Agenda and Program

The AGM programme is a work in progress and subject to change.

NOTE: The early bird rate reduction of $125 is in effect until March 15. It is $150 after March 15. 

Thursday, May 2

noon – 9:00 pm Registration, Fireside Room
1:30 – 3:30 pm BC Nature Executive Meeting
4:00 – 6:00 pm Club Directors Meeting, dinner provided
7:00 – 8:15 pm Keynote speaker: Dave Polster, Restoration for Resilience
8:30 – 11:00 pm  Bryon Thompson, Astronomy, Bright Angel Park, 4528 Tigwell Road, Cowichan Station, flat field. bring flashlight with red cellophane  if possible.

Friday, May 3

6:00 – 8:00 am Early Morning Birding,  Dave Aldcroft and Derrick Marven, Somenos Dike, easy. 
7:30 – 9:00 am Registration – Fireside room (Coffee, tea available)
8:30 – 8:45 am Welcome by Quw’utsun Elders and local officials
8:45 – 9:30 am Speakers: Cowichan Tribes members: Philomena Williams and Peter Williams, Tim Kulchyski and CVNS member, Genevieve Singleton, Stories from Quw’utsun 
9:30 – 9:45 am Coffee, tea, and refreshments –
10:00 – 10:45  am Speaker: Hannah Hall, Bring Back the Bluebirds Project
10:50 – 11:40 am David Polster, Ecosystems on the Dry Side
12:30 – 3:00 pm Afternoon field trips
1.  Butterflies, Derrick Marven
2.  Somenos Garry Oak Protected Area, Genevieve Singleton and Margaret Corsan
3.  Somenos Marsh Tour, David Aldcroft
4.  Maple Bay Harbour Kayak Tour (fee charged) warm drink and dessert provided
5.  Stoney Hill Hike, Diana Aldcroft
6. This has been changed from Saturday, Stoltz Bluffs restoration project, Cowichan River Prov. Park: Dave Polster and BC Conservation Foundation staff
3:00 – 3:15 pm Coffee, tea, and refreshments
3:15 – 4:00 pm Concurrent Speakers
speaker: Sally Leigh-Spencer and Adam Taylor Vancouver Island Marmots
speaker: Kevin Pellett, DFO,  Cowichan Chinook
speaker: David Preikshot, On the Persistence of Cyanobacteria in in Lakes in BC
4:15 – 5:00 pm Two Concurrent Speakers
Speaker: Joy Wade, Cowichan Lake Lamprey
Speaker: Tania Tripp, Acoustic Monitoring of Western Screech Owls
4:00 to 5:00 pm Meetings:
BC Naturalists’ Foundation, board room
BC Nature Conservation Committee, large meeting room
5:15 to 6:45 pm Education Committee, Fireside Room
 5 to 6 pm social hour
7:00 – 9:00 pm Renowned Tzinqwa Dancers will open the evening.
Speaker: Dr. Nancy Turner, “Learning from the Earth”: Traditional Land and Resource Management Systems in British Columbia

Saturday, May 4

6:00 – 8:00 am Early Morning Birding, Dave Aldcroft and Derrick Marven, Cowichan Bay. Easy walking.
7:30 – 8:30 am Registration – Hotel Lobby with coffee, tea, and refreshments
9:00-12:00 Nature Kids meeting
9:00 am – 12:00 pm Field trips
1. Eves Provincial Park, Connecting Children to Nature, led by Cowichan Valley Docents
2. Cowichan Estuary Nature Centre, centre volunteers and staff
3. Lake Paddling for Naturalists: Rick Bryan and Edmond Duggan
4. Somenos Garry Oak Protected Area: Genevieve Singleton
5. This hike has been moved from Friday. Mt. Tzuhalem Ecological Reserve with David Polster
6. Pollinator Garden Tour: Karlin Creed and Ted Leischner
7. Stoney Hill CVRD Park hike, Diana Aldcroft.
8. Maple Bay Harbour Tour Kayak Trip (fee charged)
9. Somenos Marsh Tour led by Elizabeth Aitken and David Preikshot
At the same time as field trips there will be consecutive Speakers
9:00 – 10:00 am speaker: Eric Marshall, The Humpbacks Return
10:00 – 10:15 coffee
10:15 -11  Rick Harbo, Vancouver Island Freshwater Mussels
11:00- 11.45  Emily Wallener,  Canadian Chiroptera: Bats of Vancouver Island
1:30-4:00 BC Nature Annual General Meeting (please note that the AGM is free to any BC Nature member)
6:00 to 7:00 pm Social hour (cash bar) followed by Banquet
7:00 pm dinner, awards, Silent Auction closes (must pay for  banquet to hear speaker)
8:15 pm Keynote Speaker: David Denning,  Saltspring Trails and Nature Club, Citizen Scientist: It’s About Time! David Denning is a Science Educator, Marine Naturalist, and Renewable Energy Activist
9:00 to 10:00 pm Thanks , Silent Auction Winners, closing remarks

Sunday, May 5

8:30 am Farewell field trips
1. Car Birding from Duncan to Swartz Bay 3 pm ferry  with Dave Aldcroft, no limit on attenders, easy walking
2. Koksilah Ancient Forest hike with Warrick Whitehead and David Thompson
3. Honeymoon Bay Ecological Reserve and Cowichan River Stops, Genevieve Singleton
4. Cowichan Garry Oak Preserve Garry Oaks and Bluebirds, Dave Polster, Hannah Hall of CVNS Bring Back the Bluebird Project
5. Cowichan Estuary Nature Centre, Eric Marshall
7.  9:00 am to 12:00 pm  NATURE CANADA “Engagement Organizing Workshop”