Club meetings are held the second Wednesday of each month (except July and August) at 7:30 pm at the
Ravine Park Hatchery, 2395 Crescent Way, Abbotsford (by the Abbotsford Arts Centre).

Come and join us in the continual learning and appreciation of our natural world!

For more info contact: haroos12@gmail.com  -  604-853-4283

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Here is our fearless leader, Hank Roos, at the BC Nature Spring Conference at UBC this past weekend. He  received the Club Service Award from BC Nature, for the years of work that he has done on behalf of the Abbotsford-Mission Nature Club.  Well deserved!!

ABBOTSFORD MISSION NATURE CLUB CELEBRATES 25TH ANNIVERSARY on April 11, 2018

The Anniversary Cake

The Abbotsford Mission Nature Club, formerly the Central Valley Naturalists, was started in 1992 by a group of keen birders and lovers of the natural world. Under the shared vision of BC Nature, a Federation of BC Clubs - “to know nature and to keep it worth knowing” - the club engaged early on in several significant events in our community.

In 1992 the Club was contacted by the Hogan family and assisted them in preserving a beautiful parcel of forested land and in its donation to the City as parkland, creating the Hogan Family Nature Park. In 1994 when upland development necessitated the development of Willband Creek Park and Detention Ponds, the Club was involved in providing interpretive signage and habitat development planning ideas. More recently, over the last 5 years, the Club along with Abbotsford Christian Middle School student volunteers have installed and maintained over 50 swallow boxes and 12 wood duck boxes, planted thousands of native trees and shrubs, removed invasive blackberry and installed beaver protection around many trees within Willband Creek Park. The Club’s most significant project in the Park was the Fall 2017 completion of the Co-op Community Viewing Platform thanks to the help of significant in-kind donations and funding from the ‘Co-op Community Spaces Program’.

On the second Wednesday of the month, AMNC holds educational meetings at the Ravine Park Hatchery from September to June and organizes field trips throughout the year. 

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IN MEMORIAM

Aug. 11, 1928 – Mar. 15, 2018
Richard Corbet Bunbury passed away quietly at Abbotsford Regional Hospital on March 15, 2018, in his ninetieth year.

Dick was born in La Toque, Quebec, on August 11, 1928. He was the second youngest in a big family. Both parents died pre-maturely and Dick was raised by his aunt and uncle in Montreal. After high school, Dick went to Howick, Quebec, to work on a dairy farm. There he found his passion for agriculture, and attended Bishop’s University & Macdonald College. He also met his future wife, Margaret Templeton, and they were married in Howick after he came back from a season of work in Lumby, BC. Dick and Margaret established their own mixed farm in the community of Riverfield, on the English River Road.

Dick worked on the St. Lawrence Seaway and at Ogilvie Flour Mills until the early sixties. He managed several operations for Ogilvie’s around Quebec, then began a career with Farm Credit Corporation in Cornwall, Ontario. He became a territory manager in North Bay and mentored a number of young agricultural advisors there, in Ottawa and in Guelph.

Dick and Margaret had five children – Ian (Carol), Wynn (Ted Allard), Cindy, Rick (Karen Steed), & Elly (Terry McNeilly) – ten grandchildren & nine great grandchildren. On Dick’s retirement, they moved to Abbotsford, BC, where they have lived for thirty years.

Dick and Margaret traveled to Nepal, China, Africa, Europe, the United States, and throughout Canada. They have been very involved in their children’s and grandchildren’s lives. Dick was also involved in the Langley Environmental Partners Society, Glenn Valley Watershed Society, Abbotsford Mission Nature Club, and the Abbotsford Soil Conservation Association.

Until recently, Dick was active in the community and on the farm. The family is planning a gathering at the farm in the summer to honor him. In lieu of flowers, please donate to an environmental charity of choice.

Online condolences to the family may be made at www.woodlawnfh-abbotsford.com

Woodlawn Funeral Home 604-853-2643