December 8, 2016 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm Newcombe Conference Hall, Royal BC Museum, 675 Belleville St., Victoria
Keeping the Peace: Conservation Challenges and Opportunities in Magnificent Northeast BC
Tim Burkhart is the Peace River Break Coordinator for the Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative. The Peace River Break—it is where the Boreal Plains meet the Northern Boreal Mountains; where the Rocky Mountain’s Hart Range intersects with the cool waters of the Peace River. This key connection is under great pressure. According to Global Forest Watch Canada , the Peace River Break is experiencing industrial-caused disturbances at rates that are greater than those found in Alberta’s oil sands region. Oil and gas development, coal and coalbed methane development, forestry, mining, and wind energy development, as well as the recently approved Site C hydro dam, act as barriers to wildlife movement and threaten the integrity of the landscape. These barriers could create a pinch-point that effectively cuts the Yellowstone to Yukon region in two. In partnership with Treaty 8 First Nations, local communities and conservationists, Y2Y is leading efforts to restore the Peace River Break to a healthy habitat that supports wildlife movement.
December 8, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Bateman Centre, 470 Belleville St., Victoria
In partnership with the Robert Bateman Centre, the Gorge Waterway Initiative is sponsoring this Speakers Series event as part of the Urban Sanctuaries Project. Jacques Sirois, local birder and founder of the Friends of Victoria Harbour Bird Sanctuary, will be speaking on the resurrection of Victoria Harbour Bird Sanctuary. Established in 1923, it is the oldest Migratory Bird Sanctuary in Pacific Canada.
December 10, 2016 @ 8:00 am - 11:00 am 3308 Ocean Boulevard, Victoria, BC V9C, Canada
FIELD TRIP (LEVEL 2)
Meet at the bridge at Esquimalt Lagoon at 8:00 am for a chance to tune up your winter bird-spotting identification skills. This trip will cover the ocean birds along the lagoon and will go into the fields back behind the lagoon to provide a variety of birds. Bring your walking shoes, field guide and note-pad. This is a regular Saturday Birding Group outing but it is also a great opportunity for novice or near-novice Christmas Bird Counters to get in some practice. Call Rick Schortinghuis at 250-885-2454 or contact Agnes at thelynns at shaw.ca or (250) 721-0634 if you need more information.