour.  A male Belted Kingfisher, the first of a few seen today, made Lorna happier and more bubbly than normal, and that’s a real stretch.

From here, we car-pooled and convoyed in seven vehicles around Drayton Harbour to Semiahmoo Park on the spit.  Nothing new at the first lookout on the Semiahmoo Bay side.  On the Drayton Harbour side, a few Killdeer were along the shore in front of four Northern Pintails.  A small flock of Scaup were there too but Terry scared them off before everyone got to see them.  We moved on to the Yacht Club parking lot and walked back along the paved path.  Lots of Harbour Seals were lying on the pier while about six or seven Harlequin Ducks, not yet in beautiful plumage, were hopping on and off it.  Several Black Oystercatchers were on a low-tide-created island.

Lots of Scoters and other species in the distance and we picked out a Red-breasted Merganser among them.

We walked back toward the Drayton Bay entrance where a flock of American Goldfinches was flitting and feeding on the Chicory seeds.  Another Kingfisher, Loon and a dead Seal on the way to the Semiahmoo lookout at Tongue Point.  The large rafts of ducks were still far away but, as we looked across Boundary Bay toward White Rock, we did see a few “almost-dancing” Western Grebes which have not been very plentiful in this region for the past year or so.  From here, White Rock Al led us through Semiahmoo to Birch Bay Drive and then to the Point Whitehorn Marine Reserve.  A very pleasant drive along the Birch Bay beach road yielded some Caspian Terns and other Gull species (Bonapartes?).

KB_DSC5225

Chicken-of-the-Woods (KB)

KB_DSC5223Arriving at the Pt. Whitehorn parking lot, Ken’s Pileated Woodpecker turned into a Steller’s Jay and posed nicely on top of a Fir Tree.  We had a very pleasant walk through the Whitehorn woods, with Al identifying the tree species including Sitka Spruce and Grand Fir.  Marion, Glen and Pauline were almost-believable in their collaborative identification of the flowers, mushrooms and fungi, my favourite being the pumpkin-like Chicken of the Woods.  Birds were noisy at various spots along the path and some saw or heard: Black-capped and Chestnut-backed Chickadees, Brown Creeper, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Kinglet species, Pine Siskins, Pacific Wrens, Downy Woodpecker and Common Ravens.  We all grunted and groaned on the path down to and up from the beach while a family of young kids ran by us.  But it was an invigorating walk with seemingly endless nonsensical chatter.

Approaching 1:00 p.m. the remaining “dirty dozen” left Whitehorn Park deciding to have lunch at the Beach House in Birch Bay.  A good choice as my house-specialty stew and two beers (one pilsner craft and old reliable Bud Light) were delicious.  We also spotted both White-winged and Surf Scoters from the patio, but could not ID any Black Scoters.  We sang Happy Birthday to Hans who was born the same day in the same year in Germany as our restaurant host Jack (aka also Hans I forget his last name, but he is Al’s friend).  What a small and incredible world we live in.  Anyhow, it was another awesome DNCB outing.  After gassing up I got home close to 3:00 p.m. in time to go to COSTCO for razor blades and cheese, and 473 dollars later.

Next Wednesday, September 24, we will meet at and leave from Petra’s at 7:30 a.m. on an outing to Boundary Bay at 104th St. and the Mansion.  Several rarities have been seen there recently among the thousands of arriving Shorebirds and ducks.  As always, your comments are encouraged, and let me know if these far-too-long ramblings bore you and you want off my List.  Cheers: Tom

Tom Bearss, President, Delta Naturalists’ Society

Leave a comment

Filed under *DNCB, Birch Bay, Black Oystercatcher, Black Turnstone, Drayton Harbor, Harbour Seal, Harlequin Duck, Pelagic Cormorant, Point Whitehorn Marine Reserve, Semiahmoo Spit

DNCB Birds on the Bay Outing No. 2014-36 in Boundary Bay Regional Park

RM_Birds on the Bay Birders 2

Birds on the Bay Birders (RM)

We had another gorgeous Wednesday morning as almost 30 folk (actually 26), including several Newbies, left Cammidge House (CH) at 9:00 a.m. on our quarterly Birds on the Bay (BOTB) outing in Boundary Bay Regional Park.  Lots of hi-lites including a Wilson’s Snipe, some Warblers and Shorebirds with the climax a delectable array of goodies prepared by the Delta Nats Ladies at CH.  Check out some photo evidence on our DNCB Picasa site.

