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Bald Eagle Nest Monitors Needed by Hancock Wildlife Foundation

Bald Eagle Nest Monitors Needed by Hancock Wildlife Foundation

A Message from David Hancock, Hancock Wildlife Foundation, Surrey, BC  Tracking Bald Eagles is a big challenge since British Columbia hosts the world’s largest winter gatherings of these raptors. BC also hosts some of the densest breeding concentrations in all of North America. Handcock Wildlife Foundation is expanding its data base to cover the entire province. Can you help? Can you find some local nesting eagles, bald or golden, ospreys, peregrine falcons etc. and make a few observations during the…

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Witnessing & reporting obvious wildlife harassment

Witnessing & reporting obvious wildlife harassment

For many years now there has been an ongoing problem of birds of prey being harassed by unethical photographers in the Metro Vancouver region, particularly in the salt marshes of Boundary Bay and Brunswick Point. Recently the problem has been especially serious in the Brunswick Point area. For example just in the past week photos have been taken by ethical birders witnessing violators off-trail, out in the marsh, getting as close as possible to perched Short-eared Owls. The violators show…

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Disinfecting Bird Feeders to Control Salmonella Outbreak

Disinfecting Bird Feeders to Control Salmonella Outbreak

There have been numerous sightings of large flocks of Pine Siskins in the Metro Vancouver region this winter. Dirty bird feeders are prone to salmonella infection, which is often lethal to Pine Siskins and other species. You might not actually see them at your feeder while you’re home. However since they tend to move around frequently, they might visit your feeder while you’re out and infect it without you even knowing it. Therefore it’s safest to assume they do come…

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2019 Vancouver Christmas Bird Count

2019 Vancouver Christmas Bird Count

Report by Peter Candido The 2019 Vancouver Christmas Bird Count took place on December 14th under good conditions, ranging from cloudy with showers in some areas and some clear patches in the morning to broken clouds and partly sunny in the afternoon.  Winds were light at 6-9 km/h. and visibility was very good for the coastal portions. THE SPECIES TOTAL STANDS AT 126, surpassing last year’s 121 species. Thanks to all who made this a very successful day! There was a record-high number…

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PITT RIVER DYKE – DEBOVILLE SLOUGH BIRDING FIELD TRIP REPORT – January 19, 2019

PITT RIVER DYKE – DEBOVILLE SLOUGH BIRDING FIELD TRIP REPORT – January 19, 2019

This 3-hour, 5.7 km birding field trip with leader Larry Cowan, started in Port Coquitlam on the Pitt River dyke, just north of the Lougheed Highway, at the east end of Nicola Place. We then walked north on the dyke, then west along DeBoville Slough (in Coquitlam). 27 birders braved some rain showers along the way and were rewarded with 30 species. The full eBird report is here: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S51835048 One highlight was a female Evening Grosbeak and Janice White luckily…

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Dipper Quest – Birding Field Trip

Dipper Quest – Birding Field Trip

Leader Larry Cowan, trip report by Colin Klasen On Saturday, Dec 1, 2018, twenty participants enjoyed a dry and mostly-sunny day exploring the MapleRidge/Pitt Meadows area with leader Larry Cowan and saw a total of 27 species at 3 locations. The first stop was at Maple Ridge Park on 232 Avenue, looking for the AmericanDipper. The first one was found within a few minutes of scanning the AlouetteRiver and the second one 10 minutes later 200 meters upstream. This fairly…

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