July 21, 2018 @ 7:30 am - 10:30 am Esquimalt Lagoon, Colwood, BC, Canada
The VNHS Saturday Birding Group will be going to Esquimalt Lagoon and Albert Head this Sat Jul 21. Meet at 7:30 a.m. near the bridge. We might see the Caspian Terns that often hang out there atthis time of year and may find a few early shorebirds. Esquimalt Lagoon is on Ocean Blvd, off the Old Island Highway. For more details, contact Agnes Lynn at thelynns at shaw.ca or 250-721-0634.
July 22, 2018 @ 5:45 am - 7:15 pm Black Ball Ferry Line, 430 Belleville St, Victoria, BC V8V 1W9, Canada
Field Trip (Level 4) PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS TRIP IS SHOWN AS JULY 29 IN THE MAGAZINE, BUT IT HAD TO BE CHANGED DUE TO A TRAIL CLOSURE.
We will be picked up by a small bus/van after getting off the Coho ferry and it will take us up the hill to Hurricane Ridge in Washington’s Olympic National Park to enjoy the subalpine flowers at their peak. Most wildflowers at sea level have finished flowering for the season by then but up higher where we are going, they will still be in full bloom. This area has a vast array of wildflowers, many easily seen from this trail. Your bonus for going on the trip is a list with the names of all the plants on it. We also often get close-up views of the Olympic Marmots, including their young ones, plus the butterflies are usually very good. Sometimes we see nesting birds such as Horned Larks, pipits and maybe grouse. We get dropped off right at the base of the Hurricane Hill Trail. We will then take a leisurely pace so as to enjoy all the flowers and the fabulous views. Although the weather is generally sunny and clear, due to the high elevation, it could be quite cool or rainy so dress appropriately. Also wear sturdy footwear and hiking poles might be handy but the trail is mostly very well surfaced. Bring a lunch and drinks.
Meet at the Black Ball Ferry terminal in the Inner Harbour at 5:45 a.m. for the 6:10 a.m. sailing of the MV Coho. Allow time to park and purchase your ferry ticket that costs about $50 CDN return. The ferry cost is not included in what you prepay. IMPORTANT!! YOU WILL REQUIRE A PASSPORT OR ENHANCED DRIV-ER’S LICENCE FOR GOING THROUGH US CUSTOMS. We will return on the 5:20 p.m. sailing from Port Angeles (90 minute crossing). Also there is usually good birding from the ferry. Cost of the charter bus and entry to the park is $80.00 CDN. Number of participants is limited so reserve your spot early. VNHS members get priority. Please do not book before July 6 or after July 22.First contact Agnes to reserve your spot. Then pay the cost of the tour online (get the link when you reserve) or you can pay by cheque. Send cheque to VNHS, Box 24061, Victoria BC, V8Z 7E7. Contact Agnes at thelynns at shaw.ca or (250) 721-0634 to reserve or if you need more information.