2020 Birds and Insects of the Okanagan Calendars are now available.
Get Your Calendar
- Proceeds support: undergraduate education, offsetting costs for such things as lab supplies and printing for students involved in research projects
- Cost: $20
- Where to buy: UBC Okanagan Bookstore or from Associate Professor Bob Lalonde, Professor Ian Walker, Associate Professor Blythe Nilson, or Senior Department Assistant Barb Lucente.
About the Calendar
The limited edition Birds of the UBC Okanagan Campus 2020 and Insects of the UBC Okanagan Campus 2020 wall calendars were created by a trio of camera-wielding biology professors in the Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences. Proceeds go toward undergraduate education.
The calendars are a labour of love, says contributor Associate Professor Bob Lalonde.
“We are always thrilled to be able to combine natural history and photography into a fundraising activity that benefits our students,” says Lalonde, adding that the Bird Calendar (which is now in its sixth year) has been so popular, they have now added an Insect Calendar.
Birds of the UBC Okanagan Campus 2020 calendar shows a vast array of the winged ones seen across campus—all 516 acres (209 hectares) of it. That includes photos of Bluebirds, American Avocets and Yellowheaded Blackbirds.
The new Insects of the UBC Okanagan Campus shows off some of the insect species that appear during the spring and summer on the campus, including Interior BC specialities such as Stella Orangetip Butterflies, beautiful bees such as the Metallic Green Sweat Bee and the diversity of pollinators that now show up at UBC Okanagan’s Pollinator-friendly gardens.
Behind the Scenes — how it’s shot and by whom
Equipped for Avifauna
If you want to capture a rare sighting of sandhill cranes at Robert Lake, you need patience, timing, and the right gear. Here’s the go-to photo equipment used by UBC biology professors Bob Lalonde, Blythe Nilson and Ian Walker when they go birding:
Uses a Canon EOS digital rebel, Canon 400mm f5.6 L series lens, and monopod. This setup sets a good compromise between quality and portability, he says. “The L series lenses are all excellent and the 400 mm is one of the most affordable. Digital rebel cameras are not full-frame, but the sensor is excellent and the smaller size provides an added ‘crop factor’ that turns a 400 mm lens into a 560 mm lens. There are more expensive and sharper alternatives, but none of them are as light and handy!”
Principally uses a Nikon D5000 camera body equipped with a Sigma 150-500 mm f/5-6.3 lens. The lens incorporates auto-focus and vibration reduction, and is much less expensive than any comparable Nikon lenses, he says. “This kit provides somewhat greater magnification, but it is distinctly heavier and bulkier than Lalonde’s setup. Few people will have my tolerance for lugging this lens all day in the field.”
Uses a Canon Rebel T1i with a Canon 100-400 L series Mark II lens.