Your Delta Naturalists’ Society was busy this past weekend participating with its hands-on, educational and entertaining Display at two events, Metro Vancouver Parks Starry Night at Deas Island Park on Saturday evening, August 17 and then again on Sunday, August 18 at the annual Richmond Raptor Festival at Terra Nova Park. There were hundreds of visitors to our booth at both events, lots of kids and adults. Check out Roger’s and Tony’s photos (soon I hope) on our DNCB Picasa site.
August 17: Metro Vancouver Parks Starry Night at Deas Island Park
At 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, Roger, Mike and I picked up the Display material, including our nice red tent and two tables, at our storage locker (using Jim Ronback’s CH keys) at Centennial Beach. We had the Display set up at our spot next to the Fraser River in Deas Island Park by the requested 6:45 p.m. scheduled time. We had lots of excellent Nats Volunteers (wo)manning our stuff from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m., including Jonathan & Lorraine, Anita, Joyce, Lorna with her very helpful grandson Declan, and Roger, Mike and me, on occasion.
Terry Carr and his Team have our Display looking very professional, so it is both educational and entertaining for both adults and kids. The nests, skulls, etc. are all nicely labelled and our handouts (colouring pages, tree seeds) are helpful too. The Wolf and Bear Skins are very popular as are the touch-feely objects and Guess Boxes.
It was a beautiful evening with relatively clear skies. We got great views of the craters on the moon through Jim’s and Terry McComas’ telescopes. About 250 bats are roosting in the Burrvilla heritage home and many of us were able to watch them leave their roosts at sunset for their nightly search for food. I have not heard Metro Van’s count of the number of attendees, but I would guess it was around last year’s 450 total. Tear down was quick and easy and we got it out of the park in Roger’s van by 10:15 p.m. It was a very successful event.
August 18: Richmond Raptor Festival at Terra Nova Park
The next morning Roger and I met at Terra Nova Park at 10:00 a.m. and set up our Display next to the others (BC Nature, Airport Authority, OWL, Vancouver Naturalists-Nellie along with Jude Grass who is everywhere also at Starry Night). I forget the other exhibitors. Our Nats Display was just as beautiful as the night before. Again, we had super volunteer staff (wo)manning our booth throughout the day (11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.) including, Donna, Elizabeth and Anita (again), Marian, Sheila, Kay and Tony, along with Roger and me on occasion.
This event is very entertaining, especially with the half-hour live raptor show that is given three times during the event. The City of Richmond organizes this event and Richmond does not have a Naturalists Group, so Delta Nats (along with the Vancouver Natural History Society) sort of “looks after” the naturalists of Richmond. I did not attend the Presentations, but I understand that John Neville, President of BC Nature, gave an interesting talk on raptors. Sheila helped Roger with the tear down around 4:00 p.m. and they put the material back in our storage locker at Centennial Beach. Not sure of the numbers attending this event, but Richmond’s RRF organizer, Rich Kenny, counted 400 (including Elizabeth, Anita, Donna and me) attending the first raptor show at 11:30 a.m. So this was also a very successful event.
Our next and last Display event for this year is Day at the Farm on Saturday, September 7. Contact the loquacious Terry Carr to volunteer if you have not already done so. Cheers: Tom
Tom Bearss, President, Delta Naturalists’ Society