May 2021, Club Service Award

A thank you – Nature Club Service Award:   I want thank all the members of the Langley Field Naturalists for nominating me for the Club Service Award.  It makes me feel very humbled to have received it – as I know that others have done a lot for the club as well.   However, I assure you, it is very much appreciated and I have to confess a secret – it wasn’t really a chore!   Over the years, I have enjoyed my time with the Langley Field Naturalists immensely.   I have learned so much.  I made so many good friends, I enjoyed all the different birding walks, listened to some great presentations, went to AGM’s in the most wonderful places, met many people from other clubs, and of course the best was being outside in nature and helping to save the environment!   Thank you all again!  Anne Gosse 

Correction.   Shelia, can you please put in a correction in our next newsletter as this sentence is incorrect.  (“She is also credited with instigating the annual Heritage Apple Day in Derby Reach Regional Park) . I did not instigate Apple Day, it was done long before I became a board member.   I certainly do not want to take credit for something that I didn’t do.  So could you please correct.  I believe it came from the article in the newspaper by Rich Coleman who must have got it from a reporter etc., but not from me. 

Anne

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July 2, 2021, An Eaglet Rescue

July 2, 2021 – An Eaglet Rescue.

For the “David Hancock’s Bald Eagle Watch” I have been monitoring two bald eagle’s nests in the North Langley area for a couple of years.   On July 2, 2021, I had an urgent call from the farm where one of my very productive Bald Eagle’s nests are located.  They reported one of the two baby eaglets had fallen or was pushed out of its nest and had been on the ground for 3 days!  They said it couldn’t fly and that it might have a broken wing. 

I called OWL – the “Orphaned Wildlife Rehabilitation Society” in Delta and asked if they would be able to assist with this delinquent young eaglet.  Within a half an hour, an OWL volunteer (Lew M) arrived and along with the farmer’s son, we found a large dark young eaglet on the bank of the Salmon River. Three other large bald eagles were watching all the activity below as we walked under their nest.  They didn’t cry out or disturb our rescue activities.  

The large baby eaglet, later identified as a male, was on a steep bank in some long grasses beside some blackberry bushes.  Lew had brought along a long fishing-like-pole, a covering blanket, along with a small animal’s cage.  He stationed himself as close as he possible could to the large bird and reached out with the long pole – …but the eaglet wasn’t giving up yet.  Flapping its wings wildly, the youngster struggled off, moving into the blackberry bushes lower down towards the river’s edge where we couldn’t see him.   Ummm, what to do now.   Lew muttered, “that he was far too old for this” and I told him “I say that to myself all the time as well”. 

Fortunately, along comes a young Jammie P who was working on the farm climbing ladders and trimming trees.  After a short discussion, he confidently gets out a small boat and paddles along the river’s edge to where the eaglet was hidden on the bank.  Using Lew’s long net-pole and the blanket, he finally was able to corral him into the bottom of the boat.  The young Eaglet put up a bit of a fight, but finally with the net and blanket to cover him, Jammie was able to paddle back to Lew at bankside with his panicky cargo.   Next, again with a bit of a struggle, Lew and Jamie were able to deposit the eaglet into the waiting cage. 

Lew let me gauge the weight of the eaglet by holding the cage and then we headed back to his van satisfied with our successful rescue.  We later heard from OWL that the eaglet did have a broken wing and they will keep him until its fully mended, then they will bring him back to the farm to be released.   Anne Gosse

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Port Kells Park June 16, 2021

Langley Field Naturalists Summer Walk – Port Kell’s Park June 16, 2021 –

On a lovey warm summer evening, several naturalists come out to explored this “newer” Surrey Park in old historic Port Kells.  After giving some history about the surrounding area of Port Kells, we then followed the trails deep into the green leafy trees and along the earthy smelling paths.  Listening to the bird chorus, we heard or saw 19 different species – thankfully recorded by Wim.   First, we made our way to the park’s feature of a massive Douglas Fir.  After viewing this huge giant, we then took the boardwalk that crossed the Latimer creek and came to the fairly large viewing platform overlooking the Latimer wetlands.   Large skunk cabbages and bull frogs were seen and the small wetland was busy with a few birds…. but then, suddenly one of our group, (Andrew) notice two owls in the high cedar trees over the viewing platform!  Soon we found two more making it a family of four Barred Owls sitting overlooking the wetlands and enjoy the evening along with group.   After the excitement of meeting the Barred owl family, we set off back to the parking lot. Another summer evening to remember.  Anne Gosse

Barred owl picture by new member Eric Hibasch and Wim Vesseur

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High Point Trails July 3, 2020

July 3, 2020

Several of our LFN members (while social distancing) enjoyed a fantastic sunny warm day on the High Point trails. The summer meadows were wonderfully full of wild flowers! We recorded 29 species of birds, with lots of American Gold Finches, Swanson’s Thrushes, White-crowned Sparrows, and Black-headed Grosbeaks.

Anne Gosse

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Glen Valley Bird Count June 6th

Glen Valley Bird Count, June 6, 2020

Social Distancing Bird Watching in our Beautiful Fraser Valley

This year the Glen Valley Bird Count was held with nice pleasant weather, with lots of great sightings, and of course with social distancing due to the pandemic.  Just a few of my section’s sightings included an exciting Lazuli Bunting spotting, a Red-breasted Sapsucker cruising low towards us on a trail and several beautiful Bullocks Orioles.

