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Brohm Lake – July 5, 2021

Brohm Lake – July 5, 2021

Trip Report & Photos by Denis Laplante and Teresa Gagné Five members (including two Board members) joined Teresa and Denis for 7 hours of walking (9.5km), botanizing and birdwatching. Our route included a mix of steep climbs (Tantalus Viewpoint, and Cheakamus Loop trails) and gentler strolls through beautiful mixed conifer-deciduous forest around the lake (Bridge Trail, Brohm Lake Trail) –  see Brohm Lake Interpretive Forest. We met at 8:30 to reduce our exposure to the predicted 27 C afternoon temperature, and…

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Sugar Mtn Ridge hike 2021-01-08

Sugar Mtn Ridge hike 2021-01-08

Friday Jan 8 Teresa and I hiked from White Pine Beach to the junction with Diez Vistas trail, half along the logging road, and half along the parallel Ted’s Trail, then back along the ridge of Sugar Mountain (sometimes known as Buntzen Ridge). We enjoyed a lovely 4 hour walk under drizzle, 7.4km with 360m elevation gain, and met 6 people and 4 nice dogs. It’s a nice trail, a good workout, not much mud, and lovely trees and greenery….

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New Year’s Day Walk

New Year’s Day Walk

Since 2005, members of Nature Vancouver have participated in a New Year’s Day birding walk along Sturgeon Banks in SW Richmond, followed by lunch at a restaurant in quaint old fishing village of Steveston. We missed one year due to heavy snowfall. This year due to Covid, we did not organize this walk but a few members decided to keep the tradition going and met at Garry Point Park at 10 am. The forecast was for heavy rain but it…

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September in Hastings Park Sanctuary

September in Hastings Park Sanctuary

Report & Photos by Doug Cooper Things perked up, bird-wise, in September at the sanctuary. Southward migration began with species such as Western Tanagers, Lincoln’s and Golden-crowned Sparrows once again showing up. Warblers also became more common, as did waterfowl. Drake Mallards and Wood Ducks began to come out of their eclipse plumages. This Orange-crowned Warbler belongs to one of the two “Gray-headed” subspecies, either orestera (“Interior Montane”) or celata (“Taiga”). When I first spotted this individual its greyish head and broken eye…

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Summer in Hastings Park Sanctuary

Summer in Hastings Park Sanctuary

Report & Photos by Doug Cooper The summer months of June, July and August were much quieter at the Hastings Park Sanctuary. From eBird, my species count at the sanctuary for June was 25, for July 21, and for August a grand total of 17. But there were some highlights.  In general birding news of local interest was about the two species of crows – American and the Northwestern. In June 2020, following a recent study on the genetics of…

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Elk Mountain 2020-June-22 trip report

Elk Mountain 2020-June-22 trip report

The two of us drove out Monday to Elk Mountain, South of Chilliwack. The easy to follow trail starts out in a beautiful conifer woods and after 800 metres of climb over 4.5km arrives at beautiful sub-alpine meadows with views of nearby Mt Baker and other mountains. The trail was somewhat muddy in patches but we didn’t sink in. And the bugs kept away. What a wonderful day! We identified 58 species of plants, and one toad. Get species list…

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May 2020 at the Hastings Park sanctuary

May 2020 at the Hastings Park sanctuary

Text and Photos by Doug Cooper It was a great May for birding and nature in general at the Hastings Park sanctuary.  As May came to a close, the sanctuary was much quieter than earlier in the month, both in volume and variety of bird song as well as in numbers and species of birds.  Eight types of warblers were reported during the month:  Yellow, Yellow-rumped (of both subspecies types), MacGillivray’s, Wilson’s, Orange-crowned, Black-throated Grey, Townsend’s and Common Yellowthroat.  At…

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Nature Vancouver Nature Tours – History in Photos

Nature Vancouver Nature Tours – History in Photos

During the 1990’s, Nature Vancouver organized various nature tours to places like Oregon Coast, Columbia Gorge and Canyon Lands in the U. S., and to Yukon, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Vancouver Island, and Haida Gwaii in Canada. These trips were organized by Bill Merilees, Audrey Viken and Kelly Sekhon. Following album displays mainly the photos of participants, and some of the places we visited, in random order. Most of these photos were scanned from prints shared by various participants or from personal…

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In my False Creek Neighbourhood

In my False Creek Neighbourhood

Charleson Park to Granville Island Text and Photos submitted by Janet Snell Charleson Park didn’t exist before the late 1970s when it was constructed out of excavated soils from the False Creek industrial site turned residential neighbourhood. In such a small park (7.14 hectares), many different environments have been constructed; coniferous forest, waterfall & fresh-water ponds, open turfgrass with deciduous trees and rocky seashore. A forest, mostly coniferous, was planted along a berm to reduce street noise from Sixth Avenue….

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Mud Bay Dyke Walk

Mud Bay Dyke Walk

Submitted by Cathy Walker A Mud Bay / Boundary Bay excursion turned out to be a bit mixed.  On Sunday, April 26, a fellow hiker and I met at the Mud Bay parking lot at 9:30 am and the parking lot was about half full of cars. On Colebrook Road there had been a sign that the Mud Bay parking lot had limited parking so we were pleased we had no problem getting in. The walk along Mud Bay / Boundary…

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