Comox Valley Nature is pleased to host a public lecture. Join David Fraser for a talk entitled: “Things I Learned Birding for 31 Years with Tom Briggs: – a man I never met.” The lecture is on Sunday Oct. 20, 2019 and will start after introductions at 7pm in the Rotary Room of the Filberg Seniors Centre 411 Anderton Ave, Courtenay.


     In 1995 a trio of notebooks with nearly daily bird observations from Vancouver Island appeared on David Fraser’s desk with no indication of where they came from. A happy accident 20 years later led to the note taker’s identity and enabled David to enter the records into eBird.  Tom Brigg’s observations reveal some interesting changes in Vancouver Island birds, their distribution, behaviour and status. A talk illustrated with David’s sketches, paintings, photos and video clips.


David Fraser is a naturalist, artist and biologist.  Until 2018 he was the Unit Head of Species Conservation Science for the BC Ministry of Environment.  David has been a member of the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada for over 20 years.  He is a keen birder and eBirder.


David’s Blog:

eBird Profile for David Fraser:

eBird Profile for Tom Briggs:


This is an excellent opportunity for the public to learn more about the some interesting changes in Vancouver Island birds

Comox Valley Nature is a non-profit society affiliated with BC Nature, consisting only of unpaid volunteers. CVN fulfills its educational mandate by hosting monthly lectures, organizing free weekly guided hikes for members, and a free monthly walk open to the public.  Comox Valley Nature also supports specialized groups (Birding, Botany, Marine & Shoreline, Conservation, Garry Oak Restoration, Wetland Restoration, Photography and Young Naturalists Club) which have separate monthly activities.  Membership in BC Nature and Comox Valley Nature is $30 per adult or for a family.

Founded in 1966, it is one of the oldest environmental societies on the North Island.  Meetings and lectures of the Comox Valley Naturalists Society are held on the third Sunday of most months at the Florence Filberg Centre, 411 Anderton Ave., Courtenay.  Meetings and guided walks are open to the public, including children and youth.  Lecture is free, though a $4 contribution from non-members is appreciated. New memberships are always welcomed.

Anyone interested in this lecture or participating in CVNS activities can also contact us at the website

David Innes

VP, Comox Valley Nature