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2020 Iona Lagoon Closure

2020 Iona Lagoon Closure

Metro Vancouver just informed us that they will be doing their annual maintenance of the Iona lagoons beginning Thursday, July 26th and continuing until approximately August 6th, 2020. The exact duration is weather dependent. The gates to the lagoons will be chained and locked during active work. We ask everyone to please help maintain our good relationship with Metro Vancouver by respecting the closure. We’ll post another notice as soon as Metro Vancouver tells us when the lagoons will reopen….

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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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Elk Mountain 2020-June-22 trip report

Elk Mountain 2020-June-22 trip report

The two of us drove out Monday to Elk Mountain, South of Chilliwack. The easy to follow trail starts out in a beautiful conifer woods and after 800 metres of climb over 4.5km arrives at beautiful sub-alpine meadows with views of nearby Mt Baker and other mountains. The trail was somewhat muddy in patches but we didn’t sink in. And the bugs kept away. What a wonderful day! We identified 58 species of plants, and one toad. Get species list…

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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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Iona Waste Water Treatment Plant – Public Meetings

Iona Waste Water Treatment Plant – Public Meetings

Plans are progressing to upgrade the Iona Island Waste Water Treatment Plant. Two online public meetings will be held:  May 19th(from 12 to 2 pm) and May 21 (from 6:30 to 8:30 pm). You can register with Metro Vancouver to attend this online meeting HERE   You may recall that public meetings were held over a year ago, at the start of this ten year design and build process. Nature Vancouver representatives have also attended three smaller stakeholder meetings to provide…

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