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Field Naturalists explore the outdoors

Members of Langley Field Naturalists explored Point Roberts and its shore life on one of their recent excursions. - Submitted photo
Members of Langley Field Naturalists explored Point Roberts and its shore life on one of their recent excursions.
— image credit: Submitted photo

As they feed with their necks beneath the water, only the tilted up bottoms of the ducks are visible around Langley’s Brydon Lagoon and the Nicomekl River floodplain.

Once again, they are wearing colourful plumage. Many varieties of waterfowl can be seen at Brydon Lagoon.

For the Langley Field Naturalist Society, this means it is a good time of year for bird watching and observing.

The club invites members of the public to come learn what time of year the migrating flocks use our local flyways.

They can be there to celebrate the wondrous return of the snow geese, the snowy owl and the majestic bald eagle. We also plan field trips to welcome the salmon returning to our Lower Mainland streams each year.

A love of the outdoors — it always begins with the small things — such as admiring a bunch of newly-sprouted wild flowers, loving the tranquility of a quiet pond, seeing a fluttering butterfly, hearing a bird’s melodious song and the quiet perpetual rejoicing in all these small events.

With the worrisome threat of global warming, come visit, observe, enjoy, and try to help save these wild places for our children. Make this year the time to do one small something,  starting in your own local area.

An outdoor club provides a unique opportunity for families, retired people, and single people alike to get out into our magnificent British Columbia outdoors and visit our beautiful Lower Mainland regional parks, trails and wetlands. By joining a field naturalist group, you’ll be there each year to witness nature’s wondrous rebirth and learn the names of the birds, songs and flowers.

We welcome the trilliums  to Campbell Valley Park and the fawn lilies in Hi-Knoll Park each spring, as well as enjoying the first colourful alpine blush at E.C. Manning Park.

Come for the outdoor exercise and fresh air. It will renew your spirit and soul. You will only acquire rosy cheeks, better health, and elevated spirits that will last all day long — along with the companionship of others who also enjoy the great outdoors.

We are actively looking for new members, so give us a call if you want to explore our amazing and beautiful Lower Mainland outdoors. We meet and carpool to share the cost of gas and thereby reduce pollution.

We do not rush along, but neither do we dawdle. We dress for the weather in layers, wear hiking boots, bring backpacks with lunch, water and binoculars.

Phone 604-888-1787 or 604-856-7534 for information, or join the Langley Field Naturalist Society by attending our monthly meetings with interesting nature slide shows, on the third Thursday of the month, at 7:15 p.m. at Langley Community Music School, 4899 207 Street, Langley.  Everyone is welcome.

This month’s meeting is on Thursday (Sept. 15). It will feature John Gordon’s photos and stories about the Khutzeymateen Grizzly Bear Sanctuary, the first undisturbed sanctuary for grizzly bears in Canada.

For further information, see www.langleyfieldnaturalists.org.

— Anne Gosse, Langley Field Naturalists

 

 

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