Tree Swallow Nesting Box Program

Tree Swallow Nesting Box Program

Report by Dr. Peter R.B. Ward Cascade Bird Box Team has been working at McCleery Golf Course, other City of Vancouver courses and several private golf courses since 2014. We have achieved a steady growth in the summer population of Tree Swallows, with the co-operation of Golf Course superintendents. These birds are really good at controlling insects, and are a pleasure to watch. They are dependent for breeding on the presence of a suitable hole in a tree or a…

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BC Nature Fall General Meeting 2019

BC Nature Fall General Meeting 2019

Hosted by Burke Mountain Naturalists Report by Janet Snell: Photos by Beng├╝l Kurtar & Janet Snell   This past week-end (Oct. 3 to Oct. 6), the BC Nature Fall General Meeting was hosted by Burke Mountain Naturalists in the Pitt River area bordered by the Fraser River, Pitt River wetlands and the rugged Coastal Mountains. It is an area greatly impacted by the development of the Lower Mainland. This was an opportunity to see the work being carried out by local…

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Wild Things wins the BC Museum Associations Award of Merit: (Excellence in Exhibitions category)

Wild Things wins the BC Museum Associations Award of Merit: (Excellence in Exhibitions category)

It takes a lot of Volunteers to win an Award The exhibition Wild Things: The Power of Nature in Our Lives is a co-production between the Museum of Vancouver (MOV) and Nature Vancouver.  Wild Things opened in June 2018 and has been extended to January 12, 2020 due to its popularity with school groups and other museum visitors.  In writing this celebratory blog I hope to convey the power of volunteerism.  Since this is three years after the project began,…

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Cheakamus Lake ­čî┐Trip report 2019-09-30

Cheakamus Lake ­čî┐Trip report 2019-09-30

15 hikers went to Cheakamus Lake on a beautiful sunny Monday. We pooled into 5 cars, and found the dreaded gravel road in pretty good condition for city cars, only a couple of hundred potholes. We walked at a slow pace, found dozens of mushrooms and enjoyed the view of snow on surrounding mountains. See calendar notice page.

NatureKIDS BC

NatureKIDS BC

NatureKIDS BC is THE club for children and families who love to be outdoors. Members discover nature on Explorer Days organized by volunteer leaders and guided by experts, participate in stewardship projects, earn Action Awards and receive┬áNatureWILD┬ámagazine 4 times a year. Family membership: $35 per year. Individual adult membership:$25 per year. Or subscribe to NatureWILD magazine: $20 for 4 issues per year. For more information and to sign up online go to: https://www.naturekidsbc.ca/about-us/

Contest Winner. Wild Things: The Power of Nature in Our Lives photo contest

Contest Winner. Wild Things: The Power of Nature in Our Lives photo contest

I think nature always tells the truth and how a person views nature and shares it with others tells the truth of that person’s character. – William Winslowhansen William Winslowhansen is the winner of the recent photo contest administered by the Museum of Vancouver. This contest is part of the Nature Vancouver co-produced exhibition Wild Things: The Power of Nature in Our Lives that closes on Sept 29th, 2019. Among the several photos submitted by William is this rare image…

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Hollyburn Peak

Hollyburn Peak

A joint trip with Friends of Cypress Provincial Park – Aug 30, 2019 Trip Report by leader Lyn Grants Twelve participants were not daunted by the mist and light rain and, of course, all made it to the peak-alas to curtains of mist which completely obscured the views.┬á Many whiskey jacks (Canada Jays) flew in immediately to join and entertain us. Entertained as we were, we were also alarmed to learn that their food caches are not ÔÇťrefrigerated” as they…

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2019 Summer Camp – Niut Lakes

2019 Summer Camp – Niut Lakes

The 2019 Nature Vancouver summer camps were held in the spectacular Niut Range, just to the west of Tatlayoko Lake, or two hundred kilometres west of Williams Lake.  Located at the tree line at 2000 metres, the camps offered abundant opportunities for botanizing, birding and rambling ranging from easy strolls to more vigorous all-day hikes.  The first camp ran from July 21st to  28th with the second camp running from July 28th to August 4th. Camp managers were Nigel Peck for week one…

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Shorebirding at Boundary Bay August 27th

Shorebirding at Boundary Bay August 27th

Unseasonable warm weather and a lingering high pressure system likely resulted in a paucity of migrating shorebirds. A walk to the 112th Street pump station from the foot of 104th during the rising tide did not produce the masses of shorebirds expected. At 112th Street were 1,000’s of dabbling ducks mainly Northern Pintail with smaller numbers of Mallard, Green-winged Teal and American Wigeon. At the tip were four Caspian Terns roosting with 20+ Ring-billed Gulls. Shorebirds were limited to four…

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Reifel Refuge Birding Field Trip Report Aug 24th

Reifel Refuge Birding Field Trip Report Aug 24th

The eight participants that showed up on Saturday afternoon were rewarded with a couple of rarities lingering at Reifel Bird Sanctuary. Robertson slough along the entrance road hosted a Great Egret a rare visitor to the Delta. Shorebirding was good with three Stilt Sandpipers in amongst the dozens of Greater and Lesser Yellowlegs and both dowitchers at the “house pond”. The former species is an annual but scarce visitor in late August /early September. An obliging dark Great Horned Owl…

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