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2020 Nature Vancouver Photo Competition

2020 Nature Vancouver Photo Competition

Winning entries, and critique of all photos submitted 24 September 2020 – 7:30pm This presentation will feature photos submitted by members this past February. From the entries, judges have selected first, second and third in each category plus the best in show. Photos are submitted in these categories:  Birds, Botany,  Mammals, Insects and Spiders, and Other Natural History. This presentation will be aired via Zoom videoconferencing. See https://naturevancouver.ca/zoom-videoconference-instructions/ . On Monday Sep 21, Nature Vancouver members will receive the Zoom link in the…

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Nature Vancouver Helping to Unite Nature Lovers for a Green and Inclusive Recovery in Canada

Nature Vancouver Helping to Unite Nature Lovers for a Green and Inclusive Recovery in Canada

Submitted by Adam Murphy, Nature Network Organizer This campaign is about the nature community coming together to do everything we can to ensure that the federal government moves forward with major commitments to protect nature – both within the context of facing the immediate challenges imposed by COVID, and in broader recovery initiatives.  We all agree that protecting nature is critical when it comes to reversing biodiversity loss and addressing climate change – but it has also been so important…

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Himalayan Blackberry

Himalayan Blackberry

History and its impact on our local flora and fauna Here is an interesting article published in The Tyee about the Himalayan Blackberry. The article discusses at length the history of introduction of this invasive plant and its impact on our environment. Read the article from the link below: How Blackberries Took Over. It’s a Juicy Story

Legacy of Trees: Purposeful Wandering in Vancouver’s Stanley Park – Book Review

Legacy of Trees: Purposeful Wandering in Vancouver’s Stanley Park – Book Review

Shoroplova, Nina. 2020. Heritage House Publishing. 278 pp. $ 29.95. Paperback.  Note: Nina Shoroplova is a member of Nature Vancouver Book review by Terry Taylor If you live in the Lower Mainland, you have probably been to Stanley Park. If you live in Vancouver, you probably think you know Stanley Park. Once you read this book, you will realize that you really do not know Stanley Park. It is a book that is difficult to classify. Is it a tree…

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BC Coal Mine Proposed in Critical Caribou Habitat

BC Coal Mine Proposed in Critical Caribou Habitat

Submitted by Caroline Penn Please see an article in The Narwhal from the link below. Written by Jimmy Thomson, it’s thorough but readable, with excellent maps and graphics. This is a follow up from the presentation by Tim Burkhart to Nature Vancouver on May 21. Tim Burkhart is BC Manager, Strategic Engagement and Peace Region, Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative, Victoria. In his presentation Tim told the story of mountain caribou in BC, the stunning landscapes they help protect, and the…

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May 2020 at the Hastings Park sanctuary

May 2020 at the Hastings Park sanctuary

Text and Photos by Doug Cooper It was a great May for birding and nature in general at the Hastings Park sanctuary.  As May came to a close, the sanctuary was much quieter than earlier in the month, both in volume and variety of bird song as well as in numbers and species of birds.  Eight types of warblers were reported during the month:  Yellow, Yellow-rumped (of both subspecies types), MacGillivray’s, Wilson’s, Orange-crowned, Black-throated Grey, Townsend’s and Common Yellowthroat.  At…

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Feeling Sad Or Anxious? Here Are All The Ways Nature Can Make You Feel Better

Feeling Sad Or Anxious? Here Are All The Ways Nature Can Make You Feel Better

Text by Isabella Lovett Depression and anxiety are two of the most common illnesses in the world, and according to the World Health Organization, there are over 260 million individuals worldwide who are coping with depression, while more than 280 million people are struggling with anxiety disorders. The rise in the number of people with mental health disorders is the result of a combination of factors, including having toxic relationships as well as having to deal with pressure on a regular basis….

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2020 Volunteer Appreciation & Annual Awards

2020 Volunteer Appreciation & Annual Awards

Announced on 28th May, 2020 at the AGM. The AGM was held via Zoom Video Conferencing and the plaques were later presented at an outdoor setting. Photos of these presentations are on GOOGLE PHOTOS ALBUM. Garibaldi Awards for Club Services Maureen Collier Maureen Collier joined Nature Vancouver in 2009 for the camp at Cinnabar Basin. Maureen and Jim enjoyed their first camp, particularly as the second camp had to be cancelled due to forest fires. Subsequent camps included – 2010 where…

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2020 Annual General Meeting

2020 Annual General Meeting

Thursday, May 28, 2019 at 7:30 pm The 102nd Annual General Meeting of Nature Vancouver was held on Thursday, May 28 at 7:30 via a Zoom video conferencing. At the business part of the meeting, the President’s and Treasurer’s reports were presented for approval. Election was held for the new Board of Directors for 2020-2021. The business session was followed by Annual Volunteer Awards and Scholarship presentations. This first and extremely unusual on-line AGM was a great success. The copies of the…

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Nature Vancouver Nature Tours – History in Photos

Nature Vancouver Nature Tours – History in Photos

During the 1990’s, Nature Vancouver organized various nature tours to places like Oregon Coast, Columbia Gorge and Canyon Lands in the U. S., and to Yukon, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Vancouver Island, and Haida Gwaii in Canada. These trips were organized by Bill Merilees, Audrey Viken and Kelly Sekhon. Following album displays mainly the photos of participants, and some of the places we visited, in random order. Most of these photos were scanned from prints shared by various participants or from personal…

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