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2024 Hugh Hamilton Memorial Scholarships

2024 Hugh Hamilton Memorial Scholarships

Undergrad Scholarship – Emma Kingsland Emma is currently completing an undergraduate degree at Simon Fraser University in Resource Environmental Management with a minor in Biology.  Emma was a Co-Lead on the Year of the Salish Sea Initiative which was created in an effort to improve the health and management of the Salish Sea and raise awareness about the importance of healthy marine ecosystems. Through her volunteer work Co-leading the Year of the Salish Sea initiative Emma was asked to serve…

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2024 Nature Vancouver Scholarships

2024 Nature Vancouver Scholarships

Undergraduate Scholarship – Caitey Gilchrist Caitey’s early years were spent catching insects and making puzzle pieces from Ponderosa pine bark. While she had an innate connection to nature, she also had a creative spark that drove her into a career in graphic design. After a decade of working in various marketing roles, she felt that something important was missing from her life, and decided to hike the West Coast Trail. After a week’s immersion in lush forests and estuaries, she…

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Galiano Island Hike – May 4, 2024

Galiano Island Hike – May 4, 2024

Submitted by Bettina Matzkuhn. Trip leader Bettina Matzkuhn met her group of seven at the Tsawwassen ferry terminal. The weather was overcast and windy, but quite warm and pleasant for walking. We tried the “Bluffs Peak” trail, which meant a quick hike up to the bluffs and backtrack down to continue on to Mt. Galiano. The Warbler Road route is better as one gets to enjoy the length of the bluffs. Return trip was approximately 15km. We saw the bright…

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Birding Iona Beach Regional Park – April 27, 2024

Birding Iona Beach Regional Park – April 27, 2024

Submitted by Jan Lowcock. Grey, rainy, windy weather set the stage for the Iona Beach Regional Park bird walk led by John Chandler and Jan Lowcock. Our group of 10 included several new birders who had attended the beginning birder Welcome Walks. They have earned their stripes by birding in wet weather. We identified 49 species in total, a few of which were seen and heard after we had completed the larger group walk. The trip began with a survey…

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Stanley Park Seaweeds with Dr. Bridgette Clarkston

Stanley Park Seaweeds with Dr. Bridgette Clarkston

Saturday, April 13, 2024 was a perfect day to explore the seaweeds in the sandy and rocky intertidal area off the Empress of Japan Figurehead in Stanley Park. The unpredictable rainy weather dissipated providing us with a bright day for our intertidal exploration. The spring tides are in their extreme ranges now, meaning that the lower low spring tide level (LLW) at 16:11 PDT had an elevation of a mere 0.7 m. The meet-up time at the Spray Park was…

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Merritt Birding Trip April 20 -21, 2024

Merritt Birding Trip April 20 -21, 2024

Submitted By Thomas Plath April 20th Fifteen keen participants met at the McDonald’s in Merritt for an afternoon and morning of birding. After the customary sign in and organization of people and overnight gear we were able to accommodate everyone in five vehicles. We headed up to our first birding area – the Interior Douglas-fir/Lodgepole Pine forest of the Interior Plateau south of Kamloops. The numerous small meadows inundating the montane forest make this prime habitat for Great Grey Owl….

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Nature Vancouver 2024 Annual Photo Show

Nature Vancouver 2024 Annual Photo Show

Introduction The Nature Vancouver 2024 Annual Photo Show, a beacon for the community’s shared love for nature and photography, concluded with remarkable success. The event, held April 25th at the Hewett Centre Hall, Unitarian Church, was a testament to the enduring spirit of the organization’s members and their commitment to capturing the essence of the natural world. Participation Overview Total Photographs Received: 154Total Members Contributed: 38Total Votes Cast: 172Total Voting Members: 29 Event Highlights The event was graced by the…

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Queen Elizabeth Park Welcome Walk – April 20 + April 21, 2024

Queen Elizabeth Park Welcome Walk – April 20 + April 21, 2024

Submitted by Jan Lowcock. Saturday April 20 and Sunday April 21, 2024 Neill Vanhinsberg and Jan Lowcock led 2 birding Welcome Walks in Vancouver’s Queen Elizabeth Park. Advertised through Nature Vancouver and Meetup, the two walks attracted 22 birders, 11 of whom were not members of Nature Vancouver. Many were brand new to birding and appreciative of the loaner binoculars now available for NV field trips. The sunny and slightly warmer temperatures on Saturday were enjoyed as we scoured the…

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Queen Elizabeth Park Welcome Walk – March 23, 2024

Queen Elizabeth Park Welcome Walk – March 23, 2024

Submitted by Neill Vanhinsberg. Fifteen folks came out on a cool, showery morning to Queen Elizabeth Park and for a change no one was playing pickleball in the adjacent courts. Most of the participants were quite new to birding and we handed out 6 pairs of loaner binoculars which were much appreciated. We headed off first to a Jack pine that has been recently frequented by a Red-breasted Sapsucker. No bird but there was plenty of evidence of sapsuckers enjoying…

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Birding at Maplewood Conservation Area – March 24, 2024

Birding at Maplewood Conservation Area – March 24, 2024

Submitted by Leona Axbey A small group of us spent several hours here, and were treated to many special moments. We saw more Green-Winged Teals than this birder has ever seen, at least 100. Wonderful courtship displays were put on by a pair of Mallards, while Pine Siskins were billing and cooing (literally!) in nearby bushes.  A lone female Hooded Merganser chose to do her courtship display for everyone.  A Ruby-Crowned Kinglet put on quite the aerial display for us…

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