As well, our day of listening and observing also included a visit to one of the Glen Valley working dairy farms – to my everlasting enjoyment! Here, amongst the Holstein cows, loudly crowing rosters, tall silos and dark barns were Cliff Swallows and Barn Swallows dabbled nests, that were stuck along the eves and ceilings. We watched them coming and going. We couldn’t see the resident barn owl – but the farmer assured us he has one! – but we could see the evidence everywhere.

The splendid old barn made me recall the barns of my childhood 1948, When going with two young sisters, me as a 7-year-old, up a winding dirt road.  Finding an old ramshackle barn-yard and meeting an elderly lady dressed like a man who let three little British-speaking girls pet the kittens and watch the milk churning. 

Memories! Anne Gosse

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Who’s Who in Langley – Aug 13, 2020 – Langley Times Advance

This morning one of my friends told me I was in the local newspaper! I am very honored and thank you Derby Reach Brae Island Parks Association. However, one item is incorrect, I only recruit volunteers for Apple Day, I did not instigated, Apple Day was started long ago.. and it is a fun celebration.

This was in the Langley Times Advance August 13, 2020

By Rick Colman who has a Who’s Who in Langley

Who’s Who in Langley

More than Three Decades of Volunteerism

Walnut Grove Resident, Anne Gosse, fell in love with local parks more that 30 years ago.  “I enjoy the parks and I go to almost all the parks” the self-described “outdoor girl” says.  Gosse explains she joined the Derby Reach Brae Island Regional Park Association (DRBIPA) so her grandchildren and others could also enjoy the parks.

She worked tirelessly for years on the DRBIPA board of directors and continues to contribute as a volunteer.

Her achievements include creating a viewing platform at the edge of the Langley Bog – 70 acres of bog forest –  200 acres of mined bog, and two bog meadows – inside Derby Reach Regional Park.

Gosse is also credited with instigating the annual Heritage Apple Day event.

She has led guided bird walks for DRBIPA and is currently their social media volunteer.  A recent association newsletter thanked her for “her passion and dedication to protecting and preserving green spaces in our community”.

Gosse has also volunteered with the Campbell Valley Nature House (12 years).  Langley Field Naturalist 17 years, and she used to be a member of the White Rock and Surrey Naturalist for 12 years.

“I do it because I really like our local parks, especially Metro parks”.

Sponsored by Rich Coleman MLA

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DRBIPA Volunteer Celebrations 2020

Volunteer Celebrations

Volunteers are the heart and soul of our Park Association. Our goal is to promote appreciation, understanding and enjoyment of Derby Reach and Brae Island Regional Parks while preserving and enhancing their natural and historical features. We love planning community events and stewardship conservation events in the parks – and our volunteer Park Ambassadors and Board of Directors are the driving force behind everything we do. Please take a moment to “meet” one of our dedicated Volunteers and celebrate their hard work with us. Thank you for all that you do, Anne Gosse!
Anne worked tirelessly for years as one of our Board of Directors in the past and is now a DRBIPA Park Ambassador. She was instrumental in advocating for and executing our Viewing Platform at the edge of the Langley Bog and spends lots of time coordinating volunteers for our annual Heritage Apple Day event. She has led guided bird walks for us and is currently our social media volunteer. We thank her for her passion and dedication to protecting and preserving green spaces in our community.   Thank you for all that you do, Anne Gosse!
“I fell in love with all Metro Van Regional Parks over 30 years ago, while I hiked, bird watched and explored each of these beautiful lower mainland gems.  Metro Van Regional Parks has my lasting admiration for being a staunch bulwark against encroaching urban development and saving beautiful stands of green forests, marshy wetlands, and wild long grass meadows for birds, animals – and people.   As a passionate naturalist and voice for the environment, I joined my neighborhood Derby Reach Brae Island Regional Park Association so my grandchildren and others could continue to enjoy these lovely natural areas into the future”.  ~Anne Gosse

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Alert Bay – Sept 9th -12th 2019

We were very lucky to have a great talk and presentation inside the Alert Bay U’mista Cultural Center on Alert Bay. We learned about this valuable and amazing display of first nations artifacts, masks, and some of the culture of the area. Fascinating.

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Grizzly Bears of Knights Inlet Sept 9-12, 2019 – BC Nature

BC Nature Grizzly and Whale Watching Camp Sept 9-12, 2019

Our BC Nature group were taken over the Johnson Strait to Knights Inlet early in the morning by two small boats. The captains and guides were constantly on the look-out for black bears turning over rocks on the sides of the islands and coves we passed while on our way towards Knights Inlet. The sea, salt, sea birds, dolphins and lonely islands were a wonderful balm to our senses.

Once we arrived at our landing destination in Knights Inlet were given lunch on the floating dock before we boarded flat bottemed boats to view grizzly bears. Once we started up the river, we quickly found a grizzly mother and her two cubs eating the long reed grasses beside the river. We were able to get good views from our flat bottemed boats and stayed watching this family for quite some time. What a beautiful treat to see from the safety of our boats!

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BC Nature Grizzly Bears and Whale Camp Sept 9-12th 2019

Telegraph Cove Whale & Grizzly Bear Watching – BC Nature Camp Sept 9-12th
Our little grey house on the boardwalk that slept six went up and down with the tide. We had a very good time in this camp and saw lots. There were many orcas seen and we also saw them rubbing on the Robson Blight shore pebbles. Our guide showed them rubbing on the orca-live.net website site as well, while we watched from the required one mile distance.
It was heartening to hear that the orcas in this area of the Johnson Strait are doing very well unlike our orcas in Georgia Strait.
Many Humpbacks whales were seen as well as Stellars sealions, Dolphins withg lots of sea birds making it a great day out on the water!

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