2021 Annual General Meeting via Zoom Thursday, June 24, 2021, 7:00 PM PDT
The Education and Conservation Commttee reports:
During the past 12 months, Provincial Health Orders have prevented most researchers from doing field work. As a result, the BCFO Education and Conservation Committee has received no applications. Hopefully, with things now opening up, we’ll see an increase in activity during the coming year.
Annual Conference 2022
Smithers – A Northern BC Gem
Following the cancellation of the 2020 and 2021 conferences due to Covid, we are now pleased to announce June 24, 25, and 26 as the dates for 2022 in Smithers.
Smithers is located in the Bulkley Valley half way between Prince Rupert and Prince George. The Bulkley River valley is located between the Hudson Bay Mountain range to the west and the Babine Mountain range to the east and is relatively warmer and drier than mountainous areas to the west; July average temperature is 14 C/59 F; January is -10 C/14 F; average annual precipitation 325 mm/13 inches. The town itself has a population of 6,000 with another 20,000 in the surrounding area.
As the regional service centre it has a wide variety of amenities and services. Perhaps because of the relatively benign climate and wide range of outdoor activities available it has become a “lifestyle” destination for some and so has an excellent selection of restaurants, coffee houses and cultural activities. Because of its alpine environment, the town has adopted an ‘alpine theme’. Main Street was reconstructed with red brick sidewalks and alpine style roof lines on buildings and shops.
You can get an idea of the spirit of the town on the city website: https://tourismsmithers.com/
The surrounding mountains and valleys are dominated by coniferous forests of lodgepole pine, spruce and sub-arctic balsam fir. Deciduous trees include aspen, birch and cottonwood.
This website outlines the great hiking, biking, paddling activities that are at your doorstep in Smithers. And of course the wide valley offers wonderful opportunities for wildlife viewing and bird-watching. We will coordinate closely with the Bulkley Valley Naturalists: http://www.bvnaturalists.ca/resources/flora-fauna/birds/.
Smithers is located on the Yellowhead Highway – so from Vancouver drive north to Prince George on Route 97 and then take Route 16 West to Smithers.
Conference Field Trip – Suskwa River Valley
On Sunday, June 26, 2022 Ray Sturney will lead a group into the Suskwa River Valley southeast of New Hazelton. The wide, high elevation valley has lakes and wetlands, forest and clearcuts plus a four year old forest fire burn that will yield a diverse species list of birds. Mountain and Boreal Chickadee, Fox Sparrow, Black-backed Woodpecker, Townsend’s Solitaire and Golden-crowned Sparrow inhabit the valley and with luck a Northern Hawk Owl is possible. Rich in warblers, Tennessee, Yellow, Wilson’s and Blackpoll as well as Orange-crowned Warblers will be found in the mixed forests and wetlands. You will be surrounded by forest at the base of the spectacular Skilokis Mountain range in an area unknown to most birders.