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. 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).

To reduce the risk of spreading the COVID-19 virus, we are reluctantly suspending DNS Meetings, and DNCB Outings, until further notice. We need to practice social distancing – at least 2m apart. Stay safe.

NEXT DNS Monthly Meeting: Tues. 5 Jan, 2021 starts 7:30 pm on Zoom (due to COVID-19 concerns) Speaker:  Chris McVittie Topic:  Wanderings in Southern Arizona (click title to see Zoom presentation)

Poster by Geof Hacker  see previous posters archive

Chris McVittieChris and Marlene joined Delta Nats soon after moving to Tsawwassen in 2015 after going on a “birds in the bay” walk.  Chris was a director for 3 years, and is an active member of the Bio-diversity team and the DNS Programme Review Committee.  He is also member of the Cascade Bird Box team and a director of BBPA.

In 2010 he and Marlene had an opportunity to buy a house in Arizona where they spend most springs.  Joining DNS has escalated his interest in nature.  Arizona provides a rich environment to explore nature and hone photographic skills.

Chris is a member of the South Delta Photo Club.  He and Marlene are (usually) avid travellers.  They hosted the 2017 and 2018 DNS Garden Parties.

Previous DNS Monthly Meeting: Tues. 1 Dec, 2020 starts 7:30 pm on Zoom (due to COVID-19 concerns) Speaker:  Liron Gertsman Topic:   The Great Gathering:  British Columbia’s coastal ecosystems above and below the surface (click title to see Zoom presentation)

Poster by Geof Hacker; see previous posters archive

Liron GertsmanYou may have seen him on CBC’s “The National”, heard his voice on CBC Radio One, or seen his work in publications such Canadian Geographic magazine, The Guardian, GEO magazine, and others.  At 20 years old, Liron Gertsman is already an accomplished nature photographer.  His work has been experienced by millions in some of the largest museums across the world, including the Natural History Museum in London and the Smithsonian in Washington D.C. Liron uses his photos to educate on the importance of preserving the natural world for the continued health and existence of all who live on our planet.  As a naturalist and photographer, he feels it is his duty to show people the essence of Earth, by thinking outside the box to create eyecatching images that connect people with the environment. Liron’s work has been widely recognized and awarded, sweeping the youth category of the 2018 Audubon Photography Awards, and earning a highly commended designation in the prestigious Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition.  Liron currently studies biology at the University of British Columbia as he continues to build upon his passion and commitment to the environment.
PREVIOUS DNS Monthly Meeting: Tues. 3 Nov, 2020 starts 7:30 pm on Zoom Speaker:  Martin Gregus Jr. Topic:  Snowy Owls & Bald Eagles (click title to see Zoom presentation) DNSPoster_2020-02-05

From north to south, east to west; our planet is covered by invisible highways that birds use in the winter and summer, dictated by the abundance of food and the intensity of the oncoming season not all years are identical.

During some years the west

MG2_2469.jpgcoast finds itself flooded by an abundance of rare birds like Snowy Owls while during others we look to our rivers to see Bald Eagles as far as the eye can see.

Seeing and photographing these birds however requires patience and the ability to think like one of them; after all raptors tend to be some of the rarest and shiest of all bird species found in western Canada.

Join world renowned photographer Martin Gregus on November 3rd and see just what it takes to get the prefect shot.

Previous DNS Monthly Meeting: TUESDAY, February 11, 7:30 p.m. at Benediction Lutheran Church Speaker:  Lina Azeez Topic:  Reconnecting Salmon Habitats Impacted by Flood Intrastructures

poster by Geof Hackersee DNS Posters Archive

Lina is a Campaign Manager with, a science based charity that advocates for B.C.’s wild salmon and the waters in which they live.  She works to build relationships between people and their local watersheds in an effort to encourage change and a shared appreciation for the waters around us.  She enjoys collaborating across diverse interest groups, bringing the concept of ‘water for life’ to the forefront of decision-making in the lower mainland.Lina Azeez_photo

Her current campaign, Connected Waters, is to ensure we are pushing for fish-friendly flood infrastructure in the lower mainland to ensure salmon access to spawning and rearing habitats as our climate changes and the waters rise and is advocating at all levels of government to achieve appropriate standards and stable funding.

In the journey of a lifetime, Lina got the opportunity to take a 25 day journey down the length of the Fraser River.  It gave her a front row seat to the many issues impacting the Fraser and the amazing work being done up and down the system by forward thinking communities.  Lina’s home watershed is the Brunette River in Burnaby, BC on unceded Coast Salish territories.

RESCHEDULED DNS Monthly Meeting: TUESDAY, February 11 Speaker:  Alan Stewart Topic:  Canoeing and Birding in Saskatchewan
Alan Stewart_canoe_group

Alan Stewart, Dana Kellett, Stéphane Menu, Enid Cummings, Janine McManus, Laura Stewart, Sara Yeomans

This summer I participated in a BSC sponsored canoe trip to conduct point counts in the boreal forest of northern Saskatchewan.  The presentation covers Sask Bird Breeding Atlas, point count methods, some war stories from the canoeing part of the adventure and lots of results for the actual birding.  The trip itself was 10 days on the water covering 175 km and 22 sets of rapids.  My bird count was 98 including several not found around here and many in vastly different quantities.  When was the last time we saw 50 Common Nighthawks at once? Northern Saskatchewan is rich in waterways and lakes and harbours some species which we do not see here.   Come and share in learning something more about this country we call Canada. Saskatchewan Breeding Bird Atlas – Newsletter March 2019

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

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