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City Nature Challenge 2024

City Nature Challenge 2024

April 26-29 Have Fun and Support Nature at the same time! Are you looking for a good reason to get outdoors that also helps nature and is fun for everyone? There is a great challenge for you and it’s easy and free to do. The City Nature Challenge 2024 is an opportunity for individuals or groups to spend time outdoors, make observations of nature and document them in a way that allows others to get a better understanding of biodiversity wherever they…

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False Creek Oyster Quadrat Survey # 1 & 2

False Creek Oyster Quadrat Survey # 1 & 2

Charleson Park, July 16th & 30th Report by Janet Snell & Marjo Vierros The second phase of the False Creek Oyster survey has begun with the intention of providing more detailed information about the oyster beds in False Creek that we had previously surveyed using iNaturalist. Two separate quadrat surveys were held at Charleson Park with the help of many able volunteers.  From one of our Quadrat Survey team leaders, Marjo Vierros, a marine biologist, here is an excerpt from…

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False Creek Oyster Survey #6

False Creek Oyster Survey #6

David Lam Park West and Around the Corner Text and photos by Janet Snell On a sunny Monday, July 3rd, another iNaturalist oyster survey was carried out at David Lam Park (West) with nine volunteers. We were continuing the survey begun two weeks earlier and continued west along the rocky shoreline of the park. The beach at the innermost location is composed of large and small cobbles at a shallow slope which flattens out at the lowest inter-tidal level where…

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False Creek Oyster Surveys #4 and #5

False Creek Oyster Surveys #4 and #5

Coopers’ Park and David Lam Park, False Creek Report by Janet Snell and Greg Leach Two teams of False Creek Oyster Survey volunteers accomplished a great deal over this past weekend (June 17th & 18th) and – by all reports – they had a lot of fun doing it. Up until now, our citizen science work has been conducted on the south shore of False Creek at Charleson Park and Habitat Island (Olympic Village). This past weekend, we switched our focus to the north…

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False Creek Oyster Survey #3

False Creek Oyster Survey #3

Habitat Island, Sunday, June 4th Report by Janet Snell and Greg Leach We had a very successful Oyster event at Habitat Island this past weekend. A big thank-you to all the volunteers who helped with on our third oyster survey of the season. There were eleven people on this sunny day and Joan Lopez dropped by to say hello at the end of the day. (She will be leading Oyster Survey #4 on June 17th at Cooper’s Park on the North Shore…

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False Creek Oyster Surveys – June 2023 

False Creek Oyster Surveys – June 2023 

There will be three iNaturalist survey sessions in the month of June. Some of the lowest tides of the year are coming up – and luckily for us, the lowest tide days are at the weekends of June 3/4 and June 17/18. Details of the locations and dates/times are given below. We have found significant Pacific oyster populations in the locations that we have surveyed so far and expect to find many more. We welcome new and existing volunteers to…

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False Creek Oyster Survey – 21 & 22 May 2023

False Creek Oyster Survey – 21 & 22 May 2023

Report & Photos by Janet Snell For our second oyster survey event, groups of Nature Vancouver volunteers spent two productive afternoons photographing the many Pacific oysters in the sheltered bay bordering Charleson Park. Many observations have been uploaded to iNaturalist showing clearly that this is one of the oyster hotspots in False Creek. Oysters and other bivalves contribute to improved water quality and provide valuable reef habitat for other marine life. As such, they help to improve the biodiversity of…

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2023 City Nature Challenge – Vancouver Area

2023 City Nature Challenge – Vancouver Area

Report and Photos by John Martin April 28 2023 – May 01 2023 The City Nature Challenge is an annual event that happens simultaneously on the same dates around the world. Vancouver is now one of well over 400 cities participating worldwide with a total of 41 across Canada alone in 2023. Nature Vancouver held 4 separate walks in our regional parks during this event. The weather held out on almost all days with just a bit of rain on…

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City Nature Challenge & Nature Vancouver Collaboration

City Nature Challenge & Nature Vancouver Collaboration

Submitted by John Martin The City Nature Challenge is an annual global event supporting Citizen Science. It’s a day where you are encouraged to get out and observe nature. You can record any living thing, birds, plants, butterflies, frogs, fungi etc.  Click on GREATER VANCOUVER to get to the main City Nature Challenge project on iNaturalist. Here you will see  For those new to participating in a BioBlitz refer to the following internet links. You can participate on your own, in a…

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Pressed Plants: Making a Herbarium

Pressed Plants: Making a Herbarium

Book Review by Nina Shoroplova Linda P. J. Lipsen and Derek Tan’s Pressed Plants: Making a Herbarium, published in February 2023 by Royal BC Museum, Victoria, British Columbia One of the hobbies I enjoyed as a girl was pressing wildflowers. My friend Rosemary lived in a house that backed on to some wild land near Cyncoed Village. We would walk the lanes and trails collecting wildflowers: lesser celandine and meadow buttercup (we could tell the difference), willowherb, red campion, and red clover….

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