Winter is a wonderful time to learn about the birds of Cumberland. On this New Year’s Day walk we will explore the urban / forest interface between the Village and the Cumberland Forest and get to know the birds who make Cumberland their winter home. Your guide is CCFS Director Jason Straka.
Jason is an ecologist with the BC Conservation Data Centre. He has also been a BC park ranger living and working out of K’ómoks Territory, and lived and worked on Treaty 8 Territory as an instructor at Aurora College, and Ecologist at Wood Buffalo National Park. Before getting to know a string of places starting with “Fort,” he was a grad student in the Starzomski lab at UVic, working on plant-pollinator interactions in alpine BC.
Jason has been an avid naturalist since endochondral ossification, and was keenly keying carabids as a volunteer at Trent University by the age of 12. He now has tomentose mandibular bristles and a deeply furrowed frons (mainly from the peer-review process). He and his partner live in Cumberland with a growing collection of bikes, orchids, and species rhodos.
Walk leaves at 11 am, Saturday Jan 1st from the treed area between the Horseshoe Courts and the BMX Track at Village Park. Registration is $10 minimum (additional donations to the CCFS are welcome, and tax deductible) – runs approx. 90 minutes.