Minutes of the Chilliwack Field Naturalists Executive Meeting
January 10, 2017, 7:30 PM
Marg Tranah’s Home, Chilliwack, BC
Scott Denkers (via Skype), Janne Perrin (via Skype), Janet
Pollock, Fernando Selles, Paulina Selles, Margaret Tranah
Call to order
– 7:40 pm
Minutes of the previous meeting
– Scott moved for adoption of
minutes and Janet seconded; all approved.
Approval of the agenda
– Agenda approved with addition of item (5j).
Business arising from the minutes
West Coast Environmental Law Update – Fernando thanked all who helped
with editing the document (and thanks to Fernando for all his work). The
document was submitted on Dec 8th, 2016. Fernando will send a link for
inclusion in minutes (below). There were quite a few submissions from
industry and they wanted environmental considerations to be lightened up. No
NatureKids Update – Janne reported (Laurie unable to make it to the
meeting). January Explorer Day – They are going snowshoeing to Manning Park
with Hope Mountain Centre.
AGM venue booking – The Executive agreed to hold the AGM at Rendezvous
Restaurant. Eddie Gardner (Wild Salmon Champion) will talk about Sacred Salmon
in the context of aboriginal traditions. He will offer a traditional First
Nation blessing. Plan on meeting at the restaurant at 5:30 pm on March 21st.
Blessing and supper to start at 6:00 pm. Janet agreed to call Rendezvous and
book the event.
Upcoming Field trips – Terry has resigned from the club. He will be
missed. Janet will keep the field trip lists/waivers. A field trip is planned
for February 25th to Wilband Park in Abbotsford, followed by a stop at
Clayburn Village. This trip will be led by Janne. On March 26th, a trip is
planned for the Great Blue Heron Nature Reserve in Chilliwack. This will be
led by Janet.
Camp River Update – This year is the 10th anniversary of coffee cutters!
Fernando pointed out that "Slough" is a proper hydrological
designation of a certain category of stream. Several members spent some time
on Saturday working at Camp River.
Upcoming speakers – April and May slots need to be filled.
Christmas bird counts – Great sighting from Janet, who saw a long-eared
owl at the Heron Reserve on the day of the Chilliwack CBC. Janne reported
surprisingly good counts in spite of the weather.
Membership – renewals and refunds (Janet) –
Should we increase the membership fee this year or wait until next year?
The executive decided to wait until next year.
A member was been refunded membership dues as requested.
Adopt-a-whale program (Janet) – Should we continue with the annual
adoption? The executive unanimously agreed to continue with the adoption plan.
Heron Herald – Janne confirmed changes to the next newsletter. With
privacy concerns being expressed from the Executive, member phone numbers are
to be removed the website and calendar (since it is published to the website).
Janet is okay with leaving her contact information on the website for
Parkinson’s Society – The society contacted the club with a request for
a presentation. The club can likely fulfill their request. Fernando will
follow up with a call.
Financial report – Janet moved for adoption of the report, balance ending
December 31st, 2016 and seconded by Fernando. Unanimously approved by the
Executive with accolades to Janet for such a fine job done.
General Account $ 2,093.33
Swallow Project $ 523.75
Term Deposit $ 10,000.00
Camp River $ 5.59
Class A Equity Share $ 31.43
Conservation report (Annabelle) - absent
BC Nature Update (Janne) –
AGM in Lillooet coming up May 4-7. Book soon; registration is limited!
Janne tried to get a report from the Nature Trust folks without success.
Submission of resolutions – should we participate? Resolutions should
address conservation issues. It’s very short notice; let’s consider for
Recognition for BCN members. Janne to follow up.
Registration for BCN camps. Janne will be participating at Mitlenatch Camp
on Quadra Island. Camp application registration openings are coming up. You
need to be calling as soon as registrations open.
Next meeting –
February 7, 2017: Janet Pollock volunteered her home.