Birder's Night: 31 Years of Birding with Tom Briggs
January 24, 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm Fraser Building, Fraser Bldg, Victoria, BC V8P 5C2, Canada
Things I Learned in 31Years of Birding with Tom Briggs— A Man I Never Met
David Fraser will bring us insights into changes in BC bird numbers, distributions and nomenclature gained from entering 31 years of bird notes from Victoria birders Tom and Gwen Briggs from 1959 to1990. Can you help solve the mystery of the appearing journals? We meet in Room159 of the Fraser Building, UVic at 7:30 p.m. Come early to socialize! Presentation begins after VNHS announcements and coffee. Everyone is welcome. Note: UVic parking is $3.
January 29, 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm Room 159, Fraser Building, University of Victoria
Microplastics in the ocean: what we know, and what we don't.
Garth Covernton is a PhD student at the University of Victoria studying microplastics. Tiny pieces of plastics smaller than 5 mm are an emerging threat to the ocean’s ecosystems, with ingestion now known to occur in animals ranging from small zooplankton to large baleen whales. The specific effects of microplastics on animals in the wild is still uncertain, yet scientists have shown negative impacts on animals which ingest high concentrations. This presentation will explore how microplastics get into our oceans, their impacts on marine animals, and discuss current work in BC, including by the research group to which Garth belongs: the Ecological Interactions Research Program, based out of Vancouver Island University and the University of Victoria.
We meet at 7:30 in Room 159, Fraser Building, University of Victoria. Everyone is welcome.
February 3, 2018 @ 8:00 am - 11:00 am Saxe Point Park, Victoria, BC V9A 6G5, Canada
FIELD TRIP (LEVEL 2)
You are welcome to join the VNHSSaturday Birding Group who will be going to Saxe Point Park and Macaulay PointPark. Meet at 8:00 am in the parking lot at the end of the road in Saxe PointPark. To reach the park, turn south off Esquimalt Rd on to Fraser St which endsin the park. We can enjoy the ocean birds as well as some that are tucked awayclose to shore in protected waters. There are also some good bush birds, andoften we see the resident Cooper’s Hawk. Macaulay Point is more open andsurprises there have included a Spotted Sandpiper and a Meadowlark, even atthis time of year. One challenge is to find the California Quail who hide inthe thickets. Call Rick at (250) 885-2454 or email Agnes at thelynns at shaw.cafor more information.