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Author: Kelly Sekhon

Annual Christmas Social

Annual Christmas Social

On Thursday, December 13, 2018, over hundred members and guests attended the 8th Annual Christmas Social at St. Mary’s Anglican Church in Kerrisdale, Vancouver. Members contributed a variety of sweet and savory finger food. Hot apple cider, coffee, and tea was provided.  Leaders of NatureKids BC were invited to this social evening. The President of NatureKids BC, Cynthia Berg, presented a short history of how Nature Vancouver helped establish Young Naturalists of BC, now known as NatureKids BC.  As a part of the…

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Logging in Manning & Skagit Provincial Parks

Logging in Manning & Skagit Provincial Parks

Conservation Issue: Express your Concerns Nature Vancouver members may be aware that logging is taking place in the ‘donut hole’ surrounded by Manning and Skagit Provincial Parks. This logging is visible from Hwy #3, just east from Sumallo Grove. BC Timber Sales (BCTS) is inviting comments from stakeholder groups regarding proposals to expand the logging area.   You can email your concerns to: Qingcen.Cai@gov.bc.ca. Qingcen Cai is the Planning Forester with BC Timber Sales, in charge of receiving public comments. Copy your letter…

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Jericho Park Birding

Jericho Park Birding

Trip report by Leader Adrian Grant Duff Seventeen members participated in this field trip, on Saturday, Dec 1, 2018, in ideal weather conditions. We tallied 29 species including Brown creeper, Pacific Wren, Golden-crowned Kinglets, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Golden-crowned Sparrows (20) and Horned Grebes (2).

Mushrooms & Mosses in Cypress Falls Park

Mushrooms & Mosses in Cypress Falls Park

Leaders Anne Leathem, Teresa Gagne & Denis Laplante Report and photos by Denis Laplante On Sunday,  November 18, 2018, twelve members participated in this field trip with the object of studying mosses, lichen and fungi. There were so many interesting mosses, lichens and tiny mushrooms that it took us 20 minutes to get past the parking lot! Anywhere we stopped, a marvellous miniature beauty was waiting, and sunshine helped. A few people were misled by my glib “moderate walk in the…

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Cerise Creek Hike

Cerise Creek Hike

Leader Bill Kinkaid – Trip report by Charlene Stanford  On October 27, 2018, a bleary-eyed (for Les and I), but smooth 7am start to our day at St David’s Church in North Van. Our group of nine consolidated into three vehicles, and hit the road right on time. We had a pit stop in Pemberton, and got to the chilly trailhead at about 10am, starting our hike at 10:15am. The  trail was in good condition and a bit icy in spots…

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Black Bear Habitat Walk

Black Bear Habitat Walk

Trip Report by Leader David Cook Sixteen persons participated in the black bear habitat walk in Lower Seymour Conservation Reserve (LSCR) and Lynn Canyon Park, on August 12, 2018. The field trip was organized jointly by Nature Vancouver and the North Shore Black Bear Society. The route took us through two types of bear feeding habitats. First, a low scrub beneath the Hydro lines in LSCR where bears forage for berries. Second, a coniferous forest in Lynn Canyon Park where…

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Cypress Provincial Park – Geology Hike

Cypress Provincial Park – Geology Hike

Trip report by Leader DavidCook  On August 5, 2018, fifteen members participated in this field trip, organized jointly by Nature Vancouver and Friends of Cypress Provincial Park. We walked part way up the Collins Ski Run keeping faithfully to my self-guiding field trip of Cypress geology. A PDF copy is available HERE. The intent was to continue on to the first peak of Mt Strachan as had been done in the past where there is an interesting glacial pavement displaying…

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Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary

Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary

Trip report by Leader Tom Plath This was another beautiful day for a walk at Reifel Refuge. On October 27, 2018, a dozen or so participants were rewarded with good looks at several raptors. Scope views were had of an obliging Merlin perched near the entrance and then minutes later an immature Peregrine Falcon using the same snag. Stunning views were had of an adult Black-crowned Night Heron watched preening in the open only a few metres away. Hundreds of…

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Black Mountain and The Plateau

Black Mountain and The Plateau

Trip report by Leader Anne Leathem On August 25th five of us set out in a light shower up the trail to Black Mountain and the Plateau. We were not a fast group but enjoyed checking out the trees and and other plants along the way. Among us were friends new and old so we caught up on our latest summer holidays. When we reached Eagle Bluff, alas, there was no view. To escape the rain we tucked in under the…

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Baden Powell Trail – Forest Ecology Walk

Baden Powell Trail – Forest Ecology Walk

On July 8, 2018, David Cook, led a group of 16 on a forest ecology walk along the section of the Baden Powell Trail, east from the downhill ski area of Cypress Provincial Park, where there is old-growth coniferous forest. This field trip was organized jointly by Nature Vancouver and Friends of Cypress Provincial Park. David explained the characteristics of a coastal old-growth forest in BC including the plant species and their ecology.  Please see below a photo of a…

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