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President’s Annual Report: Chilliwack Field Naturalists Club - March 2013 - March 2014

Submitted by Janne Perrin

Membership:

o 53 members registered - 27 single & 14 family (increase of 9 members from 2012-13)

o Member Martha McKay passed away February 15, 2013 in her 85th year.

o Member Don McPhee passed away on January 19, 2014 in his 90th year

o Online version of our application/waiver updated

o Awards: presented at March 19, 2013 AGM

* Club Service Award: Rose Garlinski

*  Gift Certificate to Skagit Bird Blitz awarded for dedicated service: Janne Perrin 

Meeting Place: Vedder Middle School 45560 South Sumas Chilliwack BC

Executive & Appointees:

o President: Janne Perrin

o Vice President: Fernando Selles

o Past President and BCN Director: Helen Turner

o Secretary: Scott Denkers

o Treasurer: Janet Pollock

o Special Projects: Denis Knopp

o Field Trips: Fernando Selles

o Conservation & Phone Committee: Annabelle Rempel

o Membership: Marg Tranah / Christine Huber

o Speakers & Grants: Lee Larkin

o Social Conveners: Anne and Murray Gordon

o Heron Herald Editor: Heather Larstone

o Eastern Fraser Valley Young Naturalists’ Club (EFVYNC): Cynthia Berg

Speakers:

o March 19th 2013 AGM: Dr. Rob Butler: BC Breeding Bird Atlas Project

o April 16th: Dr. Marvin Rosenau Fraser River Sturgeon

o May 21st: Roy Mulder, Marine Life Sanctuaries Society: BC Marine Life Sanctuaries

o September 17th: Ken Pugh: bird Photography

o October 15th: John Gordon: Grizzly Bears

o November 19th: John Neville, BCN President: Raptors of Canada

o January 21st 2014 Members Night

o February 18th: Margaret Tranah: South America and Antarctica Trip

Heron Herald:

o Editor & distributor: Heather Larstone

o Two issues: March 2013 Volume 18-2 to June 2013 Volume 18-3 - 4 to 6-page format

o Features: This & That /Club Meetings / Field Trips /Natural Nut /YNC /Events Calendar

o Three Issues: September, November, March – 1-page format + events calendar

o Features: Club Meeting & Field Trip Reports / Events Calendar

Field Trips:

o March 16th 2013: Great Blue Heron Nature Reserve

o April 12th: Cheam Lake Wetlands Regional Park

o May 7th: Stein Valley Provincial Park cancelled due to hot weather

o June 1st: Campbell Valley Regional Park

o July 23rd: Manning Park Alpine Meadows & Lightning Lakes

o August 17th: Annual South Vedder blackberry walk & picnic at Jackaman’s

o September 9th: Sasquatch Provincial Park Hicks Lake Walk

o October 19th: Reifel Bird Sanctuary, Ladner

o November 11th: Harrison Bay Bald Eagles

o January 11th 2014: Annual Hope River Walk & lunch at Callicarpa Cafe

o February 14th: Willband Creek Regional Park

Events:

o AGM March 19th Rendezvous Restaurant

o Pitch-In April 23rd 40 lbs trash: Raised $100. Donated to EFVYNC

o Annual Picnic June 18th: at the Camp River Wildlife Area

o Pub Night Jolly Miller October 25th raised $365

o Fraser Valley Bald Eagle Festival November16 & 17th Booth at Leq'a: mel hall

o Annual Silent Auction January 21st: Raised $124.25

Christmas Bird Count:

o 36th Annual Chilliwack: December 14th; 102 species; Ann & Murray Gordon coordinated Post count pot luck supper at Carmen’s United Church Hall; Heather Larstone played piano for the caroling

o Harrison River: December 17th; 78 species; Supper at Jack’s

Camp River Wildlife Area (CRWA):

o Stewards: Lee Larkin & Denis Knopp

o Coffee Cutters: 1st Saturday of each month except Wednesday evening in summer months

o Bat Nursery Boxes installed April 2013 with help EFVYNC; poles donated by BC Hydro and installed by Yarrow Electric

Grants:

o Nature Trust of BC $1,700 grant awarded for a trailer ($1,691.20) for Camp River Wildlife Area

o Chilliwack Foundation $1,345 awarded for new laptop computer and a projection screen

o BC Gaming Grant $1200 received November 2013 for CRWA maintenance

Conservation:

o Issues: Manning Park Lodge closed then opened by Sunshine Valley Group; 100% PSF $ to BC; Vedder Mnt. interpretive trails to be developed by Rec. & Trails Branch; #1Endangered BC River Peace (site C); FVRD gives permission for Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion study, BC Draft SAR plan; Decline in Barn Swallow Population; Decline in Chilcotin moose population, Roosevelt Elk repopulation in Pitt & Harrison; Ecological Reserve Management; Greater Sage Grouse emergency order; State of World’s Bird report; Salmon habitat grants to Chwk; Cultus Lake Parks Plan; Harrison-Chehalis WMA proposal; National Day of Action against oil & climate change Nov. 16; Bears Forever Campaign; Hazardous Waste Plant; Open Net Salmon Farms; Gravel Extraction Fraser River Seabird Island; CFN request Kinder Morgan NEB TMX Pipeline Commenter Status; Aevitas Toxic Waste Plant; Sasquatch Prov. Park Boundary Adjustment; Boundary Bay Regional park Log Removal; Independent Power Plants

o Protest Letters: IPP Patterson Creek between Fraser River and Wahleach Lake; Independent Power Plant Moratorium in the Northern Cascade Mountain Range; CEAA Roberts Bank Terminal 2 Boundary Bay Log Removal; BC Parks Boundary Adjustment; City of Chilliwack Council Zoning Amendment Bylaw 2013 Aevitas Plant;  Ministry Environment Ministry of Health Aevitas Toxic Waste Plant; Senior Lands Officer, DFO, FLNRO Gravel Removal Seabird island; BC Parks, Bill 4 Industrial Development; FLNRO Echo Lake Bald Eagle Roost; BC Fish & Wildlife Branch Re-open Grizzly bear LEH hunts in MUs 4-20 and 4-23; Comments sent to Water Sustainability Act on the legislative changes proposal .

o Support Letters: Wahleach Watershed Amphibian Investigative Methods Study; Wahleach Watershed Bat Inventory

BCN

o AGM May 3rd to 5th – Abbotsford Ramada Inn / several members attended

o FGM September 27th – 30th Cranbrook: Helen Turner attended

Eastern Fraser Valley Young Naturalists Club:

    • Leader: Cynthia Berg Membership: 27 families 57 children
    • Explorer Days: March Nature Photography (Ken Pugh), April Creating Enviro Gardens         (Ann Gordon), May Composting with worms (Robert& Sue Croft-Sleigh), June Bees  (Chilliwack River valley Honey), August family pot luck & organizational meeting (Cynthia Berg) September BC Owls (Gerry Powers) & BC River’s Day Cleanup (Cynthia Berg), October Bears, Cougars & Coyotes (WildSafeBC), November Outdoor Safety & Survival (Rolly Keith & CMEC), December CBC for Kids (Janne Perrin); January Fraser Valley Trout Hatchery (Cynthia Berg), February Snow Shoeing & Winter Ecology  (HMCOL Kelly Pearce & Scott Denkers)
    • Publications: EFVYNC Shoreline Cleanup & Bat Box installation activities plus John Hunter’s coyote article were published in Nature Wild Magazine Volume 14 Issue 4 2013 pages 14-15.  John Hunter’s writing on cats were in BC Nature Winter 2013 Vol.51 No 4 P.20