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City Nature Challenge – 2022

City Nature Challenge – 2022

Submitted by John Martin – May 10 Update Hello: I thought I would post the results from iNaturalist for this year’s “City Nature Challenge 2022”.Here is the link. City Nature Challenge 2022: Greater Vancouver · iNaturalist Canada For the record, my user id on inaturalist is “NorthVanDad” and as you can see, I was able to post the most observations and the highest species count for this event. There were many great observations besides mine and from all accounts the city of…

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2022 Hugh Hamilton Memorial Scholarships

2022 Hugh Hamilton Memorial Scholarships

Graduate Scholarship – Keila Stark Keila Stark is a PhD Candidate of Zoology at the University of British Columbia on unceded xʷməθkʷəy̓əm Territory. Her research aims to understand the effect of climate warming on biodiversity, with a focus on coastal ecosystems. Her work takes her to eelgrass (Zostera marina) meadows along the BC coast, and to coastal areas around Baffin Island, Nunavut. She frequently visits the eelgrass meadow at Roberts Bank near the proposed Terminal 2 expansion site, and is a witness…

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2022 Nature Vancouver Scholarships

2022 Nature Vancouver Scholarships

Tara Brown – Nature Vancouver Graduate Scholarship Tara L. Brown is a 2nd year Ph.D. student in the UBC Faculty of Forestry, a certified Forest Therapy Guide, and a certified educator in sustainable development. She’s interested in forest-based interventions and human health and well-being. Previously, she co-founded startups and nonprofits that developed hands-on and digital STEM education programs in formal and informal K-8 spaces in the U.S. and Japan.  For her dissertation research project, she examines the effects of forest…

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2022 Volunteer Appreciation & Annual Awards

2022 Volunteer Appreciation & Annual Awards

This year’s volunteer awards were announced on 28th April, 2022 at the AGM. The AGM was held via Zoom Video Conferencing. The award plaques will be presented later. Garibaldi Award for Club Services The Garibaldi awards recognize members who have performed significant service to the Society over several years. Up to four Garibaldi awards are presented each year. These awards were established in 1993. Lyndsey Smith Lyndsey Smith volunteered to assist with the publishing of the weekly e-News. Her help…

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Queen Elizabeth Park Bird Walk 

Queen Elizabeth Park Bird Walk 

Fifteen Nature Vancouver birding enthusiasts joined Jan Lowcock for a walk in Vancouver’s Queen Elizabeth Park on Thursday April 28. The walk began in the rose garden and adjacent walkways under cloudy but dry conditions. We had a quiet start but were soon rewarded with good views of a Pacific-slope Flycatcher, which Harvey Dueck was able to capture in his scope.   (Thanks Harvey, for carrying and setting it up for the group).  The sun began to emerge as we moved…

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Blue Gentian Lake Loop Trail

Blue Gentian Lake Loop Trail

Trip Report by Lyn Grants On Saturday, April 23, a group of twelve hiker met, the leaders Diane Fast and Lyn Grants for the Blue Gentian Loop Trail via Burfield, the Hollyburn Lodge, and the Baden Powell. Most of us wore Spikes, though snowshoes worked well and were useful on steeper slopes that were not tracked. Sun filtered through the trees. The snow was bright, not too icy, not too soft. Spirits were high. We did not go into Blue…

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Jericho Beach Birding Field Trip

Jericho Beach Birding Field Trip

On Wednesday April 20th, Michelle Baudais and Harvey Dueck led a birding field trip at Jericho Park. The weather was fine and lots of birds were singing, especially the white-crowned sparrows. We had 20 participants registered for the trip, with 6 on the waiting list, suggesting there is demand for midweek as well as weekend field trips. If you’re considering leading a trip, please contact Bill Kinkaid or Janet Snell. Many people will appreciate your efforts. We started off along…

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Black Mountain Loop Trail

Black Mountain Loop Trail

. Report and Photo by Lyn Grants On Thursday, 14th April, 2022, three hardy souls showed up for a spikes hike in fresh snow. Others were deterred by the new snow. A party ahead of us had tramped a trail. Spikes were sufficient but pace was slow. The views to newly snow capped mountains were spectacular, and so were the shifting clouds. The trail beyond Cabin Lake was not tramped down. We did not complete the loop. We enjoyed a…

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Bird Surveys

Bird Surveys

Members of Nature Vancouver conduct monthly bird surveys at UBC Farm and UBC Botanical Gardens. All levels of birders are welcome to join, but we do request that all participants be fully vaccinated. UBC Farm Every third Sunday of each month, join in a bird survey at the UBC Farm. All levels of birding knowledge are welcome to participate. The monthly survey takes from two to four hours, depending on weather conditions and how many birds we see. The survey begins…

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New Brighton Park Restoration – March 30th, 2022 Update

New Brighton Park Restoration – March 30th, 2022 Update

Report & Photos submitted by Nigel Peck It has now bee just over two months since we began the restoration initiative at New Brighton Park in Vancouver’s northeast corner of the city, just next to the Ironworkers’ Second Narrows Bridge. We began with the removal of invasive Scotch Broom and Himalayan Blackberry from the hillock just to the west of the free-run dog park at New Brighton Park.  It has been a great success with the removal of not only…

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