Bird Records Committee – October 2014 Accepted Records

The latest set of accepted records of the Bird Records Committee is now posted in BRC Public under the BRC drop-down menu above. You may also link directly to the page here.

A full report of all the committee’s Round 4 deliberations will be published in an upcoming issue of BCFO’s journal, British Columbia Birds.

WhipPTail from above-1

Which whip-poor-will?

British Columbia Birds – In Press article

The following In press paper from British Columbia Birds is now available on the BCFO Member’s area of the web site:

Towers, J. R., R, Atkins, K. Howard, J. Sykes, and G. Dunstan. 2015. The first confirmed record of a Blue-footed Booby in Canada.

BCFO Featured Photographers #8 – John and Sheila Linn

BCFO proudly presents Number 8 in our series of ‘Featured Photographers’, and this time we are breaking new ground. Firstly, our FP is a team rather than an individual, namely John and Sheila Linn of Burnaby. This friendly and amicable couple, each toting DSLR cameras with identical long lenses, is often encountered by Lower Mainland birders who visit nature parks near the Linn’s home territory. As a second ‘first’ we are being treated to the results of their efforts, as their photos have not been previously posted anywhere for viewing.

To view John and Sheila’s work click here, or use the drop down menu under <Features <Featured Photographer above.

BC Birding September 2014 Edition

Sept2014NewsmagCoverThe latest issue of BC Birding is now available for reading or downloading from the Members’ Area. Between the covers you’ll find a rich smorgasbord of news, articles and reports covering the Pemberton AGM and various field trips, our regular Reflective Birder column, a continuing series of scientific journal article summaries, articles on Western Sandpiper migration, avian mortality on roads, and a spectacular bird mural on Haida Gwaii. And much more….

Salmon Arm Two-Day Field Trip – Waitlist

Ted Hillary’s Two-Day Trip to Salmon Arm, August 30th to 31st, is now at capacity. However, Ted has graciously offered to keep a waitlist of interested people to fill in for any late cancellations. There were a number in 2012 when this trip was last offered.

If you wish to be placed on the waitlist, send Ted an email to that effect, or give him a call. Contact information can be found under the Events tab above, under Tours and Trips.


Long-billed or Short-billed? Perhaps Ted Hillary’s Salmon Arm trip will help you sort them out.


Bird Records Committee – July 2014 Accepted Records

The latest set of accepted records of the Bird Records Committee is now posted in BRC Public under the BRC drop-down menu above. You may also link directly to the page here.

A full report of all the committee’s Round 3 deliberations will be published in an upcoming issue of BCFO’s journal, British Columbia Birds.

COPE bill

Photo: Ian Routley

BCFO Featured Photographer #7 – Thor Manson

BCFO is pleased to present the 7th of our series of ‘Featured Photographers’. In the limelight this time is Thor Manson from Gallager Lake in the South Okanagan, our 3rd (of 7) photographer hailing from this hotbed of birding activity. Thor is one of those long-time birders who after retiring has travelled widely, amassing an enviable ABA Lifelist. Along the way he fairly recently took up the camera, with some considerable success as you will see. The affable Viking has done well.

To view Thor’s work click here, or use the drop down menu under <Features <Featured Photographer above.

Featured Article – Dippers and Ice

We are pleased to formally announce a new component of the BCFO website designed to complement articles that appear in shorter forms in our newsmagazine BC Birding.

Inaugurating this series, Alistair Fraser has written a fascinating article describing how the American Dippers of Kokanee Creek in the West Kootenay manage to continue foraging when ice starts to form both on and in the creek, and threatens their access to vital food supplies.

To link to the full article, click here, or use the Features drop down menu above.


An abbreviated version of this article appeared in the June 2014 edition of BC Birding, but space limitations meant we were unable to publish it in full, and include all the excellent photographs that went along with it. It’s here now for your enjoyment.

BC Breeding Bird Atlas to be Published Online


Good news from the BC Breeding Bird Atlas Steering Committee: we are going to be getting a comprehensive, high quality BC Atlas published online.

Features impossible to duplicate in book form will be available to all, and the atlas is almost certain to become a landmark publication in the field of bird atlases.

The publishing world has changed in the seven years since the atlas was started. Costs for a printed book have risen dramatically, and demand and interest from funders and users has shifted from print to online.

The news is certainly a disappointment for those who were looking forward to having a physical book, but there will be some significant compensations in usability, accessibility, and quality and quantity of maps.

For a full explanation from the Steering Committee click here.

Iona Closure July to September 2014

We’ve just been informed of a summer closure of the inner ponds at Iona Island Sewage Treatment Plant.

The official notice is posted here:



Iona Sewage Lagoons – Richmond
Closure: Saturday July 5 through mid- September, 2014

Access Will Be Closed to the public from Saturday July 5 through to Mid Sept, 2014, between 7am and 5pm (weekends included). After 5:00pm access will be allowed into the evenings. There will be days through this closure where public access may be permitted, but there is no schedule for these open days. The natural ponds immediately west of the Sludge Storage Lagoons are not affected.

In order to clean out our South East Sludge Storage Lagoon, the contract hauler must utilize ALL of the outer perimeter lagoon roads. The tandem dump trucks will be making continuous trips through each day they work. I have deemed this condition to be too unsafe to allow simultaneous public access during these times, therefore the entire Iona Island Wastewater Treatment Plant Sludge Storage Lagoon area will be closed to the public during this time. Access to the Sludge Storage Lagoon area will be physically prevented by chain-locking the 2 “Birders Gates” closed during these hours/days (specifically the main birder’s gate at the SE corner, and the west birder’s gate at the far west side of the lagoons). The contractor will post a sign at each of these gate locations warning of the work and closures.

Any unauthorized visitors caught in the Sludge Storage Lagoon area in these dates/ times will be asked to leave immediately. Anyone caught re-entering the site after being asked to leave will be considered trespassing.

Andrew Hunt
Iona Island Wastewater Treatment Plant
Metro Vancouver


You may still get to view birds such as the Yellow-headed Blackbird below in the outer ponds, but the inner ponds are closed as per the official announcement above.