Reminder: As well as the following trips and tours, Saturday morning also features a Speaker Series at the Forest Sciences Centre – described in the Speakers Bios section of this website. Choose an outdoor field trip or you can listen to the morning speakers indoors at the conference venue.
Meet at the Reconciliation Pole to walk to Pacific Spirit Park (Note: You will return via
Field Trip Length: The park trails are mostly well-groomed and level; distance about 4 km.
Field Trip Leader: Krista Voth, Program Coordinator for Pacific Spirit Park Society (PSPS)
Pacific Spirit Regional Park is 763 hectares of diverse wildlife habitat and recreational trails. With over 2 million park visitors a year and the ongoing spread of invasive plants, the integrity of these ecosystems is threatened. In response to these environmental stressors, the Pacific Spirit Park Society aims to:
· Promote the preservation and protection of ecosystem function in the park and
· Encourage recreational use that is in harmony with nature.
This Field Trip will explore some of the top threats to the park, including off trail use, the spread of invasive plants, changes in stream water quality and degradation of wildlife habitat. We will also share what PSPS is doing to address these issues through our data collection, stewardship and education programming. For more information see: http://www.metrovancouver.org/services/parks/parks-greenways-reserves/pacific-spirit-regional-park
The Pacific Spirit Park Society website: http://pacificspiritparksociety.org/ About
Krista Voth is studying geography at UBC following a ten year career as a Waldorf and Montessori educator. She has a keen interest in the way urban parks are used and cared for by the public. Beyond her course work in the Environment and Sustainability program at UBC, her research focuses on urban ecology and social inclusion in public green spaces. Krista was hired as the PSPS Program Coordinator in March 2016 to develop and support citizen science, stewardship and educational programming in Pacific Spirit Regional Park. Krista is also the Co-Chair of the Jericho Stewardship Group: http://jerichostewardship.ca/
Meet at the Reconciliation Pole, then carpool to the two creeks in Pacific Spirit Regional Park.
Length of Field Trip: It is a short walking distance on mostly level surfaces to view the two creeks.
Field Trip Leader: Sandie Hollick-Kenyon
You will view Spanish Bank Creek with its successful salmonid enhancement and creek rehabilitation project completed more than a decade ago. The second creek, Salish (also known as Acadia and Hilary’s) Creek has had enhancement work completed in fall 2017 to improve pools and rock structure in its lower reach from the ocean to the large culvert under Northwest Marine Drive.
Sandie Hollick-Kenyon is a Community Advisor with the Federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans. Sandie’s geographic area of responsibility of the Lower Fraser includes Burrard Inlet, Indian Arm, and Vancouver, where she supports the work of 18 community groups to enhance streams. https://www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/sep-pmvs/advisors-conseillers/lower-bas-fraser-eng
Read about the Spanish Bank Creek Streamkeepers here: https://spanishbankstramkeepers.wordpress.com/
Meet at the Reconciliation Pole to carpool to the Jericho Park gated service vehicle access from 4th Avenue on the south side of park.
Length of Field Trip about 2 hours, along bark mulched pathways, some sloping.
Field Trip Leaders: John Coope, assisted by Susan Fisher
This walk is concerned with the history and ongoing restoration work in Jericho Park. Much of the restoration work is provided by volunteers from the Jericho Stewardship Group, who have been planting native plants, and removing invasive species in the ponds and other areas. Jericho Park has several ponds and woods, and the ocean along its northern edge where dune grass has been planted in some areas. The Vancouver Park Board in fall 2017 undertook some restoration work in the marshes and removed accumulated sediments and vegetation to provide more open water areas in the pond. Our tour will look at this area to see how it is shaping up in the spring. Susan Fisher will assist John and can comment on bird habitat. More on Jericho Stewardship Group at: http://jerichostewardship.ca/ And the Vancouver Park Board website: http://vancouver.ca/parks-recreation-culture/jericho-park-trails.aspx
John Coope is a retired professor of Theoretical Chemistry from UBC. HIs interest in Botany grew from seeing native flora in the alpine during climbing trips. He has been working in Jericho Park since the later 1990’s and is a founding member of the Jericho Stewardship Group. John Coope will be assisted by Nature Vancouver member Susan Fisher. Both are members of the Jericho Stewardship Group and of Nature Vancouver.
Meet at the Reconciliation Pole to carpool to the Camosun Bog entrance at 19th Avenue and Camosun Street.
Length of Field Trip will be 2 hours, on level trail and boardwalk.