Following introductions and waiver signings, we meandered along the road to the Park toward Centennial Beach.  The revitalized pond and surrounding newly planted native species looked really good, but only a few Mallards were in the pond along with one huge invasive Bull Frog.  Following some inglorious coaxing, Terry succeeded in taking a Group Photo of the unruly mass.  The tide was fairly high as we crossed the sandy beach, and lots of ducks were on the horizon, mostly Mallards and a few American Wigeon.  A UBC student studying the micro-organisms in the salty water was the main excitement, although the view across the Bay to snow-covered Mt. Baker is always a treat.  I was getting a bit worried as we walked back to the trail as the bird activity was very quiet.  It was so quiet, Terry and Marion were taking pictures of grasshoppers, caterpillars, spiders and dead voles.  The incessant chatter among new friends eased the sting of not seeing any birds.

Along the path a couple of Brewer’s Blackbirds showed up and we finally saw some LBJ’s in the bushes.  We identified Yellow-rumped Warblers, House and American Goldfinches, Song & White-crowned Sparrows.  Northern Harriers were occasionally gliding over the marsh.  We got to the Tower for another Group Photo which Roger was able to take once Gerhard finally arrived following his extended feeding frenzies in the Blackberry bushes.  Before continuing along the dike path, we visited Mary’s Bench on the new boardwalk.  Very impressive memorial to our Delta Nats godmother.

As we passed our Delta Nats bird boxes, the excitement grew as we found some Shorebirds in the mud of the receding tide.  Lots of Killdeer and Western Sandpipers were eating the “snot”.  Peeps are hard for us Casual Birders to ID; some may have seen Sanderlings, Least or Semi-palmated Sandpipers.  A couple of American Pipits were easier to ID along with some Savannah Sparrows.  Terry had seen Green-winged Teal here earlier and we know that the Northern Pintail have begun arriving, but none were near the Pump House, only lots of Canada Geese, Glaucous-winged and a few Ring-billed Gulls.  Roger and Terry walked further down toward the 12th Street Park entrance in search of a Phalarope (seen earlier but not today).  They called us to join them as a Wilson’s Snipe (our Bird of the Day) was feeding calmly in a stream close to the path.  Some Yellowlegs were nearby too.

Feeling a lot better, but pressed for time, we began our quick walk back to CH via the inland trail.  A few Tree Swallows and Cedar Waxwings were around and then the Anna’s Hummingbirds seemed to appear out of nowhere.  We reached CH just passed the scheduled 11:30 a.m. schedule where Delta Nat Ladies Eleanor, Rochelle and their guardian Don were waiting.  The cheeses, fruits, pastries and Sandra’s famous egg salad sandwiches were quickly devoured by the starving birders.  It was another grand BOTB outing.

See also video on Delta Optimist website:
South Delta birders enjoy a walk in the park
http://www.delta-optimist.com/news/south-delta-birders-enjoy-a-walk-in-the-park-1.1355041

Next Wednesday, Sept. 17 we will meet again at the Peace Arch Park parking lot at 8:00 a.m. (some will start at Petra’s at 7:30 a.m.) to car-pool to Blaine, Drayton Harbour and White Rock Al’s new destination Point Whitehorn Marine Reserve.  More info is on our/Ken’s awesome DNS Upcoming Events page.

A reminder that the final 2014 Car Boot Sale is this Saturday morning, Sept. 13 at Centennial Beach (and my hockey starts the same day).  As always, comments encouraged, and let me know if these literary gems annoy you and I will take you off my List.  Cheers: Tom

Tom Bearss, President, Delta Naturalists’ Society

Leave a comment

Filed under *DNCB, American Pipit, BBRP, Birds-on-the-Bay, Least Sandpiper, Northern Harrier, Semi-palmated Sandpiper, Wilson's Snipe

DNCB Outing No. 2014-35 to Mt. Baker in Washington, USA

RM_Mount Baker Birders

Mount Baker Birders at Picture Lake (RM) – click on photo to see large version

Ten DNCBers had another stellar “away” outing to Mt. Baker Park in Washington on Wednesday.  Lots of hi-lites and you can see the photo evidence on our DNCB Picasa site.

