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Roberts Bank Terminal 2 (RBT2) Petition

Roberts Bank Terminal 2 (RBT2) Petition

    From BC Nature newsletter September 2020. Dear BC Nature Members:Estuaries are areas where fresh water from a river or stream mixes with the salt water of the sea. These are among the most fertile environments on earth! Estuaries support a remarkable abundance of life including microscopic plankton, invertebrate, fish, birds and mammals. When we protect an estuary we protect one of our richest resources.About 80 percent of the natural functioning and biodiversity of the Lower Fraser River and…

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Elk Mountain 2020-June-22 trip report

Elk Mountain 2020-June-22 trip report

The two of us drove out Monday to Elk Mountain, South of Chilliwack. The easy to follow trail starts out in a beautiful conifer woods and after 800 metres of climb over 4.5km arrives at beautiful sub-alpine meadows with views of nearby Mt Baker and other mountains. The trail was somewhat muddy in patches but we didn’t sink in. And the bugs kept away. What a wonderful day! We identified 58 species of plants, and one toad. Get species list…

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Admiralty Point 2020-04-11 – informal trip report

Admiralty Point 2020-04-11 – informal trip report

Five of us old friends drove early to Belcarra Picnic Area parking (9am is early, isn’t it?) to beat the rush on this sunny Saturday; we met 4 people on the trail, making distancing easy. When we got back at 1:30 the parking lot was pretty full, and we skipped out plan to go up the peninsula because of crowding. Along the water to Admiralty and Burns point is an easy walk on a pleasant trail, beautiful views of water,…

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Nature Walk, Byrne Creek Ravine, 2020-03-29 – Informal Trip Report

Nature Walk, Byrne Creek Ravine, 2020-03-29 – Informal Trip Report

For housebound folks seeking a hit of nature, this sliver of Burnaby wilderness surrounded by city is definitely worth a visit.  Byrne Creek Ravine Park offers a beautiful stream, generally good trails, tall trees, lush green ferns, birdsong, spring flowers and more.  The basic loop is just over 3km with about 70m of elevation gain and can be started from the bottom (near Southridge & Marine Dr.) or from the top (near Ron McLean Park). There is one short steep…

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Nature Walk, Burnaby Lake, 2020-03-23 – Informal Trip Report

Nature Walk, Burnaby Lake, 2020-03-23 – Informal Trip Report

The following was not a Nature Vancouver field trip. Four of us went today to the trail North of Burnaby Lake and a bit down the Brunette River and back. From 9:30 to 2pm we walked along easy trails and saw many birds and flowers. We met about 60 people, all small groups and well spaced out. Within our group we were generally successful at maintaining 2m social distancing, with occasional brief lapses to 1m, usually when reading info. signs….

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Hike, Hayward Lake, 2020-03-21 – Informal Trip Report

Hike, Hayward Lake, 2020-03-21 – Informal Trip Report

On Saturday March 21 2020, five of us met for a lovely hike along Reservoir Trail on the East side of Hayward lake – note that this was not done under the Nature Vancouver organization but a group of friends. We drove up two per car and hiked South, from the parking lot 1200m east of the dam along Dewdney Trunk Rd, as described in Events calendar. The statistics are 15km in 6h30m, with cumulative ascent 290m. Maintaining “social distancing”…

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NFB “the Whale and the Raven” at Vancity Theatre

NFB “the Whale and the Raven” at Vancity Theatre

Following three sold-out shows at the Vancouver International Film Festival last fall, the NFB film “the Whale and the Raven” will be at Vancity Theatre from Friday Jan 10 to Thursday Jan 16. Journeying into BC’s Great Bear Rainforest, German documentarian and cultural anthropologist Mirjam Leuze investigates the potential impact of a liquefied natural gas exporting plant and increased tanker traffic on this stunning ecosystem. Not only are we introduced to the remarkable people who call this place home and oppose…

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Hayward Lake 🌿 2019-11-16 Trip Report —

Hayward Lake 🌿 2019-11-16 Trip Report —

3 cheerful hikers braved a drizzle for a lovely 16km walk through beautiful second-growth forest along Hayward Reservoir Trail, East of Mission. Hairsine Inlet floating bridge is still closed. A well-maintained easy trail with cumulative ascent of 385m, including 30m for the fantastic Steelhead Falls viewpoint. We saw many mushrooms, and loved the scent of well-named Vanilla Leaf. I would like to thank the Norwegian Weather Service for correctly predicting hourly rainfall of half millimetre per hour yr.no . Photos…

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Cheakamus Lake 🌿Trip report 2019-09-30

Cheakamus Lake 🌿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.

Langdale Falls 🌿 2019-08-11 – Trip Report

Langdale Falls 🌿 2019-08-11 – Trip Report

Four Nature Vancouver members walked on the 9:55 ferry to Langdale and had a lovely hike around Langdale Falls and Sidewinder trail. The drizzle stopped around 1pm – the damp weather made for shiny leaves and especially vibrant colours .  The woods are varied and beautiful, the abundance and variety of beautiful, colourful large mushroom was an unexpected bonus for an August trip, and we’ve never seen so many Indian Pipe! We opted to do the route in a clockwise…

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