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Previous Meetings and Outings

July 2017  to December 2017
Please wear appropriate clothing and footwear.  Carpool if possible.  For more info contact on outings: David Helem (250)468-7475 or on meetings: Dave Hutchings (250) 752-1613. If the weather is bad, members check your email.

Please Note: - Guests are very welcome. A Guest Waiver and Day Membership forms are available at time of outing or on the website: www.arrowsmithsnats.org/membership. These forms must be read carefully, completed and signed with an accompanying $1.00 fee before participating in an outing.

Meeting Locations Key:
C&J = Craig and Jensen; QBT = Qualicum Beach Tourist (centre on 19A); N&P = Northfield and Parkway rest stop parking lot. SB = Hwy 19A North & Sunnybeach Rd.

Indicates easy walking


Saturday, July 15th -- Paradise Meadows & Battleship Lake: A lovely walk through mountain meadows to see the flowers and then lunch at an alpine lake. Battleship Lake return is about 6 km. Bring lunch, wear sturdy footwear and dress with layers – just in case of a change in the weather. Meet at the QBT 9:30 am or at the Horne Lake Rd and Hwy 19 intersection (Exit 75 ) at 9:50. Leaders: Frank and Brenda Van Manen.

Monday, July 24th -- Club Picnic @ Rathtrevor, picnic area #1 @ - 4:00 p.m. Come out for the Arrowsmith Naturalists Annual club picnic. Bring folding chair, plate, utensils, BYO coffee/tea, jacket, etc. according to weather and a potluck dish to share. Also, please bring a ‘nature’ related item(s) for the raffle. Please see the map for location of cooking shelter nearest gatehouse. Park at the north-end of parking lot # 1 and walk through the old growth trees to the cooking shelter.

Wednesday, September 6th --  Mid-Island Wildlife Recovery Centre – Join Dave Erickson as he leads us for a tour through the Recovery Centre explaining the history and services provided here. Meet C&J 9:30am. Leader: Dave Erickson.

Saturday, September 16th -- Newcastle Island -- May involve a fair amount of walking.We will be parking in Nanaimo at Maffeo Park (pay parking in effect) and taking the Maffeo Sutton Park ferry at 10:30 a.m., if you wish to meet there at the ferry terminal. There is a $5.00 ferry fee per person. Bring lunch and meet C&J 9:30 am, or Maffeo Sutton Park ferry Terminal 10:30 am Leaders: Toni & Ron Wyckoff.

September 25th, 2017–General Meeting 7:30pm - Speaker: Ross Peterson

Speciesism is the assumption of human superiority leading to theexploitation of animals. It involves the assignment of different values, rights, or special consideration to individuals solely on the basis of their species membership.

Wednesday, September 27th -- Somass Estuary / Port Alberni Lagoon - This conservation property is located on the site of the earliest pioneer farm in the valley (1850s). A gentle walk of under 2 km that will include birding at the sewage treatment plant. Bring suitable clothing and bag lunch or depending on weather - lunch in Port Alberni, at “Bare Bones” or if you prefer, bring picnic lunch. Meet: QBT 9:30 or at the Port  Alberni Visitor Centre at 10 am.. Leaders: Margaret & Martin Hill.

Saturday, October 7th -- Thames Creek Trail – Mushroom walk – mushrooms, mosses, lichens. Join Terry Taylor in one of his usual fall mushroom walks. This is a new site for the Club's “Outing's List”. Meet QBT 9:30 am.  Bring Lunch.  Leader: Terry Taylor.

Wednesday October 18th -- Rosewall Creek  - south of Fanny Bay: Join us for a moderate walk up this picturesque creek to a falls. No paddle needed! Carry a lunch to eat at the falls. Meet at QTB 9:30. Leader: Catherine Watson.

October 23rd, 2017–- General Meeting, 730pm, Speakers: Terry & Rosemary Taylor ANats members Terry & Rosemary will be providing Paleontology presentation.

Saturday, October 28th -- Morrell Sanctuary, Nanaimo  - A walk along some of the 11 km of trails in a protected 2nd growth rain shadow forest, which is important for the very large number of native plants that thrive here. It is also a notable birding area. Lunch: Jingle Pot Pub; Meet: C&J 9:30 or N&P 10am.  Leaders: David & Pam Helem.

Wednesday, November 8th -- Qualicum Beach Museum – Special showing of  the Museum's fossil collection with expert, Graham Beard.  Meet at the Museum at 1pm. Parking at the Qualicum Beach Train Station. If weather permits afterwards, we can take a walk along trails in Heritage Forest with Terry Taylor. Leaders: Rosemary Taylor & David Helem.

Saturday, November 18th -- Courtenay Airport & River Walk – Easy, wheelchair accessible. Always enjoyable and generally good winter birding. Approx 1 km. Lunch at a Courtenay Restaurant. Meet QTB  9:30. Leader: Roger Taylor.

November 27th, 2017 – General Meeeting, 730pm, Speakers: Ken Marr–

Curator of botany (since 2001 Royal BC Museum. Dr. Marr’s interest is in the classification, biogeography and conservation of terrestrial vascular plants-in particular the alpine flora ofnorthern BC. (presentation subject TBA)

Wednesday, November 29th -- (weather permitting) -- Riefel Bird Sanctuary, Delta --

NOTE - Date to be confirmed by e-mail to members. Probably the best opportunity most of us will have to see a huge and wonderful variety of migrating birds  this year. There are both longer and less demanding circuits to walk. Bring lunch. Meet C&J 6:30 am, depart C&J at 6:45 am for the 7:45 am Duke Point ferry and return 3:15 pm from Tsawwassen. Please confirm with leader: Dave Erickson.

Saturday, December  9th -- Lighthouse Trails -- We can improvise once we get there. Lots of options in the forest and on the coast in this lovely area. Bring lunch. QBT 9:30 am, Leader: Maggie Little.

Sunday, December 17th -- Christmas Bird Count -- Be part of the 118th CBC, the longest running citizen science survey in the world. Join a team in the field, usually 3-7 birders with a mix of skill levels, or count birds from home for the Feeder Count. Pot Luck Dinner immediately following the Count at St.Anne's/St.Edmund’s Church Hall which always promises good food and many tall tales from the participant birders. Call Sandy at 248-5565 to help with count.

Geology Field Trip with Steve Earle: David Helem Photo

Geology Field Trip with Steve Earle

Outing to Christie Falls: Bob Harvey photo

Christie Falls

Enjoying the wildflowers at Mt Tzouhalem Eco-reserve: David Helem Photo

Enjoying the wildflowers at Mt Tzouhalem eco-reserve

Oyster River Nature Park

Oyster River Nature Park: David Helem Photo


Enjoying the wildflowers at Harewood Plains

Enjoying the wildflowers at Harewood Plains: Penny Marshall Photo




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