DNS Meetings

DNS Monthly Meetings will be held on the FIRST TUESDAY of each month (except July and August) at 7:30 p.m. at BENEDICTION LUTHERAN CHURCH, 5575 6th Ave, Tsawwassen (map at goo.gl/iVFyV7).

After the business is concluded, and a refreshment break, there will be a Presentation by a guest Speaker (8:15 pm to 9:45 pm).


Next DNS Monthly Meeting:
TUESDAY, December 5, 2017, 7:30 p.m. at BENEDICTION LUTHERAN CHURCH
Speaker:  Felix Martinez
Topic: Bats and Their Contribution to our Ecosystem

Felix Martinez is a wildlife biologist involved in a wide variety of research projects focused on conservation of Canadian wildlife.  His main interest is on bats and how different factors are affecting the distribution and movements of individuals and natural populations.  For his Master’s research at the University of Winnipeg, Felix implemented molecular and ecological data to assess movement, distribution and relatedness of little brown bats from winter and summer sites throughout Manitoba and Northwestern Ontario.

An experienced bat biologist, Felix has also conducted White-nose Syndrome (WNS) surveys, coordinated late winter field work to detect WNS signs, collected material for laboratory detection of the fungus (Pseudogymnoascus destructans) and PIT tagged hundreds of bats to monitor bat populations.  Since 2013 Felix has been part of SCBats (South Coast Bat Conservation Society), exploring the beautiful mountains of BC looking for bats and other mammals, crunching field data, analyzing echolocation calls of bats and teaching about the importance of bats for our ecosystem.


Previous DNS Monthly Meeting:
TUESDAY, November 7, 2017
Speaker:  Anne Murray
Topic: Seabird Colonies in England, Iceland, & Peru

Birds such as gannets, guillemots, kittiwakes, and puffins congregate to nest on rocky headlands and islands around the world.  Their dense colonies with hundreds of thousands of birds are a spectacular sight.  My presentation focuses on locations in England, Iceland, and Peru.

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Anne Murray is the author of A Nature Guide to Boundary Bay and Tracing Our Past ~ A Heritage Guide to Boundary Bay and a major contributing author to the Georgia Basin Habitat Atlas: Boundary Bay.  These books were published by Nature Guides BC, a company founded by Anne in 2005.  Anne is currently providing editorial assistance to the Bird Studies Canada and partners publishing committee, working on the online BC Breeding Bird Atlas.

Anne volunteers with a number of non-profit organizations including Bird Studies Canada (Board Secretary), the Delta Farmland and Wildlife Trust (Board member), the Delta Naturalists’ Society, and BC Nature (the Federation of BC Naturalists), of which she is a past-President and currently the BC Important Bird Areas liaison member.  She is a past-trustee of the Delta Museum and Archives.  Among other awards, she was a recipient of the Queen’s Golden Jubilee medal for nature conservation, BC Nature’s Elton Anderson Award, and Nature Vancouver’s John Davidson Award for Conservation.

Anne has had a life-long interest in birds, nature, history and different cultures.  Born and educated in England, where she received her BSc (physics and geology), she has taught mathematics and science to every age group.  She took up writing about nature, ecological history and conservation in 2004. She has lived in Papua New Guinea, Thailand, Alberta and for the last two decades, in Tsawwassen, British Columbia.  Anne is married with three daughters.


see collection of previous posters at DNS Posters Archive

Delta Naturalists Speaker List 2017
Date & Speaker Bio Topic will be updated as more information is made available
Jan. 3, 2017

Joe Foy

Joe Foy is National Campaign Director, Wilderness Committee.  As a child growing up in the Fraser Valley, Joe loved to hike and fish in the country surrounding his home – but it was his love of the Stein Valley wilderness that led him to begin volunteering with the Wilderness Committee in 1984. In 1987 Joe became the Wilderness Committee’s first paid campaigner and initiated the Lower Mainland Pocket Wilderness Campaign. Since then, Joe has been the driving force behind many of our campaigns, and has led the Wilderness Committee to successfully protect spectacular areas such as the Elaho Valley, Boise/Pinecone/Burke, and the Stein, Carmanah and Lower Walbran Valleys. Joe’s passion for the wild shines through in his speeches at rallies, to media, and to the public. In all of his front line work, Joe is inspired and informed by his love for wilderness and the thousands of hours he has spent exploring BC’s wild places. Endangered Species in B. C. , including the need to have provincial legislation.  Wilderness Committee is the organization which made the film entitled TOAD PEOPLE.

