Volunteers for Beach Clean-up this weekend with Peninsula Streams – Pat Bay Beach

Help us clean up Pat Bay Beach for Peninsula Streams first clean-up event of 2019! We are so lucky to live where we do, so let’s give back a little. Many of our beaches are suffering from being a little too well loved, and unfortunately have collected debris of various kinds, including plastic, paper, glass, cans, etc.

The clean-up is this Saturday April 27th from 9:30 AM until 12:30 PM. We are meeting at the vehicle pull-out just north of Munro Road on West Saanich Road – please look for the PSS sandwich board sign. See the poster below for a map of the meeting location.

Please dress for the weather as we will work Rain or Shine. Wear closed-toe, sturdy footwear and bring a re-usable bottle as light refreshments will be supplied. Gloves, buckets and garbage grabbers will be provided but feel free to bring your own.

Thanks to Tseycum First Nation for allowing us access to their beach, to Surfrider for joining us for the event and the District of North Saanich for debris removal from the site.

RSVPs are appreciated. To do so, please click on the green button below.

We hope you can join us!

Brian Koval
Assistant Coordinator

RSVP to PeninsulaStreams@gmail.com


Save the Date!

Rocky Point Bird Observatory’s Annual

World Migratory Bird Day  festivities 

Saturday, May 11, 2019

WMBD is an annual, international event designed to celebrate and promote conservation of migratory bird species.  This is Rocky Point Bird Observatory’s ninth year hosting a World Migratory Bird Day festival.  You can look forward to a day full of bird walks, bird banding demonstrations, presentations by The Raptors, and outreach displays from organizations like yours!

We welcome displays from conservation-minded organizations who promote sustainability, stewardship, habitat protection, biodiversity, and more.  This is an excellent opportunity for you to engage with 200+ attendees, as well as connect with members from other like-minded organizations in your community.

Details on location and time to follow!

Hope to see you there!


from KJ Finley

The Bufflehead – Heerman’s Gull phenogram


Phenology is the root of natural history and our base instincts, if we are so attuned. How to predict when and where a biological event will occur, is essential to survival.

Phenology was the rage in Darwin’s time, but it has been all but expunged from our lexicon, as natural history became fragmented by disciplines. Recently it is enjoying a comeback, under the banner of citizen-science, in the new age of the Anthropocene.

Buffleheads (Bucephala albeloa) have been around for half a million years, since the late Pleistocene, and their predecessor B. fossilis, for two million years or so, since the late Pliocene. Along the way they took up an inextricable relationship with a desert, ground-feeding, ant-eating woodpecker. Like the Gilded Flicker or Gila Woodpeckers nesting in Saguarros and in soft Cottonwood Poplars along desert streams. These evolved into a Northern Flicker, strongly associated with the northern softwoods, especially aspen. These became our western red-shafted and eastern yellow shafted forms, split by Wisconsian ice sheets, and re-joined along the opening corridor following the “Yellowhead route” of the jetstreams.

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