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Nature Walk along Burnaby Lake and Brunette River

Nature Walk along Burnaby Lake and Brunette River

Nine members and two guests participated in this walk on St. Patrick’s Day. Some of us met at the Sperling SkTrain Station and walked over to Bill Copeland Sports Arena to meet the rest of the group. We started our walk along the North shore of the lake and had to be careful not to block the path of the runners and joggers, some of them dressed in all sorts of green outfits and funky hats. The cold weather in…

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Pacific Spirit Park Nature Hike

Pacific Spirit Park Nature Hike

9 March 2019 – Leaders: Bev & Bill Ramey. Trip Report by Tom Lane It was a beautiful crisp morning that greeted us for the beginning of our nature hike in Pacific Spirit Park. Being my first nature walk here in Vancouver I was thrilled to have been invited and was looking forward to delving deeper into the flora and fauna of the park.  Being a bit of a ‘nature novice’, I was delighted to in the very capable hands…

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Streamkeepers Walk at Lynn Creek

Streamkeepers Walk at Lynn Creek

Trip report by Anne Leathem If we were salmon returning to Lynn Creek to spawn … what would we hope for? Wouldn’t it be nice to have sheltered pools behind large stumps and trees where we can rest as we fight our way against the current, and some climbable ladders to get around new obstacles up stream to our own spawning areas, some gravel beds in quiet water where we can clear a redd in which to lay our eggs,…

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2019 Greater Vancouver Regional Science Fairs

2019 Greater Vancouver Regional Science Fairs

BC Nature provides awards for regional science fairs for twelve regions in BC.  BC Nature has volunteers attending most of the regional science fair, but is still looking for someone to attend the Greater Vancouver Science Fair at UBC on April 6th, to present the awards in the junior and senior categories.  The BC Nature regional awards ($75 each) are for the best natural history project done by a student in grades 6 to 8 (junior ) and a student…

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Jericho Lands

Jericho Lands

The City of Vancouver, the Musqueam-Squamish-Tsleil-Waututh Nations and the Canada Lands Company are co-hosting two events to launch the planning program for the future of the Jericho Lands.  Learn about the process and share your ideas. Saturday March 2, from noon to 4 pm and Thursday, March 7, from 4:30 to 7:30 pm, both at Jericho Hill Gymnasium. See more at www.vancouver.ca/Jericho-lands

Family Day on Bowen

Family Day on Bowen

On BC Family Day, 18 February, 2019, Teresa and Denis led a 5 hour walk on Bowen Island, joined by 5 others ranging in ages 6 to 60ish. We enjoyed a bright day with thin clouds, about zero celsius with no wind or precipitation. Kids set the pace and tone – great energy and low average speed. We stopped often to admire bark, lichens, moss, ice. We saw many birds: Double-crested Cormorant (in Horseshoe Bay), Tree Creeper, Kingfisher, Herons in…

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Birding Jericho Park

Birding Jericho Park

Leader Al Grass. Trip Report and Photos by Devon Yu. About eight member participated in this outing on Saturday, 16 February, 2019. Al Grass filled in as the group leader for Adrian Grant Duff. It was cloudy with sunny breaks, the ground was covered with snow, and very slippery. The highlight of the day was the great horned owl, the calls of the crows leading us to find the owl. We tallied about 20 species including great horned owl, bald eagle,…

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Birding along River Road in West Richmond

Birding along River Road in West Richmond

Photos and trip report by Harvey Dueck Michelle and I weren’t clever enough to check the website, and so it wasn’t until we arrived at the starting point on the morning of Saturday February 9th that we discovered trip leader, Kelly Sekhon, had cancelled the trip due to the expected foul weather. We decided to go out anyway, at least as far as Terra Nova to look for the Sora that so many people have reported recently. The weather was…

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BC Coastal Waterbird Survey

BC Coastal Waterbird Survey

Submitted by Graham Sorenson Bird Studies Canada organizes a Coastal Waterbird Survey in British Columbia, and is looking for more volunteers in the Vancouver area, and throughout BC’s coast. This long-term Citizen Science monitoring program involves counting ducks, loons, grebes, gulls, and other waterbirds on the second Sunday of each month from Sept-April. The BC Coastal Waterbird Survey results play an important role in monitoring populations, species recovery strategies, oil spill response planning, and international research initiatives like the Migratory Shorebird Project.  In…

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The Deep Sea Cities of Glass & Marine Life Sanctuaries Society

The Deep Sea Cities of Glass & Marine Life Sanctuaries Society

Volume 46 (2018) of Discovery, a journal of natural history, published by Nature Vancouver, contains the following two articles written by Sheila Byers. The Deep Sea Cities of Glass. (Click HERE to download a PDF copy). The Marine Life Sanctuaries Society and Conservation of Howe Sound Rockfishes and Glass Sponge Reefs. (Click HERE to download a PDF copy). Sheila Byers, a Registered Professional Biologist and a marine biologist, is the Past President and a current Director of the MLSS since 2007….

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