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Upcoming Events

Bird Tour of Brydon Lagoon

March Break Sat Mar 23 @ 1pm

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Bring your family on a guided journey learning fun science about birds that inhabit Brydon Lagoon

Your child could also be interested in this bird workshop

and program

Adventurous Atom Family Workshop

McLeod Athletic Park, Sat May 18 @1PM

$24.75, buy ticket before March 31 and save 20%!

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Get ready to learn and have fun with an exciting and educational experience the whole family will enjoy!

Join us on an interactive, musical journey through space with our Adventurous Atom. 

Children create a space themed craft

Each child ticket allows free entry for 1 adult 

4th Paper Airplane Competition for Kids

Buckley Park, July 2024

Free, register here.

Join us for a family friendly paper airplane competition! 
All child participants will receive a participation prize!

7th Christmas Bird Count for Kids & Youth

Brydon Lagoon, Dec 2024 @ 9am

Free

Join us for a day of citizen science. We will walk around Brydon Lagoon identifying and counting birds as part of a Canada wide study. All ages, stroller friendly route. All our data will be submitted to Bird Studies Canada.

Your child could also be interested in this bird workshop

2023 RESULTS BELOW!!

4th Hearty Fun in Nature GPS Hunt

Campbell Valley Park, Feb 2025

Free

A morning of sleuthing with ESC's heart themed GPS family scavenger hunt!

Children receive participation prize

Science Magic Show

TBA, 2025

Join us for an enchanting Science Magic Show on Family Day Weekend,

where science and magic collide to create mind-boggling wonders!

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Check out ESC's kids drop off programs here

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Thanks to to the Langley Advance Times for featuring ESC's Events.

Read the full article here!

6th Annual Christmas Bird Count for Kids & Youth

Thanks to all those who participated in ESC's 6th annual bird count at Brydon Lagoon.

We had a great turnout, with about 23 families joining us for the morning.

It was a true pleasure to see familiar faces and returning counters. It was also great to see such a diversity in participating families. We had families for whom it was their first ever bird count to some serious birding families. Some families came from as far as Vancouver to attend.

 

Thank you for donating your time to nature. Your enthusiasm and dedication keeps this count going. Thank you for continuing to support ESC's Family ESCape Days, ESC’s family event series!​

We had good weather for the morning, not too cold, and dry, it seemed quieter than usual, with some notable absences such as the Eagles and Belted Kingfisher.

We counted 18 species in total.

Our overall individual count was like last year's at 389.

Buffleheads are a new addition to the count We observed a good amount of Wood Ducks, who seem to have become a more regular inhabitant of the Lagoon.

There seems to be a downward trend for Pine siskins that show a steady decline since the count began in 2018 (72 individuals counted). The last time we counted a Pine Siskin was in 2021 (2 individuals counted).

 

It was fun watching 3 Northern Flickers for a little while.

We were also fortunate to see a young Cooper’s Hawk. Made up a bit for the lack of Eagles!

ESC tallied the top 19 birds that were present across the counts.

It is interesting to see trends within species across the different years.

The top 5 birds by number of individuals are: Mallard Duck, Canada Goose, Glaucous-winged Gull , Wood Duck, Black-capped Chickadee. Last year’s top 5 were: Canada Goose, Mallard Duck, Common Merganser, Black-capped Chickadee, Glaucous-winged Gull.​

We did see a dead Great Blue Heron. It seemed to have died perched on one of the floating platforms. It is hard to tell why it died.  

While there is variation in the number of species and individuals counted year on year.

Overall the number of birds at the Lagoon seem stable year on year. 

The results from our count have, once again, been submitted to Bird Studies Canada.

Thank you to all those who participated, shared and made this event possible 6 years in a row.

Looking forward to next year's count!

If you are looking to learn more about Brydon Lagoon Birds, ESC does offer a Guided Tour during March Break.

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More information below!

3rd Paper Airplane Competition 

Buckley Park, Langley, 2023

A huge thank you to the families that took time from their weekend to come out and participate in ESC's 3rd Paper Airplane Competition for kids! We had some seriously skilled participants!

Some of you spent some serious time thinking about and designing your airplane

Your experience through practise showed with your chosen style and timing of your throws!

 

A special heart felt ‘Thank You’ to each of the brave kiddos who participated.

Participants ranged from 3-13 years old! Participating in a competition is more important than winning and even the best of Olympians have days where they do not perform to their skill level. So never feel bad for where you placed in a competition because what matters most is that you showed up! 

It was great to see returning participants as well as meet new ones!

We had over 52 child participants register a distance with some coming from Burnaby and North Vancouver

Thanks to LEPS and the Langley Advance Times for coming out for this event. 

To read the article follow this link.

The winners are:

 

1st Place

Raphael Yuen with pinion at 29.509m.

This is about half the distance of the world record

Second Place

Patrik Havelka with Quill at 21.082m

Third place

Veeran Brar with The Bolt at 19.00m

The all-time record for this event was set by Aayan with Aeriest at 36.9m in 2021.

ESC had a great time organizing this event! We hope your family will join us again next year!

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