Birds in Focus Visual Presentation – April 15, 2017

On a pleasant Saturday evening, 56 guests enjoyed three excellent presentations, plus a tribute to the late Ursula Easterbrook, and a visit from Farley and his new family. With four speakers plus six volunteers in addition to the guests, it was a pretty full house.

See Terry Carr’s pictures by following the link https://www.flickr.com/photos/terrancecarr/albums/72157682670132505

Thanks to Delta Farmland and Wildlife Trust, recipients of Ursula’s local bird and nature photos, we were able to display a number of her prints for the evening.

Before the presentations, guests enjoyed light refreshments while browsing Ursula’s photos and those of other local photographers and had the opportunity to either renew their acquaintance with Farley or to meet for the first time the dog who was so much a part of Ursula’s life.

Ron Long of Nature Vancouver, who has organized their photo competition for the past seven years and is very familiar with Ursula and her work, opened the presentations with a tribute to Ursula which included a number of her photos, some of which were winners in previous competitions. It was a fitting way to start an event dedicated to her.

Michelle Lamberson’s presentation focussed on the birds and scenery of her new home in Kelowna. In addition to rare sightings, she had a number of photos of birds and rocks, reflecting her background as a geologist. She is an entertaining speaker who enjoyed testing the ability of guests to find well camouflaged birds, a birder’s version of “Where’s Waldo?”.

Connor Stefanison, an award-winning young photographer, used his presentation to show how a number of factors, including lighting, position and background, could affect the quality of photos. Great pictures and excellent tips!

Allen Bargen, a professional photographer, demonstrated how photos could be set up to achieve specific results, a practice he wouldn’t condone, as a CAPA judge, in entries to a photo competition. His wide-ranging presentation included local, African and South American birds. A friend of Ursula’s, he included a photo of her in Africa and tales of travelling with her to various locations on that continent.

Many people contributed to a successful evening. Tom Bearss and Terry Carr provided encouragement and support during the organization of the event and Terry picked up equipment and brought it to the venue. Don and Rochelle Farquhar greeted guests and collected money. Paul Rennie provided technical support. A special thank you to Neil Simpson for lending his print of Ursula’s great blue heron for the duration of the exhibit. In addition to helping with the refreshments, Jennifer Melville-Roberts brought the photos left to DFWT to the gallery. Joanne Williamson and JoAnne McAllister also helped with refreshments and set a speed record for clean-up at the end of the evening. Thanks also go to Larry Leslie and the Delta Photo Club for the use of their screen and last, but not least, to Jacqueline and Carolyn and the Corporation of Delta for the use of TAC, promotion of the event, setting up the facility and their help during the event.

 

Scotch Broom Pull – March 11, 2017

Come out and help the Boundary Bay Park Association care for the park.
This event we will be removing the invasive plant, scotch broom. All are welcome and no previous experience is necessary. img_7361

Meet at the 12 avenue Parking lot at 9:45 and we will walk into the park as a group. If you arrive late you can come find us a short distance into the park.

Tools, gloves, and instructions provided but make sure you dress for the weather and wear sturdy shoes (water proof if it’s raining!).

RSVP here: https://www.meetup.com/Regional-Parks-Connect-Metro-Vancouver/events/237251349/

BIRDS ON THE BAY – Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Join Tom Bearss and his informal birdwatchers for a 2 1/2 hour  DELTA NATS casual birding walk in Boundary Bay Regional Park from 9:00am – noon.

Meet at Cammidge House in Boundary Bay Regional Park, Delta

Enjoy the abundance of resident and summer species, including shorebirds, waterfowl, raptors, and smaller birds.

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Bring binoculars and cameras if you have them.

The outing will end with beverage and snack at historic Cammidge House.

Info: 604 940 9296 or tom.bearss@dccnet.com

Hosts: Delta Nature Society: No charge for events; voluntary donation for snacks