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Walking in Memorial South Park to Learn About Its Trees – June 22, 2024

Walking in Memorial South Park to Learn About Its Trees – June 22, 2024

Submitted by Nina Shoroplova Few of us Nature Vancouver members knew Memorial South Park when we first met at its Cenotaph on Saturday, June 22, to learn more about its trees (https://covapp.vancouver.ca/parkfinder/ParkDetail.aspx?InParkId=186). Memorial South Park opened on May 22, 1926, almost a hundred years ago, before South Vancouver, Point Grey, and Vancouver amalgamated into the City of Vancouver in 1929. The park seems primarily to be a sports park, offering tennis courts, soccer fields, a baseball diamond, a field hockey…

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BEGINNER BIRD WALK AT JERICHO BEACH PARK – May 18, 2024

BEGINNER BIRD WALK AT JERICHO BEACH PARK – May 18, 2024

Submitted by Joanna Chin Joanna Chin and Donna McKenzie were the trip leaders for this event. Krissi Martin, Annie Maki, and Alan McKenzie came along to help out. We had a great turnout of 20 participants considering that it was cold and windy! Participants were diverse in terms of age, cultural backgrounds, and home location. We had participants from Burnaby, Richmond, and one from as far as Maple Ridge. We did an introduction and showed participants how to calibrate binoculars…

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Walk in Ornamental Gardens and Forest Trails in Stanley Park – May 25, 2024

Walk in Ornamental Gardens and Forest Trails in Stanley Park – May 25, 2024

Submitted by Nina Shoroplova Twenty or so of us Nature Vancouver members gathered on the plaza above Lost Lagoon and the Nature House for this tree-identification walk through one ornamental garden and several forest trails in Stanley Park.  With people picking out which plant they wanted to see from my list of trees, shrubs, and native herbaceous plants growing along the route, we soon had the morning planned. We stopped at the black locust, Robinia pseudoacacia ‘Tortuosa’, and admired its…

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2024 Hugh Hamilton Memorial Scholarships

2024 Hugh Hamilton Memorial Scholarships

Undergrad Scholarship – Emma Kingsland Emma is currently completing an undergraduate degree at Simon Fraser University in Resource Environmental Management with a minor in Biology.  Emma was a Co-Lead on the Year of the Salish Sea Initiative which was created in an effort to improve the health and management of the Salish Sea and raise awareness about the importance of healthy marine ecosystems. Through her volunteer work Co-leading the Year of the Salish Sea initiative Emma was asked to serve…

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2024 Nature Vancouver Scholarships

2024 Nature Vancouver Scholarships

Undergraduate Scholarship – Caitey Gilchrist Caitey’s early years were spent catching insects and making puzzle pieces from Ponderosa pine bark. While she had an innate connection to nature, she also had a creative spark that drove her into a career in graphic design. After a decade of working in various marketing roles, she felt that something important was missing from her life, and decided to hike the West Coast Trail. After a week’s immersion in lush forests and estuaries, she…

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Galiano Island Hike – May 4, 2024

Galiano Island Hike – May 4, 2024

Submitted by Bettina Matzkuhn. Trip leader Bettina Matzkuhn met her group of seven at the Tsawwassen ferry terminal. The weather was overcast and windy, but quite warm and pleasant for walking. We tried the “Bluffs Peak” trail, which meant a quick hike up to the bluffs and backtrack down to continue on to Mt. Galiano. The Warbler Road route is better as one gets to enjoy the length of the bluffs. Return trip was approximately 15km. We saw the bright…

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Birding Iona Beach Regional Park – April 27, 2024

Birding Iona Beach Regional Park – April 27, 2024

Submitted by Jan Lowcock. Grey, rainy, windy weather set the stage for the Iona Beach Regional Park bird walk led by John Chandler and Jan Lowcock. Our group of 10 included several new birders who had attended the beginning birder Welcome Walks. They have earned their stripes by birding in wet weather. We identified 49 species in total, a few of which were seen and heard after we had completed the larger group walk. The trip began with a survey…

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Merritt Birding Trip April 20 -21, 2024

Merritt Birding Trip April 20 -21, 2024

Submitted By Thomas Plath April 20th Fifteen keen participants met at the McDonald’s in Merritt for an afternoon and morning of birding. After the customary sign in and organization of people and overnight gear we were able to accommodate everyone in five vehicles. We headed up to our first birding area – the Interior Douglas-fir/Lodgepole Pine forest of the Interior Plateau south of Kamloops. The numerous small meadows inundating the montane forest make this prime habitat for Great Grey Owl….

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Queen Elizabeth Park Welcome Walk – April 20 + April 21, 2024

Queen Elizabeth Park Welcome Walk – April 20 + April 21, 2024

Submitted by Jan Lowcock. Saturday April 20 and Sunday April 21, 2024 Neill Vanhinsberg and Jan Lowcock led 2 birding Welcome Walks in Vancouver’s Queen Elizabeth Park. Advertised through Nature Vancouver and Meetup, the two walks attracted 22 birders, 11 of whom were not members of Nature Vancouver. Many were brand new to birding and appreciative of the loaner binoculars now available for NV field trips. The sunny and slightly warmer temperatures on Saturday were enjoyed as we scoured the…

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Birding at Maplewood Conservation Area – March 24, 2024

Birding at Maplewood Conservation Area – March 24, 2024

Submitted by Leona Axbey A small group of us spent several hours here, and were treated to many special moments. We saw more Green-Winged Teals than this birder has ever seen, at least 100. Wonderful courtship displays were put on by a pair of Mallards, while Pine Siskins were billing and cooing (literally!) in nearby bushes.  A lone female Hooded Merganser chose to do her courtship display for everyone.  A Ruby-Crowned Kinglet put on quite the aerial display for us…

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