2019 AGM Golden – June 21 – 23

Columbia wetlands – Remax photo

Preparations are now underway for an exciting AGM in Golden the weekend of June 21, 22 and 23, 2019.

The venue will be the Great Hall of the Golden Civic Centre, in downtown Golden, adjacent to the Kicking Horse River. The hall was built in 1948 and restored in 2011 to retain its heritage ambience, with enough room to accommodate all who want to join us.

Field trips will be organized to explore the mosaic of forest and wetlands in the Columbia River Valley. The Columbia Wetlands Waterbird Survey is in the process of conducting a five year bird count to support the designation of the wetlands as an Important Bird Area.

This international conservation initiative is coordinated by Birdlife International and co-partnered in Canada by Bird Studies Canada and Nature Canada.

Considered the largest wetland in Canada, the 15,070 hectare wetland in the Columbia Valley stretches from Golden to Canal Flats, with the area recording over 260 species of resident and migratory birds.

Brown Thrasher – Southern Alberta

An unforgettable extension trip is in the planning process for a four day tour through southern Alberta, led by Dan Arndt of Bow Valley Birding and Wildlife Tours. Adrian Leather has employed Dan for previous tours of Alberta and was pleased to engage him again for 2019. Heading east of the Rockies will expand the participants bird lists with species such as Sedge Wren and Cape May Warbler, and while exploring the prairie region we should expect Ferruginous Hawk, McCown’s Longspur, Baird’s, LeConte’s and Nelson’s Sparrow.