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2021 Annual General Meeting

2021 Annual General Meeting

Thursday, May 27, 2021 at 7:30 pm The 103rd Annual General Meeting of Nature Vancouver was held on Thursday, May 27 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. The proposed changes to Nature Vancouver Bylaws were approved. Election was held for the new Board of Directors for 2021-2022. The business session was followed by Annual Volunteer Awards and Scholarship presentations. The copies of the minutes of…

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2021 Volunteer Appreciation & Annual Awards

2021 Volunteer Appreciation & Annual Awards

This year’s volunteer awards were announced on 27th May, 2021 at the AGM. The AGM was held via Zoom Video Conferencing. The award plaques will be presented later. Garibaldi Awards for Club Services The Garibaldi awards recognize members who have performed significant service to the Society over several years. Up to four Garibaldi awards are presented each year. These awards were established in 1993. Angela Bond Angela Bond has been a Member of Nature Vancouver since 2014. She joined the…

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2021 Hugh Hamilton Memorial Scholarships

2021 Hugh Hamilton Memorial Scholarships

Jay Matsushiba – Hugh Hamilton Memorial Undergraduate Scholarship  Jay Matsushiba is a 4th year student in Biological Sciences at Simon Fraser University and has recently completed a Geographic Information Systems Certificate (SFU). In Jay’s words, “My goal is to equip myself with the skills and experience to be able to make the study of ecology more powerful through the use of modern technology.” Jay has accumulated a great deal of volunteer experience in the past seven years with the Vancouver Aquarium and…

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2021 Nature Vancouver Scholarships

2021 Nature Vancouver Scholarships

Ally Truscott – 2021 Nature Vancouver Undergraduate Scholarship Ally Truscott is in her first year of studies in the Fish, Wildlife and Recreation Diploma program at the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT). She is from Pemberton and what really impressed us about Ally is how much experience she has already accomplished. She has been an active member of the Pemberton Wildlife Association since 2019 and is now on the Board of Directors. In the last few years, Ally has participated…

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B.C. Lieutenant Governor’s Medal for Historical Writing

B.C. Lieutenant Governor’s Medal for Historical Writing

N V Member, Nina Shoroplova’s Book Shortlisted for 2021  The stories of the trees in Stanley Park by Nina Shoroplova, Legacy of Trees: Purposeful Wandering in Vancouver’s Stanley Park, is a finalist for the 38th Annual British Columbia Historical Federation Lieutenant Governor’s Historical Writing Competition.  Shoroplova is a historian, researcher, photographer, and author living in Vancouver’s West End.  Heritage House Publishing released Shoroplova’s book in June 2020, describing it as an “engaging, informative, and visually stunning tour of the numerous…

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Proposal for a Bird Sanctuary at Iona Island

Proposal for a Bird Sanctuary at Iona Island

Proposed by Dr. Rob Butler Pacific Wildlife Foundation, PO Box 1-12, 850 Barnet Highway, Port Moody, B.C. V3H 1V6 The proposed changes to Iona Island Wastewater Treatment Plant offer a unique opportunity to create a bird sanctuary on Iona island of world class proportions. The Fraser River Delta has long been recognized as a premier bird habitat in Canada. Among the many designations of the delta are the premier Important Bird Area in the 700 sites recognized in Canada, a Hemisphere Reserve in…

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2021 NV Photo Competition

2021 NV Photo Competition

The photo entries and the results of this year’s Annual Nature Vancouver Photo Competition were presented on 25 March 2021. More than ninety members participated in this presentation by Ron Long via Zoom Video Conferencing. This year forty six members submitted 345 photos. A video recording of the presentation is available on Nature Vancouver YouTube Channel: https://youtu.be/R576uBfSR04 You can also view all the photos and results of the competition from the following links. The links, to Google Photo Albums, open…

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Appeal of Permit for Removal of Peregrine Falcon Nest

Appeal of Permit for Removal of Peregrine Falcon Nest

A wildlife permit was issued to Mountainside Quarries, which own rights to mine rock and gravel at “Quadling Quarry”, located at 40251 Quadling Road, Abbotsford. The permit will allow the company to remove a peregrine falcon nest on the property. The permit is being appealed. The appeal has the support of various nature clubs and organizations. Nature Vancouver has now signed on as an NGO in support of the appeal. Individuals can also support the appeal by emailing Environmental Appeal…

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Hastings Park Sanctuary – in Fall & Winter

Hastings Park Sanctuary – in Fall & Winter

Text and Photos by Doug Cooper Now that spring is beginning to drop hints of its arrival, I thought I would send out this update on my nature observations at the sanctuary over the fall and winter months. Winter is the time to see Varied Thrushes at the sanctuary, although they often see me first and fly off out of camera range. I never tire of watching them fling leaves about in their search for tasty morsels on the forest…

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Extreme Bird Feeding in East Vancouver

Extreme Bird Feeding in East Vancouver

Feedback by Nigel Peck on Ron Long’s Experience in Port Moody. (Please see Ron’s article on page 63 of Vol. 48 of DISCOVERY) Here in East Vancouver, we do not have all the critters that Ron Long had to contend with in Port Moody, however I am sure that the contingent of rats on our block (right next to Commercial Drive restaurant garbage bins) would take your breath away. Therefore, our bird feeding system includes a tin roof covering the…

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