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December 2012

Dec 28

BMN Holds a Highly Successful 2012 Silent Auction!

The club’s Silent Auction held on December 11th was a huge success and raised over $2300. The bulk of this money will be donated to Wildlife Rescue in Burnaby and a small portion will be used to assist in club operations in the year ahead. Not only are we pleased to help support the good work of Wildlife Rescue, but…

Dec 28

Education Bursary Offered by the Wildlife Rehabilitators' Network of BC

The Wildlife Rehabilitator’s Network of BC is seeking applicants for their annual education bursary. Eligibility requirements are:

  • Resident of British Columbia
  • Post-secondary student pursuing a course of study in areas that benefit wildlife
  • Experience at a wildlife rehabilitation facility.

The application deadline is January 30th. For more information, please click here.

Dec 17

Public Awareness Campaign to Protect Langley Forest -- UPDATE

“Watchers of Langley Forests” (WOLF) has announced that the Langley Council has deferred the sale of the lands and will revisit this issue at their January 21st, 2013 meeting. WOLF thanks everyone for their support. ++++++++ A 25 acre parcel for sale by the Township of Langley contains a mixed conifer/deciduous forest with different types of habitat. There is extensive…

November 2012

Nov 13

Speak Up for Wild Salmon - Ask the PM to ACT on the Cohen Commission's Recommendations

The Cohen Commission cost $26 million and heard from 150 expert witnesses over 18 months and examined more than three million pages of documents. The resulting 75 recommendations provide a blueprint for managing our wild salmon stocks, but only if they’re implemented! The Suzuki Foundation is organizing campaign to make sure Ottawa knows that Canadians care about fish and the…

October 2012

Oct 18

Call for Volunteers for the Christmas Bird Count -- Saturday Dec 15th, 2012

Escape the demands of the pre-Christmas season by spending a few hours along local trails on the annual Christmas Bird Count (CBC). In 1900, an American ornithologist asked people across North America to head out on Christmas Day to count birds (instead of shooting them, as was the tradition) and submit the results as the first “Christmas Bird Census.” The…

Oct 16

Volunteers Wanted for Coastal Waterbird Survey

If you would like to make a contribution to “citizen science” and become more familiar with the birds that use the Port Moody Inlet, the Coastal Waterbird Survey is looking for volunteers for their monthly waterbird count from the Shoreline Trail in Port Moody. They go out on the second Sunday of the month from September to April (see schedule…

Oct 1

Focus on the Environment at VIFF 2012

The Vancouver International Film Festival runs from Sept 27th to Oct 12th. There are lots of films which focus on the environment. To see a list of what’s playing, please click here.

August 2012

Aug 23

RIVERVIEW UPDATE: Open House Dates for Presentation of Draft Heritage Plan Announced

The dates of two open houses where the draft Riverview Heritage Conservation Plan will be presented for public comment have been announced. The draft plan (four pdf files) will be available for review after September 24th online at, at the main branches of the Coquitlam and Port Coquitlam Public Libraries, and at Coquitlam and Port Coquitlam City Halls. The…

July 2012

Jul 22

Anne Murray: "Bad and Good News for Canada’s Birds"

Delta naturalist and author Anne Murray writes a regular op-ed article in the Georgia Straight online. Her July piece is on a recent report on the “State of Canada’s Birds 2012”. To read Anne’s article, click here.

Jul 12

Questionnaire on Riverview's 'Heritage Values' due July 31

This is a reminder that all questionnaires are due July 31st

If you haven’t completed the questionnaire, please follow the link to do so:

June 2012

Jun 27

Riverview Hospital Site Heads HERITAGE CANADA FOUNDATION'S 2012 Top Ten Endangered Places

The Heritage Canada Foundation has announced its 2012 Top Ten Most Endangered Places List, and the 244 acres of Riverview Hospital are on the list! To read about why this “extraordinary Greater Vancouver cultural landscape” made the list, please click here.

May 2012

May 16

RIVERVIEW UPDATE: Dates for Heritage Planning Meetings Announced

Critical public consultations for the future of Riverview will take place this spring and fall. The spring meetings have just been announced (see below). Their focus is on identifying the important heritage aspects of the site (i.e., buildings, trees, history, etc.) and ensuring that those values will be carried forward into the future. In the fall, we expect a future…

May 9

SFU Owl Researcher Wants to Know Where the Owls Are

At the May meeting of the Burke Mountain Naturalists, owl researcher Sofi Hindmarch told us about the problem of owls eating rats that have been exposed to rat poisons. To expand her research, Sofi would like to know of locations where owls (Barn Owls, Barred Owls or Great Horned Owls) are roosting or nesting in urban parks and neighborhoods, as…

April 2012

Apr 25

BMN Young Nats Learn about Burrowing Owls

In late March, members of the BMN-Young Naturalists Club visited the facilities of the Burrowing Owl Conservation Society of BC. To see photos of their visit taken by BMN member Paul Steeves, please click here. To learn more about these tiny endangered owls and the work done to try to conserve their numbers, click here.

Apr 3

New BMN Booklet Available - 'How to Build Nest Boxes for Common Birds in the Tri-Cities Area'

BMN members have been building and installing nest boxes for local birds for many years. One BMN member in particular has been involved in the design and building of the boxes, and now Kiyoshi Takahashi has compiled all that he has learned over the years in a comprehensive 21 page booklet that is available for viewing and downloading in the…

March 2012

Mar 13

Scientist looking for location of COHA nests

Researchers at SFU are studying Cooper’s hawks in rural and urban environments around Vancouver. If you have any information about a COHA nest location or know of a frequently sighted COHA, please contact Jason Brogan at jbrogan AT sfu. DOT ca.

Mar 6

2012 Nestbox Cleaning Forays (in Pictures)

Crews of BMN members have just completed this spring’s cleaning and maintenance of the 200 or so bird nestboxes installed in various locations around the TriCity area. To view a pictorial summary of each day, click on the links below: Sat Feb 4, 2012 along Oliver Rd and near the barns at Minnekhada – V. Otton photos. Sat Feb 11,…

February 2012

Feb 23

Spring is almost here! Learn how to build a chickadee nest box

BMN has a new trifold brochure that describes all you need to know to have a successful nest box in your yard this spring. How to build a chickadee nest box was written by BMN master bird box builder, Kiyoshi Takahashi and contains info he’s learned over the years about what makes a nest box appealing (and safe) for birds….

Feb 10

"Plight of the Barn Swallow" video

Watch the 6 minute film on the `Plight of the Barn Swallow’, made by the Vancouver Avian Research Centre in collaboration with the Wilderness Committee to promote the fact that BC has no Endangered Species legislation.

The video can be viewed on YouTube via the link on the VARC homepage or by clicking here.

Feb 10

Texas Feeder-Watch from your Home Computer

Can’t swing a quick birding trip to Texas this spring? Don’t worry, you can watch Texas birds coming to a feeding station at the Sabal Palm Sanctuary from the comfort of your own home (or office!). Click here to watch the live “feeder cam”, and be prepared to not get anything else done today.

January 2012

Jan 1

Another Successful Silent Auction in 2011!

Once again, BMN showed how to keep the fun in fundraising. Our December silent auction — together with the bake, book, and seasonal greenery sales — raised $1,910.94. This will be donated to the Critter Care Wildlife Society in Langley, with a very small portion being held back to support the operating costs of our club. Critter Care is one…

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