We met at and left from the Peace Arch Park parking lot (behind the Duty-Free Shop) at 7:30 a.m. in three vehicles; excellent car-pooling.  It was overcast, but we decided to believe the weatherman’s prediction that “it would be clear by 11:00 a.m.”   North Delta Jean took Marion, Pauline and newbie “No Bins” Kaling; Roger took Mike, Richmond Donna and PB Lorna; and Terry rode with me.  The Border was smooth sailing, and the leisurely drive through the Washington State pastoral countryside was very relaxing (Ironically, Terry said I was driving too slowly).  We got to the Mt. Baker Park entrance and Ranger Office in about two hours (~9:30 a.m.), stopping only once for a coffee and to photograph a flock of Cedar Waxwings.

Following intros, Park Fee payment, a pee break and a chat with the Ranger we took off on the climb up the mountain to our first stop at Picture Lake.  Surprisingly, before we could gorge our bodies with delectable Wild Blueberries along the lake trail, a mixed flock of little birds flitted in the bushes near the path.  Most of us got great looks at brilliant Townsend’s, Orange-crowned, Yellow, Yellow-rumped and Wilson’s Warblers with Dark-eyed Juncos and Black-capped Chickadees also there.  Terry photographed a Western Tanager.  The sun was shining, majestic Mt. Shuksan was reflecting brilliantly in the lake mirror, the blueberries were scrumptious, and with these amazing sightings, we thought we had died and gone to heaven.  A Common Raven’s cawing woke us up.  We continued to “feed” along the Picture Lake Trail until Roger corralled the bloated group by the entrance sign for the mandatory Photo.  Although some saw Gray Jays (aka Whiskey Jacks), none came to our hands for peanuts as in previous outings.

We drove up to our second stop at the Heather Meadows Visitor Centre.  From here we hiked for an hour or so along the Bagley Lakes Trail, most of us returning to the Centre on the Wild Goose Trail.  Near the start of the trail, a Hoary Marmot cooperatively posed before scurrying off to eat “our” berries.

Hoary Marmot (RM)

Hoary Marmot (RM)

American Dipper (RM)

American Dipper (RM)

Our search for an American Dipper was successful as we strolled beside the picturesque rippling stream.  He “dipped” on queue for the photogs.  We also saw some Sparrows (Golden-crowned, Song) and Finches (House and American Goldfinch) but a few American Pipits were more interesting.  And the Wildflowers were gorgeous; our “botanist” Pauline pointed out a few bright displays of lupines, arnicas, false hellebore, Sitka valerian and monkey flowers.  We got a bit spread out on the well-marked trail back to the Centre.  Most of us made it, except for two directionally challenged ladies.  One of several search parties finally found the lost souls idling on the main road, less than 100 yards from our parking lot.  Obviously, conversations during our parking lot lunch break focussed on the harmless yet comedic incident.

We moved on up to the top and Artists Point parking lot (5100 ft elevation).  There were small sporadic piles of snow still here which provided some entertainment for one of our inept baseball participants.  Rather than do the Artist Ridge Trail as we normally do, we decided to take the Chain Lakes Trail, perhaps to see White-tailed Ptarmigans or Mountain Goats as in past outings.

Bridge Over Troubled Birders (RM)

Bridge Over Troubled Birders (RM)

Visibility was still good, but waves of fog seemed to come and go every 15 minutes or so.  We were blanked on our Targets, the goats, ptarmigan and Gray-crowned Rosy Finches, but the several Pika sightings were fun, including the sighting that Roger tried to hog to himself.

Pica Boo (RM)

Pika Boo (RM)

We all got very excited when a Golden Eagle cruised by very close to us.  The Ranger had alerted us that Golden Eagles have been seen there recently but infrequently.  Unfortunately, on closer examination, this sighting was an immature Bald Eagle, providing another example of the elation to deflation of the Casual Birder.  When we got to the trail end for us (juncture of Ptarmigan Ridge Trail) there was a spectacular panoramic view of the surrounding mountains and glaciers, however Mt. Baker itself was “fogged from view”.  It was just past 3:30 p.m. when we got back to Artists Point.  Many of us were worn out from the lengthy hikes, but we were all smiling and jointly proclaimed our satisfaction for having spent such a delightful day in the mountains.  It was almost a 30 minute Border wait on the way back to Canada, but I got home by 6:00 p.m. in time for Sandra’s new chicken pot pie recipe.

Next Wednesday, September 10 is our quarterly Birds on the Bay outing in Boundary Bay Regional Park.  We will meet at and leave from historic Cammidge House at 9:00 a.m.

