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A Walk in Bear Habitat

A Walk in Bear Habitat

Trip Report by Leader David Cook On Thursday, August 1st., 2019, seventeen persons participated in this joint event for Nature Vancouver and the North Shore Black Bear Society (www.northshorebears.com). Two habitats were selected for this event. One was in the coniferous forest of Lynn Canyon Park where bears had been foraging for insects in logs, and the other was in the adjacent Lower Seymour Conservation Reserve beneath Hydro lines where berry bushes and mountain ash had grown up to supply the…

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A Stroll Through Vancouver’s Geological History

A Stroll Through Vancouver’s Geological History

Trip Report by Leader David Cook On Sunday, 11 August, 2019,  seventeen persons participated in a joint event for Nature Vancouver and the Cordilleran Section of the Geological Association of Canada (http://www.gac-cs.ca). (A detailed guide titled, Self-guiding Geology Tour of Stanley Park is available HERE.)  Some of the highlights were:  A large glacial erratic on the beach at Third Beach A dyke that can be seen at low tide The tilted bedding of the sandstones due to the rising of the North Shore mountains….

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Cypress Old-Growth and Mushrooms

Cypress Old-Growth and Mushrooms

Trip Report by Leader David Cook On Sunday, 6 October, 2019, seventeen persons participated in this field trip to Cypress Bowl Provincial Park, jointly organized by Nature Vancouver and Friends of Cypress Provincial Park. Objective was to learn the characteristics of an old-growth forest and the role that fungi play in it.  We proceeded to the upper Sunset Trail where there is a little known old-growth forest. Some of the characteristic features of an old-growth forest are trees of uneven…

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Facinating Fungi

Facinating Fungi

Trip Report by Leader David Cook On 19 October, 2019, thirty persons participated in this walk in Lighthouse Park, West Vancouver. The event was jointly organized by the Lighthouse Park Preservation Society and Nature Vancouver. We walked along the Beacon Lake Trail from the parking area to the Sk’iwitsut Hut. On the way I explained the damage being done to old-growth Douglas-firs by the Honey Mushroom (Armillaria sp) which made their presence known by the tree exuding pitch in a vain attempt to…

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Cheakamus Lake 🌿Trip report 2019-09-30

Cheakamus Lake 🌿Trip report 2019-09-30

15 hikers went to Cheakamus Lake on a beautiful sunny Monday. We pooled into 5 cars, and found the dreaded gravel road in pretty good condition for city cars, only a couple of hundred potholes. We walked at a slow pace, found dozens of mushrooms and enjoyed the view of snow on surrounding mountains. See calendar notice page.

Hollyburn Peak

Hollyburn Peak

A joint trip with Friends of Cypress Provincial Park – Aug 30, 2019 Trip Report by leader Lyn Grants Twelve participants were not daunted by the mist and light rain and, of course, all made it to the peak-alas to curtains of mist which completely obscured the views.  Many whiskey jacks (Canada Jays) flew in immediately to join and entertain us. Entertained as we were, we were also alarmed to learn that their food caches are not “refrigerated” as they…

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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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Langdale Falls 🌿 2019-08-11 – Trip Report

Langdale Falls 🌿 2019-08-11 – Trip Report

Four Nature Vancouver members walked on the 9:55 ferry to Langdale and had a lovely hike around Langdale Falls and Sidewinder trail. The drizzle stopped around 1pm – the damp weather made for shiny leaves and especially vibrant colours .  The woods are varied and beautiful, the abundance and variety of beautiful, colourful large mushroom was an unexpected bonus for an August trip, and we’ve never seen so many Indian Pipe! We opted to do the route in a clockwise…

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Yew Lake / Bowen Lookout Discovery Walk – 5 August 2019

Yew Lake / Bowen Lookout Discovery Walk – 5 August 2019

Joint Trip with Friends of Cypress Provincial Park  Trip Report by Jane Srivastava On a sunny, hot BC Day, Gail Ross, former Park Ranger, led ten curious walkers, ranging in age from their 3rd decade to their 9th (and including a special visitor from Laos)  on a leisurely walk / hike through this beautiful area.  We were introduced to giant, ancient trees and miniscule sundew, fringed grass of Parnassus and  green bog orchid in the meadows, coral root in the old…

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