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Great Canadian Shore Line Clean-Up
Date: Friday, September 27th, 2013 at 1pm
Location: at the trails near Tillicum Mall.
Self-guided walk/exploration of Witty’s Lagoon
Date: Tuesday, May 28th
Location: Witty’s Lagoon in Metchosin : http://www.crd.bc.ca/parks/wittys/
Please meet up by the nature house. Enjoy the forested trails and views of Sitting Lady Falls plunging into the lagoon below.
Witty’s Lagoon is a birder’s paradise -over 160 species have been documented in the park. Listen for the rattle call of the belted kingfisher, and the songs of orange-crowned warblers and dark-eyed juncos. Bring your binoculars, and be prepared for discovery, but remember to respect the habitat and birds that use it.
We will walk together through the forest trails and plan to picnic on the beach below.
May: Herons Galore!
Douglas Street side of Beacon Hill Park. We will meet at the intersection of
Avalon Road and Douglas Street, on the park side of the road.
a heron colony- known as a ‘heronry.’ These colonies can be made of fifty or more
nests, with multiple nests on each tree towering overhead. Newly born juvenile
herons chortle and call out for food, clacking their bills in anticipation. In
May, Trudy Chatwin, a Rare and Endangered Species Biologist, and Great Blue
Heron specialist will be joining us on a heron expedition. We will be visiting
one of Victoria’s most famous heronry’s- right in Beacon Hill Park! With
binoculars and spotting scopes we will watch the excitement and listen to the
cacophony of a heron colony in May.
“What on Earth
is in Our Stuff? Non-renewable Resources and Us”
explores the links between products (at home, school, work and outdoors) that we
use every day, and the non-renewable resources that are needed to produce
Discovery with Naturalist at Swan Lake
program, where they will gain an understanding of the value of wetlands by
collecting and recording their observations of aquatic plants and animals.
Topics include adaptations of some wetland vertebrates and their role in the
please arrive 15 minutes early to sign consent forms and
Cost: This is a paid program through
the Swan Lake Nature House, it works out @ $ 3
Bluebird Project with Julia Daly
When: February 15th, 2013 at 10:00 am, please arrive 15 minutes early to sign consent forms and passports.
Where: Beacon Hill Park – in the Garry Oak Meadow at the Southgate Street end, across from the back of St. Anne’s Academy. We will meet in the park, on the park side of the cross walk half way down south gate Street (going towards the water) that links the grounds of St. Anne’s Academy with the park.
Parking: Nearest parking is by the petting zoo, a short walk to the meeting place from there.
Join Conservation Outreach Coordinator, Julia Daly, of the Garry Oak Ecosystems Recovery Team and learn about characteristics of Western Bluebirds (e.g. what they look like, habitat preferences, food habits), some of the reasons they’ve disappeared from Vancouver Island, and what we can do to bring them back, and how it relates to the restoration of Garry Oak ecosystems. We will also take part in a scavenger hunt to locate habitat elements both beneficial and detrimental to Western Bluebirds.
*Please dress for all weather*
Please note space is limited to 20 children, so please RSVP to register thank you.
park along Dallas Road just south and below Beacon Hill Park. Walk
across the grass area where the dogs play to the Finlayson Point kiosk.
From the kiosk, at 10:30 we will walk down the staircase to the beach
and then a short distance to the rocks at the Point. *Please dress for all weather*
John will show and tell about the
geology of the bedrock, the glacier impact on the rocks, erratics, and
the sediment load left by the glaciers. Finally, he will discuss the
Salish walled village that used to sit on the bluff.
Henigman has been a member of the Victoria Natural History Society for
about 20 years, and resident of Victoria since the mid 70’s. In his
career, he has been a professional forester and biologist. He does a lot
of bird watching. John has hung out with geologists and read the book
on local geology to know the basics of geology in the Victoria area.
local birder and raptor fanatic David Allinson at East Sooke Regional Park to
learn more about our annual hawk and vulture migration spectacle. From
mid-September through mid-October, 17 species of hawks, falcons, eagles along
with Turkey Vultures have been recorded here at the southern tip of Vancouver
Island as they congregate and prepare to cross Juan de Fuca Strait. David will
explain the dynamics of this migration as well as provide ID pointers on telling
species apart. As many as 1100 Turkey Vultures have been seen in a single
“kettle” or flock during the peak of raptor migration (last week of
September-first week of October). Aside from raptors, we will be able to see
many other bird species migrating as well.
as a founding member and Past-President of the Rocky Point Bird Observatory.
This year marked David’s 21st hawkwatch at East Sooke Regional Park!
at the map kiosk in the parking lot
will be minimal and no strenuous hiking will be required, but we will still
explore some of the park trails, forest, and beach. The raptors can be seen
overhead right from the parking area so we don’t have to venture very far!
Bring binoculars if you have a pair.
you live in the Victoria area).
Victoria, and take the Helmcken Rd exit, continue onto Wilkinson Rd, slight
left onto Interurban Rd, turn left onto W Saanich Rd, turn right onto Sparton
Rd. 7900 W Saanich Rd