Also, a reminder that our Nats Display will be at the annual Day at the Farm event on Westham Island this Saturday, September 6, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  And our first 2014/15 Delta Nats meeting is this Monday, Sept. 8 at Cammidge House at 7:30 p.m.  Delta Nat Anita den Dikken will give a pictorial presentation of her 2013 African adventures in Kenya and Tanzania.  All are welcome to these Free events.  As always, comments welcome, and let me know if you want off my List to receive these boringly long missives.  Cheers: Tom

Tom Bearss, President, Delta Naturalists’ Society, BC

Leave a comment

Filed under *DNCB, American Dipper, American Pipit, Bald Eagle, Gray Jay, Hoary Marmot, Mt. Baker, Pika, Townsend's Warbler, Western Tanager

DNCB outing No. 2014-34 to Lighthouse Park in West Vancouver

MS_DNCB_group_P1740973%201

missing Marion (MS)

missing Terry (TC)

missing Terry (TC)

Photos by Terry Carr (TC), Glen Bodie (GB) & Marion Shikaze (MS)

Eighteen DNCBers spent another beautiful Wednesday morning wandering through the woods of Lighthouse Park in West Vancouver.  Not a lot of birds seen but some gorgeous scenery in a gorgeous setting.  Check out the photo evidence on our Picasa site at: https://picasaweb.google.com/113357506005013094897.

TC_DNCB_IMG_8255

(TC)

Ten of us left Petra’s at 7:30 a.m. Gerhard took Terry, Mike and Hans, Glen took young Julian, and I had Dave M, Jane and PB Lorna.  The drive through downtown Vancouver wasn’t too bad (no school traffic yet) and via the scenic Marine Drive through West Vancouver we got to the Park about 8:45 a.m.  Among the hordes of Summer Camp Kids in the parking lot were Marion, Jean & Pauline, White Rock Al, Point Bob’s Adam & Kelly, Richmond Bill and visiting Brit Twitcher David T.  Following intros, we began our leisurely walk down the Beacon Lane path surrounded by the huge Douglas Fir and Western Red Cedar trees, albeit second growth, some of which started growing in cut down first growth “nurse trees”.  We saw a stump with rings indicating that it was over 1000 years old.  We heard Red-breasted Nuthatches and saw little birds flitting in the tree tops.

Some saw Townsend’s, Yellow-rumped, Wilson’s and a Black-throated Gray Warblers.  We heard a Pileated Woodpecker which some saw.  Most saw the regulars like Spotted Towhees, B-C Chickadees, Song and Golden-crowned Sparrows, House Finches, Northern Flickers and Cedar Waxwings.  Terry got a shot of a Western Tanager.  And Julian had fun feeding a native Douglas Squirrel.

We passed the Camp picnic tables and climbed down to the rocky East Beach.  The view over Burrard Inlet across to downtown Van and also to UBC (of course Mike mentioned Rec Beach) was stunning.  Only Gulls and Cormorants around but nonetheless an idyllic spot.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

We climbed back up and went to the Lighthouse viewpoint for our Group Photo.  While gathering the wayward masses here, several enjoyed the Hummingbirds flitting about.  Then we took the Shore Pine Trail around Atkinson Point to the Howe Sound side.  More stunning views to the Islands (Jug, Bowen, etc) each of which Mikey had a story as he reminisced about his misspent youth here back in the 50’s and 60’s.  Interestingly, the only waterfowl seen were in Merganser Bay and guess what they were.  Right, Mergansers which most identified as Common but I thought were Red-breasted.

Once the two Pt. Bob lost explorers finally found us and rock climber photog David T returned from his adventures, we continued our very pleasant walk up the Shore Pine Trail to Juniper Loop and arrived back at the parking lot around 11:30 a.m.

We were all starving so decided to drive to Troll’s Restaurant at Horseshoe Bay for fish & chips.  The drive past the million-dollar homes was nice, but the Granville Island beer with my lunch was superb (not meaning to minimize my appreciation of PB Lorna’s PB & banana sandwich and Jane’s Blueberry muffin).  We cased the scenery and Latin musician in the Harbour Park (blanked on the Belted Kingfisher) before taking the leisurely drive home.  Again and fortunately, Lorna’s and Jane’s non-stop drivel in the back seat kept me awake at the wheel.  Back in Tsawwassen before 3:00 p.m.  Another glorious DNCB outing.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Next Wednesday, September 3 is our annual Mt. Baker outing with Terry Carr.  We will leave Petra’s at 7:00 a.m. to meet at the Peace Arch Park parking lot behind the Duty-Free Shop at 7:30 a.m. for car-pooling.  Full outing details are under DNS Upcoming Events.  Note that if inclement weather at Mt. Baker, we will go to Blaine and Semiahmoo instead.  As always, comments encouraged and let me know if you want off my List.  Happy Labour Day long weekend and Cheers: Tom

