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Family Day on Bowen

Family Day on Bowen

On BC Family Day, 18 February, 2019, Teresa and Denis led a 5 hour walk on Bowen Island, joined by 5 others ranging in ages 6 to 60ish. We enjoyed a bright day with thin clouds, about zero celsius with no wind or precipitation. Kids set the pace and tone – great energy and low average speed. We stopped often to admire bark, lichens, moss, ice. We saw many birds: Double-crested Cormorant (in Horseshoe Bay), Tree Creeper, Kingfisher, Herons in…

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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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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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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).

Mushrooms & Mosses in Cypress Falls Park

Mushrooms & Mosses in Cypress Falls Park

Leaders Anne Leathem, Teresa Gagne & Denis Laplante Report and photos by Denis Laplante On Sunday,  November 18, 2018, twelve members participated in this field trip with the object of studying mosses, lichen and fungi. There were so many interesting mosses, lichens and tiny mushrooms that it took us 20 minutes to get past the parking lot! Anywhere we stopped, a marvellous miniature beauty was waiting, and sunshine helped. A few people were misled by my glib “moderate walk in the…

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Cerise Creek Hike

Cerise Creek Hike

Leader Bill Kinkaid – Trip report by Charlene Stanford  On October 27, 2018, a bleary-eyed (for Les and I), but smooth 7am start to our day at St David’s Church in North Van. Our group of nine consolidated into three vehicles, and hit the road right on time. We had a pit stop in Pemberton, and got to the chilly trailhead at about 10am, starting our hike at 10:15am. The  trail was in good condition and a bit icy in spots…

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Black Bear Habitat Walk

Black Bear Habitat Walk

Trip Report by Leader David Cook Sixteen persons participated in the black bear habitat walk in Lower Seymour Conservation Reserve (LSCR) and Lynn Canyon Park, on August 12, 2018. The field trip was organized jointly by Nature Vancouver and the North Shore Black Bear Society. The route took us through two types of bear feeding habitats. First, a low scrub beneath the Hydro lines in LSCR where bears forage for berries. Second, a coniferous forest in Lynn Canyon Park where…

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Cypress Provincial Park – Geology Hike

Cypress Provincial Park – Geology Hike

Trip report by Leader DavidCook  On August 5, 2018, fifteen members participated in this field trip, organized jointly by Nature Vancouver and Friends of Cypress Provincial Park. We walked part way up the Collins Ski Run keeping faithfully to my self-guiding field trip of Cypress geology. A PDF copy is available HERE. The intent was to continue on to the first peak of Mt Strachan as had been done in the past where there is an interesting glacial pavement displaying…

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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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Black Mountain and The Plateau

Black Mountain and The Plateau

Trip report by Leader Anne Leathem On August 25th five of us set out in a light shower up the trail to Black Mountain and the Plateau. We were not a fast group but enjoyed checking out the trees and and other plants along the way. Among us were friends new and old so we caught up on our latest summer holidays. When we reached Eagle Bluff, alas, there was no view. To escape the rain we tucked in under the…

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