Did you know BC has no endangered species legislation?  Most people are unaware that although BC has the greatest biodiversity in the country, we are one of only two provinces in Canada – the other being Alberta – that has no stand-alone law to protect endangered wildlife.

Today, more than 1,900 species and subspecies are at risk of disappearing from our province.  From peregrine falcons to monarch butterflies, endangered species in BC are left to fend for themselves against climate change, toxic contamination, urban sprawl, logging and industrial development.

Feb. 7, 2017

Peter Ward

Peter Ward worked as a Hydrology Engineer for several decades, and his career took him to many parts of the world, especially to his favourite areas, in sub-tropical latitudes on 3 continents. He started bird watching in Africa, and spent many years making sound recordings of birds, initially as a student in California, and later in Africa and in British Columbia. He is now a keen bird and nature photographer, and is still travelling widely. A winter visit to Oman: Birds and Nature
Mar. 7, 2017

Anne Murray

Anne has had a life-long interest in birds, nature, history and different cultures. Born and educated in England, where she received her BSc (physics and geology), she has taught mathematics and science to every age group. She took up writing about nature, ecological history and conservation in 2004. She has lived in Papua New Guinea, Thailand, Alberta and for the last two decades, in Tsawwassen, British Columbia.

Anne volunteers with a number of non-profit organizations including Bird Studies Canada (Board Secretary), the Delta Farmland and Wildlife Trust (Board member), the Delta Naturalists’ Society, and BC Nature (the Federation of BC Naturalists), of which she is a past-President and currently the BC Important Bird Areas liaison member. She is a past-trustee of the Delta Museum and Archives. Among other awards, she was a recipient of the Queen’s Golden Jubilee medal for nature conservation, BC Nature’s Elton Anderson Award, and Nature Vancouver’s John Davidson Award for Conservation.

Australia:  Wild, Hot & Birdy

anne_murray_colourMy slide show will look at all aspects of nature, including birds, marsupials, reptiles and plants, from different regions of Australia, based on my travels there on numerous occasions over the last 33 years.

Apr. 4, 2017

Emma Langson

Emma Langson’s involvement with Plastic Oceans came from her natural interest in the marine environment having lived by the coast in the UK, HK and now Canada. Over the past 15 years she has had a successful career in Marketing, PR & Fundraising. She was a member of the Institute of Fundraising in the UK before moving to Vancouver BC in 2009.  In 2014, she began building the Canadian branch of the Plastic Oceans Foundation, who have charitable offices in UK and HK and will soon be established in both Canada and USA.  Plastic Oceans mission is to change the world’s attitude to plastic in one generation.  Emma is working with NGO’s and policy makers to engage & connect with Canadians on the issues and solutions to plastic pollution here in Canada. emmalangson_sept-2015Devil in the Deep Blue Sea:  Plastic

Emma will be bringing a private 10 min trailer of clips from the film plus the 2 min official trailer of the documentary feature film ‘A Plastic Ocean’ and will follow that with a PowerPoint presentation on the issues surrounding plastic pollution and its impact on marine life and human health.  By helping consumers to become plastic literate, they will make informed decisions about how they use plastic.

