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New Year’s Day Walk

New Year’s Day Walk

Since 2005, members of Nature Vancouver have participated in a New Year’s Day birding walk along Sturgeon Banks in SW Richmond, followed by lunch at a restaurant in quaint old fishing village of Steveston. We missed one year due to heavy snowfall. This year due to Covid, we did not organize this walk but a few members decided to keep the tradition going and met at Garry Point Park at 10 am. The forecast was for heavy rain but it…

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Cancelled – 2020 Vancouver Christmas Bird Count

Cancelled – 2020 Vancouver Christmas Bird Count

Dec 12 Update: The Vancouver Area Christmas Bird Count has been cancelled due to increasing cases of Covid-19. The Christmas Bird Count is the oldest and longest running Citizen Science Project in the Western Hemisphere that started in Dec 1900. Members of Nature Vancouver organize the annual Christmas Bird Count for Vancouver Area and participate in other CBC’s in the Metro Vancouver Area. This year the Vancouver Area count will be held on Saturday, December 19, 2020. For more information…

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Bird Surveys

Bird Surveys

Members of Nature Vancouver conduct monthly bird surveys at UBC Farm and UBC Botanical Gardens. Due to COVID-19 pandemic, our outdoor activities are on hold at the moment. We plan to restart these activities as soon as the restrictions are lifted and we develop a safe protocol for distancing. 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…

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September in Hastings Park Sanctuary

September in Hastings Park Sanctuary

Report & Photos by Doug Cooper Things perked up, bird-wise, in September at the sanctuary. Southward migration began with species such as Western Tanagers, Lincoln’s and Golden-crowned Sparrows once again showing up. Warblers also became more common, as did waterfowl. Drake Mallards and Wood Ducks began to come out of their eclipse plumages. This Orange-crowned Warbler belongs to one of the two “Gray-headed” subspecies, either orestera (“Interior Montane”) or celata (“Taiga”). When I first spotted this individual its greyish head and broken eye…

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Summer in Hastings Park Sanctuary

Summer in Hastings Park Sanctuary

Report & Photos by Doug Cooper The summer months of June, July and August were much quieter at the Hastings Park Sanctuary. From eBird, my species count at the sanctuary for June was 25, for July 21, and for August a grand total of 17. But there were some highlights.  In general birding news of local interest was about the two species of crows – American and the Northwestern. In June 2020, following a recent study on the genetics of…

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May in Hastings Park Sanctuary

May in Hastings Park Sanctuary

Report and Photos by Doug Cooper Time seems to have, both dragged and flown by in the last few months. I thought it was time to give an update on what has been happening at the sanctuary at Hastings Park, at least from my perspective. May seemed to have been the busiest month, so I’ll devote this report to that period. In May this year, 60 species were reported to eBird from Hastings Park Sanctuary. I ran into more fellow birders…

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Surf Scoters: People Living with Nature

Surf Scoters: People Living with Nature

This short film by Liron Gertsman, was sponsored by Nature Vancouver for the exhibition Wild Things – The Power of Nature in Our Lives. The exhibition was co-produced by Nature Vancouver and the Museum of Vancouver as a part of our Centennial Celebration. It was open to the public from June 2018 to January 2020.

2020 Iona Lagoon Closure

2020 Iona Lagoon Closure

Metro Vancouver just informed us that they will be doing their annual maintenance of the Iona lagoons beginning Thursday, July 26th and continuing until approximately August 6th, 2020. The exact duration is weather dependent. The gates to the lagoons will be chained and locked during active work. We ask everyone to please help maintain our good relationship with Metro Vancouver by respecting the closure. We’ll post another notice as soon as Metro Vancouver tells us when the lagoons will reopen….

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May 2020 at the Hastings Park sanctuary

May 2020 at the Hastings Park sanctuary

Text and Photos by Doug Cooper It was a great May for birding and nature in general at the Hastings Park sanctuary.  As May came to a close, the sanctuary was much quieter than earlier in the month, both in volume and variety of bird song as well as in numbers and species of birds.  Eight types of warblers were reported during the month:  Yellow, Yellow-rumped (of both subspecies types), MacGillivray’s, Wilson’s, Orange-crowned, Black-throated Grey, Townsend’s and Common Yellowthroat.  At…

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Hastings Park Sanctuary

Hastings Park Sanctuary

A Brief History Text by Pat Miller – Photos by Doug Cooper Located on Vancouver’s east side, Hastings Park is the second largest park in the City of Vancouver, after Stanley Park. It was established in 1889 when the Province of BC granted 62 hectares (154 acres) of land to the City, most of which is currently occupied by the Pacific National Exhibition (PNE) and the Hastings Park Racecourse. Four hectares (9.9 acres) of the site is occupied by the…

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