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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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In my False Creek Neighbourhood

In my False Creek Neighbourhood

Charleson Park to Granville Island Text and Photos submitted by Janet Snell Charleson Park didn’t exist before the late 1970s when it was constructed out of excavated soils from the False Creek industrial site turned residential neighbourhood. In such a small park (7.14 hectares), many different environments have been constructed; coniferous forest, waterfall & fresh-water ponds, open turfgrass with deciduous trees and rocky seashore. A forest, mostly coniferous, was planted along a berm to reduce street noise from Sixth Avenue….

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Backyard Birds

Backyard Birds

Text and Photos submitted by Ron Long I have decided that I am officially suffering from cabin fever. As a photographer, getting out with my camera has typically been the way I deal with those claustrophobic feelings but now, trying to observe the “stay at home” directives that we hear multiple times every day, that option is considerably reduced. Bird feeders to the rescue. I started thinking about ways to photograph the birds coming to my feeders. The main problem…

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Trevor the Mandarin Duck is back!

Trevor the Mandarin Duck is back!

Photos and text by Caroline Penn This beautiful duck was first spotted at Burnaby Lake in 2018 and has been sighted in several other Vancouver parks off and on. An evening walk at Piper’s Spit two weeks ago brought us some views of Trevor, who was in full mating plumage and dutifully following a female around the dock area. The female Mandarin is very similar to the female Wood duck to whom the Mandarins are closely related. However it seems…

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Birding at Iona Island Regional Park, Richmond

Birding at Iona Island Regional Park, Richmond

Trip report by Leader, Thomas Plath On February 22, 2020, a dozen participants showed trust in the “weather man” and met at the parking lot in front of the washrooms at 9 AM. The forecast was correct and the rain had stopped. Two swallows foraging low over the outer pond were the Barn variety and not the expected Tree Swallow. Waterfowl were on the move and a flock of Lesser Scaup and a couple of female Bufflehead was present and a dozen Great Blue Heron roosting in the…

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Birding Terra Nova Nature Reserve, Richmond

Birding Terra Nova Nature Reserve, Richmond

Trip Report by Leader, Thomas Plath On February 6, 2020, three participants enjoyed a pleasant walk around this nature park despite the light rain. A flock of American Goldfinches feeding in a birch was examined for redpolls even though it is a poor year for this northern visitor. A singing Bewick’s Wren was in plain view as were a few male Anna’s Hummingbirds perched on bushes showing their gorget well. The managed fields were flooded yielding a good mixed flock…

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Birding at Reifel Refuge, Delta

Birding at Reifel Refuge, Delta

Trip Report by Leader: Thomas Plath On 1 February 2020, once again the weather co-operated somewhat and although it was windy there was no rain. Seven people showed up to see what Reifel had to offer this morning. As is often the case Reifel gave us a few quality sightings. We were surprised by an immature Barn Swallow foraging at Fuller’s slough. All the regular dabbling ducks were present in the house pond and a group of Trumpeter Swans fed in the Alaksen fields….

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Birding at White Rock pier, South Surrey

Birding at White Rock pier, South Surrey

Trip report by Leader: Thomas Plath  January 25, 2020, a break in the bad weather allowed for a decent outing at the White Rock pier. The eight of us made use of the gift shop overhang while it was raining to scope seabirds along the waterfront. In front of us were 1,000’s of birds still present from the anchovy spawn a few weeks previous. Right away a nice flock of about 50 Bonaparte’s Gull were noticed roosting on the water off the…

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