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FIELD TRIPS FOR 2016
There is still a lot of time for additional club filed 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 Tatla Lake and Skinner Meadow
Friday May 15th to May 18th (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 and camp out for the night. This is an annual bird species count conducted on the marsh and the surrounding riparian zone.
Tatla Lake
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 Jimís 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 north shore of Tatla Lake that features an interesting grassland slope with spectacular views of the Coast Mountains. You are welcome to stay with Jim for the holiday Monday but you will be on your own for the rest for your meals. Some of us will be going to the Bennie Cabin on Nimpo Lake on Monday and you are welcome to travel with us and help open the cabin.

Birding at Scout Island
Saturday June 4th 8-10 am (Leader: Cathy Koot 392-4250)
The Scout Island Nature Centre has lots of great habitat for birds. We will stroll the trails to see and hear what birds have returned. Bring binoculars if you have them.

North side of Churn Creek.
Sunday, June 5th (Leaders: Ordell Steen 398-5017 and Jim Young)
We will walk through grasslands, dry open forests and by some wetlands along the north edge of lower Churn Creek canyon. With spectacular views of the canyon, this walk will be mostly gentle downhill and approximately 11 km in length from Gang Ranch property to the mouth of Churn Creek in the Protected Area. Be sure to bring plenty of water and wear good hiking footwear. This will be a joint trip with the Friends of Churn Creek. Meet in the parking lot by A&W near the “Y” at 7:15 to carpool.

Fox Mountain Walk
Wednesday evening June 8th (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 as 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.

Late evening Poorwill and Flammulated Owls Moon Rd.
Friday evening June 17th (Leader Cathy Koot)
Details in the May newsletter

Williams Lake River Valley Birding
Sunday June 19th (morning) (Leader Phil Ranson 398-7110)
Meet at 8:00am in the lower parking lot (Frizzi Road past the transfer site and down into the river valley). 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.

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.

Potato Range
Saturday July 9th (Leaders Frances McCoubrey and Paula Laita)
Details in the May newsletter

Pink Mountain
July 23rd Pink Mountain (Leader Sue Hemphill)
Details in the May newsletter or call Sue

Old Bishop Farm Site hike (Churn Creek)
Sunday August 14th (leader Ordell Steen, 398-5017)
Details in the May newsletter

Junction Sheep Range
Sunday October 23rd (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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