On Saturday evening, May 10 and Sunday afternoon, May 11, Delta Nats hosted two events to celebrate and promote World Migratory Bird Day. Ursula started this last year and organized the events again this year.
Saturday evening’s Delta Nature event at the Tsawwassen Arts Centre (TAC) had three excellent Presentations by David Hancock, the world’s renowned Bald Eagle expert, Sean Boyd, CWS renowned bird migration expert, specifically Brant Geese and other Waterfowl, and Jim Martin, renowned local “rare” bird photographer and Reifel Interpreter. Ursula attracted Delta Corporation to partner with us on this event, so we got TAC for free. Delta’s Recreational Programmer, Jacqueline Hamlin, was very helpful working with us to set up and organize the event. Susan organized with both Thrifty’s and Safeway to provide/donate the food a drink for the evening. The platters of fruit, meats, and cheeses were delicious. Jennifer, Jean and Lorraine arranged the goodies in very presentable order. And Jonathan gave yeoman’s service the whole weekend with his techy expertise using our new hi-tech sound system. About 30 folk attended the Saturday presentations from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. The event started at 6:30 pm. as many came early to view the ArtShow in the TAC Gallery which featured paintings and photographs of birds.
Sunday’s BBRP event “Mother’s Day Tea with the Birds” at Cammidge House (CH) went from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. It was a gorgeous day and the Displays were awesome. OWL set up on the lawn under a tent and their live Falcon and Owl as always were very popular with the visitors.
Photos by Terry Carr (TC)
We had close to 100 visitors throughout the day. On the veranda, Metro Vancouver Parks, Delta Visitors Centre, Delta Farmland and Wildlife Trust, Young Naturalists Club and our own Delta Nats each set up very informative and interesting displays.
At 1:15 p.m. Jennifer & Doug Swanston and I led a combination Intertidal/Bird Walk down to Centennial Beach and then back to CH across a bit of Boundary Bay Regional Park (BBRP). About 30 participants learned a lot from Jennifer and Doug about our important migratory bird food source, but we didn’t see a lot of birds on the crowded shore.
On return to CH, from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Ursula and I gave presentations, ably assisted again by Jonathan. My presentation on the Birds of Boundary Bay, prepared by Anne Murray, and Ursula’s on Bird Migration on the Pacific flyway were both well received by the 30 folk in the audience.
Again, Lorraine & Jean along with Elizabeth and Valerie were very helpful arranging all the goodies, including left-overs from Saturday evening and coffee & cookies donated by MacDonald’s through the Delta Chamber. These Nats Ladies also provided much-needed on-going support for Ursula’s program. I’m bragging a bit, but Terry, with Valerie’s assistance, really set up a brilliant Nats Display that is both educational and interesting; many visitors hung around and asked questions. Other Nats Jim K, Otto, Geof, Liz & Al also added support to the day’s event.
Although Ursula was the “Queen” in putting this two-day event together, you can see that a lot of other organizations, businesses, partners and volunteers, especially your Delta Nats colleagues, also played an important role in making this event the success it was. You can view some photo evidence on our Picasa site; hopefully others will add their shots soon.
Note that the Delta Naturalists’ Society and Boundary Bay Park Association (BBPA) are “joined at the hip”, with many joint members, so the “title organizer” of this event could be either or both groups. Cheers: Tom
Tom Bearss, President, Delta Naturalists’ Association and Director, Boundary Bay Park Association
Additional Note from Ursula:
Thanks must also go to other people as well, who weren’t mentioned in Tom’s write-up:
Jennifer M-R for co-ordinating the Saturday evening’s refreshments;
Thanks also go to the painters and photographers who brought their works for the month of May for the exhibition, and Jacqueline for helping to make up the poster for that event, and facilitating the Exhibition, and the TAC organization, and providing the digital projector.
Bob Roche for picking up the coffee supplies from McDonalds and taking some supplies back after the event.
Louise, Manager of the Delta Chamber of Commerce for organizing the refreshments on Sunday plus the Visitors Info table and a volunteer
Our info tables: Judy from OWL, Christine from DFWT, Kajsa from the Delta Visitors Centre, and Lauren from YNC; and the info supplied by Karen Barry for the IBA table – delivered by Anne Murray and taken back by Ursula to CWS offices.
Tom for bringing the coffee urns and screen from Cammidge House and returning it all on Saturday night and volunteering to do the Uplands Bird Walk and give the presentation on Birds of Boundary Bay.
Angela and Mike from Delta’s Office of Climate Action & Environment for helping to advertise the Saturday event;
Lorraine/Jonathan and Elizabeth for vetting the poster and Jonathan for turning it into a PDF.
So – many thanks from me to you all for your help in making this a successful event or two!
Ursula, member of both BBPA and DNS
p.s. if I’ve left anyone out, my apologies!