Pre-Conference Extension June 23 – 26, 2020 – Terrace and Kitimat

Terrace and Kitimat June 23 – 26, 2020

Note: This is preliminary information. Pricing and other details will be posted soon.

Sunset over Kawesas. Photo: Maplogs.com

Walter Thorne and Diane Weismiller will be our guides for the pre-conference extension trip. Walter conducts a Breeding Bird Survey in the Kitimat region and the B.C. Coastal Waterbird Survey at MK Bay. He is the Northern Clubs co-ordinator and is on the Education Committee of B.C. Nature, as well as a director of the Kitimat Valley Naturalist Club. Diane started birding in 1970 and has been the compiler of the Terrace Christmas Bird Count since 1973. She has conducted the local Kwinitsa Breeding Bird Survey since 1974.

Pre-conference participants will be based in Terrace. Field trips will begin early on the morning of June 23, with the option of a dinner meeting June 22.

Ferry Island is located in the Skeena River with park trails where we may find Black-backed Woodpecker, Merlin, Veery, Alder Flycatcher and a good variety of warblers including Magnolia Warbler. New Remo is a local birding hotspot on the Skeena River with waterfowl, shorebirds, a good variety of warblers and flycatchers including Alder and Least. Rusty Blackbird has been recorded, as well as Northern Goshawk. Exchamsiks River Provincial Park is 50 km west of Terrace with a short nature trail through old growth Sitka Spruce forest and Kasiks Wilderness Resort is 5 km further with a lunch stop in old growth forest. Lakelse Lake Provincial Park is another site with waterfowl which may include Red-necked Phalarope.

The estuaries near Kitimat are rich in birdlife with the possibility of grizzly and whale sightings from the beach flats at Elmsley Cove. MK Bay, Kitimaat Village, Minette Bay and Magee point are birding locations with many species of ducks, shorebirds, grebes and alcids including Long-tailed Duck and Marbled Murrelet.
Ross Lake Provincial Park near Hazelton will be a stop enroute to Smithers. The lake has a wide variety of ducks, grebes, loons, gulls and shorebirds with the possibility of uncommon species such as Rusty Blackbird, Say’s Phoebe, Townsend’s Solitaire, and Golden Eagle.

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Kitimat estuary. Photo: Diane Weismiller

Accommodation

Smithers

Prestige Hudson Bay Lodge
3251 East Highway 16, Smithers (250) 847-4581 Toll Free: 1 877 737-8443
Stork Nest Inn
1485 Main Street, Smithers (250) 847-3831

Capri Motor Inn
3984 Highway 16 West, Smithers (250) 847-4226

Sandman Inn
3932 Highway 16 West, Smithers (250) 847-2637

Smithers Guesthouse Hostel
1766 Main Street, Smithers (866) 430-4982

Terrace

Holiday Inn Express and Suites
3059 Highway 16 East, Thornhill, Terrace (778) 634-3977

The Lodge at Skeena Landing
4035 Motz Road, Thornhill, Terrace (250) 638-0444

These locations are convenient to the guide residence.

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Skeena River. Photo: Diane Weismiller