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Birding Boundary Bay

Birding Boundary Bay

Birding Field Trip -13th Oct 2018 Report by Leader Thomas Plath Under sunny skies and with little wind, a dozen participants reveled at the sight of thousands of shorebirds congregating on the mudflats off the foot of 104thStreet. The tide had pushed the flocks within 100 metres of the dyke and the “high tide” was low enough that the birds were going to stick. No Peregrines to scare them off to boot. Scrutiny of the flying birds when flushed offered…

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Bluebird Trail

Bluebird Trail

Chicks and Wasps Galore – Behind the Scenes of a First-Year Bluebird Trail. Ever wondered what it’s like to be a nest box monitor? A teen birder shares her adventures from the field. Click on the link below to read the story. Bluebird Nest Box Trail Note: For many years, long time members of Nature Vancouver, Joe and Doreen Sadowski, have helped maintain a next box trail for Western Bluebirds, near 100 Mile House, BC. Mountain Bluebird Photo: Hank Tseng

George C. Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary

George C. Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary

Date: October 4, 2018  Trip report by leader, Thomas Plath Fourteen participants enjoyed a gorgeous sunny morning at Reifel Refuge. The entrance pond hosted 300+ Long-billed Dowitchers, all milling about talking to each other and of course on the look for avian threats. A tight group of Northern Shoveler was observed “spinning’ as a group, to bring organic material to the water surface for sieving. Decent looks were had of one of their predators – an immature Peregrine Falcon in…

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Lynn Creek Streamkeepers

Lynn Creek Streamkeepers

Walk along an off-channel stream of Lynn Creek – Wed. Sept. 19, 2018 Trip Report by Abby Schwarz, Marine Biology Section Seven members of Nature Vancouver and three guests participated in this field trip, which was designed to learn how stream enhancement and restoration can be planned and carried out. Our two guides were Streamkeepers ZoAnn Morten (the head of Pacific Streamkeepers Federation) and Glen Parker (a retired engineer), and the example was an off-channel stream of Lynn Creek.The weather was…

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Pitt River & DeBoville Slough, Port Coquitlam

Pitt River & DeBoville Slough, Port Coquitlam

Birding Field Trip – Sat. Sept. 01, 2018 Leader: Larry Cowan / Trip Report: Colin Clasen  Twelve participants enjoyed a very mild, dry and partly sunny day, with a mix of experienced and new birders. We first met at Victoria and Cedar Drives in Port Coquitlam, then car-pooled south to the start of the walk at the east end of Nicola Place. We then had a nice leisurely 3 km walk north along the Pitt River to the mouth of DeBoville Slough,…

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Summer Camp 2018

Summer Camp 2018

Nature Vancouver summer camps in wilderness settings have been held every year, with a few exceptions, since 1918. This year we celebrated 100 year anniversary of Nature Vancouver with two camps held in July and August at McGillivray Pass. McGillivray Pass is in the Bendor Range of the Coast Mountains, between the village of Bralorne and Anderson Lake. The camp was located at 1800m elevation in a beautiful subalpine valley at the transition from Coast to Interior. The campsite was…

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Barn Owl Nest Box Campaign

Barn Owl Nest Box Campaign

By Nature Vancouver and Delta Naturalists  Report submitted by Peter Ward Barn Owls are listed under the category Federal Species at Riskin Canada, and are subject to a Provincial Recovery Plan. The population in BC is confined to the Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley, and to the south coast agricultural regions of Vancouver Island. The main habitat requirement is pasture land, and the favourite food source is Townsend’s Vole. Since 2011, members of Nature Vancouver (Peter Ward, Ken Hall and John…

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Hike to Hollyburn Mountain

Hike to Hollyburn Mountain

Trip report by leader Kitty CastleThere were 8 of us on the hike to the top of Hollyburn Mountain on Friday 14 September. This was a joint trip with Nature Vancouver and Friends of Cypress Provincial Park. We started off in thick fog with rain gear on and warm toques. Luckily the weather did improve and we even felt warmed by the sun at one point.  However there were no views to be had even at the Peak.We were lucky to…

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The Old-Growth Forest of Lighthouse Park

The Old-Growth Forest of Lighthouse Park

Trip Report by Leader David Cook  Eight members participated in this field trip on September 1, 2018. Nature Vancouver’s connection to Lighthouse Park, through the field guide Nature West Coast – as seen in Lighthouse Park, was explained. An overview of Temperate Rainforests of the Earth and specifically our area of rainforest and the old-growth fragments that remain within it, were described with the aid of maps. Examples of the characteristics of an old-growth forest and their ecology were shown and explained….

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Hike to Blue Gentian Lake

Hike to Blue Gentian Lake

Trip report by leader, Lyn Grants On Saturday August 18, 2018, eighteen participants enjoyed a leisurely walk to Blue Gentian Lake on Hollyburn Mountain. This was a joint trip with Nature Vancouver and Friends of Cypress Provincial Park. Goal of the trip was to observe the gentians at Blue Gentian Lake, but amazingly over the last few years the gentians have been spreading. We saw them at the verge of trails leading to the lake. Along the way we saw bunch berries…

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