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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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Wild Things wins the BC Museum Associations Award of Merit: (Excellence in Exhibitions category)

Wild Things wins the BC Museum Associations Award of Merit: (Excellence in Exhibitions category)

It takes a lot of Volunteers to win an Award The exhibition Wild Things: The Power of Nature in Our Lives is a co-production between the Museum of Vancouver (MOV) and Nature Vancouver.  Wild Things opened in June 2018 and has been extended to January 12, 2020 due to its popularity with school groups and other museum visitors.  In writing this celebratory blog I hope to convey the power of volunteerism.  Since this is three years after the project began,…

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Cheakamus Lake 🌿Trip report 2019-09-30

Cheakamus Lake 🌿Trip report 2019-09-30

15 hikers went to Cheakamus Lake on a beautiful sunny Monday. We pooled into 5 cars, and found the dreaded gravel road in pretty good condition for city cars, only a couple of hundred potholes. We walked at a slow pace, found dozens of mushrooms and enjoyed the view of snow on surrounding mountains. See calendar notice page.

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/

Contest Winner. Wild Things: The Power of Nature in Our Lives photo contest

Contest Winner. Wild Things: The Power of Nature in Our Lives photo contest

I think nature always tells the truth and how a person views nature and shares it with others tells the truth of that person’s character. – William Winslowhansen William Winslowhansen is the winner of the recent photo contest administered by the Museum of Vancouver. This contest is part of the Nature Vancouver co-produced exhibition Wild Things: The Power of Nature in Our Lives that closes on Sept 29th, 2019. Among the several photos submitted by William is this rare image…

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