May 2, 2017

David Hoar & Noreen Rudd

Noreen & David SE Asia

David Hoar:  Retired University Professor in the field of Molecular Genetics doing studies in DNA based genetic diagnosis and forensics.
Noreen Rudd:  Retired Pediatrician and University Professor in the field of Medical Genetics.David & Noreen have spent most of the past 25 summers cruising the coastal waters of B.C. and SE Alaska.  They lived aboard their 42′ power boat Pacific Sapphire for 5 years, but are now back in a Tsawwassen condo when they are home. Birding-focused trips to more tropical climates are a winter passion, and their favorite summer cruising grounds are in Haida Gwaii.
Birding in Costa Rica
We will present an overview of Costa Rica as a destination for birders. This politically stable Central American country has protected over 25% of its land mass as National Parks and its economy depends heavily on tourism. Having both a Pacific and Caribbean coast separated by central mountains creates diverse habitats for migrants from North and South America and the establishment of endemic species.Our 2017 trip focused more on the birds along Pacific coast; however, in 2012 we also spent time along the Caribbean coast, in the central valley, and on the slopes of the volcanoes.  This country, although it may be challenging for first time birders, has very competent Guides that can introduce you to both flora and fauna of this tropical paradise.
Jun 6, 2017 DNS Members Presentations by DNS members
Sep. 5, 2017 Diane & David ReesorDavid_Diane_Reesor_lion MADAGASCAR – The Mini-Continent

Ours was the first ever flying safari to Madagascar October 2013. Madagascar is actually a mini-continent, larger than France, containing the world’s most bizarre and diverse flora and fauna along with some otherworldly landscapes and geology.

In our 18 days there, we were able to see and photograph many of the endemic species. Shown will be Lemurs, including the dancing ones, reptiles, geckos and plenty of birds.

Oct. 3, 2017 Ken HallKen empties nesting box with baffle Water in the Desert
Starts on the Canadian Okanagan and goes south through Washington State and finishes in Arizona. It shows plants, birds and animals and how they can live and thrive in this arid environment.
Nov. 7, 2017 Anne Murray Life on the Edge – seabird colonies in Iceland, Peru and England
Dec. 5, 2017 Felix Martinez is a wildlife biologist involved in a wide variety of research projects focused on conservation of Canadian wildlife.  His main interest is on bats and how different factors are affecting the distribution and movements of individuals and natural populations.  For his Master’s research at the University of Winnipeg, Felix implemented molecular and ecological data to assess movement, distribution and relatedness of little brown bats from winter and summer sites throughout Manitoba and Northwestern Ontario.An experienced bat biologist, Felix has also conducted White-nose Syndrome (WNS) surveys, coordinated late winter field work to detect WNS signs, collected material for laboratory detection of the fungus (Pseudogymnoascus destructans) and PIT tagged hundreds of bats to monitor bat populations.  Since 2013 Felix has been part of SCBats (South Coast Bat Conservation Society), exploring the beautiful mountains of BC looking for bats and other mammals, crunching field data, analyzing echolocation calls of bats and teaching about the importance of bats for our ecosystem. Bats and Their Contribution to our Ecosystem
Jan. 2, 2018 Dave Scott is the Lower Fraser Program Coordinator for the Raincoast Conservation Foundation.  He holds a Masters degree in Resource Management from SFU. His work with RCF has included leading the Fraser estuary juvenile salmon research program, working with local conservation organizations on salmon habitat in the Lower Fraser, and submitting evidence as an intervenor in the reviews for the Trans Mountain Expansion and Roberts Bank Terminal 2 projects.  During his masters studies he examined the effects of floodgates and pump stations on fish communities in tributary streams of the Lower Fraser River. Salmon of the Lower Fraser River and estuary: Current threats and potential solutions

Lower Fraser River and estuary: Current threats and potential solutions

This is a crucial time for wild salmon that depend on the Fraser River and estuary. The Fraser watershed hosts a remarkable diversity of wild Chinook, chum, coho, pink and sockeye salmon, all which rely on habitats in the Lower Fraser. However since European colonization the area has undergone a vast transformation, and the quantity and quality of salmon habitats have been drastically reduced. While both abundance and diversity of Fraser salmon have been compromised in the last century, millions of salmon continue to annually return to the watershed supporting First Nations, Recreational and Commercial fisheries. Today, a number of development proposals threaten to push the cumulative effects of human impacts past a tipping point. Finally this talk will detail the work that Raincoast is conducting to protect and restore wild salmon populations for the ecosystems, wildlife and communities that rely on them.

Tentative schedule for DNCB outings:  see DNS Upcoming Events page.

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