Field Trip Leaders: Laurence Brown and Gerry Mignault
We will show you the work of the "Crazy Boggers" transforming the area from wasteland to beautiful habitat. We will feature our new boardwalk that provides a "hands-on" experience for children (and for adults if they wish!). Saturday is our normal work party day, so after the tour you can either join us (gloves and tools provided) or take a beautiful walk in the area showing where Japanese knotweed, holly and other invasives have been removed and replaced with native plants. More information at: http://www.camosunbog.org/frames_main_menu.htm
Laurence Brown and Gerry Mignault are co-leaders of the Camosun Bog Restoration Group. They have a combined total of 34 years’ experience in restoring bogs and have a real love of this unique habitat.
Meet at the Reconciliation Pole to carpool to the eastern boundary of Jericho Beach Park.
Length of Field Trip: Time walking along the intertidal foreshore will be a little over 2 hours. The foreshore walk from Jericho Park east to Volunteer Park is about 3.5 km return. The route is somewhat uneven and rocky, so wear appropriate non-slip footwear with tread and bring hiking poles if you use them.
Field Trip Leader: David Cook
The tide will be moderately low and we will walk east from Jericho Beach Park along the beach looking at the rocks and land features both along the foreshore and across Burrard Inlet. We will see giant concretions in sandstones laid down by 50 million year old rivers, a glacial erratic left by the retreating glaciers 12,000 years ago, a feeder dyke of a 32 million year old volcano, plant fossils in the sandstone and how unceasing wave action is slowly eating away the beach frontage. Looking around Burrard Inlet, we will observe rocks and land forms that were created over the last 100 million years by plate tectonics, sea-level changes and ice movement.
David Cook is a long-time member of Nature Vancouver. He has co-ordinated both the Botany and Geology Sections of Nature Vancouver over many years and has also given geology talks and interpretive field trips for many organizations during this time. David has been compiling a number of self-guiding geology field trip descriptions for the lower mainland and these are being posted on the Nature Vancouver website: http://naturevancouver.ca/Main_Geology
Meet at the Reconciliation Pole to carpool to Iona Beach Regional Park, 900 Ferguson Road, Richmond.
Length of Field Trip: including travel time, 3 hours. The walking tour is on mostly level ground, about 1.5 km in length.
Field Trip Leaders: Andrew Huang, Azim Shariff, Alan McKenzie and Angela Bond
From the car parking lot at Iona Beach, you will walk to WildResearch’s Iona Island Bird Observatory. There you will learn more about the three seasonal bird banding programs that WildResearch offers: migration monitoring in spring and fall, and winter monitoring. http://wildresearch.ca/programs/iona-island-bird-observatory/
As the amount of riparian habitat disappears in the Greater Vancouver area, it has become increasingly important to assess how birds are using protected areas. In addition, the continuing population declines of many bird species across BC and Canada have highlighted the importance of monitoring populations. Using the power of citizen-science Iona Island Bird Observatory (IIBO) has been monitoring how birds use Iona Beach Regional Park since 2010, providing estimates of survival and population trends, and to create training and educational opportunities for members of the community.
Visitors at IIBO will be able to observe how we monitor birds using mist-net capturing techniques, banding, species identification, and determining of sex and age. They will also have a close-up interaction with the spring migrants, and perhaps even release them from the palm of their hands!
Andrew Huang completed his M.Sc. at the University of British Columbia studying the population genetics and rodenticide exposure risk of barn owls in the Lower Mainland. He now works as a biologist at the Canadian Wildlife Service. He is interested in sustainable and responsible development that respects wildlife and safeguards their habitat. He is also a big fan of city biking, public transportation, and cats.
Azim Shariff completed B.Sc. degrees in Biology from SFU and in Ecological Restoration from BCIT. His work includes a variety of positions as a freelance biologist, for Environment Canada as a wildlife ecotoxicology technician, for Diamond Head consulting, for Environment Canada researching prairie songbird nesting in Alberta and, for the past three years, as the bander-in-charge at Iona island Bird Observatory. In his spare time Azim enjoys exploring the back country, hiking, camping, snowboarding and cycling.
Alan McKenzie is an active birder and member of Nature Vancouver and WildResearch. He has volunteered to lead Christmas Bird Count teams and field trips for many years, participates in Bird Studies Canada programs such as Feeder Watch, and volunteers in the banding program at the WildResearch Iona Bird Observatory. He enjoys travelling and photography, with a focus on birds of course.
Angela Bond completed two B.Sc. at Acadia University in Nova Scotia; one in Biology and one in Environmental Science. She has several years of professional experience in the environmental sector, with a background mainly in wetlands and aquatic field work. As a Wildlife Biologist, she has been involved in various bird and other wildlife surveys and projects throughout Nova Scotia and Alberta. Angela is on the Board of WildResearch and a Committee member of the Nature Vancouver Birding Section.