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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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Evolution of Nature Vancouver News

Evolution of Nature Vancouver News

Over the past 100+ years, the Vancouver Natural History Society (now known as Nature Vancouver) has used various publications to communicate program and natural history information to its members. VNHS News – Bulletin of Vancouver Natural History Society (or just The Bulletin), was published from 1943 to 1971. In 2005, Bill Merilees compiled important articles from The Bulletin. Click HERE for a PDF copy.  A hard copy is available at Vancouver Public Library. The Bulletin itself evolved over time as you can see from…

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Summer Camp – Big Bar Ranch

Summer Camp – Big Bar Ranch

UPDATE: Feb 2021 The Camp Committee met via Zoom in January 2021 to review whether the 2021 Big Bar camp would be held this summer after being postponed in 2020.  In the interest of everybody’s well-being, it is with regret that we have decided to cancel the 2021 summer camp as well.  Instead, the Big Bar summer camp will be held next year from July 3-10 and July 10-17, 2022.   Campers who are registered and would like to keep their spot for 2022 may leave their deposits…

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Ideas for Nature Projects

Ideas for Nature Projects

By Nigel Peck Nature Vancouver (Vancouver Natural History Society) has always been involved in projects to protect and enhance natural areas in Vancouver and surrounding municipalities. Specific endeavours arising from our members’ efforts include the protection of Jericho Park,  Pacific Spirit Regional Park including Camosun Bog and its restoration, protection of the UBC Farm, support for the establishment of the Stanley Park Nature House, the Sanctuary at Hastings Park, Burns Bog Ecological Conservancy Area, Everett Crowley Park, Surrey Bend, Wildlife Management Areas at Boundary Bay and Roberts Bank, Cypress Provincial…

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Witnessing & reporting obvious wildlife harassment

Witnessing & reporting obvious wildlife harassment

For many years now there has been an ongoing problem of birds of prey being harassed by unethical photographers in the Metro Vancouver region, particularly in the salt marshes of Boundary Bay and Brunswick Point. Recently the problem has been especially serious in the Brunswick Point area. For example just in the past week photos have been taken by ethical birders witnessing violators off-trail, out in the marsh, getting as close as possible to perched Short-eared Owls. The violators show…

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Disinfecting Bird Feeders to Control Salmonella Outbreak

Disinfecting Bird Feeders to Control Salmonella Outbreak

There have been numerous sightings of large flocks of Pine Siskins in the Metro Vancouver region this winter. Dirty bird feeders are prone to salmonella infection, which is often lethal to Pine Siskins and other species. You might not actually see them at your feeder while you’re home. However since they tend to move around frequently, they might visit your feeder while you’re out and infect it without you even knowing it. Therefore it’s safest to assume they do come…

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