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View Spring Birds and Blossoms in Coquitlam

by Michelle Frilund |

COQUITLAM, BC, April 6, 2017 – Birdsong and blossoms have returned to Coquitlam! Whether you seek a moment of serenity, find joy in getting back to nature, or would like to learn more about local birdlife, here are some activities and events you won’t want to miss this spring.  

This year, Coquitlam will compete on an international stage in the 2017 Communities in Bloom championships. Coquitlam claimed the national award last year in the over-50,000 population category, which rates communities on civic pride, environmental responsibility and beautification. www.coquitlam.ca/cib

A must-see this spring is Coquitlam’s 150th Celebration Garden at Blue Mountain Park. Coquitlam’s Park Spark team partnered with the 13th Eagle Mountain Guides and 10th Coquitlam Beaver & Cub Scouts in November 2016 to plant 1,000 red and white tulips, donated by Vesey’s bulbs of PEI in celebration of Canada’s 150th anniversary. 

The garden also features a planted replica of the Canadian Armed Forces Insignia Badge, which honours all elements of the CAF, including the Royal Canadian Navy, Canadian Army and the Royal Canadian Air Force. 

In the coming weeks, the cherry blossoms will be in full bloom throughout City Centre, including Town Centre Park. Share your images with us on social media by using #explorecoquitlam! 

Also watch for signs of spring at Inspiration Garden. www.coquitlam.ca/inspiration

Celebration Coquitlam’s 150th Celebration Garden
April 30, 2:30-4 p.m., Blue Mountain Park
Join Coquitlam’s Park Spark Team, the 13th Eagle Mountain Guides and 10th Coquitlam Beaver & Cub Scouts to celebrate the garden. The Park Spark team will host a fun pollinator craft and the PlantSomething BC ‘Bee Friendly’ crew will be on hand providing information on bees. Participants can drop in anytime during the event, which will run rain or shine.

Gardening workshops & classes 
A number of classes are available for ages six and up, from a basic seed starting course (April 22) to a garden workshop (May 5) and courses for kids (Kids in the Garden, Garden U). For further details and to register, read the Spring Program Guide (www.coquitlam.ca/prc) or visit www.coquitlam.ca/signmeup

Whether you’re an amateur enthusiast or an experienced birder armed with a long-lens camera, you’ll be mesmerized by the birdlife that can be viewed in Coquitlam. As migratory birds return to the region this spring, here are a few highlights.

  • Look at the lakes in Town Centre Park and Como Lake Park for fluffy mallard ducklings and Canada goose goslings.
  • Ospreys return to Como Lake and Minnekhada Regional Park. See them hover, fold their wings and plummet into the water to catch fish.
  • Also at Minnekhada Regional Park and Como Lake, watch for swallows swooping low over the water, as well as sandhill cranes and northern harriers.
  • DeBoville Slough is a nesting site for the common yellowthroat, wood ducks and marsh wrens. Also watch for eagles, blue herons and green herons.
  • At Colony Farm Regional Park, look for mountain bluebirds and Lazuli buntings, a rare species in Vancouver. 
  • Spot the cinnamon teal in later spring at Colony Farm and Minnekhada Regional Park.

Birding for Beginners
April 9, 9-11 a.m.
Get to know the birds at Colony Farm Regional Park. The event is free but registration is required by calling 604-520-6422.

International Migratory Bird Day: Partners in the Park
May 13, 1-4 p.m.
Displays, children’s activities, a history tour at 1 p.m. and introductory birding walks at 2:30 p.m. Meet in front of the community gardens at Colony Farm Regional Park, at the end of Colony Farm Rd. Free! Drop in.

DeBoville Slough Nature Walk
May 28, 10 a.m. to noon
Get to know more about the plants, animals and birds in the area. A free, family-friendly walk. Meet at the kiosk at the north side of DeBoville Slough and be sure to dress for the weather, including sturdy walking shoes.

Birding for Absolute Beginners
June 23, 6:30 p.m.
A 90-minute walk around Como Lake, led by the Burke Mountain Naturalists. Meet at the south parking lot at Como Lake. Register ahead by email: burkemtnnats@gmail.com

For more great events and activities, pick up the Coquitlam Travel Guide at any City facility or view it online at www.coquitlam.ca/explore

Respect nature and be bear smart
While enjoying the outdoors, please remember to respect nature and stay on the trails. Also, be aware that Coquitlam is home to bears as well as other urban wildlife. Be alert, listen and watch for bears. www.coquitlam.ca/bearsmart

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Images are available for download from Flickr album: https://flic.kr/s/aHskQJx2nv 

Do you have a great photograph to share with us? Use the hashtag #explorecoquitlam to spread the word!

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Media contact:
Eric Kalnins
Tourism Manager, City of Coquitlam