Species at Risk 2004: Pathways to Recovery title
 
Pacific Water Shrew
  Field Trips  
March 2-6, 2004, Victoria Conference Centre, Victoria BC Canada  


Please note:
All conference field trips leave from and return to the Victoria Conference Centre. Please meet in the Atrium area (the glassed in public walkway between the Douglas Street entrance and the Empress Hotel) near the large totem pole. The Field Trip leader will be holding a Field Trip sign.

March 1 and 2 field trips are now closed. March 6 field trips can be added until 11:00am on Friday March 5 by speaking to the registration desk at the Victoria Conference Centre during the conference.

Victoria offers easy access to a wide range of natural environments and
other attractions. Conference organizers have worked with partners to
develop a wide selection of informative and entertaining field trips. We
encourage delegates to participate in a selection of field trips to enrich
their conference experience.


Monday, March 1

Tuesday, March 2

Saturday, March 6


Monday, March 1

Beach Seine-Fishing in the Dark

Join biologists for a beach seine and intertidal walk to look at a number of the species of fish and invertebrates of the intertidal and subtidal zone. Includes transportation and lunch. Dress warmly, rubber boots recommended (or old sneakers and a change of clothes) and a headlamp or flashlight. Includes dinner. You’re on your own for hot toddies when we get back.

Questions: phone Arenaria Research & Interpretation
(250) 478 9414


Days: March 1, 2
Time: 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Cost: $25
Minimum: 4
Maximum: 45

Carmanah Hike

A visit to one of the most famous old growth forests on the west coast of Vancouver Island. Moderately strenuous hike through huge Sitka Spruce and Pacific Silver Fir forests. Includes box lunch. Dress warmly, wear hiking boots, expect mud and rain (but hope for better).

Questions: phone Arenaria Research & Interpretation
(250) 478 9414

Days: March 1, March 2, March 6
Time: 8:00am-6:00pm
Cost: $100
Minimum: 5
Maximum: 45


Botanical Beach Tidepools

A visit to the best tidepool site on Vancouver Island. Chosen as the site of the first marine biological station in Western Canada because of the extraordinary diversity of marine life, particularly algae. Includes lunch. Dress warmly, wear hiking boots, bring a packsack, expect mud and rain (but hope for better).

Questions: phone Arenaria Research & Interpretation
(250) 478 9414


Days: March 1, March 2
Time: 10:00 am- 6:00 pm.
Cost: $100
Minimum: 4
Maximum: 45

Old Growth to Outcrop Hike

A day hike from the old growth cedar and Douglas-fir forests of the Goldstream Valley bottom up Mount Finlayson, visiting a range of habitats and catching the first of the Garry Oaks spring floral show. Moderately strenuous (fortunately the spring flora is fascinating and demands frequent stops). Includes a box lunch. Hiking boots or sturdy footwear recommended. Bring a packsack. Consistently voted as Victoria’s best hike, great views, and a terrific introduction to a variety of habitats.

Questions: phone Arenaria Research & Interpretation
(250) 478 9414


Days: March 1, March 6
Time: 9:00 am –4:00 pm
Cost: $55
Minimum: 4
Maximum: 45

Birding Sidney Spit
and Surrounding Islands

A boat-based birding trip around some of the best birding areas in the Gulf Islands. Species we will be looking for include Long-tailed Ducks, Rhinoceros Auklets, Marbled Murrelets, Common Murres, Pacific, Common and Red-throated Loons, Bald Eagles, shorebirds and many more. Box lunch included.