Tom Bearss, President, Delta Naturalists’ Society

Leave a comment

Filed under *DNCB, Black-throated Grey Warbler, Douglas Squirrel, Lighthouse Park, Townsend's Warbler, Western Tanager

DNCB Outing Report No. 2014-33 to Reifel

22 DNCB at Reifel (KB)

22 DNCB at Reifel (KB) + Cranes named Hans & Dave – click on photo to see large version

Twenty-four DNCBers enjoyed another glorious Delta Wednesday morning at Reifel Bird Sanctuary. Hi-lites included: seeing our target bird Stilt Sandpipers and lots of inane chatter among an eclectic group of like-minded weirdoes.  Check out Ken’s, Tony’s and others’ photos (soon) on our DNCB Picasa site.

Nine of us left Petra’s at 7:30 a.m. (Aussie Nance with PB Lorna, Jean & Pauline, our “forgetful” Indian Land Baron Tony, Mike with newbie Patrick, Glen and me) and went to the Tsawwassen Ferry causeway first.  The tide was low and not many birds were in the Bay.  Small rafts of Mallards and unidentifiable ducks were in the distance.  We saw a couple of Common Loons, both Pelagic and Double-crested Cormorants and several Black Oystercatchers were in the mud along the shore.  Lots of Ring-billed Gulls around and two “banded” Caspian Terns caught our attention.  Of course, being so close to the Tsa Tsu Shores heronry, there were lots of Great Blue Herons around.  Next stop was the Kingfisher Bridge on TFN land.  Roger had now joined us and categorically identified the seven Peeps in the stream as Semi-palmated Sandpipers.  A couple of bobbing Spotted Sandpipers were also there.  As usual, the Kingfisher was a no-show.

We continued on our regular route through the Ladner fields to the Westham Island Bridge.  The bridge was “up”, so we were able to see a Brewer’s Blackbird and several Killdeer on shore while we waited.  We did not see the Green Heron that Jonathan & Lorraine saw later when they passed here.  We got to Reifel about 9:10 a.m., very close to our scheduled meeting time, and the masses were waiting.  I will name the others now so their noses don’t get out of joint: the Quiet ones photog Liz, Marylile & Rob, Greg, White Rock Al and newbie White Rock Lois, Richmond Bill, Ladner Jane, garrulous Otto, webmaster Ken, and time-challenged latesters Hans and photog Dave.

Hans & Dave (KB)

Hans & Dave (KB)

The photo evidence of this array of geeks is in Ken’s and Tony’s Group Photos taken by the Reifel Snow Goose sign, with the accompaniment of a couple of Sandhill Cranes.

Following the obligatory introductions and renewing our annual BCWS membership dues with Laura, we surveyed the pond behind the office: mostly moulting Mallards, a few Northern Shovelers and a couple of Green-winged Teal.  A swimming “phalarope-like” Lesser Yellowlegs made an appearance, testing our ID skills.  We walked past the scrounging Cranes, Canada Geese and mobs of invasive House Sparrows to the middle path toward the lookout platform.  From this lookout we spotted seven Hooded Mergansers (one overly-excited amateur called them Horned Grebes) and two Pied-billed Grebes.  As always, only Roger spotted the single Wilson’s Warbler sighting of the day in a nearby tree.  Lots of Red-winged Blackbirds around, interestingly with a few juvenile Brown-headed Cowbirds among them.  A late-nesting Barn Swallow brood of three babies was in their mud nest in the shed on the outer dike.  Greg’s search for more warblers got some Bushtits in the bushes.

We eventually found our target birds, two Stilt Sandpipers in the outer pond.  They were near a flock of Long-billed Dowitchers.  A Greater Yellowlegs moved between the two sandpipers and it was neat to compare the size and other identification markings.  The outer ponds had more Shovelers, Gadwalls, Green-winged Teal and I tried unsuccessfully to claim a Blue-winged Teal sighting.  The view from the Tower was brilliant.  A Cooper’s Hawk roosting in a tree along the path gave a photogenic fly-past for us.  Sleek Cedar Waxwings also posed at eye-level in the tree tops.  We were blanked on Warbler sightings along the treed path where Townsend’s, Orange-crowned and Yellow Warblers had been seen earlier.  But we had fun hand-feeding the Chickadees.  Tony got a nice shot of a Brown Creeper, and WR Al continued his biological descriptions and explanations of the various trees and plants which again fell on deaf ears.

