2017 Birds of the UBC Okanagan Campus Calendar
A colourful collection of photos showing the diversity of UBC Okanagan’s campus wildlife is back by popular demand—and now on sale.
The limited-edition Birds of the UBC Okanagan Campus 2017 wall calendar was created by a trio of camera-wielding biology professors in the Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences. Sales proceeds go toward undergraduate education.
The calendar is a labour of love, says contributor Associate Professor Bob Lalonde.
"We're thrilled to be able to combine birding and photography into a fundraising activity that benefits our students," says Lalonde, adding that it has been so popular, the wildlife calendar may very well become an annual tradition.
Following the success of last year's Birds of the UBC Okanagan Pond calendar, Associate Professors Lalonde, Blythe Nilson, and Ian Walker took a wide-angle view.
The new calendar is now $20 while the photographers’ coverage is significantly greater: Birds of the UBC Okanagan Campus 2017 Calendar shows a vast array of the winged ones seen across campus—all 516 acres (209 hectares) of it. That includes photos of bluebirds huddling near by the daycare area, a blackbird and a swan at Robert Lake and a grosbeak at the pond. The others can be seen all over campus.
Sales of last year's calendar raised $1,200. Sales proceeds go towards undergraduate education, offsetting costs for such things as lab supplies and printing for students involved in research projects.
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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:
- Lalonde: 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 400mm lens into a 560 mm lens. There are more expensive and sharper alternatives, but none of them are as light and handy!”
- Walker: 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.”
- Nilson: Uses a Canon Rebel T1i with a Canon 100-400 L series lens. “I need to upgrade,” she says.