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Monday, December 15, 2014

Christmas Bird Count

Tri-City News article:   Counting birds instead of bird kills in the Tri-Cities

Audubon Christmas Bird Count in our Area.    Everyone welcome :)
Saturday, January 3,  2015

Followed in the coming year by the:
BMN  MONTHLY MEETING: Highlights of the 2014 Christmas Bird Count

Tuesday, January 13 2015 at 7:30 PM

More in depth information about the annual bird count from the Audubon folks

Some information links 

Birding in British Columbia

Species, Age and Sex Identification of Ducks Using Wing Plumage

Ducks at a Distance  A Waterfowl Identification Guide ( Still relevant, now online )

The Cornell Lab of Ornithology

And a little closer to home,   E-Fauna  BC   birds   From the folks at E-Fauna

Saturday, December 6, 2014

BMN AGM December 9

Tuesday December 9 is our big social of the year - our AGM and Silent Auction. starts at 7 p.m.

I would like to remind everyone there is a SHARE food bank box in the foyer of the church.   Your donation would be gratefully appreciated.

If you are bringing an item for the auction, would you please let me know the value, minimum bid and item description prior to the meeting so that I can prepare a bidding form.  Also, if you are paying your membership it would be very much appreciated if you paid by cheque - saves confusion on my part!

   Slideshow and Silent Auction to benefit Mossom Creek Hatchery

It will be an evening of views, food and the fun of a silent auction at the annual general meeting on Tuesday.   Browse and bid on items and gift certificates donated by local businesses, plus items and services donated by BMN members.

The services offered this year include a canoe trip on Port Moody Inlet, a lesson in Japanese cooking in your own kitchen, computer lessons, lessons in photography for two at Colony Farm Park, handyman services, and more. There will also be a bake table with delectable items for sale, and volunteers from the Riverview Horticultural Centre Society will sell fresh holly and other seasonal decorations.

Funds raised will be donated to help the rebuilding of the Mossom Creek Hatchery and Education Centre. This hatchery began as a project of Centennial School’s salmon enhancement club in 1976, and went on to become a productive hatchery and school teaching facility. It was destroyed by fire in December 2013.

The  meeting will include a brief AGM, seasonal refreshments and live music, after which president Ian McArthur will present a slideshow featuring highlights of the past year’s hikes, invasive plant removal parties, nest box cleaning, public nature walks and other BMN activities. BMN enters its 26th year in the community this year!

This meeting also provides an opportunity to sign up for the annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count held this year on Saturday, January 3rd.  Every year for the past 21 years, the Naturalists have collected data on the numbers and species of wintering birds in the Tri-Cities area as part of the larger Audubon North American census which is the world’s longest running wildlife census, now in its 115th year, and involves over 60,000 birders.  Participation is free, and anyone interested in joining a team of birders can contact BMN at    or call     Victoria at 604-937-5379.

For new members - Tuesday’s meeting will be held in the hall of Como Lake United Church which is located on the corner of Marmont Street and King Albert Avenue in Coquitlam.  Doors open at 7:00 pm and silent auction bidding will end at 9:00 pm.  For further information, please contact 604-936-4108 or 604-461-3864, or see

Hope to see you there.

Force of nature meet about Kinder morgan

         In the last few weeks the Kinder Morgan pipeline has been in the headlines a lot and its been all bad news for those narrow interests that want to see tankers filled with tar sands crude off our shores. The recent events on Burnaby Mountain have increased awareness and opposition to these pipeline projects and have opened the door to a broader conversation about these issues.

          We need to take advantage of this moment and get out in our communities and have as many conversations as possible with our neighbours while the risks of this pipeline is still front of mind. That is why Force of Nature is holding an Activist Meeting next Wednesday and I want you to join us.

Wednesday December 17th starting at 6:30pm
Port Moody Recreation Center 300 Ioco Rd.
Multipurpose Room 2

At Force of Nature, we believe that our elected leaders should stand up for the communities that they represent. When it comes to communities like ours, that are under threat from the Kinder Morgan pipeline, we need more than ever to be sure that we are electing champions that will fight for us.

We believe that the best way to make sure this happens is by creating engaged, resilient communities and that the we can only achieve this by getting out in neighbourhoods like yours and having face to face conversations with our friends and neighbours.

That is where you come in, we need your help to build the kind of community that can stand up to Kinder Morgan and take back our countries politics.

Please join us at the Activist Meeting and find out how you can be part of this growing movement to keep this dirtiest of fossil fuels out of our communities.

If you have any questions please feel free to call me directly at 604 379 6735.

Thank you for your support

Katie Harrison
Force of Nature

NOTE: forwarded to me from a friend, I know nothing about the group.