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Month: July 2019

Black Mountain – Eagle Bluff Hike – July 20, 2019

Black Mountain – Eagle Bluff Hike – July 20, 2019

Trip Report by Leader Anne Leathem There were eight eager hikers who climbed Black Mountain to view the Lions and the Vancouver skyline on a gorgeous sunny day. We hiked across the plateau in the cool trees enjoying the slight breeze. We stopped for photos and to admire the white rhododendron and copperbush flowers. We had an avid botanist and a dedicated photographer recording flora and fungi. The Chipmunks and Ravens entertained us on the Bluff and a Raven managed to…

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Blue Gentian Lake Hike – May 8, 2019

Blue Gentian Lake Hike – May 8, 2019

Leader Lynn Grant. Trip report by Laura Cottle It was a misty, nine am start for our hike to Blue Gentian Lake and the clouds that covered Cypress suggested that we could expect more than mist on our hike. But the weather though damp was mild on our hike – a good temperature for exploring! We rendezvoused at the corner of Millstream Road and Eyremont Drive in West Vancouver. We were nine of us: Lynn plus Marion, Bengul, Azarm, Kate,…

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Wild Things: The Power of Nature in Our Lives closing update

Wild Things: The Power of Nature in Our Lives closing update

As the Wild Things winds up to its close on September 29, it is a good time to reflect on some of its successes.  This co-production between Nature Vancouver and The Museum of Vancouver (MOV) began in 2016.  The opening reception occurred on June 28, 2018, very close to the 100 year mark for Nature Vancouver’s beginning.  Wild Things enjoys proximity to two exceptional exhibitions.  The MOV’s feature exhibition, Haida Now, which opened shortly prior to Wild Things provides museum…

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Yew Lake Area – Botany Walk with Friends Of Cypress Provincial Park

Yew Lake Area – Botany Walk with Friends Of Cypress Provincial Park

Leaders: Eva Nagy and Anne George Trip report by Eva Nagy On 13th July 2019, we arrived at Cypress Bowl at 10 am to find a large crowd of hikers. On this popular day, the ski area management decided to do some earth moving job to repair the ski slopes. A huge pile of dirt occupied a large part of the parking lot. Some driving lanes were set aside for the earthmoving equipment, thereby cutting down considerably on the parking spaces available closer to the trailhead….

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Indian Arm Boat Tour

Indian Arm Boat Tour

Trip organized by Bengül Kurtar Trip report by Deborah Simpson and Angela Bond On July 6, our group of 40 nature lovers boarded the Ocean Watch II for a tour of Indian Arm, a glacial fjord that extends 20 km north of Burrard Inlet. We set off just past high tide in calm waters; the cloudy and misty weather was positively framed by Captain Mitch as an “authentic west coast experience”. Mitch explained that Indian Arm is the traditional territory…

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Stanley Park Intertidal Exploration

Stanley Park Intertidal Exploration

Photos and trip report by Sheila Byers Ecosystems change with time whether it be seasonally or over a period of years. A visit to the rocky intertidal zone off Figurehead Point in Stanley Park on Sunday, June 16, 2019 is a good example of changes to inhabitants within this community and this is my perspective on what’s happening. It was Father’s Day and a Dad and his daughter joined us on our beach exploration on the sandy and rocky intertidal…

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Lighthouse Park – Botany Walk

Lighthouse Park – Botany Walk

A joint event with Lighthouse Park Preservation Society Trip Report by Leader, David Cook On June 25, 2019, nineteen participants strolled along the trails of Lighthouse Park, West Vancouver. In the most pristine low elevation old-growth forest on the North Shore, we had an easily accessible opportunity to view this type of forest.  While the main theme of the day was old-growth ecology and the characteristics of an old-growth forest, subthemes were plant dispersal, fire history and the valiant attempts of…

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Conservation Area at Maplewood Flats – Botany Walk

Conservation Area at Maplewood Flats – Botany Walk

A joint event with Wild Bird Trust Trip Report by Leader, David Cook on June 22, 2019, nineteen participants walked the trails of this ecologically rehabilitated industrial site. We observed the amazing diversity of both native and non-native species. These species have been planted there or grown naturally from soils brought mainly from West End development sites of the City of Vancouver.  In 1992, Vancouver Port Authority, who are the owners of the area, agreed to lease the flats to Environment…

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