Questions: phone Arenaria Research & Interpretation
(250) 478 9414


Days: March 1, March 6
Time: 8:00 am- 5:00 pm.
Cost: $100
Minimum: 10
Maximum: 24

Boat Tour in Gulf Islands
National Park Reserve of Canada

Tour beautiful Gulf Islands and visit one of Canada's newest national parks. Parks Canada ecologists will float you through the region and discuss the marine and terrestrial conservation challenges of a region with a long history of human use within one of Canada's smallest and most imperilled ecosystems that is home to many species at risk. Participants will be picked up by van at the Victoria Conference Centre at 8:00 a.m. The boats will depart from the Parks Canada dock in the town of Sidney, 40 kilometres north of Victoria. Participants should bring sturdy shoes and warm clothing. It may be wet so raingear is advisable. Lunch will be provided.

Questions: phone Tara Todesco at (250) 884-8841

Days: March 1, March 6
Time: 8:00 am- 5:00 pm
Cost: $50
Minimum: 6
Maximum: 16

6 Hour Kayaking
to Chatham and Discovery Island

An opportunity to paddle in one of the more beautiful spots around Victoria, with a wilderness character and excellent wildlife viewing, both on the wing and in the water. A hang out for seals, sea lions, eagles, cormorants, and many other species. This is an easy paced 6 hour trip with a stop on one of the islands. Bring warm clothing and footwear you don't mind getting a little wet. We provide all of the equipment, single or double kayaks accompanied by experienced guides. Lunch and transportation included.

Questions: phone Vancouver Island Canoe and Kayak Centre
(250) 361-9365 or (877) 921-9365 toll free


Days: March 1, March 6
Time: 9:30am - 4:00 pm
Cost: $129
Minimum: 5
Maximum: 10



Tuesday, March 2

Beach Seine- Fishing in the Dark

Join biologists for a beach seine and intertidal walk to look at a number of the species of fish and invertebrates of the intertidal and subtidal zone. Includes transportation and lunch. Dress warmly, rubber boots recommended (or old sneakers and a change of clothes) and a headlamp or flashlight Includes dinner. You’re on your own for hot toddies when we get back.

Questions: phone Arenaria Research & Interpretation
(250) 478 9414


Days: March 1, March 2
Time: 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Cost: $25
Minimum: 4
Maximum: 45

Carmanah Hike

A visit to one of the most famous old growth forests on the west coast of Vancouver Island. Moderately strenuous hike through huge Sitka Spruce and Pacific Silver Fir forests. Includes box lunch. Dress warmly, wear hiking boots, expect mud and rain (but hope for better).

Questions: phone Arenaria Research & Interpretation
(250) 478 9414

Days: March 1, March 2, March 6
Time: 8:00am-6:00pm
Cost: $100
Minimum: 5
Maximum: 45

Botanical Beach Tidepools

A visit to the best tidepool site on Vancouver Island. Chosen as the site of the first marine biological station in Western Canada because of the extraordinary diversity of marine life, particularly algae. Includes lunch. Dress warmly, wear hiking boots, bring a packsack, expect mud and rain (but hope for better).

Questions: phone Arenaria Research & Interpretation
(250) 478 9414

Days: March 1, March 2
Time: 10:00 am- 6:00 pm.
Cost: $100
Minimum: 4
Maximum: 45

Marine Exploration

A trip to the floating Marine Interpretive Centre in Sidney, and a boat trip looking at marine mammals and birds and a beach seine. Lunch provided. Dress warmly.

Questions: phone Arenaria Research & Interpretation

(250) 478 9414

Days: March 2
Time: 9:30 am- 5:00 pm.
Cost: $100
Minimum: 10
Maximum: 24

Cowichan Garry Oak Preserve Tour

Home to over 90 species at risk, Garry oak ecosystems are themselves "critically imperiled". The tour will illustrate the socio-political history regarding the plight of Garry oak ecosystems on the Pacific coast of North America, as well as the challenges faced by contemporary recovery efforts. An examination of specific restoration techniques employed at the Nature Conservancy of Canada’s Cowichan Garry Oak Preserve will highlight both species-based, and ecosystem-based recovery initiatives within an international/ecoregional context.

