The March 2024 edition of BC Birding is now available on the BCFO website in the Members Only section. You will be emailed the URL if you prefer to access it directly or if you’ve forgotten the password.
This is a very full 48-page edition which includes, along with much else:
Details of the upcoming Creston Conference, including field trips and the pre-conference trip
Plenty for philatelists, photographers, book collectors and penguin enthusiasts
A report of a Christmas Bird Count like none other
A hoot of a tale about birding in Botswana and Namibia
An invitation to cruise the Dempster Highway
An opinion piece which might or might not smooth ruffled feathers
Ten pages of listers’ tables
Print subscribers ($12 annually) will receive their full-colour copy through the post in due course. Please ensure that your membership is paid-up for 2024 to stay on the mailing list to receive the printed magazine.
Reminder for BCFO members: The next in our very popular series of birding presentations will take place on Wednesday, February 21st. Please join Zinthia López-Vázquez and Pilar González for this presentation titled: Veracruz, Mexico: sky in motion, raptors in migration.
The migratory phenomenon in Veracruz, Mexico has amazed birders around the world for the past three decades, since Mexican biologists began the journey to understand, document and conserve the world’s most abundant migratory corridor. During our talk, we will address some of the reasons why Veracruz witnesses the passage of more than 4.5 million migratory raptors each autumn season, as well as the important work that various institutions and individuals have done over the years to continue understanding and promoting a site with multiple potentialities, and an equal number of challenges.
Zinthia López-Vázquez is a biologist, specialist in environmental education and she is a birdwatcher. In 2017 she was invited for the first time to the project that would change her life, the Veracruz River of Raptors, which led her to integrate other interests, such as working more closely with communities and integrating tourism as a sustainable alternative. She holds a Master’s degree in Science for Development, Sustainability and Tourism. She has worked in different civil organizations focused on conservation, environmental education and community development in Mexico. She is a founding member and was the first president of Amazilias, female birdwatchers network woman in Mexico and currently provides consultancy services for socio-environmental projects, creates tourism products focused on birdwatching and works on Ocean Connectors, an environmental education programme focused on migratory marine life that visits more than 90 groups of public elementary school students in 17 communities in two municipalities in the state of Nayarit, Mexico. She is also a field guide for birdwatchers in Jalisco, Nayarit and Veracruz, Mexico.
Pilar González is a marine biologist and bilingual nature tourism guide. who started her passion for wild animals when she was a little girl. After she finished college, she discovered a great bird migration that was occurring in her homeplace, and, actually, it is the largest migration of birds on the planet. She had the opportunity to apply to the project called “Veracruz Río de Rapaces” after just finishing school and she joined it for the first time as an intern during the fall of 2010. Next year she collaborated as a counting assistant and then as an accountant, and volunteered in the banding station, participating in the project for 8 seasons to date. Internationally, Pilar has been part of scientific banding teams at Bandelier National Monument in New Mexico, Costa Rica Bird Observatory, and in Honduras. Since 2020 her career has been focused on tourism, as a tourist guide. She also led tours in the Mexican Caribbean for the whale shark for two seasons and now is a whale watching tours guide and swimming with dolphins in wildlife in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.
Full details on the talk , the presenters and the Zoom series are linked below.
BCFO offers Research Grants and is currently accepting submission of proposals from groups or organizations for financial assistance for bird surveys and other ornithological research. It also wishes to foster greater connections between applicants and the society. The BCFO has an Education & Conservation subcommittee that reviews grant applications. More info on our website here: https://bcfo.ca/bcfo-research-grants/
BCFO also offers the Young Birder Award, inaugurated in 2014, which is given to outstanding youth birders, aged 11 to 18, in recognition of their accomplishments, contributions, and engagement with birds and birding in the province. The award welcomes these talented young birders into the birding community. Nominations are sought annually for qualified young birders. More info on our website here: https://bcfo.ca/bcfo-young-birders/
The 2024 BCFO Annual General Meeting & Conference will be held in beautiful Creston BC from June 7-9, 2024.
Full details will be posted soon online, under Events tab in the top menu, and in the next issue of BC Birding magazine. Registration will open at the end of February. In order to register for the AGM & Conference, paid-up membership to BCFO is required. You can join or renew here: https://bcfo.ca/joinrenew-2/
BCFO 34th AGM & CONFERENCE, June 7-9, 2024, Creston, BC
Ramada by Wyndham Creston
1 1809 Highway 3A , Creston, BC V0B1G8
PRE-CONFERENCE EXTENSION TRIP, June 4-7, Cranbrook/Kimberley Area BC
An Extension Trip with two full days of birding will be held in the Cranbrook/Kimberley area on June 5-6, 2024. Details will be posted soon under the Events tab in the top menu. Registration will open at the beginning of April. In order to register for the Extension Trip, you must be a paid-up member of BCFO and have registered & paid for the AGM & Conference.
We acknowledge that we will be meeting on traditional and unceded territory of the Yagan Nukiy people of the Ktunaxa Nations.