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2020 Summer Camp – Big Bar Ranch

2020 Summer Camp – Big Bar Ranch

The Nature Vancouver Summer Camp in 2020 will be a drive-in camp at Big Bar Ranch near Clinton, BC. Two camps will be held from July 5 to12 and July 12 to 19.Accommodation in cabins is available. Reserve your own. Pictures and info on the website BigBarRanch.com. Telephone 1-877-655–2333 or 250-459-2333.Camp Application will be available here for download on January 15, 2020.

A Walk in Bear Habitat

A Walk in Bear Habitat

Trip Report by Leader David Cook On Thursday, August 1st., 2019, seventeen persons participated in this joint event for Nature Vancouver and the North Shore Black Bear Society (www.northshorebears.com). Two habitats were selected for this event. One was in the coniferous forest of Lynn Canyon Park where bears had been foraging for insects in logs, and the other was in the adjacent Lower Seymour Conservation Reserve beneath Hydro lines where berry bushes and mountain ash had grown up to supply the…

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A Stroll Through Vancouver’s Geological History

A Stroll Through Vancouver’s Geological History

Trip Report by Leader David Cook On Sunday, 11 August, 2019,  seventeen persons participated in a joint event for Nature Vancouver and the Cordilleran Section of the Geological Association of Canada (http://www.gac-cs.ca). (A detailed guide titled, Self-guiding Geology Tour of Stanley Park is available HERE.)  Some of the highlights were:  A large glacial erratic on the beach at Third Beach A dyke that can be seen at low tide The tilted bedding of the sandstones due to the rising of the North Shore mountains….

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Cypress Old-Growth and Mushrooms

Cypress Old-Growth and Mushrooms

Trip Report by Leader David Cook On Sunday, 6 October, 2019, seventeen persons participated in this field trip to Cypress Bowl Provincial Park, jointly organized by Nature Vancouver and Friends of Cypress Provincial Park. Objective was to learn the characteristics of an old-growth forest and the role that fungi play in it.  We proceeded to the upper Sunset Trail where there is a little known old-growth forest. Some of the characteristic features of an old-growth forest are trees of uneven…

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Facinating Fungi

Facinating Fungi

Trip Report by Leader David Cook On 19 October, 2019, thirty persons participated in this walk in Lighthouse Park, West Vancouver. The event was jointly organized by the Lighthouse Park Preservation Society and Nature Vancouver. We walked along the Beacon Lake Trail from the parking area to the Sk’iwitsut Hut. On the way I explained the damage being done to old-growth Douglas-firs by the Honey Mushroom (Armillaria sp) which made their presence known by the tree exuding pitch in a vain attempt to…

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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 Bengül 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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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 NatureWILD magazine 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/

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.  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 “refrigerated” as they…

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Yew Lake / Bowen Lookout Discovery Walk – 5 August 2019

Yew Lake / Bowen Lookout Discovery Walk – 5 August 2019

Joint Trip with Friends of Cypress Provincial Park  Trip Report by Jane Srivastava On a sunny, hot BC Day, Gail Ross, former Park Ranger, led ten curious walkers, ranging in age from their 3rd decade to their 9th (and including a special visitor from Laos)  on a leisurely walk / hike through this beautiful area.  We were introduced to giant, ancient trees and miniscule sundew, fringed grass of Parnassus and  green bog orchid in the meadows, coral root in the old…

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