Questions: phone Tara Todesco at (250) 884-8841

Days: March 2
Time: 9:00am - 2:00pm
Cost: $50
Minimum: 15
Maximum: 23

Beacon Hill Park and Victoria Seafront Walk

No visit to Victoria would be complete without a visit to Beacon Hill Park, the crowning jewel in the city’s park system. This walking tour will feature some of the natural areas of the park where we will search for early spring wildflowers and songbirds. We’ll also stroll along the seafront to search for shorebirds and other waterbirds.

Questions: phone Tara Todesco at (250) 884-8841

March 2, March 6
Time: 9:00am - 12:00pm
Cost: $10
Minimum: 5
Maximum: 25

Search for the
Elusive Macoun’s Meadowfoam

Macoun's meadowfoam, Limnanthes macounii, is an enigmatic plant which was first described from Victoria, B. C. and until recently was known only from Vancouver Island and adjacent areas. The tiny meadowfoam is a winter annual that occurs along the coast in vernal pools, depressions in rocks, seepy places, and often also in open Garry oak and Douglas fir forests. This is the best time of year to locate this plant and we’ll have our noses down and bottom’s up searching for it at various sites along Victoria’s waterfront. Includes a box lunch.

Questions: phone Tara Todesco at (250) 884-8841

Days: March 2
Time: 9:00am - 2:00pm
Cost: $45
Minimum: 15
Maximum: 23

3 Hour Kayaking to the Chain Islets

An easy paddle from the Oak Bay Marina to the Chain Islets, about 30 minutes away, in single or double kayaks accompanied by experienced and knowledgeable guides. No previous experience required. This is a rich marine environment inhabited by many species of seabirds, as well as eagles, oyster catchers, cormorants, seals, sea lions, jelly fish plus all the plant life and shellfish visible in the shallow water. We provide all the equipment, transportation and a snack. Bring warm clothing/ footwear that you don't mind getting wet.

Questions: phone Vancouver Island Canoe and Kayak Centre
(250) 361 9365 or (877) 921 9365 toll free


Days: March 2
Time: 9:00 am- 12:00 pm
Cost: $79
Minimum: 4
Maximum: 10

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Saturday, March 6

Carmanah Hike

A visit to one of the most famous old growth forests on the west coast of Vancouver Island. Moderately strenuous hike through huge Sitka Spruce and Pacific Silver Fir forests. Includes box lunch. Dress warmly, wear hiking boots, expect mud and rain (but hope for better).

Questions: phone Arenaria Research & Interpretation
(250) 478 9414


Days: March 1, March 2, March 6
Time: 8:00am-6:00pm
Cost: $100
Minimum: 5
Maximum: 45

Old Growth to Outcrop

A day hike from the old growth cedar and Douglas-fir forests of the Goldstream Valley bottom up Mount Finlayson, visiting a range of habitats and catching the first of the Garry Oaks spring floral show. Moderately strenuous (fortunately the spring flora is fascinating and demands frequent stops). Includes a box lunch. Hiking boots or sturdy footwear recommended. Bring a packsack. Consistently voted as Victoria’s best hike, great views, and a terrific introduction to a variety of habitats.

Questions: phone Arenaria Research & Interpretation
(250) 478 9414


Days: March 1, March 6
Time: 9:00 am –4:00 pm
Cost: $55
Minimum: 4
Maximum: 45

Birding Sidney Spit
and Surrounding Islands

A boat-based birding trip around some of the best birding areas in the Gulf Islands. Species we will be looking for include Long-tailed Ducks, Rhinoceros Auklets, Marbled Murrelets, Common Murres, Pacific, Common and Red-throated Loons, Bald Eagles, shorebirds and many more. Box lunch included.

