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Iona Island Wastewater Treatment Plant Project

Iona Island Wastewater Treatment Plant Project

Metro Vancouver held a community workshop January 9, 2019 to gather views about the upgrade project.  Several Nature Vancouver members attended and provided input.  If you missed the workshop, you still have the opportunity to provide input by completing an online feedback form.  Find background information and the online feedback form HERE. Deadline to submit comments is January 25. Metro Vancouver will hold three more community workshops over the next year. Nature Vancouver members are encouraged to get involved.  This…

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Iona Island Wastewater Treatment Project

Iona Island Wastewater Treatment Project

The Iona Island Wastewater Treatment Plant, adjacent to Iona Beach Regional Park, is in the planning stages for a major new treatment plant.  This project will be a special interest to Nature Vancouver birders, given the numerous and sometimes unusual birds that currently use the sewerage treatment ponds.  Metro Vancouver is holding its first Community Workshop on Wednesday January 9, 2019, 6 to 8:30 pm, at 3688 Cessna Drive.  See details on Metro Vancouver website.

Proposed National Park Reserve in South Okanagan-Similkameen

Proposed National Park Reserve in South Okanagan-Similkameen

Parks Canada invites Canadians to discuss the proposed national park reserve in the South Okanagan-Similkameen.   Parks Canada is seeking input on the current proposed boundary and key aspects regarding management.  Deadline to submit comments is February 28, 2019.  Read more and find the survey at:  https://LetsTalkSouthOkanaganSimilkameen.ca/

New Year’s Day Walk & Lunch

New Year’s Day Walk & Lunch

Leader Kelly Sekhon, trip report by Gail Kenner On New Year’s Day, twenty-one members participated in this annual ritual to get a head start on the list of birds seen in a year. Threatened snow and rain didn’t materialize, so we had most agreeable weather for a leisurely walk, in good company, around Garry Point and along Richmond West Dyke. Bird sightings included a number of hooded mergansers, Anna’s hummingbirds, bushtits, spotted towhees, the usual sparrows (fox, song, white- and…

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2018 Vancouver Christmas Bird Count

2018 Vancouver Christmas Bird Count

Report by Peter Candido and Adrian Grant-Duff The 2018 Vancouver Christmas Bird Count took place on December 16th.  The day began with overcast skies and a stiff E/SE wind, but the rain held off until near noon.  Because of the wind and sea conditions, the team for area Y (English Bay) was not able to get out on the boat as usual.  The post-count gathering included a hearty hot meal prepared by Jude Grass and a challenging bird quiz produced by Angela Bond….

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Thank-you to All Those Who Offered Interpretation Events for Wild Things: The Power of Nature in Our Lives in 2018

Thank-you to All Those Who Offered Interpretation Events for Wild Things: The Power of Nature in Our Lives in 2018

Far before the actual June 28th opening of Wild Things, many volunteers were busy creating displays and brainstorming event topics to offer the public on select Saturdays.  Thanks to these individuals, visitors to the co-produced exhibition had the opportunity to speak, one on one, with experts on various nature subjects. Lynette Grants and Eva Nagy of Friends of Cypress Park Jude and Al Grass of Nature Vancouver Ron Long of Nature Vancouver Danielle Dagenais of South Coast Bat Conservation Society Lori…

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Annual Christmas Social

Annual Christmas Social

On Thursday, December 13, 2018, over hundred members and guests attended the 8th Annual Christmas Social at St. Mary’s Anglican Church in Kerrisdale, Vancouver. Members contributed a variety of sweet and savory finger food. Hot apple cider, coffee, and tea was provided.  Leaders of NatureKids BC were invited to this social evening. The President of NatureKids BC, Cynthia Berg, presented a short history of how Nature Vancouver helped establish Young Naturalists of BC, now known as NatureKids BC.  As a part of the…

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Logging in Manning & Skagit Provincial Parks

Logging in Manning & Skagit Provincial Parks

Express your Concerns Nature Vancouver members may be aware that logging is taking place in the ‘donut hole’ surrounded by Manning and Skagit Provincial Parks. This logging is visible from Hwy #3, just east from Sumallo Grove. BC Timber Sales (BCTS) is inviting comments from stakeholder groups regarding proposals to expand the logging area.   You can email your concerns to: Qingcen.Cai@gov.bc.ca. Qingcen Cai is the Planning Forester with BC Timber Sales, in charge of receiving public comments. Copy your letter to your…

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Jericho Park Birding

Jericho Park Birding

Trip report by Leader Adrian Grant Duff Seventeen members participated in this field trip, on Saturday, Dec 1, 2018, in ideal weather conditions. We tallied 29 species including Brown creeper, Pacific Wren, Golden-crowned Kinglets, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Golden-crowned Sparrows (20) and Horned Grebes (2).

Dipper Quest – Birding Field Trip

Dipper Quest – Birding Field Trip

Leader Larry Cowan, trip report by Colin Klasen On Saturday, Dec 1, 2018, twenty participants enjoyed a dry and mostly-sunny day exploring the MapleRidge/Pitt Meadows area with leader Larry Cowan and saw a total of 27 species at 3 locations. The first stop was at Maple Ridge Park on 232 Avenue, looking for the AmericanDipper. The first one was found within a few minutes of scanning the AlouetteRiver and the second one 10 minutes later 200 meters upstream. This fairly…

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