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Birding at Iona Island Regional Park, Richmond

Birding at Iona Island Regional Park, Richmond

Trip report by Leader, Thomas Plath On February 22, 2020, a dozen participants showed trust in the “weather man” and met at the parking lot in front of the washrooms at 9 AM. The forecast was correct and the rain had stopped. Two swallows foraging low over the outer pond were the Barn variety and not the expected Tree Swallow. Waterfowl were on the move and a flock of Lesser Scaup and a couple of female Bufflehead was present and a dozen Great Blue Heron roosting in the…

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Trails Strategy for BC

Trails Strategy for BC

Public Input sought by Feb 28, 2020 The BC government is seeking public input on its “Trails Strategy for BC”. Several naturalists have commented that some trails should remain single purpose, for walkers and hikers focussed on nature study and observation. Not all trails should be designed for multi-use. The BC government survey takes 15 to 30 minutes to complete. Deadline to complete is February 28th by 4:00 pm. The survey is available from the following link: https://engage.gov.bc.ca/trailsstrategyreview/ Click below for…

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Birding Terra Nova Nature Reserve, Richmond

Birding Terra Nova Nature Reserve, Richmond

Trip Report by Leader, Thomas Plath On February 6, 2020, three participants enjoyed a pleasant walk around this nature park despite the light rain. A flock of American Goldfinches feeding in a birch was examined for redpolls even though it is a poor year for this northern visitor. A singing Bewick’s Wren was in plain view as were a few male Anna’s Hummingbirds perched on bushes showing their gorget well. The managed fields were flooded yielding a good mixed flock…

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Birding at Reifel Refuge, Delta

Birding at Reifel Refuge, Delta

Trip Report by Leader: Thomas Plath On 1 February 2020, once again the weather co-operated somewhat and although it was windy there was no rain. Seven people showed up to see what Reifel had to offer this morning. As is often the case Reifel gave us a few quality sightings. We were surprised by an immature Barn Swallow foraging at Fuller’s slough. All the regular dabbling ducks were present in the house pond and a group of Trumpeter Swans fed in the Alaksen fields….

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Birding at White Rock pier, South Surrey

Birding at White Rock pier, South Surrey

Trip report by Leader: Thomas Plath  January 25, 2020, a break in the bad weather allowed for a decent outing at the White Rock pier. The eight of us made use of the gift shop overhang while it was raining to scope seabirds along the waterfront. In front of us were 1,000’s of birds still present from the anchovy spawn a few weeks previous. Right away a nice flock of about 50 Bonaparte’s Gull were noticed roosting on the water off the…

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Birding at Terra Nova Nature Reserve, Richmond

Birding at Terra Nova Nature Reserve, Richmond

Trip report by Leader: Thomas Plath On January 23, 2020, a forecast of more rain kept participants away and only two people showed up for this mid-week walk. Despite the rain we were rewarded with great views of an adult Coyote along the border with the golf course, several close views of single Golden-crowned Kinglets and a perched male Varied Thrush, rather scarce at this park.

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 of one week each will be held from July 5 to12 and July 12 to 19. Members who prefer cabin accommodation can contact Big Bar Ranch for more information and reservations at BigBarRanch.com. Telephone 1-877-655–2333 or 250-459-2333. Download a PDF copy of the 2020 Camp Application and Information package from the link below: See the report of the camp…

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Nature on the Hill Day

Nature on the Hill Day

Appeal to Nature Vancouver members – Contact your MP in Support of Nature Nature Canada is organizing a rally “Nature on the Hill Day” in Ottawa on February 4th, to support Canada’s targets of 17% protection of land/freshwater and 10% protection of coastal/marine water, by 2020. In addition, this rally supports the Green Budget Coalition’s recommendations for investments in Nature in the 2020-21 federal budget.  BC Nature is sending two representatives to the rally.  Nature Vancouver is encouraging our members to…

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NFB “the Whale and the Raven” at Vancity Theatre

NFB “the Whale and the Raven” at Vancity Theatre

Following three sold-out shows at the Vancouver International Film Festival last fall, the NFB film “the Whale and the Raven” will be at Vancity Theatre from Friday Jan 10 to Thursday Jan 16. Journeying into BC’s Great Bear Rainforest, German documentarian and cultural anthropologist Mirjam Leuze investigates the potential impact of a liquefied natural gas exporting plant and increased tanker traffic on this stunning ecosystem. Not only are we introduced to the remarkable people who call this place home and oppose…

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2019 VANCOUVER CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT RESULTS

2019 VANCOUVER CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT RESULTS

  SUMMARY by Compiler Peter Candido The 2019 Vancouver Christmas Bird Count took place on December 14th under good conditions, ranging from cloudy with showers in some areas and some clear patches in the morning to broken clouds and partly sunny in the afternoon.  Winds were light at 6-9 km/h. and visibility was very good for the coastal portions. THE SPECIES TOTAL STANDS AT 126, surpassing last year’s 121 species. Thanks to all who made this a very successful day! There was a record-high…

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