Questions: phone Arenaria Research & Interpretation
(250) 478 9414

Days: March 1, March 6
Time: 8:00 am- 5:00 pm.
Cost: $100
Minimum: 10
Maximum: 24

Marine Wildlife Cruise

This tour takes you along the scenic Victoria waterfront to the Race Rock Ecological Reserve, approximately 15km south of Victoria. The fast flowing, nutrient rich waters around Race Rocks supports a large and diverse population of marine life. Northern and California Sealions gather here in great numbers during the winter months and the rocks support a year round population of Harbour Seals. Along the way we’ll watch for wintering waterfowl, Rhinoceros Auklets and Marbled Murrelets. There is always a chance of seeing whales in these waters and with a little luck, we may see Killer Whales and Dall’s Porpoises. The tour price includes boat transportation, coffee and a snack.

Questions: phone Tara Todesco at (250) 884-8841

Days: March 6
Time: 9:00am-12:00pm
Cost: $35
Minimum: 35
Maximum: 50

Winery Tour in the Cowichan Valley

This tour will include a drive north from Victoria to the Cowichan Valley where you will experience some of the most spectacular scenery in Canada. With host, Kathy McAree of Travel with Taste, you will visit local wineries and taste outstanding wines made from the plentiful vineyards of the island. Chat with wine makers, stroll through the vineyards, and taste the abundance of flavours our Vancouver Island wines have to offer. We will go on one full winery and vineyard tour and tasting and will enjoy tastings at two additional vineyards. We will complete the day with a leisurely late lunch at Vinoteca located at The Vigneti Zanatta Winery. Contemplate the artwork or stroll through the vineyard while a special gourmet three course lunch is created for you by Chef Fatima Da Silva. Naturally each course will be complemented with a Vigneti Zanatta wine created on the premises. Our feast will not be complete without the finishing touch. Chef Da Silva’s delectable desserts change daily and are always sure to tantalize your taste buds.

Questions: phone Tara Todesco at (250) 884-8841

Days: March 6
Time: 9:00am-4:00pm
Cost: $120
Minimum: 18
Maximum: 28

Beacon Hill Park and Victoria Seafront Walk

No visit to Victoria would be complete without a visit to Beacon Hill Park, the crowning jewel in the city’s park system. This walking tour will feature some of the natural areas of the park where we will search for early spring wildflowers and songbirds. We’ll also stroll along the seafront to search for shorebirds and other waterbirds.

Questions: phone Tara Todesco at (250) 884-8841

Days: March 2, March 6
Time: 9:00am - 12:00pm
Cost: $10
Minimum: 5
Maximum: 25

Boat Tour in Gulf Islands
National Park Reserve of Canada

Tour the beautiful Gulf Islands and visit one of Canada's newest national parks. Parks Canada ecologists will float you through the region and discuss the marine and terrestrial conservation challenges of a region with a long history of human use within one of Canada's smallest and most imperilled ecosystems that is home to many species at risk. Participants will be picked up by van at the Victoria Conference Centre at 8:00 a.m. The boats will depart from the Parks Canada dock in the town of Sidney, 40 kilometres north of Victoria. Participants should bring sturdy shoes and warm clothing. It may be wet so raingear is advisable. Lunch will be provided.

Questions: phone Tara Todesco at (250) 884-8841

Days: March 1, March 6
Time: 8:00 am- 5:00 pm
Cost: $50
Minimum: 6
Maximum: 16

6 Hour Kayaking to
Chatham and Discovery Island

An opportunity to paddle in one of the more beautiful spots around Victoria, with a wilderness character and excellent wildlife viewing, both on the wing and in the water. A hang out for seals, sea lions, eagles, cormorants, and many other species. This is an easy paced 6 hour trip with a stop on one of the islands. Bring warm clothing and footwear you don't mind getting a little wet. We provide all of the equipment, single or double kayaks accompanied by experienced guides. Lunch and transportation included.

Questions: phone Vancouver Island Canoe and Kayak Centre
(250) 361-9365 or (877) 921-9365 toll free

Days: March 1, March 6
Time: 9:30am - 4:00 pm
Cost: $129
Minimum: 5
Maximum: 10

 
   
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