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Contest Winner. Wild Things: The Power of Nature in Our Lives photo contest

Contest Winner. Wild Things: The Power of Nature in Our Lives photo contest

I think nature always tells the truth and how a person views nature and shares it with others tells the truth of that person’s character. – William Winslowhansen William Winslowhansen is the winner of the recent photo contest administered by the Museum of Vancouver. This contest is part of the Nature Vancouver co-produced exhibition Wild Things: The Power of Nature in Our Lives that closes on Sept 29th, 2019. Among the several photos submitted by William is this rare image…

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Shorebirding at Boundary Bay August 27th

Shorebirding at Boundary Bay August 27th

Unseasonable warm weather and a lingering high pressure system likely resulted in a paucity of migrating shorebirds. A walk to the 112th Street pump station from the foot of 104th during the rising tide did not produce the masses of shorebirds expected. At 112th Street were 1,000’s of dabbling ducks mainly Northern Pintail with smaller numbers of Mallard, Green-winged Teal and American Wigeon. At the tip were four Caspian Terns roosting with 20+ Ring-billed Gulls. Shorebirds were limited to four…

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Reifel Refuge Birding Field Trip Report Aug 24th

Reifel Refuge Birding Field Trip Report Aug 24th

The eight participants that showed up on Saturday afternoon were rewarded with a couple of rarities lingering at Reifel Bird Sanctuary. Robertson slough along the entrance road hosted a Great Egret a rare visitor to the Delta. Shorebirding was good with three Stilt Sandpipers in amongst the dozens of Greater and Lesser Yellowlegs and both dowitchers at the “house pond”. The former species is an annual but scarce visitor in late August /early September. An obliging dark Great Horned Owl…

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Indian Arm Boat Tour

Indian Arm Boat Tour

Trip organized by Bengül Kurtar Trip report by Deborah Simpson and Angela Bond On July 6, our group of 40 nature lovers boarded the Ocean Watch II for a tour of Indian Arm, a glacial fjord that extends 20 km north of Burrard Inlet. We set off just past high tide in calm waters; the cloudy and misty weather was positively framed by Captain Mitch as an “authentic west coast experience”. Mitch explained that Indian Arm is the traditional territory…

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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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Birding Trip to Reifel MBS

Birding Trip to Reifel MBS

Leader: John Chandler – Report: Neill Vanhinsberg On March 30th, 2019, about thirty persons participated in this bird walk. The day was sunny and getting warmer. Some of the participants had seen this walk posted on Nature Vancouver Meetup Group, so it was great to see quite a few new faces. We started with a look at the ducks by the entrance pond after John’s brief chat about the sanctuary and its founder. The group headed off and at the…

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Birding Jericho Park

Birding Jericho Park

Leader Al Grass. Trip Report and Photos by Devon Yu. About eight member participated in this outing on Saturday, 16 February, 2019. Al Grass filled in as the group leader for Adrian Grant Duff. It was cloudy with sunny breaks, the ground was covered with snow, and very slippery. The highlight of the day was the great horned owl, the calls of the crows leading us to find the owl. We tallied about 20 species including great horned owl, bald eagle,…

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Birding along River Road in West Richmond

Birding along River Road in West Richmond

Photos and trip report by Harvey Dueck Michelle and I weren’t clever enough to check the website, and so it wasn’t until we arrived at the starting point on the morning of Saturday February 9th that we discovered trip leader, Kelly Sekhon, had cancelled the trip due to the expected foul weather. We decided to go out anyway, at least as far as Terra Nova to look for the Sora that so many people have reported recently. The weather was…

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BC Coastal Waterbird Survey

BC Coastal Waterbird Survey

Submitted by Graham Sorenson Bird Studies Canada organizes a Coastal Waterbird Survey in British Columbia, and is looking for more volunteers in the Vancouver area, and throughout BC’s coast. This long-term Citizen Science monitoring program involves counting ducks, loons, grebes, gulls, and other waterbirds on the second Sunday of each month from Sept-April. The BC Coastal Waterbird Survey results play an important role in monitoring populations, species recovery strategies, oil spill response planning, and international research initiatives like the Migratory Shorebird Project.  In…

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