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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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PITT RIVER DYKE – DEBOVILLE SLOUGH BIRDING FIELD TRIP REPORT – January 19, 2019

PITT RIVER DYKE – DEBOVILLE SLOUGH BIRDING FIELD TRIP REPORT – January 19, 2019

This 3-hour, 5.7 km birding field trip with leader Larry Cowan, started in Port Coquitlam on the Pitt River dyke, just north of the Lougheed Highway, at the east end of Nicola Place. We then walked north on the dyke, then west along DeBoville Slough (in Coquitlam). 27 birders braved some rain showers along the way and were rewarded with 30 species. The full eBird report is here: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S51835048 One highlight was a female Evening Grosbeak and Janice White luckily…

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Birds of Nunavut

Birds of Nunavut

Birds of Nunavut edited by James M. Richards and Anthony J. Gaston. UBC Press (2018). Following Text and Cover Photo Courtsey of  UBC Press The price of the two-volume set is $125.00 Canadian. For Nature Vancouver subscribers, UBC Press is offering a 20% discount on the book and free shipping within Canada. Please visit the UBC Press website at http://www.ubcpress.ca/birds-of-nunavut and use the discount code NATUREVAN-20 when ordering. This offer is good until March 31, 2019. Happy birding! Nunavut is home to some of the…

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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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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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Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary

Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary

Trip report by Leader Tom Plath This was another beautiful day for a walk at Reifel Refuge. On October 27, 2018, a dozen or so participants were rewarded with good looks at several raptors. Scope views were had of an obliging Merlin perched near the entrance and then minutes later an immature Peregrine Falcon using the same snag. Stunning views were had of an adult Black-crowned Night Heron watched preening in the open only a few metres away. Hundreds of…

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Blakeburn Lagoons Park

Blakeburn Lagoons Park

Field Trip Report by Colin Clasen Saturday October 13, 2018. Blakeburn Lagoons Park, Port Coquitlam. Leader Larry Cowan. This was Nature Vancouver’s first birding field trip to this new park, which opened on April 28, 2018. There was a total of 18 participants who enjoyed the mild weather conditions with mostly blue sky and no wind. In just the 5 short months since opening, an impressive 119 land and water species have been recorded there. During our 2-hour visit, we…

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Birding Boundary Bay

Birding Boundary Bay

Birding Field Trip -13th Oct 2018 Report by Leader Thomas Plath Under sunny skies and with little wind, a dozen participants reveled at the sight of thousands of shorebirds congregating on the mudflats off the foot of 104thStreet. The tide had pushed the flocks within 100 metres of the dyke and the “high tide” was low enough that the birds were going to stick. No Peregrines to scare them off to boot. Scrutiny of the flying birds when flushed offered…

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