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FIELD TRIPS FOR 2017
There is still a lot of time for additional club field trips, if you would like to add to our list please contact Jim (250)296-3638 or muskratexpress@shaw.ca or Fred at (250)392-7680 or Fred_McMechan@telus.net Thanks to all of the volunteer leaders.


Chilanko Marsh, Tatlayoko Lake and Group Choice
Friday May 19th to May 22th (Leader Jim Sims 296-3638)
Meet at Puntzi Lake Tanker Base at 9:30 am on Saturday morning (allow a minimum of 2 hours driving time from Williams Lake) or contact Jim if you want to meet him at the marsh on Friday night. This is an annual bird species count conducted on the marsh and the surrounding riparian zone. The marsh provides an opportunity to see most of the waterfowl that are summer residents on Chilcotin lakes and marshes. Join us for a casual day long walk around the ponds as we search out the variety of bird species around the marsh. Following the birding you are welcome to gather at Jim’s Eagle Lake cabin for Saturday night. Bring a tent or camper as there is limited space available, (the sauna will be warmed up and the ice is already off the lake). There will be a pot luck supper Saturday evening and a pancake breakfast Sunday morning. Sunday we will take a walk along the east shore of Tatlayoko Lake that features some old fir with spectacular views of the valley and maybe a Yellow-billed Loon. On Victoria Day Monday we will make a group decision on where to spend the morning. Some of us will be going to the Bennie Cabin on Nimpo Lake on Tuesday and you are welcome to travel with us and help open the cabin.

Williams Lake River Upper Valley Birding
Sunday June 3rd (morning) (Leader Phil Ranson 398-7110)
Meet at 8:00am in the Parking Lot below Comer Street. Join with Phil for a morning walk in the river valley. Learn some of the bird songs of the many birds that will be nesting in the valley at this time of the year.

Airport Flats, Churn Creek Protected Area – Hike
Sunday, June 4 (Leader: Ordell Steen 398-5017))
Airport Flats is an extensive grassland plateau with good condition grasslands and open Douglas-fir forests. We will explore grassland plants and birds and examine tree encroachment of grasslands and its control by BC Parks. The plateau provides great views of the surrounding landscape, including the Fraser River valley. We plan to hike from near the camp site at the calving barn up moderate slopes (average about 12%) through open forests onto the gently rising grassland plateau top and return the same way for a total of about 6 km. Bring lots of water and a lunch. Meet at the parking lot at the “Y” by the A&W at 7:00 a.m. This will be a joint trip with the Friends of Churn Creek.

Fox Mountain Walk
Wednesday evening June 7th (Leader Ray Hornby 250-392-2271)
Join us for a walk along the trails on Fox Mountain. Good chance of viewing birds, wild flowers, and wildlife including deer, moose, bear, and fox. As well, it's an opportunity for great vista views of the lake. Meet at the corner of Fox Mountain Road and Teal Place (2nd road on left at top) at 6:30 pm. Bring camera and binoculars. Walk is relatively easy and dry.

Russet Bluff Hike
Wednesday evening June 21nd (Leader Peter Opie 392-1440)
Meeting location and time will be confirmed in the next newsletter wear your hiking boots. Be prepared to climb up out of the valley to the top of the bluff. Enjoy the grand views of the valley from the top of the bluff.

Asbestos Pits
Wednesday evening June 28nd (Leader Peter Opie 392-1440)
Meet at SINC at 7:00 pm to carpool; wear your hiking boots. We'll drive to the top to view the landscape and enjoy the birds. Plan to explore interesting features in the vicinity including the "Asbestos Pits" and associated plant communities.

Russet Bluff Hike
Wednesday evening June 22nd (Leader Peter Opie 392-1440)
Meet at SINC at 7:00 pm to carpool; wear your hiking boots. We'll drive to the top to view the landscape and enjoy the birds. Plan to explore interesting features in the vicinity including the "Asbestos Pits" and associated plant communities.

Teapot Mountain Hike and Camp
Friday July 14th to Saturday July 15th (Leader Paula Laita 250 305-8095)
Friday: leave in the morning, drive to the trailhead, have lunch, hike up to the cabin, overnight. Saturday: hike up to the alpine, ridge to the top and explore around, back to the cabin, pick up backpacks, down to the car. Stop at the Horsefly waterfalls for a swim and drive to the Arts on the Fly in Horsefly. Due to the nature of the trip and the possibility of alternative options it is imperative e that you pre-register for this trip by contacting Paula.

Sheep Flats, Churn Creek Protected Area – Hike
Saturday, September 23 (Leaders: Jim Young 398-7987 and Ordell Steen 398-5017)
This is a hike to a seldom visited grassland bench on the north side of Churn Creek near the western limits of the protected area. It provides great views of the upper Churn Creek canyon and examples of good condition grasslands. We will see at least one rare plant species and abundant sign of bighorn sheep. We will access the flats from the Gang Ranch/Blackwater Lake area on a guide outfitters trail which is quite steep in several sections through the forest above the flat. We will return the same way for a total distance of 6-7 km and an elevation rise of about 350 m on the hike back to the vehicles. Bring lots of water and a lunch. Meet at the parking lot at the “Y” by the A&W at 7:00 a.m. This will be a joint trip with the Friends of Churn Creek.

Junction Sheep Range
Sunday October 22rd (Leader Fred McMechan 392-7680)
Meet at Scout Island at 8:00am. Bring a lunch, water bottle and your binoculars for this annual day long drive and hike into the park. This will be at the peak of the California Big-horned Sheep rut so look forward to seeing the sheep and perhaps you will be lucky and see or hear some head-butting.


Canoeing in Beaver Valley. Photo Ken Day


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