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Month: February 2020

Trails Strategy for BC

Trails Strategy for BC

Public Input sought by Feb 28, 2020 The BC government is seeking public input on its “Trails Strategy for BC”. Several naturalists have commented that some trails should remain single purpose, for walkers and hikers focussed on nature study and observation. Not all trails should be designed for multi-use. The BC government survey takes 15 to 30 minutes to complete. Deadline to complete is February 28th by 4:00 pm. The survey is available from the following link: https://engage.gov.bc.ca/trailsstrategyreview/ Click below for…

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Birding Terra Nova Nature Reserve, Richmond

Birding Terra Nova Nature Reserve, Richmond

Trip Report by Leader, Thomas Plath On February 6, 2020, three participants enjoyed a pleasant walk around this nature park despite the light rain. A flock of American Goldfinches feeding in a birch was examined for redpolls even though it is a poor year for this northern visitor. A singing Bewick’s Wren was in plain view as were a few male Anna’s Hummingbirds perched on bushes showing their gorget well. The managed fields were flooded yielding a good mixed flock…

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Birding at Reifel Refuge, Delta

Birding at Reifel Refuge, Delta

Trip Report by Leader: Thomas Plath On 1 February 2020, once again the weather co-operated somewhat and although it was windy there was no rain. Seven people showed up to see what Reifel had to offer this morning. As is often the case Reifel gave us a few quality sightings. We were surprised by an immature Barn Swallow foraging at Fuller’s slough. All the regular dabbling ducks were present in the house pond and a group of Trumpeter Swans fed in the Alaksen fields….

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Birding at White Rock pier, South Surrey

Birding at White Rock pier, South Surrey

Trip report by Leader: Thomas Plath  January 25, 2020, a break in the bad weather allowed for a decent outing at the White Rock pier. The eight of us made use of the gift shop overhang while it was raining to scope seabirds along the waterfront. In front of us were 1,000’s of birds still present from the anchovy spawn a few weeks previous. Right away a nice flock of about 50 Bonaparte’s Gull were noticed roosting on the water off the…

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Birding at Terra Nova Nature Reserve, Richmond

Birding at Terra Nova Nature Reserve, Richmond

Trip report by Leader: Thomas Plath On January 23, 2020, a forecast of more rain kept participants away and only two people showed up for this mid-week walk. Despite the rain we were rewarded with great views of an adult Coyote along the border with the golf course, several close views of single Golden-crowned Kinglets and a perched male Varied Thrush, rather scarce at this park.

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