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