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Vanier Park Cottonwood Forest Area

Vanier Park Cottonwood Forest Area

Vancouver Park Board seeks public input Here’s an opportunity to comment on the proposed plan for the Vanier Park forest area, located near the Museum of Vancouver, just northwest of the Burrard Street bridge, between the Coast Guard station and the Vancouver Music Academy. This area has the Cottonwood Forest, youth bike BMX jumps and a pair of nesting eagles. The plan proposes: a bike circuit dirt track for children, a new eagle nest pole to provide a potential nesting site to…

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Tour of Vancouver Transit Centre

Tour of Vancouver Transit Centre

Written by Cathy Walker The visit to the Vancouver Transit Centre was extremely interesting.  I had no idea how the electric trolley system worked.  It was fascinating getting the explanation from our superb tour leader, Elena Klein, on how the driver has to be flowing and precise in going through overhead wire junctions at exactly the right speed, with all of the correct movements of wires, pedals and levers.  Elena described it like dancing, and I could see it really…

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Iona Lagoon Maintenance

Iona Lagoon Maintenance

Metro Vancouver has informed us that maintenance work at the Iona lagoons is anticipated to start on May 15th, so the lagoon access will be closed from May 15th to May 29th. This is weather dependent so the dates may change. The public access gates will be chained and locked, and there will be signs on the gates regarding the closure. Please respect the closure: continued good relations with Metro Vancouver are important to keep access to the lagoons open…

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Skagit-Manning Donut Hole –Public Comment invited on Mineral Exploration Application

Skagit-Manning Donut Hole –Public Comment invited on Mineral Exploration Application

Submitted by Bev Ramey Bev@naturevancouver.ca Many of you are aware that logging occurred last year in what is known as the Manning-Skagit ‘Donut Hole’. The Donut Hole refers to the area not yet included within the parks but surrounded by Manning and Skagit Provincial Parks. This area has not yet received park designation due to an old mining claim, and the Skagit Environmental Endowment Commission is negotiating to buy out this claim. Government allowed logging to occur last year, but after…

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Iona Island Regional Park – Update

Iona Island Regional Park – Update

Future of Iona Wastewater Treatment Plant, wetlands and public facilities at Iona Island Regional Park Several Nature Vancouver members attended a public meeting in January and recently a stakeholder meeting regarding the future of the Iona Wastewater Treatment Plant. Metro Vancouver is required by law to upgrade the sewerage treatment and is seeking public input on the overall design, including wetlands and fit with Iona Island Regional Park. This is a major design and construction project, scheduled for over the next decade. …

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Pink Fawn Lily Tour of Lake Cowichan and Duncan

Pink Fawn Lily Tour of Lake Cowichan and Duncan

Trip report by Teresa Gagné & Denis Laplante On 24 April 2019, Twenty four members of Nature Vancouver boarded a bus at the Duke Point ferry terminal for a day trip to view wild flowers, led by Teresa Gagné & Denis Laplante, and guided by local naturalists and wardens Genevieve Singleton and David Polster.  We visited Honeymoon Bay Pink Fawn Lily Ecological Reserve, then Somenos Gary Oak Protected Area, and St Peter Quamichan church yard. After a quick lunch stop…

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Nature Vancouver Volunteer Appreciation & Annual Awards

Nature Vancouver Volunteer Appreciation & Annual Awards

Presented on 25th April, 2019, at the AGM Photos by Bengül Kurtar Garibaldi Awards for Club Service   Laura Fauth   Laura provides professional design services through her company, Pacific Spirit Design. She has volunteered her time since 2009, as the design and production editor of Discovery. Laura’s professional expertise has ensured a consistent and attractive layout of the journal that all members appreciate very much. Laura also designed and produced our latest publication, 100 Years of Natural History. She undertook this task and completed…

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2019 Annual General Meeting

2019 Annual General Meeting

Photos by Bengül Kurtar The 101st Annual General Meeting of Nature Vancouver was held on 25th April, 2019. The President, Nigel Peck and the Treasurer, Adele Liu presented their reports and the election was held for the 2019-2020 Board of Directors. After the AGM, the Nature Vancouver Annual Awards were presented to volunteers nominated for 2019. Click below for all the reports, and Photos & Citations for all the awards. Nature Vancouver Annual Awards President’s Report Treasurer’s Report Financial Statements

Birds & Wildflowers of Horth Hill Park

Birds & Wildflowers of Horth Hill Park

On 31 March 2019, seventeen members and four guests participated in the annual trip to Horth Hill Park, an easy walk from Swartz Bay Ferry Terminal. It was a clear and warm spring day. It was a beautiful ferry ride. In Active Pass, we saw about two hundred Bonaparte’s Gulls, no way near the numbers reported only a few days ago. Just outside the Ferry Terminal Parking area we were greeted by a very robust Red-flowering Currant in full bloom,…

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