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Upcoming Guided Walks – May 6, 12, and 26

Spring is sprung the grass is ris
I wonder where the birdies is.

So goes the two-line opening of that well-known short poem by Anon.

So, where are the birds? Well, they’re arriving in numbers in our parks right now.

I’ll be leading three walks in May at this very birdy time of year. Please sign-up and join me as we explore Deer Lake Park, and Burnaby Mountain’s birdlife.

The first walk is on Sunday, May 6 offered as part of the City’s Rhododendron Festival.

The Bird Walk tour will run from 8:30am-10:30am

Meeting place will be west side of the SHADBOLT Centre.

Yellow-rumped Warbler, Deer Lake Park

The other two walks are part of a series of walks I offer for the City of Burnaby’s Exploring Burnaby’s Parks and Natural Areas program:

Dawn Chorus at Deer Lake – Celebrating World Migratory Bird Day, Saturday, 12 May 2018 Webreg Bar Code 461987

This tour is for the early risers. It’s true the early birds catch the worms, and in this case it will be the early birders who catch the chorus. In spring, birds sing most vigorously and loudly early in the day to confirm their territorial claims and attract mates. This tour will focus on listening to our feathered dawn choristers and learn who’s who from their songs.

Note: Early Start 6:00 am, (3 km walk). Meet at the parking lot on Sperling Avenue next to the children’s playground at the east end of the lake. Access is via Sperling Avenue off Canada Way.

American Robin, Burnaby Mountain Park

Burnaby Mountain Conservation Area, Spring Songbirds – Saturday, 26 May 2018 Webreg Bar Code 461988

On this tour we’re going to take a bit of a hike. A moderate to good level of fitness is required. We usually explore Burnaby Mountain’s south slope, but this spring we’re going to take a look at the steeper north side’s forests. A loop that takes in Pandora Trail, Nature Trail, and Ridgeview Trail is our goal. We won’t miss out on the spectacular scenic views that the mountain offers, but our focus will be on spring bird migration in the forests.

Note: Early Start 8:00 am. (6 km walk approx with uphill and downhill sections). Meet at the parking area at the top of Centennial Way, below Horizons Restaurant.

Brown-headed Cowbird – Burnaby Lake Regional Park

Exploring Burnaby’s Parks and Natural Areas General Information

Leader: George Clulow (BC Field Ornithologists) aka the Burnaby Bird Guy

Max participants per trip: 15 people

Participants should dress for the weather, and bring a drink and a snack. Trips go rain or shine.

Trips are approximately three hours, from 9:00 to 12:00, except where noted above.

Trips will focus on the wildlife and natural history of the City’s parks and wild areas, with a particular emphasis on Burnaby’s bird life.

Bring binoculars, and bird guides if you have them. The leader will have a spotting scope for the group’s use.

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