May3-5 2013 BC Nature Spring Conference, Abbotsford B.C.
'Along The Fraser-Adapting to Change'
|Pine siskin(Spinus pinus)|
|Pine Siskin at Burrowing Owl Conservation Centre Feeder.|
Nikon D300 300mm F4 handheld
|An aggressive display shows off the colourful wing patterns.|
Never waste an opportunity. These picture were taken at a feeder while waiting for a workshop to start.
Although I wasn't able to attend all the talks, I did hear Dr Jonathan Hughes excellent talk about 'The History of Flooding on the Fraser Valley' and Ryan Durand's 'Sumas Mountain Ecology' presentation. It is somewhere I want to explore the next chance I have. The schematic maps certainly gave a new perspective for me and the importance the area has for flora and fauna.
The thought provoking presentation Dr Kent Mulinex's 'Sustainable Food Systems for the 21st Century' was the highlight for me, so much information to 'Digest" As a presenter myself, the pace and delivery was perfect and a lesson to anyone who gets up in front of an audience. As a birder Ross Vennesland's 'Great Blue Herons' talk was of great interest to me. His talk centred around the 5000 B.C./Lower Mainland herons, a slightly smaller subspecies that are facing habitat loss due to encroaching development, the increase in Bald Eagle numbers and other mitigating circumstances.
There were also plenty of outdoor activities where some of us were fooled by the appearance of a 'hairy creature' who later posed for pictures.
|Some of the 'wild' creatures spotted during the weekend|
|Northern Rough-Winged Swallow/Stave Lake|
|Brown-Headed cowbirds/Stave Lake|
How often have I driven past this little park tucked away among blueberry farms and dairy farms on Bradner Rd. The field trip was advertised as an 'Art Experience' and after a walk through the trail we all sat down to try out hand with pencil and paper. I must admit to being more comfortable with a camera.
|Backlit to bring out the veins in the petals.|
Sunday May 5. Field Trip #4 Burrowing Owl Breeding Facility Port Kells, Surrey
Rather than try to explain the program that Steve Howard has spent so much time developing I include the link here. This was the last field trip of the weekend. I had a wonderful time and I would to thank the Abbotsford Mission Nature Club for all the hard work hosting the convention.
|Each bird has a colour tag for easy identification in the field.|
|Steve Howard with the Burrowing Owl pens which include underground Burrows.|
|This close-up is one of the original breeding birds that has now gone blind.|
It now gives the opportunity for visitors and schools groups to see the bird up close.
|Feeding time draws out a Burrowing Owl .|