BC Nature 2020
Annual General Meeting and Conference

Photo by Johanna Nott

We are very disappointed to announce that due to the current COVID-19 pandemic the 2020 BC Nature AGM & Conference will not be held this year. BUT we are delighted to announce that the AGM & Conference will take place in Princeton next year in 2021;Thursday, May 27, 2021 thru Sunday, May 30, 2021.
As a registrant to this event you have 2 options: You can stay registered for 2021 or you can ask for a refund. Please indicate your intention by May 1, 2020, especially if you want a refund. For those requesting a refund, a small processing fee of $2.00 will be charge to offset our cost. If you have further questions don’t hesitate to contact me (Mary) at 250-295-7154 or email
BC Nature will be providing further information in the weeks to come re: this situation. Also if you made motel reservations it will be best to cancel.
Your interest in our AGM & Conference is greatly appreciated, and we hope to see you next year.
Take care and stay healthy.

Thursday Evening Presentation – May 28, 2020, 7 pm – 8 pm

Topic: Hummingbird Project of BC
Speakers: Sue Elwell, VFFN and Alison Moran, Rocky Point Bird Observatory

Sue Elwell, VFFN member, is one of the most industrious, hard-working individuals when it comes to hummingbirds. She has been responsible for setting up other banding groups throughout the Similkameen and Southern Okanagan Valleys. Her work begins in the early spring and finishes in the fall. She is well known for her work in this field and has provided valuable information to the Rocky Point Bird Observatory.
Sue is joined by Dr. Alison Moran from Rocky Point Bird Observatory. Dr. Moran is the recipient of the BC Nature Recognition Award for 2019. She has been director of RPBO Hummingbird Project since 2009. Her experiences helped improve the safe handling of hummingbirds which she has shared with her crew of volunteers (150). She has standardized monitoring and has partnered with Canadian Wildlife Service to analyze the effects of pesticides on hummingbirds.

Friday Afternoon Presentations—May 29, 2020

For those of you doing a 1/2 day field trip or if your tour finishes early, you have the opportunity to return to Riverside and attend two very interesting presentations.

Time: 1:00 pm — 2:00 pm—Riverside Theatre

Topic: Grasslands and Fire Ecology
Speaker: Don Gayton

Don Gayton is an ecologist and agronomist.
Currently, he is a self-employed consultant, using his many skill sets such as vegetation monitoring/mapping; invasive plants; species at risk; grassland and dry forest ecology; fire ecology; ecological restoration; wetland restoration; public outreach; farming/ranching liaison; First Nations issues; technical writing and editing; science extension; research and literature reviews. What he has to say will be most interesting.

Time: 2:15 pm — 3:15 pm—Riverside Theatre

Topic: Connecting People with Birds: BC Nature’s IBA Program
Speaker: Krista Kaptein

Krista Kaptein has been Coordinator of the Caretaker Network for the BC IBA Program since 2015. Previously Krista volunteered for and worked for several non-profit organizations in the Comox Valley on Vancouver Island, including many years on the board of the Comox Valley Naturalists Society.

Friday Evening Presentation—May 29, 2020, 7 pm – 8 pm

Topic: What Princeton’s Fossils Tell Us
Speaker: Dr. Bruce Archibald

Dr. Bruce Archibald is a paleo-entomologist at Simon Fraser University. He visits Princeton frequently because Princeton’s fossils date from Eocene Epoch (40 to 50 million years ago) and this happens to be his period of expertise. His knowledge, his finds and his connection with the Princeton Museum has given the museum much exposure on the world stage.

Saturday Morning Presentation—May 30, 2020, 9:30 am – 10:30 am

Topic: Restoration of Salmon to the Okanagan River
Speaker: Lee McFadyen

Lee McFadyen (in white jacket) is one busy lady in the Similkameen—Okanagan Valleys. A strong environmentalist and ecologist, she gives of her time tirelessly to different organizations. She was also the first organic farmer in the Similkameen Valley. One of the many projects that she participated in was the restoration of the Okanagan River to make it possible for the Sockeye to return to the Okanagan River. It is an interesting story.

Saturday Morning Presentation—May 30, 2020, 10:45 am – 11:45 am

Topic: Whitebark Pine
Speaker: Randy Moody

Randy Moody is a plant ecologist specializing in Whitebark Pine recovery. He is active in mapping its ecosystem and restoring the habitat where the tree is still found. Randy’s goal is to educate people about this tree and to try to help save it. The restoration of this tree is an interesting story and Randy tells it well with passion and knowledge.

Saturday Evening Presentation—May 30, 2020, 8 pm – 9 pm

Topic: Video: Birds of the Similkameen and Okanagan
Presenter: Ed Lahaie

Ed Lahaie is a VFFN member, excellent photographer and a keen birder. His knowledge of birds is very extensive. He and his wife are great contributors to the “e-Bird” website. In his presentation, Ed shares with us some of the many video clips that he has taken of birds in our area. It promises to be a enjoyable show.