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Month: October 2018

Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary

Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary

Trip report by Leader Tom Plath This was another beautiful day for a walk at Reifel Refuge. On October 27, 2018, a dozen or so participants were rewarded with good looks at several raptors. Scope views were had of an obliging Merlin perched near the entrance and then minutes later an immature Peregrine Falcon using the same snag. Stunning views were had of an adult Black-crowned Night Heron watched preening in the open only a few metres away. Hundreds of…

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Black Mountain and The Plateau

Black Mountain and The Plateau

Trip report by Leader Anne Leathem On August 25th five of us set out in a light shower up the trail to Black Mountain and the Plateau. We were not a fast group but enjoyed checking out the trees and and other plants along the way. Among us were friends new and old so we caught up on our latest summer holidays. When we reached Eagle Bluff, alas, there was no view. To escape the rain we tucked in under the…

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Baden Powell Trail – Forest Ecology Walk

Baden Powell Trail – Forest Ecology Walk

On July 8, 2018, David Cook, led a group of 16 on a forest ecology walk along the section of the Baden Powell Trail, east from the downhill ski area of Cypress Provincial Park, where there is old-growth coniferous forest. This field trip was organized jointly by Nature Vancouver and Friends of Cypress Provincial Park. David explained the characteristics of a coastal old-growth forest in BC including the plant species and their ecology.  Please see below a photo of a…

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Centennial Celebration

Centennial Celebration

About 100 members attended a social gathering, on Oct 25, 2018, to celebrate the 100th year anniversary of Nature Vancouver. Long-time member of Nature Vancouver, Bill Merilees, gave a presentation tilted: “From the Legacy of John Davidson –  We’ve come a long way!”    Bill joined Nature Vancouver (Vancouver Natural History Society) in 1953 and shared his perspective of our Society over the past century. Bill reminisced about his association with many of the prominent members the Society during the last 65…

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The Rocks Beneath Your Feet

The Rocks Beneath Your Feet

On September 15, 2018, a Geology Exhibit was held at the Museum of Vancouver. This was part of many weekly events in the exhibition Wild Things: The Power of Nature in Our Lives, which is co-produced by Nature Vancouver and the Museum of Vancouver to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Nature Vancouver. Geologist David Cook had set up a table where visitors had the opportunity to examine rock specimens, ask questions and learn about how and when the rocks and soils beneath our…

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Blakeburn Lagoons Park

Blakeburn Lagoons Park

Field Trip Report by Colin Clasen Saturday October 13, 2018. Blakeburn Lagoons Park, Port Coquitlam. Leader Larry Cowan. This was Nature Vancouver’s first birding field trip to this new park, which opened on April 28, 2018. There was a total of 18 participants who enjoyed the mild weather conditions with mostly blue sky and no wind. In just the 5 short months since opening, an impressive 119 land and water species have been recorded there. During our 2-hour visit, we…

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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.

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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