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