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Baden Powell Trail – Forest Ecology Walk

Baden Powell Trail – Forest Ecology Walk

On July 8, 2018, David Cook, led a group of 16 on a forest ecology walk along the section of the Baden Powell Trail, east from the downhill ski area of Cypress Provincial Park, where there is old-growth coniferous forest. This field trip was organized jointly by Nature Vancouver and Friends of Cypress Provincial Park. David explained the characteristics of a coastal old-growth forest in BC including the plant species and their ecology.  Please see below a photo of a…

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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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George C. Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary

George C. Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary

Date: October 4, 2018  Trip report by leader, Thomas Plath Fourteen participants enjoyed a gorgeous sunny morning at Reifel Refuge. The entrance pond hosted 300+ Long-billed Dowitchers, all milling about talking to each other and of course on the look for avian threats. A tight group of Northern Shoveler was observed “spinning’ as a group, to bring organic material to the water surface for sieving. Decent looks were had of one of their predators – an immature Peregrine Falcon in…

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Lynn Creek Streamkeepers

Lynn Creek Streamkeepers

Walk along an off-channel stream of Lynn Creek – Wed. Sept. 19, 2018 Trip Report by Abby Schwarz, Marine Biology Section Seven members of Nature Vancouver and three guests participated in this field trip, which was designed to learn how stream enhancement and restoration can be planned and carried out. Our two guides were Streamkeepers ZoAnn Morten (the head of Pacific Streamkeepers Federation) and Glen Parker (a retired engineer), and the example was an off-channel stream of Lynn Creek.The weather was…

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Pitt River & DeBoville Slough, Port Coquitlam

Pitt River & DeBoville Slough, Port Coquitlam

Birding Field Trip – Sat. Sept. 01, 2018 Leader: Larry Cowan / Trip Report: Colin Clasen  Twelve participants enjoyed a very mild, dry and partly sunny day, with a mix of experienced and new birders. We first met at Victoria and Cedar Drives in Port Coquitlam, then car-pooled south to the start of the walk at the east end of Nicola Place. We then had a nice leisurely 3 km walk north along the Pitt River to the mouth of DeBoville Slough,…

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Hike to Hollyburn Mountain

Hike to Hollyburn Mountain

Trip report by leader Kitty Castle There were 8 of us on the hike to the top of Hollyburn Mountain on Friday 14 September. This was a joint trip with Nature Vancouver and Friends of Cypress Provincial Park. We started off in thick fog with rain gear on and warm toques. Luckily the weather did improve and we even felt warmed by the sun at one point.  However there were no views to be had even at the Peak. We were…

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The Old-Growth Forest of Lighthouse Park

The Old-Growth Forest of Lighthouse Park

Trip Report by Leader David Cook  Eight members participated in this field trip on September 1, 2018. Nature Vancouver’s connection to Lighthouse Park, through the field guide Nature West Coast – as seen in Lighthouse Park, was explained. An overview of Temperate Rainforests of the Earth and specifically our area of rainforest and the old-growth fragments that remain within it, were described with the aid of maps. Examples of the characteristics of an old-growth forest and their ecology were shown and explained….

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Hike to Blue Gentian Lake

Hike to Blue Gentian Lake

Trip report by leader, Lyn Grants On Saturday August 18, 2018, eighteen participants enjoyed a leisurely walk to Blue Gentian Lake on Hollyburn Mountain. This was a joint trip with Nature Vancouver and Friends of Cypress Provincial Park. Goal of the trip was to observe the gentians at Blue Gentian Lake, but amazingly over the last few years the gentians have been spreading. We saw them at the verge of trails leading to the lake. Along the way we saw bunch berries…

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