We closed down another exhilarating outing at Noon and leisurely returned to Tsawwassen, unfortunately “misplacing” PB Lorna’s sandwich.  Next Wednesday, August 27, we will leave Petra’s at 7:30 a.m. on an outing to Lighthouse Park in West Vancouver.  I expect to be at the Park parking lot shortly after 8:30 a.m.  Check our DNCB Blog Report No. 2013-26 of July 3, 2013 for info on our last outing to Lighthouse Park.  Also on our Blog see recent reports on and photos of our very successful Nats Display outings at the Ladner Animal Expo, Starry Night at Deas Island Park and the Richmond Raptor Festival.

As always, comments welcome and please advise if you want off my Drivel List.  Cheers: Tom

Tom Bearss, President, Delta Naturalists’ Society

Leave a comment

Filed under *DNCB, Cooper's Hawk, Pelagic Cormorant, Reifel, Semi-palmated Sandpiper, Spotted Sandpiper, Stilt Sandpiper, TFN, Tsawwassen Ferry Port

DNS Display at Richmond Raptor Festival, Terra Nova Park

On Sunday, August 17, Delta Nats participated in the annual Richmond Raptor Festival.  Similar to the previous Ladner Animal Expo and Starry Night events, we used Roger’s van to cart our Display material to Terra Nova Park.  This event runs from 10:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. so we started setting up there around 9:30 a.m. Terry, Roger, Elizabeth Perrin and I were met there by Kelly and our set-up was very similar to the night before at Deas Island.  We had lots of interested visitors to our Display and many favourable comments about it.  Other than the afore-mentioned Nats, we had other excellent volunteers (wo)manning our tent, including Richmond’s Donna Thomson and Audrey Coutts, Carol Rennie and Otto Steiner.  There may have been other Nat volunteers (Al Schulze) after Noon as I left then to “work”.  The other Exhibitors were very interesting too including BC Nature (with Jude Grass and John & Heather Neville), OWL, Airport Wildlife Management, David Hancock and of course the riveting half-hour flying demonstration by Pacific Northwest Raptors from Duncan.  Check out Terry’s photos of our booth and the raptors flying demonstration on our Picasa site at: https://picasaweb.google.com/113357506005013094897/RichmondRaptorFestival.  At 4:00 p.m. Terry, Elizabeth and Carol dismantled the Display and returned it to our storage locker at Centennial Beach.  All Nats can be very proud of our Display and our participation in these events, but Roger and especially Terry should be specially thanked for their commitment to the success of our participation.

Tom Bearss, President, Delta Naturalists’ Society

Leave a comment

Filed under *DNS, Richmond Raptor Festival, Terra Nova

DNS Display at Starry Night, Deas Island park

On Saturday evening, August 16, Delta Nats again had their Display at the annual Starry Night event at Deas Island Park.  This event is co-organized by Metro Vancouver Parks and Delta Corporation Parks & Recreation.  We had three tables of our hands-on artefacts, educational and informative stuff under our “tired” red tent, plus Roger’s little table beside the tent for kids to crayon our nature posters.  It was a beautiful evening and there was a record crowd of visitors.  Our exhibit was very popular and well-received by both kids and adults.  We don’t have the final tally, but there were hundreds of attendees.  Our Nats volunteers were busy all night chatting with, informing and entertaining our visitors.  We had an awesome crew of Roger Meyer, Mike Betts, Greg Edwards, Jonathan & Lorraine Mwenifumbo, Jean & Tony Gartner, Kelly Bertrock and of course our Display Coordinator Terry Carr and me.  Our neighbouring exhibitors, Al & Jude Grass, also helped us “guide” the kids.  Check out Greg’s and Terry’s photo evidence on our Picasa site at: https://picasaweb.google.com/113357506005013094897.  Although we were under constant pressure with questions and comments from the constant crowd of visitors to our exhibit, we each had time to visit the other exhibits and watch the bats leave the Burr House attic shortly after sunset.   Delta Nat Terry McComas represented the BC Astronomical Society but unfortunately no telescopes were on site this year.  Metro Vancouver Parks has invited us to participate again next year.

Tom Bearss, President, Delta Naturalists’ Society

Leave a comment

Filed under *DNS, Deas Island, Starry Night